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Alexandra Kostenuik

Alexandra Kostenuik

The former World champion and Ambassador of the SportAccord World Mind Games, GM Alexandra Kostenuik from Russia crowned a successful performance and even won the last game of the rapid tourney against Yelena Dembo.
She became the first female winner of this very interesting competition. Finally, she scored 6 points out of 7 – what a brilliant result! She had an overall performance of just under 2600. We have to mention, that this year was not the best in her career – so, we welcome this “comeback” of Russian player.
Katerina Lahno from Ukraine scored 4,5 points and was 2-nd because of better tie-break. Nana Dzagnidze (GEO) and Ju Wenjune from China had the same result, but the Georgian player was happy to be 3-d for the same reason.

After a long and wild game between Wang Hao (China) and Gata Kamsky (USA), we now know the name of the winner of the rapid competition. The Chinese player, who had led since the beginning of the tourney, could possibly miss the 1-st place if he lost the game. And he was very close to it.
But Wang Hao was the strongest and the luckiest player of this rapid. He defended a very tough position and finished the tournament in sole 1-st place with 5,5 out of 7. Congratulations for the Chinese player! Half a point behind in second place was Vugar Gashimov (AZE). Gata Kamsky is 3-rd with 4,5 points.

Some interesting facts. Women World Champion, Hou Yifan got bogged down in drawn and as sport is so unpredictable, we could not have more interesting results. China which was tipped to take the gold medal in the Women ended up with a medal in the Men and no medal in the Women. The top men seed ended bottom in the final men’s ranking where as in the women’s competition the bottom seed ended up winning!

- Article and photo courtesy of FIDE

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