Sunday, October 5, 2008

Paragua wins World Mind Sports Blitz Preliminary

The quickest thinker of them all! (so far)

GM Mark Paragua surprised everyone by winning the blitz preliminary of the inagural World Mind Sports Games in Beijing, China. Paragua won eight games with one loss and a draw. He wins his first five games before loosing his sixth match. The irony here is Paragua is one of the lowest rated players in the category but come up well ahead on points against other big names in chess like Bu Xiangzhi (15th) and Wang Yue (23rd) of China, Varuzhan Akobian of the USA, Mikhail Gurevich of Turkey and other tough grandmasters with ratings of above 2600. There are 32 total players. It looks like many players did not show up possibly because of the world financial crisis. Philippines had only two participants from the initially announced 5 players.


1 GM Paragua Mark 8,5
2 GM Banikas Hristos 8,0
3 IM Kravtsiv Martyn 8,0
4 GM Drozdovskij Yuri 8,0
5 GM Gurevich Mikhail 7,5
6 GM Korobov Anton 7,0
7 GM Akobian Varuzhan 6,5
8 GM Le Quang Liem 6,5
9 GM Wang Hao 6,5
10 GM Balogh Csaba 6,5

-Tournament official website

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