China's Bu Xiangzhi competes during the
final of men's rapid chess individual against Ukrainian Korobov Anton in
the First World Mind Sports Games in Beijing, China, Oct. 8, 2008. Bu
Xiangzhi defeated Korobov Anton and claimed the title. (Xinhua
BEIJING, Oct. 8
(Xinhua) -- Chinese Bu Xiangzhi was crowned in men's rapid chess event at the
World Mind Games here on Wednesday, while the gold in women's competition was
clinched by Bulgarian pinup blonde player Stefanova Antoaneta.
In the short two-round final, Bu, whose world ranking
was above his rival, beat Korobov Anton from Ukraine in the opening round and
forced the latter to ask for a draw in the second. Bu's victory also gifted the
Chinese chess team the first gold of the 15-day Games.
"It was really difficult in the second game as I
couldn't find any offence chance. But later, things changed and I found a
critical opportunity to grasp the momentum tightly," said Bu.
"Anyway, it feels great to win
the gold, especially the first one for our team. I hope we can play better in
the following team events," added the 23-year-old winner.
Ukrainian Korobov Anton competes during
the final of men's rapid chess individual against China's Bu Xiangzhi in
the First World Mind Sports Games in Beijing, China, Oct. 8, 2008. Korobov
Anton was defeated and took the second place. (Xinhua Photo)
In the third-place playoff, Zhang Zhong from
Singapore outscored his Brazilian opponent Fier Alexandr 2-1 to wrap up the
Women's final was between old rivals Chinese Zhao Xue
and former world champion Stefanova. Apparently in better form, the 29-year-old
Bulgarian started with a tight defense and then gained initiative by abandoning
the soldiers to seize Zhao's queen.
Stefanova Antoaneta of Bulgaria competes
during the final of women's chess individual rapid against China's Zhao
Xue in the First World Mind Sports Games in Beijing, China, Oct. 8, 2008.
Stefanova defeated Zhao Xue 2-0 and claimed the title. (Xinhua
Taking the white chessman, Zhao has to win the second
round to stage a turnover. But the less experienced Zhao failed to start well in
faced with Stefanova intricate routines and lost to the veteran again after her
same defeat in the preliminaries.
Zhao's teammate Huang Qian survived a three round
seesaw battle to beat Houska Jovanka of Britain for the bronze.
When asked about her title of "chess beauty", the
Bulgaria winner smiled shyly.
"Appearance doesn't necessarily contradict with
wisdom," said Stefanova.
"Of course I don't mean to say myself," the girl soon
added, "in international events there are many pretty girls, and I hope Icould
meet more such rivals in the future."
Russian "chess queen" Kosteniuk Alexandra who impressed audiences with her Hapburn-style hat and Chinese 14-year-old hopeful Hou Yifan finished seventh and eighth due to their not-so-good performances in the preliminaries.