First Asian University Championship in Beijing

by Liang Ziming
10/23/2015 – The First Asian University Chess Championship is ongoing during 18th-25th October in Beijing, China. It is comprised of an Open competition, a Women's competition and a Team event, and brings in teams from Mongolia, Vietnam, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Japan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Indonesia and China. Report by Liang Ziming.

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The officials and players stand for the national anthem

The First Asian University Chess Championship opened on 18th October in Capital University of Physical Education and Sports in Beijing, China. There are three events in this championship: the Men’s Individual Event, the Women’s Individual Event and the Team Event. The championship is a nine-round Swiss system played at 60 minutes each with a 30-second increment as of move one.

For the team event, each country or region can send up to three teams, though all the players must come from the same university. Every team is made up of four players, with any combination possible so long as there are always at least one female and one male player.

GM Ma Qun from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics is the top player in the
Men’s Individual Event, while...

...his teammate WGM Ni Shiqun is the top contender in the Women’s Individual Event.

Zhong Bingshu, the president of CUPES, in his address in the Opening Ceremony

Preecha Prayoonpat, the Assessor of AUSF

The First Asian University Chess Championship is declared open by Xue Yanqing, Vice Secretary
General of AUSF and Vice President of FUSC

All the leaders and guests, players, volunteers and journalists posed for a group photo right
after the opening ceremony

GM Yu Ruiyuan from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics emerged as the leader
with 4.5/5 in Men’s Individual Event

After winning all his games in the first three rounds, GM Yu Ruiyuan made a fighting draw against his teammate, the top player GM Ma Qun in round four.  In round five, Yu Ruiyuan scored a full point against his other teammate IM Lou Yiping.

There are three players just a half point behind the leader: GM Ma Qun from China and
GM Susanto Megaranto and IM Muhammad Lutfi Ali, both from Indonesia

GM Susanto Megaranto really dodged a bullet in rounds three and four. In his game with
IM Lou Yiping, he managed to get a laborious draw after a tough endgame with rook
against rook and two pawns, and then recovering from a lost position against GM Gao Rui

In the Women’s group, things could not go any better for top contender WGM Ni Shiqun
from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, as she started with a perfect 5.0/5

Another two players from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Qiu Mengjie
and Nie Xin, share second and third in the ranking table with 4.0/5

Right behind Qiu Mengjie and Nie Xin is WGM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung of Vietnam, who had a
sterling 3.5/4 start before falling to Ni Shiqun in round five

Games from the championship:

[Event "1st Asian University Chess Championship"] [Site "Beijing, China"] [Date "2015.10.18"] [Round "1.1"] [White "Ni, shiqun"] [Black "Rathnayake jeewanthi"] [Result "1-0"] [PlyCount "145"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Nxd7 5. O-O e6 6. c4 Ngf6 7. Nc3 a6 8. b3 Be7 9. d4 cxd4 10. Qxd4 Qb6 11. Qxb6 Nxb6 12. Rd1 Nfd7 13. Bf4 Bf6 14. Rac1 e5 15. Be3 Be7 16. a4 O-O 17. a5 Nc8 18. b4 b6 19. Nd5 Bd8 20. axb6 Ndxb6 21. Nxb6 Bxb6 22. Bxb6 Nxb6 23. Rxd6 Nc8 24. Rd7 f6 25. c5 Ra7 26. Rcd1 Rxd7 27. Rxd7 Rf7 28. Rd8+ Rf8 29. Rxf8+ Kxf8 30. Kf1 Na7 31. Ne1 Ke7 32. Ke2 Nc6 33. Nc2 Ke6 34. Kd3 f5 35. exf5+ Kxf5 36. Kc4 Ke6 37. b5 axb5+ 38. Kxb5 Nd4+ 39. Nxd4+ exd4 40. Kc4 d3 41. Kxd3 Kd5 42. h4 Kxc5 43. Ke4 Kd6 44. Kf5 Ke7 45. h5 Kf7 46. g4 Ke7 47. Ke5 Kf7 48. Kd6 Kf6 49. f3 Kf7 50. Kd7 Kf6 51. Ke8 g6 52. h6 g5 53. Kd7 Kf7 54. Kd6 Kf6 55. Kd5 Kf7 56. Ke5 Kg6 57. Ke6 Kxh6 58. Kf5 Kg7 59. Kxg5 Kf7 60. f4 Kg7 61. Kf5 Kf7 62. g5 Kg7 63. Ke6 Kg6 64. f5+ Kxg5 65. f6 Kg4 66. f7 h5 67. f8=Q Kh3 68. Qg7 h4 69. Kf5 Kh2 70. Kf4 h3 71. Kf3 Kh1 72. Kf2 Kh2 73. Qg1# 1-0 [Event "1st Asian University Chess Championship"] [Site "Beijing, China"] [Date "2015.10.19"] [Round "1.2"] [White "Desina P.E.M"] [Black "Ma, qun"] [Result "0-1"] [PlyCount "110"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] 1. d4 c5 2. c3 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Bf4 Bd6 5. Bg3 Nf6 6. Nbd2 O-O 7. e3 Nc6 8. Bd3 h6 9. Ne5 Bxe5 10. dxe5 Nd7 11. Qh5 a5 12. Bf4 f5 13. Nf3 Qe8 14. Qxe8 Rxe8 15. h4 h5 16. a4 b6 17. Bb5 Na7 18. Bxd7 Bxd7 19. O-O Rab8 20. Rfd1 Bc8 21. c4 Bb7 22. Nd2 Nc6 23. Nb1 Nb4 24. Na3 Ba6 25. b3 Red8 26. f3 Kf8 27. Bg3 Rb7 28. cxd5 exd5 29. Be1 Nd3 30. Bg3 Ke7 31. Ra2 Ke6 32. f4 d4 33. Nc2 dxe3 34. Nxe3 Rd4 35. Rad2 Rbd7 36. Nc2 R4d5 37. Ne3 Rd4 38. Nc2 Re4 39. Ne1 Re3 40. Nxd3 Rexd3 41. Be1 Rxd2 42. Rxd2 Rxd2 43. Bxd2 Bd3 44. Kf2 Bc2 45. Ke3 Bxb3 46. Kd3 Kd5 47. Bc3 g6 48. e6 Kxe6 49. Be5 Kd5 50. Bc7 Kc6 51. Bd8 Bxa4 52. Kc3 Bb5 53. g3 a4 54. Bf6 Ba6 55. Be5 b5 0-1 [Event "1st Asian University Chess Championship"] [Site "Beijing, China"] [Date "2015.10.19"] [Round "2.1"] [White "Ma, qun"] [Black "Teo Wei Xing"] [Result "1-0"] [PlyCount "105"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. d3 Bg7 6. h3 Nf6 7. Nc3 Nd7 8. Be3 e5 9. Qd2 h6 10. O-O Qe7 11. a3 a5 12. Nh2 b6 13. Rae1 Nf8 14. Na4 Ra6 15. Ra1 Ne6 16. Kh1 f5 17. exf5 gxf5 18. f4 exf4 19. Bxf4 Nxf4 20. Qxf4 O-O 21. Rae1 Qd8 22. Nf3 Ra7 23. Re2 Rb7 24. Rfe1 Kh7 25. Ne5 Qd4 26. Qxd4 cxd4 27. b4 axb4 28. axb4 Rf6 29. Nf3 Rff7 30. Re8 Bd7 31. Ra8 c5 32. bxc5 Bxa4 33. Rxa4 bxc5 34. Rc4 Rbc7 35. Kg1 Bf8 36. Kf2 Bg7 37. Re6 Bf6 38. Ne5 Rfe7 39. Rxe7+ Bxe7 40. Ra4 Kg7 41. Ra6 Bf6 42. Nc4 Kg6 43. Kf3 Kg5 44. g3 Kg6 45. Re6 Kf7 46. Rb6 Rd7 47. Nd6+ Kg6 48. Ne8 Rf7 49. Re6 Rf8 50. Kf4 h5 51. h4 Rf7 52. Nxf6 Rxf6 53. Ke5 1-0 [Event "1st Asian University Chess Championship"] [Site "Beijing, China"] [Date "2015.10.19"] [Round "2.1"] [White "Khadijah Qurota Ain"] [Black "Ni, shiqun"] [Result "0-1"] [PlyCount "70"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3 Nxc3 6. dxc3 Be7 7. Be3 Nc6 8. Qd2 Be6 9. O-O-O Qd7 10. Kb1 Bf6 11. Nd4 Nxd4 12. cxd4 O-O 13. f3 Rfe8 14. Bf2 c6 15. Bd3 b5 16. g4 Bc4 17. Be4 g6 18. Qf4 Bg7 19. h4 d5 20. Bd3 Bxd3 21. Rxd3 Re2 22. Qg3 h6 23. f4 Rae8 24. a3 a5 25. Rg1 Qe6 26. h5 Qe4 27. g5 hxg5 28. fxg5 gxh5 29. Rf1 Rxc2 30. Kxc2 Qe2+ 31. Rd2 Qxf1 32. Qf4 b4 33. a4 b3+ 34. Kxb3 Qc4+ 35. Ka3 Bf8+ 0-1 [Event "1st Asian University Chess Championship"] [Site "Beijing, China"] [Date "2015.10.20"] [Round "3"] [White "Muhammad, Lutfi Ali"] [Black "Ma, Qun"] [Result "0-1"] [PlyCount "88"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d3 a6 6. Bb3 Ba7 7. O-O h6 8. Be3 Bxe3 9. fxe3 d6 10. Nbd2 O-O 11. Qe1 Be6 12. Bxe6 fxe6 13. d4 Qe8 14. dxe5 dxe5 15. Nc4 Qh5 16. Qh4 Qxh4 17. Nxh4 b5 18. Nd2 g5 19. Nhf3 g4 20. Ne1 Rad8 21. Rf2 Nd7 22. Rxf8+ Kxf8 23. Nb3 a5 24. a4 Rb8 25. Nd3 bxa4 26. Nd2 Nb6 27. Kf2 Ke7 28. Ke2 h5 29. c4 Nb4 30. Nxe5 Kf6 31. Nd3 Nxd3 32. Kxd3 Nd7 33. Kc3 Nc5 34. Rf1+ Ke7 35. e5 Rd8 36. Kc2 Nd3 37. Rf6 Nxb2 38. Rh6 a3 39. Rh7+ Ke8 40. Ne4 Nxc4 41. Kb3 Nd2+ 42. Nxd2 Rxd2 43. Kxa3 Rxg2 44. Ka4 Rxh2 0-1 [Event "1st Asian University Chess Championship"] [Site "Beijing, China"] [Date "2015.10.20"] [Round "3"] [White "NI, Shiqun"] [Black "Sun, Xingyue"] [Result "1-0"] [PlyCount "121"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Qxd7 5. c4 Nf6 6. Nc3 g6 7. d4 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Bg7 9. h3 Qc7 10. b3 Qa5 11. Bd2 Nxe4 12. Nxe4 Qe5 13. Qb1 f5 14. Bc3 Qxe4+ 15. Qxe4 fxe4 16. Nb5 Bxc3+ 17. Nxc3 Rf8 18. Nxe4 Na6 19. O-O-O Nc5 20. Nxc5 dxc5 21. f3 Rd8 22. Rxd8+ Kxd8 23. Rd1+ Ke8 24. Kd2 Rf6 25. Ke3 Re6+ 26. Kf2 Rc6 27. f4 Rf6 28. Ke3 Re6+ 29. Kf3 Rf6 30. Rd5 Ra6 31. Rd2 Re6 32. Kg4 Re4 33. Kg5 Kf7 34. g4 Re3 35. h4 Rg3 36. f5 h6+ 37. Kf4 Rh3 38. fxg6+ Kxg6 39. h5+ Kf6 40. Rd7 Rh2 41. a4 Rf2+ 42. Kg3 Rc2 43. Rxb7 Kg5 44. Rxa7 Rc3+ 45. Kf2 Rxb3 46. Rxe7 Kxg4 47. Re5 Rb4 48. Rxc5 Rxa4 49. Ke3 Ra1 50. Rd5 Re1+ 51. Kd4 Kf4 52. Kc5 Rb1 53. Kc6 Rh1 54. c5 Ke4 55. Kd6 Rf1 56. Re5+ Kd4 57. c6 Rc1 58. Rd5+ Ke4 59. Rc5 Rd1+ 60. Ke6 Kd4 61. Rd5+ 1-0 [Event "1st Asian University Chess Championship"] [Site "Beijing, China"] [Date "2015.10.20"] [Round "4.1"] [White "Ma, Qun"] [Black "Yu, Ruiyun"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [PlyCount "74"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] 1. c4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. d4 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 Be7 7. Qc2 g6 8. e3 Bf5 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 O-O 11. Bxf6 Bxf6 12. b4 a6 13. O-O Nd7 14. a4 Qe7 15. b5 axb5 16. axb5 Nb6 17. bxc6 bxc6 18. Rab1 Nc4 19. Nd2 Nxd2 20. Qxd2 Rfb8 21. Rbc1 Qb4 22. Rc2 Be7 23. g3 Ra3 24. Rfc1 Rb3 25. Qd1 Qb7 26. Na4 Qa6 27. Nc5 Bxc5 28. Rxc5 R3b6 29. Qf3 Re8 30. h4 h5 31. Qd1 Re6 32. Ra1 Qc8 33. Rca5 Rf6 34. Ra8 Rb8 35. Rxb8 Qxb8 36. Qc2 Kg7 37. Rc1 Qc8 1/2-1/2 [Event "1st Asian University Chess Championship"] [Site "Beijing, China"] [Date "2015.10.20"] [Round "4.1"] [White "Qiu, Mengjie"] [Black "Ni, Shiqun"] [Result "0-1"] [PlyCount "160"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Qe2 Qe7 6. d3 Nf6 7. Bg5 Qxe2+ 8. Bxe2 Be7 9. Nc3 h6 10. Be3 Nc6 11. h3 Be6 12. O-O-O O-O-O 13. a3 Rhe8 14. Rhe1 a6 15. d4 Nd5 16. Nxd5 Bxd5 17. c4 Be4 18. d5 Nb8 19. Nd4 Nd7 20. Bf3 Bf6 21. Bxe4 Rxe4 22. f3 Re5 23. Bf2 Rde8 24. Rxe5 Nxe5 25. b3 Ng6 26. g3 h5 27. Kd2 h4 28. Nf5 hxg3 29. Bxg3 Rh8 30. Rh1 Rh5 31. Ne3 Bg5 32. Ke2 Kd7 33. Ng2 Bf6 34. f4 Ne7 35. Ne3 Bc3 36. Bf2 a5 37. Nc2 Bf6 38. Bd4 Nf5 39. Bf2 Rh8 40. Kf3 g6 41. Ke4 b6 42. a4 Kc8 43. Ne3 Re8+ 44. Kd3 Ng7 45. Ng4 Kd8 46. Re1 Rh8 47. Rh1 Nh5 48. Ke3 Ng7 49. Kf3 Nf5 50. Kg2 Re8 51. Rd1 Re2 52. Rb1 Rd2 53. Kf3 Rd3+ 54. Kg2 Bh4 55. Bxh4+ Nxh4+ 56. Kh2 Rf3 57. Rb2 Rxf4 58. Kg3 g5 59. Rf2 Nf5+ 60. Kg2 Rxf2+ 61. Kxf2 Ke8 62. Kf3 Ke7 63. Ke4 Ng3+ 64. Kf3 Nh5 65. Ne3 Kf6 66. Nc2 Nf4 67. h4 Nd3 68. h5 Kg7 69. Kg4 Kh6 70. Nd4 Ne5+ 71. Kg3 Kxh5 72. Nb5 f5 73. Nxc7 f4+ 74. Kg2 g4 75. Ne6 Nd3 76. Ng7+ Kg5 77. Ne8 g3 78. Nxd6 Kg4 79. Ne4 f3+ 80. Kf1 g2+ 0-1 [Event "1st Asian University Chess Championship"] [Site "Beijing, China"] [Date "2015.10.21"] [Round "5.1"] [White "Ni, Shiqun"] [Black "Nguyen Thi Mai Hung"] [Result "1-0"] [PlyCount "171"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. exd5 exd5 5. Ngf3 Nf6 6. Bb5+ Bd7 7. Bxd7+ Nbxd7 8. O-O Be7 9. dxc5 Nxc5 10. Nb3 Nce4 11. Nfd4 O-O 12. Nf5 Re8 13. Nxe7+ Qxe7 14. Be3 a6 15. Re1 Rac8 16. Bd4 Qd6 17. f3 Ng5 18. Qd2 h6 19. Rad1 Rxe1+ 20. Rxe1 Nd7 21. Bc3 Nf8 22. Rd1 Qg6 23. Qd3 Qb6+ 24. Bd4 Qc7 25. c3 Nfe6 26. Be3 Nf4 27. Qf5 Nge6 28. g3 Ng6 29. Kf2 Re8 30. Rd2 Ne7 31. Qg4 Qe5 32. Bxh6 Nf5 33. Re2 Qf6 34. Bf4 Nh6 35. Qh5 Rd8 36. Be5 Qf5 37. Qxf5 Nxf5 38. g4 Ne7 39. Rd2 Nc6 40. Bg3 g6 41. h4 Kg7 42. Kg2 f6 43. f4 f5 44. Kf3 Kf7 45. Bf2 Ne7 46. Nc5 Nxc5 47. Bxc5 Nc6 48. Bb6 Rd7 49. a4 Ke6 50. b4 Rh7 51. Re2+ Kd7 52. Rh2 Ne7 53. Bc5 Nc8 54. gxf5 gxf5 55. h5 Nd6 56. Bxd6 Kxd6 57. h6 d4 58. cxd4 Kd5 59. Ke3 Kc4 60. d5 Kxd5 61. Kd3 b6 62. Rh5 Ke6 63. a5 bxa5 64. bxa5 Kf6 65. Kd4 Kg6 66. Rh1 Rd7+ 67. Ke5 Kh7 68. Rc1 Rb7 69. Rc5 Kxh6 70. Kxf5 Kg7 71. Ke6 Rb4 72. Rc7+ Kh6 73. f5 Re4+ 74. Kf6 Ra4 75. Rc1 Kh5 76. Rc5 Kh6 77. Kf7 Ra1 78. f6 Ra2 79. Kg8 Rg2+ 80. Kf8 Ra2 81. f7 Kh7 82. Re5 Rc2 83. Ke7 Rc7+ 84. Kf6 Rc6+ 85. Re6 Rc8 86. Re8 1-0 [Event "1st Asian University Chess Championship"] [Site "Beijing, China"] [Date "2015.10.21"] [Round "5.1"] [White "Susanto Megaranto"] [Black "Ma, Qun"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [PlyCount "134"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] 1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 Nf6 3. e3 Bg4 4. Be2 Bxe2 5. Qxe2 c6 6. Nd2 e6 7. Ngf3 Bd6 8. Bg5 Nbd7 9. O-O h6 10. Bxf6 Nxf6 11. e4 dxe4 12. Nxe4 Nxe4 13. Qxe4 O-O 14. c3 Qa5 15. a3 Rad8 16. Rfe1 Qa4 17. Rac1 Bc7 18. Qc2 Qxc2 19. Rxc2 Rd5 20. g3 Rfd8 21. Kg2 Kf8 22. Ree2 Ke7 23. Nd2 a5 24. Nc4 a4 25. h4 h5 26. Ne3 Ra5 27. Nc4 Rb5 28. Nd2 Bb8 29. Nc4 c5 30. dxc5 Rxc5 31. Ne3 g6 32. Rcd2 Rd6 33. Rxd6 Bxd6 34. Rd2 e5 35. Kf3 f5 36. Rd1 Ke6 37. Rd2 Rc8 38. Ke2 Bc5 39. Nc2 Bb6 40. Ne1 Rd8 41. Rc2 Bc7 42. b3 b5 43. bxa4 bxa4 44. Rb2 Bd6 45. Rb6 Rc8 46. Kd2 Kd5 47. Ra6 Bxa3 48. Nd3 Bd6 49. Rxa4 Ke6 50. Ra6 Ke7 51. Nb4 Rc5 52. Nd3 Rc4 53. Ra7+ Ke6 54. Ra6 Kd7 55. Ra7+ Kc6 56. Ra5 e4 57. Ne5+ Bxe5 58. Rxe5 Kd6 59. Ra5 Rc6 60. Ra3 Ke5 61. Ra5+ Kf6 62. Ra8 Rd6+ 63. Ke2 Rd3 64. Ra6+ Kg7 65. Ra7+ Kh6 66. Rc7 Rf3 67. Rc4 Rd3 1/2-1/2

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Liang Ziming has been a chess journalist since 2003 and the New Officer for the Chinese Chess Association since 2011. In 2007, he translated Kasparov's book "How Life Imitates Chess" into Chinese together with the former Women World Champion Xie Jun.
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ulyssesganesh ulyssesganesh 10/25/2015 04:03
it is surprising to find that there is no indian university (though there are many strong univ. teams) among the participants!
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