Megaranto, Ni Shiqun dominate Asian University Ch.

by Liang Ziming
10/25/2015 – GM Susanto Megaranto from Gunadarma University and WGM Ni Shiqun from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics won the Men’s Individual Event and Women’s Individual Event in the 1st Asian University Chess Championship, which was held in the Capital University of Physical Education and Sports in Beijing, China. Here is the final report with video by Liang Ziming.

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GM Susanto Megaranto from Indonesia had a fantastic tournament

In the Men’s section, GM Susanto Megaranto from Gunadarma University showed his great form by successfully breaking the blockade of several strong Chinese players in round three to six with two wins and two draws. Entering the ninth and last round with a half-point lead, Megaranto defeated his teammate Farid Firman Syah in a minor piece endgame and clinched his title by an impressive score of 8.0/9.

The winners of the Men's section: GM Susanto Megaranto in the middle, flanked by GM Ma Qun,
the top rated player in Men’s group from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, who won
the silver medal with 7.0/9 and his teammate GM Yu Ruiyuan was bronze with 6.5/9

In the Women’s section, the top seed WGM Ni Shiqun from Shanghai University of Finance and
Economics had an easy victory in this Championship with a nearly perfect 8.5/9, a full 1.5 points
ahead of her nearest rivals Qiu Mengjie and Nie Xie, both from the same university. With such a
great victory, she also earned the Best Performance Award of this Championship.

The three winners of the Women's competition

Qiu Mengjie won the silver medal by winning the tiebreak match of two blitz games; edging
out Nie Xin who earned the bronze medal. Nguyen Thi Mai Hung from Vietnam and Anu Bayar
from Mongolia finished fourth and fifth respectively with 6.0/9 each.

The eight special prizes

The Best Performance Award deservedly went to WGM Ni Shiqun who won the Women’s gold
medal with a fantastic 8.5/9. The Best Newcomer Award went to Koswate. K.R.C.T. from Sri Lanka
and Gao Rui from China.

The team of Japan got the Best Dare to Fight Award

The teams from Indonesia and Mongolia won the Excellent Team Award.  The Excellent Coach Award went to Mr. Du Fuhua of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and the Excellent Arbiter Award to Mr. Hong Tao who was in charge of pairing in this Championship.

The Best Collaboration Award was bestowed to Sri Lanka who sent 24 players to this Championship and the Best Organization Award was issued to the Capital University of Physical Education and Sports in Beijing, the host of this Championship.

The closing ceremony was held in the auditorium in the Capital University of Physical Education
and Sports in Beijing (CUPES) on Oct.24. The former women world champion Xie Jun (second from
 left) who is now the vice president of CUPES was the backstage hero of this successful championship.

Zhong Bingshu, the president of CUPES addressing in the closing ceremony

Preecha Prayoonpat, the Assessor of AUSF, extended his thanks to organizers, players,
volunteers and journalists in his speech

Luxman Wijesuriya, the technical delegate from Sri Lanka, in his speech

Xie Jun awarding the bronze team medal to Mongolia’s players

Luxman Wijesuriya giving an award to volunteers

The Asian University Chess Championship will be held every two years, and Sri Lanka, Mongolia and China all expressed their desire to host the second edition of this tournament.

Video impressions

A documentary film made by the CUPES.  Please watch the memorable moments recorded, including the
opening ceremony, the games, the cultural programs and the hard work of the officials, arbiters, journalists,
volunteers and staff. (there is a 30-second ad when it starts, but the video is well worth watching)

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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