Poland vs. Ukraine University Match

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10/3/2013 – The Ukraine vs. Poland student match took place in Lviv, the chess capital of Ukraine. Five Ukrainian teams faced against five Polish ones in a Scheveningen style tournament. Additionally, the event featured a strong blitz tournament at the end. Anna Gasik from the University of Warsaw brings us a lovely pictorial recount of the tournament as well as the result of a colorful match.

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Poland vs. Ukraine University Match

by Anna Gasik

The Polish visit Ukraine!

The Ukrainian Academic Sports Association invited the Polish Chess Federation to send five teams to participate in a student Ukraine vs. Poland match to be held in Lviv, Ukraine from September 25 to September 29. The opening ceremony took place in the beautiful hall of the Palace of Scholars, in attendance was the vice-president of Lviv, representatives of the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science and members of the board of the Ukrainian Chess Federation. The Poles were represented by Dominik Wowniuk, vice-consul of the Consulate General in Lviv, Andrzej Matusiak, vice-president of the Polish Chess Federation and Lukasz Turlej, member of the Academic Board of the Sports.

The opening ceremony was conducted by Bogdan Juchnicki, the main organizer of the match

And then the games began! Poland fielded  five teams:  University of Warsaw, Poznan University of Technology, Kozminski Academy Warsaw, Katowice University of Economics and University of Silesia Katowice. The strongest team from Poland was University of Warsaw had many titled players including two grandmasters! This should not be surprising as the University if Warsaw is the largest university in Poland; it provides graduate courses for 56,000 students and many strong chess players among them.

Every team brought their unifrosm, here the Katowice University of Economics

The seal of the University of Warsaw, which has been around since 1816

The Ukrainian teams were: Ternopil National Economic University, Lviv Politechnic National University, Taras Shevchenko National University, Donetsk national University and Odessa State Academy of Civil Engineering. Before the start it looked like the Ukrainian teams were weaker by ratings, but as we know, home teams can always be dangerous. The match consisted of five classic time control games in Scheveningen style. The first two rounds were played in the same place where the opening ceremony was.

The second round underway, on the foreground is Marta Przezdziecka...

Marta decided her last name was too complicated so she married GM Mateusz Bartel. Congratulations to the happy couple, they married just last week! (photo by Silwia Rudolf)

After round three, a tour of Lviv was organized. Players could visit the Gallery of Art, Lviv Arsenal as well as a chocolate factory. In the evening competitors relaxed by exploring the local nightlife.

The third round underway

GM Tazbir exhibiting some deep artistic knowledge

A cute train-like thing takes people around Площа Ринок, Lviv Market Square

The final round took place in the Lviv Polytechnic Library. As it was expected, University of Warsaw won all of their matches, scoring 28,5 points out of 30! The best team of Ukraine was University Economics of Ternopil. This year's games saw a certain Polish dominance as Kozminski Academy Warsaw finished second and Poznan University of Technology third respectively.

The winning team: University of Warsaw

During the last day of the visit to Ukraine the students played a blitz tournament at the Lviv Polytechnic National University. It was won by Polish player Maciej Klekowski.  Second place for Tomasz Warakomski and third one for Anton Volovikov respectively. The best female player was Nataliya Buksa.

The playing site of the blitz tournament

The winner: Maciej Klekowsky, on the left, with his teammate Akradiusz Siwiec

The players are cofused on the best part of any student competition: the blitz event

The entire event had fantastic organization. Accommodation, food, frees time activities, all of these were provided at the highest level. It was a pleasure for us, as polish teams, to be a part of this match. We hope to host the Ukrainian teams in Poland next year! However, before this will happen, Poland will be the host to one of the most important student events the World University Chess Championship in 2014. See you in Katowice! 

Mark it in your calendar!

About the Author: Anna Gasik

Born in 1988 in Warsaw, Poland, Anna is a WIM. She won the 2006 European Youth Chess Championship u18 girls in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. She participated in the 2008 World Women's Championship where she was knocked out in the second round by Lilit Mrktchian.

She is currently working on her Master's Thesis in Geology from the University of Warsaw and Aarhus University (in Denmark), her topic is 'Temperature and water content influence of soils on their engineering-geological properties'. She expects to finish this year.


Rk. Team Games  Match points   Board points 
1 University of Warszaw
2 Kozminski Academy Warszaw
3 Poznan University of Technology
4 Ternopil National Economic University
5 Каtоwice University of economics
6 Lviv Polytechnic National University
7 Taras Shevchenko national University of
8 University of Silesia Katowice
9 Donetsk National University
10 Odessa State Academy of Civil Engineering

Note: matches won gave two points, drawn one point, lost zero points.

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