World University concludes in style

by Albert Silver
9/1/2014 – Held in Katowice, Poland, the World University Championship concluded after great showings by the competitors, with Sanan Sjugirov taking the men's title on tiebreak, while WIM Klaudia Kulon stormed her field with 8.5/9 and a 2699 performance. The organizers also held a Kids Challenge among the many activities, and GM Olszewski explains his revolutionary method of calculation.

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The World University Championships (WUC) are part of the sporting events of the International University Sports Federation. Alternating with the Summer and Winter Universiades, they are organised every even-numbered year. The first FISU World University Championship was organised in the city of Lund (SWE) in 1963 and welcomed the best student handball players of the time. 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the World University Championships, which will be celebrated throughout the year.

The 2014 World University Championships set a FISU record equaling 29 events in a single year, this time in 24 countries and over five continents.

Chess was introduced into the World University Championship disciplines in 1990 at Odessa, and in 1994, the competition was recognized and included into the FIDE calendar. The level of organization is of the highest order, and includes live video commentary by GM Marcin Tazbir and WIM Anna Iwanow, as well as ample video and photo galleries.

Rounds six to nine

The final rounds of the competition saw collapses, recoveries, and power displays among the leaders. In the men's section, after five rounds, tenth seed Yu Ruiyuan (2534) had gone off to a great start with an impressive 4.0/5, however the Chinese player was unable to maintain the pace, scoring three draws and a loss in the second half, and finished tenth. Top seed Russian Sanan Sjugirov (2658) had an average start, but ended with two wins at the end, snatching first on tiebreak with 6.5/19, just beating Karen Grigoryan from Armenia, and his Russian compatriot Ivan Bukavshin also with 6.5/9.

 

GM Michal Olszewski, eighth in the final rankings, explains his extremely economical approach
to the competition. Why calculate when there are so many moves to calculate?

GM Sanan Sjugirov came through in the end with a strong finish, and took gold on tiebreak

The women's tournament was a breathtaking one-woman show, as local hero WIM Klaudia Kulon from Poland, rated 2301, finished her flawless 5.0/5 start with a monstrous 8.5/9, a full 2.5 points ahead of her nearest rivals, still winning her final game against WGM Zhang Xioawen (2375), after beating all the top seeds. Her performance was 2699 and superior to any of the winner's in the men's event no less. It also garnered her a hefty 69 Elo in the process.

WIM Klaudia Kulon was unstoppable, conceding only one single draw as she defeated
all the top seeds

In the overall results, comprised of the best individual results of each competitor, Poland
took first with 20.5 points (aided enormously by Kulon's fantastic result), Russia was second
with 18.5, and Armenia was third with 18

Katowice Kids Challenge

Among the many activities organized was the Katowice Kids Challenge

Boys and girls played together...

... as well as against adults.

When the challenge is not only on the board, but reaching it

It was a great success, and the children visibly enjoyed themselves immensely

With such a warm reception, what's not to love?

Men's standings after nine rounds

Rk
SNo
Ti.
Name
Fed
Rtg
Pts
TB 
1
1
GM
SJUGIROV Sanan
RUS
2658
6.5
44.0
2
6
GM
GRIGORYAN Karen H.
ARM
2595
6.5
43.5
3
5
GM
BUKAVSHIN Ivan
RUS
2603
6.5
43.5
4
4
GM
SWIERCZ Dariusz
POL
2611
6.0
45.0
5
14
GM
BATCHULUUN Tsegmed
MGL
2513
6.0
45.0
6
3
GM
SHIMANOV Aleksandr
RUS
2625
6.0
43.5
7
2
GM
ANDRIASIAN Zaven
ARM
2628
6.0
42.0
8
10
GM
OLSZEWSKI Michal
POL
2555
6.0
41.0
9
7
GM
BELOUS Vladimir
RUS
2584
6.0
40.0
10
12
GM
YU Ruiyuan
CHN
2534
5.5
47.0

Click for complete standings

Women's standings after nine rounds

Rk
SNo
Ti.
Name
Fed
Rtg
Pts
 TB 
1
5
WIM
KULON Klaudia
POL
2301
8.5
41.5
2
2
IM
MUNGUNTUUL Batkhuyag
MGL
2410
6.0
46.0
3
1
WGM
DING Yixin
CHN
2449
6.0
46.0
4
4
WGM
BARTEL Marta
POL
2359
6.0
42.0
5
11
WIM
TOMNIKOVA Lidia
RUS
2216
5.5
45.5
6
15
WFM
GEVORGYAN Maria
ARM
2130
5.5
43.0
7
7
WIM
FOMINYKH Maria
RUS
2296
5.5
41.5
8
14
WFM
LACH Aleksandra
POL
2190
5.5
40.0
9
10
WIM
TERAO Juliana Sayumi
BRA
2222
5.5
39.5
10
3
WGM
ZHANG Xiaowen
CHN
2375
5.0
42.0

Click for complete standings


Links

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Topics: university, WUC

Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications.
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genem genem 9/2/2014 06:51
GM Michal Olszewski , in the first video , begins his highlighted comments about "calculation" shortly after the 4 minutes 50 second mark.
jidzior jidzior 9/1/2014 11:50
This is Katowice and not Krakowice!
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