July 17, 2013 14:06

Gold for Wesley So and Zhao Xue at Universiade in Kazan

Medal winners So, Andriasian and Li

Wesley So won the gold medal at the 27th Universiade in Kazan. In an Armageddon game, the Philippine grandmaster defeated GM Zaven Andriasian of Armenia, who took silver. The bronze medal went to Li Chao of China. In the women's section, the podium was filled with Chinese players: Zhao Xue (gold), Ju Wenjun (silver) and Tan Zhongyi (bronze).

Medal winners So, Andriasian and Li | All photos courtesy of the Universiade

The Universiade or World University Games is an international multi-sport event, organized every odd year for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The 27th edition is currently under way in Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan.

There are 27 sports being contested at the 2013 Games. Apart from 13 compulsory sports, such as athletics, basketball, fencing, football, artistic gymnastics, judo, swimming, diving, water polo, table tennis, tennis and volleyball, 14 optional sports are included in the programme: boxing, shooting, synchronous swimming, rowing, canoe sprint, sambo, wrestling, belt wrestling, weightlifting, rugby 7, field hockey, badminton, beach volleyball and chess.

There were groups for men and women, and both played a 9-round Swiss between July 9th and 15th. Based on the results, there was also a joint team classification. Each country was authorised to enter a maximum of eight competitors. All players had to be students and be at least 17 and less than 28 years of age on January 1, 2013.

Wesley So of the Philippines won the men's group after beating GM Zaven Andriasian of Armenia in an Armageddon game. There was a group of nine players finishing on 6.5 points, but So & Andriasian, who drew their mutual game in the final round, had the best tiebreaks - in fact exactly the same tiebreaks, as was mentioned by Susan Polgar who quoted Ed Andaya from the Filipino delegation. The arbiters decided to have an Armageddon break the tie.

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Universiade 2013 | Chess | Final standings

Rk. Title Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3 Rp
1-2 GM So Wesley PHI 2708 6,5 0 47,5 43 2714
1-2 GM Andriasian Zaven ARM 2620 6,5 0 47,5 43 2704
3 GM Li Chao B CHN 2686 6,5 0 47,5 42,5 2739
4 GM Ma Qun CHN 2584 6,5 0 47 42 2719
5 GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 2665 6,5 0 46 41 2697
6 GM Zhou Jianchao CHN 2572 6,5 0 45 41,5 2699
7 GM Alekseev Evgeny RUS 2714 6,5 0 44 39,5 2688
8 GM Tomczak Jacek POL 2564 6,5 0 41,5 38 2646
9 GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 2647 6,5 0 39,5 35 2595
10 GM Hovhannisyan Robert ARM 2620 6 0 45,5 40,5 2640
11 GM Amin Bassem EGY 2650 6 0 43,5 39 2632
12 IM Georgescu Tiberiu-Marian ROU 2396 6 0 43 39 2597
13 GM Durarbayli Vasif AZE 2549 6 0 42,5 38 2589
14 GM Andreikin Dmitry RUS 2727 6 0 40,5 36,5 2608
15 GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2657 6 0 40 35,5 2583
16 GM Onischuk Vladimir UKR 2576 5,5 0 47 42,5 2604
17 GM Perez Ponsa Federico ARG 2488 5,5 0 46,5 42 2414
18 GM Moranda Wojciech POL 2570 5,5 0 44,5 40,5 2581
19 GM Margvelashvili Giorgi GEO 2548 5,5 0 44,5 40 2565
20 IM Nigalidze Gaioz GEO 2497 5,5 0 43,5 40 2577
21 GM Bulski Krzysztof POL 2534 5,5 0 42 38,5 2486
22 GM Baryshpolets Andrey UKR 2544 5,5 0 41,5 38 2396
23 IM Ibarra Chami Luis Fernando MEX 2482 5,5 0 41 37 2349
24 GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2620 5,5 0 40,5 36 2456
25 IM Mammadov Zaur AZE 2437 5,5 0 40 36,5 2505
26 GM Abasov Nijat AZE 2498 5,5 0 37,5 33,5 2424
27 IM Atabayev Maksat TKM 2460 5 0 47 42,5 2547
28 IM Rzayev Bahruz AZE 2429 5 0 42,5 38,5 2460
29 IM Petenyi Tamas SVK 2480 5 0 42 38 2458
30 IM Tazbir Marcin POL 2561 5 0 42 37,5 2344

L-R Zaven Andriasian (silver), Wesley So (gold) and Li Chao (bronze)

The women's section was dominated by the Chinese delegation, who took home all three medals. Top seed Zhao Xue won the event with 7.5/9, while Ju Wenjun and Tan Zhongyi won silver and bronze respectively, finishing half a point behind the winner.

Universiade 2013 | Chess (women) | Final standings​

Rk. Title Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3 Rp
1 GM Zhao Xue CHN 2553 7,5 0 48 43,5 2647
2 WGM Ju Wenjun CHN 2531 7 0 47 42,5 2579
3 WGM Tan Zhongyi CHN 2478 7 0 46,5 41,5 2534
4 IM Savina Anastasia RUS 2368 6,5 0 50 44,5 2477
5 IM Bodnaruk Anastasia RUS 2440 6,5 0 49,5 44,5 2523
6 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs MGL 2351 6,5 0 48 43,5 2482
7 WGM Kashlinskaya Alina RUS 2334 6,5 0 45,5 40,5 2464
8 IM Shen Yang CHN 2405 6 0 47 42 2409
9 IM Guramishvili Sopiko GEO 2421 6 0 45 40,5 2436
10 WGM Arabidze Meri GEO 2320 6 0 44 39,5 2377
11 WIM Kulon Klaudia POL 2258 6 0 42,5 38 2309
12 WIM Umudova Nargiz AZE 2253 6 0 39,5 35,5 2141
13 WGM Rogule Laura LAT 2329 5,5 0 48 43 2360
14 WGM Bulmaga Irina ROU 2403 5,5 0 47 42,5 2414
15 WGM Stojanovic Andjelija SRB 2302 5,5 0 44 40 2291
16 WGM Mammadyarova Turkan AZE 2267 5,5 0 42,5 38,5 2314
17 WIM Davletbayeva Madina KAZ 2260 5,5 0 42 37,5 2245
18 WIM Kazimova Narmin AZE 2208 5,5 0 41 38 2198
19 WIM Vo Thi Kim Phung VIE 2199 5,5 0 41 36,5 2213
20 WIM Chirivi C Jenny Astrid COL 2205 5,5 0 39,5 36 2108
21 WIM Mader Manuela GER 2212 5,5 0 39,5 35,5 2130
22 WIM Garcia Morales Ivette Ale MEX 2072 5,5 0 38,5 35,5 2167
23 WGM Soloviova Lisa UKR 2296 5,5 0 38 34,5 2178
24 WGM Girya Olga RUS 2437 5 0 47 42,5 2351
25 IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag MGL 2452 5 0 46 41 2320
26 WGM Kalinina Olga UKR 2292 5 0 41,5 37 2273
27 WGM Kulovana Eva CZE 2272 5 0 41 37 2173
28 WFM Hallaeva Bahar TKM 2150 5 0 40,5 36,5 2135
29 WGM Przezdziecka Marta POL 2297 5 0 38 34,5 2166
30 WIM Dudas Eszter HUN 2266 5 0 37 33,5 1988

L-R Ju Wenjun (silver), Zhao Xue (gold) and Tan Zhongyi (bronze)

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Comments

Anonymous's picture

The goldfish fed on barracudas.

Ernest Norks's picture

The geese are flying West.

Anoriymous's picture

It seems like Wesley So is content to just pick up prizes at weak events rather than strive to improve to the level of other young players like Caruana and Giri

chester's picture

how can we say weak event when there is andreiken-2727,evgeny -2714? Caruana and Giri did not go to school..full time chess players.. at their loss.. and yet theyre not winning.. straighten up your facts...

deksuto's picture

Weak events? Who are you to say that? Are you better than Wesley So? You don't have the right to say that.. Wesley worked hard to get to the 2700 chess club. I think you can't even beat a street chess player, tsk tsk!

Anonymous's picture

"and yet theyre not winning"

Huh? Live ratings of these three players:

Caruana: 2796
Giri: 2736.9
So: 2709.6

Seems like you need to "straighten up your facts".

Arne M's picture

It would be interesting to see what all these players are studying at university. Was this not mentioned anywhere?

brabo's picture

What are all these strong male GM's studying? I thought many of them are just professional chessplayers so not having time for going to school. Also striking is that nobody in the top-30 of the males comes from West-Europe.

nonoyski's picture

Getting a degree is a fallback for So. What is wrong with that?

Anonymous's picture

Headline strangely mentions the bronz winner by name but not the silver winner

Anonymous's picture

Sorry got the names mixed up. It mentions only the gold winners

Arthur's picture

I have an ideas why Wesley So attending University. Firstly, education is very important and also part of the culture of the Philippines. secondly, Susan Polgar is a great coach and has been world champion. I think he is on his way to competing agains 2800 players..He already prove that he can beat those guys.

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