September 14, 2010 0:05

Convincing win for Wang Yue at World University Championship

Convincing win for Wang Yue at World University ChampionshipHe was the clear favourite, and he met the expectations. Wang Yue on Sunday won the 11th World University Championship in Zurich with a score of 8.5/9. The super GM finished 2 points clear of the rest of the field.

The 11th World University Championships took place 5-11 September at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. The 9-round Swiss was organized by the Academic Chess Club Réti and held under the auspices of the Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU). There were about 150 competitors from 25 countries, accompanied by approximately 30 delegates and coaches. The tournament saw lots of fighting chess until the very last round in which almost every game finished in a decisive result. In the men’s tournament GM Wang Yue led the way. Although he had secured a decisive 1½ point lead already before the final game, he showed up in a fighting mood. World University ChampionshipAgainst GM Pavel Ponkratov (Russia) he quickly seized space and the initiative, winning first a pawn on the queenside and then quickly following up with a decisive attack on the kingside. Like in many rounds, it all seemed very easy. With 8½ points out of 9 games and a rating performance of 2957 Wang Yue clearly overfilled the high expectations he and his fans had set before the tournament. With the 15.5 rating points won in Zurich, he made a substantial step in direction of the top ten again. Second place went to GM Anuar Ismagambetov (Kazakhstan) and third place to IM Davit Benidze (Georgia), both on 6,5 points. In the women’s tournament the outcome was far less clear-cut than in the men’s. In the end, however, top seed IM (and WGM) Batkhuyag Munguntuul prevailed. Going into the final round, the 23-year-old Mongolian had a half-point lead. As she did not have a good tie-break score and was chased by no less than seven players, she knew she had to win this last game in order to become champion. And win she did in good style against which WGM Irine Kharisma Sukandar from Indonesia. In the combined nations’ ranking (one man and two women or vice versa) the race was even closer. At the end of the day the calculations gave the following result: 1 Mongolia 19; 2 Georgia 18½ (113) and 3 Russia 18½ (101). A number of players fulfilled title norms. Grandmaster norms were achieved by Davit Benidze (Georgia) and by Lijlja Drljevic (Serbia, women’s grandmaster norm). International Master norms were achieved by Andika Pitra (Indonesia), Jonas Wyss (Switzerland), Peiman Mohajerin (Iran), Peter Poobalasingam (England) and Marco Gähler (Switzerland).

Report thanks to Richard Forster

World University Championship 2010 | Round 9 (Final) Standings

Wang Yue wins World University Championship

Wang Yue's games


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World University Championship: men, 1-3

Anuar Ismagambetov (Kazachstan, 2nd), Wang Yue (China, 1st) and Davit Benidze (Georgia, 3rd)

World University Championship: women, 1-3

Ljilja Drljevic (Serbia, 2nd), Batkhuyag Munguntuul (Mongolia, 1st) and Sopiko Guramishvili (Georgia, 3rd)

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test's picture

There is nothing stopping anybody else from getting "easy" rating points by playing weaker opponents, there are enough open tournaments to do this.

smasher's picture

A small correction It should be Wang Yue ON sunday rather than Wangyue sunday :)

chessobserver's picture

I can't understand why a player of Wang Yue's caliber would participate in such an event. Maybe this is what he thinks of himself. He should really concentrate on tougher challenges.

john's picture

Is it even fair game for a Super Grandmaster to play here?

CAL|Daniel's picture

come now he drew a 2483 ;P

blueofnoon's picture

@chessobserver Let's remember where he is from. I would guess it's the government's order.

noone's picture

Hey it was not that weak of a tournament. Second was just hundred points behind. Somebody's have to be number uno.

leigh's picture

As I know, Yue Wang (Wang is his last name) is a college student. The school is TianJing University (Very good school in China). If he likes, he could join this tournment. I believe that the organizers would be very happy and so do the low rating player. The unhappy players must be the players who had chance to be the champion. right?

archse+'s picture

Wang Yue ,will play in the October Pearl Spring Tournament in NanJing

CAL|Daniel's picture

Why should anyone be unhappy?

"First-class players lose to second-class players because second-class players sometimes play a first-class game." - Siegbert Tarrasch

ron's picture

Come on guys, this is heavy overkill and a cheap way of winning rating points. Used to do that myself ;)

hansen's picture

definitely not cheap. the average rating he faced is similar to that of a strong open, which members of the ever-growing 2700 club are starting to play in more frequently with the lack of invites. the only difference is that hardly any of them would come close to his 8.5/9 which is kind of ridiculous. beating grandmasters with black is a hard task for anyone not named Kasparov; especially if they want a draw

Jens Kristiansen's picture

Ok, thats fine. But please inform me: What is Wang Yue studying apart from chess?

Thomas's picture

@ron: At the very least, there is no guarantee for gaining rating points. To put Wang Yue's result into some context:
- he scored 8.5/9 against average Elo 2513, gaining 15.5 points
- At the Dresden Olympiad, Carlsen played an average of 2624 (stronger than Wang Yue's opponents, but weaker than 'typical opponents' of both players), scored 7.5/11 and lost three Elo points
- At the 2009 Canadian Open, Shirov played an average of 2467, scored 6/8 and lost 4.5 Elo points.

@Jens Kristiansen: As I wrote before, Wang Yue may well be a "fake student" - maybe this is also the case for some other players in the field? There are also fake students, fake military members etc. in other sports ... .

satyv's picture

easy rating points

Thomas's picture

@chessobserver: I do not quite understand this discussion. Some people complain that super-GMs hardly face subtop players, now you criticize Wang Yue for doing just that. Makes me wonder: Do you always win against players that are 200 points higher-rated, do you "resign before move 1" against 200 points higher-rated players? I presume that your own chess strength gives you both types of opposition :) .

It's not like Vallejo Pons playing three amateur events late in 2008 to score 18/18 and gain 20 Elo points (all but one of his opponents were more than 350 points below his level).

@john: You may still have a point. How is "student" defined for this competition? Is it enough to be enrolled at a university, or do players also have to prove regular attendance, study activity or even progress?

Glossu's picture

I don't understand the criticism here. Wang Yue represented his country and University with dignity, and in the process playing some fine Chess. His presence in this tournament (which was superbly organized with a lot of care) enchances the quality and is a good promotion for future editions. Furthermore, it gives an opportunity for IM's and other GM's to meet and play against a star like him.

I beleive that Top GM's must no only play between themselves but also promotes Chess in different scenarios (like Carlsen's FAW challenge, like the Olympiad, like the local Leagues, etc.).

Go Panda!.

Glossu's picture

OK, let's end this usless discussion. Wang Yue is a great player and "Ron" certainly is not!

blueofnoon's picture

Wang Yue is learning communication studies at Nankai Universities, which actually is one of the best private colleges in China.
(source - Wikipedia)

He got enrolled a few years back so it's not that he "became" a student just to play in tournaments for students.

Sergio's picture

@ron I think it is a hard way to win ratingpoints since you have to score extremely high. I think it is easier to win rating points to play against opponents rated 200 points higher and then hope you can win one game or draw a couple of games.

Jeffrey "notyetagm" Hall's picture

Beautiful by Wang Yue in his 2nd round game against Kurmann, beginning with 27 Na4xc5!! and ending with 32 Ra1-a7! 1-0.

Glossu's picture

Sergio, you are absolutely right. The risk for the Panda playing here was huge but the undertook with courage.

hcl's picture

I'd guess that China's Chess Federation paid for the trip or something (maybe)... or the tournament had a particularly attractive prize fund (doubt it.)

Playing down 200 pts against 2500 juniors is not easy pickins...

- A 2500 is strong enough to finish a good position, if the 2700 makes a non-trivial boo-boo.
- Juniors tend to be underrated and tactically dangerous. Their variance tends to be larger. For instance, Wang Yue would probably score better against nine 55 year-old 2500s than 9 juniors.
- The lower rated player has draw odds, in effect; e.g. he can choose an ultra-solid opening as White, daring the higher rated player to give up elo in a draw.

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