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Gold for Wesley So at Universiade, the Olympic Games for Students

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  • on 7/17/13, 10:36 AM.

Wesley So clinched the gold medal at the 27th Universiade, also known as the World University Games or Olympics for students. The 19-year-old grandmaster from the Philippines, who studies at Webster University as part of Susan Polgar's Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE), beat GM Zaven Andriasian of Armenia in a playoff. The event is still under way in Kazan, Russia but the chess part is over.

You might have never heard of it, but it's quite a big and prestigious event held every two years: the Universiade. It is, according to Wikipedia,

an international multi-sport event, organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The name is a combination of the words "University" and "Olympiad". The Universiade is often referred to in English as the World University Games or World Student Games; however, this latter term can also refer to competitions for sub-University grades students, as well.

Universiades have been organized since 1923 and like the Olympic Games, there is both a Summer Universiade and a Winter Universiade.

The 27th edition of the Summer Universiade is taking place July 6th-17th in Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan. (In the same city the Candidates Matches were held in 2011, won by Boris Gelfand.) There are 27 disciplines: athletics, basketball, fencing, football, artistic gymnastics, judo, swimming, diving, water polo, table tennis, tennis volleyball, boxing, shooting, synchronous swimming, rowing, canoe sprint, sambo, wrestling, belt wrestling, weightlifting, rugby 7, field hockey, badminton, beach volleyball and... chess! The royal game debuted at the previous Summer Universiade, in 2011 in Shenzhen, China.

The chess was played at the Kazan Equestrian Complex, one of the largest equestrian complexes in Europe

At the time of writing the event is coming to its end, and the athletes have finished their competitions for most of the sports, including chess. It was a 9-round Swiss tournament for both men and women, who played in separate groups, from July 9th-15th. Each country could send a maximum of eight competitors to Kazan, and all of them had to be studying at a university, of course. There was also an age limit: the athletes needed to be between 17 and 28 years old.

The men's group ended in a nine-way tie for first place between Wesley So (Philippines), Zaven Andriasian (Armenia), Li Chao (China), Ma Qun (China), Maxim Matlakov (Russia), Zhou Jiangchao (China), Evgeny Alekseev (Russia), Jacek Tomczak (Poland) and Sanan Sjugirov (Russia). The tiebreaks (Buchholz and Sonneborn-Berger) put So, Andriasian and Li Chao on top.

Universiade 2013 | Final standings (top 30)

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

However, because So and Andriasian had exactly the same values for all tiebreaks that were applied, the question was: who would get gold and who silver? The arbiters decided on a playoff consisting of just one Armageddon game. Andriasian won the toss and chose the white pieces, and So got Black with less time on the clock and draw odds. This very tense game ended in favour of the Webster freshman:


In the women's section all three medals went to China. The only grandmaster in the field, Zhao Xue, clinched the gold medal after finishing clear first with 7.5/9. Ju Wenjun won silver and Tan Zhongyi bronze; these two players finished on 7/9.

Universiade 2013 Women | Final standings (top 30)

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

The medal winners in the men's section: Zaven Andriasian, Wesley So and Li Chao
The medal winners in the women's section: Ju Wenjun, Zhao Xue and Tan Zhongyi

All photos courtesy of the Universiade

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  • 15 months ago

    FilipinoChess

    @ maxpete, GM So won the sudden death match against his opponent. The score of that game is shown above. Duhhh???Laughing

  • 15 months ago

    arjade

    congrats wesley!

  • 15 months ago

    mantov

    It is clear that the rules of who is the winner, just depend on who the organizers want him/her to be.

    At the 41st World Open, 10 GMs made 6.5 out of 9, and also if they declared a winner, in reality everyone got the same amount of money.

    If the winner was really the 1st, then he should have got all the money, but that didn't happen.

    So I believe there is an evident problem which cannot be solved easily, since nobody organizes tournaments of 11 or more rounds, but that would give a real winner, based on chess skills not on luck like in this universiad.

  • 15 months ago

    ragequitter

    Maxpete have a point, I played in swiss tournaments of 7 rounds with near 80+ players and there really is a luck factor, the pairing plays a big role in who will be the champion and if players you played with are having good scores then you have good chances.

    But still congrats to Wesley.

    @Ferdiegago, take your meds before sitting in front of your computer.

  • 15 months ago

    restinpeace

    congrats wesley! 

  • 15 months ago

    maxpete

    @FLavenido: I do believe you are insulting the intelligence, for your own personal reasons that you don't explain, of everyone else here.

    Are you really telling me that Aleeksev Evgeny, 7th player with a 6.5 points score, like Wesley So, is not the rightful winner of the event?? Come on don't be ridicolous. If we follow the TB2 score there are 3 people with 47.5, but do you know what number is based on??? Not on Wesley So skillfullness. 

    So yes, I don't believe this event was fair to the players, and if we would have let everyone of the 9 players at 6.5 play armageddon games, then the result would be different.

    However, let me know when you prepare for a tournament for months, if you will like to make the same score of the winner, but not to be considered a winner. because someone else decided so!

    Evidently you never really played or won tournaments in your life to understand it.

    By the way, this event doesn't even have a site, on wikipedia the site they quote is closed, so I doubt it is really a serious event. There is no way to check the results of the other players, and that is not serious.

  • 15 months ago

    maxpete

    At filipinochess and Onecimuz, it seems the only people who cannot even understand math here is you! Let me copy and paste a message that you cunningly avoided to comment, or maybe you never played in a 9 rounds swiss tournament, to understand that if there are 100 players or more it becomes just a question of "luck" not chess. Wesley So didn't win the tournament, they decided he was the winner, but the numbers show he is the same with other players who scored the same!

    Marcokim

    Large SWISS tournaments are a JOKE. Assuming each country brought an average of 3 players, thats at least 60players, probably ranging from 2720 all the way down to 1900.

    Since its only a 9 round Swiss tournament luck of the draw plays a big part and even the SB tie break is not adequate (this is a mathematical fact), because the SB doesn't cover loses. If I lose to an GM and someone beats a 1700 player, the SB doesn't take care of that.

    SOLUTION... either seed the swiss tournament, making sure each strong player plays the same number of weak players and vice versa or, better still, split it into 2 or 3 classes. Class A, B, and C by seeding the elo ratings.

    The idea is that the number of rounds of a Swiss tournament shouldn't be less than half the number of participants (I can check this math). Having a 9 round Swiss for 60 participants is as close to a lottery as you can get in chess. Break it into 3 groups of 20, then have a 9+ round for each group.

  • 15 months ago

    FilipinoChess

    Shut up @ferdigago. Ang kapal mo. Hahamon ka pa ng patayan. Kanto boy!

  • 15 months ago

    GoatsRUs

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  • 15 months ago

    malambot

    Hey compatriots (fellow Filipinos) , we please stop the ungentlemanly comments. The article is good news for us. We are demeaning Wesley's accomplishments. Nakakahiya po tayo. Pasensiya na po. Laro na lang tayo ng bullet.

  • 15 months ago

    ferdinandplebie

    bakla?aw you mean something?im game

  • 15 months ago

    beltranjun

    HA....HA..... sira ulong bak............l............a.......

  • 15 months ago

    ferdinandplebie

    period.

  • 15 months ago

    ferdinandplebie

    nasabi kona ang gusto ko hnd ko yun babawiin magkamatayan na

  • 15 months ago

    beltranjun

    ferdinand ......MENTALLY IMBALANCE needs to shoot himself

  • 15 months ago

    ferdinandplebie

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  • 15 months ago

    ferdinandplebie

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  • 15 months ago

    beltranjun

    fedinand, ulol ka talaga......sira ulo pa...

  • 15 months ago

    ferdinandplebie

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  • 15 months ago

    ferdinandplebie

    narson laro tayo magkahiyaan na

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