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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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  • 14 months ago

    ferdinandplebie

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  • 14 months ago

    flavenido

    @ maxpete : Your statements are simply wrong and insulting the Universiade, its organizers, members and players- winners and losers alike.  To tell you,  all the players who scored 6.5 were already winners, but there are systems in place applied to choose the best from them, even without playing, to be the recepient of the lone  Gold for Chess. 

    If, you think Wesley So didn't really win ( or won), then. who do you think won? The fact that Wesley So accepted to play the Armageddon and won the Gold, was a hallmark of fairplay and gentlemanly conduct. For everyone else, Wesley So becomes a well-deserving winner of the Chess Gold in the 27th Summer Universiade 2013.

    By the way, I almost forget to post something more important because of your wrong and insulting statements.

    Congratulations for a job well done Wesley So!

  • 14 months ago

    flavenido

    @ maxpete : Your statements are simply wrong and insulting the Universiade, its organizers, members and players- winners and losers alike.  To tell you,  all the players who scored 6.5 were already winners, but there are systems in place applied to choose the best from them, even without playing, to be the recepient of the lone  Gold for Chess. 

    If, you think Wesley So didn't really win ( or won), then. who do you think won? The fact that Wesley So accepted to play the Armageddon and won the Gold, was a hallmark of fairplay and gentlemanly conduct. For everyone else, Wesley So becomes a well-deserving winner of the Chess Gold in the 27th Summer Universiade 2013.

    By the way, I almost forget to post something more important because of your wrong and insulting statements.

  • 14 months ago

    carlsen_01

    My school coach was Wesley So's first coach.

  • 14 months ago

    juanito_divina

    Mga Kabayan...kailangan ni ferdigago ang tulong natin para madala siya sa mental hospital. Ang tingin n'ya sa sarili n'ya ay pyesang kabayo....hehehehe

  • 14 months ago

    FilipinoChess

    @ferdigago. ikaw ang hindi lang low class kundi walang class. Kababayan mo laitin mo dito pa sa harap ng mundo. Talangka.

  • 14 months ago

    narson

    @ ferdinandplebie, Mahiya ka sa kulay mo!! tingnan mo munang sarili mo bago ka pumuna ng iba, Pilipino ka pa naman...BASTOS!

  • 14 months ago

    PhilipN

    In answer to didiz's question, GM is a title that is open to both sexes, and is more prestigious than WGM.  There are still far fewer women than men who have successfully earned a gender-neutral (open) GM title, but there are getting to be quite a few now who have done so.

  • 14 months ago

    ferdinandplebie

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  • 14 months ago

    didiz1016

    WHy is their a bunch of gm's in stead of wgm's in the women's section?

  • 14 months ago

    kwankaiee

    LOLLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  • 14 months ago

    Lansh

    Congrats to our kabayan Wesley So for winning the tournament and to all the participants in the event. :-)

  • 14 months ago

    FilipinoChess

    re @maxpete, he could read english, the problem is he could not clearly understand what he's reading and put in some jealousy for the success of an asian guy not from his country, we get the usual dose of unintended stupidity.Smile

  • 14 months ago

    onecimuz

    @maxpete,,,,If you can't help being stupid....at least spare the innocent

  • 14 months ago

    jerasoft

    Congratulations to all winners. Congratulations WESLEY!!!

  • 14 months ago

    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.

    HOWEVER.... the GOOD thing in a large Swiss tournament is that young/weaker players get to play and interact with GMs which is a good thing for the game.

  • 14 months ago

    Marcokim

    3 Chinese GMs in the top 10.... watch this space... soon China will surpass Russia as having the most top 50 players in the world.

  • 14 months ago

    anerom

    Accdg to reports, Wesley So has a better 3rd tiebreaks and no such rule of armageddon. He then shld automatically be the winner of the event but was asked to play for such armageddon and he obliged. Anyway, true or not, better sweet victory for mr. so because Andriasian was his pair at the crucial 9th round and the same opponent at the armaggedon. He lost the toss coin and Andriasian chose the white piece with time advantage even...

  • 14 months ago

    bigbikefan

    @bonx: Apparently, things like "Buchholz and Sonneborn-Berger" don't ring a bell for some people around here...

  • 14 months ago

    nf6_tony

    congratulations to all the winners, specially to Wesley So...

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