World University Championships underway

World University Championships underway

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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.

FISU 13th World University Chess Championship – Promotional Video

A welcome video showing the venue and overall playing conditions to prospective players

Opening ceremony

A video of the opening ceremony, including the teams and dance

The players from China

The banner and flag of the governing body, the FISU

The various representatives of the participating nations at the opening ceremony, presented
by Dawid Bialy

Modern dance centered around chess took place. They did not limit
themselves to the stage as can be seen in the video.

The Brazilians were also there

A lovely cake was presented for the opening

As pretty as it was to look at, cakes are meant to be eaten!

Rounds one to five

In the men’s competition, the top seed is Russian Sanan Sjugirov (2658), followed by Armenian Zaven Andriasian (2628) and a dozen more grandmasters. After five rounds, there is a four-way tie for first between Chinese Yu Ruiyuan, Russian Ivan Bukavshin, Jan Bernasek from the Czech Republic, and Karen Grigoryan from Armenia, all with 4.0/5.

The women’s competition has had even more unexpected results so far, with Polish Klaudia Kulon rated 2301 with a sterling 5.0/5 start, followed by her compatriot Anna Gasik with 4.0/5. After that there is a group of five players on 3.5/5.

The start of round one

WIM Ivette Garcia Morales from Mexico

Practice makes perfect

FM Tigran Petrosyan from Armenia

IM Evandro Amorim Barbosa has 50%

WIM Maria Fominykh has 3.5/5

Mexican player Carmen Melissa Rosas Rodriguez

On the day off, the participants were invited to an outdoor barbecue

Men’s standings after five rounds

Women’s standings after five rounds

  • Official tournament site
  • All men’s games in PGN
  • All women’s games in PGN

The games are being broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server If you are not a member you can download a free Playchess client there and get immediate access. You can also use ChessBase 12 or any of our Fritz compatible chess programs.

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