Gabuzyan, Ni Shiqun top World University Chess Print
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Gabuzyan, Ni Shiqun top World University Chess

GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan of Armenia and WGM Ni Shiqun of China won the men’s and women’s gold medals, respectively, in the FISU World University Chess Championship held at the Khalidiya Palace Raihaan by Rotana in Abu Dhabi. In the final round, Gabuzyan turned back the English Opening of IM Marko Nenezic of Serbia in 65 moves to finish alone with an impressive 8 points out of 9 rounds. The Armenian is a sophomore at the State University of Physical Culture.

GM Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia drew with IM Amirreza Pourramezanali of Iran to tally 7 points for the silver medal. GM Pavel Ponkratov of Russia beat IM Stefan Mazur of Slovakia to finish alone with 6.5 points for the bronze medal. Pourramezanali, Nenezic and GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan of Armenia finished with 6 points each.

In the women’s division, Ni Shiqun, a first year Economics Student at Shenzen University, drew with WGM Mitra Hejazipour of Iran to finish in a three way tie with 6.5 points winning the gold by tie break. WIM Ghazal Hakimifard of Iran drew with Alina Bivol of Russia to tally 6.5 and won the silver medal. WIM Anna Warakomska of Poland beat WIM Maria Gevorgyan of Armenia to reach 6.5 and garnered the bronze medal.

Bivol placed fourth with 6 points to complete the three best results for the team award for Russia. Her result combined with those of Fedoseev, a freshman at the Physical Academic University and Ponkratov, who is pursuing his Masters degree at the Ural State Mining University in Yekaterinburg, garnered the first place team trophy for Russia.

The Armenian team of Gabuzyan, GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan and Gevorgyan won the runner-up trophy. The Iranian team of Hakimifard, Hejazipour and Pourramezanali won third place.

The Organizing Committee of the World University Chess Championship 2016 in Abu Dhabi staged the event under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development and the President of the Arab University Sports Federation and under the auspices of the University Sports Federation (FISU) and World Chess Federation (FIDE).

The official web site is www.wucchess2016.com with results and standings in www.chess-results.com.

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Top men: gold medalist GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan of Armenia (center), silver medalist GM Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia (left) and bronze medalist GM Pavel Ponkratov of Russia (right)

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Top women: gold medalist WGM Ni Shiqun of China (center), silver medalist WIM Ghazal Hakimifard of Iran (left) and bronze medalist WIM Anna Warakomska of Poland

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Top teams: champion Russian team (center), runner-up Armenian team (left) and third place Iran team (right)

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IA Sultan AL Taher of the UAE, second from left, Technical Director of the Tournament, receives a citation from Dr Saeed Hamad AL Hassani, President of UAE Higher Education Sports Federation, and Dr Omar AL Hai (right) Secretary-General of the UAE Higher Education Sports Federation


Gabuzyan grabs solo lead in World University Chess

GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan of Armenia beat compatriot IM Tigran Petrosian in the penultimate round to grab solo lead with 7 points in the FISU World University Chess Championship at the Khalidiya Palace Raihaan by Rotana in Abu Dhabi.

Erstwhile co-leader GM Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia fell to second slot after he was held to a draw by IM Marko Nenezic of Serbia. Fedoseev has 6.5 points, only half a point behind Gabuzyan. Nenezic is in third slot with 6 points and could play the spoiler’s role as he faces Gabuzyan in the final round.

Fedoseev is matched with IM Amirreza Pourramezanalli of Iran in the 9th round. Pourramezanalli has 5.5 points together with GM Pavel Ponkratov of Russia and IM Stefan Mazur of Slovakia who face each other in the final round.

Mazur beat GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan of Armenia in the 8th round while Pourramezanali and Ponkratov drew with each other.

In the women’s division WGM Ni Shiqun of China and WIM Ghazal Hakimifard of Iran maintained their joint leadership with 6 points apiece after they drew with each other in the penultimate round.

WIM Alina Bivol of Russia, WGM Mitra Hejazipour of Iran and Anna Warakomska of Poland share third slot with 5.5 points each. Tied with 5 points each are defending champion GM Klaudia Kulon of Poland, WIM Maria Gevorgyan of Armenia, WFM Qiu Mengjie of China, WIM Jovana Erid of Serbia and FM Dana Pustovoitova of Russia.

The FISU World University Chess Championship is being played in two competitions with 48 men from 17 countries and 34 women from 15 countries. The strong field includes six Grandmasters, 15 International Masters and 9 FIDE Masters, 5 WGMs and 10 WIMs and 10 WFMs.

Results of the three best scores per country will be combined for team awards. Only countries with three competitors or more, of whom there are at least one man and one woman, shall be taken into account for team classification.

The Organizing Committee of the World University Chess Championship 2016 in Abu Dhabi is staging the event under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development and the President of the Arab University Sports Federation and under the auspices of the University Sports Federation (FISU) and World Chess Federation (FIDE).

The official web site is www.wucchess2016.com with results and standings in www.chess-results.com.

Hohannes Gabuzyan
GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan of Armenia 

Nenezic Marko
IM Marko Nenezic of Serbia


Fedoseev ties Gabuzyan for lead in World University Chess

Top seed GM Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia beat Iranian GM Pouya Idani in the 7th round to tie Hovhannes Gabuzyan of Armenia for the lead in the homestretch of the FISU World University Chess Championship at the Khalidiya Palace Raihaan by Rotana in Abu Dhabi.

Gabuzyan, erstwhile solo leader, was held to a draw by compatriot GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan to register 5.5 points and allow Fedoseev to catch up.

International Master Marko Nenezic of Serbia upset GM Martin Petr of the Czech Republic to hold third slot alone with 5.5 points.

Ter-Sahakyan, IM Tigran S. Petrosyan of Armenia, GM Pavel Pankratov of Russia and IM Amirreza Pourramezanali of Iran follow with 5 points each.

In the women’s division, WGM Ni Shiqun of China and WIM Ghazal Hakimifard of Iran share the lead with 5.5 points each after they drew with each other in the 7th round.

Defending champion WGM Klaudia Kulon and WIM Anna Warakomska, both of Poland and WGM Mitra Hejazipour of Iran are in third slot with 5 points each. With 4.5 points each are WFM Mengjie Qiu of China, WIM Maria Gevorgyan of Armenia, WIM Alina Bivol of Russia and untitled Xin Nie of China.

The FISU World University Chess Championship is being played in two competitions with 48 men from 17 countries and 34 women from 15 countries. The strong field includes six Grandmasters, 15 International Masters and 9 FIDE Masters, 5 WGMs and 10 WIMs and 10 WFMs.

Results of the three best scores per country will be combined for team awards. Only countries with three competitors or more, of whom there are at least one man and one woman, shall be taken into account for team classification.

The Organizing Committee of the World University Chess Championship 2016 in Abu Dhabi is staging the event under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development and the President of the Arab University Sports Federation and under the auspices of the University Sports Federation (FISU) and World Chess Federation (FIDE).

The official web site is www.wucchess2016.com with results and standings in www.chess-results.com.

Fedoseev Vladimir
GM Vladimir Fedoseev (Russia)

Ni Shiqun
WGM Ni Shiqun (China)


Gabuzyan maintains solo lead in World University Chess

GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan of Armenia maintained solo lead despite being held to a draw by top seed GM Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia in the 6th round of the FISU World University Chess Championship at the Khalidiya Palace Raihaan by Rotana in Abu Dhabi.

The 21-year-old Armenian has 5.5 points in the 9-round Swiss System tournament. Fedoseev is alone in second slot with 5 points. Trailing in third slot with 4.5 points each are GM Pouya Idani of Iran, GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan of Armenia, IM Stefan Mazur of Slovakia, GM Martin Petr of Czech Republic and IM Marko Nenezic of Serbia.

Five players follow with 4 points each, namely IM Tigran Petrosyan of Armenia, GM Pavel Ponkratov of Russia, untitled Piotr Brodowski of Poland, IM Amirrera Pourramenzanali of Iran and IM Lou Yiping of China.

In the women’s division WGM Ni Shiqun of China and WIM Ghazal Hakimifard of Iran share the lead with 5 points each. Ni beat erstwhile leader WIM Maria Gevorgyan of Armenia while Hakimifard beat compatriot Atousa Pourkashiyan, the tournament top seed.

Gevorgyan dropped to third slot with 4.5 points followed by 7 players with 4 points each, namely defending champion Klaudia Kulon and WIM Anna Warakomska of Poland, WIM Alina Bivol of Russia, WFM Mengjie Qiu of China, WGM Mitra Hejazipoour of Iran, WIM Sayumi Terao Juliana of Brazil and Jovana Eric of Serbia.

The FISU World University Chess Championship is being played in two competitions with 48 men from 17 countries and 34 women from 15 countries. The strong field includes six Grandmasters, 15 International Masters and 9 FIDE Masters, 5 WGMs and 10 WIMs and 10 WFMs.

FIDE Technical Delegate Luxman Wijesuriya, vice president of the Sri Lanka University Sports Association (SUSA), explained that results of the three best scores per country will be combined for team awards. Only countries with three competitors or more, of whom there are at least one man and one woman, shall be taken into account for team classification.

The Organizing Committee of the World University Chess Championship 2016 in Abu Dhabi is staging the event under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development and the President of the Arab University Sports Federation and under the auspices of the University Sports Federation (FISU) and World Chess Federation (FIDE).

The official web site is www.wucchess2016.com with results and standings in www.chess-results.com.

Ni Shiqun right
FIDE Technical Delegate Luxman Wijesuriya watching Ni Shiqun of China on board one.

Ghazal Hakimifard
Ghazal Hakimifard



Armenians Gabuzyan and Gevorgyan lead men’s and women’s World University Chess

GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan of Armenia beat Russian GM Pavel Ponkratov and IM Daniel Sadzikowski of Poland to grab solo lead at the halfway mark of the FISU World University Chess Championship at the Khalidiya Palace Raihaan by Rotana in Abu Dhabi.

The 21-year-old Armenian has a perfect 5-point slate in the 9-round Swiss System tournament. Top seed GM Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia is close behind with 4.5 points after beating IM Tigran S. Petrosyan of Armenia and erstwhile leader GM Pavel Ponkratov of Russia. Trailing in third slot with 4 points each are untitled Piotr Brodowski of Poland and GMs Samvel Ter-Sahakyan of Armenia and Pouya Idani of Iran.

Sadzikowski fell to a share of 6th slot with 3.5 points together with IM Stefan Mazur of Slovakia, IM Nikita Matinian of Russia, GM Martin Petr of Czech Republic and IM Marko Nenezic of Serbia.

In the women’s division 2016 Armenian champion WIM Maria Gevorgyan, 22, is in solo lead with 4.5 points out of 5 rounds. Gevorgyan beat top seed Atousa Pourkashiyan of Iran in Monday’s morning round and followed up with another win in the afternoon against erstwhile solo leader WIM Ghazal Hamikifard, also of Iran.

Hakimifard and WGM Ni Shiqun of China share second slot with 4 points each followed by Pourkashiyan, WGM Mitra Hejazipour of Iran and WIM Alina Bivol of Russia with 3.5 points each.

The FISU World University Chess Championship is being played in two competitions with 48 men from 17 countries and 34 women from 15 countries. The strong field includes six Grandmasters, 15 International Masters and 9 FIDE Masters, 5 WGMs and 10 WIMs and 10 WFMs. Results of the three best scores per country will be combined for team awards. Only countries with three competitors or more, of whom there are at least one man and one woman, shall be taken into account for team classification. The Organizing Committee of the World University Chess Championship 2016 in Abu Dhabi is staging the event under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development and the President of the Arab University Sports Federation and under the auspices of the University Sports Federation (FISU) and World Chess Federation (FIDE).

The official web site is www.wucchess2016.com with results and standings in www.chess-results.com.

Gabuzyan vs Ponkratov
GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan of Armenia (left) vs. GM Pavel Ponkratov of Russia

Gevorgyan Maria
WIM Maria Gevorgyan of Armenia



Three Share Lead in World University Chess Championship 2016

Armenian champion GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan, 21, and Russians GM Pavel Ponkratov and IM Nikita Matinian share the lead with perfect scores after three rounds of the FISU World University Chess Championship at the Khalidiya Palace Raihaan by Rotana in Abu Dhabi.

Gabuzyan beat IM Tamas Petenyi of Slovakia and IM Nico Georgadis of Switzerland in the second and third rounds on Sunday to lead with 3 points. Ponkratov, Russian rapid chess champion, beat IM Maciej Kiekowski and IM Grzegorz Nasuta of Poland to keep pace. IM Nikita Matinian, 24, followed suit, beating Badamdorj Ariunbuuvei of Mongolia and second seed GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan of Armenia.

Six players follow a half point behind,namely, top seed GM Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia, IM Daniel Sadzikowski of Poland, IM Tigran S. Petrosyan of Armenia, Iranians Amirreza Pourramezanali and Pouya Idani and IM Mazur Stefan of Slovakia.

In the women’s division, WIM Ghazal Hakimifard of Iran leads alone with 3 points out of as many rounds. Hakimifard, 22, beat WIM Kristyna Havlikova of Czech Republic and FM Daria Pustovoitova of Russia on Sunday.

Five players follow a half point behind, namely top seed Atousa Pourkashiyan of Iran, WGM Shiqun Ni and WFM Mengjie Aiu of Qiu of China, WGM Klaudia Kulon of POoland and WIM Maria Geforgyan of Armenia.

The FISU World University Chess Championship is played in two competitions with 48 men from 17 countries and 34 women from 15 countries. The strong field includes six Grandmasters, 15 International Masters and 9 FIDE Masters, 5 WGMs and 10 WIMs and 10 WFMs. Results of the three best scores per country will be combined for team awards. Only countries with three competitors or more, of whom there are at least one man and one woman, shall be taken into account for team classification.

The Organizing Committee of the World University Chess Championship 2016 in Abu Dhabi is staging the event under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development and the President of the Arab University Sports Federation and under the auspices of the University Sports Federation (FISU) and World Chess Federation (FIDE).

The official web site is www.wucchess2016.com with results and standings in www.chess-results.com.

Hakimifard Ghazal
Hakimifard Ghazal

Ponkratov Pavel
Pavel Ponkratov

WUCC Men
Open Section

WUCC Women
Women section



Top seed GM Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia led favorites in the opening round of the 14th World University Chess Championship at the Khalidiya Palace Raihaan by Rotana in Abu Dhabi.

Fedoseev and 21 others share the early lead in the 9-round Swiss System tournament among 48 players from 17 countries, namely GMs Samvel Ter Sahakyan, Hovhannes Gabuzyan and Tigran Petrosian of Armenia, GM Pavel Ponkratov and IM Nikita Matinian of Russia, GM Pouya Idani, IM Amirreza Pourramezanali and Nima Javanbakht of Iran, IM Daniel Sadzikowski and Piotr Brodowski of Poland, IM Mikos Roganovic and Milos Stankovic of Serbia, IM Nico Georgiadis and Emanuel Schiendorfer of Swtizerland, IM Lou Yiping of China, IM Tamas Petenyi of Slovakia, Aliosa Tomazini of Slovenia and Badamdorj Ariunbuuver of Mongolia.

In the women’s division, top seed WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan of Iran shares the early lead with 13 others, namely WIM Alina Bivol and Dana Pustovoitova of Russia, WIM Kristyna Havlikov of Czech Republic, WGM Kulon Klaudia and Anna Warakomska of Poland, Maria Gevorgyan of Armenia, Jovana, Eric, Lena Miladinovic and Mila Zarkovic of Serbia, Ghazal Hakimifard of Iran and Monika Motycakova of Slovakia.

The men’s and women’s tournaments are also combined in a team competition in the World University Championship.

The Organizing Committee of the World University Chess Championship 2016 in Abu Dhabi is staging the event under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development and the President of the Arab University Sports Federation and under the auspices of the University Sports Federation (FISU) and World Chess Federation (FIDE).

The 9-round Swiss system tournament will be played in seven days. Alongside the individual contest there will be a team award based on adding up the two best men’s and women’s results. Only countries with three competitors or more, of whom there are at least one man and one woman, shall be taken into account for team classification.

Team classification shall be based on the total of points scored in the individual tournament and on the three best scores of at least one man and one woman from the same country. If the number of men is equal or more than 1.5 times the number of women, team classification shall be based on the best results of two men and one woman. Similarly, if the number of women is equal or more than 1.5 times the number of men, team classification shall be based on the best results of two women and one man.

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Dr Saeed Hamad AL Hassani, President of UAE Higher Education Sports Federation, makes the ceremonial move opening the ​World University Chess Championship in Abu Dhabi, UAE, assisted by Dr Omar AL Hai Secretary-General of the UAE Higher Education Sports Federation and IA Sultan AL Taher Technical Director of the Tournament


 

WUCCThe 14th World University Chess Championship is being held 9th to 15th April 2016 at the Khalidiya Palace Raihaan by Rotana in Abu Dhabi with men’s and women’s tournaments plus combined team competition.

The Organizing Committee of the World University Chess Championship 2016 in Abu Dhabi is staging the event under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development and the President of the Arab University Sports Federation and under the auspices of the University Sports Federation (FISU) and World Chess Federation (FIDE).

The 9-round Swiss system tournament will be played in seven days. Alongside the individual contest there will be a team award based on adding up the two best men’s and women’s results. Only countries with three competitors or more, of whom there are at least one man and one woman, shall be taken into account for team classification.

Team classification shall be based on the total of points scored in the individual tournament and on the three best scores of at least one man and one woman from the same country. If the number of men is equal or more than 1.5 times the number of women, team classification shall be based on the best results of two men and one woman. Similarly, if the number of women is equal or more than 1.5 times the number of men, team classification shall be based on the best results of two women and one man.

In the men’s division 48 players from a record 19 countries are registered. The top three rated are GM Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia and Armenians Samvel Ter-Sahakyan and Hovhannes Gabuzyan among six Grandmasters, 16 International Masters and 11 FIDE Masters. The full list of players is in chess-results.com.

In the women’s division, 41 players from a record 18 countries are registered. The top three rated women players are WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan of Iran (rated 2370), WIM Alina Bivol of Russia (2368) and WGM Ni Shiqun of China (2363) among five Woman Grandmasters, 11 Woman International Masters and 11 Woman FIDE masters. The full list of players is in chess-results.com

Klaudia Kulon of Poland and Sanan Sjugirov of Russia won last World University Chess Championship in Katowice, Poland in 2014.

The first two editions were staged in Odessa, Ukraine, in 1990 and in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1992. Nevertheless, these two contests suffered from the fact that they were not included in the calendar of the Federation Internationale des Echecs (FIDE), meaning that the performance in World University Chess Championships were not linked to the international titles. During the 1994 edition in Sofia, Bulgaria, the FISU Chess World University Championship was recognised at its full value. This time, the results were recorded by the FIDE, meaning that the contest was officially recognised and became part of the events awarded by FIDE’s international titles. The FISU championships had reached such a high level that things could have hardly been otherwise. In line with the FISU regulations and given the specific nature of the contest, men’s and women’s championships were based on individual tournaments of nine rounds, in accordance with the Swiss system. Alongside the individual contest there was the inter-team rating determined by the adding up of the two best men’s and women’s results. At the end of the matches, three men and women were rewarded with International FIDE titles. The 1996 edition in Leon, Spain, also assigned the rank of International Master to two men and one woman. The high status of the World University Chess Championship was confirmed at the fifth edition in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in 1998, in which four Grand Masters, sixteen International Masters and fifteen FIDE Masters took part in the men’s competition. Among women, there were eight Grand Masters, three International Masters and six FIDE Masters. It was a dazzling success. After this excellent success and the high participation level, two more editions of the World University Chess Championships were held: first in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, in 2002 and then in Lagos, Nigeria, in 2006, in which only eight nations participated. New success of the World University Chess Championship was in Novokuznetsk, Russia, in 2008, as well as in Zürich, Switzerland, in 2010. In 2011, chess entered the FISU history with a contest between the best university players of the world at the Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, China.

 
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