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13 April 2016 | in World University Championships, Chess

14th WUC Chess in Full Swing



ABU DHABI - The 14th World University Chess Championship is currently being held from 9 to 15 April 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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 are trailing with 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 are a half point behind, namely top seed Atousa Pourkashiyan of Iran, WGM Shiqun Ni and WFM Mengjie Aiu Qiu of China, WGM Klaudia Kulon of Poland 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.


(Source: Casto Abundo)