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16 April 2016 | in FISU World University Championships, Chess

Gabuzyan (M) & Ni Shiqun (W) top 14th WUC Chess



ABU DHABI - GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan of Armenia and WGM Ni Shiqun of China won the men’s and women’s gold medals, respectively, at 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.

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)

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.

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

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


(Source: 2016 WUC Chess OC)


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