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18 September 2021 | in CUSF News

AUCC 2021 – Indian ladies are the team champion!

2021 Asian University Chess Championship (AUCC) officially began on September 3rd. The event will run until September 14th and through the Tornelo application this year.


In 2020, the inaugural online AUCC was the first event of Asian University Sport Federation (AUSF) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the impact on Asia was still present, AUSF was c

reative to carry out the competition in a safe manner.


AUCC 2021 is also the first collaboration with the Asian Chess Federation (ACF) after the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) with the Federation to promote the sport across Asian universities. Gunadarma University was appointed as Local Organizing Committee this year with full support from the Indonesian Student Sports Development Board and Indonesia University Sports Council.


AUCC 2021 gathered 91 participants representing 13 member federations, including China, Indonesia, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Oman, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. With growing popularity in chess, there will be 50 male players and 12 teams in the men’s category, as well as 41 female players and 8 teams in the women’s category.


Interactions – virtual but equally meaningful

As an online event, AUCC 2021 made good use of an online platform to conduct not only the games, but also the opening ceremony, technical meeting, and talking shows to enhance the interaction. The competitions are also broadcast on official media UG TV and UG Digimedia channel during the event period.



At the opening ceremony, AUSF President Xue Yanqing highlighted the collaboration with ACF and further congratulated the student athletes for overcoming various challenges to participate. “Cherish the opportunity, keep the passion, and learn more from each other under this special circumstance,” he said.


Managing Director of FIDE, Dana Reizniece-Ozola mentioned the fair-play attitude and encouraged all the participants to enjoy the tournament. Finally, IUSF and OC delivered a warm welcome and hope to raise the awareness of diverse sport events and healthy lifestyle through the hosting of the chess event.


AUCC 2021 has provided opportunities for university students to interact and engage with one another while competing at the same time and without boundaries. The friendships made and the accompanying sporting achievements will prepare them for the future.

India and Iran Showed Dominance

In the women’s category held on September 4th to 6th, Team India kept their advantages from the previous days, took the titles of both individual and team competitions.


In the 9 rounds of individual competition, WGM Varshini Velavan of India established an early lead, was unbeaten and finished with 7.5 points. She was followed by an Iranian player, Safoura Ghani, who claimed the silver with 7 points. Both were making their first appearance in the event. Safoura’s fellow team mater, WFM Tannaz Azali finished in third place with 6.5 points with a better tie break score.


Indian and Iranian players took the top 5 positions of the individual rankings, ending up dominating the team competition with 25.5 points and 25 points respectively. The Malaysian team took the bronze with 21 points and a better tie score break over the host Indonesia.


After women’s competition, the men’s category will be from September 10th to 12th, and is scheduled to start at 10am (GMT+4) for the 3-round games on each day.