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06 October 2020 | in Chess, CUSF News

FISU America Chess 2020 brings together 11 countries

FISU America ChessAmong many activities carried out in celebration of the International Day of University Sports (IDUS), FISU's continental member federation FISU America organised a chess championship. A total of 11 countries participated in the competition: Brazil, Cuba, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Honduras, El Salvador, Peru and Jamaica. The initiative also served as a warm-up for the FISU World University Championship Mind Sports, scheduled for later this month. 


FISU America Chess, held from 23 September to 3 October, was the first continental university chess tournament ever to take place. In the men's category, there were more than 90 participants, and in the women's field, more than 80! The matches, played online, were broadcast live on FISU America's Instagram and YouTube. The tournament was divided into two modalities:


- Individual brackets: two tournaments in which the participants gained points, to emerge in the top eight and play the quarterfinals onwards. 


- Mixed teams: An event that took place on 2 October with the participation of two teams per participating country. Each team had to include at least 2 participants of the minority gender, whichever it was, in the team. This modality was played in a round-robin system.


For FISU America, it was a great challenge to move from in-person events to online competitions, so that sporting spirit continues to be experienced and celebrated among the university sports community of the continents. The shift to online required an entire team, for the organisation, management of participants and the platform, as well as a group of experienced commentators that made the events more interesting for the spectators.


FISU AMerica Chess ajedres 300x168Moreover, world-class advisors such as international experts Pablo Della Morte, Oscar Sánchez Enriquez and Diana Real Pereyra, were closely involved and conducted the simultaneous analysis live through FISU America's Facebook page and YouTube channel.


After the event, FISU America President Alim Maluf Neto said, "FISU America Chess was a success with the participation of more than 150 student athletes from 12 countries on our continent and also served as a preparation for the continental teams for the FISU World University Championship to be held later this month. Special thanks to the entire team of the organising committee that did a fantastic job and we hope to repeat this success next year with the second edition."



Women's Individual

1: Elizabeth Toro Castañeda – Colombia

2: Julia Alboredo – Brazil

3: Rachel Palmero Martínez – Cuba

4: Kathiê Librelato – Brazil


Men's Individual

1: Daniel Albornoz Cabrera Carlos – Cuba

2: David Vasquez Jimenez Cristhian – Peru

3: Valentino Tello Chavez Isaac – México

4: Pablo Acosta – Argentina


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