13th WUC Chess – Final Day


Women’s Medal Podium

KATOWICE – This Sunday 24 August saw the ending of the 13th WUC Chess after six days of competition, during which nine rounds took place on the sixth floor of the Park Hotel Diament.
In the women’s competition, the winner was known since Saturday, Klaudia Kulon (POL) being ensured of her title, but she did her best to perform at her highest level until the end defeating during this 9th round the Chinese player Zhang Xiaowen (WGM – Elo 2375) to finish on an almost perfect score of 8.5, remaining undefeated this week. Behind her, three players concluded the week with the same score of 6 points but it was Munguntul (MGL) who finally took the silver medal while Ding Yixin (CHN) completed the podium offering to China its only medal in this championship.


Men’s Medal Podium

In the men’s competition, after two draws from the leaders after 8 rounds Bukashvin (RUS) and Grigoryan (ARM) respectively against Andriasian (ARM) and Shimanov (RUS), it was Sjugirov (RUS – GM – Elo 2658), the n°1 seed of the tournament and top 80 world chess player, who took the gold medal in a tournament in which all medallists achieved the same score of 6.5 points. Silver went to Grigoryan (ARM – GM – Elo 2595) while another Russian player completed the podium, Bukashvin taking the bronze.


Team Medal Podium


In the team competition, the host nation could celebrate a large victory (20.5 points) thanks to the good week of Klaudia Kulon, Dariusz Swiercz and Michal Olszewski. Silver went to Russia (18.5 pts) with Sanan Sjugirov, Ivan Bukashvin and Lidia Tomnikova taking the best over Armenia (18) in a team composed of Karen Grigoryan, Zaven Andriasian and Maria Gevorgyan.
This last round once concluded, it was time to proceed to the closing ceremony in the movie theater Rialto, iconic place of Katowice, a ceremony during which Leopold Senghor, FISU Executive Committee member declared the 13th World University Chess Championship 2014 officially closed. The next edition will take place in Abu Dhabi (UAE), in 2016.