World University Championship Chess 2012 @ Guimarães, Portugal • 19 - 26 August, 2012
And the winner is...
In the end of the round 9, the classification defined who will received the three medals for male and female, this evening in the closing ceremony at 22.30pm. In the male sector, the gold winner is the Chinese player Xiangzhi Bu, the second and third places go to Poland for the players Bulski Krzysztof and Tazbir Marcin, respectively. In the female classification, the gold medal also goes to a Chinese player Zhongyi, the second place goes to Kashlinskaya Alina from Russia and the bronze was give to the german girl Hoolt Sarah. In summary, China is the big winner of this Championship followed by Poland.
Chess shows its competitive side in Guimarães
WUC Chess 2012 returned to the trays on the 24th August around 4pm for the 8th round of the competition. On the 7th round, on 23rd August, everyone was surprised by the draw between the number one of the women classification Tan Zhongyi (CHN) and Przezdziecka Marta (POL). Although that wasn’t a good game for the Chinese player, she stills on the first place. In what concerns to the male sector, Bu Xiangzhi (CHN), until round 7, had only two draws and five victories. The polish team, represented by five players that are in the top 10 of this championship, only got two victories out of five games. On the 24th August, the round 8 took place and it could decide the first three places, especially on the male side. Except Bu Xiangzhi (CHN), who is leading with 6 points, the polish players Czarnota Pawel, Tomczak Jacek, Bulski Krzysztof and Oliver Kurmannm, from the team of Switzerland are tied with 5 points. For this reason, the games from this round that opposed Bu Xiangzhi and Czarnota Pawel, Tomczak Jacek and Oliver Kurmann, Bulski Krzysztof and Martins Vinicius, could be decisive to define the first, second and third places. So that, if the Chinese player wins the game and from the other two games doesn’t come out any winner, Bu Xiangzhi will automatically win this championship. In the female section, the Chinese player Tan Zhongyi and the Russian Kashlinskaya Alina are competing for the first place, both with 5,5 points. The german Hoolt Sarah, now with 5 points, will also fight for the podium against Alina from Russia on the round 8. In the women classification, the games wont’ decide anything yet but it can make the last round even more fierce.
Official Dinner put together illustrious people of the WUC Futsal and Chess
Last Wednesday, 22th August, the WUC Official Dinner took place at Panoramic Restaurant in Minho’s University where were present people from the Chess Championship and from the Futsal Championship as well. In Braga, the dinner had as main intention put together all the participants from the tournaments, namely the organization, teams and guests. At Panoramic Restaurant were represented the following institutions: Braga European Capital of Youth, Guimarães European Capital of Culture, Minho’s University, Organizing Committee, FISU, FIDE, FIFA and a few more Portuguese federations that support those events, University of Malaga, host of next World University Championships and delegates from all the teams in the competitions. After dinner, Luís Rodrigues, President of The Organizing Committee directed a few words to the guests, followed by the speech of the Rector of Minho’s University. A ntónio Cunha reforced his words of the Open Ceremony, enhancing that those two competitions have extreme importance to the institution because “sport is part of the educational project of the university”. In the end of the speeches, a few gratefulness awards were given to the teams and to the guests that helped with the organization of WUC 2012. This act happened again with Luciano Cabral from FISU and, later on, with Bruno Barracosa from Academic Federation of University Sport of Portugal. The ceremony, hosted by Fernando Parente General Secretary of The Organizing Committee, ended around 11.30pm.