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Wesley So clinches gold at Universiade in Kazan (Updated)

Grandmaster Wesley So from Philippines, student at the Webster University in Saint Louis, captured the gold medal at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan after edging the competition on tie-break.

After nine rounds of play in the Men’s section of chess competition, as many as nine players shared the first place with 6,5 points each.

After breaking the tie with additional criteria, Wesley So won the gold medal, Zaven Andriasian from Armenia took the silver, while the previous winner Li Chao B from China was awarded with bronze.

Wesley So

GM Wesley So

It was a close call as the top three players had the same summary of the first Buchholz criteria. Li Chao was declared third after counting the second Buchholz, but So and Andriasian again sported the same numbers.

Only on the third additional criteria, rating performance, So distinguished himself as the winner with 2714 Rp, while the Armenian remained second with 2704 Rp.

Update: Susan Polgar informs that “In spite of coming out on top in the 3rd tiebreak in Kazan, Webster U GM Wesley So had to beat former World Junior Champion GM Zaven Adriasian in the Armageddon playoff to win the World University Championship title.”

Susan Polgar also added for Chessdom: “This was the shocking part. Here are the rules: http://kazan2013.ru/assets/regulations_en-747b4432fad33e0d21fb5f826ebdd3e1.pdf

There was no mentioning of any Armageddon. Wesley should have won based on the 3rd tiebreaks. But he was asked to play in the Armageddon.

Tournament director Alexander Tkachiev told Wesley that the playoff game was needed. He did what he was told.”

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Final standings:

1. GM So Wesley PHI 2708 – 6.5
2. GM Andriasian Zaven ARM 2620 – 6.5
3. GM Li Chao B CHN 2686 – 6.5
4. GM Ma Qun CHN 2584 – 6.5
5. GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 2665 – 6.5
6. GM Zhou Jianchao CHN 2572 – 6.5
7. GM Alekseev Evgeny RUS 2714 – 6.5
8. GM Tomczak Jacek POL 2564 – 6.5
9. GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 2647 – 6.5
10. GM Hovhannisyan Robert ARM 2620 – 6
11. GM Amin Bassem EGY 2650 – 6
12. IM Georgescu Tiberiu-Marian ROU 2396 – 6
13. GM Durarbayli Vasif AZE 2549 – 6
14. GM Andreikin Dmitry RUS 2727 – 6
15. GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2657 – 6
16. GM Onischuk Vladimir UKR 2576 – 5.5
17. GM Perez Ponsa Federico ARG 2488 – 5.5
18. GM Moranda Wojciech POL 2570 – 5.5
19. GM Margvelashvili Giorgi GEO 2548 – 5.5
20. IM Nigalidze Gaioz GEO 2497 – 5.5
21. GM Bulski Krzysztof POL 2534 – 5.5
22. GM Baryshpolets Andrey UKR 2544 – 5.5
23. IM Ibarra Chami Luis Fernando MEX 2482 – 5.5
24. GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2620 – 5.5
25. IM Mammadov Zaur AZE 2437 – 5.5
26. GM Abasov Nijat AZE 2498 – 5.5
27. IM Atabayev Maksat TKM 2460 – 5
28. IM Rzayev Bahruz AZE 2429 – 5
29. IM Petenyi Tamas SVK 2480 – 5
30. IM Tazbir Marcin POL 2561 – 5
31. GM Batchuluun Tsegmed MGL 2517 – 5
32. IM Anton Teodor ROU 2438 – 5
33. IM Farid Firman Syah INA 2396 – 5
34. FM Munenga Douglas D ZAM 0 – 5
35. FM Esenov Annaberdi TKM 2255 – 5
36. FM Abdyjapar Asyl KGZ 2400 – 4.5
37. FM Nguyen Van Hai VIE 2353 – 4.5
38. FM Pham Chuong VIE 2365 – 4.5
39. IM Atabayev Yusup TKM 2431 – 4.5
40. IM Mazur Stefan SVK 2409 – 4.5
41. Markov Mikhail KGZ 2305 – 4.5
42. IM Nestorovic Nikola SRB 2461 – 4.5
43. IM Lapcevic Milos SRB 2403 – 4.5
44. GM Gundavaa Bayarsaikhan MGL 2516 – 4.5
45. FM Ferreira Jorge Viterbo POR 2401 – 4.5
46. Mohamad Ervan INA 2207 – 4.5
47. CM Nanjo Ryosuke JPN 2299 – 4.5
48. FM Gaehler Marco SUI 2317 – 4.5
49. Rajapakse R M C M SRI 2075 – 4.5
50. IM Jurcik Marian SVK 2512 – 4.5
51. IM Munkhgal Gombosuren MGL 2406 – 4
52. FM Stanciu Alexandru-Ovidiu ROU 2346 – 4
53. Galmandakh Badrakh MGL 2203 – 4
54. FM Hajbok Robert ROU 2367 – 4
55. Zulkifli Muhd Syazwan MAS 2063 – 4
56. FM Meskovs Nikita LAT 2372 – 4
57. Schaerer Julian SUI 2294 – 4
58. IM Sarenac Ivan SRB 2410 – 4
59. Nayan Ahmad Fadzil MAS 2102 – 4
60. FM Wyss Jonas SUI 2270 – 4
61. Hwang Sungjae KOR 1830 – 4
62. FM Kantans Toms LAT 2343 – 3.5
63. FM Tologontegin Semetey KGZ 2370 – 3.5
64. Kalnins Kristaps LAT 2269 – 3.5
65. FM Martins Vinicius Tine BRA 2391 – 3.5
66. FM Gantner Matthias SUI 2270 – 3.5
67. CM Olebile Thato BOT 2108 – 3.5
68. Garcia Fuentes Sergio Mig GUA 2181 – 3.5
69. CM Gumpo Thabo BOT 2015 – 3.5
70. CM Kokome Oaitse BOT 1931 – 3.5
71. IM Hesham Abdelrahman EGY 2375 – 3
72. Mooketsi David BOT 1847 – 3
73. Fernandes Carlos A. ANG 2122 – 3
74. IM Soares Erikson Roberto Mauric ANG 2193 – 3
75. Sato Kaname JPN 2038 – 3
76. Caetano Hugo Zanotti Mendonca BRA 2152 – 3
77. Giron David GUA 2062 – 2.5
78. Haitbayev Hayrulla TKM 2088 – 2.5
79. Akunov Maskat KGZ 1882 – 2.5
80. FM De Mey Juan Pablo ARU 1951 – 2.5
81. Chaulagain Purushottam NEP 1923 – 2.5
82. Malgie Avikaar SUR 1773 – 2.5
83. CM Abrantes Persson MOZ 2017 – 2
84. Lee Hwichul KOR 0 – 1

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