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GM Wang Yue wins the World University Chess Championship with one round to go

IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag leads the women section

Wang Yue sq

With an impressive display of mental power-play the 23-year-old Chinese grandmaster Wang Yue has clinched the World University Champion­ship 2010. The student of communication sciences at Nankai University showed admirable stubbornness and excellent technique in rounds 7 and 8, grinding down GM Momchil Nikolov (Bulgaria) and GM Rinat Jumbayev (Kazakhstan) in two interesting endgames.

Against Nikolov he had to work especially hard: having obtained a large advantage from the opening, he let most of it go again. After almost all pieces were traded an endgame with rooks and bishops of opposite colours arose. All remaining pawns standing on the same wing, everything but a draw was expected. Unperturbed, Wang Yue kept pressing and in the end converted his pawn advantage with apparently incredible ease. The many spectators surrounding his board in the afternoon were not disappointed either. Again an endgame arose where Wang seemed to have only the tiniest of advantages, but with an unexpected pawn sacrifice he developed a dangerous long-term initiative. Although there were no direct threats — or perhaps exactly because there were none — defending Black’s position required utmost attention. Jumbayev was up to the task until suddenly, at move 39, he succumbed under the great pressure. A fatal rook move immediately cost him a piece.

One round before the end Wang Yue has a fantastic 7,5/8 points and a rating performance of almost 2950. On second place, IM David Benidze from Georgia is 1,5 points behind. He can no longer win the tournament but is about to score a GM norm, at least.

In the women’s tournament the race is completely open. In the 8th round top encounter between WIM Ljilja Drljevic (Serbia) and WGM Batkhuyag Munguntuul (Mongolia) the latter did the same as Wang Yue in the morning: showing great perseverance, the highest-rated woman in the field won a seemingly drawn endgame with rooks and opposite-coloured bishops, thereby wresting the lead from her opponent. With Munguntuul on 6 points and no less than seven players on 5,5 an eventful final round is to be expected.

The last day will also bring about the decision in the nations’ ranking. Before round 9 the team from Georgia is leading ahead of Mongolia, but only by a minuscule advantage (1 Buchholz point). The current titleholder, Russia, is one point behind on 16 points. Kazakhstan and China are trailing by a further point, but still have good chances of a medal too.

The tournament is rich in entertaining battles. Nevertheless, the events unfolding in the game Yanjindulan – Tsereteli in round 7 were in a class of its own. Rarely have we seen such a spectacular game with so many unusual manoeuvres. The point of culmination was reached after move 37: with queen and rook against knight and rook (plus several pawns each), Black seemed to be totally winning, but the incredible 38. Nb6-a8 enabled White to escape in truly study-like fashion. If you play over just one game this year, this has to be the one.

Men

Round 7: GM Nikolov (Bul) – GM Wang Yue (China) 0:1. GM Ismagambetov (Kas) – IM Khmelniker (Isr) drawn. IM Benidze (Geo) – GM Popovic (Srb) 1:0. etc.
8. Runde: GM Wang Yue (China) – GM Jumabayev (Kaz) 1:0. GM Ismagambetov (Kaz) – IM Benidze (Geo) drawn. IM Papin (Rus) – IM Khmelniker (Isr) 1:0. etc.

Women

Round 7: WGM Guramishvili (Geo) – WIM Drljevic (Srb) drawn. WGM Munguntuul (Mgl) – WGM Tuvshintugs (Mgl) 1:0. WIM Yanjindulam (Mgl) – WGM Tsereteli (Geo) drawn.
Round 8: WIM Drljevic (Srb) – WGM Munguntuul (Mgl) 0:1. WIM Borosova (Svk) – WGM Guramishvili (Geo) drawn. WGM Tsereteli (Geo) – WIM Seps (Sui) 1:0.

Standings men round 8

1 GM Wang Yue CHN 2732 7.5

2 IM Benidze Davit GEO 2504 6

3 IM Khmelniker Ilya ISR 2483 5.5

4 GM Ismagambetov Anuar KAZ 2492 5.5

5 Gundavaa Bayarsaikhan MGL 2460 5.5

6 GM Nikolov Momchil BUL 2549 5.5

7 GM Ponkratov Pavel RUS 2592 5.5

8 IM Papin Vasily RUS 2534 5.5

9 GM Lysyj Igor RUS 2638 5.5

10 GM Jumabayev Rinat KAZ 2547 5

11 IM Kurmann Oliver SUI 2452 5

12 GM Megaranto Susanto INA 2516 5

13 Wyss Jonas SUI 2270 5

14 FM Mohajerin Peyman IRI 2366 4.5

15 IM Miljkovic Miroslav D SRB 2510 4.5

16 IM Jurcik Marian SVK 2466 4.5

17 IM Pruijssers Roeland NED 2483 4.5

18 IM Nestorovic Nikola SRB 2420 4.5

19 GM Popovic Dusan SRB 2565 4.5

20 FM Poobalasingam Peter S ENG 2332 4.5

21 IM Sulashvili Malkhaz GEO 2500 4.5

22 FM Ahmadinia Ebrahim IRI 2414 4.5

23 IM Purnama Tirta Chandra INA 2400 4.5

24 Gaehler Marco SUI 2292 4.5

25 Munkhgal Gombosuren MGL 2289 4.5

26 IM Burg Twan NED 2455 4.5

27 GM Swinkels Robin NED 2478 4.5

28 GM Markos Jan SVK 2566 4

29 IM Roganovic Milos SRB 2497 4

30 Pitra Andika INA 2283 4

31 GM Mekhitarian Krikor Sevag BRA 2550 4

32 Erdene Ganzorig MGL 2330 4

33 FM Kuipers Stefan NED 2370 3.5

34 Darini Pouria IRI 2430 3.5

35 FM Hindermann Felix SUI 2323 3.5

36 IM Carron Julien SUI 2394 3.5

37 FM Otte Marijn NED 2264 3.5

38 Viela Andre Filipe Folha POR 2224 3.5

39 IM Panjwani Raja CAN 2429 3.5

40 Botvinnik Mikhail ISR 2337 3.5

41 FM Bueno Alfeu Junior Varela BRA 2303 3.5

42 FM Hoffmann Paul GER 2372 3.5

43 Surya Wahyudi INA 2233 3.5

44 FM Akkozov Berik KAZ 2288 3.5

45 Costa Joao Guerra POR 2186 3.5

46 Nadj Hedjesi Balind SRB 2407 3

47 Kumar Vedantha ENG 1983 3

48 Soozankar Amohammad IRI 2299 3

49 FM Kukov Velislav BUL 2395 3

50 Koggala W S V K SRI 2026 3

51 Kalugampitiya R S SRI 2095 3

52 Ma Yu CHN 2336 2.5

53 FM Pacher Milan SVK 2449 2.5

54 Meier Peter SEY 2047 2

55 Orgil Gantumur MGL 0 2

56 Herath H M L Y SRI 1884 2

57 Fernando S K Akila SRI 2053 2

Standings women round 8

1 IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag MGL 2412 6

2 WGM Guramishvili Sopiko GEO 2343 5.5

3 WIM Drljevic Ljilja SRB 2273 5.5

4 WIM Fuchs Judith GER 2237 5.5

5 WGM Tsereteli Tamar GEO 2384 5.5

6 WGM Tuvshintugs Batchimeg MGL 2333 5.5

7 WIM Borosova Zuzana SVK 2277 5.5

8 WGM Sukandar Irine Kharisma INA 2372 5.5

9 Zhang Ying CHN 2210 5

10 WFM Cheremnova Tamara RUS 2225 5

11 WIM Severiukhina Zoja RUS 2313 4.5

12 WIM Yanjindulam Dulamsuren MGL 2212 4.5

13 WGM Stojanovic Andjelija SRB 2337 4.5

14 Lkhamsuren Uuganbayar MGL 2206 4.5

15 WIM Melekhina Alisa USA 2273 4.5

16 WIM Seps Monika SUI 2184 4.5

17 WFM Salman Mahini Mona IRI 2001 4.5

18 WIM Kharashuta Ekaterina RUS 2298 4.5

19 WFM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan KAZ 2243 4.5

20 Alavi Homa IRI 1953 4.5

21 WIM Hoolt Sarah GER 2251 4

22 Lestari Baiq Vina INA 2177 4

23 Hemmatizadeh Nina IRI 1891 4

24 WFM Hegarty Sarah N ENG 2084 4

25 WFM Davletbayeva Madina KAZ 2163 3.5

26 Djukic Sandra SRB 2198 3.5

27 Garcia Liria Caetano BRA 1908 3.5

28 Van Nies Pauline NED 2167 3

29 WCM Lindiawati Evi INA 2133 3

30 Rajapaksha Ashanti K. SRI 1790 3

31 Naydenova Yordanka BUL 1924 3

32 Martinez Janine BRA 1949 3

33 Heinatz Maria SUI 1935 3

34 Dale Hannah ENG 1779 3

35 WCM Kadek Iin Dwijayanti INA 1889 3

36 Gunawardena Shanila SRI 0 3

37 WCM Liyanagedara L G A SRI 1844 2.5

38 Ferreira Ana Margarida POR 1816 2

39 De Silva Himeshi SRI 0 1

Standings by nation

1 GEO 17

2 MGL 17

3 RUS 16

4 KAZ 15

5 CHN 15

6 INA 15

7 SRB 14.5

8 SUI 14.5

9 SVK 14

10 IRI 13.5

11 GER 13

12 NED 12

13 ENG 11.5

14 BUL 11.5

15 BRA 11

16 POR 9

17 SRI 9

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