World University Chess Championship

Wang Yue and Batkhuyag Munguntuul top seeded

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As Chessdom.com informed a few months ago, the International Federation of University Sports has awarded the 11th World University Chess Championship to the Swiss University Sports Federation. The academic chess club Réti will organize the event in Zurich, Switzerland, from 5th to 11th September.

27 nations and about 100 players (men and women) will participate in the contest which will take place in Zurich, Switzerland.

The men’s competition is stronger than ever, featuring 11 grandmasters and almost 20 international masters. The big favourite is 23-year-old Wang Yue from China. With an Elo rating of 2716 points he is the first super grandmaster to participate in a World University Championship. He is the highest-rated Chinese player ever and in May occupied place 8 in the overall international ranking. After suffering a few set-backs since then, he will try to win again in Zurich in order to re-establish himself as one of the World’s top ten players.

His most dangerous rivals are the Russian Igor Lysyj (Elo 2631) and his compatriot Pavel Ponkratev (Elo 2604). In the last championship in Novokuznetsk, two years ago, Lysyj won the silver medal. The host delegation consists of five players headed by international masters Oliver Kurmann (Elo 2449) and Julien Carron (Elo 2380).

In the women’s competition Russia, Georgia and Mongolia traditionally feature the strongest players. Top seed is the 23-year-old Mongolian Batkhuyag Munguntuul (Elo 2421) who has already played on the first board for Mongolia in the last three chess Olympiads. Among the nine women grandmasters in the field she is the only one who carries the international master title among men as well. She is studying in Russia and is the winner of the Russian women’s blitz championship 2009. Just like their male compatriots, the two Swiss entrants Monika Seps (Elo 2184) and Maria Heinatz (Elo 1923) will need a special exploit to fight for a place among the first ten.

In the nations’ competition (combined results of men and women) Russia is the favourite. But Mongolia, Serbia and Iran also feature very strong delegations, and thus an exciting race is guaranteed to take place.

All details about the World University Championship can be found at the Chessdom.com preview and the official website.

Participants men

1

GM

Wang Yue

2716

CHN


2

GM

Lysyj Igor

2631

RUS


3

GM

Ponkratov Pavel

2604

RUS


4

GM

Ghaem Maghami Ehsan

2585

IRI


5

GM

Markos Jan

2566

SVK


6

GM

Popovic Dusan

2564

SRB


7

GM

Nikolov Momchil

2552

BUL


8

GM

Jumabayev Rinat

2547

KAZ


9

IM

Papin Vasily

2521

RUS


10

GM

Megaranto Susanto

2516

INA


11

IM

Miljkovic Miroslav D

2510

SRB


12

IM

Benidze Davit

2508

GEO


13

IM

Toufighi Homayoon

2501

IRI


14

IM

Sulashvili Malkhaz

2498

GEO


15

IM

Roganovic Milos

2497

SRB


16

GM

Ismagambetov Anuar

2492

KAZ


17

IM

Jurcik Marian

2484

SVK


18

GM

Swinkels Robin

2483

NED


19

IM

Khmelniker Ilya

2483

ISR


20

IM

Kuderinov Kirill

2481

KAZ


21

FM

Golizadeh Asghar

2481

IRI


22

IM

Pruijssers Roeland

2462

NED


23

Gundavaa Bayarsaikhan

2460

MGL


24

IM

Burg Twan

2449

NED


25

IM

Kurmann Oliver

2449

SUI


26

Nadj Hedjesi Balind

2426

SRB


27

IM

Klimov Anton

2421

RUS


28

IM

Nestorovic Nikola

2420

SRB


29

FM

Pacher Milan

2417

SVK


30

IM

Alavi Sayed Javad

2413

IRI


31

IM

Purnama Tirta Chandra

2400

INA


32

IM

Panjwani Raja

2395

CAN


33

FM

Hoffmann Paul

2382

GER


34

FM

Kukov Velislav

2381

BUL


35

IM

Carron Julien

2380

SUI


36

Botvinnik Mikhail

2360

ISR


37

FM

Kuipers Stefan

2354

NED


38

Ma Yu

2336

CHN


39

Erdene Ganzorig

2330

MGL


40

FM

Akkozov Berik

2328

KAZ


41

FM

Poobalasingam Peter S

2326

ENG


42

FM

Hindermann Felix

2323

SUI


43

FM

Otte Marijn

2303

NED


44

Gaehler Marco

2292

SUI


45

Munkhgal Gombosuren

2289

MGL


46

Pitra Andika

2283

INA


47

Wyss Jonas

2258

SUI


48

Surya Wahyudi

2233

INA


49

Viela Andre Filipe Folha

2223

POR


50

Horvath Laszlo

2200

HUN


51

Costa Joao Guerra

2171

POR


52

Kalugampitiya R S

2095

SRI


53

Fernando S K Akila

2053

SRI


54

Koggala W S V K

2026

SRI


55

Kumar Vedantha

1983

ENG


56

Herath H M L Y

1884

SRI


57

Emefiele Onyisi

0

NIG


58

Orgil Gantumur

0

MGL

Participants women

1

IM

Munguntuul Batkhuyag

2421

MGL


2

WGM

Tsereteli Tamar

2384

GEO


3

WGM

Kovanova Baira

2376

RUS


4

WIM

Severiukhina Zoja

2341

RUS


5

WGM

Stojanovic Andjelija

2337

SRB


6

WGM

Tuvshintugs Batchimeg

2321

MGL


7

WGM

Sukandar Irine Kharisma

2311

INA


8

WGM

Pourkashiyan Atousa

2308

IRI


9

WGM

Guramishvili Sopiko

2298

GEO


10

WIM

Kharashuta Ekaterina

2298

RUS


11

WIM

Drljevic Ljilja

2273

SRB


12

WIM

Borosova Zuzana

2266

SVK


13

WIM

Melekhina Alisa

2265

USA


14

WGM

Paridar Shadi

2264

IRI


15

WIM

Hoolt Sarah

2245

GER


16

WIM

Fuchs Judith

2232

GER


17

WFM

Cheremnova Tamara

2225

RUS


18

WIM

Yanjindulam Dulamsuren

2224

MGL


19

WIM

Ghader Pour Shayesteh

2218

IRI


20

Zhang Ying

2218

CHN


21

WFM

Nakhbayeva Guliskhan

2216

KAZ


22

Lkhamsuren Uuganbayar

2206

MGL


23

Djukic Sandra

2198

SRB


24

Van Nies Pauline

2191

NED


25

WIM

Seps Monika

2184

SUI


26

Lestari Baiq Vina

2177

INA


27

WFM

Davletbayeva Madina

2168

KAZ


28

WFM

Hegarty Sarah N

2057

ENG


29

Naydenova Yordanka

1925

BUL


30

Heinatz Maria

1923

SUI


31

WCM

Kadek Iin Dwijayanti

1889

INA


32

WCM

Liyanagedara L G A

1844

SRI


33

Rajapaksha Ashanti K.

1790

SRI


34

Ferreira Ana Margarida

1789

POR


35

Dale Hannah

1759

ENG


36

De Silva Himeshi

0

SRI


37

Gunawardena Shanila

0

SRI

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