World University Chess Championship

5 to 11 September 2010 in Zurich, Switzerland

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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.

Twenty nations have entered to date the 11th World University Chess Championship, taking place from 5 to 11 September 2010. The field reflects the universal interest enjoyed by the Royal Game all over the world. Apart from the classical chess nations from Europe, the Far East is excellently represented by China, Japan, Indonesia and Mongolia. Almost as strong is the entry from the Middle East, featuring Lebanon, Iran and Israel. Africa has entered Nigeria and Algeria. Countries from the Americas are so far absent from the list, but the organising committee is confident that Brazil and Cuba will send in their applications soon.

The local Swiss team has not yet been nominated in full. With some of Switzerland’s strongest U28 players being available, including International Masters Oliver Kurmann, Julien Carron and, in the women’s competition, Monika Seps, a worthy line-up by the home team is guaranteed. All in all, the organisers from the Réti Chess Club, the Swiss University Sports Federation (SHSV) and the Academic Sport Federation Zurich (ASVZ) expect about 160 players and officials to show up. Men and women will play 9 rounds each in two separate categories. Individual world championship titles will be awarded as well as a combined team title. As in professional chess, Russia has been dominating in the past, winning five nation titles so far, with the other five going to China (2), Georgia (2) und Spain (1). The individual honour lists show a similar picture.

Zurich is often referred to as the smallest major city in the world; small in population but of major economic and cultural importance. Its two institutes of higher learning – one of which just celebrated its 175th anniversary – are internationally renowned and teach over 40’000 students from all over the world. The city has 19 chess clubs, among them the oldest in the world which has celebrated its 200th birthday in summer 2009. University sport and chess are both firmly established in Zurich.

Monika Seps

Monika Seps

According to the regulations of FISU, the World University Chess Championship is held in two individual tournaments for men and women, lasting for nine to eleven rounds in seven days. Based on the results of the individual competitions a team ranking is also computed. World University Championships in Switzerland regularly attract numerous entries; up to 150 competitors from 25 countries are expected. They will be accompanied by approximately 30 delegates and coaches.

Each country may enter a maximum of 8 competitors: Maximum five (5) men and three (3) women, or five (5) women and three (3) men, or four (4) women and four (4) men Only the countries with three (3) competitors or more, of whom at least one (1) men and one (1) women, will be taken into account for the team classification. The individual classification will be established according to the total of game scored points. In case of a tie, the winner will be determined according to the FIDE rules and the Chess Tournament rules for this Championship The team classification will be determined according to the total of game points scored, in the individual tournament, by the three (3) best scored from at least one (1) man and one (1) woman from the same country. If the number of men is equal or more than 1.5 times the number of women, the team classification will be done with the best results of two (2) men and one (1) woman. Similarly, if the number of women is equal or more than 1.5 times the number of men, the team classification will be done with the best results of two (2) women and one (1) man. In the event of a tie, the winning team will be determined according to FIDE rules.

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