Today we reached the 5th round and with it the halfway point of the tournament. Poland is establishing itself as one of the dominant countries of the tournament. Both in the men’s and women’s category a Polish player is tied for the first place, with more players closely following. The games on the top boards are complemented by players from Germany, Singapore, Hungary and Iran. For the second half of the tournament these countries will be the ones to beat.
After five classical chess rounds, the World University Blitz Championship, was organized. While some players elected to skip the tournament to recuperate, a total of 52 players competed in this tournament. As is usual the blitz tournament provided some very exciting games. In the end it was Sliwicka Alicja from Poland, who won the women’s section with 6,5/9. The Singaporean grandmaster Jingyao Tin claimed the men’s title with a stunning score of 7,5/9!
Men’s Blitz Champions:
1 Tin Jingyao (SGP)
2 Janik Igor (POL)
3 Daghli Arash (IRI)
Women’s Blitz Champions:
1 Sliwicka Alicja (POL)
2 Kucharska Honorata (POL)
3 Alinasab Mobina (IRI)
Day 3 brought changes to the top of the standings on the bridge side of the event.
Two Polish teams now occupy the podium position on first and third, with France sandwiched between them.
New tournament leaders, Poland 2, benefitted from Thailand’s worse results, but also marked their superiority over them with a convincing direct victory.
Meanwhile, the first Polish team and France were able to catch up by confidently beating both teams from Uganda, even despite the French loss to the Czech Republic.
German team is not far away from podium and these teams are expected to fight for the medals tomorrow, on the final day of the tournament.
To conclude an eventful day, the customary speedball pairs tournament took place. Berat Unver from Turkey and Mihailo Simic from Serbia came out on top, followed by Yu-Chih Lin from Taipei with Muhammed Furkan Eker from Turkey and an all-French pair of Wilhelmine Schlumberger and Romeric Guth.