Tuesday, July 16, 2013
One game for the World University Championship title
Full results here: http://chess-results.com/tnr106011.aspx
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. He did it! Here is the game:
[Event "World University Championship"]
[White "GM Zaven Andriasian"]
[Black "GM Wesley So"]
Armageddon game for the World University Championship title!
1. Nf3 c5 2. g3 Nc6 3. Bg2 g6 4. d3 Bg7 5. O-O e5 6. e4 Nge7 7. h4 h6 8. Be3 d6 9. Qd2 Be6 10. Nc3 Qd7 11. a3 Bh3 12. Nh2 Bxg2 13. Kxg2 f5 14. b4 Nd4 15. Nd5 Nxd5 16. exd5 Qf7 17. bxc5 Qxd5+ 18. Kg1 dxc5 19. Rab1 O-O-O 20. Bxd4 exd4 21. Qa5 Kb8 22. Rb5 Rc8 23. Rfb1 Rc7 24. Nf1 f4 25. gxf4 g5 26. fxg5 hxg5 27. h5 Be5 28. Qa4 b6 29. Nd2 Bh2+ 30. Kxh2 Rxh5+ 31. Kg3 Qe6 32. Rxb6+ axb6 33. Rxb6+ Qxb6 34. Qe8+ Kb7 35. Qxh5 Qd6+ 36. Kg2 Qd5+ 37. Ne4 c4 38. Qf3 cxd3 39. cxd3 Kb6 40. Qf8 Ka7 41. a4 g4 42. Qf4 Rh7 43. Qd2 Qh5 44. Ng3 Qd5+ 45. Kg1 Rb7 46. Qh6 Rb1+ 47. Kh2 Rb7 48. Ne4 Qe5+ 49. Kg2 Qf5 50. Qd2 Qf3+ 51. Kg1 Rb1+ 0-1
Here is the explanation I got from Ed Andaya from the Filipino delegation:
Based on official record signed by tournament director Aleksandr Tkachiev, Wesley and Zaven finished tied after three tiebreaks - -- BH 1 (47.5), BH 2 (43.0) and SB (35.50). A fourth one, the direct encounter or winner-over-the-other rule, will also provide no clear winner since the two drew their ninth-round match.
Since chess is a new sport here in Universiade (introduced only by China in 2011 Shenzhen), there is really no clear-cut rule on playoffs. Initially, officials wanted to give 2 golds -- 1 for Wesley and 1 for Zaven. But FISU ruled it out since the Universiade gives only one gold. So the officials decided on the Armageddon and called the two players. Zaven won the toss coin and chose white. The rest, of course, is history. As Susan P. correctly pointed out, the Armageddon victory only made it a lot sweeter for Wesley.