April 2021
April 13, 2021

University champs crowned

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Photo: Kirill Shevchenko Facebook

Ukranian Kirill Shevchenko and Pole Julia Antolak won the open and women’s individual rapid title respectively at the FIDE World University Online Rapid Championship.

The tournament organised by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on the Tornelo platform saw a huge turnout comparable with the blitz event with 884 participants.

After three rounds in the open final, the rating-favourite Grigoriy Oparin of the University of Missouri was leading the field followed by his teammate Mikhail Antipov and Shevchenko of the Ivan Boberskyj Lviv State University of Physical Culture.

In Round 4 Shevchenko beat Oparin with black pieces and pulled a half point ahead of his opponent together with Antipov who also won his game.

As tournament fortune would have it, the leaders locked horns in the final round. Shevchenko scored a convincing victory and clinched the title. Antipov got silver, his second medal after bronze in blitz, thanks to better tiebreaks over Grigoriy Oparin. 

Despite losing the direct encounter to her main competitor Anna Sargsyan of the Armenian State Institute of Physical Culture, in the women’s final,  Antolak, representing University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, won all her other games and secured the title. 

The champion of the blitz event Anna Sargsyan finished a half-point behind and took silver. Olga Badelka came in third and earned bronze. 

WIM Julia Antolak  Photo: trojmiasto.pl

Final standings


1. GM Kirill Shevchenko (UKR Ivan Boberskyj Lviv State University of Physical Culture) – 4

2. GM Mikhail Antipov  (RUS University of Missouri) – 3

3. GM Grigoriy Oparin (RUS University of Missouri) – 3

4. IM Leon Livaic (CRO University of Zagreb) – 2½

5.  IM Robby Kevlishvili (NED Saint Louis University) – 2

6. GM Cemil Can Ali Marandi (TUR Saint Louis University) – ½


1. WIM Julia Antolak (POL University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) – 4

2. WGM Anna Sargsyan (ARM Armenian State Institute of Physical Culture) – 3½

3. IM Olga Badelka (BLR  University of Missouri) – 2½

4. WFM Shengxin Zhao (CHN Shanghai University of Finance and Economics) – 1½

5. WIM Isha Sharma (IND Mangalore University) – 1½

6. IM Iulija Osmak  (UKR University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) – 0

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