• Wesley bags first gold for PH in Kazan

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    Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So delivered the coun-try’s first gold medal in the prestigious 27th Summer Universiade being held in Ka-zan Russia.

    So outclassed GM Zaven Andriasian of Armenia in Ar-mageddon-style playoff match to rule the men’s individual event of the chess competitions held at the Kazan Sports Complex.

    After the final round, So and Andriasian were in a nine-way tie on top with 6.5 points along with GMs Jacek Tomczak of Poland, Evgeny Alekseev, Sanan Sjugirov and Maxim Matlakov of Russia, and Zhou Jian Chao, Li Chao and Ma Qun of China.

    So and Andriasian got superior tiebreak points to force an Armageddon-style playoff game—a style used to determine a winner in a shorter tournament like the Universiade. The Armaged-don-style playoff is usually a shorter game than the usual standard chess game. It takes less than 10 minutes.

    Andriasian settled for silver while Li took the bronze medal.

    So wrapped up the nine-round event with four wins versus GM Giorgi Marg-velashvili of Georgia, Andrey Baryshpolets of Ukraine, Marian Jurick of Slovakia and Nikita Meskovs of Latvia, and four draws with Ma, Tomczak, Zhou, Andriansian and Robert Hovhannisyan of Armenia.

    The Philippine finally made it to the medal tally with one gold, good for 40th position while host Russia virtually claimed the overall title with unbeatable 126 golds, 67 silvers and 57 bronzes.

    China is in second with 23 golds, 26 silvers and 18 bronzes followed by Japan with 20-22-28, South Korea with 15-9-11, Ukraine with 11-24-28, Belarus with 11-12-12, United States with 9-13-11, South Africa with 7-3-4, Australia with 6-3-6 and Lithuania with 6-1-2.

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