PCU Student Chess Cup 2023 started with AP Blitz Tournament on Friday, November 24.
The PCU Chess Cup has garnered an impressive participation with 113 accredited players, representing 30 universities spanning across 15 countries.
In a testament to their passion for the game, a substantial majority of participants in the PCU Chess Cup actively chose to engage in the AP Blitz tournament, despite its optional status and not being a mandatory component of the official competition
Champions Emerge: High-Level Play Rewarded
Chess playing students showcased their prowess in 9 intense rounds of Blitz chess.
Celebrating Chess Diversity the PCU Chess Cup, with its blend of FIDE and non-FIDE participants, celebrates the essence of chess – a game that transcends titles and embraces the beauty of diverse playing styles. As the tournament progresses, the interplay between these two categories promises to unveil more surprises and spectacular chess moments.
The players, ascended to victory, demonstrated a amazingly high level of play, making the tournament a true showcase of chess excellence. The unpredictability of chess unfolded with unexpected results, injecting an extra layer of excitement into the tournament. Some players’ performance surpassed their federation ratings, indicating a level of play that exceeded the numerical assessments.
Congratulations to the champions of AP Blitz Tournament:
1. Aras Vardanyan (Vilnius University, Lithuania)
2. Daniel Grimm (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary)
3. William Boudry (Artevelde University of Applied Sciences, Belgium)
Emphasis on Fair Play
In a remarkable collaboration with the Royal Belgian Chess Federation, AP University of Applied Sciences and Arts played host to the inaugural AP Blitz Tournament, marking the commencement of the PCU Chess Cup. The tournament not only celebrated chess brilliance but also laid a strong emphasis on fair play and universal friendship.
As the PCU Chess Cup continues, keep an eye on even more compelling and spirited competition ahead. Stay connected on social media and the official tournament platform on www.pcucommittee.com for the latest updates on this exciting chess journey!