Inter-Uni 2018 | THE GREAT WAR IS UPON US!

Chess is war over the board. The objective is to crush the opponent’s mind

-Bobby Fischer

It was the dawn of 27th of July in 2018. Excitement and uncertainty were in the air. The University of Jaffna was at the doorstep of a great war. To be exact, a type of war which the great chess grandmaster, Bobby Fischer talks about from the above quote. In fact, it was the time for the Inter University Chess Championship 2018.

University of Jaffna was ready to battle in the great war which was about to begin in a few moments. The spectators were more than happy to get in the middle of the crossfire and witness some mind-blowing action. All the participating university chess teams were equipped with the best players of their respective universities and were already at the venue. Their battle plans and strategies might be quite different but, all of them had the same motive for certain; to win the championship and bring honor and glory to their alma mater.

Men’s division of the tournament consisted of 14 university teams while there were 13 teams in the women’s division.

Men’s division

  1. University of Sri Jayewardenepura    
  2. University of Colombo
  3. Wayamba University
  4. Uwa Wellassa University
  5. Sabaragamuwa University
  6. Rajarata University
  7. Eastern University
  8. University of Peradeniya
  9. University of Moratuwa
  10. University of Jaffna
  11. University of Kelaniya
  12. University  of Ruhuna
  13. University of Visual and Performing Arts
  14. South Eaxtern University

 

Women’s division

  1. University of Peradeniya                                     
  2. Wayamba University
  3. Sabaragamuwa university
  4. Rajarata University
  5. University of Ruhuna
  6. Eastern University
  7. University of Visual and Performing arts
  8. University of Moratuwa
  9. University of Colombo
  10. Univeristy of Kelaniya
  11. University of Sri Jayawardenapura
  12. University of Jaffna
  13. Uva Wellassa University

 

The tournament was scheduled to have 5 rounds and had the typical game format. In each round, every university team gets an opposition team to play with and every player of the team will have to engage in an individual game with another player in the opposition. At the end, after the final round, the team which has scored most individual wins will be crowned as the champions.

At 9.00 am, a brief meeting was taken by the tournament officials for the captains of all teams in order to inform the rules and regulations of the tournament. After the rules and regulations were  informed and clarified to the captains, the tournament started without further delay.

From the beginning of the very first round, the intensity of the competition could be clearly seen. Every player in both divisions was playing their best game with full of passion in order to clinch the game and bring their respective teams one step closer to the championship.

Players moved their chess pieces slowly and strategically, waiting for the perfect moment to strike their opponents hard. Anyone could feel the intensity of the matches and the determination of the players even with a single glance. Thus, two action packed, intensive rounds were played in the first day. At the end of the first day Mora girls were leading the women’s division while the first spot of the men’s division was shared by J’Pura, Pera, Kelaniya and Sabara teams.

Action on the second day was also not lesser to the previous one. In fact, the competition got much more tough and intensive on the second day. Everybody seemed to have learned from their mistakes from the previous rounds and done their homework. Every player was trying to  outsmart  his/her opponent through tactics and strategies to win matches and as a result, after the end of the 4th round, at the end of the second day, J’Pura team was able to reign supreme in Men’s division by putting down their challengers below in the leaderboard. In women’s division Mora faced Pera in round 4 and team Pera was able to secure the first place, punishing the Mora team and demoting them to the 7th place.

Given below are the results after 4th round.

 

Rank after round 4- Men

Rank

Team

TB1

TB2

TB3

1

University of Sri Jayawadenapura

7

19,0

260,5

2

University of Peradeniya

7

17,5

225,5

3

University of Colombo

6

16,0

227,5

4

University of Kelniya

5

14,0

127,5

5

University of Jaffna

5

12,5

142,5

6

University of Moratuwa

4

16,0

166,5

7

Sabaragamuwa university

4

13,5

81,3

8

University of Ruhuna

4

11,5

119,3

9

South Eastern University

4

11,0

53,3

10

Wayamba university

3

10,5

132,5

11

Uwa wellassa University

3

10,0

120,5

12

Rajarata University

2

9,0

54,0

13

Eastern University

2

6,5

11,8

14

University of Visual and Performing Arts

0

1,0

9,0

 
 

Rank after round 4- Women

Rank

Team

TB1

TB2

TB3

1

University of Peradeniya

8

17,0

225,5

2

University of Colombo

6

16,0

201,5

3

University of Sri Jayawardenapura

5

16,5

171,5

4

University of Kelaniya

5

14,0

166,0

5

University of Ruhuna

5

13,0

149,5

6

Sabaragamuwa University

5

12,5

125,0

7

University of Moratuwa

4

14,5

185,0

8

Wayamba University

4

9,5

98,5

9

Eastern University

3

9,0

61,8

10

Rajarata University

3

9,0

48,8

11

University of Jaffna

2

9,0

96,0

12

Uwa Wellassa University

1

8,5

55,5

13

University of Visual and Performing Arts

1

7,5

47,5

 

With these results, at the end of day 2 it seemed that, University of Sri Jayawardenapura from the men’s division and University of Peradeniya from the women’s division have a good chance in becoming champions, but it is still too early to decide. The final round (5th round) is still yet to be played and it has the ability to change the whole situation. Who will win this great war of chess? Only time can tell. All we can do is to wait patiently until the answer is unveiled on day 3.

 

 

Article by Adheesha Gamage

Edited by Piyumi Yashodha

Sponsored by Millennium IT

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