St Louis University wins Pan American Intercollegiate Team Championship

Pan American Intercollegiate Championship

The championship was held at the Marriott Hotel in Dulles (Virginia), an area that takes its name from the Washington Dulles International Airport located in the immediate vicinity – the airport of the American capital, which in turn bears the name of former Secretary of State John Foster Dulles (1888 – 1959).

Illustrious universities are among the participants: Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, etc. These institutions generally have good financial resources. Given that young talents from all over the world study at these universities, it is no wonder that many title holders have participated in the championship.

Undoubtedly the biggest contributor to Saint Louis University’s victory was Dutch grandmaster Benjamin Bok, who scored 5½/6 points. Facing a string of narrow 2½-1½ wins from his side, it was Bok who made the decisive difference on several occasions.

However, the grandmaster’s opponents weren’t always on equal footing with their titled opponents, as can be seen in this first-round match.

Benjamin Bok had to give up half a point again – in their sixth-round match against Maria Malicka of Poland | Photo: Angie Le


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Final ranking

…57 teams

Winner team

Bo. Last name RtgI FEED 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts. Games RtgAvg R.p. K RTG +/-
1 GM SWIERCZ Dariusz 2656 United States 1 ½ ½ ½ 2.5 4 2632 2652 ten -0.4
2 GM THEODOROU Nikolas, Mr. 2577 GRE ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 3.0 5 2523 2445 ten -3.1
3 GM B.O.K. Benjamin 2619 NDE 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 5.5 6 2321 2603 ten 4.7
4 GM KEVLISHVILI Robby 2491 NDE 1 1 ½ 2.5 3 2050 2179 ten 0.8
5 GM CHANDRA Akshat 2484 United States 1 1 2.0 2 1901 0 ten 1.6
6 GM ALI MARANDI Cemil Canette 2542 THE 0 0 ½ ½ 1.0 4 2533 2245 ten -14.3

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