PSU Student Wins All-Russian English Dictation

Perm State University (PSU) has hosted for the All-Russian English Dictation among university students, initiated by the Kazan Federal University (KFU). In 2023, more than 32,000 participants from 75 regions of Russia, as well as Argentina, Belarus, Cuba, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Thailand, UK and Uzbekistan joined the Dictation, including 117 students from PSU and other Perm-based educational institutions.

The main theme of the recent dictation has become “21st Century Skills Set” – reflecting upon fast change and exponential growth induced by the modern age. The dictation text had been prepared by teachers of the Institute of International Relations at KFU.

“Public events such as dictations motivate students to learn English and help improve students’ literacy. Dictation in English is a great opportunity to get acquainted with updated examples of the living English language, enrich one’s vocabulary, test the knowledge of English spelling and punctuation, and practice listening comprehension,” says Natalya Khorosheva, Dean of the Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, PSU.

The winner of the All-Russian dictation in English in 2024, as well as in 2023, has become Dmitry Smirnykh-Pershin, a student of the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics at PSU. We challenged Dmitry with a brief interview on his victory and related circumstances that help him to keep the winner’s shape for that long:  

– What attracts you to the English language?

– Brevity.

– What helped you win the All-Russian English Dictation? And, what advice would you give to the future contestants?

– I believe my personal natural desire for literacy helped me at winning the Dictation. I would advise anyone interested in such competitions to grow the habit of reading English literature, in their everyday life.

– Which ways would you like to practice your knowledge of English?

– The language provides opportunity to communicate with both famous and ordinary people, it all depends on the tasks assigned. If I were giving a tour around Perm, I would probably show foreigners the location of the Kama Valley: unsuitable for construction previously, incorporating new construction technologies, they are going to build the new international student campus here.

– Do you have a favourite joke in English?

– In terms of humor, the English language is pun- and play-on-word inviting. It is great when the joke comes naturally, born in context, and you are its author: “For instance, if a person is called a ‘deer’ in Russia, this is a manifestation of discontent, but for English language speakers it might appear very amicable. The explanation is that the words “deer” and “dear” are homonymous, while in Russian they sound totally different.

– Do you have a hobby? Does it have anything in common with the English language?

– I like chess. English, like any other language, and communication in general, resemble this game: I speak only after I have thought through the complete phrase. Discovering a new figure of speech or another language phenomenon can be compared to learning a new tactics in a game. Comprehension of the language, as well as the rules of chess, help to develop foresight – the ability to calculate all possible steps, to follow.

– Thank you and good luck with your studies, Dmitry!

– Thank you!

PSU Team Takes Gold in International Chess League Competition

53 teams from Russia, Serbia, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan, best in their countries and territories, took place in the Competition. The Univer Sports Club from Perm State University (PSU) united Ivan Volodin (Faculty of Physics), Dmitry Radostev (Faculty of Economics) and Artyom Polonsky (Department of Physical Culture and Sports, PSU).

The Competition finals took place at the platform. In addition to PSU participants, three universities – Saint-Petersburg State University of Industrial Technologies and Design, Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, V.I. Vernadsky Crimean Federal University participated in the finals.

The Univer Sports Club scored 24.5 points in total, the highest result among teams, bringing gold awards to PSU. The second place was taken by the Gazprom team (23 points), the bronze award went to the Rostelecom team (22.5 points). The results can be found here.

“The finals have been quite tough, bringing together masters and candidates for master of sports. Not only we did have to compete with other universities, but also strongest corporate teams from various institutions in science, education, IT, fuel and energy complex, finance and transport,” confessed Sergey Solovyov, Head of Univer Sports Club, PSU.

PSU Chess Team Sets New Records

PSU team has become a winner in the ChessUni WCLeague international chess tournament, at the start of November, 2021. In 100 minutes, PSU participants scored 217 team points, beating the MSU teams, MIPT, as well as universities from England, Scotland, USA and Canada.

On 13-14 November, Moscow hosted the full-time final of the ACC of Russia “Your Move” chess project. There, nine chess players from different faculties represented Perm State University.

Artem Polonsky, a graduate of the Faculty of Economics, PSU, a coach of the Univer Sports Club chess team, took 1st place in the All-Russian competition. This is Artem’s first victory in face-to-face competition, on a national scale. Vladimir Gein, a student of the Faculty of Chemistry, PSU has also entered the Top 4, being defeated by the champion and the vice-champion, only.

“This is a historic step for the PSU Sports Club. Recently, we have won several prizes and even topped in online tournaments, of various statuses. It has been extremely important to us to ‘convert’ our online success into a real competition, approving the overall progress. We regard it as a success of the whole chess sport at Perm State University, rather than an individual achievement,”

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PSU Wins Global Chess Tournament, Leaves Known Universities Behind

On 25-26 April night, the International University Chess League was held on the portal, attended by 398 players from 35 universities in 11 countries, worldwide. Among many, Russia, USA, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, Italy, Great Britain, Mexico and Fiji took part.

According to the rules of the competition, each university could declare an unlimited number of people. The team classification was formed by the sum of the 8 best personal results.
With 260 points in the final table, the team of Perm State University won a sensational victory in the competition. This is the first PSU international success in the history of the chess. Other top winners are also Russian universities: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and Moscow State University.

Following the Top 3, is the teams of Princeton University (USA), led by Andrew Tang, known American grandmaster, considered one of the best in the world in speed play on the Internet. On, Andrew Tang holds an honorable 1: 2 points ratio with the reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway (at the time of publication, the score of personal meetings was 328-671).

The Chess Competition Final Rankings:
1). Perm State University, PSU (Russia) 260
2). Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, MIPT (Russia) 250
3). Moscow State University, MSU (Russia) 237
4). Princeton University (USA) 218
5). École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) 209
6.) St Petersburg University, SPbU (Russia) 204
7). University of Antwerp, Universiteit Antwerpen, (Belgium) 204
8). The Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, RUDN University (Russia) 201
9). Technical University of Munich, TUM, TU Munich, Technische Universität München (Germany) 195
10). University of Toronto, University of Toronto, U of T, UToronto (Canada) 194
11). University of Paris, Université Paris-Sud (France) 188
12). University of Montreal, Université de Montréal, UdeM (Canada) 188
13). ITMO University, (Russia) 186
14). Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT (USA) 179
15). University of Trento, Università degli Studi di Trento (Italy) 170
16). Innopolis University (Russia) 161
17). Bauman Moscow State Technical University, BMSTU (Russia) 160
18). University of Warwick (UK) 153
19). University of Warwick (B) (UK) 138
20). Ibero-American University Puebla, Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, UIA, Ibero (Mexico) 132
21). University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ontario Tech University, Ontario Tech (Canada) 128
22). Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, ETH Zurich (Switzerland) 115
23). Moscow State Institute of International Relations, MGIMO University (Russia) 114
24). University of Alberta, U of A, UAlberta (Canada) 106
25). HSE University, National Research University Higher School of Economics (Russia) 97
26). Harvard University (USA) 80
27). University of Bologna, Alma mater studiorum – Università di Bologna, UNIBO (Italy) 69
28). University of Fiji (Fiji) 64
29). Brock University (Canada) 50
30). University of Manchester (UK) 41
31). National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) (Russia) 8
32). Stanford University (USA) 4
33). Skolkovo (Russia) 0
34). Imperial College London, Imperial College London (legally Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (UK)
35). University of Texas at San Antonio (USA)

Artem Polonsky, a graduate of the Faculty of Economics, PSU and a coach of the Univer Sports Club chess team (46 points) took the 1st place in the individual competition of the International University League, not without a share of luck. The tournament was held from midnight to 01:40 local Perm time, PSU team including 26 players.

Broadcast of the tournament with comments, recorded (in English)
Results in detail

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