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

PSU Students Translate Modern British Prose, Win a Competition

Nine students from Perm State University (PSU) have been announced as winners and distinguished participants of the Regional Translation Competition 2020-2021, launched by the Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, PSU.

In total, 409 translations from 337 participants from 54 schools and lyceums, 4 secondary schools and 5 universities of Perm and Perm Territory have been registered for the competition. Other national participants included Primorsky Territory, Karelia, Udmurtia, Khabarovsk and Saratov Territories.

In 2021, the Competition marked the 25th anniversary of Perm-Oxford twin sister relations. The tasks for the contest had been handpicked by Ms. Karen Hewitt, Professor at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, a holder of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for establishing academic and cultural links with Russia.

Besides students in Languages and Literature, participants from non-linguistic faculties (to name Geology, Chemistry, Geography, Mechanics and Mathematics), as well as schoolchildren were challenged by modern English authors, previously not translated into Russian: “The Day You Lost Her” by Julia Darling, “Reach” by Rachel Seiffert, “Headlong” by Michael Frayn.

“Thanks to competitions alike, our students and schoolchildren are capable to reveal their creative and translation potential. In addition, the competition helps to better understand contemporary British reality and promote the image of the University as an active participant in the public life of the region,”

notes Svetlana Polyakova, Competition organizer, Associate Professor at the Department of Linguodidactics and the Department of English Language and Intercultural Communication, Perm English Language Teachers’ Association (PELTA).

To remind, Perm-Oxford twin cities relationship started with university exchange as early as 1989. For years, PSU has been hosting numerous delegations from Oxford. Today, Perm State University confidently competes with leading Russian and world universities, providing a variety of English language-related courses and exchange visits, with an assistance by Oxford colleagues. In 2019, the Oxford University has granted PSU the Gold Standard Internship Host sign.

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