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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 Student Becomes European Champion in Taekwondo

Arina Biktimirova, a second-year student in Radio-Physics, the Faculty of Physics, PSU, has won a gold medal at ITF Taekwon-Do European Championships.

In total, the team from Perm and Perm Territory brought home 17 medals. As part of the Russian national team, athletes from Perm won 11 individual medals. The Championship took place from 23 to 30 October 2021 at the Heraklion lndoor Sports Arena, Dyo Aorakia, (Crete, Greece).

The European Taekwon-Do ITF Championships for Children, Juniors, Adults and Veterans have been hosted at Heraklion (Ηράκλειο), the capital city of Crete. According to the Championships organizing committee, after one and a half years of quarantine the athletes showed real passion to compete in this Championship, drawing enthusiasm among sport fans and media attention. 

Taekwon-Do (태권도/跆拳道), translated as “kicking,” “punching,” and “the art or way of” is a Korean form of martial arts, born in 1945, shortly after the end of World War II and Japanese Occupation. With backgrounds in Japanese and Chinese martial arts, the physical training undertaken in Taekwondo is purposeful and fosters strength of mind through mental armament.

Before entering the University, schoolchildren and college students would have been usually involved into sports. Perm State University does its best to follow their passion. The University Sports Club runs annual Championships in various sports, uniting more than 4,000 students in various activities, promoting their interests and contributing to their sports career, including martial arts.

PSU Graduate Wins Paralympics!

Evgeny Torsunov, a PSU graduate from the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, has won the Gold Medal in long jump, T36 category, Paralympics’2020. His best attempt has reached 5.76 meters, which makes it a new Paralympic record!

In 2014, Evgeny graduated from Perm State University in Computer Security. Today, he is an Honored Master of Sports of Russia, two-time champion, silver and bronze medalist of the World Championships, three-time European champion, multiple champion of Russia in track and field athletics for people with musculoskeletal disorders. In June 2016, the athlete set a world record by jumping 5.93 meters.

The Paralympic Games or Paralympics, aka the Games of the Paralympiad, are a periodic series of international multi-sport events involving athletes with a range of disabilities. Started by the British World War II veterans in 1948, the Paralympics became one of the largest international sporting events by the early 21st century. Paralympians strive for equal treatment with non-disabled Olympic athletes, but there is a large funding gap between Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Perm State University follows the all-inclusive policy for its students, with all types of mobility. The University Sports Club runs annual Championships in various sports, which unite more than 4,000 students, with a great contribution by the Univer Spotrts Club. PSU competitions include

  • autumn cross-country race;
  • orienteering;
  • military-patriotic festival;
  • table tennis;
  • chess;
  • darts;
  • mini football;
  • swimming;
  • volleyball;
  • rugby;
  • ski race;
  • biathlon;
  • basketball;
  • badminton;
  • sambo wrestling;
  • powerlifting;
  • dance sport;
  • medley relay at the Mega inflatable complex;
  • traditional relay race.

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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 www.lichess.org 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 www.lichess.org, 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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