The 2018 Canadian Universities Chess Championships were held at the University of Ottawa. From Jan 13-14, with a blitz tournament Friday the 12th. McGill’s presence was made clear from the start, with Board 1 NM Maroun Tomb placing 1st in the blitz with 7.5/10 and Board 4 Houji Yao 4th with 7/10.
Day 1 is always the toughest, with 3 rounds of nail-biting chess. With games beginning at 10:30 am, the last game went until 12:30 am the next day. But the A and C team toughed it out, scoring 2.5/3 in the Open and U1800 sections respectively, in prime position to strike. On Day 2, the A team drew twice, securing second. Seeded 4th, they drew the top 3 teams, 1/2 a point away from first place Waterloo A. Team C scored another 1.5/2, securing silver. Not bad for the 6th seeds!
Next year: McMaster. 9th-seeded Team B placed 8th in the Open section.
The Club is grateful for the Students’ Society of McGill’s University’s (SSMU) continuous generosity in funding us through the Ambassador Fund, without which this trip would neither be possible nor successful.
Congratulations to the 12 players were part of the roster!
Maroun Tomb, Oscar Sprumont, Bassel Charaf, Hou Ji Yao
Andy Caen, Ata Mandanchi, Indy Ma, Archit Gupta
Andreas Loken, Abdullatif Hassan, Weijia Huang, Marek Adamowicz