ISET Chess Championship 2013

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On the evening of February 19, the ISET conference hall was filled with students anxiously observing the opening games of ISET’s 2013 Chess Championship. The participants of this four-day tournament included students, alumni and ISET professors. The championship was initiated by 2nd year student Robizon Khubulashvili.

At the much-anticipated start of the championship, players were divided into two groups, each comprising four participants. The winners of the group rounds continued to play in a final round. Then, on February 22, ISET’s “big chess four” - Aram Derdzyan, Robizon Khubulashvili, Florian Biermann and Sergei Chobanyan met for the finals. The finalists played a double round-robin tournament and the winner would be the one who scored a maximum of 6 points.

The challenging games were fascinating to watch; the spectators admitted that they could never have imagined that watching a chess game would be so exciting. Each of the players had a fan club standing behind them, willing them on to victory. The competition was tough, but ultimately ISET professor Sergey Chobanyan raised the cup as champion. Last year’s winner Aram Derdzyan came in second place this time.

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