Pan American Intercollegiate Championship
The championship was held at the Marriott Hotel in Dulles (Virginia), an area that takes its name from the Washington Dulles International Airport located in the immediate vicinity – the airport of the American capital, which in turn bears the name of former Secretary of State John Foster Dulles (1888 – 1959).
Illustrious universities are among the participants: Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, etc. These institutions generally have good financial resources. Considering that young talents from all over the world study in these universities, it is not surprising that many title holders have participated in the championship.
Undoubtedly the biggest contributor to Saint Louis University’s victory was Dutch grandmaster Benjamin Bok, who scored 5½/6 points. Facing a string of narrow 2½-1½ wins from his side, it was Bok who made the decisive difference on several occasions.
However, the grandmaster’s opponents weren’t always on equal footing with their titled opponents, as can be seen in this first-round match.
Benjamin Bok had to give up half a point again – in their sixth-round match against Maria Malicka of Poland | Photo: Angie Le
Meanwhile, 1.b3 has also found its way into the practice of today’s world elite, and now at last one of the top ten modern players has taken up the subject for ChessBase: none other than grandmaster Wesley So !
|1||GM||SWIERCZ Dariusz||2656||United States||1||½||½||½||2.5||4||2632||2652||ten||-0.4|
|2||GM||THEODOROU Nikolas, Mr.||2577||GRE||½||½||½||½||1||3.0||5||2523||2445||ten||-3.1|
|5||GM||CHANDRA Akshat||2484||United States||1||1||2.0||2||1901||0||ten||1.6|
|6||GM||ALI MARANDI Cemil May||2542||TUR||0||0||½||½||1.0||4||2533||2245||ten||-14.3|