Right before the holiday break, 42 chess enthusiasts gathered together to play 7 rounds of high quality 5+3 blitz games. It was an intense battle with a clear podium separated from the rest of the field with 6 points each. Fittingly, Sinan, Daniel and Jan could take home a chocolate Easter bunny for their great performances.
Below you can find the final standings and some pictures of the event. See you all at the next – which is going to be big!
We are glad to announce that the third installment of the battle against EPFL – the Polychamps – will take place again this semester on Saturday, November 5! It will be in a hybrid format: online and over the board. The online part will be a Lichess Blitz competition open to everyone as in previous edition.
All over the board matches will be played in the Dozentenfoyer in the main building of ETH. 8 players from EPFL and 8 players from ETH will compete in classical matches. The games will be live streamed on Twitch and commented by a GM.
Support us by playing and watching the games. As the defending champions we are eager to repeat the result. Additional information about the format and previous results can be found on the Polychamps website.
To determine the players representing ETH at the third edition of Polychamps, we organized this qualification tournament. Starting at 18:30 on Tuesday, 11 October, we played 7 rounds of 5min+3sec Blitz games.
With 25 boards ready to go, we were overwhelmed by the sheer amount of students ready to play. Amazingly, and tragically and the same time, too many people decided to participate and we had to make the cut at 50 participants.
After battling for nearly 3 hours, Theo emerged as a clear winner with a perfect score, ahead of Mateo, Lukas and Matej, each getting 5.5 out of 7 possible points. As best women, Ana and Gohar were only half a point behind the podium places with 5 points each, playing formidable chess to earn the possibility to participate in the Polychamps.
With a lot of positive feedback and new experiences, we are eager to implement those in future tournaments and events. Additionally, the final decision for the Polychamps participants will be announced shortly, so stay tuned for more!