Sunderland University Wins Prizes at British Universities Chess Championship 2016

UoS Chess Team

(L to R ) Gediminas Balys, Dominik Schwarz , Thong Luu , Piotr Niedbal

Dominik Schwarz is currently studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources at the University of Sunderland and a regular Chess Team Player for South Shields this year. He was also a driving force behind the setting up of the First Chess Society at the University, after discovering a bunch of like minded chess players huddled over a board.

Together they  mustered up a team comprising of Piotr Niedbal , Dominik Schwarz , GedimInas Balys and Thong Luu and decided to enter the British Universities Chess Championship 2016, this year held in Birmingham .

Entered into the Shield Division , the team finished in a very creditable third place out of 18 entrants. Finish closely behind Imperial and Warwick. Thong Luu playing on Board 4 won an Individual Gold Medal with a score of 10 from 10 games, with Piotr Niedbal, board 1 taking a Silver Medal with a score of 7.5 out 10.  It was a great team effort .

The competition was run over 2 days in a Quickplay Format comprising 10 rounds of 25 minutes plus 10 second increments.