The UTM Chess Club, founded earlier this year by Ivan Manasuev, won a tournament against Ryerson’s and Brock’s teams this month.

Each university sent four of their strongest players to the Ryerson campus on March 16, these groups forming teams A. Each of these practised against team B, consisting of four players from all three universities.

The tournament consisted of three games in which each player was given 30 minutes. Each team faced each other team once; UTM won the most games every round and also the most in total.

This was the first tournament of its kind, initiated by the UTM Chess Club and organized jointly by the chess clubs of all three universities.

The Ryerson and Brock teams are considered among the strongest in the GTA; this year, the Ryerson team won the U1800 CUCC, the largest university-based chess tournament in Canada, and the Brock team includes Christopher Pace, a master-level player whose rating is around 2200 in the Chess Federation of Canada system.

Medals provided by Ryerson were awarded to the winning team.

UTM’s winning team consisted of Alex Yeara, Artem Galoyan, Alex Vilch, and Seiji Nakagawa, and Gaël Jacquin played on team B.