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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Russia wins European Senior Team Chess Championship

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Hello everybody,

Russia has won the European Senior Team Chess Championship. Following them are Germany with Silver and Montenegro with Bronze.

Russia drew their last round quickly with Austria as they had already tallied to the top. They notched up a total of six wins in matches, three ties and a bagful of 15 match points. 

IM Anatoli Shvedchikov from the winning team said, "The team has suffered changes this year because our regular member GM Vitaly Tseshkovsky is ill and we were forced to experiment with the roster. The competition was very strong, with the likes of Germany, Israel and Montenegro, but the experience from the Soviet chess school was valuable, we were persistent and we justified our reputation of the top seeded team."

"I am not surprised with the final standings", he continued, "There were many interesting games, we renewed and strengthened some old friendships and I am very pleased with this tournament. We have also initiated many friendly matches for the teams of Moscow and Russia."

Russia and Austria before the start of the match
Russia and Austria before the start of the match
In the match between two teams on the shared second place, Germany started off with two draws against Denmark 1 and then GM Wolfgang Uhlmann scored to give his team a lead. FM Clemens Werner later finished the job for the overall 3-1 victory and a silver medal for German team.

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