World Senior Team Chess 2014: Guess which Country won!
Following another clause of Regulations, the tournament was split into separate age groups: Senior 50+ and Senior 65+ Championships. Subsequently 18 teams of Senior 50+ section played 9 rounds Swiss while 10 teams of Senior 65+ battled out for the medals in a round-robin. Moreover, four women's teams were merged into the Senior 50+ Championship with their separate ranking, prizes and medals. Every match was played over 4 boards.
Two Russian teams ‘Russia’ and ‘Saint-Petersburg-Russia’ clearly dominated the field of Senior 65+ Championship. They began the Championship by quiet mutual tie 2:2, but then went on crushing their other opponents. In Round 4, Austria put the bar on ‘Russia’s advance by holding them down in a 2:2 tie. This enabled ‘San Petersburg-Russia” to get in front of their main rivals by 1 match point. The Petersburg team never let this advantage go and claimed gold with 17MP out of 18. The team ‘Russia’ stayed 1MP behind them and had to settle for the silver. The Latvians deservedly took bronze with 12 MP, one MP ahead of Austrians.
Instead the Russian ladies were honoured with gold medals in the Ladies 50+ Championship. ‘Georgia Women’ and ‘Latvia Women’ teams gathered 9MP each, but the Sonneborn-Berger tie-break favoured Georgians who received silver. Former Women’s World Champion Nona Gaprindashvili, playing the 1st board, added 5,5 points to her team.
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