RUSSIA WINS DOUBLE GOLD AT EUROPEAN TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019

Teams of Russia took double gold at European Team Chess Championship 2019 in Batumi, Georgia.

Russian Women team defended the title of European Team Chess Champion from 2017, while Russian team in Open section defended the position of the top seed from the beginning of the Championship.

After intense finish of the event in Open section, Russia took narrow 2.5-1.5 victory over Poland, and became the sole Winner with score of 15 match points.

Ukraine, who tied for the top with Russians after round 8, played a draw in a match against Croatia, and thanks to the tiebreaks took silver medals.

Team of England tied for the second place with Ukraine, but eventually came third and took bronze.

Final rankings- Open section

Russian Women team convincingly won in the Women’s section, and maintained the leadership from the very beginning of the Championship. With a sound victory against Turkey, Russian ladies scored 16 match points, and successfully defended the title of European Team Chess Champion from 2017.

Second place came to team of Georgia with 15 match points, who was running-up after the Russians for the whole tournament.

After narrow victory over Armenia, team of Azerbaijan took bronze medals scoring 14 match points.

Final rankings- Women section

The best players per boards in Open section were:

Board 1-

1 GM Andreikin Dmitry 2741 RUS Russia 2817 0 8 68,8 1
2 GM Aronian Levon 2758 ARM Armenia 2790 0 8 62,5 4
3 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2686 UKR Ukraine 2771 0 9 61,1 2

Board 2-

1 GM Vitiugov Nikita 2732 RUS Russia 2749 0 7 64,3 1
2 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2694 ESP Spain 2735 0 8 68,8 7
3 GM Cheparinov Ivan 2670 GEO Georgia 2733 0 9 72,2 11

Board 3-

1 GM Berkes Ferenc 2667 HUN Hungary 2844 0 7 85,7 26
2 GM Shirov Alexei 2664 ESP Spain 2781 0 8 81,3 7
3 GM Volokitin Andrei 2627 UKR Ukraine 2748 0 7 64,3 2

Board 4-

1 GM Halkias Stelios 2530 GRE Greece 2781 0 7 78,6 14
2 GM Jones Gawain C B 2688 ENG England 2713 0 8 68,8 3
3 GM Guseinov Gadir 2660 AZE Azerbaijan 2709 0 9 66,7 6

Board 5-

1 GM Dubov Daniil 2699 RUS Russia 2805 0 7 78,6 1
2 GM Onischuk Vladimir 2616 UKR Ukraine 2760 0 8 75,0 2
3 GM Pashikian Arman 2599 ARM Armenia 2695 0 6 66,7 4

In Women section, the best players per board were:

Board 1-

1 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2502 GEO Georgia 2639 0 9 77,8 2
2 GM Cramling Pia 2462 SWE Sweden 2621 0 9 88,9 26
3 IM Mammadzada Gunay 2427 AZE Azerbaijan 2565 0 8 68,8 3

Board 2-

1 GM Lagno Kateryna 2549 RUS Russia 2597 0 8 81,3 1
2 IM Peptan Corina-Isabela 2371 ROU Romania 2586 0 8 81,3 6
3 IM Javakhishvili Lela 2457 GEO Georgia 2472 0 8 62,5 2

Board 3-

1 IM Matnadze Ana 2383 ESP Spain 2488 0 8 75,0 20
2 IM Skripchenko Almira 2403 FRA France 2466 0 7 71,4 14
3 WGM Klek Hanna Marie 2248 GER Germany 2441 0 8 81,3 21

Board 4-

1 IM Arabidze Meri 2398 GEO Georgia 2571 0 8 81,3 2
2 IM Mammadova Gulnar 2369 AZE Azerbaijan 2532 0 8 81,3 3
3 GM Gunina Valentina 2509 RUS Russia 2414 0 7 64,3 1

Board 5-

1 WIM Sargsyan Anna M. 2242 ARM Armenia 2626 0 8 87,5 7
2 WFM Movileanu Daniela 2173 ITA Italy 2478 0 7 78,6 15
3 IM Kashlinskaya Alina 2481 RUS Russia 2442 0 5 70,0 1

Closing ceremony of the event took place yesterday evening. The closing ceremony was attended by President of European Chess Union, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, who addressed the teams, and officially declared the event closed.

European Team Chess Championship 2019 took place from 23rd October-3rd November, in Hotel Sheraton, Batumi, Georgia.

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