European Senior Team Chess Championship for 2016 started yesterday in Halkidiki/Greece.
The Championship takes place in the 5-star Anthemus Sea Resort, on the Sithonia peninsula of Halkidiki, 18-28 April, 2016, and is organized in two categories: the category 50+ (for teams with players who were born in the year 1966 or earlier), and the category 65+ (for teams with players who were born in the year 1951 or earlier).
Category Senior 50+ play Round Robin tournament in 7 rounds, while players in Category 65+ play 9-round Round Robin. The time control for both tournaments is 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 seconds increment per move, starting from move one.
The first seed in 50+ category is the team of Israel, with 2512 average rating, while in category 65+ the top seed is the team of Russia, with the average rating of 2402 points.
In the first round we didn’t see any upsets, and all the favourites justified their roles in the very beginning of the Championship.
The games start daily at 3.00 pm (Greek time) and are broadcast live on the Official Website of the Championship