GM Igor Efimov and WGM Elvira Berend win European Small Nations Chess Championships 2024

The 5th European Small Nations Individual Chess Championship and the 2nd European Small Nations Women’s Chess Championship concluded yesterday in Andorra la Vella.

The events were played from 22-30 June as 10-player round-robin tournaments with the players representing the following federations: Andorra, Liechtenstein, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Faroe Islands, Malta, Guernsey, Monaco, Jersey, and San Marino. 

GM Igor Efimov (MNC, 2312) emerged as the sole winner of the Open Championship scoring 8/9 points. Igor Efimov finished the event without a single loss, ahead of IM Fred Berend (LUX, 2235) who won silver with the score of 7 points. FM Serni Ribera Veganzones (AND, 2341) won bronze medal scoring 6.5 points.

After intense last round in the Women’s event, WGM Elvira Berend (LUX, 2230) became the sole Winner of the event, scoring 7.5 points. Elvira Berend and WIM Marija Zvereva (MNC, 2040) headed into the last round tying for the top, and Elvira Berend won her last-round game against WFM Filipina Thornton (MLT, 1787), while Marija Zvereva lost against WFM Andrea Henderson De La Fuente (AND, 1966). Winning the final game, Andrea Henderson De La Fuente finished the event with 7 points and claimed silver, and Marija Zvereva came third with the score of 6.5 points.

Final rankings of both sections can be found here.

The Closing ceremony of the event took place yesterday evening with the attendance of the ECU Treasurer Mr. Ion-Serban Dobronauteanu and the President of the Andorra Chess Federation Mr. Francesc Rechi. The ECU Treasurer Mr. Dobronauteanu also opened the final round with the first ceremonial move.

Detailed information about the event can be found through the official website of the event.

The Championships were supported by European Chess Union.