Team of Israel, in category 50+ and Russia, in category 65+ are the new European Senior Team Champions for 2016!
Both teams finished the tournament undefeated, with maximum score.
In category 50+ Isreal was leading from the very beggining, and after passing the biggest test in the 5th round – Italy they finished the tournament smoothly.
Members of the winning team are:
GM Huzman Alexander 2576
GM Greenfeld Alon 2541
GM Soffer Ram 2488
GM Gruenfeld Yehuda 2442
Second place went to Italy with 11 match points, and Hart of Finland came third with 10 match points.
The only women’s team in the whole competition was Russia Women in 50+ category, who eventually finished 4th with 8 match points.
In the category 65+ Russia convincingly won the event with the perfect score, with only one minimum victory of 2.5-1.5 against the runner-up Israel.
Memebers of Russia are:
GM Vasiukov Evgeni 2409
GM Balashov Yuri S 2404
IM Zhelnin Vladimir V 2459
GM Pushkov Nikolai 2336
IM Mishuchkov Nikolai M. 2304
Silver medal went to Israel with 16 match points, while Switzerland got bronze with 12 match points.
The ECU Secretary General Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou was present at the closing ceremony before the European Chess Union and rewarded the winners with medals and cups. The organizer also prepared prizes for the best players per board in each category, which were also handed by Mr. Tsorbatzoglou.
All the individual prizes can be found below:
The European Senior Team Chess Championship 2016 was held in Halkidiki/Greece, 18-28 april 16 in the hotel Anthemus Sea.
Photos by Julian Preda