St. Petersburg won the European Team Championship of seniors in Vienna

Vienna - For nine days, Vienna was the Mecca of the chess seniors. St. Petersburg is from the start a class by itself in the tournament hall of the hotel Airo and gaining superior the European Championship with 16 points ahead to Israel (14) and Russia (13). Remarkably, "St. Petersburg" stays unbeaten not only as a team but also as individual players. Their perfect record is 11 wins, 25 draws and no defeat. The women's category was won from the Russian women's team with respect ahead to Germany and Austria.

Strange enough the start from St. Petersburg was not perfect. Already in the second round the team "Vienna 75+" reaches a sensational 2:2 against the favorite. However, it remains the only points dividing of the Russians until the final round. In the sixth round St. Petersburg shows a 2.5:1.5 victory against Israel and their serious tournament ambitions. The decision for the title falls in the prelast round. In a direct duel St. Petersburg wins 2.5:1.5 against the Russian National Team. The victory point brings IM Vadim Faibisovich against GM Evgeni Vasiukov on the top board. In the final round St. Petersburg ensures with a rapid 2:2 points against Russia's women the European title. More quickly Italy and Israel share the points. Israel thus securing the second place. Russia reaches with a 3,5:0,5 victory over Eppingen the Bronzemedal.

Closing Ceremony

The Austrian National Team lands with 12 points behind the "Schachfreunde Leipzig" and Italy at the 6th Place. The best result achieved Hans Singer with seven points out of nine games. This brings him the second prize on the fourth board. Georg Danner (5.5 /9), Kurt Petschar (5/9) and Karl Janetschek (4.5/9) complete the good team result. The other teams from Austria bring the following places: 11. Austria 2, 17. Lower Austria, 25. Vienna 75+, 28. Styria, 29. Vienna, 31. Vorarlberg and 37. Austria women. The oldest team, Vienna 75+, holds up well and achieved balanced three victories and three draws by three defeats. In the team played with the 88-year-old Andreas Dückstein the oldest participant of the tournament. He creates with 4.5 points out of 8 games still a positive result.

The best tournament performance manages Vladimir Karasev from Petersburg with a performance of 2476. He wins the individual competition on the third board. The other boards go to Palermo Carlos Garcia (ITA, board 1), Yuri Balashov (RUS, board 2), and Nikolai Pushkov (Russia, Board 4).

In the closing ceremony Dirk Jordan, the FIDE representative, praised the organizing team around Vienna Chess President Christian Hursky and tournament director Johann Pöcksteiner. "In particular, the side events offered were exemplary and highly liked from the participants," says Jordan. Four singers and a woman pianist from Belarus provided the musical accompaniment of the closing ceremony that will probably be long reminded from many.

(wk)

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Sankt Petersburg takes the lead

Vienna – In the sixth round of the Senior Team Championship in Vienna Sankt Petersburg defeated in the top pairing the previous leaders of Israel with 2.5: 1.5 and assumes sole leadership with 11 points. It is a highly deserved lead. The team is the only one still without a single loss game.

Italy separates from Russia as 2:2 as the Russian women of Hessen. Austria's national team uses the opportunity with a clear 3.5:0.5 victory against Switzerland to join the group of pursuers. The same succeeds to the "Schachfreunde" Leipzig in the prestige duel against the German national team. Russia, Israel, the russian Women, Austria, Italy and the "Schachfreunde" Leipzig keep at each of nine points. The fight for the medals is still completely open.

The best individual result so far shows Italy number one Palermo Carlos Garcia with a performance of 2596. It followed with respectful distance Nikolai Pushkov from the Russian team in 2462 and Heimo Titz Vienna 75+ with 2456. Tomorrow meets Austria to Israel and to the top boards St Petersburg on Italy. It will be interesting whether Italy can the Petersburg wall crack ... (wk)

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The Russian Women Team challenges the top teams in the ESTCC

Vienna – The Russian Women team is the big surprise of the first four rounds in the European Senior Team Championship 2015 in Vienna. After two wins against the Austrian Women and Vienna they beat in round three Italy, one of the big favorites. Valentina Kozlovskaya and Elena Fatalibekova score wins on board three and four. When Svetlana Mednikova held the draw the surprising 2,5:1,5 win was fixed. In round four the team was close to play 2:2 against Israel, the number three in the starting list, but in the end Nathan Birnboim managed to win a drawish position against Kozlovskaya. The run from the Russian Women was stopped for the moment.

Israel took the sole lead with this win. Russia, Austria and Sankt Petersburg follow with one point behind. In the direct match in round three Austria played four draws against Russia and took a first point from the number one team. In the fourth round the neighbours duell between Germany and Austria started less promising for Austria when Karl Janetschek lost his game after two moves because of his ringing phone. But Austria stroke back with wins from Kurt Petschar and Georg Danner who could turn his game completely. With this third win Austria will fight for the medals.

A very good performance shows the Vienna 75+ team, the oldest one in the tournament. In the second round they suprise with a 2:2 against Sankt Petersburg. After a loss against Hessen 1 they win against Danmark with 2,5:1,5 their second match. In the table after round four Vienna 75+ is on the 10th place leading the teams with five points. (wk)


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