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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