The ECU and Slovenian Chess Federation are holding the 11th European Senior Teams Championship, from March 26th to April 5th, 2012, in Rogaska Slatina, Slovenia.
Entitled to participate are men from the ECU Chess Federations who shall have reached the age of 60 and women who shall have reached the age of 50 years, by December 31st of the year in which the tournament will commence.
In round 3 the defending champion Russia 1 was held to a 2-2 tie by the compact Italian team. GM Evgeny Vasiukov scored against IM Stefano Tatai, but FM Carlo Micheli struck back in the game against GM Nikolai Pushkov.
Germany 1 defeated their compatriots from Hessen region by a narrow 2.5-1.5, thanks to GM Hans-Joachim Hecht.
Montenegro, lining the same team that won the bronze medal last year, signed a 3-1 victory against Russia 2, which is composed of the famous female players.
Switzerland won against Finland by 3-1, with Viktor Korchnoi defeating fellow Grandmaster Heikki Westerinen on the top board.
Switzerland, Germany 1 and Montenegro are joint leaders with perfect score.
The Championship will be played in 9 rounds following the Swiss System. The ranking depends on the number of team points (win = 2 team points, draw = 1 team point, lose = 0 team points).
Photos by IA Nebojsa Baralic