The national teams of Russia have completely dominated the 2015 European Team Chess Championships, winning the gold medals in both men’s and women’s tournaments.
In the final round of the men’s section Russia tied the match against Hungary to complete the race with 15 points and take the winner’s trophy. This is Russia’s first gold in ETCC since 2007.
Two points behind the champions are Armenia, Hungary and France on the shared second place. According to the tie-break, Armenia won the silver medal, while Hungary took the bronze.
In the last round of the women’s section Russia defeated Germany 3-1 and convincingly took the trophy with 17 points (from 18 possible). Silver medal goes to Ukraine on 15 points and bronze to Georgia on 14 points.
President of the Russian Chess Federation Andrey Filatov is delighted with the performance of the Russian teams: “I am very happy, of course. The women’s team has been very consistent in the past few years, winning three Chess Olympiads in a row and three gold medal in the the last four European Championships, in addition to one silver, and the silver medal in the World Team Chess Championship 2015.”
“The men had much more modest results, despite the fact that our players are constantly in the top world ranking. I am very pleased that they finally played in full force. Now everything is falling into place. I hope we can repeat this success in the next Chess Olympiad in Baku. ”
The European Team Chess Championships were held from November 12-22, 2015, at the historic Laugardalshöll in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Photos by RCF and A.Kosteniuk