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Triple gold for England at the FIDE World Senior Chess Championship 2022

The FIDE World Senior 50+ and 65+ Team Chess Championships 2022 took place from 20-29 June in Acqui Terme. England won three world titles as England’s men won both the World Over 50 Championship and the World Over 65 Championship. England Women won the Women’s World Over 50 Championship, making it a triple success.

50+ section:

After five rounds, two rating-favourites of the tournament, England 1 and USA, were tied for the top position winning four matches each and drawing their direct encounter in Round 4. Italy and Iceland were close behind, scoring four team victories each but losing to the leaders (the USA and England, respectively).

England 1, headed by Michael Adams and Nigel Short, won all four matches in the second half of the event and deservedly clinched the title. To illustrate England’s dominance, it suffices to say that Adams, Short, Hebden and Arkell each won the gold medal for the best performance on individual boards.

The USA stayed in the race for gold for the most part (the team had to close a 2-point gap of game points), but it all came to an end in Round 8 after a draw with Hungary. Still, the USA comfortably secured silver. Team Italy 1 lost to England 1 in Round 6 but then scored three straight victories and came out third. (scroll down for final rankings)

Photo from FIDE World Senior Chess Championship 2022 Facebook page
England Women’s 50+ Winners Team

65+ section

England 1, lead by John Nunn, eased through the field in the 65+ tournament and clinched the title with a round to spare. Its main rival team Germany could not keep pace with the leader and finished second. 

After a poor start, the rating favourite, Israel 1, bounced back and wrested bronze from Germany 2 and France after beating the champions in the final round. (scroll down for final rankings)

Photo from English Chess Federation website

Final rankings 50+ section:

Rk.SNoTeamGames  +  =  –TB1TB2TB3
11England 1981017280
35Italia 1970214250
68England 2951311200
810Still active NL950410190
103Georgia Winery Khareba94149210
117Germany 194149180
1216Wales Silures93339170
1317England 1W83149162
1412Oslo Schakselskap94149160
1520Polish Amateurs82248190
1718England 383058170
1813USA 5 Brothers82248160
1919Italy Asti Sempre Uniti82157130
2121England 482066120
2223Wales Cymru80355120
2322Italia Acqui Terme80264120


Final rankings 65+ section:

Rk.SNoTeamGames  +  =  –TB1TB2TB3
12England 1971115240
23Germany 1961213210
31Israel 1960312230
45Germany 2952212220
711Skakklubben af 2012942310220
87SC Kreuzberg950410190
913SG Riehen942310180
109Israel 294149200
1312England 293248190
1517Latvia Women93248150
1614Rochade Bielefeld91537180
1715Germany Women93157150
1819Italia Alessandria92165130
1918Golden Oldies90363110

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