Russian women win chess title, men’s competition still wide open

Čatež ob Savi – The Russian women’s team has already bagged the title at the European Team Chess Championship, whereas the men’s competition remains wide open as the teams enter the final round on Sunday.

In Saturday’s penultimate round Russia defeated Ukraine 3:1 in the women’s competition and won the title as the only team without a single lost match and with 16 points.

Ukraine have cemented second place as well, having ceded only half a point to Greece yesterday.

The battle for third place will be fought by seven teams which share ten points each. Poland are currently in the best position.

In the men’s competition, Azerbaijan and Ukraine entered the seventh round neck-and-neck at the top of the rankings and played 2:2 on Saturday, whereas favourites Russia were beaten by France.

Five teams now have 12 points before the last round, with Azerbaijan and France in the best position to clinch the title.

All four Slovenian teams competing in the championship lost in yesterday’s round. The men’s first team are now 26th, with the women’s first team in 19th.