European Team Chess Championships finished in Greece
Teams of Azerbaijan and Russia became the European Team Chess Champions for 2017 in Open and Women’s section respectively. The rush for gold in Open section was very intense until the end of the last game of the Championship. Azerbaijanis needed a victory in the last round to secure the title, but no decisive result happened in their match against Ukraine, and the clash ended in a tie 2-2.
At the same time, Russian team defeated Germany with 3-1 to reach shared first place.
Azerbaijan won the gold at the European Team Chess Championship as they had better tie-breaks than Russia.
The European Team Champions for 2015, Russia, finished the race with silver in their hands.
Third place of this prestigious European event went to Ukraine since they had better additional criteria than Croatia who had the same match points, but finished fourth.
Armenia’s men team got 10 points and finished tournament on the 12th place.
In the Women’s section the Winner wasn’t questioned in the last round. Russian ladies secured the first place already after the 8th round with a round to spare. Nevertheless, Russia affirmed the domination by taking a victory in the last round against Armenia and triumphed the Championship with three match points ahead of the runner-ups.
Georgia finished the Championship as sole second with 14 match points.
Bronze went to Ukraine who took 13 match points:Armenia’s women team finished the tournament with 11 points and on the 9th place.
The Organizer rewarded the individual prizes to the three best players on each board. Levon Aronian won gold on the first board. Gabriel Sargsyan won silver award on the 3rd board.