World Amateur Chess Championships 2016 – Winners

ISRAEL AND RUSSIA WIN EUROPEAN SENIOR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP 2016

World Amateur Chess Championships 2016 – Winners

The World Amateur Chess Championships 2016 took place from 19-27th April, 2016, in Halkidiki, Greece on the northern coast of the Aegean Sea. For the first time the Championships were held in three sections: Under-2300, Under-2000 and Under-1700. The total prize fund was 9000 EUR. The U2300 section had 43 participants. Zhuban Bigabylov (Kazakhstan) and Toomas Valgmae (Estonia) shared the first place with 7,5/9 points each. Bigabylov was declared champion on better tie-break score. Valgmae is silver, while Ganzorig Gantsooj (Mongolia) took the bronze with 6,5 points. The U2000 section had 64 participants. The 21-years old Khulan Enkhsaikhan from Mongolia is the new champion with 7,5/9 points. Silver is Ajith M.P. (India) with 7 points and bronze is his compatriot Aparajita Gochhikar with 6,5 points. The U1700 section had 45 participants. The 15-years old Jatin S N from India is the convincing winner with 8,5 points. Ioan-Dan Gaspar (Romania) is silver with 7 points and Meir Reem (Israel) is bronze with 6,5 points. Full standings for all sections below.

 

Team of Israel, in category 50+ and Russia, in category 65+ are the new European Senior Team Champions for 2016!

Both teams finished the tournament undefeated, with maximum score.

In category 50+ Isreal was leading from the very beggining, and after passing the biggest test in the 5th round – Italy they finished the tournament smoothly.

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Members of the winning team are:

GM Huzman Alexander 2576

GM Greenfeld Alon 2541

GM Soffer Ram 2488

GM Gruenfeld Yehuda 2442

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Second place went to Italy with 11 match points, and Hart of Finland came third with 10 match points.

The only women’s team in the whole competition was Russia Women in 50+ category, who eventually finished 4th with 8 match points.

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Senior 50+ Final Ranking

In the category 65+ Russia convincingly won the event with the perfect score, with only one minimum victory of 2.5-1.5 against the runner-up Israel.

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Memebers of Russia are:

GM Vasiukov Evgeni 2409

GM Balashov Yuri S 2404

IM Zhelnin Vladimir V 2459

GM Pushkov Nikolai 2336

IM Mishuchkov Nikolai M. 2304

Silver medal went to Israel with 16 match points, while Switzerland got bronze with 12 match points.

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The ECU Secretary General Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou was present at the closing ceremony before the European Chess Union and rewarded the winners with medals and cups. The organizer also prepared prizes for the best players per board in each category, which were also handed by Mr. Tsorbatzoglou.

board winners

All the individual prizes can be found below:

The European Senior Team Chess Championship 2016 was held in Halkidiki/Greece, 18-28 april 16 in the hotel Anthemus Sea.


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European Senior Team Championships 2016 Category 50+, European Senior Team Championships 2016 Category 65+

European Senior Team Championships 2016 Category 50+

European Senior Team Championships 2016 Category 65+

World Amateur Chess Championships 2016

World Amateur Chess Championships 2016 Category Under 2000

World Amateur Chess Championships 2016 Category Under 1700

World Amateur Chess Championships 2016 Category Under 2300

 

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Photos by Julian Preda

European Senior Team Championships 2016