European Senior Team Championships end in Dresden
Great team spirit
After nine thrilling rounds, the biggest senior European Team Chess Championship to date has come to an end in Dresden. A total of 76 teams from 16 nations participated and battled it out for the titles in two age categories: 50+ and 65+. While there were quite a few female players in some teams, we also had four female teams competing. A total of 350 players participated.
Even the weather made the Saxon capital ideal for the tournament, as we were blessed with beautiful autumnal sunshine for most of the tournament. The venue, the Dresden International Congress Center on the banks of the Elbe, offered players a rather unique setting, with some able to view the well-known skyline of historic buildings directly from their table.
A small opening ceremony took place on October 27 with a short performance by a dance troupe of young people from Dresden and a welcoming address by Robert Baumgarten from Stadtsportbund Dresdenbefore the first moves were made under the watchful eye of Werner Stubenvoll and his team of referees.
The rounds started at 3:00 p.m. daily, and it was great to see so many chess players taking part in an outboard tournament after the disruption that Covid has brought since spring 2020. The nine rounds challenged all players , and on the penultimate day there was a distinctive change in the mood in the playing room as it became clear that these last two rounds were crucial for the final standings of the tournament.
Chess meets marathon in the beautiful city of Dresden
England 50 – 1, the new European senior team chess champions, were very strong from the start, as were Berlin 1 and Germany, who took the other two places on the podium. Slovakia came in fourth place.
In the 65+ category, Germany’s Lasker Schachstiftung is the new champion, while Finland 65 and Germany 3 placed second and third respectively. Sweden 1, which was in the lead earlier, finished fourth. The only French team, the Cercle d’Echecs de Strasbourg, got off to a good start, but then found themselves in seventh place with 12 match points.
At the closing ceremony on November 4, Jan Donhauser, Deputy Mayor for Education and Youth of Dresden, was the guest of honour. He addressed the players and congratulated them on their success. He hopes that more tournaments will take place in Dresden in the future. Some players also expressed their gratitude for a well-organized tournament and a good atmosphere.
All participants and visitors had the opportunity to discover the sights of Dresden in their free time, as well as to enjoy Saxon cuisine. Each day, different activities were offered, but everyone could also explore the city at their own pace.
There were visits from two well-known German chess players. Dr. Hübner gave a simulation, as well as presentations over two consecutive days, while Elisabeth Pähtz joined us to talk about her new book and give a simulation.
The venue itself was no stranger to chess, as it saw all the participants of the 2008 Chess Olympiad pass through its doors every day for the duration of that tournament, and it was nice to see such a great team spirit united once again, embodying the motto of FIDE. .
It was great to see such great games back on the board after so much disruption to normal chess games over the past two and a half years. We hope that all participants will fondly remember their stay in Dresden. And maybe we’ll see some of them again in future events!
Final ranking – age group 50+
|14||D5 aus dem Elbland||9||4||2||3||ten||112.5|
|15||TSG Markkleeberg 1||9||4||1||4||9||145.5|
Final ranking – age group 65+
|1||Lasker Schachstiftung GK||9||seven||1||1||15||286.5|
|6||SC Kreuzberg Berlin||9||4||4||1||12||186.5|
|seven||Strasbourg Chess Club||9||5||2||2||12||164.5|
|8||England 65 – 1||9||4||3||2||11||198|