71 chess teams at the European Senior Team Championship 2013

Upcoming Saturday the next highlight in the chess world is coming up in Dresden, Germany. Scheduled from July 20th to 28th, the 15th European Senior Team Championship will be cast with 71 teams from all over Europe.

Participants from 16 nations

The 71 teams lining up at the championship originate from 16 countries according to the European Chess Union. Not only will numerous German Teams participate, but also many others from Northern-Europe. The quantity as well as quality of teams can be highlighted in this event,

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as the European Senior Championship has excellent reputation. Especially the two top-favorite teams from Belarus and title-defender Russia stand out with Elos averaging at 2427 and 2420. The Eastern-European teams are followed by Israel and Germany A at averages of 2385 and 2360 points. St. Petersburg is the first team competing not being a national team. The Chess Club Heidenau is placed very last – in 71st place – at the 15th European Senior Team Championship with an average Elo of 1520 points.

Several grandmasters at the Senior Championship

At the event in Dresden, Germany, quite a few grandmasters line up. The player with the highest Elo-rating can be found in the top-team from Belarus. Viacheslav Dydyshko (Elo 2512) is Belarus’ best player, along with grandmaster Viktor Kupreichik (Elo 2443). Besides, Russia has three grandmaster participating, Israel two and Germany A still one. The German grandmaster is Wolfgang Uhlmann (Elo 2340), who lines up for the hosting country with his teammates Bodo Schmidt (Elo 2379), Jürgen Haakert (Elo 2385), and Clemens Werner (Elo 2337). Further grandmasters from Finland and Italy will compete from July 20th until 28th at the European Senior Team Championship.

Two women’s teams participating

Over and above, two mere women’s teams will be part of the championship in Dresden. These teams are from Russia and Germany, of which the Russian team is predicted to perform much better. The Russian women’s team is positioned 12th so far. The German women will start off of 47th place at the event. We are looking forward to nine rounds of striking matches in the women’s category!

written by MIchael, translated by Birthe