A little while ago, Azerbaijan secured the title “European Chess Champion 2013”. Now, another European Chess Championship was hosted in Monte Carlo which was won by the team from the Färöer Islands.
Ten national teams at the European Small Nation Team Championship
Overall, ten national teams participated in the European Chess Championship of small nations in
Monaco. During nine rounds in eight days Europe’s smallest of nations fought out duels in the Hotel Hermitage, in which the chess players from the Färöer Islands showed their strengths and top-class abilities. Throughout the entire tournament almost, the team led the field at the championship. With 8 victories and 1 defeat, the Färöers scored 16.0 points and obtained the gold medal. While chess players like John Arni Nilssen (ELO 2366) are usually not in the spotlight, they were now able to prevail at the European Small Nation Team Championship.
Andorra and Monaco secure remaining medals
Furthermore, the national teams from Andorra and Monaco managed a place on the podium at the European Small Nation Team Championship. Andorra finished the tournament at 14.0 points in the runner-up position. The chess players of this small nation were able to achieve 6 victories, 2 draws, and were defeated twice. The team secured the silver medal in the final round when prevailing over medallist Färöer. The final score of the game was 2.5:1.5 points in Andorra’s favor. Other results of Andorra were a draw against Malta (2:2) and a defeat against Cyprus (1:3). The home team from Monaco obtained the bronze medal at 13.0 points. Along with the draw against Andorra and the 1:3 and 1.5:2.5 defeats by Färöer and Luxembourg, the team from Monaco achieved 6 victories. Cyprus and Luxembourg follow in ranks 4 and 5 at 12 and 10 points as the final rankings show.
written by Michael, translated by Birthe