European Chess Championship 2013: France and Ukraine with chances on title

While the Chess World Championship 2013 between Anand and Carlsen is the center of attention these days, Warsaw is hosting the European Team Championship with top-class competitors. After five rounds it is final that current European Champion Germany has no chance on winning medals.


France leads in men’s category of European Chess Championship in Warsaw

Etienne Bacrot

In five rounds of the European Chess Championship 2013 in Warsaw, the German men’s national team has only scored 4.0 points. The team that was seeded 10th, is only on rank 25 out of 38 participating teams. Germany was only able to prevail over Israel in the opening stage and obtained two draws against Spain and Poland. The German team was defeated by Georgia and England. After five rounds, the Championship is dominated by France with an average Elo-rating of 2695 points. The French team was 3rd in seeding list and currently holds a score of 9.0 points. Therefore, the French team of Etienne Bacrot and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is one point short of the trio. Seeded in 6th place, the team from Azerbaijan with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov ranks 4th at the moment. Surprisingly, Greece ascended to rank 2 (seeded 15th) and Georgia to rank 3 (seeded 14th). On the contrary, Russia has only obtained 7.0 points so far and ranks 7th, while Armenia, number 2 in seeding list, only ranks 10th at 7.0 points.


Ukraine dominant in women’s category of European Chess Championship 2013

The women’s competition has left us little surprised so far. The top-cast Ukrainian team leads the field at 10.0 points and remains undefeated. Kateryna Lagno, Anna Ushenina and their team mates have won all duels at the championship so far. Lagno and Ushenina each won four matches and achieved one draw. The Ukraine is followed by number 3 of the seeding list – Georgia – at 8.0 points. The Russian women, seeded 2nd, and the German women, seeded 5th, have obtained 7.0 points each and rank 5th and 7th at the moment.


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written by Michael, translated by Birthe