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Russians Win Chess Championship

Russia emerged as the winner of the European Team Chess Championship (ETCC), which concluded in Reykjavík yesterday, RÚV reports. The men’s team secured themselves victory in the open competition by drawing with Hungary in the last round, ending with 15 points out of a total 18. Armenia won the silver and Hungary the bronze. The Russian women’s team beat Germany during the final round, and earned 17 points out of a total18.

The Icelandic A-Team beat Sweden yesterday and landed in 19th place, finishing strongest of the Nordic countries. The Icelandic women’s team ended up in 29th place, but the ‘Iceland Legends’ finished 32nd in the open competition. The Iceland Legends is a team comprising of older Icelandic chess grand masters.

The ETCC is the strongest chess championships in the world this year. Almost 150 grand masters took part, along with teams from 35 countries.

You can view the final standing here.

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