Russia wins European Women’s Team Chess Championship

21. November 2021

Russia wins European Women’s Team Chess Championship 2021 with a round to spare

Russian Women’s Team convincingly won the 2021 European Team Chess Championship sparing the last round of the event.

With a Round 8 victory against Ukraine, Russia scored impeccable 16 match points to be ahead of Georgia whose players secured a silver medal. After Kateryna Lagno defeated Osmak Iulia, two draws happened on the board 1 and 3 – between Muzychuk Anna and Goryachkina Aleksandra, and Buksa Nataliya and Shuvalova Polina.

Gaponenko Inna tried to score for Ukraine against Kashlinskaya Alina on the board four, but eventually, Kashlinskaya took another point for Russia and the match ended with a final 3-1 result.

In a direct encounter for medals, Georgia overwhelmed Greece with 3.5-0.5 score and secured second place with 13 match points.

Seven teams are in a tie for third place and enter the final round fighting for bronze: Poland, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, France, Netherlands, Hungary and Greece.

The last round starts tomorrow from 15:00 CEST and the top pairings are:
Russia – Poland
Georgia – France
Ukraine – Hungary
Azerbaijan – Netherlands
Serbia – Greece

Pairings, results and standings can be found here.

The two leaders of the Open section: Azerbaijan and Ukraine quickly finished the match with all four games ending with threefold repetition. With an overall 2-2 score, both teams kept the lead and entered the last round with good chances for gold.

The team of France defeated Russia with a tight 2.5-1.5 victory to score 12 match points and leap on the top. Lagarde Maxime brought the decisive point for the French team winning against Esipenko Andrey while the first three boards ended in draws.

Armenia crushed Serbia with a final 3.5-0.5 result, ensuing 12 match points. Martirosyan Haik won the game against Ivanisevic Ivan, Hovhannisyan Robert overcame Markus Robert, Ter-Sahakyan Samvel was victorious against Perunovic Milos and the first board clash between Sargissian Gabriel and Indjic Aleksandar ended in a peaceful manner.

All four teams: Armenia, France, Azerbaijan and Ukraine enter the last round sharing the lead with 12 match points.

The 9th round will be played tomorrow starting from 15:00 CEST and will decide the Medalists of the event. The top pairings are:
France – Azerbaijan
Ukraine – Armenia
Spain – Netherlands
Georgia – Poland
Russia – England

Pairings, standings and results can be found here.

Laura Unuk

9. November 1999

Laura Unuk is the best Slovenian woman chess player. At the age of 13, she won the title of national member champion. She is a two-time world junior champion in the under-16 (2014) and under-18 (2017) categories. In 2014, she received the Bloudek Plaque for a significant competitive achievement in sports. In total, she won 10 medals at the European and World Junior Championships. She achieved the title of Woman Grandmaster in 2018 and the title of International Master in 2021. Since 2013, she has been playing for the Slovenian women’s national team, with which she has 3 Olympic appearances.

Luka Lenič

13. May 1988

Luka Lenič has been Slovenia’s best chess player since 2012. In the junior categories, he shone in 2002 with the title of world champion under 14. In total, he won 4 medals at the European and World Youth Championships. He has been a member of the A national team since 2007. He achieved a high performance rating at the Olympics in Baku (2740) and at the Team EC in Crete (2747). In 2017, he qualified for the World Cup and a year later he was 83rd in the world rankings.

Jure Škoberne

20. March 1987

Jure Škoberne joined the best Slovenian chess players by winning the title of Grandmaster in 2010. In 2017 he became the absolute national champion in the member competition. He has a team medal from the 2004 Youth European Championships. In 2011 and 2018 he won the Nova Gorica Open tournament and achieved excellent results as a Slovenian representative at team member championships. He participated in four chess Olympiads in the years 2008 – 2018. In addition to chess, he is successfully professionally involved in entrepreneurship.

Jure Borišek

27. July 1986

Jure Borišek is one of the best Slovenian chess players and a Grandmaster since 2009. With the Slovenian national team he has participated in nine Olympics and numerous European Championships. In Turkey in 2004, he became the European Under-18 Champion. He won a bronze medal with the team at the Junior EC. After winning the Grandmaster title, he devoted himself to his studies and received his PhD in pharmacy. At the Team EC in Batumi 2019, he achieved the sixth best result on the 2nd chessboard (performance rating 2729).

Ana Srebrnič

20. February 1984

Ana Srebrnič has been a female grandmaster since 2006. In 2008 and 2012, she was a national champion among members. As part of the women’s team, she participated in 6 Olympics in 2002-2014 and several European Championships, when Slovenian female competitors achieved the highest rankings among the ten best national teams. Recently, Ana has become an internationally recognized chess arbiter.

Matej Šebenik

28. August 1983

Matej Šebenik has been a Grandmaster since 2012 and the selector of the junior national team. In 1994 he won 2nd place at the European Under-12 Championships in fast chess. In 2009, he achieved the best result on his chessboard at the team EC. At the 2010 Chess Olympics in Russia, he performed for the first time for the Slovenian national team; he has a total of 6 Olympic appearances. In 2014, he became the national champion among the members. He also proved himself in fast chess when he won 9th place at the European Championships (Tallinn, 2019). He’s been coaching the best Slovenian chess player Laura Unuk for several years.

Darja Kapš

26. November 1981

Darja Kapš became a national member champion for the first time in 2001 and qualified for the women’s national team. She has two medals from the European team chess championships (2001 and 2003) for the individual result. She has held the title of Woman Grandmaster since 2006. She competed in five chess Olympics in 2002-2006, 2010 and 2018. In 2006, she and her team finished 9th. Since 2019, she has been the Vice-President of the Slovenian Chess Federation.

Dr. Jana Krivec

30. May 1980

Jana Krivec, a PhD in psychology, described chess as her second life passion, the title of Woman Grandmaster has belonged to her since 2007. She is a seven-time member national champion. She made her debut in the Slovenian Olympic team in 1996 in Yerevan and was its member until 2018, at a total of 12 Olympics. In Turin in 2006, the team finished 9th. With the Slovenian women’s national team, she also won 6th and 9th place at the European Championships in 2007 and 2009.

Duško Pavasović

15. October 1976

Duško Pavasović was a member of the Slovenian men’s national team for many years, in which he made his debut in 1998. A year later he became a Grandmaster. He competed in seven chess Olympics from 1998 to 2010. From 2012 to 2014, he was also the national team selector. He is a multiple national member chess champion and winner of open international chess tournaments in Ljubljana and Nova Gorica. In 2007, he achieved an outstanding 4th place at the European Member Championships and qualified for the World Cup.