European Team Championships start today

Staying on the International front, the European Team Chess Championships commenced today in Warsaw.   England are fielding two teams, in the Open and the Women’s sections.   The men are seeded fifth of 38 teams entered, whilst the women are 23rd out of 32 teams.

As reported a couple of weeks ago, Women’s Grandmaster and International Master Dagne Ciuksyte from Martlesham is top board for the England Women’s team.   She did not play in Round 1 today, against a strong French team, seeded seventh, when England lost 4 – 0.

The men fared much better, although against the local Polish third team (!).   They won 3 – 1, with Luke McShane and Nigel Short drawing on the top boards, and Gawain Jones and David Howell winning on boards 3 & 4.   Top board Michael Adams was rested for Round 1.

You can watch live games here.   In Round 2 tomorrow, England face Greece in the Open, whilst the women play Poland II.

The event continues until 18 November, so there’s going to be a feast of chess over the next few weeks, with the Anand-Carlsen match starting tomorrow.

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