The 2022 FIDE Senior World Team Championship crosses the midpoint

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The FIDE World Senior Team Championship in Acqui Terme, Italy is halfway through. The event brought together 43 teams from 24 federations competing in the 50+ and 65+ categories (9-round Swiss tournaments).

It has been a tight race in the 50+ section so far as, after five rounds, two tournament leaderboard favourites, England 1 and USA, are tied for first position winning four games apiece and drawing Round 4 (Michael Adams beat Gregory Kaidanov but Igor Novikov beat Mark Hebden).

Italy (pictured below) and Iceland also had four team wins each, but lost to leaders (USA and England respectively), trailing them by just one point.

With England and USA looking unstoppable now, the winner of this category will likely be determined by game points. England, led by Michael Adams and Nigel Short, are slightly ahead by two points, but to fill that away doesn’t seem like an impossible task for Team USA.

Top 10 after Round 5

1

England 1

9

15½

2

UNITED STATES

9

13½

3

Italy 1

8

15½

4

Iceland

8

13½

5

Georgia Winery Khareba

seven

13½

6

Hungary

6

12½

seven

Canada

6

12½

8

Always active NL

6

12

9

Germany 1

6

10½

ten

Sweden

5

10½

England are also leading the pack in the 65+ tournament, with a score of 9/10. Germany lost to the leaders in round 4 but won four more matches and sit in second place. Hungary, Israel 2 and France are one point behind, sharing third position. Surprisingly enough, the favorite in the ranking, Israel 1 is only seventh, having already lost two matches.

With four rounds to go it is still wide open, although England also have a good chance of winning gold in the 65+ category.

Top 10 after Round 5

1

England 1

9

14

2

Germany 1

8

12

3

Hungary

seven

12½

4

Israel 2

seven

12

5

France

seven

11

6

Swiss

6

13

seven

Israel 1

6

12½

8

Germany 2

6

11

9

Steiermark

6

10½

ten

SC Kreuzberg

6

10½

Photo: Facebook page of the Federazione Scacchistica Italiana


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