The head of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin paid homage to Both Russian teams chess championship with a successful performance at the European team championship in Iceland.
"I am sincerely happy that Both our teams - both Male and Female - showed respect to the Russian Federation at these prestigious competitions and his decisive victory continued the legendary traditions of the Soviet chess school. In a fair and intense battle you showed excellent training, skills and team cohesion, deservedly rose to the highest step of the podium, " reads the telegram posted on the Internet representation of the Kremlin.
The Russian men's team became European champion for the first time since 2007. Citizens of Russia have won six matches, drew 3 and scored fifteen points out of 18. From the national team were Alexander Grischuk, Peter Svidler, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Dmitry Jakovenko. The women's team also claimed victory, winning eight matches and one ending in a draw, gaining 17 points from 18. In its composition were made by Alexandra Kosteniuk, Kateryna Lagno, Valentina Gunina, Alexandra goryachkina and Anastasia Bodnaruk.
Both teams went through the tournament without a single defeat. The men's team defeated the teams of Turkey (3-1), Greece (3-1), Spain (2, 5-1, 5), Ukraine (3-1), and in the fifth round played a draw with the national team of Azerbaijan (2-2). Then the citizens of Russia defeated opponents from Georgia (2, 5-1, 5) and France (2, 5-1, 5) and drew three meetings with teams of Armenia (2-2) and Hungary (2-2). Female Russian national team has consistently won national teams of Greece (3-1), Armenia (3-1), Italy (3-1), Georgia (3, 5-0, 5) and France (3-1). Then the Russians played a draw with the team of Ukraine (2-2) and finished the tournament with three straight wins over the representatives of Hungary (3-1), Poland (2, 5-1, 5) and Germany (3-1).
Both the national teams of Russia first won together only once - in 2007 at the European Championships, held in Heraklion (Greece).
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