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England bagged golden double- FIDE World Senior Team Championship 2022

England bagged golden double- FIDE World Senior Team Championship 2022

England bagged golden double- FIDE World Senior Team Championship 2022. Team England bagged the golden double at the FIDE World Senior Team Championship. The team got both the titles of 50+ and 65+ categories. This year the event witnessed the presence of 43 teams from 24 federations. It was a 9-round Swiss tournament hosted in Acqui Terme, Italy, from June 20-29. 

50+ section

With the completion of five rounds, 2 rating favorites of this tournament got tied. The team were England 1 and USA. 

The tie was for the top position. Both teams won four matches. They drew the direct encounter in Round 4. Right behind them was Italy and Iceland. Both scored four each team victories but lost to the leaders.

Michael Adams and Nigel Short were the players of team England 1. They bagged all four matches played in the second half and got the title. To describe England’s dominance: 

Adams, Hebden, Short, and Arkell each got the gold medal in the individual segment.

The USA remained in this race for gold. Still, the efforts landed an end in Round 8. It was a draw with Hungary. But the USA secured silver with comfort. 

Team Italy 1 defeated by England 1 in Round 6. After that, they scored three victories straight and landed third. 

50+ Finals standings

1England 11727½
3Italy 11425
6England 21120
8Still active NL1019
10Georgia Winery Khareba921

65+ section

England 1 team led by John Nunn, made an easy move in the 65+ tournament. The team ended up with the title before ending in the last round. Its crucial rival was Germany. They failed to keep pace with England 1 and ended up second. 

The rating favorite was Israel 1. They started with poor performance but bounced back. They clinched the bronze from Germany 2 and France and defeated the champions in the final show.

65+ Final standings

1England 11524
2Germany 11320½
3Israel 11222½
4Germany 21221½
7Skakklubben af 20121021½
8SC Kreuzberg1018½
9SG Riehen1018
10Israel 2920

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