U.S. Wins 50+ World Senior Teams; Russia takes 65+

The U.S. team of Alexander Shabalov, Joel Benjamin, Igor Novikov, Jaan Ehlvest, and Alex Yermolinsky is the clear and convincing repeat winner of the 2019 50+ World Senior Team Championships. The Russians won the 65+ Team Championship.

Heading into today’s final round, the Americans could have made quick draws and claimed the gold, as they lead Italy by two match points. (Match victories are worth two points in the team standings, while draws are worth one.) But even the first moves of the match with Argentina made clear that our team would not be content to coast to victory.

Top board and team captain Alex Shabalov was rested for the final round, perhaps to preserve his individual medal chances and to boost Joel Benjamin’s. Benjamin came out fighting on first board, essaying the Alekhine’s Defense against Gustavo Mahia. He was already pressing an advantage after 10 moves, and the Argentinian IM was forced to resign after Benjamin made the time control.

Igor Novikov and Jaan Ehlvest both took quick draws, seeing how Benjamin was fairing on board one, and also trusting in Alex Yermolinsky’s abilities with the White pieces on board four. Yermo didn’t let his teammates down.

The match win gave the U.S. a three match point cushion over second place Italy and a five point lead over Israel, who took the bronze medal on tiebreaks. It was a dominating performance for the Americans, who will certainly be looking to do the treble in 2020.

All five U.S. players earned board medals in addition to their team golds. Shabalov and Yermolinsky won individual gold, while Benjamin, Novikov, and Ehlvest will each bring home bronze.

Board 1
Rk. Name Rtg FED Team TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 TB5
1 GM Shabalov Alexander 2510 USA USA 2739 0 7 86 1
2 GM Olafsson Helgi 2506 ISL Iceland 1 2534 0 8 69 5
3 GM Godena Michele 2459 ITA Italy 2531 0 8 63 2

 

Board 2
Rk. Name Rtg FED Team TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 TB5
1 GM Minasian Artashes 2472 ARM Armenia 2592 0 9 78 4
2 GM Arkell Keith C 2467 ENG England 1 2532 0 8 75 6
3 GM Benjamin Joel 2523 USA USA 2520 0 8 69 1

 

Board 3
Rk. Name Rtg FED Team TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 TB5
1 GM Emms John M 2474 ENG England 1 2524 0 8 75 6
2 GM Movsziszian Karen 2485 ARM Armenia 2509 0 9 72 4
3 GM Novikov Igor 2563 USA USA 2461 0 7 64 1

 

Board 4
Rk. Name Rtg FED Team TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 TB5
1 GM Petrosian Arshak B 2470 ARM Armenia 2494 0 7 71 4
2 IM Bellia Fabrizio 2447 ITA Italy 2450 0 8 63 2
3 GM Ehlvest Jaan 2521 USA USA 2431 0 7 57 1

 

Board 5
Rk. Name Rtg FED Team TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 TB5
1 GM Yermolinsky Alex 2508 USA USA 2584 0 7 79 1
2 GM Thorhallsson Throstur 2425 ISL Iceland 1 2496 0 7 79 5
3 IM Bruno Fabio 2433 ITA Italy 2457 0 8 75 2

 

The 2020 World Senior Teams are scheduled for March in Prague.


Final Standings:

50+ section: http://chess-results.com/tnr413742.aspx?lan=1&art=0&rd=9&flag=30
65+ section: http://chess-results.com/tnr426179.aspx?lan=1&art=0&rd=9&flag=30

Individual board winners:

50+ section: http://chess-results.com/tnr413742.aspx?lan=1&art=81&flag=30
65+ section: http://chess-results.com/tnr426179.aspx?lan=1&art=81&flag=30

Games are available at chess24.com and some photos can be found at the organizer’s Facebook page.

For background on the World Senior Teams, check out our preview of the event.

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