Congratulations to Team USA for earning gold medals in the 50 and Up division of the World Senior Team Championships, held from July 7-15 in Dresden, Germany. The victorious squad included Grandmasters Alexander Shabalov, Joel Benjamin, Alexander Yermolinsky, Jaan Ehlvest and Sergey Kudrin.
Team captain Shabalov told US Chess,
On behalf of the team I would like to thank US Chess…It was a dramatic, last minute win.
In the final round, the US team defeated Canada 3-1 to edge out England for the gold medals, with Shabalov scoring a stunner over IM David Cummings.
Yermolinsky, in chronicling the trip for Chessbase, annotated games from several key matches, and also gave insight into the team spirit and the joy of returning to elite team competition.
It had been 20+ years since my generation of American players represented our country in Olympiads and World Team Championships, and those experiences are among my most cherished memories as a chess player.
Look for further updates and details to this article and a feature in an upcoming issue of Chess Life Magazine.