US Senior Team Wins Gold in Dresden!

Grandmasters Sergey Kudrin, Joel Benjamin, Jaan Ehlvest and Alex Shabalov. Not pictured: GM Alex Yermolinsky

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.


  1. Congratulations!

    Looking over the results, it was good to see names of people I remember from a long time ago.

  2. Definitely fun to see the American GM’s around my age bringing home the Gold! On behalf of my generation of chess players, I’d like to give a proud “Thank you” and a sincere “Congratulations!” to GM’s Benjamin, Shabalov, Yermolinsky, Kudrin, and Ehlvest!

  3. from Jude Acers/New Orleans ..fabulous use OF US CHESS ORGANIZATION FUNDS FOR SERIOUS WONDERFUL WORLD CLASS PRO CHESS PEOPLE…tremendous world chess team championship win number two.My check for three more years will most certainly be in the mail at dawn.

  4. […] Last year we were smashing our opponents by near maximum scores.  Our early loss had us playing catch-up, so we needed all the game points we could get for a potential tiebreak (which we ultimately would have eked out, though we didn’t need it).  This year we are highly conscious of the fact that match wins will be sufficient, and it is dulling our killer instinct.  We haven’t scored more than 2.5 points since the second round.  Nevertheless, barring a colossal meltdown, we should come home golden. […]

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