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European Seniors Teams Championship Closing Ceremony

Awards, party and atmosphere described

The 10th European Seniors Teams Championship was officially closed Wednesday evening at the lobby bar in the Dion Palace Resort. After nine rounds of play, and many hours of companionship, the tournament concluded with the team of Russia claiming the first place and gold medal.

Chief organizer Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou thanked the players and guests for the wonderful atmosphere that emerged in and around the playing venue. He added that thanks to this positive vibe, the Seniors Teams was probably one of the best events he ever hosted.

Chief arbiter Almog Burstein gave an appropriate speech and announced the winners for the best results on individual boards.

IM Craig Pritchett of Scotland had the best score on the first board and collected seven points from nine games. On the 2nd board best was FM Willy Rosen (Sportfreunde) with 7.5/8 and 2582 elo performance, the highest in the whole tournament. Best third board is FM Momcilo Raicevic from Montenegro with 7.5/9, noted for a couple of swift victories. Ioannis Aftsoglou from Greece had the same score but weaker opponents. Best 4th board is FM Clemens Werner from Germany 7.5/9 and best reserve player is GM Yair Kraidman of Israel who never spent more than an hour for a game but nevertheless collected 5.5 points from 8 games.

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Chief arbiter Almog Burstein

Chief arbiter then invited Dr Georgios Sevliadis, owner of the Dion Palace Resort and tournament sponsor, to award the trophies and medals to the best teams – Montenegro with bronze, Germany with silver and Russia with gold. Russians were pleasantly surprised to hear their national anthem, which one of the arbiters had conveniently stored on the mobile device.

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Russian komanda with the trophy

After the anthem, the microphone passed into the hands of Ioannis Aftsoglou, the third board of the Greek team, who honoured the winners by singing Katyusha and Kalinka beautifully. The corpulent veteran even danced kazachok! His performance was awarded with rounds of applause and marked the start of the party.

Next we heard “Let it be” by The Beatles, an every-evening ritual at the request of cheerful Belgian player whom you will recognize in the red sports shirt. “Hava Nagila” lifted the spirit of the chief arbiter, who helped another Israeli player to perform the lyrics.

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The theme from the movie “Zorba the Greek” gathered the players into a circle. There followed a slower session, with “You are always on my mind”, “Say you, say me” and finally a Libertango when FM Peter Jamieson from Scotland presented his dancing technique.

More photos / All videos from the closing ceremony, courtesy of IA Michalis Prevenios

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