European Seniors Team Championship
This year's European Seniors Team Championship
tournament was held in Vienna.
The games were played in the mornings giving plenty of sightseeing opportunities, later in the day.
Members of the England team visited Central Vienna, a Mozart concert in the famous
Museums, Royal Palaces and even the famous Ferris wheel from the Third Man film.
They were swimming pools and excellent restaurants nearby.
The main problem was the very high temperatures - as high as 39°C in a hotel with no air-conditioning.
The age limits were changed again and this year it was over sixties.
There were 18 IMs, 5 WGMs and 8 GMs including Vasiukov, Balashov, Zilberman, Mariotti, Westerinen and Vogt.
England had eighteen players in four teams and were well organised by Stewart Reuben.
The tournament was won by St. Petersburg ahead of Israel and Russia. England 1 finished seventh, just ahead of their initial seeding.
Geoff James was England's star performer, undefeated with 6½/9 against strong opposition.
Had he won from a good position in the final round, he would have won the
board two prize.
See final standings.
Kevin played for England 2 and finished with 4½/8 including a win against a FM and a draw with an IM.
Amazingly the team started with five 2-2 draws, all against higher rated opposition. England 2 finished 26th, eight places above their initial seeding.
See England 2 results.
Kevin played the following game in round four against Strauss of Vienna. Before you ask, he was not related to the famous composers.
See photo below of the game in progress below.
The game, appropriately in Vienna, started with an Austrian attack, reaching the following position after Black's 17. Ba6
White has several alternatives.
The tournament was well organised by the Austrians. In 2016, the World Seniors Team Championship is in Dresden and the European Seniors Team Championship in Greece.