1st ESNA Team Championship – Andorra 2009

FAROE ISLANDS WINS THE TOURNAMENT AND ANDORRA FINISHED IN SECOND PLACE WITH ONE POINT AHEAD OF LUXEMBOURG.

Finally on round 9, the whole point difference between the Faroe Islands and Andorra has been enough for the Nordic team to win the tournament’s victory by keeping the distance to the end.  Again the result of the two teams that fought for the victory has been the same winning their respective match by 3.5 to 0.5 and making clear the difference with the other teams participating.

The Faroe Islands have won Guernsey, therefore not giving any option to Andorra.  The tournament of the champion can be described almost as impeccable and all its players have been able to demonstrate their level that must always be considered in the face of future editions.

The third place was for Luxembourg that on final round dissipated the possible doubts when San Marino cleared by 3.5 to 0.5 and totaling 23.5 points.  Monaco has been fourth with 19 points and Malta fifth with 18 points.

Regarding the medals at the best boards these have been award to the following players: Best first board: Ziska, Helgi D. (Faroe), Best second board: Raul Garcia (Andorra), Best third board: Ruben Gallego (Andorra)  and best fourth board: Nielsen Rogvi E. (Faroe).

In the evening it was held at the collaborating hotel of the tournament, Hotel Crowne-Plaza, the traditional Andorran Chess Festival, which included the closing ceremony.

The tournament can be considered a successful one and we hope that it has turned on the spark so it lasts over the years.
It was decided that the next European Small Nations Team Championship will be held in Faroe Islands in 2011.

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