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Malta take fourth place at European Small Nations Chess Team Championships

The Malta contingent at the European Small Nations team championships. Photo: Malta Chess Federation

The Maltese Chess Team composed of Colin Pace (Captain), Jake Darmanin, Robert Novak, Robert Zerafa, and David Cilia Vincenti placed fourth after taking part in the ESNA Team Championships in Jersey, UK.

Malta managed to win five matches against Jersey (2.5-1.5), Monaco (3-1), San Marino (3.5-0.5), Liechtenstein (3-1) and Guernsey (3-1). Malta then drew 2-2 against Cyprus and lost to the high-rated Faroe Islands (1.5-2.5), Luxembourg (1-3) and Andorra (1-3).

Each player is assigned a board (1 to 4) with a reserve player taking board 5. Cilia Vincenti on board 5 obtained the best score and took gold with 5.5 points from seven games.

On the third board, Novak managed to remain unbeaten in eight games and took bronze with 5pts.

On the first board, Pace achieved 4 points from eight games and even drew against GrandMaster Bageri.

Darmanin, on the second board, took 3.5 points from seven games while Zerafa on board 4 2.5 points from six games.

This was Malta’s best result in these championships and managed to take fourth place which was usually won by Monaco or Cyprus.

Malta finished fourth at the European Small Nations team championships. Photo: Malta Chess Federation


Andorra 17; Faroe Islands, Luxembourg 15; Malta 11; Cyprus 9; Monaco 8; Liechtenstein 7; Jersey 5; San Marino 2; Guernsey 1.

Full details here: https://chess-results.com/tnr830290.aspx?lan=1

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