Iceland is at the top in the World Senior Team Championship 2024

The Icelandic team played the Canadian team yesterday.

The Icelandic team played the Canadian team yesterday. Photo/The Icelandic Chess Association

Iceland’s team is at the top of the FIDE World Senior Team Championship 2024 in the 50 and older category, after a 4-0 victory over Canada in the sixth round yesterday. The tournament will take place 2-11 July in Krakow, Poland.

The grandmasters Helgi Ólafsson, Jóhann Hjartarson, Margeir Pétursson, and Þröstur Þórhallsson all won yesterday. Jón L. Árnason rested. These five champions make up Iceland’s team at the tournament, with four players playing at once.

Six of the nine rounds have been completed, and Icelanders are in the top spot with 11 points. Two points are awarded for wins and one for draws. Italy and the United States are next with 10 points, and England are fourth with 9 points. The fight is entirely between these teams. Icelanders have played both Italy and England.

Today is a day off, but Iceland will face the US in the 7th round tomorrow, a match that can just decide the outcome. A 2-2 win or draw is very good for the Icelanders, but a loss means the US will pass the Icelanders. The tournament will end on Thursday.




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