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Fifty-plus is the new No. 1 as U.S. captures senior chess team gold

David R. Sands The Washington TimesMay 22, 2019

Our oldies are goodies.

Justifying their top seeding, the U.S. 50-and-over squad took clear first in last month’s World Senior Teams Championship in Rhodes, Greece. The team won eight of nine matches in the 26-team competition, conceding only one drawn match with Iceland.

All five U.S. players took home board prizes for their work in Greece, with top board GM Alex Shabalov and GM Alex Yermolinsky on Board 5 capturing individual gold, and GMs Joel Benjamin, Igor Novikov and Jaan Ehlvest all collecting bronze.

In the 65+ age competition, Russia grabbed the team gold, followed by England and France.

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