Malta take 4th place in European Small Nations Chess Team Championships
The Maltese Chess Team composed of Colin Pace (Captain), Jake Darmanin, Robert Novak, Robert Zerafa and David Cilia Vincenti took part in the Eu ESNA Team Championships in Jersey, UK.
Malta managed to win 5 matches against Jersey (2½-1½), Monaco (3-1), San Marino (3½-½), Liechtenstein (3-1) and Guernsey (3-1). Malta drew 2-2 against Cyprus and lost to the high-rated Faroe Islands (1½-2½), 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 pts from 7 games. On third board, Novak, managed to remain unbeaten in 8 games and took bronze with 5pts. On first board, Pace achieved 4 pts from 8 games and even drew against GM Bageri Amir. Darmanin on 2nd board took 3½ pts from 7 games while Zerafa on board 4 2½ pts from 6 games.
This was Malta’s best result in these championships and managed to take 4th place which were usually won by Monaco or Cyprus.
The final classification:
Full details from https://chess-results.com/tnr830290.aspx?lan=1