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The European Team Championships recently took place in Reykjavik; 36 teams participated in the main event, won by Russia, with 15 points out of 18. Armenia, Hungary and France finished on 13 points - Armenia took the silver medal, while Hungary got bronze. Thirty countries competed in the women's tournament, which Russia dominated too, scoring 17 points out of 18. Ukraine came second, while Georgia, which was the highest rated team, finished third. There were many interesting games played in Reykjavik and I would like to show one of them, played in the match between Norway and Poland.

Published 29/11/2015 | 02:30

The European Team Championships recently took place in Reykjavik; 36 teams participated in the main event, won by Russia, with 15 points out of 18. Armenia, Hungary and France finished on 13 points - Armenia took the silver medal, while Hungary got bronze. Thirty countries competed in the women's tournament, which Russia dominated too, scoring 17 points out of 18. Ukraine came second, while Georgia, which was the highest rated team, finished third. There were many interesting games played in Reykjavik and I would like to show one of them, played in the match between Norway and Poland.

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Urkedal - Bartel

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 b6

3.f3 Nc6 4.Nc3 e5

5.d5 Ne7 6.g3

White should have played 6.e4 Ng6 7.Be3.

6...Ng6

7.Nh3 Bc5 8.Nf2 0-0 9.Nd3?!

As White was already behind in development, he should have played 9.e3 c6 10.Bd3, trying to castle as soon as possible.

9...Bd4 10.Bd2 Re8

11.Bg2 c6 12.e4 b5!

With this energetic move the Polish Grandmaster strives to demolish White's pawn centre.

13.cxb5 cxd5 14.Nxd5?! Nxd5

15.exd5 Bb716.Qb3 Rc8

17.Nf2?! Rc5 18.Ne4 Bxd5

19.Qb4 Bxe4 20.fxe4 (D)

White's play in this game has been less than convincing and it will be a while before he can bring his king to safety. The only consolation for him is that the enemy knight seems out of play. As is often the case, that very same piece delivered a fatal blow:

20...Nh4!

21.Bh3 Qa8! 0-1

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