Europchess 1 had been in the pole position for winning Division 1 before the round. However, one of their opponents, Tour Ans-Loncin (TAL), was facing relegation and brought in two IMs, one of which beat Leonardo, while Martin got a point after a cell phone offence of his opponent. Also the other couple played 1-1, against CREB. Mark had won rather quickly against Thierry Lhoir, but Georgi lost to Denis Luminet in a long fight. Finishing with 11/16, Europchess 1 unfortunately came only second, as we were overtaken by Brussels Chess Club on the last day. Congratulations to our friends from Uccle.
Europchess 2 started from quite the opposite situation in Division 2. Ranked last, we were in acute danger of relegation, but the quartet of Johannes, Benjamín, Luis and Luis were determined to try everything to recover. With three points, this endeavour was crowned by success. In the match against Leuze, Luis Busquets scored the first win, but Benjamín lost against Guillaume Chauvon. Luis and Johannes had to face opponents of the 1st ranked Echiquier du Centre who were rated slightly higher. Making up for their 0-2 result in Round 2, they both won: Luis patiently drove home a 1-pawn advantage, while Johannes showed endurance, winning in the 6th hour in what turned out to be longest game of the whole match day. With a total of 6.5/16, Europchess 2 climbed up to finish in 5th place!
Europchess 3 finished as well with 6.5/16 points. In the larger Division 5, the ended on 9th rank out of 14 teams. Jorge, Borin and Georgios won their games.