International Chess Federation
Saturday, 24 Feb 2024 10:57
Mitropa Cup 2024: Germany wins double gold

The 2024 Mitropa Cup took place from February 15-23  in Apolda, Germany, with the participation of 10 federations: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland. The event is played in Open and Women’s sections separately. Both competitions were 10-team round-robins with classical time control.

Germany emerged as the Winner of both Open and Women’s sections, winning a historical double gold.

Scoring perfect 18 match points, the German team convincingly won the Open event with a round to spare. Germany fielded the following line-up:

GM Bluebaum, Matthias (GER, 2658)
GM Svane, Rasmus (GER, 2632)
GM Donchenko, Alexander (GER, 2636)
GM Kollars, Dmitrij (GER, 2619)
GM Svane, Frederik (GER, 2618)

Switzerland clinched silver with the score of 14 match points; Czech Republic took bronze with 12 match points.

German Women’s Team netted 16 match points to emerge as the winner of the Women’s section. With only two draws in the tournament, Germany finished two match points ahead of the runner-up French team. The composition of the Winning team was:

WGM Heinemann, Josefine (GER, 2328)
WGM Schneider, Jana (GER, 2320)
WGM Hanna Marie Klek (GER, 2279)
FM Schulze, Lara (GER, 2308)
WIM Dolzhykova, Kateryna (GER, 2255)

France clinched silver medal scoring 14 match points, while Switzerland came third with the score of 12 match points.

Final standings of both sections can be found here.

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Photos: Klaus Jager

About the Mitropa Cup:

The Mitropa Cup is the annual team chess tournament for national teams from Central Europe. The traditional team event this year brings together 10 nations competing against each other in an Open and a Women section on 4 boards each. Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland. The event commenced in 1976 in Innsbruck.