With a 3–1 victory over Portugal last night, Ireland guaranteed a top place finish in League D of the Pandanet Go European Team Championships. This marks the first time that the Irish team has achieved promotion, and they will compete in League C in the 10th Championship, starting later this year. Second-placed Iceland will play off against Greece to see whether they will join us in League C.
Led by captain Cian Synott, the Irish team comprised Ian Davis, Kevin Farrell, Matei Garcia, John Gibson, Tiberiu Gociu, James Hutchinson, and Karl Irwin. Over 32 games, they won 25, for an enviable record of seven matches won, one drawn, and no losses.
Russia, France, Hungary, and Ukraine took the top four places in League A and will contend for the overall Championship. With a strong team including Alexander Dinerchtein 3p and Ilya Shikshin 2p, Russia must be considered favourites to retain the title.