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The Grand Finale
finalPerhaps the top two places were already determined before the fifth and the last round but the race for the third place behind Europe and Asia was on. The two contenders, Russia-Turkey and Americas, were playing against each other and the winner of the match would get the third place. It was a very hard-fought battle which after some exciting moments ended up in a tie: 3-3. This meant Team Americas has secured the third place with 4 points, one point short of Team Asia who played the tournament without rest day only to finish one day earlier than others. In the other match of the day the champions, Team Europe, beat Africa 3,5-2,5 to finish the tournament with a perfect score.African players put up a good fight again and came close to getting their first point but it wasn't meant to be in the end.

Players attend GM Victor Bologan’s Master Class


The Master Class was a bonus event for the 31 players who traveled to Ankara, Turkey from 24 countries to participate in the first edition of this cup.

Photos & Report by Dora L. Martinez
Third Round
3.1The third round saw two teams getting their first points in the cup. Russia-Turkey beat Africa 4,5-1,5 to get 2 points and Team Americas made a draw with Asia. After today's round Asia has 5 points, Europe with a match less than Asia at 4 followed by Russia-Turkey (2 pts). Americas has 1 point and Africa will be looking to earn their first points in the last two rounds.

Fourth Round
4.0The penultimate round has finished in Ankara and unfortunately the Confederation Cup will come to an end tomorrow. Today it was Russia- Turkey's turn to rest and we had two very important matches for the final standings. The match between Asia and Europe would determine the first two places and Africa-Americas match had the potential of being crucial for the competition for the third place. 

Second Round
2nd round_15The second day in Ankara was almost like the first. The winners of the previous round -Asia and Europe- again won with the same scores today but against different teams of course. This leaves both teams at the top of the standings before the third round with 4 points whereas other teams are still looking forward to getting their first match points in the event.

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