The leader of the Polish national team, Jan-Krzysztof Duda (MKS MOS Wieliczka), announced in an interview with PAP before the championship that the team was going to Slovenia for a medal and the promise was literally true with a throw on the tape, thanks to the clear victory over Georgia, the highest in the event, and a favorable arrangement of results in matches of other top teams.
In the match against Georgians, on the first board, Duda (MKS MOS Wieliczka) won with Baadur Dżobawa, on the second board Radosław Wojtaszek (KS Gwiazda Bydgoszcz) defeated Tornike Sanikidze, on the third board Kacper Piorun (KSZ Stilon Gorzów Wlkp.) Tied with Luka Paichadze, remaining – yes like Duda – no defeat in the tournament. He performed in each of the nine meetings.
Wojciech Moranda (Pęgów Tower) was the first of the team to make a convincing victory in the duel with Giga Quparadze on Sunday. The 33-year-old rookie in the national team, the current runner-up in the country, had an excellent finish. In the last four rounds he scored 3.5 points from four games.
Led by coaches Bartosz Soćka and Kamil Mitoń, the Poles, seeded fourth, gathered 13 match points in nine rounds and overtook Spain with the same achievements thanks to better auxiliary scoring.
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On individual boards, Poland was represented by: I – Duda – 5.5 points from 8 games (the second result in the tournament behind the French representative, Alireza Firouzja – 8/9), II – Wojtaszek – 4.5 out of 8, Piorun – 5.5 out of 9 , Moranda – 5 out of 7 (second after Hungarian Benjamin Gledura – 6.5 / 9) and 18-year-old Paweł Teclaf (KKSz Ormuzd Kartuzy) – 2 out of 4.
This is the first medal won by Poles in the European team championship. The best results so far were the fourth places in 1973 and 2007.