The first World Senior Team Chess Championship was organized on the Isle of Man by IO Stewart Reuben in 2004 for players aged 60 and over. In 2013 FIDE Congress in Tallinn decided to accept proposals from the cities of Vilnius and Dresden to relaunch the event for a test period of three years. The World Senior Team Chess Championship 2014 was organized in Vilnius, Lithuania while the other two championships will both be held in Dresden, Germany in 2015 and 2016.
Nowadays, the focus is generally on the younger and younger grandmasters, but this tournament spotlights the aging great chess generations. The idea to keep the senior generation active at a world class level is wonderful and hopefully more and more countries will participate. This year, unfortunately, no U.S. team was present.
Carolina Blanco is a woman International Chess Master from Venezuela. She also is an orthodontist and teaches at several primary schools in Atlanta. She has been a columnist for Georgia Chess since 2007 and estimates that she has taught more than 3,000 students since she moved to Atlanta.