France, Armenia and Azerbaijan also battled for the title in the ninth and final round, but it was Ukraine that emerged champions.

France beat Azerbaijan and also improved to 14 points but stayed in Tiebreak at Olympiade-Sonneborn-Berger behind Ukraine.

With that, Ukraine won the European championship title for the first time, Poland completed the top three.

For women it was much less close, winners and runner-ups were already there before the finals.

Russia won all nine games and finished with 18 points in the lead, Georgia with 15.

Azerbaijan ousted Ukraine in the tie-break with five wins, two draws and two defeats and finished third.

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