The long anticipated European Team Chess Championship began today at the beautiful conference hall of Creta Maris resort in Hersonissos, Crete, Greece.
A record breaking 72 teams compete in the event, with 40 nations being represented in the Open Section, and 32 teams participating in the Women's Section.
ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili made the honorary first move in the game between Ian Nepomniachtchi and Luka Lenic.
As usual in the events run by Swiss pairing system, the top seeded teams faced the lower rated opposition.
Nevertheless, it was a bumpy ride for some of the favourites, most notably Azerbaijan losing to the inspired youngsters from Italy. Brunello and Moroni defeated Naiditsch and Guseinov, respectively, while Mamedov scored for Azerbaijan.
In four other matches the underdogs achieved tied scores. Moldova drew England thanks to the victory of Victor Bologan against Nigel Short.
Norway, playing without the world champion Magnus Carlsen, held Israel to a tie after Johan-Sebastian Christiansen beat Emil Sutovsky.
Neighbors Slovakia and Poland, as well as Germany and Greece 2, drew their respective matches.
The perfect 4-0 scores were achieved by Greece 1 and Romania against Greece - Crete and Scotland, respectively.
In the Women's section there were no surprises in team results. The maximum 4-0 scores were recorded by Italy and Czech Republic against Montenegro and Finland, respectively.
Of the notable individual results Stavroula Tsolakidou defeated Valentina Gunina, Nastassia Ziaziulkina defeated Nana Dzagnidze, Teodora Injac beat Iulija Osmak and Sheila Barth Sahl defeated Sabrina Vega Gutierrez.
Top round 2 results are Israel - Italy, Czech Republic - Russia, France - Georgia, Ukraine - Armenia and Poland - Germany.
More information in the relevant sections of the official website.