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Karen Movsziszian from Armenia won the "50+" World Senior Championship with 8.5/11. Georgian GMs Giorgi Bagaturov and Zurab Sturua took the silver and bronze medals with 8/11.
 
Vlastimil Jansa from Czech Republic and Yuri Balashov from Russia shared the 1st place in the "65+" championship with 9.5/11. Vlastimil Jansa took the gold thanks to his superior tie-break. Nukhim Rashkovsky from Russia won the bronze medal with 8.5 points.
 

Elvira Berend from Luxembourg won the "50+" Women's World Senior Championship with 8.5/11. Russian players Tatiana Grabuzova and Galina Strutinskaia finished on the second and the third places with 8/11. 

Former Women's World Champion Nona Gaprindashvili from Georgia became the winner of the "65+ World Senior Championship among women with 8.5/11. Valentina Kozlovskaya from Russia finished half a point behind. Ludmila Tsifanskaya from Israel was third with 7, 5/11.

presentationThe 28th World Senior Chess Championship, which is being held from November 17th until November 29th 2018, is currently in full swing. The championship is divided into 4 categories: Open 50+, Open 65+, Women 50+ and Women 65+. 330 participants come from 57 different countries and all continents. Among these players are 20 Grandmasters and 10 women Grandmasters.

The tournament in category Open 50+ is extremely tied. After 9 rounds GM Karen Movsziszian from Armenia and GM Bagaturov Giorgi from Georgia are in the lead. Both of them managed to score 7 and half points. 3rd place is currently being claimed by Russian IM Kalegin Evgenij with 7 points. If there will be no big surprises, someone among those three players will become the winner.

We have a very similar situation in the category Open 65+. We have two leaders: GM Jansa Vlastimil from Czech Republic and GM Baslashov Yuri from Russia. Both of them scored amazing 8 points. With 7 points another Russian GM Rashkovski is following them.

Among Women things are not that complicated. In category Women 50+ WGM Elvira Berend is in the clear lead with 7 and half points. She scored 1 point more than the second and third positioned players WGM Gabuzova Tatiana and WGM Stutinskaia Gallina - both from Russia.

In the oldest category among women – Women 65+ we have a new leader. The legendary Nona Gaprindashvili from Georgia finally took over the lead from now second WGM Kozlovskaya Valentina from Russia. 3rd is WIM Tsifanskaya Ludmila from Israel.

 

Memorial Planinec podiumThe 28th World Senior Chess Championship, which is being held from November 17th until November 29th 2018, is currently in full swing. The championship is divided into 4 categories: Open 50+, Open 65+, Women 50+ and Women 65+. 330 participants come from 57 different countries and all continents. Among these players are 20 Grandmasters and 10 women Grandmasters. The biggest number of participants, 180 of them, play in the category Open 65+. GM Evgeny Sveshnikov from Russia is defending his title from last year. This year his competition is quite strong. GM Jansa Vlastimil from Czech Republic is currently in the lead with all points. The strengths in category Open 50+ are currently more equally distributed. 5 players have collected 5 points so far (GM Danielsen, GM Sturua, GM Arakhamia – Grant, GM Bagaturov and GM Movsziszian).

IMG 20181117 133716 PANOFor first time Slovenia is hosting the World Senior Chess Championship. The city of Bled (nearly 6.000 inhabitants) in northern Slovenia, situated between Jesenice and the capital Ljubljana, is hosting this important tournament.

In 1930s, dr. Milan Vidmar, a great son of Slovenian nation, wished to thank the chess world for all hospitality he received on his travels over the globe. He wanted to welcome his fellow players in Slovenia and be the best host ever seen. Knocking on many doors and writing a myriad of requests, he obtained what is the most important - money. Then he said: «We will play in Bled; the world should see how beautiful is our Slovenia! I will invite the best of the best; I will organize the tournament for all eternity! » 

planinc pic 300Organizer: European Chess Academy - www.european-chessacademy.com
When: Saturday, November 24th 2018, 10.00.
Where: GRAND Hotel Toplice, Cesta svobode 12, Bled, Slovenia.
Registration: till 22nd of November:
- email: wssc2018@gmail.com,
- SMS: +386 40 834 432,
- In the office of the Senior World Championship 2018.
Late entries are possible (till 24th of November, 9.00) = 50% higher entry fee.

European Chess Academy

Istrska ulica 60h / 2000 Maribor / Slovenia +386 (40) 834 432