The 16th World Senior Chess Championship was held in Arvier (Valle d’Aosta, Italia) from September 11–23, 2006. It was an 11-round Swiss tournament with 126 participants. The rate of play was 100 minutes for 40 moves + 40 minutes to finish + 30 seconds increment for every move starting from move one. There were two sections, one for men and one for women. The prizes were € 3000, 2500 and 1500 for Gold, Silver and Bronze in the men's section, and € 700, 550 and 400 in the women's section.
The playing hall at the 16th World Senior Championship in Arvier
Boris Arkhangelsky vs Maarten Etmans (white on second board: Vastimil Jansa)
Victor Kortchnoi vs Stefano Tatai
Janis Klovans vs Yuy Frumson
Janis Klovans vs Viktor Kortchnoi – round five, Korchnoi's first draw
Liubin Spassov vs Viktor Korchnoi in round nine
Participants visit the 15th century Fenis Castle
Viktor Korchnoi, the top seed and favourite in this world championship, won the first four games, drew the fifth (against Janis Klovans, Elo 2433) and won the next three. After eight rounds he was leading with 7.5/8, a full point ahead of his nearest rival (Klovans). In the last three rounds he coasted to victory with three draws.
|5||Donchenko, Anatoly G||2405||8.0/11|
|11||Karasev, Vladimir I||2379||7.5/11|
|14||Westerinen, Heikki M J||2378||7.5/11|
In the women's section there were 14 participants. The event was won by 54-year-old WGM Ludmila Saunina with a 8.5/11 score, a full point ahead of her nearest rivals.
|11||Abolina, Aria Solveiga||1838||4.0/11|