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Viktor Korchnoi wins World Senior Championship

9/23/2006 – This man has been a candidate for the world championship since the sixties, and although he never actually won the title (in spite of three finals against Karpov) he remained in the world elite for decades. At 75 he still plays in top events, but now has taken part in a Senior Championship, which he naturally won. A world title for Korchnoi!
 

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.

Final standings

Pl Player Elo Score
1 Korchnoi, Viktor 2600 9.0/11
2 Jansa, Vlastimil 2482 8.5/11
3 Spassov, Liuben 2387 8.0/11
4 Bukal, Vladimir 2414 8.0/11
5 Donchenko, Anatoly G 2405 8.0/11
6 Plachetka, Jan 2090 7.5/11
7 Klovans, Janis 2433 7.5/11
8 Vasiukov, Evgeni 2505 7.5/11
9 Tatai, Stefano 2361 7.5/11
10 Zakharov, Alexander 2395 7.5/11
11 Karasev, Vladimir I 2379 7.5/11
12 Sorokin, Valentin 2337 7.5/11
13 Jakobsen, Ole 2387 7.5/11
14 Westerinen, Heikki M J 2378 7.5/11
15 Kaminik, Aleksandar 2226 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.

Pl Player Elo Score
1 Saunina, Ludmila 2290 8.5/11
2 Khmiadashvili, Tamar 2210 7.5/11
3 Fomina, Tatyana 2220 7.5/11
4 Fatalibekova, Elena 2264 7.5/11
5 Dragasevic-G, Antonina 2134 7.0/11
6 Erenska-Barlo, Hanna 2293 7.0/11
7 Lebel-Arias, Julia 1965 6.0/11
8 Abdikasova, Panno 2035 6.0/11
9 Blagonadezhnaya, Ideya 2049 4.0/11
10 Beliaeva, Natalia 2078 4.0/11
11 Abolina, Aria Solveiga 1838 4.0/11
12 Epstein, Esther 2182 4.0/8

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