The World Senior Championship begins

11/19/2016 – Marianske Lazne or Marienbad is a popular spa town in the Czech Republic and it is a town with a rich chess history. In 1925 Nimzowitsch and Rubinstein shared first in a famous tournament here and over the years the city has been host to a whole number of important chess events. This year, from 18th November to 30th November, the World Senior Chess Championship takes place in the beautiful spa town.

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Marienbad (Photo: Walter J. Pilsak, Wikipedia)

Strong veterans start at the World Senior Championship

Text: Mark Ginsburg

The 26th incarnation of the World Senior Chess Championship kicked off in Marianske Lazne, a spa town in the west of the Czech Republic near the German border, on 18th November. It will conclude on 30th November after 11 rounds and is very well attended. Players start in 4 open sections.

Top seeds in the Men’s 50+ group are GMs Sturua (GEO), Matamoros (ECU), Antonio (PHI), A. Ivanov (USA), and H. Danielsen (ICE) with 162 players starting. I was amused to see A. Ivanov in the pre-tournament entry list because I managed to defeat him in an upset in New Orleans at this year’s U.S. Senior to give me first place, but here he is again. It is far-fetched but not impossible to imagine we might play again since the tournament is top heavy.

In the Men’s 65+ group we have GM’s Vaisser (FRA), Torre (PHI), Sveshnikov (RUS),  IM Zhelnin (RUS), and GM Okhotnik (FRA) as top seeds. Further down we see grizzled notable veterans such as Jansa, Vasiukov and Kupreichik. There are an impressive 265 players starting.

In the Women’s 50+, we have WGM’s Elvira Berend (LUX), Galina Strutinskaia (RUS), and Shilan Liu (CHN) heading up a 25 player field. Finally in the Women’s 65+, we have GM Nona Gaprindashvili (GEO), WGM Elena Fatalibekova (RUS), and WIM Ludmila Tsifanskya (ISR) heading up to an 18 player field.

Pairings and results at chess-results.com...

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Mginsbur Mginsbur 11/21/2016 10:57
The reason it's amusing is because this tourney used to be each federation sending one winner as an invitational. So formerly this could not have happened. The reanimation was the phenomenon being commented on here. It is not an attack on anyone: rather it's a comment on the format change.
I have lost convincingly to A. Ivanov in other events.
KevinC KevinC 11/19/2016 01:19
@benavas3, I agree. The way that is written is idiotic, and egotistical at best.
handikap handikap 11/19/2016 12:48
Hm...how come that a still good player like Portisch is not on the list?
benavas3 benavas3 11/19/2016 12:25
This is not funny, it even seems unpolite: "I was amused to see A. Ivanov in the pre-tournament entry list because I managed to defeat him in an upset in New Orleans at this year’s U.S. Senior to give me first place, but here he is again."
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