Winners crowned at World Senior Championship 2022

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11/29/2022 – The 30th edition of the FIDE World Senior Chess Championship in Assisi (Italy) ended on Saturday, November 26, after a hard fight until the last minute. In the 50+ group, the Georgian Grandmaster Zurab Sturua became the new World Champion. The Women's World Champion in this group was WGM Elvira Berend (Luxembourg). In the 65+ group the title went to English GM John Nunn (pictured), the women's title was won by GM Nona Gaprindashvili (Georgia). | Photos: FIDE

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The first player to become Senior World Chess Champion 2022 was legendary Nona Gaprindashvili (GEO).

After nearly one hour of play with IM Jean-Luc Roos (FRA), the opponents agreed on a draw. With this result, Nona scored 7 points and got the best tiebreaks among all female players in the Open 65+ section to claim gold. It is Nona's eighth Senior World Championship title, an extraordinary achievement by the "Grand Dame of Chess".

WGM Galina Strutinskaia (FID) finished on 7 points as well (winning her last game) and took silver. The bronze medal goes to WFM Larisa Khropova (FID).

GM John Nunn (ENG) emerged as the winner and Senior World Chess Champion in section Open 65+. Coming into the final round, a half point behind Jens Kristiansen (DEN), he notched up a crucial victory over IM Valentin Bogdanov (UKR) and finished on 9 points.

Meanwhile, his main rival and leader, Kristiansen, suffered a defeat at the hands of GM Jose Luis Fernandez Garcia (ESP). As a result, they tied for second place GM Nikolay Legky (FRA) and IM Nils-Gustaf Renman (SWE), all on 8½ points. In accordance with Buchholz (second tiebreaker), Fernandez Garcia won silver, and Legky took bronze.  

Final standings 65+:

1

GM

Nunn, John

ENG

2580

9

2

GM

Fernandez Garcia, Jose

ESP

2358

3

GM

Legky, Nikolay

FRA

2350

4

GM

Kristiansen, Jens

DEN

2353

5

IM

Renman, Nils-Gustaf

SWE

2320

6

IM

Hebert, Jean

CAN

2333

8

7

GM

Knaak, Rainer

GER

2457

8

8

GM

Jansa, Vlastimil

CZE

2390

8

9

IM

Pomes, Marcet Joan

ESP

2197

8

10

IM

Maryasin, Boris

ISR

2258


It all came down to the wire in the Open 50+ as well. In the final eleventh round, GM Maxim Novik (LTU) won against one of two leaders GM Fernandez Ivan Morovic (CHI), whereas GM Zurab Sturua (GEO) made a quick draw with GM Vladislav Nevednichy (ROU). 

Both Sturua and Novik finished on 8½ 11 and tied for the first place without playing each other. The Buchholz favoured the Georgian player who claimed his second title after the triumph in Katerini, Greece, back in 2014. Novik came second, and Morovic finished third (8 points).

Although Elvira Berend (LUX) was the first to finish her final-round game, she had to sweat it to the very end. Eventually, her quick draw was enough to become the Women's World Champion in the section Open 50+. It was nearly like a Hitchcock trailer: WGM Elvira Berend (LUX) and WIM Sopio Tereladze (GEO) both finished on 7½ points, with a paper-thin Buchholz advantage for Berend. IM Angela Borsuk (ISR) came third.

Final standings 50+:

1

GM

Sturua, Zurab

GEO

2522

2

GM

Novik, Maxim

LTU

2412

3

GM

Morovic Fernandez, Ivan

CHI

2480

8

4

GM

Nevednichy, Vladislav

ROU

2499

8

5

GM

Bischoff, Klaus

GER

2479

8

6

IM

Bellia, Fabrizio

ITA

2398

8

7

GM

Pavlovic, Milos

SRB

2447

8

GM

Holzke, Frank

GER

2476

9

GM

Antonio, Rogelio

PHI

2397

10

IM

Vinter-Schou, Uffe

DEN

2375

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