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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Senior Chess - Who will be world champion?

Chess news and chess trivia blog (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2010

A scenic shot of Arco, Italy

Hi Everyobody,

Are you ready for the World Chess Championship 2010? This one's not about Anand and Topalov. It's about some nice chess masters - par excellence - of the senior category.

The World Senior Chess Championship 2010 is here! It begins in Arco, Trentino, Italy on October 26. You can check the official website for lots of information, photos and videos as the action unfolds. You can also find a nice preview at

The participants have to be older than 60 in the men's category and older than 50 in the women's category.

Arco is a comune in the province of Trento in northeast Italy. The town is surrounded on one side by sheer limestone cliffs jutting up like a wall protecting it and its ancient hilltop castle.

The Championship will be played over 11 rounds of the Swiss System. The time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one (FIDE rules 2006).

The title of 'Grandmaster' will be conferred upon the winner of the 20th FIDE World Senior Chess Championship 2010.

The reigning European Senior Chess Champions WGM Tamar Khmiadashvili and GM Vitaly Tseshkovsky, and 2009 World Senior Champions GM Nona Gaprindashvili and GM Miso Cebalo, are also competing in this tournament.

Seniors World Championship 2010 Open

Top 15 seeds

GM Vitaly Tseshkovsky

1 GM Tseshkovsky Vitaly RUS 2564
2 GM Dydyshko Viacheslav BLR 2547
3 GM Tukmakov Vladimir B UKR 2547
4 GM Rashkovsky Nukhim N RUS 2519
5 GM Vaisser Anatoly FRA 2507
6 GM Jansa Vlastimil CZE 2499
7 GM Timoscenko Gennadij SVK 2499
8 GM Cebalo Miso CRO 2493
9 GM Pushkov Nikolai RUS 2466
10 GM Suba Mihai ROU 2464
11 IM Fradkin Boris RUS 2454
12 GM Rajkovic Dusan SRB 2443
13 GM Ermenkov Evgenij PLE 2442
14 GM Butnorius Algimantas LTU 2439
15 GM Chernikov Oleg L RUS 2425

Women's section top 10

GM Nona Gaprindashvili

1 GM Gaprindashvili Nona GEO 2363
2 WGM Kozlovskaya Valentina RUS 2278
3 WGM Fatalibekova Elena RUS 2270
4 WIM Fomina Tatyana EST 2256
5 WGM Khmiadashvili Tamar GEO 2162
6 WIM Titorenko Natalia I RUS 2158
7 WFM Miednikova Swietlana RUS 2146
8 WIM Mira Helene AUT 2133
9 WIM Borisova Borislava SWE 2096
10 WFM Bogumil Tatiana RUS 2096

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