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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

21st world senior chess championship begins in Croatia

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Hello everyone,

The latest chess news update via is that the 21st World Senior Chess Championships has begun in Opatija, Croatia, and will continue till November 27. The Championships are organised by the Chess club “Rijeka” in agreement with Croatian Chess Federation, under the auspices of the Mountain-litoral County, the City of Rijeka and the City of Opatija.

 Lord Mayor of Opatija Ivo Dujmic and Nona Gaprindashvili

Total number of players is 241, 201 in the Open section and 40 (absolute record) in the Women tournament. 44 countries from all continents are represented.

WGM Tamar Khmiadashvili 
(four times World Senior Champion)

A very nice opening ceremony took place before the first games. The first speech was held by Boris Golubovic, president of Rijeka Chess Club and Tournament Director. A great ovation was devoted to the legendary champion Nona Gaprindashvili. Many political authorities delivered their welcome speeches. They congratulated the Rijeka Chess Club for the fantastic organization. Report and photos are by Adolivio Capece.
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