World Senior Chess Championship begins in Opatija, Croatia
The 23rd FIDE World Senior Chess Championship for men and women has begun in Opatija, Croatia. The world chess championship for seniors runs from November 11 to 24 under the aegis of the main organiser, Chess Club of Rijeka.
Opatija is the oldest Croatian tourist resort, famous for its friendly climate, large botanic gardens and the Central European architecture, unique in the Mediterranean area.
In the Open section 201 players from 40 countries are competing, including 10 Grandmasters, 25 International Masters and 33 FIDE Masters. The largest number of participants are from Russia (26) followed by Germany (25) while there are 11 local players (Croatia).
Top seed is Anatoly Vaisser (France) while the narrow circle of favorites includes GMs Krunoslav Hulak (Croatia), Evgeni Vasiukov (Russia), Viktor Kupreichik (Belarus) and Yuri Balashov (Russia). Defending champion is GM Jens Kristiansen (Denmark)
The Women's tournament has 25 players from 9 countries, including 4 Grandmasters, 5 International Masters and 5 FIDE Masters. The top seed is GM Nona Gaprindashvili (Georgia), the former world champion (1962-1978). Main challengers for the title will be defending champion Galina Strutinskaya along with Grandmasters Elena Fatalibekova (Russia) and Tamar Khmiadashvili (Georgia).
The first two rounds have been played, live games and photos at the official website is www.rijekachess.com