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For 7th time Italy is hosting the World Senior Chess Championship. After Arco 2001 and 2010, Lignano Sabbiadoro 2005, Arvier 2006, Condino 2009 and Acqui Terme 2015 this year the seniors were invited again to came to the city of Acqui Terme (nearly 20.000 of inhabitants) in northern Italy, between Genova and Torino, 35km in south of better known city of Alessandria.

Organizers are IO Michele Cordara (also organizer of Chess Olympiad 2006) and IO Cristina Pernici Rigo Playing hall: the Convention Center of Acqui Terme.

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From 6th till 18th of November 2017 not less than 298 players out of 52 countries will battle for the titles of World Champion in the categories “Open +50”, “Women +50”, “Open +65” and “Women +65”. For the open sections there will be an 11 round swiss system tournament, for the two Women tournaments a 9 round swiss system tournament. 30 games are transmitted live on Internet.

Here the list of the former Senior World Champions who are playing also this year:

Open tournaments:
• Evgeni Vasiukov (RUS, winner in year 1995)
• Anatoly Vaisser (FRA, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016)
• Vladimir Okhotnik (FRA, 2011, 2015)
• Zurab Sturua (GEO, 2014)
• Giorgi Bagaturov (GEO, 2016)

Women tournaments:
• Nona Gaprindashvili (GEO, 1995, 2009, 2014-16)
• Tamar Khmiadashvili (GEO, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2010)
• Elena Fatalibekova (RUS, 2004)
• Galina Strutinskaia (RUS, 2011, 2012, 2015)
• Svetlana Mednikova (RUS, 2014)
• Tatjana Bogumil (RUS, 2016)

Chief arbiter of this tournament is IA Werner Stubenvoll (Austria).

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Julio Granda Zuniga

Top seeded players are the well-known grandmasters Julio Granda Zuniga (PER, 2650) in the Open +50 and Anatoly Vaisser (FRA, 2503) in the Open +65. The oldest player is Antonio Pipitone from Italy (born 1926).

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Anatoly Vaisser

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Antonio Pipitone

After 6 rounds in Open tournaments and 5 rounds in Women tournaments there are following leaders:

In section “Open +50” there are six players leading with 5 points:
GM Julio Granda Zuniga (PER), GM Rogelio Antonio (PHI), GM Zurab Sturua (GEO), GM Eric Prie (FRA), IM Alexander Reprintsev (UKR) and IM Oliver Brendel (GER).

In section “Open +65” as well there are six players with 5 points leading:
GM Vlastimil Jansa (CZE), IM Arkady Shevelev (ISR), GM Vladimir Okhotnik (FRA), GM Anatoly Vaisser (FRA), GM Yuri Balashov (RUS) and FM Christian Hess (GER). Another 11 players follow with 4,5 points.

Two of the initial favorites of the tournament, GM Evgeny Sveshnikov (RUS, 2480) and GM James Tarjan (USA, 2449) already lost two games and will have problems to come back to the leading group.

In tournament “Women +50” the top-seeded player WGM Elvira Berend (LUX, 2292) is leading with 4,5 points out of the 5 games played. Currently on the second place is WGM Shilan Liu (CHN) with half a point less. Other players follow with one or more points less than the leader.

The “Grand Dame” of chess, GM Nona Gaprindashvili (GEO, 2306), lost in the third round of the tournament “Women +65” to WGM Tamar Khmiadashvili (GEO) and is now following her. After fifth round Khmiadashvili is the leader with 4,5 points, a half point ahead of Gaprindashvili. Behind them four players from Russia, who try to stop the two Georgian leaders.

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE