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Gaprindashvili and Cebalo become World Senior Champions

26th October to 7th November in Condino, Italy


The 19th World Senior Chess Championship was held from 26th October until 7th November in Condino – Trentino, Italy. The Championship was played over 11 rounds with the Swiss System and the time control of 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.

Croatian Grandmaster Miso Cebalo, whom recently we had the pleasure to meet in Novi Sad, and Latvian GM Janis Klovans shared the first place sporting 8.5 points each, but Cebalo held better tiebreak score and was declared the new Senior World Champion. The Open Championship had attracted massive participation, with 170 players competing, and among them 13 Grandmasters.

The legendary champion Nona Gaprindashvili from Georgia recovered after a slow start and won four consecutive games to collect a total of 7.5 points and become the World Women Senior Champion. Her main rival WGM Elena Fatalibekova conceded a draw in the final round and remained half a point behind the winner. There were 28 players in the Women Championship and the event lasted 9 rounds.

The Championship was organized by FIDE, Fsi, Arcoworldchess and IA Cristina Pernici Rigo.

More information on the official website

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GM Miso Cebalo

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