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presentationThe 28th World Senior Chess Championship, which is being held from November 17th until November 29th 2018, is currently in full swing. The championship is divided into 4 categories: Open 50+, Open 65+, Women 50+ and Women 65+. 330 participants come from 57 different countries and all continents. Among these players are 20 Grandmasters and 10 women Grandmasters.

The tournament in category Open 50+ is extremely tied. After 9 rounds GM Karen Movsziszian from Armenia and GM Bagaturov Giorgi from Georgia are in the lead. Both of them managed to score 7 and half points. 3rd place is currently being claimed by Russian IM Kalegin Evgenij with 7 points. If there will be no big surprises, someone among those three players will become the winner.

We have a very similar situation in the category Open 65+. We have two leaders: GM Jansa Vlastimil from Czech Republic and GM Baslashov Yuri from Russia. Both of them scored amazing 8 points. With 7 points another Russian GM Rashkovski is following them.

presentationIn meantime 6 rounds have been played in Senior World Chess Championship in Bled (Slovenia).

Open +50

Number one seeded GM Zurab Sturua (GEO) shared the point in round 6 after a big fight against GM Karen Movsziszian (ARM). With this the leading group consists in five players, all with 5 points.

Top standing after round 6 Open +50:

1. M Karen Movsziszian (ARM)
2. GM Giorgi Bagaturov (GEO)
3. GM Henrik Danielsen (ISL)
4. GM Zurab Sturua (GEO)
5. GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant (SCO)

(all with 5 points)

Memorial Planinec podiumDuring the free day of the World Senior Chess Championship another rapid tournament in memory of the legendary Slovenian grandmaster Albin Planinc was organized by the European Chess Academy and Slovenian Chess Federation. The prize fund of 3800€ attracted in total 155 players from 32 countries. Among them were 12 grandmasters and 2 women grandmasters. After 9 rounds GM Mladen Palac from Croatia won the tournament and he was followed by the best senior player GM Rashkovsky Nukhim and the best Slovenian player GM Marko Tratar. GM Lagarde Maxime from France the first seed pf the tournament finished 4th. All of them finished with 7 and half points. The best woman was WGM Berend Elvira from Luxembourg.