International Chess Federation
Tuesday, 31 Oct 2023 18:10
World Senior Championship 2023 passes midpoint

It is the halftime at the World Senior Chess Championship 2023, here at Terrasini, and the participants are enjoying the day off.  After visiting the beautiful city of Palermo the players are getting ready to continue battles for the titles in second half of the tournament, starting on November 1.

In the meantime, let’s check out the results and standings of the WSCC 2023.  After Round 6, in the Open 50+ category GMs Ivan Morovic Fernandez (CHI; pictured below), GM Suat Atalik (SRB), GM Michael Adams (ENG) and GM Artashes Minasian (ARM) are tied for the top position, each scoring 5/6.

Six players, GM Maxim Novik (LTU), GM Darcy Lima (BRA), GM Klauss Bischoff (GER), GM Hannes Stefansson (ISL), the defending champion GM Zurab Sturua (GEO) and IM Uffe Vinter-Schou (DEN), are trailing the leaders by just a half-point.

In the Open 65+ category, the defending champion GM John Nunn of England (pictured below) is leading the race with 5.5 points after 6 games (the highest score in the event so far).  

Following him, there are 5 players, sitting on 5 points: GM Nikolay Legky (FRA), FM Ole Christian Moen (NOR), GM Daniel Campora (ARG), IM Jan Rooze (BEL) and FM Terry Chapman (ENG).

In the Women category, WGM Galina Strutinskaia (FIDE; pictured below) tops the standings after six rounds with 5 points, followed by two players with 4.5 points each: WIM Sopio Tereladze (GEO) and WGM Marina Makropoulou (GRE).

Some facts and figures:

  • A total of 271 players participate (including 133 titled players), representing 53 federations and
  • 32 women players - 11% of the total number of participants
  • 11% of all players represent the hosting federation (Italy)

Standings after Round 6:

Open 50+
Open 65+

Photos: Denis Burko

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