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World Seniors in Assisi: the champions crowned

For more information about chess for over-50s, please see our Seniors calendar and our Seniors introduction page.

 

The last major senior chess congress of 2022, the World Senior Individual Championships, has now ended in Assisi, Italy. Players from 51 countries and all continents participated. The last round games were played this afternoon.

We now have separate pages about the two tournaments, linked as follows:

50+ championship

65+ championship

Since we did not playg in round 11, we were able to update during the games. We shall finalise our reports early next week after returning home.

We intend to add some general comments about the Congress and the organisation later .

Opening ceremony & other information

The Congress was opened on Tuesday 15 November by FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich who stayed in Assisi for a few days, comning straighthere from the Euiropean Youth Championships in Antalya, Turkey. In his speech, Dvorkovich stated that no decision has yet been made about next year's World Individual and Team Championships but admitted it is likely the former will not be played in Russia as previously announced.

FIDE are apparently still looking for bids from organisers to host these championships. There is still no new infomation on eitehr the FIDE Calendar or Events Commission pages.

Entries from female players were lower than hoped. As there must be players from at least two continents to qualify as a World Championship, FIDE made a late decision, only a few days before the start, that the women would play in the Open sections although with separate prizes. So there are just two tournaments: Open 50+ and Open 65+.

You can find results and pairings (and tiebreaks) on chess-results.com with separate pages for each section. See also the official website for further details and links to the live games which are now being shown on the DGT cloud as the original live broadcast arrangements proved unreliable.

Each day the top 15 games in each section are being broadcast live but with a delay varying between 15 and 30 minutes. These games are not on chess24 unfortunately. The games can also, we believe, be found via ChessBase and maybe other sites too.

Several Russian players who were originally in the entry list withdrew, including GM Yuri Balashov and WGM Elena Fatalibekova. There is now nobody listed as RUS but there are seven players (three male and four female) who are playing under the FIDE flag.

The prize fund, increased by FIDE, includes three prizes for 75+ players (in the 65+ tournament). We should like to see more tournaments in future with 75+ prizes and indeed some tournaments specifically for players aged 75 and above.

About the venue

Assisi, in the Italian province of Umbria, is a large and ancient hill-top city which was the home town of St Francis, where the Franciscan order of friars was founded in 1208.

The town is now largely restored following two devastating earthquakes in the region in 1997 and it is now said to be the third most popular tourist destination in Italy, though in mid-November it is fairly quiet. This morning we went to one of the main pilgrimage sites, the Basilica San Francesco, about 9.30am and it was almost empty with no queues.

The tournaments are being played in two adjacent hotels on the plain below, near Assisi railway station and the 16th century church of St Maria degli Angelis which was built near where St Francis lived at the end of his life.

 

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