GOTW: Piasetski - Pashayan, 2017 World Senior 65+

Our Canadian Game of the Week is Piasetski - Pashayan, from the 27th World Senior Championship, which just finished in Acqui Terme, Italy.
Notes by IM Leon Piasetski.

27th FIDE World Senior Championship
November 6-19, 2017.
Acqui Terme, Italy

The 27th FIDE World Championship ended this week in the Northern Italian resort town of Acqui Terme. 

The World Senior Championship has four sections: Men's and Women's in both 50+ and 65+ age groups. The Men's sections were 11 round Swisses, the Women's were 9 rounds.

  • 93 players competed in the Open 50+. At 2650 the top seed was GM Julio Granda Zuniga (Peru), and he won with 9.5/11, a full point ahead of GMs Antonio Gogelio (PHI) and Eric Prie (FRA).
  • 165 players competed in the Open 65+. GM Evgeny Sveshnikov (RUS) won with 8.5/11, a half-point ahead of a group of 9 players -- including Olympiad ironman Eugenio Torre -- which was topped on tie-breaks by GMs Anatoly Vaisser (FRA) and Vlastimil Jansa (CZE)
  • 22 women played in the Women's 50+ section, which was won by WGM Elvira Berend (LUX) with 7/9.
  • 15 women played in the Women's 65+ section, which finished with Georgian WGM Tamar Khmiadashvili and GM (and former Women's World Champion) Nona Gaprindashvili a full point ahead of the field with 7.5/9. Khmiadashvili won their individual game, and so took the title on tie-break.

Three Canadians played, all in the 65+ section:

  1. IM Leon Piasetski +4 =5 -2;  6.5/11; 37th
  2. William Doubleday +5 =0 -6; 5/11; 105th
  3. Andre Zybura +2 =5 -4; 4.5/11; 120th


FIDE Report



photo: IM Leon Piasetski, by Gerhard Bertagnolli



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