Senior World Championship in Chess

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Three senior world champions on the board: Jewgeni Wasjukow, Jānis Klovāns and Alexei Suetin (Bad Liebenzell 1996).
Senior World Champions: Tamar Chmiadashvili (5 times), Nona Gaprindashvili (5 times) and Jelena Fatalibekowa (3 times). Award ceremony 2016 in Marienbad

The Seniors World Chess Championship is a tournament organized by FIDE since 1991 . The organizer of the first and other senior world championships was Reinhold Hoffmann (ChessOrg), thanks also to the fact that the senior world champion receives the title of grandmaster.


In 1997 Reinhold Hoffmann received the honor plate of the German Chess Federation from Egon Ditt , the then President of the German Chess Federation in recognition of his services to senior chess. In 1998 he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit. In July 2006 he died of a serious illness.

Men and women originally played in a joint tournament. Only later was there a separate championship for women, although women were still allowed to play in the men's tournament. The minimum age was 60 years for men until 2013 (reference date January 1 of the game year), for women the minimum age is 50 years. The minimum age has been 50 since 2014, and another world championship with the minimum age of 65 will be held. The Senior World Championship will be held as an open tournament with 11 rounds according to the Swiss system . Since 1997, winning the title has been linked to the award of the men's grandmaster title . The female winner receives the title Woman Grandmaster ("Grand Master of Women").

Winners list

year Venue World Champion world champion
1991 GermanyGermany Bad Woerishofen Russia 1991Russia Vasily Smyslow HungaryHungary Éva Karakas
1992 GermanyGermany Bad Woerishofen Russia 1991Russia Efim Geller HungaryHungary Éva Karakas
1993 GermanyGermany Bad Wildbad Russia 1991Russia Mark Taimanow Russia 1991Russia Tatiana Satulovskaya
1994 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Biel / Bienne RussiaRussia Mark Taimanow HungaryHungary Éva Karakas
1995 GermanyGermany Bad Liebenzell RussiaRussia Yevgeny Vasyukov Georgia 1990Georgia Nona Gaprindashvili
1996 GermanyGermany Bad Liebenzell RussiaRussia Alexei Suetin RussiaRussia Valentina Kozlovskaya
1997 GermanyGermany Bad Wildbad LatviaLatvia Jānis Klovāns RussiaRussia Tatiana Satulovskaya
1998 AustriaAustria Grieskirchen LatviaLatvia Vladimir Bagirov Georgia 1990Georgia Tamar Kmiadashvili
1999 GermanyGermany Gladenbach LatviaLatvia Jānis Klovāns Georgia 1990Georgia Tamar Kmiadashvili
2000 PolandPoland Rowy RussiaRussia Oleg Chernikov RussiaRussia Elena Fatalibekova
2001 ItalyItaly Arco LatviaLatvia Jānis Klovāns RussiaRussia Elena Fatalibekova
2002 GermanyGermany Naumburg (Saale) LatviaLatvia Juzefs Petkēvičs UkraineUkraine Marta Litinskaya
2003 GermanyGermany Bad Zwischenahn RussiaRussia Yuri Shabanov Georgia 1990Georgia Tamar Kmiadashvili
2004 GermanyGermany Halle (Saale) RussiaRussia Yuri Shabanov RussiaRussia Elena Fatalibekova
2005 ItalyItaly Lignano Sabbiadoro BulgariaBulgaria Lyuben Spasov RussiaRussia Lyudmila Saunina
2006 ItalyItaly Arvier SwitzerlandSwitzerland Viktor Korchnoi RussiaRussia Lyudmila Saunina
2007 AustriaAustria Gmunden LithuaniaLithuania Algimantas Butnorius PolandPoland Hanna Ereńska-Barlo
2008 GermanyGermany Bad Zwischenahn United StatesUnited States Larry Kaufman and Mihai Șubă
LatviaLatvia Tamara Vilerte
2009 ItalyItaly Condino CroatiaCroatia Mišo Cebalo GeorgiaGeorgia Nona Gaprindashvili
2010 ItalyItaly Arco FranceFrance Anatoli Waisser GeorgiaGeorgia Tamar Kmiadashvili
2011 CroatiaCroatia Rijeka FranceFrance Vladimir Okhotnik RussiaRussia Galina Strutinskaya
2012 GreeceGreece Kamena Vourla DenmarkDenmark Jens Kristiansen RussiaRussia Galina Strutinskaya
2013 CroatiaCroatia Opatija FranceFrance Anatoli Waisser KazakhstanKazakhstan Elena Ankudinova
2014 GreeceGreece Katerini GeorgiaGeorgia Surab Sturua (50+) Anatoli Waisser (65+)
RussiaRussia Svetlana Mednikowa (50+) Nona Gaprindashvili (65+)
2015 ItalyItaly Acqui Terme Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina Predrag Nikolić (50+) Vladimir Okhotnik (65+)
RussiaRussia Galina Strutinskaja (50+) Nona Gaprindashvili (65+)
2016 Czech RepublicCzech Republic Marienbad GeorgiaGeorgia Giorgi Bagaturow (50+) Anatoli Waisser (65+)
RussiaRussia Tatjana Bogumil (50+) Nona Gaprindashvili (65+)
2017 ItalyItaly Acqui Terme PeruPeru Julio Ernesto Granda Zuñiga (50+) Yevgeny Sveshnikov (65+)
LuxembourgLuxembourg Elvira Berend (50+) Tamar Chmiadashvili (65+)
2018 SloveniaSlovenia Bled ArmeniaArmenia Karen Movsesjan (50+) Vlastimil Jansa (65+)
Czech RepublicCzech Republic
LuxembourgLuxembourg Elvira Berend (50+) Nona Gaprindashvili (65+)
2019 RomaniaRomania Bucharest UkraineUkraine Wadym Schyshkin (50+) Rafael Vaganian (65+)
LuxembourgLuxembourg Elvira Berend (50+) Nona Gaprindashvili (65+)


Individual evidence

  1. Reinhold Hoffmann is dead, July 26, 2006 an obituary by Herbert Bastian
  2. Announcement of the Senior World Championship 2014 at FIDE (English, PDF file; 295 kB)
  3. Senior World Championship 1997 on TeleSchess
  4. ^ Report by Egon Ditt (DSB President) to the 68th FIDE Congress (September 2-10, 1997 in Kishinev).
  5. D.VIII.01. World Senior (Women) Championship from FIDE handbook (English).

Web links

Commons : World Seniors Championship in Chess  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

See also