GM Zurab Sturua (Georgia) and IM Jan Rooze (Belgium) are the new European Champions for the senior categories 50+ and 65+ respectively while WGM Svetlana Mednikova (Russia) and the legendary GM Nona Gaprindashvili (Georgia) are the new European Champions for the senior women categories 50+ and 65+ respectively.
In the Seniors 50+, GM Zurab Sturua won the title convincingly by scoring 7.5 points in 9 rounds, one full point ahead of the famous English GM John Nunn! The local Greek player Spiros Ilandzis also performed very well and tied for 3rd place with 6 points.
In the Seniors 65+, IM Jan Rooze scored 7.5 points and had better tie-breaks over GM Viktor Kupreichik who secured the 2nd place.
In the women categories 50+ and 65+, WGM Svetlana Mednikova and GM Nona Gaprindashvili (both with 5.5 points) won clearly their European titles.
The 15th European Senior Championships took place in Greece, at the 4-star Eretria Village Conference Resort, with the participation of 87 players from 27 countries and a prize fund of €8.000 for the winners. See you next year in Armenia!
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