The 18th edition of European Senior Chess Championship starts tomorrow in Drammen, Norway and takes place from 3rd-13th August.
The event is played in two age categories: 50+ (for players born in year 1968 or later) and 65+ (for players born in year 1953 or earlier). There are 129 players from 18 European federations registered for the event. 54 players among whom 9 women players will participate section 50+.
Top seeded player of the 50+ category is Grandmaster Simen Adgestein (NOR, 2581) who has represented his country at the Chess Olympiads for many years. Besides Simen Adgestein, the battlefield is led by Gary M Clark (ENG, 2285), WGM Galina Strutinskaia (RUS, 2208), IM Sandor Biro (ROU, 2193), WIM Brigitte Burchardt (GER, 2189) and Luc Zimmermann (NED, 2184).
75 player among whom 8 women players will be competing in section 65+. Top seeders of the section 65+ are: GM Vladislav Vorotnikov (RUS, 2445), GM Leif Ogaard (NOR, 2386), IM Valentin Bogdanov (UKR, 2356), IM Nils- Gustaf Renman (SWE, 2348) and chess legend GM Nona Gaprindashvili, which makes the line-up of the section 65+ very strong.
The Championship will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.
Top boards of both sections will be transmitted live, and the live broadcast of games can be followed through the official website of the Championship.
Total prize fund of the event will be 10.000 EUR. Top three players of each category will be awarded with cups and medals.