GM Zurab Sturua from Georgia and IM Jan Rooze from Belgium are the new European Senior Champions in Open 50 and Open 65 respectively, while WGM Svetlana Mednikova from Russia and the legendary Georgian GM Nona Gaprindashvili are the new European Women Senior Champions in Open 50 and Open 65 respectively.
In the Open 50 section, 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 Open 65 group, 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 Open 50 and Open 65, WGM Svetlana Mednikova and GM Nona Gaprindashvili (both with 5.5 points) convincingly won their European titles.
The European Chess Union Secretary General, Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou was present at the closing ceremony of the Championship on behalf of the ECU and awarded the winners.
The 15th European Senior Championships took place from 27th April until 7th May, 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!