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Viktor Korchnoi Wins Botvinnik Memorial

Rapid seniors’ tournament on 15-19th August in Suzdal-Vladimir Oblast

The Russian Chess Federation is organizing a number of events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the 6th World Champion Mikhail Moiseyevich Botvinnik (17 August 1911 – 5 May 1995).

Besides the grande event with the World’s top players and a strong open in St. Petersburg, a seniors’ tournament was held from 15th to 19th August in Suzdal-Vladimir Oblast. Legendary players from Botvinnik era competed in the round robin rapid tournament with the time control of 25min + 10 sec/move.

Former World Champion Boris Spassky was set to make an appearance but eventually GM Oleg Chernikov took his place.

Viktor Korchnoi maintained the lead throughout the event and took a clear first place with 7.0 points. A point behind is Evgeni Vasiukov who grabbed the second place after a furious finish.

Chief arbiter was GM Yuri Averbakh. The prize fund is 14200 EUR.

Final standings:

1. GM Viktor Korchnoi SUI 2553 – 7.0

2. GM Evgeni Vasiukov RUS 2455 – 6.0

3. GM Lajos Portisch HUN 2523 – 5.0

4-5. GM Borislav Ivkov SRB 2416 and GM Igor Zaitsev RUS 2408 – 4.5

6-8. GM Wolfgang Uhlmann GER 2379, IM Aleksander Nikitin RUS 2430 and GM Oleg Chernikov RUS 2402 – 4.0

9. IM Anatoly Bykhovsky RUS 2354 – 3.5

10. GM Mark Taimanov RUS 2386 – 2.5

Viktor Korchnoi

Viktor Korchnoi

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