Sveshnikov & Vlassov among World Senior leaders by Mark Ginsburg
Things are going well in the four sections (Women’s 50+, Women’s 65+, Men’s 50+, Men’s 65+) of the World Senior Championship, played at various nice hotels in the wooded spa town of Marianske Lazne, Czech Republic. At this juncture in the Men’s 50+, IM Nikolai Vlassov leads alone on 7/8 ahead of top seed Zurab Sturua and three more players on 6.5 – Reprintsev, Arkell and Bagaturov. Three players have 6/8 while your author is among a 16-player group on 5 points.
The path to the top for Russia’s Nikolai Vlassov included an extraordinary miniature against Iceland’s Henrik Danielsen in Round 5:
10.Qc1 g5? (10...Bh5! gives Black the better game) 11.Qxg5! Black resigns
In Round 7 action, I want to call attention to a classic “cheapo” stalemate which is more often seen in blitz than in classical play - the tragicomic end of the game Kalegin-Chudinovskikh.