Junior & Senior World Champions

  • SonofPearl
  • on 11/9/09, 12:56 PM.

Both the Junior (under 20) and Senior (60 plus) World Chess Championships recently took place in Argentina and Italy respectively. 

The junior championship was won by 19-year old French GM Vachier Maxime-Lagrave (pictured) with 10.5/13 on a tie break from Belarusian GM Sergei Zhigalko.

A crucial last round win sealed the title for Maxime by the narrowest of margins.  Congratulations Maxime!

Previous world junior champions have included the likes of Boris Spassky (1955), Anatoly Karpov (1969), Yasser Seirawan (1979), Garry Kasparov (1980), Vishy Anand (1987) and Lev Aronian (2002). 


The World Senior Championships were more recently established in 1991, when the inaugural winner was the former world champion Vassily Smyslov.  He was followed by Efim Geller (1992), Mark Taimanov (1993/1994), and last year by Larry Kaufman.

This year the winner was Croatian GM Misa Cebalo with 8.5/11 just edging out Latvian GM Janis Klovans on tie-breaks.  Congratulations Misa!

There were also women's events alongside the junior and senior championships which were won by Swaminathan Soumya and Nona Gaprindashvilli respectively.





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  • 7 years ago


    very emotional the last three round of junior championship in Puerto Madryn

    a "little" problem for the game on line live, but a lot of surprise and thrilling game

    probably the best world champions (boys and girls) possible: Vachier-Lagrave will became a top ten in two years

  • 7 years ago


    @ chessoholicalien - no.  The official website can be found via this link.

  • 7 years ago


    Anyone know if Bent Larsen was at the Seniors?

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  • 7 years ago


    CoolI have played Jude Acers about 10 years ago several games.He plays for 5 dollars a game.He took 15 dollars off me.first game was close i lost a pawn down endgame 2nd game he tore me up 3rd was a king an king an 3 pawn endgame which i lost because he gained the opposition on me.Yes he was good but had at that time some ugly woodboards with odd color varation als i had the sun in my eyes.I played him about 3 years before Katrina an then he had good regular boards.

  • 7 years ago


    Pretty good performance by last year's winner, GM Larry Kaufman, who finished a half point back at 8.0.

    In addition to the Acers game he demolished another Wing gambit (in 14 moves) vs. Josy Feller (round 2)

    For details: http://red-white-chess.blogspot.com/2009/11/world-senior-2009-final.html

  • 7 years ago


         Did Robert Hess compete in this event?

  • 7 years ago


    There are a few players who have won the juniors while already having accomplished. I remember asking myself what Mamedyarov was doing playing in the jr's when he won.

  • 7 years ago


    Maxime was a top GM at the age of 18 ... Now he won the junior world championship and I have no doubt about the fact that he's gonna be one of the very best players soon. Among his qualities we can mention that he's got a deep understanding of end games that allow him to win tight games... Allez Maxime !

  • 7 years ago


    French kid is pretty good.  Maybe time to stop playing in the juniors ;)

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