World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

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World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

Post by Tim Harding » Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:06 pm

The closing date for registrations is one month from today (17 September).
Arrival date is 17 November, 11 rounds 18-29 November (free day on the 24th).
Play starts 3pm for rounds 1-10 but unlike previous years it is 10am for Round 11.

Contrary to what the website says, there isn't an online entry form and it is not necessary to use the messy Excel file on offer.
(That's only really for federations submitting multiple entries.)

What they need is your name, Federation, FIDE ID, hotel preference, date of birth and tournament you are entering; also (f known) dates of arrival and departure, and details of any accompanying persons.
Transfer requests can be made later if you are not sure of travel arrangements yet.

Your name will go up on the entry list once they receive your money (150 euro per player and for hotel deposit 150 Euro per person).

Just send your details to wscc2018@gmail.com and if you have any queries before entering, I found that chief organiser Georg Mohr will reply promptly in English.

Payment information is at http://wscc2018.european-chessacademy.c ... structions.

Entries from our part of the world so far:
WOMEN 50+ Petra Fink-Nunn (also Helen Milligan NZL but formerly SCO)
WOMEN 65+ Dinah Norman
OPEN 50+ Terry Chapman, Rosemary Giulian (SCO), Owen Phillips, and Hassan Erdogan (ENG, unrated by FIDE)
OPEN 65+ Philip Giulian and Douglas Mckerracher and Jim Webster (all SCO); Kenneth Norman, Brian Hewson, Ian D.W. Reynolds, William Ingham, David Bray (ENG, unrated by FIDE), and myself.

No Welsh players have entered as yet.

Total entries are well below last year at present but usually a lot of people enter in the last few weeks.
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Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

Post by Tim Harding » Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:35 pm

Entry lists have been updated again today at http://wscc2018.european-chessacademy.com/index.php/en/

Entries from our part of the world so far:
WOMEN 50+ Petra Fink-Nunn (also Helen Milligan NZL but formerly SCO); total entries to date: 15.

WOMEN 65+ Dinah Norman; total entries to date: 8. They probably need a few more to run a separate tournament.

OPEN 50+ Rosemary Giulian, Stephen Mannion, Peter R. Smith (SCO);
Terry Chapman, Owen S. Phillips, and Hassan Erdogan (ENG, unrated by FIDE); total entries to date 59.

OPEN 65+ Philip Giulian and Douglas Mckerracher and Jim Webster (all SCO); Craig Pritchett told me he may enter.
Kenneth Norman, Brian Hewson, Ivan Myall, Ian D.W. Reynolds, William Ingham, David Bray (ENG, unrated by FIDE), and myself (IRL). SO far 110 entries.
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Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

Post by Tim Harding » Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:35 pm

Entries close in a week (17 Sept). The entry lists were updated today at
http://chess-results.com/tnr361548.aspx ... ES&flag=30

After the usual late rush there are now 150 players in the 65+. Sveshnikov is in now as second seed.
Craig Pritchett, currently 15th seed, is the top British player, as usual. Raj Bhopal brings the Scots entries up to five.
The Irish contingent is now up to two as our super-veteran Eamon Keogh has entered.

The same six English as listed above and no Welsh. Tony Stebbings hasn't entered (as yet anyway) but he's already played two tough senior events this year.

There are now ten 65+ women (including Dinah Norman) so if it stays at that or doesn't exceed twelve entries they will probably play a round-robin.
There are 19 currently in the 50+ women; no further British entries.

In the Open 50+ there are now 81 entries, including Rosemary Giulian and at least one other woman.
Peter Gayson who did so well in the EU individuals last month has entered.
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Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

Post by Craig Pritchett » Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:46 am

Thanks, as ever, to Tim for consolidating all this useful information for all of us who play in the events. Modesty, however, forbids me to accept that I am the top-rated British player in the 65+ championship, as Tim suggests, 'as usual'.

While it probably is true that I have been the top-rated British player in all of the 65+ (and before that 60+) championships that I have played in since Arco 2010, last year at, Acqui Terme 2017, Tony Stebbings and Nigel Povah (only a few points then between them) were both about 20 rating points ahead of me at the tournament start.

Indeed, while Nigel and I both finished on 7 points, he played the better chess and gained quite a few rating points (I lost a few). It would, of course, be good to see both Nigel and Tony, and indeed any other even higher-rated British players enter the 65+ field at Bled. It's a great event!

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Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

Post by Tim Harding » Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:12 pm

Craig Pritchett wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:46 am
Thanks, as ever, to Tim for consolidating all this useful information for all of us who play in the events. Modesty, however, forbids me to accept that I am the top-rated British player in the 65+ championship, as Tim suggests, 'as usual'.

While it probably is true that I have been the top-rated British player in all of the 65+ (and before that 60+) championships that I have played in since Arco 2010, last year at, Acqui Terme 2017, Tony Stebbings and Nigel Povah (only a few points then between them) were both about 20 rating points ahead of me at the tournament start.

Indeed, while Nigel and I both finished on 7 points, he played the better chess and gained quite a few rating points (I lost a few). It would, of course, be good to see both Nigel and Tony, and indeed any other even higher-rated British players enter the 65+ field at Bled. It's a great event!
Indeed Nigel had a fantastic tournament at Radebeul but maybe he's not coming to Bled. Tony will also be missed if he doesn't come.

The entry lists were updated again today. There is still no entry from last year's 50+ champion Julia Granda but the other three 2017 champions will be defending their titles.

We now have 161 entries in the 65+ Open (compared with 166 last year so that number may be exceeded eventually). Kevin James, who played board 2 for Ireland in the 65+ teams in July and was our most successful player, has now also entered, making 3 from the Emerald Isle.
I don't see any new GB entries since the last update.

There are now 90 in the 50+ Open; Neil Farrell (SCO) has joined. Probably a few more will join (there were 93 last year) butbthe record number from Marienbad 2016 won't be reached. There were 470 players then compared with 315 last year.

There are now 24 women in their 50+ and suddenly 17 in the 65+ so they can have a Swiss after all, though maybe not 11 rounds. (In past years it has twice been reduced to 9 rounds.) This is the highest number of female entries so far, not counting the few who prefer the Open events.
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Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

Post by Tim Harding » Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:22 pm

A new set of entry lists was posted today at http://chess-results.com/tnr361548.aspx ... ES&flag=30 and it is now possible to see entrants by country.
There are two new names from England, very welcome: GM Keith Arkell and WIM Ingrid Lauterbach.

Entries officially closed on Monday but it wouldn't be unusual if a few late entrants trickled in, at least from the host country Slovenia as they only have 16 so far.
As there also tend to be a few dropouts before the actual start, due to illness or whatever, we are probably now close to the final numbers:
25 in Women 50+,
18 in Women 65+ (top seed Nona as usual)
108 in Open 50+ where Keith is 11th seed.
179 in Open 65+
A total of 21 GMs are entered: 12 in the Open 50+, 8 in the 65+ plus Gaprindashvili.

Despite the absence of the defending champion Julio Granda, there are more GMs than last year in the 50+ but there were 11 in the Open 65+ last time including Torre and Tarjan who are not playing this year unless they come in late.
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