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.
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