Battle of the ages

David R. Sands
Washington Times
October 13, 2007

It’s the kind of harmonic convergence that makes a chess columnist’s job easy.

The world’s best senior players crowned a new champion late last month in Austria, and the world’s best junior players are nearing the end of their title tournament this weekend in Armenia. Both events provided ample opportunity for enterprising play.

In Gmunden, Austria, Lithuanian IM Algimantas Butnorius was the surprise winner of FIDE’s 17th Senior World Championship with a 9-2 score, a half-point ahead of Russian GMs Evgeny Vasiukov and Yuri Shabanov and Czech GM Vlastimil Jansa. Scoring a respectable 7-4 was New Orleans chess legend FM Jude Acers, apparently fully recovered from his harrowing Hurricane Katrina ordeal.

Butnorius earned a key point in Austria against a former senior world champ, GM Janis Klovans of Latvia. After some lengthy maneuvering in a classic Closed Ruy Lopez battle, Butnorius as Black secures a positional clamp through a temporary pawn sacrifice.

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