Karen Movsziszian won the +50 group European Senior Championship and Nils-Gustaf Renman the +65 group

The GM from the Sant Andreu Club, Karen Movsziszian, won the +50 group European Senior Championship, scoring 7/9 points with no defeats. The Armenian led the field after seven rounds with six points and cruised to victory with two draws. Russian players Evgenij Kalegin (IM) and GM Gennady Tunik (GM), finished tied second with 6.5/9.

The Catalonian FIDE Master Alexandre Pablo had a great performance in this group, finishing fourth with 6/9, with just one defeat against the number one seed, Georgian GM Zurab Sturua.

In the +65 group, the winner was Swedish IM Nils-Gustaf Renman, third seed at the start of the tournament. The IM led the event from beginning to end, even after losing to Georgian GM Tamaz Giorgadze, who eventually finished in second place after a last round draw. The podium was completed with Russian GM Evgeni Vasiukov on 6.5/9.

In this group the Catalonian player from the Aragones club, Josep Pérez Fernández, finished 15th with 5.5/9 after starting seed 34. Terrassa’s own FM Emili Simon had a really tough event facing very good players. He finished off with five rounds with no wins although he was able to draw with the former female World Champion Nona Gaprindashvili and Belgium MI Jan Rooze.

Finally, in the +50 female group the winner was the Russian GM Galina Strutinskaia with 7/9. Luxemburg WGM Elvira Berend, finished second while another Russian player, Marina Aseeva, finished third. There has been no Catalonian representation in this group.

The historical European Chess event has ended in Sabadell after nine rounds of chess with practically no incidents and a high level of satisfaction between the players. The capital of the Vallès Occidental region has been a great host to the event and Catalonia has enjoyed a very nice chess tournament.

Letter of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Dear chess friends and colleagues,

I was shock with the news about the murderous attacks in the streets of Barcelona. The whole world strongly condemns these actions of barbarism and cruelty and stands united with the Spanish people in this moment of grief.

I offer my sincere condolences to the people of Spain and pray for recovery of the injured.


Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
President of FIDE

The 17th European Senior Chess Championship begins in Sabadell

The European Senior Championship has begun in Sabadell. From the 12th to the 20th of August, and anyone can come along to Can Balsach to see some of the best +50 and +65 players participating in Catalonia …

From August 12th to 20th, the Valles city brings together players over 50 years old on the one hand and players over 65 years old on the other hand to participate in the European Chess Championship. Also, players over 50 years old are participating in the European +50 Women’s Championship.

The first seed of the +50 European is Georgian Gran Master (GM) Zurab Sturua, rated 2548. Second rated is an old friend of Catalonia, the GM from the Sant Andreu club Karen Movsziszian, who recently won the “La Pobla de Lillet” international tournament. The third seed is French GM Eric Prie, who has played many times in the Catalonian League with the Andorra team. The best local Catalonian players are FIDE Master Alexandre Pablo and International Master Joan Pomes, both players of the Terrassa Chess Club

In the +65 category, the number one seed is Georgian GM Tamaz Giorgadze, who turns 77 this year. Second seed is Russian GM Evgeni Vasiukov, 84, while Swedish-born Master Nils-Gustaf Renman, rated 2353, completes the three leaders.

Twelve players participate in the +50 Women’s European Championship, nine of whom are Russian. However, the first seed is Dutch Grandmaster Elvira Berend. Also, WGM’s Galina Strutinskaia and Marina Aseeva, both originally of Russian, are also pre-tournament favorites. It’s worth mentioning that Maia Txiburdanidze, Women’s World Champion thirteen times running, has visited the championship.

We encourage you to come and visit the championship in Sabadell and enjoy a European level tournament that had not been celebrated in Catalonia for many years.

Here you can find the promotional video for the event: VIDEO

Transfers from Barcelona Airport

The organization has the full list of player’s arrivals in Barcelona Airport, and we’ll pick everybody up to Sabadell the days 10th, 11th and 12th. We’ll carry the players and companion people to Hotel Urpi and Hotel Verdi. Players and companion people not staying in the official hotels will stop in Hotel Verdi.