Senior World Championship 2010 at Arco

A Short Report by Calle Erlandsson

At the moment Antonio Rosino and Gunnar Finnlaugsson take part in the 20th Senior World Championship at the North-Italian town of Arco. The 11th and last round will take place on November 6th. There are 224 men [60+] and 21 women [50+] competing. Meanwhile only 223 men as the 72 year-old Norwegian Erling Fløtten died over the board in round 3. Erling was the father-in-law of our KWA member Øystein Brekke and a famous politician in the north of Norway, in Vadsø - not far from Murmansk. Moreover he was chairman of the Norwegian Chess Federation 1997-98.

The venue - the Casino of Arco


Gunnar Finnlaugsson before the game


In the first round Gunnar played with Black against Dusan Rajkovic, the only player with 100% after five rounds.

Rajkovic - Finnlaugsson, Arco, 26/10/2010
Volga Benko Gambit

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.b6 d6 6.Nc3 Nbd7 7.e4 g6 8.a4 Qxb6 9.a5 Qd8 10.f4 Bg7 11.Bc4 0-0 12.Nf3 Ne8 13.0-0 Nc7 14.Qd3 Rb8 15.Ra2 Rb4 16.b3 Re8 17.Bd2 Rb8 18.Be1 Nf8 19.Bh4 Qd7 20.h3 Nb5 21.Ne2 Qa7 22.Kh1 Nd7 23.Bf2 Qc7 24.Bg1 Nf8 25.Rc1 Qb7 26.e5 Bf5 27.Qe3 Nc7 28.Nc3 Rbd8 29.Rd2 Bc8 30.Na4 Bd7 31.Nb6 Bb5 32.Bf2 Na8 33.b4 Nxb6 34.axb6 Bxc4 35.Rxc4 Qxb6 36.bxc5 Qb5 37.Rc1 dxc5 38.Rxc5 Qf1+ 39.Kh2 Bh6 40.Ra2? Ra8?

Here Gunnar could get an advantage with 40...Rxd5. If 41.Rxd5, then 41...Qc4!! (double attack on the rooks combined with the threat 42...Bxf4+ winning the queen). Therefore White plays best 41.Nd2, but after 41...Rxd2! 42.Qxd2 Ne6 Black is excellent.

41.Bh4 Qb1 42.Ra4 Qb7 43.Nd4 Nd7 44.Rc6 Qb8 45.Qe4 a5 46.Rc3 Qb2 47.Rac4 a4 48.e6 Nf8 49.exf7+ Kxf7 50.d6 Qd2 51.Rf3 Ra7 52.dxe7 Rexe7 53.Bxe7 Rxe7 54.Qd5+ Kg7 55.Nf5+ 1-0.

Antonio Rosino is brooding...

1 November 2010

PS [05/11/2010]: Calle's pictorial report at ChessBase (in German) includes many additional photos.

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