The European individual senior championships will be held in Lublin, Poland, during July, and the official regulations can be downloaded from the listings below.
Two senior tournaments previously listed in our calendar (the Bavarian Seniors and the Bodensee Seniors) start this weekend, so are now mentioned on our news page instead.
From now until early September, there will be a senior tournament on somewhere in western Europe nearly every week.
The detailed regulations for the World individual senior championships (at Assisi in November) are not yet available but normally by this time they would have been published.
The Dresden Chess Festival team released the full details in English and German for the European Senior Team Championships they will host late this year. A link for that can be found below.
The World Senior Team Championships will be played in late June. A website for the event is now active (see link below). Arrival and registration is on Sunday 19 June, the first round is on the 20th and the final (9th) round on the 29th, with (unusually for these team events) a rest day after the fifth round. Departure day is Thursday 30 June.
The British Senior Championships for 2022 will be played in successive weeks at Torquay next August; see below.
This means that players eligible for the 65+ may play in both senior championships, if they so wish. In previous years the two tournaments were held simultaneously. These tournaments are open to players from Wales, Scotland and Ireland as well as England.
The dates for the twice-postponed World Individual Championships in Assisi, Italy, are 15 November (presumed arrival day) to 28 November 2022 (departure day), based on the usual format of 11 rounds with a rest day after five or six rounds.
Full details for Assisi are unlikely to be available until around April or later, but perhaps arcoworldchess will have finalised everything in time for the team tournaments in June.
Newly announced events are added to this page when we find out about them.
For tournaments, such as the British Championships, run on FIDE Senior rules, you do not have to wait for your birthday; you are qualified from 1 January in the year in which you reach the qualifying age. The qualifying years for the two FIDE age groups in 2022 will be 1957 (for 65+ events) and 1972 (for 50+) but some German senior organisers have different rules.
The German Senior tournaments calendar now includes tournaments which they list as privately organised (i.e., not by the German federation). The Saxon Seniors has now been announced for Dresden in October, immediately preceding the European Senior Team Championships at a different venue in the same city. We also regularly search on chess-results.com and sometimes find a few events (mostly in Austria) which we add below if relevant.
In our calendar we include only those tournaments which are described as Open, and not events restricted to players from one country.
Tournaments are usually removed from our listings once their start dates are reached, or soon after.
If you know of further tournaments, or cancellations, please inform us and we shall include them.
A double asterisk in the list below indicates new or recently changed information. All tournaments are liable to change or cancellation:
7-15 June: The Bad Bertricher Chess Days, 9-round FIDE-rated 50+ tournament (for all players born 1972 or earlier). Information (in German) on the organisers' website. Bad Bertrich is a municipality in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany, but the nearest international airport may be Luxembourg.
19-30 June: FIDE Senior World Team Championships at Acqui Terme, north-west Italy, organised by Arcoworldchess. We have uploaded a new set of Regulations in English (PDF found on FIDE calendar, replacing the February version). More details on the official website. which says that registration closes on 25 May. As usual there will be separate competitions for 50+ and 65+ (teams of four with optional reserve), with separate prizes for female-only teams. An optional (not free) excursion on the rest day is being offered to the motor museum in Turin.
Registration can be done by email or using a form on the website of organisers arcoworldchess. All members of a team must be from the same federation but teams do not have to be national squads. They may represents clubs, cities or regions or even (in the case of the Jhunjhnuwalas of the USA who are regular participants) one family.
21-26 June: Pan-American Seniors & Veterans Championships (50+ and 65+) at Florianopolis, Brazil. This event was found on chess-results.com; more details may become available in time on the organisers' website (in Portuguese).
18-26 June : 29th Brandenburg Open Seniors at Miedzyzdroje in Poland. This event is organised by Germans and held annually in what used to be part of East Prussia. The venue is a resort town (Misdroy in English) on the Baltic island of Wolin. PDF regulations in German.
4-14 July: The European Senior Individual Championships (50+ and 65+) at Lublin, Poland. Nine rounds between 5 and 13 July. Official regulations in English (PDF).
8-15 July: The 7th Baden-Württemberg Open Senior Championships (50+ and 65+) at Bad Herrenalb. A welcome detail is that there will be prizes for 75+ players competing in the 65+ section. Regulations in German (PDF).
15-23 July: The Oberfränkische Senior Individual Championship at Bischofsgrün. This was one of the few events played last year.
19-27 July: 19th Rheinland/Pfalz Senior Open at Altenkirchen/Westerwald (about 40km east of Bonn). 9 rounds. For men born 1962 or earlier, women born 1967 or earlier; limited to 140 players. PDF regulations in German.
30 July-7 August: 8th Arber-Senior-Cup (50+) alongside an Open tournament, at Bodenmais, Bavaria. See the German calendar for a link to the tournament website.
1-7 August: 30th Open Senior Championships of Sachsen-Anhalt at Magdeburg. 50+ and 65+ categories. Full information now available (PDF in German). Further tournaments for German players will follow in Magdeburg during August;s ee the German calendar for details.
8-14 August: Chessable British 50+ Championship at Torquay. Note that this is the same week as the junior championships; the main British Championship and Major Open are scheduled to start on the 13th and run to the 21st.
13-20 August: Open Senior Tournament 50+ as part of the Czech Tour's Olomouc Chess Summer alongside title norm tournaments and an Open. Regulations for all these events (English PDF). Olomouc is a university town in the east of the Czech Republic, home of the Moravian Chess publishing house.
15-21 August: Chessable British 65+ Championship at Torquay. For further details of this and the preceding 50+ event, see the English Chess Federation website.
27 August-2 September: Adolf Anderssen Memorial Senior Open (50+) at Frankfurt am Main; 7 rounds. Information in German (PDF).
29 September-7 October: 16th Open Senior Championship of Schleswig-Holstein at Büsum in northern Germany. For women born in 1967 or earlier and men born 1962 or earlier. No details yet but there is a contact email for the organiser: Gerhard Ihlenfeldt.
1-10 October: ACO "World Seniors Championships" (50+) at the Fodele Resort, Crete, Greece. Regulations and brochure (PDF) now available to download.
10-16 October: 1st Landhotel Betz Senior Cup (65+, 7 rounds) at Bad Soden, Salmünster (Hesse region). Information in German (PDF).
22-31 October: ACO "World Senior Team Championships" (50+) at the Atlantica Belvedere Hotel, Kos, Greece. This is a new 9-round event; games are on 23-30 October (so two double round days). Regulations and brochure (PDF) now available to download. Teams can have reserve players but in each round just two play: one with White and one with Black. Teams can be formed of players of any nationality (unlike FIDE team events).
** 18-26 October: 30th Open Saxon Senior Championships at Gasthof Coschütz, Dresden, Germany. 50+ and 65+ in one 9-round tournament with morning play. Regulations in German (PDF). Immediately followed by:
26 October-4 November: 50+ and 65+ European Senior Team Championships at Dresden, Germany. Play will be in the afternoon starting 27 October (except for the final round). Full regulations now available in English (PDF). Teams of four (with optional reserve) representing nations, regions or clubs; all members of a team must be from the same federation.
** 15-28? November: World Senior Individual Championships (50+ and 65+, Open and Women's) in Assisi, Italy. The FIDE calendar gives the dates as 14-27 November and the organiser website (arcoworldchess) says 15-28 November. Probably the 14th & 28th are the arrival and departure dates, with 11 rounds starting on the 15th and a rest day after eiither five or six rounds. Full details are unlikely to be available until the World Senior Teams are hosted by the same organisers in June.
** 30 November-8 December: 22nd Senior Open of Mecklenburg-Verpommen at Binz, a seaside resort on the German Baltic island of Rügen. More details are promised later at the organisers' website. The dates are settled but hotel contracts have yet to be signed so entries are mot being accepted yet.
** 25 May-4 June 2023: The European Senior Individual Championships (50+ and 65+) at Acqui Terme, Italy; nine rounds. As this will be the fourth FIDE seniors event at this venue since 2015, we can imagine that many players who have been there before (or are going there next month) will opt out of this one.
26 May-4 June: 33rd Bavarian Senior Open at Bergen-Chiemgau. This is a 60+ tournament; see details above for the 2022 event. The clash with the European Seniors is unfortunate but the organisers are of course in their rights to stick with their usual dates.
No dates or precise venue yet for the European Senior Team Championships, to be hosted by Poland.
Note the age qualification rules for German-language Senior events vary. It is usually 60+ for men and 50+ or 55+ for women. Check the particular details for any event that interests you.