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More 2021 events announced

The British Online Championships, including Senior rapid and classical tournaments are currently in progress. See our news page.

The organisers of the Czech Tour last month announced some of their early 2021 programme which includes, as usual, a Senior tournament in Marienbad for late January (see below). They had hoped to make further announcements in February but the new wave of Covid-19 has forced a change of plans, Marienbad is now scheduled for 16-23 March.

According to a posting today on the English Chess Forum, the Amateur Chess Organisation is planning to revive its events in 2021, but there will be no details for a few weeks yet. ACO is a German-based holiday tournament organiser whose events are not recognised or rated by FIDE. Supposedly ACO's "Senior World Championships" will be held at the Fodele Beach Resort, Crete, from 1-10 October. We shall add details when we get confirmation in the new year.

There is as yet no update about FIDE senior events for 2021. However, optimists in Germany and elsewhere are planning some attractive tournaments for next year. Recent announcements that effective vaccines may be widely available by next April seem to be encouraging organisers.

We have now added the dates for the 2021 British 50+ and 65+ Championships from the provisional schedule issued by the English Chess Federation. This is of course dependent on Covid-19 regulations at the time permitting the congress to be held.

See also our Seniors news page.

For tournaments 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 dates for the two FIDE age groups this year are 31 December 1955 (for 65+) and 31 December 1970 (for 50+). For next year's events the qualifying years become 1956 and 1971.

The German Senior tournaments calendar has recently been redesigned and updated. We are in contact with Wolfgang Block who organises it. We include only those tournaments which are described as Open, but not events restricted to German players.

In the first quarter of next year, the Chess festival at the German spa of Bad Wörishofen is going ahead again, including the usual Senior tournament. Note that the FIDE age categories do not apply for this event.

Then the midsummer festival at Bad Neuenahr includes a 75+ tournament.

If you know of further tournaments, or cancellations, please inform us and we shall include them.


Tournaments in 2021 (liable to change/cancellation):