This page, which we shall update from time to time, lists Senior tournaments in 2018 of which we aware, with links where available.
If you know of other Senior tournaments, please inform us and we shall include them.
For tournaments in 2018 the qualifying dates for the two FIDE age groups are 31 December 1953 (for 65+) and 31 December 1968 (for 50+). The qualifying date for most German events (60+) is usually 31 December 1958 but it may be five years later for women. Check with the organisers.
3-7 January: Irish 50+/65+ Championship, Dublin (both age groups in one 7-round tournament with a 65+ prize). Overseas players are welcome to enter this tournament though of course they are ineligible to win the Irish titles. The Irish Chess Union is hoping for a good entry to this inaugural event which will be played alongside IM and GM norm tournaments.
20-27 January : Seniors 50+ tournament, Marianske Lazne (Marienbad), Czech Republic (alongside an Open and round-robin title tournaments) as part of the Czech Tour. Nine rounds Swiss System. Further details (English language) in PDF.
13-23 April: European 50+/65+ Team Championships, Walbrzych, Poland (two tournaments, teams of four with optional reserve). Probably nine rounds but no details yet. Teams may represent clubs, regions or nations, but all members of a team must be from the same federation.
5-13 May: 14th open international Hessische Senior Individual Ch. at Bad Sooden-Allendorf in central Germany (see link at foot of the page for contact details).
7-15 July: FIDE World 50+/65+ Team Championships, Radebeul, Germany. Team rules as for the EU Teams. Radebeul, a suburb of Dresden, was the venue for the very successful 2016 Senior World Team Championships. Note the change of date: one week later than originally announced! PDF leaflet (in English)
27 July-5 August: British Championships, Hull. These are the dates of the festival; the schedule showing the precise dates of the 50+ and 65+ championships will be announced later by the ECF, probably not until early 2018. It is likely that one or other tournament will clash with the next event.
3-13 August: European Senior Championships, Drammen, Norway (full details promised in January). Nine-round tournaments.
13-19 October: 4th Larsen Memorial Tournaments (50+ and 65+) at Aalborg, Denmark. This 7-round biennial international event is played in the school where GM Larsen was a student. PDF leaflet (in Danish). More details may be obtained by emailing the organiser email@example.com (FIDE IM/ICCF GM Bent Sørensen). You can write to him in English.
5-9 November: Beacon Seniors in Exmouth, Devon, England (five rounds). Contact is Bob Jones, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
17-30 November: World Senior Championships, Bled, Slovenia. 11 rounds; one game per day witha rest day after round 6. Advance information on PDF leaflet (in English).
Also here is a link to the German Senior tournaments calendar. Note the age qualification rule for German Senior events is usually 60+ for men and 55+ for women, but check the particular details for any event that interests you.
It should also be noted that there are usually prizes for Seniors in the European Individual Championships, yet very few Senior players tend to enter because the tournaments are so strong. The 2018 championship will be played between 16 and 29 March in the Black Sea resort of Batumi, Georgia (venue for the Olympiad later in the year).
Also there have been provisional announcements for 2019 as follows. It is quite likely that some of these will change.
21-31 March 2019: European Senior Teams at Sveti Martin na Muri, Croatia.
11 April 2019?: European Senior Individual Championship at Halkidiki, Greece. (But 11 April is given as both the start-date the end-date on the ECU website!)
3-14 May 2019: World Senior Team Championships at Heraklion, Crete, Greece. It seems odd that the Greek federation would organise both Senior team competitions so close together in date.)
No dates yet : World Senior Individual Championships at Oradea, Romania. (This event is usually held during November.)
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