This page, which we update regularly, lists Senior tournaments in 2019 (and later) of which we aware, with links where available. Please note that recently announced changes and new additions to the list are marked below with an asterisk (*).
There remains some confusion about the European Senior Team events, to be held in Croatia in September, because the FIDE calendar has been listing the island of Mali Losinj as the venue but the European Chess Union calendar said something different. We hope this will soon be clarified.
If you know of other Senior tournaments, please inform us and we shall include them.
For tournaments in 2019 the qualifying dates for the two FIDE age groups are 31 December 1954 (for 65+) and 31 December 1969 (for 50+). 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.
* 19-26 January 2019: Marianske Lazne, Czech Republic; part of the Czech Tour series. Open Seniors tournament (50+) alongside the 18th Marienbad Open and round-robin title events.
* 4-10 February 2019: Vienna Senior Open. Seven trounds, two groups of 24 players each (50+/65+). Details will be added later; entries close 2 February.
* 15-23 March 2019: Bad Wörishofen, Germany: annual 9-round International Senior Open alongside the 35th international open. For men aged 60+ and women 50+. Play in afternoons except final round. Details in German on their website.
* 21-31 March 2019: European Senior Team Championships: These dates are no longer valid. Croatia will now host this event in September (see below.)
* 4-7 April 2019: English Seniors Championships 50+ and 65+, at St. John's Hotel, Solihull, Birmingham. Two six-round FIDE-rated events. First round on evening of the 4th. For further details, email firstname.lastname@example.org
* 5-15 April 2019 (NEW DATES AND VENUE): European Senior Individual Championships 50+ and 65+ at the Olympic Palace Hotel, Rhodes, Greece. Official regulations in PDF and Registration form (MS Word document). There are special rates on offer for players who also compete in the team event listed below. (Rounds are 6-14 April so there is one free day with an organised excursion between the two competitions.) Note that the FIDE European Amateur Championships (for players of any age but rated below 2000) will be played there at the same time.
* 15-25 April 2019 (NEW DATES AND VENUE): World Senior Team Championships 50+ and 65+ also at the Olympic Palace Hotel, Rhodes, Greece. (Dates of the rounds are 16-24 April.) Official regulations in PDF and Registration form (MS Word document). These competitiond are for teams of four with an optional reserve; not only national but also regional and club teams may enter. All players must be from the same federation. Separate prizes for the best all-female teams in both age groups. Accommodation information is as for the European event preceding.
* 20-28 May 2019: 31st Maria Alm Seniors Tournament, Austria. For men 60+ and Women 55+.
* 26 May-1 June 2019: 7-round Seniors Tournament, alongside the 5th International Bodensee Open, at Bregenz, Austria. Men 60+ and Women 55+. Special prize for best 75+ player.
* 29 July-4 August 2019: British Championships, Torquay. The precise dates of the Senior (50+ and 65+) championships have now been confirmed. These will be 7-round tournaments with afternoon play except for the final game. There will be a 5-round weekend open on 26-28 July and the British Championship proper (9 rounds) starts on Saturday 27 July.
* 11-18 August 2019: Olomouc, Czech Republic; part of the Czech Tour series. Open Seniors tournament (60+) alongside the 21st Olomouc Chess Summer open and round-robin title events.
* 8-18 September 2019: Asian Seniors Chess Championship at Almaty, Kazahstan.
* 17-26 September 2019: European Senior Team Championships at Mali Losinj, Croatia. Note the new dates and venue for this event.
11-24 November 2019: World Senior Individual Championships at Oradea, Transylvania, Romania. Oradea can easily be reached from Budapest by train, being just over the border with Hungary. It is much further from the Romanian capital, Bucharest.
4-15 March 2020: World Senior Team Championships at Prague, Czech Republic.
* 6-16 November 2020: World Senior Individual Championships 2019 at Assisi, Italy.
The ECU website shows that the 2020 European Team Championships will be held in Wroclaw, Poland, but there are no dates yet. No announcement has yet been made about the European Senior Individual Championships for 2020.
The German Senior tournaments calendar has disappeared but they still have some Seniors pages. Perhaps the best place to seek continental Seniors events is on the calendar of chess-results.com.
Note the age qualification rules for German-language Senior events vary. It is usually 60+ for men and 50+ or 55+ for women, but they may be changing to the international rules soon. So check the particular details for any event that interests you.