This page, which we update from time to time, lists Senior tournaments in 2018 and 2019 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+). NOTE: 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.
29 July-4 August: British Championships, Hull. The 50+ and 65+ championships will be played over seven rounds on these dates. Unfortunately they clash with the next event. Details from ECF.
3-13 August: European Senior Championships, Drammen, Norway. Nine-round tournaments. Registration closed on 25 June.
11-18 August: Seniors 60+ tournament, Olomouc, Moravia (Czech Republic), as part of the 2018/19 Czech Tour. Played alongside GM and IM round-robins and an Open; also a Rapid tournament. Regulations in English here.
7-13 October: Lower Austria Senior Open 65+ Championship (Offene Niederösterreichische Seniorenmeisterschaft 2018) at Spitz in der Wachau. Seven rounds; FIDE rated. For more details, email Herbert Gruszka <firstname.lastname@example.org> or Fritz Wöber <email@example.com>.
13-19 October: 4th Larsen Memorial Tournament (50+) at Aalborg, Denmark. This 7-round biennial international event is played in the school where GM Larsen was a student. We now have full details of the event in English.
14-22 October: 26th Saxon Senior Open Individual Championship (50+ and 65+) at Dresden. Information online.
15-24 October: Amateur Chess Organisation (ACO) "world senior championships" (50+) in rated sections (200-Elo spans), at Fodele Beach Resort in northern Crete. Regulations here in PDF.
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 Individual Championships, Bled, Slovenia. 11 rounds; one game per day with a rest day after round 6. Full information now here: PDF regulations (in English). An official event website is now up (linked from the event title above).
The German Senior tournaments calendar has disappeared but they still have some Seniors pages. Note the age qualification rule for German Senior events is usually 60+ for men and 55+ for women, but they may be changing to the international rules soon. So check the particular details for any event that interests you.
Also there have been provisional announcements for future years 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.
11-21 April 2019: European Senior Individual Championship at Halkidiki, Greece.
3-14 May 2019: World Senior Team Championships at Heraklion, Crete, Greece. (The venue may be changed to nearby Hersonissos where the 2017 event was held.)
It seems somewhat odd that the Greek federation would organise both Senior team competitions so close together in date, but probably few will want to play both events and the climate and costs at that timne of year are probably favourable.
No dates yet : World Senior Individual Championships 2019 at Oradea, Transylvania, Romania. (This event is usually held during November. Oradea can be reached from Budapest by train, being just over the border with Hungary.)
4-15 March 2020: World Senior Team Championships at Prague, Czech Republic.
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