This page, which we update occasionally, lists upcoming Senior tournaments of which we aware, with links where available. The regulations for the 2020 World Senior Team Championships are now available (see below).
A German Senior tournaments calendar has been reinstated. For the many listed there which are described as Open, and are listed below, you will find links to further information on the German calendar. We do not include events which appear to be restricted to German players. A few German events listed below are not on that calendar, perhaps because they do not follow the standard German age-group rules.
Perhaps the best place to seek other continental Seniors events is on the calendar of chess-results.com. (Mostly but not only Austrian tournaments.)
If you know of further Senior tournaments, please inform us and we shall include them.
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. For tournaments this year the qualifying dates for the two FIDE age groups are 31 December 1954 (for 65+) and 31 December 1969 (for 50+). For 2020 they are one year later: 1955 and 1970.
27 November-5 December 2019: 19th Open Senior Individual Championship of Mecklenburg-Vorpommen at Binz. Details available from the German calendar linked above.
* 2-7 January 2020 Irish 50+ and 65+ Championships in Dublin. Both age groups in one 7-round FIDE-rated Swiss over five days. This will be the third year of this popular event. Overseas entries accepted.
* 6-15 January 2020: Bremen Open Senior Championship. Details available from the German calendar linked above.
28 January-6 February 2020: 36th Open Berlin Senior Individual Championship. Details available from the German calendar linked above.
* 5-15 March 2020: World Senior Team Championships at Prague, Czech Republic. Regulations and invitation in English (PDF).
16-22 March 2020: 24th Mecklenburg-Verpommen Open Senior Championship at Binz. Details available from the German calendar linked above.
17-27 April 2020: European Senior Individual Championships at Jastrzebia Gora, Poland (on the Baltic Sea).
* 30 April-3 May 2020 (TBC): English Senior Chess Championships 50+ and 65+, separate 7-round events at Holiday Inn, Kenilworth, Warwickshire.
16-24 May 2020: 16th Hessische International Open Senior Championship at Bad Sooden-Allendorf. Details available from the German calendar linked above.
26 June-6 July 2020: European Senior Team Championships at Wroclaw, Poland (home city of Adolf Anderssen!).
* 3-11 July 2020: 6th Open Baden-Württemberg Senior Championship at Freudenstadt. Details available from the German calendar linked above.
* 20-26 July 2020: British 50+ and 65+ Championships (separate 7-round events) in Torquay. Followed by a 5-round event 27-31 July. Details from English Chess Federation in due course.
25 July-2 August 2020: 18th Rheinland-Pfalz Senior Open at Altenkirchen/Westerwald. Details available from the German calendar linked above.
6-16 November 2020: World Senior Individual Championships 2019 at Assisi, Italy.
* 23 July-1 August 2021: European Senior Team Championships at Dresden, Germany. The ECU website also says that the 2021 European Senior Individual Championship has been granted to Italy; no venue or dates yet.
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.