There is little more to look forward to this year with the Covid-19 second wave in full swing in many countries and even the few European senior events still scheduled this year must be in doubt. However, optimistic organisers in Germany have announced some attractive tournaments for next year.
See also our Seniors news page.
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.
There is one more tournament planned for this year in Germany, in December, and before that a small tournament in Lucerne, Switzerland.
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.
Then the midsummer festival at Bad Neuenahr includes a 75+ tournament. I hope we shall see more of these after Covid-19 vaccines become generally available.
If you know of further tournaments, or cancellations, please inform us and we shall include them.
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.
* 23-28 November: 9 Luzerner Senioren-Open, Lucerne, Switzerland (7 rounds). This event is listed on swiss-results.com but we have no further details.
* 26-29 November: New Zealand Senior Chess Championship.
at Auckland Chess Centre, Mt. Eden, Auckland, New Zealand.
Players must be over the age of 49 on 1st January 2020. Non New Zealand players can enter. Restricted to 50 players. (Thanks to Simon Rogers for the notification.)
* 26 November-4 December: African Individual Seniors Championships were announced for Victoria, Seychelles. This was in the FIDE calendar but we see no further information; probably it has been postponed?
2-10 December: 20th Mecklenburg-Verpommen Open Senior Championship at Binz. For women born in 1965 or earlier, and men born 1960 or earlier. So far there are 170 entries (if this is allowed when the time comes.) Here is a link to the organisers' website. Binz is a resort town on the Baltic Sea island of Rügen.
POSTPONED TO NEXT YEAR: European Senior Individual Championships at Jastrzebia Gora, Poland (on the Baltic Sea). Also the European Senior Teams Championship which had been due to take place mid-summer in Wroclaw, Poland.
POSTPONED TO NEXT YEAR: World Senior Individual Championships at Assisi. See our news page.
2-3 January: Midwest Senior Open. Comfort Inn O'Hare, Des Plaines, Illinois. Must be age 50 or older as of 31st December 2021. Simon Rogers informs us that he has found announcements about other Senior events in North America and the Middle East but we shall probably only list major ones here, and nearer the dates.
5-13 March 2021: 36th Bad Wörishofen festival including a 9-round senior tournament (60+ rule). Download PDF information (in German).
26 May-3 June 2021: Chess Classics 2021 Bad Neuenahr (Klaus Gohde Memorial tournaments). Three 9-round FIDE-rated sections: 50+, 65+ and 75+! A half-point bye may be taken in one of the first seven rounds if requested. The rather high entry fee of 120 Euros includes refreshments (water, coffee, tea or juices) during the games. Details (PDF in German). This sounds like a high-class event. Bad Neuenahr is in a pleasant wine-growing region close to the Rhine at Remagen.
12-20 June 2021: 32nd Bavarian Open Senior Championship at Bergen/Chiemgau. Nine rounds. For men and women born in 1961 or earlier. Details in German (PDF). The venue is on the rail line between Munich and Innsbruck.
19-27 June 2021: 28th Brandenburg Senior Open at the resort town Miedzyzdroje on the Baltic island of Wolin, Poland. Programme includes blitz and rapid events. German age rules (55 for women, 60 for men). Anyone interested can download a Word file in German from Herr Block's calendar.
30 July-3 August 2021: 11th Canadian Seniors Championships at Halifax, Nova Scotia, as part of a larger chess festival. 6-Round Swiss in two sections 50+/65+. Canadian residents are eligible if age 50/65 by 31st December 2021. Foreign players U2000 are welcome but cannot claim first prize. Highest rated entries so far are GM Evgeny Bareev (50+) and IM Leon Piasetski in the 65+. (Thanks to Simon Rogers who found this on the Canadian chess federation website.)
30 September-8 October 2021: 15th Open Senior Championship of Schleswig-Holstein at Busum. For information about this year's event, which just ended, see our news page.
PROBABLY POSTPONED AND/OR RELOCATED (was 23 July-1 August 2021): The European Senior Team Championships had been scheduled for Dresden, Germany. The recent ECU Board decision means that Poland now have the right to organise this event, with the German rights postponed to 2022. If the ECU calendar can be believed, the 2020 event will be played in Wroclaw, Poland; we shall probably have to wait until early 2021 for more information. The European Senior Team Championship will probably be the only senior FIDE team event next year (if it is held).
The event is for teams of four representing nations or regions; 50+ and 65+. All players on a team must be registered with FIDE and from the same federation.
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.