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Calendar: Danish tournament in February, Dublin at Easter

For more information about chess for over-50s, please see our Seniors news and Seniors introduction pages.

The invitation document for the 2024 World Senior Team Championships is still not available yet, but the PDF for the European Senior Team Championships can be downloaded from a link below. The earlier you enter your team, the less you pay.

The latest additions to this calendar include two tournaments in February. One is in Aarhus, Denmark (thanks to Roger Scowen for the information) which has separate 50+ and 65+ sections. The other is the first Thuringian senior open, at Apolda (near Weimar) . This is for players born in 1974 or earlier but with prizes for players in older age groups.

We encourage overseas readers to consider coming to Ireland next Spring for the Dublin International Festival including a 65+ and (unusually) a 40+ tournament alongside a 7-round international open.

There is also a similar programme of events at the same Dublin venue early in January but those senior events are the usual 50+ and 65+. All these are 7 rounds over 4 days. See below.

Two tournaments next March at Wesel-Undeloh (south of Hamburg) can be seen on the calendar. One of them is for players born 1949 or earlier (i.e., a 75+ tournament) which we shall certainly consider entering. There is unfortunately a clash of dates with the Bad Wörishofen Festival, which as usual includes a seniors tournament.

Also FIDE has now confirmed the venue and July 2024 dates for the next World Senior Team Championships (see below). FIDE announced some time ago a provisional decision about the venue for the 2024 World Senior individual championships (see our news page) but that will not be added to the calendar until the venue and dates are confirmed.

Tournament organisers, please send us your announcements in good time. We know from talking to players at last year's World Seniors that these pages are widely read but we don't have much time to research events.

Newly announced events are added to this page when we find out about them. Please inform us if you know of an international senior tournament that is not mentioned. In our calendar we include only those tournaments which are described as Open and FIDE-rated, and we omit events restricted to players from one country.

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 years for the two FIDE age groups in 2023 are 1958 (for 65+ events) and 1973 (for 50+) but some German senior organisers have different rules. Note that the eligibility rules for German-language Senior events vary. It is usually 60+ for men and sometimes 50+ or 55+ for women. Check the particular details for any event that interests you.

The German Senior tournaments calendar can also be consulted. We check it every week. We also regularly search on and sometimes find a few events (mostly in Austria) which we add below if relevant.

Tournaments are usually removed from our listings once their start dates are reached, or soon afterwards.

** A double asterisk in the list below indicates new or recently updated information.


In progress (3-9 December): The 29th Bad Bertricher Winterturnier at Bad Bertrich; this is a municipality in the Cochem-Zell district of the Rhineland-Palatinate. The PDF details show this is a 7-round 50+ tournament; morning play except in the first round. They will also have a summer tournament next June (see below).


Tournaments still upcoming this year