The third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has put many senior events for 2021 in doubt although the increased availability of vaccines has raised some hopes.
As our Seniors news page announces, the World Senior Team Championships will not be held until next year but it is still hoped that the FIDE Senior individual championships can go ahead in Italy. An announcement is expected by the first week in June.
It was previously announced that the annual festival in Bad Wörishofen (including a senior tournament) is probably a casualty. The organisers said on 10 February:
The Covid19 situation gives no possibilities for the Chess festival in March. A decision about new dates (maybe in May) will is [sic] expected soon.
Late in 2020, the organisers of the Czech Tour last month announced some of their early 2021 programme which was to include, as usual, a Senior tournament in Marienbad (Marianske Lazne) for late January. They had hoped to make further announcements in February but Marienbad is now scheduled for 16-23 April.
The Amateur Chess Organisation plans to revive its events this year. Their postponed 2020 "Senior World Championships" (for players 50+) will be held at the 5-star Fodele Beach Resort, Crete, from 11-20 May, alongside their "World Amateur" championships. ACO's 2021 tournaments will be played at the same venue from 1-10 October. That was also the venue for their 2019 senior festival.
GM Vlastimil Hort will be guest of honour at both festivals. ACO events are essentially a holiday (the tournaments are not rated or recognised by FIDE) but they are popular with regular visitors. See below for details.
However, optimists in Germany and elsewhere are planning some attractive tournaments for the second half of this year. Recent announcements about vaccines may be encouraging organisers.
We have included the dates for the 2021 British 50+ and 65+ Championships from the provisional schedule issued by the English Chess Federation. This is of course dependent on Covid-19 regulations at the time permitting the congress to be held.
See also our Seniors news page.
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.
The German Senior tournaments calendar was redesigned and updated during 2020. We are in contact with Wolfgang Block who organises it. There have been no new annoucnements in recent weeks; organisers are surely waiting for the third wave of Covid-19 to subside. In our calendar we include only those tournaments which are described as Open, and not events restricted to German players.
We are still hoping that the midsummer festival at Bad Neuenahr, which includes a 75+ tournament, but we no longer expect to be able to play in it. Maybe next year.
If you know of further tournaments, or cancellations, please inform us and we shall include them.
* CANCELLED OR POSTPONED (was 5-13 March 2021): 36th Bad Wörishofen festival, including a 9-round senior tournament (60+ rule for men; 50+ for women). Download original PDF information (in German). A decision is now expected on 10 February about this: see English page on their website.
** REVISED DATES: 16-23 APRIL 2021: 20th Marienbad festival at Marianske Lazne, Czech Republic. Including a 9-round senior (50+) tournament alongside GM and IM round-robins, and an Open. There is a 25% discount on entry fees for 65+ Seniors, women and Fide Masters. PDF details in English.
* 11-20 May: ACO plans to hold its postponed 2020 unofficial "Senior World Championships", for players aged 50 and over, alongside its "Amateur World Championships" in Crete. Download regulations in English (PDF). See also below for their 2021 events in October. The venue, the 5-star Fodele Beach Resort, is about 28km from the island's capital Iraklion and 25km west of Iraklion airport.
* NEW DATES: 22 May-2 June 2021 (provisional): The Reykjavik Festival will (if it can go ahead at the new dates) include the European Championship and a shorter Open event. An announcemnet is likely in February, It remains to be seen whether there will be any Senior prizes (probably 50+ only).
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.
* 2-10 July: 18th Rheinland/Pfalz Senior Open (9 rounds) at Altenkirchen/Westerwald. For men born 1961 or earlier and women born 1966 or earlier. Details in German (PDF). The venue is located approximately 40 km east of Bonn and 50 km north of Koblenz.
* 25-31 July 2021: British 50+ and 65+ Championships in Torquay (both 7 round events). For future announcements, check the English Chess Federation championship website.
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.
* 1-10 October: ACO unofficial "Senior World Championships" (50+) in Crete. Seven sections based on 200-Elo wide rating bands. PDF announcement of regulations in English. The organisers' website promises 200 Euro per person discounts for entries received by 31 March and free cancellation up to three days before the start. The venue is the same as for their events in May.
* November 2021 (unconfirmed dates): Official FIDE Senior World Championships pencilled in for Assisi, Italy, which was to have been the 2020 venue. The organisers' website arcoworldchess.com has no information at present. But in an email today they informed us that FIDE have asked them to wait until the last week of May or first week of June to confirm details. Watch this space.
* (May 2022): Official FIDE Senior World Team Championships pencilled in for Acqui Terme, Italy, according to the same email from Arcoworldchess. (Originally planned for August 2021, but they say FIDE asked them to wait until next year.)
PROBABLY POSTPONED AND/OR RELOCATED (original dates were 23 July-1 August 2021): This year's European Senior Team Championships was originally scheduled for Dresden, Germany. A September 2020 ECU Board decision means that Poland (which was unable to host last year) now have the right to organise this event, with the German rights postponed to 2022. If the ECU calendar can be believed, the 2021 event will be played in Wroclaw, Poland; we shall probably have to wait several more weeks for any information.
This 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.