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+). The qualifying date for most German events (60+) is usually 31 December 1958 but it may be five years later for women. Check with the organisers.
13-23 April: European 50+/65+ Team Championships, Walbrzych, Poland (two tournaments, teams of four with optional reserve). Details here in PDF; entries close mid-March. Teams may represent clubs, regions or nations, but all members of a team must be from the same federation.
5-13 May: 14th open international Hessische Senior Individual Ch. at Bad Sooden-Allendorf in central Germany (see link at foot of the page for contact details).
7-15 July: FIDE World 50+/65+ Team Championships, Radebeul, Germany. Team rules as for the EU Teams. Radebeul, a suburb of Dresden, was the venue for the very successful 2016 Senior World Team Championships. PDF regulations (in English) here.
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.
3-13 August: European Senior Championships, Drammen, Norway (full details and entry form now delayed to 1 March). Nine-round tournaments.
11-18 August: Seniors 60+ tournament, Olomouc, Moravia (Czech Republic), alongside several other tournaments as part of the Czech Tour. Details not yet available.
13-19 October: 4th Larsen Memorial Tournaments (50+ and 65+) at Aalborg, Denmark. This 7-round biennial international event is played in the school where GM Larsen was a student. PDF leaflet (in Danish). More details may be obtained by emailing the organiser firstname.lastname@example.org (FIDE IM/ICCF GM Bent Sørensen). You can write to him in English.
5-9 November: Beacon Seniors in Exmouth, Devon, England (five rounds). Contact is Bob Jones, email: email@example.com.
17-30 November: World Senior Championships, Bled, Slovenia. 11 rounds; one game per day witha rest day after round 6. Advance information on PDF leaflet (in English).
Also here is a link to the German Senior tournaments calendar. Note the age qualification rule for German Senior events is usually 60+ for men and 55+ for women, but check the particular details for any event that interests you.
It should also be noted that there are prizes for 50+ Seniors in the European Individual Championships, yet very few Senior players tend to enter because the tournaments are so strong. Entries close tomorow for the 2018 championship to be played at Batumi, Georgia, between 16-29 March. Israel has an option for 2019.
Also there have been provisional announcements for 2019 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. It seems odd that the Greek federation would organise both Senior team competitions so close together in date (The venue may turn out to be Hersonissos where the 2017 event was held.)
No dates yet : World Senior Individual Championships at Oradea, Romania. (This event is usually held during November.)
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