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More 2021 events announced

The British Online Championships, including Senior rapid and classical tournaments have been announced for late December. For the Seniors schedule see below. See also our news page.

Members of the English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish federations (and also players from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) are eligible to compete.

Otherwise there is little more to look forward to this year with the Covid-19 second wave in full swing in many countries and the last German senior event of 2020 has now been cancelled.

The organisers of the Czech Tour today announced some of their early 2021 programme which includes, as usual, a Senior tournament in Marienbad in late January (see below). They hope to make further announcements in February.

There is as yet no update about FIDE senior events for 2021. However, optimists in Germany and elsewhere are planning some attractive tournaments for next year. Recent announcements that effective vaccines may be widely available by next April seem to be encouraging organisers.

We have now added 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 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.

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. Note that the FIDE age categories do not apply for this event.

Then the midsummer festival at Bad Neuenahr includes a 75+ tournament.

If you know of further tournaments, or cancellations, please inform us and we shall include them.


Caplin British Senior Online Championships


Cancelled or Postponed Tournaments

Tournaments in 2021 (liable to change/cancellation):