The English Chess Federation will hold over-the-board British Championships in October. The men's and women's championships will be played in Hull; the juniors and seniors at Milton Keynes. See below for dates and a link.
For tournaments, like these, 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 1956 (for 65+) and 31 December 1971 (for 50+).
We are pleased to hear that both the festivals in Marienbadd Bad Wörishofen (each includes a seniors tournament) are scheduled to return early in 2022. See below for details and a link.
The German Senior tournaments calendar has seen very few new entries in recent weeks. We also regularly search on chess-results.com and sometimes find a few events (mostly in Austria) which we add below if relevant. In our calendar we include only those tournaments which are described as Open, and not events restricted to players from one country.
Tournaments are usually removed from our listings once their start dates are reached, or soon after.
If you know of further tournaments, or cancellations, please inform us and we shall include them.
An asterisk in the list below indicates new or recently changed information. All tournaments are liable to change/cancellation:
24-26 September: Dublin, Irish Senior Championship (50+ and 65+ in one tournament), 5 round Swiss (instead of 7 rounds as in previous years). Full details are not yet available but there is an ICU web page where you can contact the organiser and enter.
25 September (arrival date) to 5 October (departure date): at the Janna & Sole Hotel Resort, Budoni (north-eastern Sardinia). FIDE European Individual Senior Championships. Nine rounds, 50+ and 65+ in separate tournaments. Women will play in the Open (but with separate prizes) if there are fewer than nine entries in their age categories. Download PDF regulations in English. The event website is now operational.
30 September-8 October 15th Open Senior Championship of Schleswig-Holstein at Busum. Regulations (PDF in German).
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.
4-10 October: British Senior Championships: Separate 50+ and 65+ tournaments (7 rounds), at Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, Milton Keynes. Accommodation is available in the venue at the hotel but it is not compulsory to stay there. You can enter even if you did not play the recent online championship. The only requirement is the age qualification. For details and to enter, please go to the British Championship website.
10-16 October: Lower Austrian Senior Open (7 rounds) at Spitz in der Wachau (near the Danube, west of Vienna). For men and women born 1961 or earlier. Invitation (PDF in German). Probably a small tournament in a picturesque location. (Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe the venue town is also known as Spitz an der Donau? It is near where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned on his way from the Crusades.)
CANCELLED (was 13-22 October): Chess Classics Bad Neuenahr (Klaus Gohde Memorial tournaments). The catastrophic flooding there and in the neighbouring town of Ahrweiler means the congress cannot go ahead. Over 100 lives have been lost in the region and there has been catastrophic damage to homes and infrastructure. We hope that it can be held in 2022 but perhaps that will be too soon.
22-28 October: 9th Tegernsee International Senior Cup at Bad Weissee, Austria. The official website says this is restricted to 120 players and they are full or nearly full so we give no link. Entries are headed by GM Hans-Joachim Hecht.
POSTPONED TO NEXT YEAR (was 15-28 November): Official FIDE Senior World Championships at Assisi, Italy, which was to have been the 2020 venue. The organisers' website arcoworldchess.com now states 2021 dates but has not been updated in several weeks; we believe the FIDE calendar.
1-9 December: 21st Open Senior Championship of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern at Binz (a resort on the Baltic island of Rügen). Nine rounds; for women born 1966 or earlier, men born 1961 or earlier. Information in German can be found at the organisers' website.
Early announcements for later years are:
** 15-22 January 2022: 20th Marienbad International Chess Festival at Marianske Lazne, Czech Republic. Round-robin GM and IM tournaments, an Open and a 50+ Senior tournament. The latter includes three good prizes for players born 1956 or earlier so the 65+ age group is not forgotten. The venue is the Continental Hotel where we stayed for the World Seniors in 2016. It is certainly not the biggest hotel in the town but we found it friendly and comfortable. English announcement (PDF).
** 11-19 March 2022: 37th Bad Wörishofen Chess Festival in Bavaria. As usual, three tournaments: 9-round Open, B-Open (maximum rating 1999) and Seniors. The age qualification for the Seniors is 60+ for men (i.e., born 1962 or earlier) and 50+ for women. English web announcement. Regulations and details of accommodation options (PDF in German).
5-16 May 2022: FIDE Senior World Team Championships at Acqui Terme, north-west Italy, organised by Arcoworldchess. Two sets of World Senior Individual Championships were previously organised there (in 2015 and 2018). The playing hall is good but can the various small hotels in the town cope if there is a large entry? We have our doubts.
** 19-27 July 2022: 19th Rheinland/Pfalz Senior Open at Altenkirchen/Westerwald (about 40km east of Bonn). 9 rounds. For men born 1962 or earlier, women born 1967 or earlier; limited to 140 players. PDF regulations in German.
** July/August 2022 (no definite dates yet): Torquay has been announced as the venue for the 2022 British Championships including 50+ and 65+ tournaments.
** 1-7 August 2022: 30th Open Senior Championships of Sachsen-Anhalt in Magdeburg. 50+ and 65+ categories. More information may soon be available via the German calendar, which links to the organisers, but there is no PDF yet.
November 2022: World Senior Individual Championships in Assisi, Italy. No details likely until around March-April next year.
November 2023: World Senior Individual Championships in Sochi, Russia. (Provisional only)
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.