The British Senior Championships for 2022 will be played in successive weeks at Torquay next August; see below.
This means that players eligible for the 65+ may play in both senior championships, if they so wish. In previous years the two tournaments were held simultaneously.
There are now definite dates for the twice-postponed World Individual Championships due to be held in Assisi, Italy. These are 15 November (presumed arrival day) to 28 November 2022 (departure day), based on the usual format of 11 rounds with a rest day after five or six rounds.
There are no dates or further information yet on the website of the organisers, Arcoworldchess, about either of the events it is supposed to be running for FIDE next year. Full details for Assisi are unlikely to be available until around March-April next year, but we would expect that they would provide details for the World Senior Teams, which they are also organising, before the end of 2021. Perhaps the Covid-19 situation will make this event difficult to realise.
Newly announced events are added to this page when we find out about them. We do not know of any more senior tournaments in 2021 open to international entries.
For tournaments, such as the British Championships, 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 2022 will be 1957 (for 65+ events) and 1972 (for 50+) but some German senior organisers have different rules.
We are pleased that both the festivals in Marienbad and 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 a 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:
3-11 January 2022: Unusual age rules pertain to the Bremen Senior Open (Carl Carls Memorial) in northern Germany. This event is open to men aged 58 or older (by the end of 2022), or women aged 53 or older, and is restricted to 40 competitors. Also unusually, this is a 7-round tournament with no games on Saturday 8th or Sunday 9th January. The fascinating German announcement (PDF) includes a picture and biography of the local master Carls who was one of the pioneers of the Bremer Partie (a form of the English Opening) in the early 20th century.
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). Expect snow!
** 25 January-2 February 2022: 38th Berlin Senior Open, 60+ for men (i.e., born 1962 or earlier) and 55+ for women (born 1967 or older). Limited to 75 participants. There is no PDF file; information in German at the tournament website.
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).
** 27 April 2022 - 5 May 2022: ACO "Super Seniors World Championships" (65+) at the Atlantica Belvedere Hotel, Kos, Greece. Regulations and brochure (PDF) now available to download.
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.
** 22-28 May 2022: Senior tournament (7 rounds) at Bregenz, Austria alongside the 6th Bodensee International Open which runs 21-29 May. For men born 1962 or earlier, women born 1967 or earlier. PDF regulations in German.
** 18-26 June 2022: 29th Brandenburg Open Seniors at Miedzyzdroje in Poland. This event is organised by Germans and held annually in what used to be part of East Prussia. The venue is a resort town (Misdroy in English) on the Baltic island of Wolin. PDF regulations in German.
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.
1-7 August 2022: 30th Open Senior Championships of Sachsen-Anhalt at 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.
** 8-14 August 2022: British 50+ Championship at Torquay. Note that this is the same week as the junior championships; the main British Championship and Major Open are scheduled to start on the 13th and run to the 21st.
** 15-21 August 2022: British 65+ Championship at Torquay. For further details of this and the preceding event, see the English Chess Federation website.. Further details will probably be announced early in 2022.
** NO DATES YET: European Individual Senior Championships in Poland and European Senior Team Championships at Dresden, Germany. Watch the European Chess Union calendar for further details.
** 29 September-7 October 2022: 16th Open Senior Championship of Schleswig-Holstein at Büsum in northern Germany. For women born in 1967 or earlier and men born 1962 or earlier. No details yet but there is a contact email for the organiser: Gerhard Ihlenfeldt.
1-10 October 2022: ACO "World Seniors Championships" (50+) at the Fodele Resort, Crete, Greece. Regulations and brochure (PDF) now available to download.
** 22-31 October 2022: ACO "World Senior Team Championships" (50+) at the Atlantica Belvedere Hotel, Kos, Greece. This is a new 9-round event; games are on 23-30 October (so two double round days). Regulations and brochure (PDF) now available to download. Teams can have reserve players but in each round just two play: one with White and one with Black. Teams can be formed of players of any nationality (unlike FIDE team events).
** 15-28 November: World Senior Individual Championships (50+ and 65+, Open and Women's) in Assisi, Italy. This event was last held in 2019. Full details are unlikely to be available until around March-April next year.
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.