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Dates for English Seniors online and OTB announced

The organisers of the Chess Classics Bad Neuenahr have taken the sensible decision to postpone their event to October when there must be a good chance that this attractive senior festival can take place.

We were wrong about the Brandenburg event on a Polish island resort in June. It is still scheduled (see below) but entries close in 7 days from the date of this page. The tournament scheduled for June in Bavaria has indeed been cancelled.

The persistence of the Covid-19 pandemic has put many other senior events for 2021 in doubt although the increased availability of vaccines has raised many hopes.

Meanwhile you can see below the dates for the English seniors (online and OTB); more details are linked from our news page.

A web page in Polish announces the Rubinstein Chess Festival in mid-August, to be held at Polanica-Zdroj, lower Silesia (south-west Poland), which is a small spa town with a long chess tradition. The programme of events includes the European Senior Team Championship (which we previously believed was unlikely to happen this year) and an individual Senior Open (men 60+, women 50+). See the dates below but as yet there is no information available in English.

The city of Magdeburg in the Sachsen-Anhalt region of Germany will host a series of recently-announced events during July, including a Senior Open.

Early in March, English Chess Federation announced that they will not hold British Championships over the board in the summer, and the congress in Torquay (originally scheduled for 2020) is postponed a second time to 2022. Instead they will hold online championships like last December/January which will include 50+ and 65+ standard and rapid tournaments.

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.

The high rate of infections in the Czech Republic caused the postponed Marienbad festival (at Marianske Lazne in April) to be cancelled, as was also the annual festival in Bad Wörishofen (both including senior tournaments). These events will probably not be held again until, respectively, January and March 2022. A scaled-back Reykjavik festival has been scheduled to start on 26 August. The main event will be the European Championship (not senior) which is a qualifier for the 2022 FIDE World Cup.

The Amateur Chess Organisation intends to revive its events this year. Note that they are NOT rated by FIDE although they use FIDE (or national) ratings to determine which tournament entrants compete in. The "titles" they award are not recognised by anyone except themselves.

ACO's 2021 tournaments will be played at the same Cretan resort venue from 1-10 October, which was also the venue for their 2019 senior festival and where they hope to hold their "2020" events next month. See our calendar page for details. GM Vlastimil Hort will be guest of honour at both festivals. ACO events are essentially a holiday but they are popular with regular visitors.

Two small German senior tournaments that had been planned for March had to be postponed to November, although optimists in Germany and elsewhere are still planning some attractive tournaments for the second half of this year. The continued high level of infections and the confused slow roll-out of vaccines in Europe makes planning difficult for organisers.

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. In our calendar we include only those tournaments which are described as Open, and not events restricted to German players.

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.


Tournaments in 2021 (liable to change/cancellation):