This page, which we update regularly, lists Senior tournaments in 2019 (and later) of which we aware, with links where available.
We have added some more details today, in particular the regulations for the European Senior Team Championships which were only released a few days ago.
A German Senior tournaments calendar has been reinstated. For the many listed there which are described as Open, and are listed below, you will find links to further information on the German calendar. We do not include events which appear to be restricted to German players. A few German events listed below are not on that calendar, perhaps because they do not follow the standard German age-group rules.
Perhaps the best place to seek other continental Seniors events is on the calendar of chess-results.com. (Mostly but not only Austrian tournaments.)
If you know of further Senior tournaments, please inform us and we shall include them.
For tournaments in 2019 the qualifying dates for the two FIDE age groups are 31 December 1954 (for 65+) and 31 December 1969 (for 50+). 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.
18-26 May 2019: 15th open international Hessische Senior Individual Championahip, at Bad Sooden-Allendorf. Details available from the German calendar linked above, or via chess-results.
20-28 May 2019: 31st Maria Alm Seniors Tournament, Austria. For men 60+ and Women 55+. Our link is to PDF details in German.
26 May-1 June 2019: 7-round Seniors Tournament, alongside the 5th International Bodensee Open, at Bregenz, Austria. Men 60+ and Women 55+. Special prize for best 75+ player. Link is to PDF details in English version.
15-23 June 2019: 31st open Bavarian Senior Individual Senior Championship, at Bergen/Chiemgau. Details available from the German calendar linked above.
21-29 June 2019: 27th open Brandenburg Senior tournament, at Miedzyzdroje (Poland). Details available from the German calendar linked above.
* 28-30 June 2019: US Senior Open (50+, six rounds) at Naperville, Illinois. (A 10-player round-robin invitational championship for Saint Louis in July was announced on ChessBase but we have received no details.)
* 5-13 July 2019: 5th Open Baden-Wurttemberg Senior Open at Freudenstadt. Details available from the German calendar linked above.
20-28 July 2019: 17th Rheinland-Pfalz Senior Open at Neustadt/Weinstrasse. Details available from the German calendar linked above.
27 July-4 August 2019: 7th Arber Senior Cup (50+), alongside an Open and open Ladies tournament, at Bodenmais in Bavaria. PDF details in German.
29 July-4 August 2019: British Championships, Torquay. The precise dates of the Senior (50+ and 65+) championships are as shown here. These will be 7-round tournaments with afternoon play except for the final game. There will be a 5-round weekend open on 26-28 July and the British Championship proper (9 rounds) starts on Saturday 27 July. Entry form in PDF.
11-18 August 2019: Olomouc, Czech Republic; part of the Czech Tour series. Open Seniors tournament (60+) alongside the 21st Olomouc Chess Summer open and round-robin title events.
12-18 August 2019: 27th Open Sachsen-Anhalt Senior Individual Championship at Magdeburg. Details available from the German calendar linked above.
24-31 August 2019: Senior Open as part of the Dieppe Chess Festival, France.
8-18 September 2019: Asian Seniors Chess Championship at Almaty, Kazahstan.
* 17-26 September 2019: European Senior Team Championships 50+ and 65+ at Mali Losinj, Croatia. These competitions are for teams of four with an optional reserve; not only national but also regional and club teams may enter. All players must be from the same federation. Regulations (English PDF); about the island of Losinj; about the hotel; team entry form (Word doc). A website was begun for the event but it is still under construction.
19-27 September 2019: 13th Open Schleswig-Holstein Senior Individual Championship at Büsum. Details available from the German calendar linked above.
15-23 October 2019: 27th Open Saxony Senior Individual Championship at Dresden. Details available from the German calendar linked above.
19-26 October 2019: African Seniors Championships 50+ and 65+ in South Africa (no details yet).
27 November-5 December 2019: 19th Open Senior Individual Championship of Mecklenburg-Vorpommen at Binz. Details available from the German calendar linked above.
28 January-6 February 2020: 36th Open Berlin Senior Individual Championship. Details available from the German calendar linked above.
4-15 March 2020: World Senior Team Championships at Prague, Czech Republic.
* APRIL (no precise dates) 2020: European Senior Individual Championships at Jastrzebia Gora, Poland.
26 June-5 July 2020: European Senior Team Championships in Poland (no actual venue yet announced, although earlier they were saying Wroclaw, with no dates).
6-16 November 2020: World Senior Individual Championships 2019 at Assisi, Italy.
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.