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Seniors calendar: major revision

For more information about chess for over-50s, please see our Seniors news and Seniors introduction pages.

The English Chess Federation has now released full details of the English Senior Championships, to be held in early May (see below), and released provisional details for the British Championships, for which the eligibility criteria are wider.

We have also noted some changes of dates, cancellations and additions to German tournament announcements in recent weeks so if you were planning to play in that country please recheck the details below.

Tournament organisers, please send us your announcements in good time. We know from talking to players at last year's World Seniors that these pages are widely read but we don't have much time to research events.

The European Chess Union has released the prospectus for its individual championships this summer in Acqui Terme, Italy (see below), and also announced the venue and dates for its 2023 senior team championships in Swidnica, Poland, though no details of that event are ready yet.

As we report on our news page today, the FIDE events commission is actively considering where and when the two World Senior events will be held. Sochi, in Russia, had been announced for the individual championships but was removed from the FIDE calendar in late 2022, and the Commission intends to reopen bids.

Newly announced events are added to this page when we find out about them. Please inform us if you know of an international senior tournament that is not mentioned. In our calendar we include only those tournaments which are described as Open and FIDE-rated, and we omit events restricted to players from one country.

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 2023 are 1958 (for 65+ events) and 1973 (for 50+) but some German senior organisers have different rules. Note that the eligibility rules for German-language Senior events vary. It is usually 60+ for men and sometimes 50+ or 55+ for women. Check the particular details for any event that interests you.

The German Senior tournaments calendar now includes tournaments which they list as privately organised (i.e., not by the German federation). As annual 2022 events are played, we usually find the dates for next year's event are released and some can be seen below. We also regularly search on and sometimes find a few events (mostly in Austria) which we add below if relevant.

Tournaments are usually removed from our listings once their start dates are reached, or soon after.

** A double asterisk in the list below indicates new or recently updated information.


Tournaments scheduled during 2023