This page, which we update from time to time, lists Senior tournaments in 2018 and 2019 of which we aware, with links where available. Note that the dates of the 2019 World Seniors Individual and 2020 World Senior Team Championships have now been announced.
If you know of other Senior tournaments, please inform us and we shall include them.
For tournaments in 2018 the qualifying dates for the two FIDE age groups are 31 December 1953 (for 65+) and 31 December 1968 (for 50+). NOTE: 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.
13-19 October: 4th Larsen Memorial Tournament (50+) at Aalborg, Denmark. This 7-round biennial international event is played in the school where GM Larsen was a student. We now have full details of the event in English.
14-22 October: 26th Saxon Senior Open Individual Championship (50+ and 65+) at Dresden. Information online.
15-24 October: Amateur Chess Organisation (ACO) "world senior championships" (50+) in rated sections (200-Elo spans), at Fodele Beach Resort in northern Crete. Regulations here in PDF.
5-9 November: Beacon Seniors in Exmouth, Devon, England (five rounds). Contact is Bob Jones, email: email@example.com.
17-30 November: World Senior Individual Championships, Bled, Slovenia. 11 rounds; one game per day with a rest day after round 6. Late entries are still being accepted . Full information here: PDF regulations (in English). An official event website is now up (linked from the event title above).
The German Senior tournaments calendar has disappeared but they still have some Seniors pages. Note the age qualification rule for German Senior events is usually 60+ for men and 55+ for women, but they may be changing to the international rules soon. So check the particular details for any event that interests you.
Also there have been provisional announcements for future years as follows. It is quite likely that some of these will change.
2-6 January 2019: Dublin. Irish 50+ and 65+ Championships: both age groups in one 7-round tournament. Overseas players can enter but not win the titles. Information from the Irish Chess Union will be posted later this year.
21-31 March 2019: European Senior Team Championships at Sveti Martin na Muri, Croatia.
11-21 April 2019: European Senior Individual Championship at Halkidiki, Greece.
3-14 May 2019: World Senior Team Championships at Heraklion, Crete, Greece. (The venue may be changed to nearby Hersonissos where the 2017 event was held.)
It seems somewhat odd that the Greek federation would organise two Senior competitions so close together in date, but probably few will want to play both events and the climate and costs at that timne of year are probably favourable.
26 July-4 August 2019: British Championships, Torquay. The precise dates of the Senior (50+ and 65+) championships, which will probably again be 7-round events, have not yet been announced.
11-24 November 2019: World Senior Individual Championships 2019 at Oradea, Transylvania, Romania. Oradea can be reached from Budapest by train, being just over the border with Hungary.
4-15 March 2020: World Senior Team Championships at Prague, Czech Republic.
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