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Senior tournaments calendar: midsummer chess in Bavaria!?

To our great surprise, it appears that a Senior chess tournament in Bavaria, the Open Senior Championship of Oberfranken, is announced as going ahead from 26 June to 4 July. 28 players have entered so far, from four countries.

It looks very attractive. We envy these brave pioneers who will blaze a trail for socially distanced over-the-board chess. "Who dares, wins"!

See also our news page and the tournament listing below.

The European Senior Team Championship (scheduled for Wroclaw, Poland in late June/July) is now marked "postponed" on the European Chess Union Calendar. The European Senior Individual Championship may be held in October. These tournaments had a strong entry, with GM John Nunn as top seed in the 65+ age group for which he is now eligible. There is a chance this event may happen.

Rather surprisingly, official regulations are available for the World Individual Senior Championships, scheduled for November, because it is supposed to take place in Italy, the country in the world that is worst affected by Covid-19. Even should the pandemic end in good time, it is hard to believe that Italy will be capable of hosting it, though time will tell.

In previous years the closing date to enter without penalty has been two months but, more realistically this year, 15 October is the cut-off date.

We advise you to go to the German Senior tournaments calendar for information about tournaments listed there whose dates are given below. But they did not list the Oberfranken tournament.

We include those tournaments 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.

We hope to add dates of other senior tournaments as they become available. Details of other continental Seniors (if they happen) may be listed later on the calendar of There we found the Canadian tournament newly listed below, and a senior tournament in Uruguay (early April) which surely should be cancelled?

If you know of further Senior tournaments, or cancellations, please inform us and we shall include them.

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. For tournaments this year, the qualifying dates for the two FIDE age groups are 31 December 1955 (for 65+) and 31 December 1970 (for 50+).

Tournaments in 2020