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2023 Calendar taking shape

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

Now that all but a few of the major Senior tournaments of 2022 have been played, the focus of this calendar is moving more towards next year's schedule although it still has some gaps. The 2023 editions of the annual Marienbad and Bad Wörishofen chess festivals have just been announced; both include Senior tournaments listed below.

The big open questions for 2023 are the FIDE championships, as only one of the four has definite dates and a venue.

Meanwhile, for this year, a 5-round seniors congress has been announced for this autumn in Poole, southern England, though unfortunately it clashes with the European Senior Team Championship. For details and a link, see below.

This new event replaces the Beacon Seniors which used to be played in Devon around the same time of the year but has not been resumed post-Covid.

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 do not include 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 2022 are 1957 (for 65+ events) and 1972 (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 changed information. All tournaments listed well in advance are liable to change and of course there still remains some risk of cancellation due to Covid-19 (although no event has been cancelled this year so far as we are aware).