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Last major senior tournament of 2021 begins in Germany

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More than 100 players, nearly all German, entered the 21st Open Senior Championship of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern which starts today at Binz (a resort on the Baltic island of Rügen) and runs for nine days.

This is the last open senior tournament of 2021 of which we are aware, though there are doubtless some local tounaments. Information in German can be found at the organisers' website.

So our Seniors calendar now lists only events scheduled for 2022.

The 2022 European Senior Team Championships have been awarded to Dresden, according to the ECU website, but as yet there are no dates. The European senior individual championships are still to be in Poland, but as yet there is no venue or dates.

Earlier the ECU had said both events would be staged in Poland but it seems the Poles (who were originally scheduled to hold them in 2020) have relinquished the rights to the team competitions. Dresden had at one time (pre-Covid) been chosen as the venue for 2021.

Dresden was the very successful venue for the World Senior Team Championships in 2016 and 2018 so a good entry can be expected, Covid permitting. Most likely the event will be held in late summer or early autumn but April is also free at present in our calendar.

Firm dates for next year's World Senior Championships can now be found on the FIDE website and our calendar page. The dates for the 2022 British Senior Championships can also be found in our calendar; the two age groups will be played in successive weeks for the first time.

Two Senior tournaments finished on the continent in the second half of October. We know of only one more international tournament for veterans scheduled until 2022, although there are some local events for which overseas players may not be eligible. The list of events announced for 2022 is growing, as our calendar shows.

The 9th Tegernsee International Senior Cup at Bad Weissee, Austria, ended in a tie between German FM Peter Wacker and Peter Senner (also of Germany) on 6/7, half a point ahead of GM Hans-Joachim Hecht and others. Final results table.

Guenter Weidlich (born 1948) won the 29th Open Saxon Senior Championships, played in Dresden, Germany, from 19-27 October. He thus becomes the region's Open Champion for not only 65+ but also 50+; hearty congratulations! There were no players rated 2200+ in this tournament. Report (in German) and Final results table.

The British Senior Championships were played over seven days in early October at Milton Keynes. There were separate 50+ and 65+ tournaments, with 19 and 20 contestants respectively.

Congratulations to the new champions: Roger de Coverly, who scored 5.5/7 in the 65+, winning with a round to spare,and Mike Waddington who scored 6/7 in the 50+. No tiebreaks were required in either section. There are several photographs of the event posted on Brendan O'Gorman's blog. Full results can be found at the chess-results website.

The European Senior individual championships ended early in October at Budoni in Sardinia. The fields were small but the competition at the top was fierce in both age group tournaments. We now have a fuller report on a separate page. Apparently conditions were excellent. So maybe we can hope that when FIDE's World Senior events resume next year, we shall see similar standards and not a repeat of the poor organisation which marred the 2019 World Seniors in Bucharest for many competitors.

The 2021 Amateur Chess Organisation (ACO) World Seniors tournaments were played in Crete during October. In order to play their quota of nine games, the four entrants in the A section (2200+ ratings) had to play a treble round-robin which may not be quite what they expected when they entered.

ACO is a German-based commercial company. Note that their tournaments are NOT rated by FIDE although they use FIDE (or national) ratings to determine which tournament entrants compete in. The "titles" they award are not recognised by anyone except themselves. ACO events are essentially a holiday but they are popular with regular visitors.

Next year ACO are expanding their plans with a 65+ "Super Senior" as well as their usual 50+ Seniors (at a different venue later in the year) and the regulations for those events can now be found on our calendar page. ACO also envisage a senior team tournament but there are no details yet.

FIDE need to recognise that they are in competition with ACO for the large minority (or is it small majority?) of senior players who want a good holiday and not just a chess tournament.

The Irish Seniors Championship was held in late September with the 50+ and 65+ age groups in one five-round tournament. Gerry O'Connell won the event and becomes the new 50+ champion. There was a 3-way tie for the 65+ prizes, Tim Harding regaining the title on tiebreak. See our Irish news page for more details.

Ave-Kontakt, the Czech Tour organisers, updated their winter programme which includes the return of Marienbad in January, with a senior tournament as part of the programme as usual.

This follows the announcement, a few weeks ago, of the return of the popular Bad Wörishofen festival in Bavaria. That includes a 60+ seniors event and will be played in March 2022. Now we learn that the Bodensee Open in the very attractive location of Bregenz, Austria, is returning in late May with a 7-round Senior tournament alongside. See our calendar page for links to regulations for these congresses.

Israel won a hotly-contested 65+ tournament in the European Senior Team Championships which ended in Prague in early September. This event was not played in 2020.

The Israeli team, headed by GM Yehuda Greenfeld, won eight matches and drew one. The runners-up were the top seeds Lasker Schachstiftung from Germany (led by GM Rainer Knaak), who also won eight matches but were defeated by the new champions. Also on 12 match points were a strong Czech club team led by GM Vlastimil Jansa.

Third place went on tie-break to France (led by GM Anatoly Vaisser), which was the only team to hold Israel to a 2-2 draw. In total there were 21 teams in this tournament.

The 50+ Championship was a round-robin between just 10 teams: Czech Republic (the eventual winners), Germany Women, Slovakia (the runners-up), and seven Czech club teams. Here are links to the official website and the results.

The German Senior Teams Championships, which were played at the same time as the Prague event, was held in Ingolstadt. Sachsen-Anhalt are the 50+ champions (8 teams competed) while the Berlin team won the 65+ tournament in which 20 teams competed. For more information please see the tournament website (in German).

The death was announced during August of 2017 Senior World Champion GM Evgeny Sveshnikov. You can find our obituary notice on a separate page.

The World Individual Senior Championships scheduled for Assisi, Italy, are postponed once more, which is hardly surprising. The FIDE calendar now shows that event will be held there in November 2022.

Firm dates have now been announced for the World Senior Team Championships to be held in Acqui Terme, Italy, on 5-16 May 2022. Both these events will probably be organised by Arcoworldchess but there is no information yet about arrangements, accommodation, entry fees etc.


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