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GM Nunn favourite for British 65+

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

We were hoping that the FIDE Congress in Chennai might resolve some of the uncertainty over senior events for 2023. There is still no venue for the World Senior Team Championship next year and the FIDE Calendar still says that the individual championship, will be held in Sochi, Russia, stating no dates.

We have begun a campaign on this website to Stop Sochi Seniors and hope that all senior players will support it, by calling on FIDE (through their national federations) to cancel the award of the event to Russia and find a new venue.

We consider that it is totally unacceptable for any FIDE chess event to be held in Russia until the Russian invasion in the Ukraine ends with the total withdrawal of Russian forces and the payment of compensation to Ukraine.

The British Senior (50+) Championship began last Monday at Torquay, Devon; this is a 7-round tournament and the final round is being played today. Results will be posted here later. Games are being broadcast live on chess24.

The 65+ championship starts tomorrow; the list of entries is headed by GM John Nunn who must be strong favourite.

Unlike the English Seniors (only for players with an ENG registration), the British events are also open to players from Ireland (north and south), Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands and Isle of Man, and even to genuine long-term British residents who are not nationals.

The German 50+ and 65+ championships began a few days ago at Magdeburg and games can be followed online.

Also currently in progress (13-20 August) is a 50+ Open Senior Tournament 50+ as part of the Czech Tour's Olomouc Chess Summer alongside title norm tournaments and an Open. rogress can be followed at chess-results.

So far 70 teams have entered the European Senior Team Championships (50+ and 65+) but it is still possible to enter these tournaments which will be played in Dresden, Germany, starting in late October. The closing date for entries is 26 October.

Unlike the team events of 2016 and 2018, played in the suburb of Radebeul, there is a very convenient central venue this time.

Entries so far include four unspecified English teams, but their player lists are not submitted (while some others are incomplete). This doesn't really matter as team composition can be changed up to the captains' meeting on the morning of the first round, 27 October. It looks as if the majority of entries are for the 65+ section but it is hard to tell because the entry list at chess-results does not yet distinguish between 50+ and 65+ and some teams have not yet nominated their players yet.

Teams can represent countries, regions, clubs or just be loose associations of friends but all players on a team must be from the same FIDE federation. Again, see our calendar for details.

Unsurprisingly, the majority of teams are German. National entries include three from England (no names of players yet), three from Ireland and two from Scotland. We hope that Wales will also enter. Among the national squads entered are Belgium, Finland, Kosovo, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine.

The ECU website has announced the awarding of their 2024 senior events to Slovenia (team championships) and Italy (individuals) in October of that year. The venues look attractive but dates are consecutive: see our calendar for details, which may of course change.

 

Some recent results

Various closed German senior tournaments are being played this month in Magdeburg, following the 30th Open Senior Championships of Sachsen-Anhalt which ended there on Sunday. Eugen Tripolsky won the 50+ with 6/7. There was a four-way tie in the 65+ on 5.5.7 between FM Michael Becker, Prof. Dr. Friedbert Prüfer, FM Harald Matthey and Dr. Iziaslav Leibovich. Congratulations to the winners.

Also the 8th Arber-Senior-Cup (50+) was recently played alongside an Open tournament, at Bodenmais, Bavaria, ending on 7 August, but we do not yet have the result.

The 19th Rheinland/Pfalz Senior Open ended on Wednesday 27 July. Many congratulations to the winner, GM Nikolay Legky from Odesa, Ukraine, who scored 7/5/9 ahead of IM Yuri Boidman and Helmut Hassenrück (both Germany) who scored 7 points. There were 84 competitors.

There were 66 competitors in the Oberfränkische Senior Individual Championship which was played from 15-23 July at Bischofsgrün, Germany; this was also one of the few senior events played last year. Congratulations to Rene Tueckmantel from Wuppertal who won with Black in the last round to reach 7.5/9. He thus overtook the overnight leader Gottfried Schumacher who lost to Manfred Herbold. Those two men finished joint second with 7/9.

The 7th Baden-Württemberg Open Senior Championships, which ended on 15 July, included prizes for the top player or players aged 75 or over competing in the 65+ section. We hope and expect more senior tournament organisers to copy this in future as 75 is "the new 65".

We are not sure who was the top 75+ player but joint winners in the 65+ section were FM Hans-Joachim Vatter, FM Christof Herbrechtsmeier, and Dr Matthias Kierzek who each scored 7/9. Joint winners in the 50+ section on 6.5/9 were FM Andreas Carstens and FM Hartmut Metz.

Play concluded earlier this month in the 9-round European Senior Individual Championships, at Lublin, Poland, birthplace of Johannes Zukertort, one of the greatest masters of the 19th century. A report and some photographs of prize-winners can be seen at the European Chess Union website.

In the 65+ championship, FM Terry Chapman (6.5/9) and FM Tony Stebbings earned the silver and bronze medals respectively, the latter having the best tie-break of the players who finished on 6 points. This follows the successful team and individual results of the English at the World Senior Team Championships last month in Italy.

In Lublin, the convincing winner on 7.5 points and new champion is IM Nils-Gustaf Renman of Sweden; congratulations to him. The new 50+ champion is GM Martin Mrva of Slovakia, the top seed, who scored 7/9. Results and pairings can be seen at the chess-results website where some games can also be downloaded.

Poland was unable to host this event in both 2020 and 2021, because of the Covid pandemic, so it is good that at last they were able to run it. Poland also had to give up its right to hold the European Senior Team Championships in 2020, 2021 and 2022. They retain the right to stage that event in 2023 but an enquiry by one of our contacts in Lublin received the reply that as yet they do not know the venue or dates.

The 29th Brandenburg Open Seniors at Miedzyzdroje in Poland is held annually in what used to be part of East Prussia. The venue (18-26 June) was a resort town (Misdroy in English) on the Baltic island of Wolin. The winner in the field of 76 players was FM Bernd Baum with 7.5/9 ahead of IM Jan Rooze (Belgium) who scored 7/9.

The 27th Bad Bertricher Chess Days senior tournament was played during June in Germany. The winner was IM Dieter Pirrot who scored 8/9, a full point ahead of the runners-up, Prof. Dr. Friedbert Prüfer and Dr. Wolfgang Polster.

Two Senior tournaments in Europe were played in late May. The 32nd Bavarian Senior Open at Bergen-Chiemgau (a 60+ tournament) ended in a 3-way tie. Frank Röhde, Horst Prüsse and Dr. Wolfgang Polster all scored 7/9.

In the same week (22-28 May), the Bregenz Senior tournament, played alongside the Bodensee International Open in Austria, was won by Polish IM Henryk Dobosz whose 6.5/7 was a full point ahead of the runners-up.

Professional grandmasters dominated the 50+ English Seniors Championship, played in Warwickshire, which ended on 8 May. 64-year-old GM Mark Hebden comfortably won on 6.5/7, conceding only one draw to GM Keith Arkell who finished on 6. Three players tied for third on four and a half points. Hebden went on to win the English Championship (for players of all ages), a fantastic double triumph for him.

The 65+ English Senior Championship was much closer and resulted in a three-way tie between Cliff Chandler, IM Paul Littlewood (a former British Champion) and Ian Snape, all on 5.5 points. The total entry for the two sections was 54 players although a few did not stay the course.

 

To make room for new announcements, news of past events which have been on this page for some time are now removed.

This year the Amateur Chess Organisation (ACO) plans to expand its activities for senior players. 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.

ACO recently ran its inaugural 65+ "Super Senior" tournament and their usual 50+ Seniors will follow later in the year. They also plan a fairly informal senior team tournament. Regulations for those events can be found on our calendar page.

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 team championships in Dresden directly clash with an ACO event.

 

The death was announced during August 2021 of the 2017 Senior World Champion, GM Evgeny Sveshnikov. You can find our obituary notice on a separate page.

 

If you have Seniors chess news you would like posted here, or announcements of future events, please email Tim Harding.

 

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