Since our update of 5 June, there have been two major positive changes but much still remains unclear about FIDE senior events for 2021 and 2022.
The European Chess Union (ECU) met in teleconference on 9 June and issued a communique on June 11th which included the following:
The European Individual Senior Championship 2021 will be organized by the Italian Chess Federation. Expected to start on 25th of September. Exact schedule will be announced.
The ECU has since named the venue for the Senior Individuals as Baia di Porto Conte (in northern Sardinia).
Nothing was said about the previously announced European Senior Team Championship, scheduled for Polanica-Zdroj, Poland, in August. It has since been confirmed on the ECU calendar that this event is "postponed" although other tournaments in the Polanica festival are going ahead.
FIDE added a World Senior Team Championship to its calendar in March, with no dates but the venue named as Acqui Terme, Italy. It is still listed but we do not believe this information is correct. At that time we emailed the Italian organising company, Arcoworldchess, who are also listed as hosts for the Senior Individual Championships, seeking further details. Cristina Pernici Rigo quickly responded as follows:
My website is in standby still waiting the information from FIDE. Due the Covid problem around the world, FIDE has postponed the World Senior Team Championship in Acqui Terme from August 2021 to May 2022.
The Individual World Senior CC in Assisi is confirmed for November 2021, but the official confirmation FIDE want to give us end of May or first week of June 2021.
The FIDE Calendar is also saying that the rights for the individual 2022 World Senior Championship hav ebene awarded to Sochi, Russia, but as yet there are no dates.
Tthe Amateur Chess Organisation's postponed "2020" festival was successfully played in Crete this month (11-20 June ) and will be followed by their 2021 events in October. 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.
The English Chess Federation will hold their second online championships, to include senior events, in late July and early August, and they plan an OTB Senior Championship for October. See their website and our Seniors calendar page for more information. You can enter the OTB Seniors (if it happens) without first playing the online tournament.
The Brandenburg senior tournament in Poland should be in progress now. Whether the various Senior events planned for Germany later this year can actually be held (several have already been cancelled or postponed), and whether overseas players can compete, will probably depend firstly on the pandemic situation and secondly on individuals' vaccination status and plans for a Europe-wide "green certificate".
If the German-organised Brandenburg event, due to be played on a Polish island resort later this month, actually goes ahead, it will be the first international senior tournament in Europe for several months. Then Magdeburg in the Sachsen-Anhalt region of Germany is due to host a series of events during July, including a Senior Open. A few other events are also on the German calendar, including a tournament at Binz in December that has just been added to our calendar.
More than 200 players had already entered the three tournaments scheduled to be held at Bad Neuenahr, including 57 in the innovative 75+ age group. We hope that they, and maybe others, may be able to play on the new October dates.
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