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Bad Neuenahr senior congress cancelled due to flood disaster

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The senior congress in Bad Neuenahr, which had been rescheduled for October, has been cancelled due to the catastrophic flooding in the Ahrweiler region which has claimed over 100 lives there. Our sympathies go out to those affected. We spent a week in that town in 1996 when the ICCF Congress was held there. More than 200 players had entered the three tournaments.

Since our update of 1 July, there is now clarity on most of the FIDE Senior events scheduled for the next 12-18 months. The regulations for both the European championships (team and individual) can be found via our calendar page, but neither of the World Senior events will be played this year.

The German Senior calendar finally announced that the World Individual Senior Championships scheduled for Assisi, Italy, are "verschoben" (postponed) once more, which is hardly surprising. The FIDE calendar, updated at last. now shows that event will be held at Assisi in November 2022, and Sochi is now said to be the venue for the 2023 World Seniors.

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, although their own website does not show the changes yet and is still saying Assisi in 2021.

The European Chess Union now has to make decisions about its 2022 events but possibly will wait some months before doing so. Poland has now twice been awarded them but had to postpone becaus eof the pandemic. Will they try again in 2022 or maybe Germany will host at least one of these championships?

The ECU last month named the venue for the European Senior Individual Championships (50+ and 65+) as Baia di Porto Conte (in northern Sardinia) but this was later changed to Budoni in north-east Sardinia. The official regulations are now available and can be downloaded as a PDF in English from our calendar page.

Additionally, the previously announced European Senior Team Championship, originally scheduled for Polanica-Zdroj, Poland, was announced as postponed in late June. Then AVE-Kontakt, the organisers of the Czech Tour, stepped forward to run this event so it will after all be held, but in Prague, beginningin late August. Again, please see our calendar page for details.

The 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.

Englishman Tim Spanton played in Crete and you can read about his experiences and see some of his games on his blog.

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.

Whether all the Senior events planned for later this year can actually be held and whether overseas players can compete, will probably depend firstly on the pandemic situation (the Delta variant is spreading worryingly) and secondly on individuals' vaccination status and plans for a Europe-wide "green certificate" which is due to be launched by August.


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