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Roger de Coverly and Mike Waddington win British Seniors titles

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The British Senior Championships concluded yesterday in 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+ and Mike Waddington who scored 6/7 in the 50+; no tiebreaks were required. There are several photographs of the event posted on Brendan O'Gorman's blog. Full results can be found at the chess-results website.

We know of one senior tournament currently in progress (10-16 October); the Lower Austrian Senior Open at Spitz in der Wachau. There are 30 competitors. Results and pairings can be seen at the chess-results site.

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.

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 2021 ACO World Seniors tournaments were also played recently in Crete. 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.

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.

More senior tournaments have now been announced for 2022. Ave-Kontakt, the Czech Tour organisers, released 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. See our calendar page for links to both these congresses. The outline ACO programme for 2022 is also in our calendar; no links or details yet.

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.

Some seniors tournaments are scheduled for the next few weeks, as our calendar page shows. The British Championships (two separate tournaments) will be played in October.

Unfortunately the senior congress in Bad Neuenahr, Germany, which had been rescheduled from May to October, has been cancelled due to the catastrophic flooding in the Ahrweiler region which claimed over 100 lives there last month. 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.

The World Individual Senior Championships scheduled for Assisi, Italy, are postponed once more, which is hardly surprising. The FIDE calendar, updated at last. now shows that event will be held there in November 2022 (but no precise dates have been announced).

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.

The European Chess Union has announced that Poland will host its 2022 senior individual championships. Poland has now twice been awarded them but had to cancel. Maybe Germany will host the team championships but as yet there is no decision on this.


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