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World Seniors Championships ends Saturday in Assisi

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

 

The last major senior chess congress of 2022, the World Senior Individual Championships, will be decided tomorrow, Saturday 26 November, when the final rounds are played.

We now have a separate report page for it which we updated after round 10 and hope to update again as the event concludes.

We also have a separate page for our final report on the European Senior Team Championships (50+ and 65+) which concluded earlier this month in Dresden, Germany. That was a very enjoyable and well run event, and the first we were able to play abroad in over four years, meeting many old friends.

This year the Amateur Chess Organisation (ACO) expanded its activities for senior players and their 50+ "World Seniors Championships" began today at the Fodele Resort, Crete, Greece. 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. 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.

Charles F. Morris won the Welsh Seniors Championship which was played from 2-4 September over five rounds in Cardiff. He conceded one draw.

GM Nunn won the British 65+ Championship at Torquay in August, with a 7/7 result which was not surprising since he was by far the highest rated competitor. In fact he was higher rated than any player in the main British Championship, because none of England's olympiad team were playing.

Runner-up with 5.5 points was Paul Hutchinson who would have been Nunn's next opponent if there had been an eighth round. Four players finished on 5 points: Oliver Jackson and Jim Burnett (who played Nunn) and also Geoffrey James and Paul Girdlestone who did not have that pleasure.

Scottish grandmaster Paul Motwani won the British Senior (50+) title on tiebreak with a score of 5.5/7 which was also achieved by FM Chris R. Duncan and Philip J. Crocker in a field of 44 players. Paul had to win a long endgame in the final round (played last Sunday)after his rivals won quickly.

Unlike the English Seniors (only for players with an ENG registration), the British events were 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 and one or two British expats who are FIDE-registered with other countries.

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.

We understand that there was adelay while the new FIDE Events Commission was formed following the congress in Chennai. This Commission is responsible for processing bids to host events, but a decision will be needed soon.

The ECU has awarded their 2024 senior events to Slovenia (team championships) and Italy (individuals) in consecutive weeks in October of that year. The venues look attractive and geographically quite close; overland travel between the two should take only a few hours. See our calendar for details, which may of course change.

 

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

 

The death was announced during August 2021 of the 2017 Senior World Champion, GM Evgeny Sveshnikov, who was a regular competitor in FIDE senior tournaments for several years. You can still 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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