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GM John Nunn is hot favourite for the World 65+ Championship

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

Total entries for the World Senior individual championships have now reached 229. There are still three weeks in which you can enter if you do not need a Schengen visa to enter Italy (or have one already).

English grandmaster John Nunn remains top seed for the 65+ title. John is 67 years old but this is the first time he has been able to compete for the title because this event was not held in 2020 or 2021 due to Covid.

The current entry list can be seen on chess-results.com. John will face some strong competition as several other grandmasters have entered, including past 65+ champions Anatoly Vaisser and Vlastimil Jansa (favourite to take the top 75+ prize), Rainer Knaak and Yuri Balashov (the only male entrant registered as RUS). The highest-rated entrants for the 50+ championship so far are GMs Henrik Danielsen and Ivan Morovic Fernandez.

WGM Elvira Berend of Luxembourg will be defending her Women's 50+ title while WGM Elena Fatalibekova is so far the top seed in the Women's 65+ section.

These championships will be held in Assisi, Italy in November. The organising company (arcoworldchess, in association with scaccomattisimo) is the same as for the 2022 World Senior Team Championships. In an email, they also informed us that "for organizational reasons, we would like to point out that the 3-star Casa Leonori hotel will not provide restaurant service, and all 3 meals will be consumed at the 4-star Cenacolo which is part of the same complex and is 30 meters away from the internal garden." The Open tournament will be played at the Leonori and the women's championships at the Cenacolo.

See our calendar page or the official website for further details and to download the regulations. Some prizes for 75+ players (in the 65+ tournament) have been announced, we are pleased to see, though we are not yet eligible to win them.

Entries do not close until 20 October. This will probably be the smallest World Seniors since 2014 (the first year of the 50+/65+ split) but some of the accommodation is already booked out. Assisi, in the province of Umbria, was the home town of St Francis, where the Franciscan order of friars was founded in 1208. The town is now largely restored following two devastating earthquakes in the region in 1997 and is now said to be the third most popular tourist destination in Italy (after Rome and the shrine of Padre Pio).

The team lists for the European Senior Team Championships (50+ and 65+) in Dresden are still in flux. Although the closing date for entries has passed, squad membership and board orders can be changed until the captains' meeting on the opening day so seedings may change. The first round is on 27 October, continuing until 4 November.

Unlike the team events of 2016 and 2018, played in the suburb of Radebeul, there is a very convenient central venue this time, the Congress Hall where the 2008 FIDE Olympiad was held. Most players will be accommodated at the adjacent Hotel Maritim.

There are now linked pages on the chess-results website for the two tournaments: the 65+ championship and the 50+. 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. Unsurprisingly, the majority of teams are German.

There are now 34 entries in the "junior seniors" event where top seeds the England-1 team consisting of four GMs (in alphabetical order: Arkell, Emms, Flear and Hebden) and IM Chris Baker. There are two other England teams in this section, but no women's squad (although WIM Natasha Regan is playing for England-2).

The Irish team are 12th seeds; Scotland are not competing in this section. Berlin-1 are second seeds and Germany are third seeds. A few of the 50+ teams have a lower average rating than the lowest-ranked 65+ teams.

At the latest count there are 45 teams in the 65+ section, which unfortunately means a bye in each round unless another team comes in or one withdraws. Due to the withdrawal of two players, Scotland now have only one team.

Top seeds are the Lasker Schachstiftung whose squad includes three grandmasters. There are several other strong German teams also. England-1 are fourth seeds, their team including three IMs.

Ireland have entered two teams in the 65+ but the Welsh are absent entirely. Among several other national squads entered for the 65+ are Belgium, Finland, Iceland, Kosovo, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine.

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 may be no decision about this until the new FIDE leadership team appoints a new Events Commission which is responsible for processing bids to host events, but a decision will be needed soon.

The German 50+ and 65+ championships were also played last month at Magdeburg. After two years affected by Covid, these tournaments proved again the popularity of senior chess in Germany.

The new German 65+ champion is IM Yuri Boidman who had a better tie-break than runner-up FM Hans-Joachim Vatter; both men scored 7.5 points. There were 197 competitors, a very impressive number indeed. Boidman also won the 65+ blitz championship but FM Harald Matthey took the 65+ rapid title.

IM Arno Zude, who scored 7.5/9, is the new German 50+ Champion and the runner-up was Juan de Roda Husman with 7 points. There were 95 competitors. FM Karsten Schulz won the 50+ blitz championship while the 50+ rapid champion was won by IM Dieter Pierrot on tiebreak from IM Uwe Kersten.

The Adolf Anderssen Memorial Senior Open (50+) at Frankfurt am Main was won by Uwe Ritter with 6.5/7, astonishingly two points clear of the second placed competitor in the field of 14 players.

Also recently ended (13-20 August) was a 50+ Open Senior Tournament 50+ as part of the Czech Tour's Olomouc Chess Summer, played alongside title norm tournaments and an Open. Three Czech FIDE Masters, finished on 7/9 in the field of 89 entrants. First on tie-break was Vlastimil Sejkora ahead of Jan Bartos and Frantisek Vrana.

Full results for all these tournaments can be found at chess-results.

 

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.

 

Other recent results

The team championships of the German states was completed earlier this month at Magdeburg. The two top matches in each section were broadcast live. Württemberg won both age group contests. In the 50+ they conceded only one drawn match. In the 65+ they won on tiebreak (with 5 matches won, two drawn) from Baden-1 who won six matches but lost the head-to-head.

The 30th Open Senior Championships of Sachsen-Anhalt was played in Magdeburg before the German championships. 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, and this will also be the venue in 2023. 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.

 

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) expanded 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 ran its inaugural 65+ "Super Senior" tournament during the summer and they will run another in Kos next May; details have just been added to our calendar. The usual 50+ ACO Seniors will be held next month on the Greek island of Crete and regulations can be found on our calendar page. ACO had hoped to arrange a fairly informal senior team tournament but it was cancelled due to insufficient interest.

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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