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A change of venue seems to have occurred for the FIDE World Senior Individual Championships in Romania, scheduled for 11-24 November 2019. The FIDE calendar has just changed the venue for this event to Bucharest.

The venue had had long been announced as Oradea, in Transylvania (near the border with Hungary). A large chess festival was held there last year but now it seems the Romanian capital may be the venue, or perhaps some other announcement will follow. Full details of these tournaments are usually not available until about May.

It would not surprise me if eventually Romania withdraws from organising these championships altogether, and probably that would be a good thing if an alternative organiser can be found. In Bled last year, it was noticeable that almost nobody from Romania attended although they would not have had far to travel. If Romania really do intend to host these championships, I think they should provide some reliable information soon.

It was also rumoured in Bled that FIDE may reduce the length of the world individual championships to nine rounds but nothing has officially been said about this. Please keep an eye on this page and our calendar page for any changes.

The European Senior Individual Team Championships are the next major senior event, in April. They will be played alongside FIDE's World Amateur Championship and followed (with a one day break in between) by the World Senior Team Championships. These events will all be at the same venue on the Greek island of Rhodes between 5-25 April 2019.

(This is NOT the same as the ACO amateur tournaments, run by a German company, which are also to beplayed in Rhodes. Those are strictly holiday events and not rated by FIDE. It seems that one of their amateur events will be played on the same island in late April so do not enter the wrong tournament!)

The Greek chess federation and experienced organiser Nikos Kalesis arranged one hotel venue on the island. The official regulations and entry forms for all three Rhodes competitions can be downloaded from our calendar page. The closing dates for entry are coming up quite soon.

The European Senior Team Championships will still be held in Croatia, but in September (instead of March) and perhaps at a more attractive venue than the one originally announced. There is still some confusion over this. Full details will be announced later.

The 2018 FIDE World Senior Championships were played in Bled, Slovenia, from 18-29 November. The new 65+ champions are GM Nona Gaprindashvili (women) and GM Vlastimil Jansa (Open). The 50+ champions are WGM Elvira Berend and GM Karen Movszisian. Please read our full illustrated report.

The FIDE Congress has awarded the 2020 World Senior Individual Championships to Italy, to be played in Assisi at dates yet to be announced. This is a historic and attractive venue, which we understand greatly restored after devastating earthquakes in 1997. We are relieved not to be going back to Acqui Terme.

Information about senior tournaments in Germany can now be found at this German Chess Federation web page. Note that the age qualification rule for German Senior events is usually 60+ for men and 55+ for women, but they may be changing to the international age groups.

Other Seniors Chess News

Moves began in 2017 to establish a FIDE Seniors Commission to improve conditions for 50+ and 65+ players in future FIDE competitions. A website was developed for this purpose; please read the statement there by former European Senior Champion, IM Jan Rooze. So far as we awre aware there have been no recent developments.

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