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European Senior individual championships about to start

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

 

Play begins tomorrow in the European Senior Individual Championships, at Lublin, Poland, birthplace of Johannes Zukertort, one of the greatest masters of the 19th century.

Lists of entries are now available online at the chess-results website where pairings and results can be found once the event is under way. Top seed in the 50+ is GM Martin Mrva of SLovakia and top seed in the 65+ is IM Henryk Dobosz of Poland. There are several English competitors in the 65+ but few western European players in the "junior" Seniors.

Poland was unable to host this event in both 2020 and 2021, because of the Covid pandemic, but at last they are able to run it. Poland also had to give up its right to hold the European Senior Team Championships in 2020, 2021 and 2022 but they have the right to stage that event in 2023.

As yet no venue or actual date has been announced but perhaps that will happen during the tournament in Lublin.

There is a big chess boom in Poland at present because of the success of some of its players, especially Duda who won the last FIDE World Cup.

English teams were successful in the World Senior Team Championships 50+ and 65+ which ended last week in at Acqui Terme in Piedmont, north-west Italy. You can now find our reports about this event on a separate page.

The tournament organisers arcoworldchess will also run the world senior individual championships at Assisi in November and they recently published the regulations and official invitation for those tournaments. You can download them from our calendar page.

Reduced price entry fees for the European Senior Team Championships end on 15 July after which it will cost a bit more to enter. This tournament which will be played in Dresden, Germany, starting in late October. Again, see our calendar for details.

Players aged 75 and older might like to consider the 7th Baden-Württemberg Open Senior Championships which starts later this week (8-15 July), because they are offering prizes for the top player or players from that age group competing in the 65+ section.

The 29th Brandenburg Open Seniors at Miedzyzdroje in Poland (18-26 June) is organised by Germans and held annually in what used to be part of East Prussia. The venue is a resort town (Misdroy in English) on the Baltic island of Wolin. 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.

Two Senior tournaments in Europe were played in late May. The 32nd Bavarian Senior Open at Bergen-Chiemgau (a 60+ tournament) ended in a 3-way tie. Frank Röhde, Horst Prüsse and Dr. Wolfgang Polster all scored 7/9.

In the same week (22-28 May), the Bregenz Senior tournament, played alongside the Bodensee International Open in Austria, was won by Polish IM Henryk Dobosz whose 6.5/7 was a full point ahead of the runners-up.

Professionals dominated the 50+ English Seniors Championship, played in Warwickshire, which ended on 8 May. 64-year-old GM Mark Hebden comfortably won on 6.5/7, conceding only one draw to GM Keith Arkell who finished on 6. Three players tied for third on four and a half points. Hebden went on to win the English Championship (for players of all ages), a fantastic double triumph for him.

The 65+ English Senior Championship was much closer and resulted in a three-way tie between Cliff Chandler, IM Paul Littlewood (a former British Champion) and Ian Snape, all on 5.5 points. The total entry for the two sections was 54 players although a few did not stay the course.

Dates for the British Senior Championships can also be found in our calendar; the two age groups will be played in successive weeks for the first time. Unlike the English Seniors (only for players with an ENG registration), the British events are 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.

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) plans to expand 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 recently ran its inaugural 65+ "Super Senior" tournament and their usual 50+ Seniors will follow later in the year. They also plan a fairly informal senior team tournament. Regulations for those events can be found on our calendar page.

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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