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The 2019 FIDE World Senior Individual Championships began today in Bucharest, Romania: Official website. The top games in the 50+ and 65+ Open championships and women's championships are available online at the usual sites such as chess24.

Unfortunately our editor is unable to compete this year, due to illness in the family, so we shall not have first-hand reports, but we hope to be back in 2020. The biggest shocks on day 1 were the defeats of defending 65+ champion, Vlastimil Jansa, and of two of the grandmasters in the 50+: Darcy Lima (second seed) and Semen Dvoirys.

Please see our updated calendar for details of future tournaments. We recently added the dates for many 2020 Seniors events.

We have now stripped out a lot of old reports from this site as 2019 is nearly over.

Russian teams won both tournaments at the 2019 European Senior Team Championships at Mali Losinj, Croatia. Their 65+ team won every match while Sweden took silver on tie break from Germany. The 50+ competition was closer as the host nation's first team drew with Russia and both won all their other matches, so that only a tiebreak could separate them. The Slovenian team European Chess Academy Maribor took bronze.

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.

If you have Seniors chess news you would like posted here, or announcements of future events, please email Tim Harding.


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