The European Senior Team Championships are currently in progress at Walbrzych, Poland. The event can be followed on chess24 (which has some live games) and chess-results.com.
Entries remain open (until early May) for the World Senior Team Championships which will be held at Radebeul, near Dresden in July. England have announced their strongest ever 50+ team (Short, Nunn, Speelman, Emms and Hebden) in an attempt to win this competition for the first time. Several other eminent grandmasters are playing on various teams, including Yusupov (in the 50+) and Hort (in the 65+).
Sign-up and registration for the European Individual Senior Championships (3-13 August) in Drammen, Norway, is now open. Regulations can be seen here in PDF. This should be a good (but rather expensive) event.
The German Chess Federation's Seniors pages seem to be under new management and the useful calendar has disappeared (or moved to somewhere we cannot find it). Note the age qualification rule for German Senior events is usually 60+ for men and 55+ for women, but one page seems to say they may be changing to the international rules soon. So check the particular details for any event that interests you.
Outline dates and arrangements have also now been made about some of next year's FIDE Seniors events. See our calendar page.
You can still read our Report, with photographs and games, about the 2017 FIDE Seniors World Championships in Italy. Congratulations to the Champions: Tamar Khmiadashvili (Women 65+), Elvira Berend (Women 50+), Evgeny Sveshnikov (Open 65+), and Julio Granda Zuniga (Open 50+).
Moves are afoot to establish a FIDE Seniors Commission to improve conditions for 50+ and 65+ players in future FIDE competitions. Now a new website is being developed for this purpose; please read the statement there by former European Senior Champion, IM Jan Rooze.
Your editor, Tim Harding, was successful in the inaugural Irish 50+ and 65+ Championship tournament played from 3-7 January in Dublin. He finished joint third overall and won the 65+ title and prize with a score of 5/7. Both age groups played in the same 7-round FIDE-rated tournament.
The idea was well supported with almost 40 players over a wide range of ages; the oldest competitor was born in 1939.
The Irish Chess Union intends to repeat it next year. In the meantime it has announced tournaments for Seniors and semi-Seniors (40+) in two rating groups at Easter.
Bob Jones told us that his annual Royal Beacon Seniors tournaments were held earlier in November 2017 at Exmouth, Devon, England. Congratulations to the winners. First prize was won by Ivan Myall (Chelmsford), with 4.5/5. Joint second on 4/5 were Stephen Berry (Wimbledon), Mike Wiltshire (Dartford) and Bill Ingham (Teignmouth). The "Junior Seniors" was won by Steve Dilleigh (Horfield) with 4/5. Joint second on 3.5 were Alan Brown (Northampton), Mike Waddington (Dorchester) and Jonathan Wells (Norwich). Several players in both sections won prizes in the various rating categories.
The same venue has already been booked for this year's tournament which will be held from 5-9 November. (See the calendar page for contact details.)
If you have Seniors chess news you would like posted here, or announcements of future events, please email Tim Harding.
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