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Senior chess is growing!

This new section of our website is for older players who are qualified to play in Senior over-the-board tournaments. Our calendar and news pages are updated monthly.

SveshnikovThis photograph shows 2017 World Senior 65+ Champion, GM Evgeny Sveshnikov, dapper as always, before the start of one of his games during the 2017 World Senior Championships at Acqui Terme, Italy.

Report on the 2017 championships with more photographs.


Some senior tournaments (especially in Germany) are still run on the 60+ age group rule, but FIDE events are organised in two age categories, based on your age at 31 December in the year concerned.

For tournaments in 2018 the qualifying dates for the two FIDE age groups are 31 December 1968 (for the 50+ Open and Women's tournaments) and 31 December 1953 for the 65+ championships.