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Senior chess is growing!

This 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 or whenever a major news item comes in.

Most entries are now in for the World Senior Teams Championship (Senior Olympiad) to be held in Germany in early July. We expect to meet many old friends and previous opponents there.

This photograph shows Evgeni Vasiukov, the Russian grandmaster who died today at the age of 85.

This picture was taken during one of Vasiukov's games at the 2015 World Senior Championships at Acqui Terme, Italy. He was a regular competitor in seniors events in recent years.

Report on the 2017 World Senior 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.