This page, which we shall update from time to time, lists upcoming senior tournaments of which we aware, with links where available. If you know of other Senior tournaments, please inform us and we shall include them.
The annual Beacon Seniors in Devon (separate 65+ and 50+ sections) is a leisurely game-a-day five-round tournament, followed by a weekend Open if you want more chess.
There are also some open Senior events in Germany before the end of the year: see the link at the bottom of this page.
The last major Senior event this year will be the 2017 FIDE World Senior Championships at Acqui Terme, north-west Italy, where the 2015 championships were also played. These are 11-round events with one rest day.
Entries close on 30 September. The qualification date is 31 December 1967 (for the 50+ Open and Women's tournaments) and 31 December 1952 for the 65+ championships.
For tournaments in 2018 the qualifying dates for the two FIDE age groups are precisely one year later than for 2017.
3-7 January: Irish 50+/65+ Championship, Dublin (both age groups in one 7-round tournament with a 65+ prize). Overseas players are welcome to enter this tournament though of course they are ineligible to win the Irish titles. The Irish Chess Union is hoping for a good entry to this inaugural event which will be played alongside IM and GM norm tournaments.
13-23 April: European 50+/65+ Team Championships, Walbrzych, Poland (two tournaments, teams of four with optional reserve). No details yet. Teams may represent clubs, regions or nations, but all members of a team must be from the same federation.
5-13 May: 14th open international Hessische Senior Individual Ch. at Bad Sooden-Allendorf in central Germany (no program yet; see link at foot of the page for contact details).
30 June-8 July: FIDE World 50+/65+ Team Championships, Radebeul, Germany. Team rules as for the EU Teams. Radebeul, a suburb of Dresden, was the venue for the very successful 2016 Senior World Team Championships.
27 July-5 August: British Championships, Hull. These are the dates of the festival; the schedule showing the precise dates of the 50+ and 65+ championships will be announced later by the ECF. It is likely that one or other will clash with the next event.
3-13 August: European Senior Championships, Drammen, Norway (full details promised in January). Nine-round tournaments.
17-30 November: World Senior Championships, Bled, Slovenia.
Also here is a link to the German Senior tournaments calendar. Note the age qualification rule for German Senior events is usually 60+ for men and 55+ for women, but check the particular details for any event that interests you.
It should also be noted that there are usually prizes for Seniors in the European Individual Championships, yet very few Senior players tend to enter because the tournaments are so strong. The 2018 championship will be played between 16 and 29 March in the Black Sea resort of Batumi, Georgia (venue for the Olympiad later in the year).