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Calendar of Senior tournaments

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.

Calendar of principal Senior tournaments in 2018

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).