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FIDE and ECF release details at last

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Two of the long overdue senior tournament announcements were finally released in the past week. We still await FIDE's decision about the world individual championships.

The invitation document for the 2024 World Senior Team Championships was finally published by FIDE and can be downloaded from our calendar page. As expected, these tournaments will be played at the Galaxy Hotel, Krakow, Poland, with a 1 July arrival date. The deadline to enter teams is 10 May.

The championships will, as usual, be of nine rounds with a free day on which a variety of excursions is available. Teams (of foiur with an optional reserve) can represent countries, cities or regions, clubs or just be groups of friends, but all players on a team must be from the same federation.

The venue is the same as that for the Cracovia 2023 congress over the new year; English senior player Tim Spanton gave us then a favourable report on the accommodation and organisers.

The English Chess Federation has just announced that the various 2024 British Championship tournaments will be played in Hull from 24 July to 4 August. According to the provisional schedule just released, the 7-round senior championships (50+ and 65+) will begin on Monday 29 July. As last year, the first six rounds will be played in the afternoon with a morning start for the final round.

There is no PDF to download but full details can be found on the ECF website. The ECF also runs the English Senior Championships, which will be held in late May as shown on our calendar. The difference is that those events are only for ENG-registered players (and England-qualified players who do not yet have a FIDE registration.)

The British Championships are open to a much wider group of players. Scottish, Welsh and Irish players and long-term UK residents with other FIDE national registrations can enter those events while anyone can enter the Major Open.

In addition to the above championships, Cristina Rigo's company Scaccomattissimo has just announced a congress to be held in Acqui Terme, north-west Italy, from 8-16 June, with 50+ and 65+ tournaments as well as an international open. The invitation document in English can be downloaded from our calendar page.

The venue will be familar to many readers since there previous FIDE senior championships have been played there.

Meanwhile entries are continuing to be lodged for the European Senior Team Championships, being held during May in Slovenia. Of the nine entries so far listed on chess-results for the 50+ championship, two are from English men and the third is the England women's team. Unless more than ten teams enter, this will be a round-robin tournament.

The players named for the all-GM England-1 are John Emms, Glenn Flear, Keith Arkell, Nigel Davies (who transferred from Wales a while back) and Stuart Conquest.

There are so far 19 entries for the 65+ including three English teams. England-1 will have GMs John Nunn and Tony Kosten along with IMs Peter Large, Chris Baker and Nigel Povah.

Note that the nearest airport to the venue is actually Zagreb in Croatia. The organisers are offering transfers from there at reasonable cost from Zagreb airport. Lovers of the writer James Joyce may like to explore travel options via Trieste instead.

There are no entries yet from Ireland, Scotland and Wales; all three countries are probably intending only to send teams to Krakow. We have definitely heard that the Welsh will be represented in the World Teams.

The website of the FIDE Events Commission shows they have received one offer to host each of the two 2025 World Seniors championships. Bidding closed on 1 February.

The bid for the team event comes from Jan Mazuch's well-established company that runs the Czech Tour events annually. They propose to hold these tournaments at the Olympik Hotel in Prague from 16-27 February. This is earlier in the year than usual but should be popular, especially with the continental teams that can easily go to Prague by road or rail.

The bid to host the 2025 individual championships is from Arcoworldchess, who propose to host the congress at Gallipoli in Apulia, southern Italy, from 20 October-2 November 2025. These are not our favourite organisers but at least it is a new venue.

The proposed, but as yet unconfirmed, venue for the 2024 World individual Senior Championship is the Hotel MH Atlântico in Peniche, on the Atlantic coast not far from Lisbon. The suggested dates are 24 November (arrival) to 7 December (departure) which seems to mean 11-round tournaments with a rest day as usual. Book no flights yet: FIDE are presumably still in the process of inspecting and deciding whether to accept the bid.

Our updated calendar shows there is now a very wide choice of senior tournaments in western Europe in the first half of 2024; doubtless more (especially in the second half of the year) will be announced later.

We have now removed most older items from this page to clear the way for 2024 news.


Last March FIDE issued new regulations concerning the World Senior Championships. These can be found in section D/04/03 of the FIDE Handbook. One detail we noted is that the championship could be reduced from 11 rounds to 9 rounds although that has not happened yet so far, fortunately. Other changes concern offering choices of hotels and meal plans, evidently in response to criticisms of the 2022 arrangements in Assisi.

The new regulations also state that "the organizer of the competition should ensure representation of all continents and at least 20 players in each of the categories." There was criticism in 2022 of FIDE's late decision not to hold separate tournaments for female players, which was apparently because not all continents would have been represented. So in 2023 instead they combined the 50+ and 65+ women's championships in one tournament.


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