This page, which we update occasionally, lists Senior tournaments in 2019 (and later) of which we aware, with links where available.
We have added some more details recently, in particular the confirmed venue for the 2020 European Senior Individual Championships.
A German Senior tournaments calendar has been reinstated. For the many listed there which are described as Open, and are listed below, you will find links to further information on the German calendar. We do not include events which appear to be restricted to German players. A few German events listed below are not on that calendar, perhaps because they do not follow the standard German age-group rules.
Perhaps the best place to seek other continental Seniors events is on the calendar of chess-results.com. (Mostly but not only Austrian tournaments.)
If you know of further Senior tournaments, please inform us and we shall include them.
For tournaments in 2019 the qualifying dates for the two FIDE age groups are 31 December 1954 (for 65+) and 31 December 1969 (for 50+). You do not have to wait for your birthday; you are qualified from 1 January in the year in which you reach the qualifying age.
24-31 August 2019: Senior Open as part of the Dieppe Chess Festival, France.
8-18 September 2019: Asian Seniors Chess Championship at Almaty, Kazahstan.
* 17-26 September 2019: European Senior Team Championships 50+ and 65+ at Mali Losinj, Croatia. These competitions are for teams of four with an optional reserve; not only national but also regional and club teams may enter. All players must be from the same federation. Regulations (English PDF); about the island of Losinj; about the hotel; team entry form (Word doc). A website was begun for the event but it is still under construction.
19-27 September 2019: 13th Open Schleswig-Holstein Senior Individual Championship at Büsum. Details available from the German calendar linked above.
15-23 October 2019: 27th Open Saxony Senior Individual Championship at Dresden. Details available from the German calendar linked above.
19-26 October 2019: African Seniors Championships 50+ and 65+ in South Africa (no details yet).
* 11-24 November 2019: World Senior Individual Championships in Bucharest, Romania. Download the official invitation (PDF in English), but note that the 70 Euro FIDE entry fee has been abolished and the prize fund has been increased to 46,000 Euro. A new PDF has not been issued but the updated regulations can be found at the official website.
27 November-5 December 2019: 19th Open Senior Individual Championship of Mecklenburg-Vorpommen at Binz. Details available from the German calendar linked above.
28 January-6 February 2020: 36th Open Berlin Senior Individual Championship. Details available from the German calendar linked above.
4-15 March 2020: World Senior Team Championships at Prague, Czech Republic. (This seems to be one day longer than usual but maybe there will be a slight change.)
* 17-27 April 2020: European Senior Individual Championships at Jastrzebia Gora, Poland.
* 16-24 May 2020: 16th Hessische International Open Senior Championship at Bad Sooden-Allendorf. Details available from the German calendar linked above.
* 26 June-6 July 2020: European Senior Team Championships at Wroclaw, Poland.
6-16 November 2020: World Senior Individual Championships 2019 at Assisi, Italy.
* April 2021 (no precise dates yet): European Senior Team Championships at Dresden, Germany.
Note the age qualification rules for German-language Senior events vary. It is usually 60+ for men and 50+ or 55+ for women. Check the particular details for any event that interests you.