Congratulations to the four new World Champions: Tamar Khmiadashvili (Women 65+), Elvira Berend (Women 50+), Evgeny Sveshnikov (Open 65+), and Julio Granda Zuniga (Open 50+).
Preliminary announcements have now been made about some of next year's FIDE Seniors events and outline information about those for 2019. See our calendar page.
Moves are afoot to establish a FIDE Seniors Commission to improve conditions for 50+ and 65+ players in future FIDE competitions. Now a new website is being developed for this purpose; please read the statement there by former European Senior Champion, IM Jan Rooze.
Entries are still open for the inaugural Irish 50+ and 65+ tournament starting on 3 January (see calendar page). Both age groups will play in the same 7-round FIDE-rated tournament. If the idea is well supported, we hope it can be continued in place of, or in addition to, the former 60+ championship. Overseas entries will be accepted but only IRL-registered players can win the titles. Please contact the Irish Chess Union for details of accommodation etc.
Bob Jones told us that his annual Royal Beacon Seniors tournaments were held earlier in November at Exmouth, Devon, England. Congratulations to the winners. First prize was won by Ivan Myall (Chelmsford), with 4.5/5. Joint second on 4/5 were Stephen Berry (Wimbledon), Mike Wiltshire (Dartford) and Bill Ingham (Teignmouth). The "Junior Seniors" was won by Steve Dilleigh (Horfield) with 4/5. Joint second on 3.5 were Alan Brown (Northampton), Mike Waddington (Dorchester) and Jonathan Wells (Norwich). Several players in both sections won prizes in the various rating categories.
The same venue has already been booked for next year's tournament whioch will be held from 5-9 November. (See the calendar page for contact details.)
If you have Seniors chess news you would like posted here, or announcemnets of future events, please email Tim Harding.
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