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Provisional team lists are now online for the World Senior Team Championships to be held in Rhodes, Greece, in the second half of April. Currently 27 teams have entered the 50+ tournament and also 27 have entered the 65+.

This event immediately follows the European Senior Individual Championship at the same venue. See our calendar for details.

USA will be defending the 50+ title they won narrowly last year on tiebreak. ChessBase recently had a feature article about seniors chess in the U.S., including the announcement of a 10-player round-robin USA Seniors Championship to be held at Saint Louis in July.

The European Chess Union calendar has finally changed to show that the European Senior Team Championships, to be held in Croatia in September, will indeed be on the Adriatic island of Mali Losinj but we await the official regulations for the tournament, accommodation and travel.

A change of venue also seems to have occurred for the FIDE World Senior Individual Championships in Romania, scheduled for 11-24 November 2019. During February, the FIDE calendar changed the venue for this event to Bucharest.

Full details of these tournaments are usually not available until about May. Perhaps they will be clarified in Rhodes.

It would not surprise me if eventually Romania withdraws from organising these championships altogether, and probably that would be a good thing if an alternative organiser can be found. In Bled last year, it was noticeable that almost nobody from Romania attended although they would not have had far to travel. If Romania really do intend to host these championships, I think they should provide some reliable information soon.

It was also rumoured in Bled that FIDE may reduce the length of the world individual championships to nine rounds but nothing has officially been said about this. Please keep an eye on this page and our calendar page for any changes.

The 2018 FIDE World Senior Championships were played in Bled, Slovenia, from 18-29 November. The new 65+ champions are GM Nona Gaprindashvili (women) and GM Vlastimil Jansa (Open). The 50+ champions are WGM Elvira Berend and GM Karen Movszisian. Please read our full illustrated report. Jansa and Movszisian have thus qualified for FIDE's new Super-Swiss, at the Isle of Man in October, which will decide one place for the 2020 Candidates tournament.

The FIDE Congress has awarded the 2020 World Senior Individual Championships to Italy, to be played in Assisi at dates yet to be announced. This is a historic and attractive venue, which we understand greatly restored after devastating earthquakes in 1997. We are relieved not to be going back to Acqui Terme.

Information about senior tournaments in Germany can now be found at this German Chess Federation web page. Note that the age qualification rule for German Senior events is usually 60+ for men and 55+ for women, but they may be changing to the international age groups.

Other Seniors Chess News

Moves began in 2017 to establish a FIDE Seniors Commission to improve conditions for 50+ and 65+ players in future FIDE competitions. A website was developed for this purpose; please read the statement there by former European Senior Champion, IM Jan Rooze. So far as we awre aware there have been no recent developments.

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