Senior tournaments in 2022

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Senior tournaments in 2022

Post by Tim Harding » Sun Sep 12, 2021 8:46 pm

So far few senior tournaments are definitely announced for next year.

The good news is that Bad Woerishofen should be back in March. You can find details on my website via the link below.
There will be the usual trio of tournaments: Open, B-Open (rating ceiling 1999) and Seniors (men born 1962 or earlier, women born 1972 or earlier).

http://www.chessmail.com/seniors/Seniors-calendar.html

(And if you want to play abroad this year there are still a few events listed there.)

The only other event I have in my calendar for the first half of 2022 is the World Senior Teams at Acqui Terme, Italy, in May. Players who have already played there twice in the individual event may not be so keen...

The World Senior Individual Championships are scheduled again for Assisi in November - third time lucky I hope. That's a place I would really like to visit.

The European Chess Union have now started a calendar for 2022 and it says the European Senior Championship (individual) is to be in Poland. Well that was the case in 2019 and 2020, twice postponed, so we must wait and see.
Next time I update my pages I will say something about that and add the British Championships Torquay 2022.

ECU doesn't say where the European Senior Team Championship will be held so I guess it's open to bids but I would expect that if the Germans want to host it in Dresden they will get it. (Before Covid it was to be Wroclaw, Poland, 2020 and Dresden 2021.)

I expect the friends of ACO will soon rush to inform us all when and where their 2022 events will be - Crete again?
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Re: Senior tournaments in 2022

Post by Tim Harding » Wed Sep 15, 2021 5:24 pm

Further to my posting yesterday, this afternoon I received an email with the winter programme from Ave-Kontakt, organisers of the Czech tour.

Marienbad is back in mid-January with a 50+ Seniors (three prizes for those born 1956 or earlier) alongside an Open and GM & IM round-robins.

http://www.chessmail.com/seniors/Seniors-calendar.html
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Re: Senior tournaments in 2022

Post by JustinHorton » Wed Sep 15, 2021 5:29 pm

Did they not play Marienbad last year then?
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Re: Senior tournaments in 2022

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Wed Sep 15, 2021 6:37 pm

I got that email - Can Tim recommend any or all of these?

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Re: Senior tournaments in 2022

Post by Tim Harding » Wed Sep 15, 2021 8:03 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Wed Sep 15, 2021 5:29 pm
Did they not play Marienbad last year then?
Yes Marienbad did happen in January 2020 (before Covid hit Europe) but, if my recollection is correct, Marienbad this year only hosted round-robin GM and IM, no Open or Senior.

Again writing from memory, I think Bad Woerishofen just scraped under the wire in 2019 before the lockdowns. but had to be completely cancelled this year.

I have never been to the latter but I have quite happy memories of when the 2016 World Seniors were played in Marianske Lazne in 2016 and I stayed with my wife at the Continental Hotel which is listed as the venue for 2022. It was warm, friendly and comfortable if a bit quaint.
If they were expecting a large entry they might have gone elsewhere but probably only a few of the hotels are open in winter, especially with Covid,

On the other hand, you do have a good chance of snow at Marienbad in January and not many people there speak English (German and Russian are more popular, for historic reasons, after Czech of course).

The journey to Marianske Lazne by train from Prague is straight-forward, except that the station is about a mile from the town.
To get to Bad Woerishofen from Munich airport you have to change trains twice. Apparently there is a nearer airport (Memmingen) but I don't know if anyone flies there from Britain; it's not an option from Ireland.
So the journey time on the continent is about the same (two to two and a half hours) but maybe don't bring a heavy suitcase.
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Re: Senior tournaments in 2022

Post by Tim Harding » Wed Nov 03, 2021 9:08 pm

My Senior pages including the calendar have just been updated.
http://www.chessmail.com/seniors/Seniors-calendar.html

I am only aware of one more 2021 open senior tournament and it's in a remote part of eastern Germany but a couple more 2022 German tournaments in more accessible venues were recently added.

The 2022 British 50+ and 65+ Championships will be played in successive weeks rather than simultaneously so those of us born in 1957 or earlier who fancy two August weeks in Torquay can play both.
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