Chessable English Seniors Championships


Results 50+
1st English 50+ Champion GM Mark Hebden 6.5 points | Prizes – £500, Trophy
2nd GM Keith Arkell 6 points | Prize – £200
3rd= Don Mason; CM Mark Josse; Jonathan Nelson 4.5 points | Prize – £40
Women’s 50+ Champion WIM Natasha Regan | Prize – Trophy
U2000 Performance – WIM Natasha Regan | Prize £50
U1800 Performance – Neil Homer | Prize £50 

Results 65+
1st English 65+ Champion Cliff Chandler 5.5 points | Prizes – £270, Trophy
2nd Ian Snape 5.5 points | Prize – £270
3rd IM Paul Littlewood 5.5 points | Prize – £270
Women’s 65+ Champion WCM Dinah Norman 2.5 points | Prize – Trophy
U2000 Performance – Roger de Coverly 4.5 points | Prize – £50
U1800 Performance – Alan Hall | Prize – £50

  Pictures by David Bray (picture one) and Adrian Elwin – click to enlarge

Pairings and Results
Tournament details, pairings and results can be found on Chess Results at the links below —
Seniors Over 50 –
Seniors over 65 –

Broadcast/ Where to watch the games

View the games on Chess24 – Over 50 | Chess24 – Over 65
View the games on Lichess – Over 50 | Lichess – Over 65
View the games on – Over 50 | – Over 65
View the games on the DGT Live Chess Cloud – Over 50 | DGT Live Chess Cloud – Over 65

Commentary will be provided for the final two rounds of the Championships as follows –
Round 6 from 4.00pm – 8.00pm on Saturday 6th May – FM Jonathan Blackburn and IM Thomas Rendle with commentary on
Round 7 from 10.00am – 2.00pm Sunday 7th May – FM Jonathan Blackburn and Michael Green with commentary on

Wednesday 4th May to Sunday 8th May 2022

Holiday Inn Kenilworth-Warwick, 212 Abbey End, Kenilworth CV8 1ED

Over 50 – players must be aged 50 or over on 31st December 2022; Over 65 – players must be aged 65 or over on 31st December 2022. Players must be born in England or have lived in England for at least the preceding 12 months. In addition, if they have a FIDE registration, it must be ENG.

Tournament rules2022 Chessable English Seniors Tournament Rules (PDF)

COVID Safety Guidelines
COVID safety arrangements for the event will be as detailed here – ECF COVID Guidelines Spring/Summer 2022

The congress will have a total of seven rounds over five days, with playing schedule as follows for each of the championships –
Wednesday Round 1 – 17.30 – 21.00
Thursday Round 2 – 11.00 to 15.00
Friday Round 3 10.00 – 14.00, Round 4 16.00 – 20.00
Saturday Round 5 10.00 – 14.00, Round 6 16.00 – 20.00
Sunday Round 7 11.00 – 15.00
Players may take half-point byes in any round apart from Round 7, and up to two half point byes can be requested.

Time control
All moves in 90 minutes plus 30 second increment per move from move 1

Entry fees
£60.00 (players must have Gold or Platinum ECF membership or pay a surcharge of £12)
WGM/GM/WIM/IM – free entry
Early Bird discount – entries received before 19th March will receive a £5.00 discount. No entries will be taken after Wednesday 29th April.

Both sections will be FIDE-rated and ECF-rated

Prizes Over 50
1st £500
2nd £200
3rd £100
Under 2000 prize £50
Under 1800 prize £50
50+ Senior Championship trophy for the winner
50+ Senior Women’s Championship trophy for the highest placed female player

Prizes Over 65
2nd £200
3rd £100
Under 2000 Best Performance prize £50
Under 1800 Best Performance prize £50
65+ Senior Championship trophy for the winner
65+ Senior Women’s Championship trophy for the highest placed female player.

Please note – performance prizes will be awarded based on best W-We for players within the specified rating category.

Please email
Chief Organiser – Adrian Elwin

Bed and breakfast rooms are available at the Holiday Inn. £69 per room per night for single occupancy, £79 per room per night for two people sharing. Entrants should contact Daniel and his team at Guaranteed Events for booking at or telephone 01656 747700

Entrants listclick here

No player may win more than one prize. Unrated players cannot win a performance prize. In the event of a tie for first place in either section, the award of the championship trophy and the title of Over 50/Over 65 champion will be decided by a tie break. The following methods will be applied in this order —
Direct Encounter | the greater number of wins | the greater number of games with black (unplayed games shall be counted as played with white) | Buchholz Cut 1 | Buchholz | Sonneborn-Berger
For more details see the FIDE handbook –

Please note that the prize money will be divided equally amongst the players tied for first place. Prizes will be paid by BACS after the conclusion of the event.

The organiser reserves the right to refuse an entry for any reason. Players failing to arrive in the playing area within 30 minutes of the start for each round will be defaulted. Players whose opponents default will be offered a re-pairing if possible. Pairings will be made using the Swiss Manager program.

FIDE ratings used will be from the 1st April FIDE rating list. ECF ratings used will be from the January 2020 list. Players who are unrated must provide the organiser with details of their strength.

Only refreshments obtained at the hotel may be consumed on the premises.

Personal data collected will be handled according to the GDPR details accessible here – GDPR English Seniors

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Title Sponsorship
We are very pleased to announce that this year’s English Seniors Championships is being sponsored by Chessable as a primary learning partner of the Federation. Chessable are part of the PlayMagnus group and providers of the MoveTrainer® software. For further details see the Chessable website here –

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