INTERNATIONAL SENIOR OPPORTUNITIES 2017

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INTERNATIONAL SENIOR OPPORTUNITIES 2017

Postby Stewart Reuben » Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:19 am

Two international team tournaments were scheduled for the spring of 2017. The European event in Novi Sad has been postponed. It may take place later this year, but I doubt very much in Novi Sad,
The World Team Championships 50+ and 65+ are in Crete and take place from 23 April to 3rd May.
Anybody whose 50th birthday falls in 2017 or earlier is eligible.

Please let Stewart Reuben stewartreuben@aol.com and Roger Scowen patscowen@waitrose.com know as soon as possible if you would like to play in a 4-person or 5-person English team - normally every volunteer is accepted, and rejected only if the number of players is 1, 2, 3. 6, 7, or 11. You need to be, or become an ECF Gold member.
So far about 10 players 65+ have signed up and 5 50+. Ireland, Scotland and Wales send their own teams.
Players under 1700 or 150 may find the opposition somewhat daunting. But weaker players have played and enjoyed themselves.

WORLD SENIOR TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2017

Regulations - (https://www.fide.com/images/stories/NEW ... _teams.pdf)

Venue & Dates - Hersonissos, Crete, Greece, 23 April -3 May
(Official website - http://wstcc-crete.com/)
(Trip advisor- https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Rev ... Crete.html

Events - 50+ (born in 1967 or earlier), 65+ (born in 1952 or earlier): open and women's championships. An effort is being made to field a separate women's team. Hitherto English women have played in an open team.

9 rounds - one game per day starting (mostly) at 3pm

Time limit per player: 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 min. the rest of game, 30 seconds’ increment every move starting from one. A player forfeits the game if he hasn't appeared at their board within 30 minutes after the start of game.

Costs
Hotel - accommodation for 10 nights per person in the 5-star Creta Maris Resort , daily full board with breakfast, lunch and dinner, free WiFi internet access, free use of hotel pools.
580 euros total per person in a double room for 10 nights
790 euros total per person in a single room for 10 nights

Fees -
55 euros (i.e. 30 euros regisration to the organiser; 25 euros to FIDE)

Transport from Heraklion airport to and from hotel venue -
50 euros

Air fare - England to Heraklion economy return
about 200 euros or less

Players make their own travel arrangements. Andrew Walker of the ECF Office andrew@rnglishchess.org.uk is wiling to collect the fees and hotel deposit. The easiest way is to phone 01424 775222 in office hours and provide your details.

The British Championships, including Senior events, take place in Llandudno 28 July to 6 August
The European Senior Individual will take place in Barcelona 11-21 August
The World Senior Individual will take place in Acqui Terme Italy commencing 18 November

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Re: INTERNATIONAL SENIOR OPPORTUNITIES 2017

Postby Tim Harding » Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:03 pm

Stewart Reuben wrote:Two international team tournaments were scheduled for the spring of 2017. The European event in Novi Sad has been postponed. It may take place later this year, but I doubt very much in Novi Sad,


I don't see any future for the EU Senior Teams unless they change the format. The Worlds in 2016 was an excellent event and looks like growing?
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Re: INTERNATIONAL SENIOR OPPORTUNITIES 2017

Postby NickFaulks » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:00 pm

Stewart Reuben wrote: The European event in Novi Sad has been postponed. It may take place later this year, but I doubt very much in Novi Sad,

Do we know what went wrong with that?

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Re: INTERNATIONAL SENIOR OPPORTUNITIES 2017

Postby Paul Habershon » Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:02 pm

In practice there is too little distinction between World Senior Teams and European Senior Teams and this year the proposed dates were too close together.

How many non-European teams competed in the 2016 World Senior Teams?

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Re: INTERNATIONAL SENIOR OPPORTUNITIES 2017

Postby Stewart Reuben » Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:56 pm

As far as I know the Serbian organisers did nothing whatsoever about the ESTCC. The ECU should have cancelled the Noni Sad event earlier than they did.

Whwn I introduced the WSTCC in the Isle of Man in 2004, funds were provided for non-European teams to participate. Thus South Africa and Australia took part. Germany as ESTCC Champions also received hospitality, I don't remember about Israel. The USCF never even gave the courtesy of a response to the invitation which included free hospitality.
As far as I know the subsequent organisers have not offered inducements to the continental representatives. Until they do so, the event will remain extremely Eurocentric. Without looking it up, I think there were 3 non-European teams in 2016. I have tried to encourage such as India to participate, without any success.
One reason of course is that there is little senior chess outside Europe. Indeed, for some years most of the teams were from Germany. Britain supports these events, but France seldom plays.

There is an argument that four major international senior events, two European and two World, is too many. In Britain we also have the British Championships and Beacon. The English Senior Chmpionship has not yet been scheduled for this year. It was successful in 2016. There is also a senior tournament in Liechtenstein and several in Germany.

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Re: INTERNATIONAL SENIOR OPPORTUNITIES 2017

Postby Tim Harding » Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:24 pm

Paul Habershon wrote:In practice there is too little distinction between World Senior Teams and European Senior Teams and this year the proposed dates were too close together.

How many non-European teams competed in the 2016 World Senior Teams?


Stewart is probably right that there were three non-European teams in Dresden last year. In the 50+ there was Canada and Mongolia Women.
I don't recall any others but I was in the other tournament.

In the 65+ there was Tunisia (who played throughout defaulting board 1, as the declared player never appeared, though some thought they should have been made to play boards 1-3). The majority of the teams in the 65+ were German clubs and regions so probably the entry will fall this year (though the venue is attractive) and return in 2018 to 2016 levels or higher.

I don't think there are too many senior individual tournaments - arguably not enough - but teams are much harder to organise so I think they should just have the Worlds or maybe make the Europeans a single 60+ tournament. The Poles are due to organise the event next year and the 2018 dates are further apart (March and July).
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