The Spanish Chess Federation, Ione Tecno Group and the European Chess Union have the honor to invite all European Chess Federations affiliated to the ECU to participate in the 17th European Senior Chess Championship (50+ and 65+), for Men and Woman.


The European Senior Chess Championship will be held in Sabadell, Spain, from 11th August (arrival) to 21st August (departure) 2017. Organized by Barcelona Chess Projects, the playing hall will be Cal Balsach Pavilion, close to the main hotels and located in the city center.

The European Senior Chess Championship is open to all players representing ECU Chess Federations which comprise European Chess Union who have been born in the year 1967 or earlier, regardless of their title or rating. There is also no limit in the number of participants per federation. Applications have to be sent by the National federations or to be approved by the National federations.

In accordance with the ECU tournament rules the Championship will be played in two categories: one for those who shall have reached the age of 50 (category SENIOR 50+), and one for those who shall have reached the age of 65 (category SENIOR 65+).

Women tournament will be played separately. If in total the women participants are less than nine they will play in the Open tournaments with separate prizes.

pavello cal balsach

The championship is organized in 9-round Swiss system in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules and FIDE Laws of Chess. The rate of play will be 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

The total Prize fund of the Championship is 8.000 EUR.

The top 3 players from each category of the European Senior Championship 2017 are qualified with personal rights (free board and lodging in single room) to the World Senior Championship 2018.

Contact information

Official Website:


tel : (+34) 639700036 GM Jordi Magem Badals

tel : (+34) 681287254 IO Pere Reginaldo Huix

The Official Regulations can be downloaded below or here

Regulations ESCC 2017