FIDE World Senior Team Championships Kick Off in North Macedonia

The 2023 FIDE World Senior Team Championships begun today in Struga, North Macedonia, with both a 50-and-over (50+) section and a 65-and-over (65+) section. 

The tournament format is a nine-round swiss, with each round consisting of four-player matches played at a classical time control of 40 moves in 90 minutes with an additional 30 minutes on move 40 and a 30-second increment beginning on move one. 48 teams are competing overall, with 22 in the 50+ and 26 in the 65+.


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Players gather at the opening ceremony (courtesy Mark Livshitz/FIDE)


In the 50+ section, the American team boasts the highest average rating (2514) and features five (most teams have an alternate player) strong grandmasters: Alexander Shabalov, Gregory Kaidanov, Jaan Ehlvest, Igor Novikov, and Alex Yermolinsky. Four other teams enter with average ratings over 2400, including a formidable England team with a few recognizable names (GMs Michael Adams, John Emms, Glenn Flear, Keith Arkell, and Nigel Davies). The full list of teams is available here. Games begin daily at 8:00 a.m. CDT and can be followed live on

There is no American team in the 65+ section, where Germany, England, and Slovakia are the only teams with average ratings over 2300. Of particular note is the top board for England 1: legendary grandmaster John Nunn. The full list of teams is available here, and games begin at the same time and can be followed live as well on


crazy pairings for the Italian team. English Women's team in round one. England II team in round two, and, you guessed it - England I team in round three!

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