ACO 2023 World Senior (50+) Chess Championship
Become World Champion
in your rating group!
Combine chess and vacation
Play in our World Amateur and Senior Championships and enjoy your vacation at the same time.
directly at the beach
All-inclusive, culinary taste, rooms with sea view & private pool. Enjoy the luxury of a 5-star hotel.
Train with world-class trainers
Get personalized advice from our grandmasters on site and analyze your games with them.
Play chess and have your holiday too. — Amateur Chess Organization
The 5-star chess experience for amateur and senior players.
Compete only against players of your own level
At ACO tournaments, no one has to be afraid that they don't get a fair chance. In most other chess tournaments you usually face opponents who are either (way) too strong or too weak and this can make the games either stressful or dull. Our events are played in 7 separated rating groups for players up to a rating of 2400. This means you only play against players of your own playing level. We even have a special group just for beginners. When joining our events prepare for 9 exciting games of chess!
Events organized by chess professionals
Our team consists of chess grandmasters and international chess masters with decades of experience. We played chess tournaments all over the world and know exactly what matters. Since 2012 we have brought together more than 2800 players from more than 60 countries. After the rounds, all participants have the chance to analyze their games with the help of grandmasters which are always present. You can also play blitz and simul with the GMs, as well as attend their lectures.
Familiar atmosphere & real friendships
Our goal is to offer you a chess event of a special kind. Of course the tournament takes priority, but we also want you and your companions to enjoy the whole experience. Play your chess games in the morning and spend the afternoon relaxing at the beach. Even if you come by yourself you definately will return home with many new chess friends. Many participants have been coming back again and again for years and became friends. The atmosphere is always very friendly - on and off the chessboard.
ACO 2023 World Senior (50+) Chess Championship
- Open to all players aged 16 and above
- Open to all players aged 50 and above
- Open to all players aged 65 and above
- 9 rounds / prize fund: EUR 5,000
- Coaches on site: GM Daniel King, GM Zigurds Lanka, GM Spyridon Skembris
Train on site with world-class trainers!
At our chess tournaments, you have the unique opportunity to analyse your games personally and free of charge with a world-class coach. Once finished with your game, our grandmasters are there for you to give you a first-hand advice on what to improve in your games.
Train with the well-known grandmaster and chess commentator
Daniel King from England (middle), coaching legend grandmaster Zigurds Lanka from Latvia (left) and the former national coach of
Greece and Cyprus grandmaster Spyridon Skembris from Greece.
In addition, our coaches will give several lectures, play in the blitz tournaments and compete against you in a simultaneous display.
Chess legends and special guests!
At our tournamentsyou have the chance to meet up close some of the chess superstars. At one of our ACO World Amateur Championships, guest of honour and best female chess player of all time, Grandmaster Judit Polgar, presented the winners with their trophies. For an exclusive group of chess enthusiasts, former Vice World Champion Grandmaster Alexei Shirov offered a private preparatory seminar prior to the event.
At the ACO World Senior Championship 2021, chess legend Grandmaster Vlastimil Hort was on site as a guest of honor, giving lectures, competing in simul and was available for discussions with
the participants. In 2017 and 2018, the chess singer Juga di Prima from Chile performed for us.
What participants say
Christoph Kandler 🇩🇪
Dr. Harbich & Dr. Frank Höfer 🇩🇪
Rolando Geronimo 🇧🇪
Almut Steinbach und Marius Deuer 🇩🇪
Peter Merrifield 🏴
Jürgen Morf 🇨🇭
Ruth Huber 🇨🇭
Marco Siebarth 🇩🇪
Henryk Wiktor 🇫🇷
Antonio Maset 🇦🇷
Find new chess friends from over 60 different nations!
We connect people with the passion for chess and travel. There are no language barriers here. Even though people from over 60 different nations have taken part in our World Chess Championships.
Many participants have been coming back again and again for years and became friends. The atmosphere is always very friendly - on and off the chessboard.
Our international team, who speaks many different languages, will assist you prior or during the events with anything you might need.
ACO World Chess Championships
About the Amateur Chess Organization
Results of our previous events
How to become part of our chess family
Make three moves to your next chess vacation.
(Attention: The number of places are limited!)
Book your hotel room
Choose an event and select your preferred room type via the online booking form.
Register for the tournament
Pay the entry fee in order to complete your registration.
Book your flight to Greece
If you need assistance to find a good flight we are glad to help.