Hart House Chess Club Tournaments

"Where the Kibitzer is King"

Next Event: 2023 Hart House Reading Week Open

Join us for the return of our annual chess tournament in the Great Hall! Open to all, this tournament offers fun and competitive play for all levels! There are various skill level groups to accommodate all interested players. Official flyer

  • WHERE: Great Hall, Hart House, University of Toronto.
  • WHEN: February 18th, 19th, 20th (Family Day Weekend)
  • SCHEDULE: 6 Round Swiss split in sections. Round times: Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at 10:00 am & 4:00 pm.
  • TIME CONTROL: 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move 1, for all sections.
  • STYLE: 6 Round Swiss split in 6 rating sections – Crown (2200+), Under 2200, Under 1900, Under 1600, Under 1300 & Under 1000 Sections
  • RATING: All sections will be CFC rated. Crown, Under 2200, Under 1900, & Under 1600 sections will also be FIDE rated. Crown Section will be paired using FIDE ratings.
  • FORFEIT TIME: Players who do not arrive within 30 minutes of the round start time will be forfeited.
  • BYES: Maximum 2 half-point byes in rounds 1-4 if requested in advance before the start of Round 1.
  • PRIZE FUND: $8000 based on 200 entries
  • ORGANIZER: Hart House Chess Club with Alex Ferreira as arbiter.
  • EMAIL: hhtournaments@gmail.com
  • MAX CAPACITY: 240 players


Jan 19: One month left until the event and one week until early-bird registrations close!
Dec 16: Registrations are now open!


  • Online registration is available until February 15th at 11:59 PM. In-person (via cash or card) and telephone registration is available through the Hart House Information Desk during Hart House Hours.
  • Cash registration is only available onsite before 9:30am on February 18th and players will not get paired for Round 1.
  • Cheque registration (arrival by Feb. 15th, 2022) can be made payable to The Governing Council of the University of Toronto, state Hart House Chess Club in description, at 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto ON, M5S 3H3. No post-dated cheques.


Early: $70 by January 26th at 11:59pm
Regular: $80 by February 15th at 11:59 pm
Late: $100 cash only on-site.


Extra $20 to play up a section. A player must have a minimum 2200 CFC or 2000 FIDE rating to play in the Crown. In all other sections, requests to play up must be emailed to the tournament email by Feb. 15 at 11:59 pm and then paid by cash before 9:30 am. Play-up is allowed only for players within 100 rating points of the section’s minimum rating. For example, a player in the Under 1600 section wanting to play up in the Under 1900 section must have a rating no lower than 1500.


$35 discount for University of Toronto students and unrated players (max one discount per player). Unrated players are not eligible for prizes. Free entry for IMs/WIMs/GMs/WGMs if registered by February 4th. Please email us for all discount information.


  • Please bring chess sets and clocks if possible. HHCC will provide DGT boards for the Crown section.
  • Registrants must be current CFC members or bring payment prior to playing – https://chess.ca/membership-fees.
  • Withdrawals: see our Policies.
  • Unrated players should review our New To Tournament Guide
  • Parking is available in select locations. Due to ongoing Landmark Project construction, parking is very limited and may be higher than expected.
  • Any question regarding the tournament, including registrations, must be sent to hhtournaments@gmail.com, not the Hart House Hub.
  • Free Wi-Fi will be made available.
  • TEAM PRIZE: $400 ($100 per player), teams of 4 players, representing at least 3 different sections. All individual scores will be added up to find the winning team


The Hart House Chess Club runs numerous significant tournaments annually, attracting hundreds of community members and visitors worldwide. This webpage aims to list the most up-to-date information about the latest Hart House Chess Club events. Our main website, harthousechess.com, will continue to be used for event promotion, Club announcements, and the Club’s student outreach.