Hart House Chess Club Tournaments

"Where the Kibitzer is King"

Next Event: 2024 Hart House Reading Week Open (Feb 17-19, 2024)

We are excited to announce another edition of the Reading Week Open from Saturday, February 17th, to Monday, February 19th. During the 2024 Family Day long weekend, join us at Hart House for our annual chess event. There are seven different sections to suit all levels, from beginners to masters! Official flyer

  • WHERE: Great Hall, East Common Room, Hart House, University of Toronto.
  • WHEN: February 17th, 18th, 19th (Family Day Weekend)
  • SCHEDULE: 6 Round Swiss split in seven sections.
    • Open Sections: Saturday 10:00 am & 4:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, and Monday at 10:00 am & 4:00 pm.
    • Junior Sections: Sunday at 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, & 5:00 pm, Monday at 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, & 5:00 pm.
  • TIME CONTROL: 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move 1, for all sections.
  • STYLE: 6 Round Swiss split in 7 rating sections – Crown (2200+), Under 2200, Under 1900, Under 1600, Under 1300 Sections, U1200-Juniors
  • RATING: All sections will be CFC rated. Crown, Under 2200, Under 1900 section, and 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 FA Alex Ferreira as arbiter.
  • EMAIL: hhtournaments@gmail.com


Early: $70 by January 31st at 11:59pm
Regular: $80 by February 15th at 11:59 pm
Late: $100 cash only on-site

U1200 Junior Section

Any junior with a rating under 1200 CFC can register for the 2-day event with 30-minute + 30-second increment time control. Discount of $35 to play in the Juniors-only section. No cash-prizes for the Junior tournament, only trophies. 


  • Online registration is open until February 15th at 11:59 PM. In-person and telephone registration is available through the Hart House Information Desk during Hart House Hours until February 15th.
  • Cheque registration (arrival by February 15th, 2024) can be made payable to The Governing Council of the University of Toronto, state Hart House Chess Club in the description, at 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto ON, M5S 3H3. No post-dated cheques.


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 done at registration or via 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 (automatic discount) 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 Jan 31st. Please email us for all discount information.


  • DGT Boards: HHCC will provide 12 DGT boards for the Crown section. Games will be published online with a delay.
  • CFC ID: Registrants for all non-junior only sections must be current CFC members https://chess.ca/membership-fees. Payment should be done online. Unrated players should get a CFC membership prior to registering.
  • Equipment: Chess sets and clocks supplied. HHCC will provide DGT boards for the Crown section.
  • Notation: Notation is mandatory for all moves starting from move 1.
  • 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
  • ParkingParking is available in select locations. Due to ongoing Landmark Project construction, parking is very limited and may be higher than expected.
  • Photography: By signing up, you permit HHCC the ability to take and use photos from the tournament on its social media. If you would not like your photo used, please email us.
  • Foreign Ratings: all participants must disclose all foreign ratings at time of registration or via email.
    Accessibility and Visitor Information: Hart House is an accessible building and conveniently located. For further details, visit Visitor Information and Accessibility.
  • 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
  • Questions? Any question regarding the tournament, including registrations, must be sent to hhtournaments@gmail.com, not the Hart House Hub.

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.


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