Ivy League Challenge

The “Ivy League Challenge” is an invitational Team Chess Tournament which will take place in Toronto from November 9th until November 11th, 2018.

The tournament is organized for the first time and University of Toronto will be the host. Open to six chess teams from five different Universities in the United States and Canada, the “Ivy League Challenge” will be one of the strongest University Team Competitions in North America. Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Michigan and University of Toronto will be represented in this year’s tournament and the hope is to attract participation from even more Canadian and U.S. Post-Secondary Schools in the years to follow.

Each team will have four players and may have up to two alternates. The rules for the “Ivy League Challenge” can be accessed here. All rounds will be held at the Hart House and the games will be broadcast live on the Hart House Chess Club website.

Participants in the 2018 Ivy League Challenge include: GM Darwin Yang (2488 – Harvard ), IM Matthew Larson (2408 – Yale), FM Kapil Chandran (2398 – Princeton), IM Atulya Shetty (2395 – Michigan), IM Safal Bora (2392 – Michigan), FM Mark Heimann (2356 – Michigan), IM Richard Wang (2332 – Harvard), FM Nikita Gusev (2253 – UofT), FM Varun Krishnan (2253 – Harvard), FM Qiyu Zhou (2207 – UofT) and others.

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You can watch the games in live streaming here. The tournament schedule is as follows:

Friday, November 9th– Hart House South Dining Hall

Opening Ceremony: 10:00 AM

Round 1: 10:30 AM

Round 2: 5:00 PM

Saturday, November 10th– Manulife Center Party Room (31st Floor)

Round 3: 10:00 AM

Round 4: 4:30 PM

Sunday, November 11th– Hart House Debates Room

Round 5: 9:30 AM

Closing Ceremony: 2:00 PM

A farewell, fundraising Blitz Tournament open to the community at large will be held on Sunday, November 11th in the Debates Room right after the closing ceremony. The list of participants can be accessed here.

Our next reports on the Ivy League Challenge will include photos from the site and the games as well as videos of interviews with the players.