Canadian University Chess Championship 2019: Registrations Now Open!!!

The 2019 Canadian University Chess Championship is coming-up soon and we are now accepting registrations from anyone who wishes to participate in the event, regardless of skill-level. There is no qualifying procedure and everyone is welcome to play. Registration and accommodation fees will be covered by Hart House Chess Club.

This year, our Club will participate in the competition with five teams of four players each for a total of twenty spots: sixteen spots will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, whereas four spots will be offered to those with the highest rating. The line-ups of the teams will be decided by the executive board of the club after taking into consideration – but without being bound by – any preferences the participants will express. Waitlisted players will also be notified in the event some players decide to drop out. The deadline to register is January 7th at 2 PM.

If you are interested in participating, send us an e-mail to with your full name and rating (if you have one) and we will have you signed-up. Registered players will have a chance to represent UofT in Hamilton, Ontario from January 12th to January 13th, as this year’s CUCC is hosted by McMaster University.


When: January 12th-13th, 2019

Where: McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

Tournament: 5-round team Swiss (4 players per team) Each team may have a reserve fifth player, who may be substituted at will. The board order must be determined before the first round. The board order must generally follow ratings.

Eligibility: All players must be University Students or staff members. All participants must also be members of the Chess Federation of Canada or the Fédération Québécoise des Echecs.


Saturday, January 12th
Registration: 8 AM – 9 AM
Round 1: 9 AM – 12 PM
Round 2: 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Round 3: 4 PM – 7 PM

Sunday, January 13th
Round 4: 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Round 5: 12 PM – 3 PM
Prizes: 3:30 PM

Time control: 75 minutes + 30 seconds increment/move

Hotel: Sheraton Hamilton Hotel


List of things you are responsible for

1. Be a member of the Hart House Chess Club [mandatory]

You can do this at Hart House main desk for $25.

2. Bring your Student or Staff ID

Make sure to bring your student or staff ID to the CUCC, as organizers reserve the right to check that all players belong to their registered universities.

3. Fill out the travel waiver form, attached as document [will be sent out to you later]

You can leave it at Hart House main desk and ask them to place it in Chess Club mailbox.

4. Chess Federation of Canada membership

The CUCC will be rated with the Chess Federation of Canada (CFC).  Some of you are already active members of the chess tournament scene, others are not.  If not,
you will have a published rating based on your results, after this tournament.  You can get an annual CFC membership on-line for $48.

5. Costs

Hotel fees and registration fees are all accommodated by Hart House Chess Club. Participants will be asked to cover their travel fees.

6. In your registration e-mail, please indicate your student number, full name, and most frequently checked e-mail account.

Send us an e-mail with this info at

7. Keep us posted

If you have any questions, let us know.  If something has come up and you cannot make it, let us know as soon as possible.


The CUCC is a team event that will provide for an excellent tournament experience and a wonderful team-bonding event, so come prepared to play some chess and enjoy yourself!