2023 Canadian University Chess Championship

The 2023 Canadian University Chess Championship is coming-up soon and we want to inform everyone of the logistics for this year. There is no qualifying procedure and everyone is welcome to play. Registration and accommodation fees will be covered by the Hart House Chess Club with a $30 nonrefundable deposit.


March 5: Please check out this event recap by Derek Ma from UofT’s Varsity Chess Team

Jan 17: HHCC invites all interested players to play in the CUCC Preparation Tournament on Jan. 20th.

Jan 14: A form has been sent to all confirmed players to confirm their interest.

Jan. 13: The final list of players will be contacted soon. Top-4 players are now confirmed.

Jan 2: Pre-registered player list has been posted. We will email you if you are confirmed.

Dec 28: We now have 22 registrants! Those with confirmed spots will be contacted early January. The waitlist is still open for all HHCC members.

Dec 26: The deadline to inform the Club for highest rated players is January 13th to guarantee their spot on the team.

Dec 19: The registration link is now LIVE for Hart House Chess Club student members. Up to 20 HHCC student members will receive subsidized funding, on a first-come-first-serve basis except for 4-spots reserved for highest-rated players.

Dec 1: The official UOttawa tournament website as of December 1st: https://uochess.wixsite.com/cucc2023

CUCC 2023 Information

When: January 27th – 29th, 2023

Where: University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

Desmerais Building (main events)

Learning Crossroads (side events)

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 of Toronto students or staff members. All participants must also be members of the Chess Federation of Canada (CFC) or the Fédération Québécoise des Echecs (FQE).

HHCC Head Coach: CM Koosha Jaferian


Friday, January 27th

Opening Ceremony: 6PM
National Capital Bughouse: 7PM

Saturday, January 28th
Round 1: 9:30 AM
Round 2: 1:30PM
Round 3: 6PM

Sunday, January 29th
Round 4: 10:00AM
Round 5: 2PM
Closing Ceremony: ASAP after round 5

Time control: 90 mins + 30 sec/per move increment

Hotel: Courtyard Ottawa Downtown, 350 Dalhousie Street Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7E9. HHCC will subsidize for Friday and Saturday night.



NameCFC IDCFC MembershipTitlechess rating/title
1Nicholas Vettese154199LIFEIM2418
2Yunshan Li175249ValidWIM2401
3Joseph Bellissimo147544Valid2276
4Eilia Zomorrodian169238ExpiredFM2259
5Derek Ma149822Valid2204
6Cindy Qiao155864ValidWFM2080
7Victor Zheng150532Valid2043
8Ethan Moon150154Valid1905
9Nick Pestov175177Valid1630
10Max Qian175330Valid1381
11Grace Miao177399Valid1171
12Justin Lim173268Valid1127
13Rafael Faria-Lopes151792Expired891
14Eric Wan175276Expired0
15Boomba Nishikawa178151Valid0
16Haoyang Chen178932Valid0
17Allan Kurdu178950Unknown0
18Yixiao Wang178954Valid0
19Liam McNally178152Valid0
20Ari Kurdu178952Unknown0

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 or online for free.

2. 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.

3. Sign up on Hart House Registration

Hotel fees and registration fees are all accommodated by Hart House Chess Club. Participants will be asked to cover their travel fees. Link to the sign-up page is accessible here. Spots are given out in order of registration, except 4 spots reserved for the highest rated players. Highest rated players must inform the Club by January 13th to guarantee their spot on the team.

4. Sign Waiver from Hart House

Because Hart House financially sponsors this event for students, a waiver form must be filled following registration. We will send you this waiver via email with a deadline for completion in early January. Following waiver completion, your spot will be secured.


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! One of the goals of the Club is to encourage beginners and new-to-chess members to participate! We highly encourage beginners and those without tournament experience to play at this event!

In 2018, UOttawa also hosted the CUCC, and it was a great success! See our event report here.