2023 Spring Junior Open

The Hart House Spring Junior Open is back this year and is open to anyone born in 2005 or later! The tournament is an opportunity for up and coming juniors to play other juniors and utilize free onsite expert-analysis from some of UofT’s top chess players.

With three sections for all skill levels, this is the perfect opportunity to bring families and young children to their first chess tournament. It is also a great opportunity to meet some of UofT’s best chess players and explore Hart House and the University of Toronto. We look forward to welcoming families and young chess enthusiasts to the magnificent Debates Room on March 18th.

Where: Debates Room, Hart House, University of Toronto
When: Saturday, March 18th, 2023
Rounds: 9:30 am, 11:15 am, (lunch), 1:30 pm, 3:15 pm
Award Ceremony: 5:00 pm or ASAP after round 4.
Style: 4 Round Swiss in 3 Rating Sections: Open, U1300, and U900.
Time Control: 45 minutes per player from move 1, for all sections.
Rating: Both sections will be CFC Active Rated (Chess Federation of Canada).
Byes: Maximum 1 half-point byes in rounds 1-3, if requested in advance before the start of Round 1.
Prizes: Trophies for top three finishers and top female player of each section.
Entry Fee: $40 for online registrations before midnight March 16th. $50 onsite only cash before 9:15 am.
Arbiters: Hart House Chess Club with guidance from NA Alex Ferreira
 Hart House Chess Club
Game Analysis: Free expert-level analysis will be provided by UofT’s Varsity Chess Team (see below).
DGT Boards: DGT boards will be used for top 12 boards to aid in game analysis. 
E-mail: hhchess@studentorg.utoronto.ca

Other Info: Chess sets and clocks will be provided by the organizers.

CFC Memberships: Registrants do not need CFC memberships as this is a juniors-only tournament with time controls. Rating fees will be covered by HHCC. Unrated players will get a CFC Active Rating after this tournament and are welcome and encouraged to play! 

Parents: WiFi will be provided and you can use rooms such as the Reading Room, Library, Map Room, or Burwash Room (skittles/analysis room) while waiting for games to finish. 

Coffee, snacks, and light refreshments will be provided


  • All players must have been born on or after year 2005. Tournament is for juniors 18 and under.
  • Online registration is recommended and available until March 16th at 11:59pm. Telephone and in-person registration also available through the Hart House HUB
  • Registrants after March 17th must pay on-site entry fee ($50). Extra $10 to play up a section. Playing up is allowed only for players within 100 rating points of the section’s minimum rating. For example: a player in the Under 900 section who wants to play up in the Under 1300 section must have a rating no lower than 800.
  • The tournament will admit up to (but no more than) 80 participants.


HHCC will aim to provide an official photographer for this event. See HHCC Holidays Open for examples of our tournament photos.

Game Analysis:

Game analysis will be provided by UofT’s Varsity Chess Team after each round in Burwash Room. All players are encouraged to record their moves and show them to HHCC player’s for their feedback and learn from their games. The Club will also utilize its storage of DGT Boards with move tracking to aid in the Varsity Team’s analysis and provide real-time analysis immediately following games. 

The 2019 Spring Junior Tournament

See the 2019 Spring Junior Tournament for more details of the last time we ran this event!