3rd Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) Cup 2023

The 3rd Kasparov Chess Foundation’s KCF Cup is coming up soon and we are calling all UofT students interested in representing the Club at this annual, online event!

Each player only needs to get their own eligibility (a just a letter confirming they are a current student/taking at least 1 class) before signing up. No entry fees are charged and all students are eligible. Universities send teams of 4 players and we can send a maximum of 4 teams (16 players).

For reference, the first ever KCF Cup attracted:

  • 122 teams from 72 universities
  • All continents
  • 24 countries
  • 527 players – 19 GMs, 14 IMs, 1 WGM, 20 FMs, 4 WFMs
  • 2156 games played

We hope to see you there! For all details on how you can participate as a UofT student, see below…


  • WHEN: Saturday February 4th, 2023 – Sunday February 5th, 2023 (see schedule below)
  • WHERE: lichess.org (online)
  • WHAT
    • 9-round single-round Team Rapid Event (Swiss) in one section
    • 10 minute + 5 second increment per move
    • 4-players per team, and up to 2 alternates
    • HHCC will register all interested members to represent the University of Toronto.
    • Zoom used for fair play.
    • Please see all tournament details and rules here.
  • RATED: Not rated by US Chess, FIDE, or URS.
  • ENTRY FEE: FREE for all eligible players.
    • First-come first-serve as we can only send one team per rating category and only up to 4 teams total. The rating categories are:
      • OPEN
      • 2200-2399
      • 2000-2199
      • 1800-1999
      • U1800
    • A student who is enrolled in at least one class in the January 2023 semester
    • An official letter must be submitted which proves every player’s active status in their academic institution. This letter must be signed/stamped by the registrar or similar office – this must be uploaded through the official website. (UofT students can upload a Proof of Enrolment found on Acorn.)
    • Academic faculty and staff (other than TAs and student workers) are not allowed to participate.
  • REGISTRATION: Register online via our Google Form before Feb. 1st at 11:59 pm. Please ensure that you either upload the official letter from your registrar via this form or via email before this deadline.
  • PRIZES: First place will receive an online team training session with Garry Kasparov. Plaques to top three teams in overall standings and to top teams in all divisional sections. Top Mixed Doubles team and top team per FIDE continent.
  • ORGANIZERS: US Chess, KCF, and IA Aris Marghetis as arbiter


All times are in Eastern Time.

Confirmed students will be contacted via email for further instructions. For reference, see FIDE’s post on the 2021 KCF Cup. We hope to see our members ready to showcase our skills and take on the world!

Contact hhchess@studentorg.utoronto.ca if you have questions regarding this tournament or your eligibility.