2023 Hart House Youth Chess Championship

The Hart House Chess Club is hosting its Hart House Youth Chess Championship on Saturday, April 29th, 2023. The event is a celebration of youth chess, a gathering of Toronto’s future chess stars, and serves as an opportunity for students to visit the University of Toronto. The event also serves as a qualifier for the 2023 Canadian Youth Chess Championship (CYCC) in Calgary, Alberta.

The 2023 CYCC is from Wednesday July 19th to Saturday July 22nd, 2023. The Canadian Open Chess Championship is expected to be held afterwards from Saturday July 22nd to Sunday July 30th, 2023.

Overall first place in each section will win an entry to the 2023 CYCC ($250 value). Official flyer

FORMAT ANd logistics

Where: Debates Room, Music Room, Hart House, University of Toronto
When: Saturday, April 29th, 2023
Rounds: 9:30 am, 10:45 am, 12:00 pm, (lunch), 2:00 pm, 3:15 pm
Award Ceremony: 5:00 pm or ASAP after round 5.
Style: 5 Round Rapid (swiss) in 6 age sections: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, and U18.
Time Control: 25 minutes plus 5 seconds increment per move from move 1, for all sections.
Byes: 0 point byes allowed. Players must play all games to qualify for the CYCC.
Entry Fee: $35 for online registrations before midnight March 31st. $45 for registrations before noon April 28th. No onsite registrations. Capacity is 170. Free entries for FMs.
Prizes: Trophies for top-3 in each section, 1st overall and top-woman in each section is awarded entry to CYCC ($3000 in bursaries).
Organizer: Hart House Chess Club with Alex Ferreira as arbiter
E-mail: hhtournaments@gmail.com
CFC: CFC Active Rated. Registrants do not need CFC memberships.
Equipment: Chess sets and clocks supplied.


6 Sections – by Age

Under 8   (Born on or after Jan 1st 2015)Open
Under 10 (Born on or after Jan 1st 2013)Open
Under 12 (Born on or after Jan 1st 2011)Open
Under 14 (Born on or after Jan 1st 2009)Open
Under 16 (Born on or after Jan 1st 2007)Open
Under 18 (Born on or after Jan 1st 2005)Open

  • All players must have been born on or after year 2005. Tournament is for juniors 18 and under. See sections above.
  • Online registration is recommended and available until April 28th at 12 noon. Telephone and in-person registration also available through the Hart House Hub.
  • FEES:
    • $35 by March 31st at 11:59 PM
    • $45 by April 28th at 12 noon.
  • Withdrawals: Full refunds minus $10 admin fee until April 28th at 12 noon.
  • Girls: please indicate “Girls” or female in the “Section” question to be eligible for the top-girl prize.

Qualifier for the 2023 Canadian Youth Chess Championship (CYCC)

This tournament counts as a qualifier for the 2023 CYCC. Participants must score at least 50% to qualify for the CYCC in Calgary scheduled for July 19th – 22nd, 2023. Only those who meet CFC residency or citizenship are eligible to play in the CYCC.

CYCC top finishers in each age group will be awarded with travel bursary and officially represent Canada at the World Youth & Cadet Chess Championships.

  • World Cadet (U8/U10/U12) Chess Championship – 2023 (Date TBD), Egypt
  • World Youth (U14/U16/U18) Chess Championship – Nov 12-25, 2023, Montesilvano, Italy

Entry fees to the CYCC:

$225 before 10 pm, May 1, 2023
$250 before 10 pm, June 1, 2023

Bursary winners’ entries to the CYCC are covered (no need to register yourself). Details on the 2023 CYCC are here.


If a player wants to play in an age category older than the one they qualify for, they can do so.

BUT: if they qualify in a certain age category to play at the CYCC, that is the only age category that the player can play in the CYCC.

  • if one player who is 12 years old wishes to play in the U16 section of the HHYCC, if they qualify for the CYCC, the only age category that the player can enter at the CYCC is the U16 section.


a) Ties other than 1st Place: computer tie breaks in the following order:

  1. direct encounter (only valid if all the tied players have met each other)
  2. individual cumulative score
  3. cumulative score of opponents

b) Tie break for 1st Place (to determine funding for the CYCC and trophy)

  • Playoff between the two players or the top two by computer tiebreak if three or more players tie for first
  • Two game match, time control 5 minutes with a 2 second increment.
  • If still tied after the two game playoff: single game Armageddon at a time control of 5 mins for white and 4 minutes for black. Player with better computer tiebreaks gets choice of black or white.


Parents are allowed to stay and take photos in the first 5 minutes of each round. No flash, and please turn off sound. Please be quiet and DO NOT talk to any of the players. Parents must leave the tournament hall after the first 5 minutes of each round and doors will be closed. Players will be escorted to the exit of the tournament hall after their game is finished to be pickup by their parent(s). We do not provide childcare, nor is the tournament a daycare, so please make sure your children know where to meet you after the round!

If you have questions about the tournament, please send us an email at: hhtournaments@gmail.com or see us at the tournament desk!


Please create a CFC (Chess Federation of Canada) ID on CFC’s online system and input that CFC ID in our registration form. This process is free and saves a lot of administrative work for you and us.


Pre-registered lists will be updated at least weekly. Pre-registered as of March 15.

Ratings RankName of ParticipantCFC IDCFC RatingSection
1Charis Zhu1681321902U12
2Nolan Wu1607091706U14
3Henry Pollitt1709691233U14
4Mahanth Sivakumar1696431194U12
5Caleb Langridge1729181053U8
6Alex Dzevin1738371025U14
7Bek Khamidov1610681022U18
8Tanishq Kumar Dhingra175434997U12
9Oscar Cheung171229901U12
10Siddharth Surendran174502836U10
11Ethan Guo178177759U14
12Benjamin Yulo174024748U10
13Yiguo Gao169414703U14
14Ian Gao177611613U8
15Evan Gao177612590U8
16Nikita Kamath166424324U12, Girls
17Luba Shtepa1793710U8
18Purvi Gadde1761580U8
19Julian ChanNA0U12
20Ivan WilhelmNA0U12
21Lloyd Kim1802500U14
22Darren Chen1762090U8
23Archer Feng1799220U8
24Luke Ma1794640U12
25Etienne Ma1794650U10
26Karkeesan Mohankumar1754200U8
27Avery ZhangNA0U8
28Paranavamithran Bharathi Sankar Ratna Maala1788860U8
29Jingchen Wu1753420U8
30Isaak Huh1798820U12
31Sam AssadiNA0U10
32Serena Wilson1769650U12
33Charles UrquhartNA0U12
34Olivia KusNA0U12
35Natalia KusNA0U10
36Tommy (Zhuoxuan) Li1791900U12
37Alyssa (Zhuojing) Li1791910U10, Girls
38Lucas Kendalo1778220U8
39Aarudh Ram Boopathy1805550U8
40Shannon Zhao1799280U10
41Noureddin Mohamed1764950U14
42Adelina Nicu1739580U14
43Nicholas Jirsch1735020U16
44Amogh IngoleNA0U12