Harbourfront Centre Chessfest 2018

Chessfest is back for 2018!

We’re back again this summer – June 9-10, 2018!
Come down to the waterfront for the 5th edition of this great event, organized by ACC and CIC.
Save the date! – See below for information from last year… Updates coming soon!

Harbourfront Centre Chessfest – the best of Toronto chess and the best site in Toronto to showcase it!

Come learn the game. Play on a giant chess board. Sit down with a friend at one of the open tables. Dress up as a chess piece and make your moves on a life size board. Lots of free fun for the whole family all weekend!

Also featuring the annual Chessfest Children’s Championship on Saturday and the Toronto Blitz Championship on Sunday.

See below for this year’s details!

Chessfest returns to Toronto’s Waterfront June 3-4, 2017

The Fourth Annual Harbourfront Centre Chessfest features:

The 2017 Toronto Blitz Chess Championshipget tickets now!
Sunday June 4, 2017
1:00 to 5:00 pm
Harbourfront Centre west side by amphitheatre
$1000 guaranteed 1st prize
Advance Entry fee: $50 ($10 discount for junior/senior, 60+ or under 18 on June 1)
On site Entry fee: $60.

toronto blitz chess championship

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Lots to see and do. Bring the whole family!

Events | Getting here | Registration | Photos

Chess for Everyone returns to Toronto’s Waterfront June 3-4, 2017

Organized by Annex Chess Club and Chess Institute of Canada, the annual Harbourfront Centre Chessfest takes place at Harbourfront Centre on Toronto’s waterfront.

Bring the whole family down to Harbourfront and make your way to the west side by the amphitheatre.

Admission is FREE and there are lots of FREE activities as well as competitive tournaments.

Programming for Chessfest 2017 June 3-4 is listed below.



Photo by @rezynn


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June 3-4 Programming – featuring the 2017 Toronto Blitz Chess Championship

  • Enter the 2017 Toronto Blitz Chess Championship, 1:00 to 5:00 pm on June 4: a one-day Swiss tournament, 7 double rounds at a blitz time control of 3’+2″ – $50 in advance, $10 junior and senior discount
  • Register your child, grade 1 to 6, in the 4th Annual Chessfest Children’s Championship – 12:00 to 5:00 pm on June 3 – $10 entry fee
  • Meet the Queen of Chessfest, WNM Yelizaveta Orlova, two-time member of the Canadian Women’s team – FREE
  • FREE dress-up for kids
  • Learn to play chess – FREE lessons from chess instructors
  • Play a game on a giant chess set – FREE
  • Or just sit down to play with a friend at one of our open tables – FREE




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Getting here:

Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8.

We recommend travelling by TTC.

For more information, consult Harbourfront Centre’s travel advice.

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2 thoughts on “Harbourfront Centre Chessfest 2018”

  1. Is the Harbourfront Chessfest taking place this year (2018) in June again? Please send details. Also, is the Annex Chess Club open on any days other than Mondays (for general public chess games)?

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