Harbourfront Centre Chessfest 2019

Chessfest is back for 2019!

We’re back again this summer – June 1-2, 2019!
Come down to the waterfront for the 6th edition of this great event, organized by ACC and CIC.
See below for information about last year’s event … New update for this year 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 2018 Toronto Blitz Championship on Sunday.

See below for this year’s details!

Chessfest returns to Toronto’s Waterfront June 9-10, 2018

The Fifth Annual Harbourfront Centre Chessfest features:

The 2018 Toronto Blitz Chess Championshipget tickets now!
Sunday June 10, 2018
1:00 to 5:00 pm
Harbourfront Centre west side by amphitheatre
$1000 guaranteed 1st prize
Advance Entry fee before June 4: $50 ($10 discount for junior/senior, 60+ or under 18 on June 1)
After June 4 or on site: $60.

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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 9-10, 2018

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 2018 June 9-10 is listed below.



Photo by @rezynn


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June 9-10 Programming – featuring the 2018 Toronto Blitz Chess Championship

  • Enter the 2018 Toronto Blitz Chess Championship, 1:00 to 5:00 pm on June 10: 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 5th Annual Chessfest Children’s Championship – 12:00 to 5:00 pm on June 9 – $10 entry fee
  • 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 2019”

  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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