Kasparov Chess Foundation Presents Second Annual KCF University Cup Online World Tournament

Kasparov Chess Foundation press release, November 29, 2021

The KCF University Cup will take place from February 5 to 6, 2022 on the LiChess.org platform.

The KCF University Cup is an international online event open to teams from a post-secondary school (university, college, community college, etc.) enrolled in at least one class in the January 2022 semester. A team consists of four players and two substitutes. There is no registration fee for teams participating in the online tournament. This year, there is a team rating cap of 2,400 – no team can have an average rating above 2,400.

A nine-round team tournament, Swiss two-day system, with quick time control, will be played on the free, non-commercial chess platform, lichess.org.

The winning team will receive the KCF University Cup and an exclusive online training session with legendary world champion Garry Kasparov.

The top team in the U2200 category will also receive an online training session with Garry Kasparov. Plaques will be awarded to the best three teams in the final general classification as well as to the best team in the U2200, U2000 and U1800 categories. Plaques will also be awarded to the best team per FIDE continent (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe). An additional plaque will be awarded to the best “mixed doubles” team – 2 men and 2 women must represent the team each day. The Mixed Doubles Prize can be won in addition to the above prizes.

The Kasparov Chess Foundation has established a multinational team of officials and organizers to ensure fair and friendly competition. Officials include:

  • Michael Khodarkovsky, President of the Kasparov Chess Foundation
  • Grandmaster Alex Onischuk, Chairman of the US Chess College Committee
  • International Referee Grant Oen, Chief Referee
  • International Arbitrator Ignatius Leong, Asia-Pacific Director of the Kasparov Chess Foundation
  • Graham Jurgensen, Director of KCF Africa
  • Grandmaster Zlatko Klaric, Director KCF Adriatic
  • Grand Master Darcy Lima, Lusophone Director of KCF

For full registration and rules details, please visit https://kcf.chessstream.com or send an email: [email protected] with all questions.

Contact: Richard Krueger [email protected]

Founded by world chess champion Garry Kasparov, KCF’s mission is to bring the many educational benefits of chess to children around the world by providing comprehensive chess curriculum and enrichment programs. The Foundation promotes the study of chess as a cognitive learning tool in school classrooms and after-school programs for elementary, middle and secondary schools, in both public and private school sectors. The non-profit educational organization also organizes tournaments and competitions on a local and national basis. For more information, please visit http://www.kasparovchessfoundation.org.