2nd Worldwide Junior Chess Festival

UPDATE: 2nd Worldwide Festival results

The Second Edition of Worldwide Junior Chess Festival will be played on March 27, 2021. The Festival will be a great opportunity for young players to play in Swiss tournaments, Arenas, and puzzle-solving competitions: to enjoy chess all day!

The Festival will be held on Lichess. Children will be playing on the platform where they compete in Worldwide League.

Update from the First Edition: the competition is now open to all U16 players (children born in the year 2005 and later), and there will be separate Swiss tournaments for U8, U10, U12, and U14/U16 categories.

The system of play for the main events, the two Rapid tournaments, will be Swiss 6 rounds, using Worldwide standard time control 10+2 (10 minutes starting time, plus 2 seconds increment on each move). The expected duration of each tournament is about 2.5 hours.

  • Swiss tournament age categories:
    • U8 – born in the year 2013, 2014, 2015
    • U10 – born in the year 2011, 2012
    • U12 – born in the year 2009, 2010
    • U14 – born in the year 2007, 2008
    • U16 – born in the year 2005, 2006

Arena tournaments will be held on: Friday Festival Opening, Saturday Warm-up, and Saturday Blitz Afterparty.

A new special event is Puzzle Storm competition: tactics puzzle-solving contest to be held on Saturday afternoon, in-between two main events. Important: Players must not play any Puzzle Storms on the day of the Festival, nor the day before (no Puzzle Storms practicing on March 26 and 27, except during one hour of competition).

Puzzle Storm https://lichess.org/storm
⚡️Competition starts at 13:30 UTC (GMT)
⚡️You can play as many Puzzle Storm runs during one hour.
⚡️Each player can write his best result here in the forum.
After completion of one hour competition, organizers will check each participant profile and confirm results.
Official results will be published on the Web.

Players can join in one or more tournaments, with respect to their time zone. All times are given as UTC+00:00 (GMT) London time. Please check the time converter for tournament beginnings in different time zones. Schedule

EventTime (UTC+00:00)
Opening Arena (Friday)16:30 – 17:30
Warm-up Arena (Saturday)6:30 – 7:30
Festival East Swiss (main event)9:30 – 12:00
Puzzle Storm competition13:30 – 14:30
Festival West Swiss (main event)16:30 – 19:00
Blitz Afterparty Arena20:30 – 21:30

Converted time Schedule for Swiss tournaments (main events):

  • EST – New York, Lima
  • 04:30 – East
  • 11:30 – West

  • BRT – Rio, Asunción
  • 06:30 – East
  • 13:30 – West

  • CET – Rome, Paris, Berlin
  • 10:30 – East
  • 17:30 – West

  • MSK – Moscow, Istanbul
  • 12:30 – East
  • 19:30 – West

  • IST – New Delhi, Bangalore
  • 15:00 – East
  • 22:00 – West

  • CST – Kuala Lumpur, Manila
  • 17:30 – East
  • 00:30 – West

Every player will receive a digital Certificate of Participation.

Award Certificates for three best placed players in Swiss tournaments, in each of the age categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, and U16.

Female Category Certificates for winners in the same categories.

Swiss tournament winners in each age category will get an opportunity to be featured on the Festival Gallery.

Recognition for winners in Puzzle Storm competition (three best overall).

Registration will take place here

Registration phase begins on March 5, and closes on March 26, 2021. Registration fee is €5 EUR.

The Registration fee is valid for all tournaments during the Festival. Kids can play in one or more tournaments, whatever is best for them, in regards to the time difference, and can enjoy chess all day.

  • April 5 – Early registration phase

  • April 20 – Late registration phase

  • April 23 – Puzzle Storm competition

  • April 24 – 3rd Worldwide Festival

All players should abide by the rules governing fair play.

Every participant has to declare himself as an honest player.

The use of unfair assistance is strictly forbidden. All players are expected to make their own moves throughout the game, without any help from other people or any kind of software.

Worldwide Junior Chess Festival is an Online chess competition event (Annex 6.4 Fide Online Chess Regulations, 6.1.1.).

Register, pick the best tournaments for yourself, play fair, and enjoy the Festival!