The City of Kitchener has been a proud supporter of chess beginning with the Outdoor Chess Program that places permanent chess tables outside of City Hall throughout the summer. The city works with the KW Chess Club to ensure that there is someone at the tables to help encourage players, teach new players about the game and just play chess with passers-by.

The City's support of chess has continued with supporting many chess events at City Hall including many weekend tournaments and for the past 17 years, the Ontario Youth Chess Championships.

Now in it's 14th year, the Kitchener Chess Festival represents a major commitment on the part of the City of Kitchener to many top level tournaments.

The 14th annual Kitchener Chess Festival is hosting the Canadian Amateur and the Canadian Seniors Championships this year with sections by rating as well as the Rookie section that made it's first appearance in the Canadian Amateur Chess Championships in 2007.

Rookie Section

The Rookie section offers a unique introduction to tournament play without having to purchase a CFC membership (normally required for CFC rated tournaments). With just the entry fee, players will play in 7 rounds and receive an official CFC rating. Parents, siblings, spouses and children of active players can get a taste of what their family member enjoys so much (and compete for the team or family prize)