The Kasparov Chess Foundation Presents Third Annual KCF University Cup Online Global Tournament

KCF University Cup To Take Place on February 4 – 5, 2023, on platform.

New York, NY, Dec. 15, 2022 — The Kasparov Chess Foundation announces the third annual KCF University Cup, which will take place online, February 4 – 5, 2023.  The tournament is open to teams from colleges and universities from all over the world. 

The KCF University Cup is an international online event which is open to teams from a post-secondary school (university, college, community college, etc.). A team consists of four players plus two alternates. All players must be enrolled in at least one class in the January 2023 semester. There is no entry fee for teams to participate in the online tournament. There is a team rating cap of 2400 – no team may have an average rating exceeding 2400.

A nine-round team, Swiss system tournament over the two days, with a rapid time control, will be played on the free and non-commercial chess platform,  

First place winning team will receive the KCF University Cup and exclusive online team training session with legendary World Champion Garry Kasparov.  

The top team in the U2200 category will also receive an online team training session with Garry Kasparov.  Plaques will be awarded to the top three teams in the final overall standings as well as to the top team in the U2200, U2000, and U1800 rating categories.  Plaques will also be awarded to the top team per FIDE Continent (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe). One additional plaque will be awarded to the top “Mixed Doubles” team – 2 males and 2 females must represent the team on each day. The mixed doubles prize can be earned in addition to the prizes above. 

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

  • Michael Khodarkovsky, Kasparov Chess Foundation President
  • Grandmaster Alex Onischuk, US Chess College Committee Chair 
  • International Arbiter Grant Oen, Chief Arbiter 
  • International Arbiter Ignatius Leong, Kasparov Chess Foundation Asia-Pacific Director
  • Hiquingari Carranza, KCF Ibero-America Director
  • Graham Jurgensen, KCF Africa Director 
  • Grandmaster Zlatko Klaric, KCF Adriatic Director
  • Grandmaster Darcy Lima, KCF Lusophone Director

For complete registration and rules details, please visit or email: with any questions.

About Kasparov Chess Foundation 

Founded by World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, KCF’s mission is to bring the many educational benefits of chess to children worldwide by providing a complete chess curriculum and enrichment programs. The Foundation promotes the study of chess as a cognitive learning tool in curricular classes and after-school programs for elementary, middle and high schools, both in the public and private school sectors. The not-for-profit educational organization also organizes tournaments and competitions on a local and national basis. For more information, please visit

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