KCF University Cup to be played online in February

by Kasparov Chess Foundation
12/19/2020 – The KCF University Cup, which will take place online, February 6-7, 2021. The tournament is open to teams from colleges and universities from all over the world. It will be a nine-round team, Swiss system tournament to taka place over the two days, with a rapid time control. | Pictured: Michael Khodarkovsky and Garry Kasparov with a group of young talents at KCF’s headquarters in Midtown Manhattan

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An international online event

Kasparov Chess FoundationNew York, NY, Dec. 17, 2020 -- The Kasparov Chess Foundation announces the KCF University Cup, which will take place online, February 6-7, 2021.  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.) enrolled in at least one class in the January 2021 semester. A team consists of four players plus one alternate.  There is no entry fee for teams to participate at the KCF University Cup.  

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, lichess.org.  

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).

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; 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 kcf.chessstream.com or email: KCFUniversityCup@chessstream.com 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 http://www.kasparovchessfoundation.org.

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Minnesota Fats Minnesota Fats 12/19/2020 08:28
Kasparov looks happy finally! After politics, after chess, he discovered his smile! ;)