Queens’ Chess Festival returns in July

The Queens’ Online Chess Festival, a series of continental women’s online blitz tournaments, is returning this summer. The third edition of the popular event, organized by the FIDE Commission for Women’s Chess in cooperation with FIDE, will take place from July 02-16, 2023, on Tornelo online platform.

The festival welcomes all women chess players from around the world of all ages and all rating groups, including unrated chess enthusiasts. Participation is free of charge.

The festival gives everybody a chance to participate in two competitions:

  • Queens’ Women Open Tournament. Open to all female participants with FIDE ID, with continental qualifying events running from July 01-09 and Semi-Final and Final scheduled on July 15-16;
  • Unrated Princesses’ tournaments. For U16 (born on 1.1.2007 or later) female players with no FIDE rating. National rating is acceptable but will not influence the pairing of the event.

Like in the previous editions, a lot is at stake in the Queens’ Online Chess Festival 2023. The winners of the World Queens’ Open 2023 and Princess’ Tournament (both U9 and U16 ) will be invited to the 45th World Chess Olympiad 2024 in Budapest, Hungary. The ticket, full-board accommodation for 3 days and  invitations to the Opening Ceremony of the Chess Olympiad 2024 for the winner and one accompanying person will be covered.

The official Award ceremony for the Queens’ Festival 2023 will take place during the Olympiad.

Queens’ Women Open Tournament

Registration form

Registration deadlines: 

Africa – June 24, 2023

Europe – June 25, 2023

Asia – July 1, 2023

Americas – July 2, 2023

The qualification tournaments and semi-finals will be 7 or 9-round Swiss tournaments with 3+2 time control, depending on the number of participants, while the final will be a round-robin with 5+5 time control (7 rounds).

Unrated Princesses’ Tournament

Registration form

Registration deadline: July 8, 2023

Unrated players U16 years old (born on 1.1.2007 or later) can play in both the Queens’ Women’s Open tournament and the Unrated Princesses’ tournament.

Regulations for Queens’ Chess Festival (pdf)