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 16 years, the Ontario Youth Chess Championships.

Now in it's 13th year, the Kitchener Chess Festival represents a major commitment on the part of the City of Kitchener to many top level tournaments.

The 13th annual Kitchener Chess Festival is hosting the Canada/US Friendship Games this year with sections by rating as well as the Rookie section that made it's first appearance in the Canadian Amateur Chess Championships along with a separate Seniors section. (If you are 60+ you have the option to register for the Seniors section or the section based on your rating.)