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 14 years, the Ontario Youth Chess Championships.

Now in it's 12th year, the Kitchener Chess Festival represents a major commitment on the part of the City of Kitchener to many top level tournaments.

The 12th annual Kitchener Chess Festival is hosting the 11th annual Canadian Amateur Chess Championships along with the Canadian Seniors Championship.