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KitsFest 2024 has some incredible news to share with you today!


KitsFest, in its 16th edition, will be hosting an unprecedented 2nd Annual event that will challenge your strategic prowess and engage your mind like never before. Get ready to witness the first-ever Outdoor Chess Championship at KitsFest, taking place from August 10th & 11th, 2024!

Whether you’re a beginner, an intermediate player, or a seasoned chess master, this championship is designed to accommodate all levels of skill and expertise. Picture yourself immersed in the beauty of Kitsilano, surrounded by the picturesque scenery as you engage in thrilling battles of the mind on giant chess boards strategically placed across the festival grounds.

We aim to provide a truly inclusive experience, where chess enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds can come together, learn from each other, and showcase their strategic abilities. Whether you prefer the classical style or the rapid-fire excitement of blitz games, there will be a variety of formats and categories to cater to different playing preferences.

Not only will you have the opportunity to compete against fellow chess enthusiasts, but we are working on organizing interactive workshops, masterclasses, and demonstrations conducted by renowned chess experts. You’ll have the chance to learn new strategies, enhance your skills, and gain insights from some of the best in the field.

So mark your calendars, dust off your chess sets, and prepare for a thrilling, intellectually stimulating experience at KitsFest 16! Stay tuned for more details on registration, tournament structure, and exciting prizes that await the champions. Don’t miss this historic event that will celebrate the timeless game of chess amidst the vibrant atmosphere of Kitsilano. Join us from August 10th & 11th, 2024, for an unforgettable outdoor chess championship that will leave you strategizing for days to come!

PRESENTED by:  Vancity Chess

Tyler Sanderson

Co-Director – The KitsFest Outdoor Chess Championships 2023

CEO & Co-Founder Vancity Chess


Murray Chu

Co-Director – The KitsFest Outdoor Chess Championships 2023

Director & Co-Founder Vancity Chess

Mats Philipzig

Director & Co-Founder Vancity Chess

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