Fourth Annual KCF University Cup To Take Place on February 3 and 4, 2024.

New York, NY, Nov. 28, 2023: The Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) announces the fourth annual KCF University Cup, which will take place February 3 and 4, 2024. The KCF University Cup is an international online tournament, which is open to teams from a post-secondary school (university, college, community college, etc.) enrolled in at least one class in the January 2024 semester.

KCF’s University Cup features a nine-round team, Swiss system format over the two days, with a rapid time control, and will be played on the free and non-commercial chess platform, Each team consists of four players, plus two alternates. There is a team rating cap of 2400 – no team may have an average rating exceeding 2400. There is no entry fee for teams to participate in the online tournament.

The first-place team will receive the coveted KCF University Cup and an 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, U1800 and U1600 rating categories. Plaques will also be awarded to the top team per FIDE Continent (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe). One additional plaque will be awarded to the top "Mixed Doubles" team – two males and two females must represent the team on each day. The mixed doubles prize can be earned in addition to the prizes above.

Kasparov Chess Foundation established a multinational team of officials and organizers to ensure a fair and friendly competition. Organizers include:

  • GM Alex Onischuk, Chairman of KCF University Cup
  • Grant Oen, Chief Arbiter
  • Chacha Nugroho, Tech Director
  • GM Zlatko Klaric, KCF Adriatic Director
  • Graham Jurgensen, KCF Africa Director
  • Ignatius Leong, International Arbiter, KCF Asia-Pacific Director
  • GM Darcy Lima, KCF Lusophone Director
  • Hiquingari Carranza, KCF Ibero-America Director

For complete registration and rules details, please visit or email: 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