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to order t-shirts

Deadline is February 8th

Information and order form

days left
to enter ... assuming we have enough space

We have limited capacity

Deadline is February 17, 2017

Registration information

Online registration
will be open starting January 10

days left
to the tournament

February 28 - March 1, 2017


Tournament rules

Frequently Asked Questions

Online registration

Snowday plan, just in case

Timetable and other stuff

High school Chess Challenge

Playoffs information

Windsor Chess Homepage

Ciociaro Club website

Mad Science website

2016 results
2016 School Standings
2016 Medal winners
2016 Playoff winners
2015 results
2015 School Standings
2015 Medal winners
2015 Playoff winners
2014 results
2014 School Standings
2014 Medal winners
2014 Playoff winners
2013 results
2013 School Standings
2013 Medal winners
2013 Playoff winners
2012 results
2012 School Standings
2012 Medal winners
2012 Playoff winners
2011 results
2011 School Standings
2011 Medal winners
2011 Playoff winners
2010 results
2010 School Standings
2010 Medal winners
2010 Playoff winners
2009 results
2009 School Standings
2009 Medal winners
2009 Playoff winners
2008 results
2008 School Standings
2008 Medal winners
2007 results
2007 School Standings
2007 Medal winners

16 January Space...

At the time of writing, we have 1174 players, and Tuesday is full, at 99.3% of capacity. There is still space on Wednesday.

10 January Online Registration

Online registration is ready for business and will be open starting January 10

Chess Challenge 2017 - the plan

Kathleen Westlake, the General Manager of Mad Science of Windsor and SchoolHouse Chess, will be taking major responsibility for the Chess Challenge. Robert Bierer, an Information Technology manager, will be processing registrations, and I (John Coleman) will be looking after the website.

Chess Challenge 2017 - the bad news...

After many years of the Windsor Chess Challenge registration fee being set at $10, we've finally had to raise the fee ... a whole 62 cents! That's right, the registration fee is now $10.62 plus HST ($12.00 total). In 2016 we included the HST in the entry fee. In 2017, the HST can be partially rebated to your school through the HST Public Services Bodies Rebate. Simply share this information with your school administration to let them know of the HST paid for your students' participation.

Features for 2017

  • A two day event... Tuesday February 28th or Wednesday March 1st. Choose which day for your school. (Schools entering at the last minute may not have a choice.)
  • The top school will receive an annual trophy, to be held for one year.
  • The top three schools will be awarded pennants. Participation pennants are available for purchase by schools or by individuals. Picture and order link
  • Team T-shirts are optional but recommended.
  • On-line registration is compulsory. You cannot enter by fax or email.
  • You can enter as an individual player only if there is no "official" team from your school.
  • We have a written snowday plan in the (unlikely) case of bad weather.
  • All chess equipment is provided. Please do not bring your own chess sets.
  • The playoffs will be held on a weekend (not during school hours). Playoffs information
  • All games at the playoffs will use a chess clock. The playoffs are to select players for the Ontario Youth Chess Championships, where clocks will be used. We will have about 100 clocks available for the playoffs.
  • Unfortunately, because we have a limited amount of space, we have to limit team sizes:
  • Most schools (up to 600 students): 20 players overall, not more than 8 per grade
    Large schools (over 600 students): 30 players overall, not more than 8 per grade

    My suggestion is that schools with big chess clubs have an in-house tournament to determine who can go to the Chess Challenge.

    Please note the deadline for entry:

    -- 17 February for the player lists. We have to make sure we have enough chess sets (about 400), and get more if necessary. And, yes, we have to rent tables (the Ciociaro Club has mostly round tables - not good for chess, unless you have very long arms).

    Any questions? E-mail us at

    kathleen [AT] madscienceofwindsor [DOT] com