2021 Online Chess Tournament

REAL: Youth To Youth

Presents an online chess fundraiser featuring gift card prizes!

Format: 5 round Swiss Tournament through lichess.org in 3 sections: U1000, U1400 and Open. Sections may be modified by tournament director based on number of participants. Contact tournament director to play up a section.

Eligibility: Open to all regardless of skill and location. Free lichess account required


  • 5 rounds in all sections. Round 1 begins July 18 at 10:00 AM PST for all players
    • U1000 and U1400: Next round will start 15 minutes after all games are completed
    • Open Section rounds: 10:00, 11:15, 12:30, 2:00, 3:15 pm.
  • Check in at 9:30 via zoom link (emailed day before event). Games may be forfeited if players have not joined the tournament prior to 10:00. The tournament director will explain how to join the tournament if players have not done so during check-in. Attending check-in is highly recommended for this reason.

Entry Fee: $15 by July 15th. $20 afterwards until July 17th 7 pm PST. All profits will be donated to REAL: Youth To Youth*

Time Control: Game in 25 minutes with a 5 second increment per move

Prizes: Amazon gift cards to top 3 players in each section.  25% of entry fees will be returned as prizes. The prize fund will be posted once all players have signed up. 

Rating: NWSRS rated. NWSRS ratings will be used to group players into sections but lichess ratings will be used for pairings

Fair Play Policy: All players must follow the following Fair Play Agreement: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zhNk6ESSAB59jm2VdxuEkRKlSoZYL2H1XqYoYGA-g6U/edit


  1. Register and pay at: https://tinyurl.com/yrxv6kjf by July 15th for lower fee. Registration ends July 17th 7 pm PST
  2. Join the REAL:Youth To Youth Lichess team at: https://lichess.org/team/real-youth-to-youth-fundraiser-tournament-july-18. Please see confirmation email after registering for password to join
  3. Section assignments along with a zoom link (all players will need to enable zoom video during play) will be emailed to the email address provided during registration the night before the tournament

Contact: Please contact nikhil@realyouth.org with any questions

*REAL:Youth to Youth is a youth led non-profit with a mission of supporting the education and literacy of underprivileged youth in rural India and supporting STEM education efforts in Oregon