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A great range
of food & drink
A host of activities &
an afterparty

new season


Welcome to Grand Chess Fest

Whether you’re a chess professional, keen amateur, or totally new to the game, this is the event for you! Try your hand in a tournament, test yourself against the stars, and learn the secrets of the game at seminars and lectures given by renowned coaches. All this, plus a host of shows, activities, board games, and delicious food and drink, capped with an unforgettable afterparty. A truly unmissable occasion for chess lovers, and all held in one of the world’s most beautiful cities – St Petersburg.

Why Grand Chess Fest is an event not to be missed

For all chess fans, regardless of ability

Meet and play some of the big names in the game, enjoy the lectures on offer, and try your hand at winning exciting prizes in the tournament

For pros to get together

Join the fight for valuable prizes and enjoy a great day out in the company of like-minded people, all while taking advantage of the rich programme, delicious food and drink, and intellectual activities on offer

For business

Give yourself and your team a workout in tactics and strategy, fight in the tournament for the title of company champion, and get a motivational boost for further growth from some of the best chess players around today.

A family-friendly event

The festival provides a great opportunity to get your children into the game. Chess is not just great fun, it has real educational value and helps teach essential skills for future leaders.

Registration will open soon

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Friends of the festival:

(This list is being constantly updated)

Peter Svidler
International Grandmaster. FIDE rating: 2700+.
3-time European Champion, 8-time Russian Champion
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Yan Nepomniashy
International Grandmaster. FIDE rating: 2700
European Champion, Champion of Russia
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Sergey Shipov
International Grandmaster, chess commentator
Chess commentator, trainer, the author of Crestbook youtube channel
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Maxim Matlakov
International Grandmaster. FIDE rating: 2704.
2017 European Champion, champion of St Petersburg (2012)
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Ernesto Inarkiev
International Grandmaster. FIDE rating: 2684
Champion of Europe 2016
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Konstantin Sakaev
International Grandmaster, trainer FIDE rating: 2580
Two-time winner of the Chess Olympiad in the Russian national team.
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Secret guest

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What awaits you at GRAND CHESS FEST?


Fight for big cash prizes and gifts from sponsors. The best of the best will be invited to the All Stars Tournament, where they will have the chance to compete with the pros.
There will be three tournaments held in tandem for amateurs, advanced players, and masters. The top three-placed competitors in each category will have the chance to compete with the stars and win valuable prizes.

The show with the stars of chess

Play along with famous chess players, participate in trials and competitions, win valuable prizes. Blind chess, games with stars, simultaneous games and much more.
Blinfold chess
Blitz tournament with prize money
CSessions of simultaneous game

Entertainment and board games

You will relax and have a good time at the party with friends and famous players. In the intervals between games, you are waited with soft drinks, live music, tasty food and snacks.
Contests and gifts
Board games
Bar, delicious snacks
Live music


Open lectures and trainings

You can attend a series of seminars for active and thinking people, beginners and chess connoisseurs, entrepreneurs, parents and their children. Leading players, coaches and stars of the chess world will share their experiences, approaches, innovations and observations. Regardless of the level of your game, you can emphasize new ideas for yourself, pump your skills, discuss topical issues

For the youngest

Our young guests will receive a separate program that will help them to join the world of intellectual games.
Introductory lessons in chess
Lectures of famous trainers and authors of books
Interactive competitions for solving chess puzzles
Training games in fast chess and blitz

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Take part in an open blitz tournament (3+2) and fight for valuable prizes and a place in the All Stars Tournament

The tournament is open to all amateurs and chess professionals, and is divided into three sections according to ability. The top-ten competitors in each section will receive valuable prizes, with the top three winners in each series earning a cash prize and the right to participate in the All Stars Tournament, featuring famous chess players.



No rating or FIDE < 1800



FIDE raitng: 1800 - 2100



FIDE rating > 2100

For companies

B2B tournaments

Teams ranking

Prize fund
  • Guaranteed prize fund
  • Sponsor Gifts
  • Winner Certificates
  • Bonuses from stars of the festival
The winners of the Grand Chess Fest tournament enter the All Stars Final, featuring famous chess players. At the end of the day, all spectators and participants will receive valuable prize and memorable gifts.

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Welcome to the festival!
Please choose your participation package

Package "Standart"

What you get:

  • Access to the entermainment zone
  • Access to the food court
  • Access to the educational programme
  • Spectator access to the All Stars Tournamnet
Pre-sale price
10 EUR

Package “Tournament”

What you get:

  • All features of the "Standard"
  • Participation in the tournament
  • Participation in the prize draw
  • Photos with stars and special guests
Pre-sale price
49 EUR

Package “VIP”

What you get:

  • All features of "Tournament" package
  • Access to VIP zone
  • Access to "Play with a Star" zone
  • Access to the afterparty
  • Booked place in 1st row
  • Photos with special guests
  • Premium access to All Stars Tournament
Pre-sale price
99 EUR

Package “Platinum”

What you get:

  • All features of “VIP” package
  • Wildcard for playing in All Stars Tournament
  • VIP-dinner with special guests of the festival
  • Blitz game with chess star
  • Autograph session
  • Access to the afterparty
Pre-sale price
279 EUR ₽

Corporate package

What you get:

  • VIP Package for the senior representative
  • 3 Tournament Packages for team member
  • Participation in the nomination of B2B Champion
  • Access to training sessions
  • Access to interactive zone
  • Access to the afterparty
Limited number available
199 EUR

Package "Sponsor"

What you get:

  • Integration in media campaign
  • A space at the exhibition
  • Advertising options
  • Accreditation for the festival
Limited number available

Price on request

Get your ticket before prices increase!

Stay one move ahead!

Standard Tournament VIP Platinum Corporate
Early bird 10EUR 49EUR 99EUR 279EUR 199EUR
Later 30EUR 99EUR 159EUR 399EUR 299EUR


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