Tournaments organise fun and friendly, one day inter-school chess tournaments. These tournaments provide a focus for teachers to promote chess in primary schools through the winter months. Our goal is maximum participation in chess, so the focus of these events is on teamwork and giving children the opportunity to represent their school in a non-competitive, friendly environment.

Are you tournament ready?

Our lessons page has everything you need to bring your students up to speed. To best assess if your students are ready for a Regional tournament see the document below:

Ready for Regionals Checklist 2021


Regional Tournaments

A chess team consists of eight students and schools are welcome to enter up to four chess teams if they wish. No individual awards or team prizes are given at a Regional Tournament. Instead schools who enter teams are presented with a Certificate of Participation to celebrate the school making chess available to the students in their school. ask teachers promoting chess in their school to hand over naming the team to the students involved. As many schools choose to enter more than one team we discourage schools from labelling their teams as “Team A”, “Team B”, etc. encourage schools to dress their chess team(s) in their school colours or jerseys to mark a student’s achievement in being selected to represent their school.

Tournament Format & Rules

Schools are welcome to enter up to four chess teams into a Regional Tournament if they wish. Teams can be entered into the following sections:


Class Level


5th & 6th Class

Budding Masters (Buds)

4th class and younger ensure there is an experienced chess arbiter at each tournament. The chess arbiter uses the Swiss Perfect computer program which ensures that players play others of a similar playing level to them. tournaments typically start at 9.30am and finish at 2pm. This time includes two chess matches followed by a short break, and then two more matches before lunch. The remaining two matches are played after lunch and time is also set aside at the end of the day for group photos and presentation of a Certificate of Participation to each school.

Chess games typically last for 20 minutes. If checkmate is not achieved after 20 minutes then the chess value system is used to decide on a result. A player is deemed to have won if the player has pieces of a value that is 3 points or more greater than their opponent. A difference of 2, 1 or 0 points is deemed a draw.

For more information on tournament rules and protocols download the document below: Tournament Rules and Guidelines 2020

In keeping with the non-competitive nature of events, no results are posted on the day of the tournament. It’s all about children enjoying chess!

We do, however, provide team results to the school chess teacher for analysis. For information and guidance on reviewing results with your chess team see the following document: Tournament Review with Students

Féilte Fichille

When a number of Regional Tournaments have taken place in a particular county/area will organise a Féilte Fichille. These competitive tournaments run very similar to the Regional Tournaments and serve as an outlet for chess teams of a high playing ability to meet and compete with one another.

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