The BWCI Guernsey International Chess Festival | 13 - 19 October 2024
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The Guernsey Chess Festival is financially supported by the:

FIDE Open Aid Project


Two FIDE rated classical chess tournaments.

Generous prizes

One round per day.

Classical time control of 40 moves in 100 minutes, thereafter all remaining moves in a further 40 minutes, with a 30 second increment starting from move one.

One FIDE rated blitz chess tournament.

Blitz Tournament to be held on Saturday 12th October.



Open Tournament Prize Fund: £3025*

Challenger Tournament Prize Fund: £900*

Blitz Tournament Prize Fund: £175*

Prizegiving Dinner on 19th Oct 2024

at the St Pierre Park Hotel included

*Minimum cash prize fund excluding additional Chessable
 prizes value. May increase subject to number of entries. 

The Festival

The 48th Guernsey Chess Festival is taking place in the Channel Island of Guernsey in October 2024.


Follow this link to register to play in the Guernsey International Chess Festival this October.


The list of players currently registered in the Open & Challengers Tournaments is available here.

A Historic Festival

The first Guernsey International Chess Festival was held in October 1975 at the Old Government House Hotel.

In 1979 the event moved to the Ronnie Ronalde’s St Martins Hotel where it remained until 1994 when it moved to the Peninsula Hotel where it was held until 2019.

In 1983 a holiday tournament was held alongside the main open tournament for the first time and the two tournaments have been held every year since. In 1989 a total of 226 players participated in both tournaments.

In 2022 the event was be held at the St. James concert and assembly hall in St. Peter Port for the first time. The event is returning there for the 2024 edition of the festival

Thanks to our supporters

Tournament is financially supported by FIDE Open Aid Project

Guernsey, Channel Islands, GB