27th Annual Space Coast Chess Festival


After a two year hiatus due to COVID, the Space Coast Chess Foundation is delighted to welcome you to the 27th Annual Space Coast Chess Festival!! Approximately 200 players, including FIDE titled players from the International Grandmaster level down, are playing in what we expect to be our biggest and best Chess Festival ever. The tournament organizers have worked diligently to provide an outstanding chess vacation for you and your family.

Your organizers have endeavored to make the Space Coast Open more than just another weekend chess tournament. Rather, it is a true Chess Festival. Besides the Open, with one of Florida’s largest prize funds, there are a Blitz Tournament, Grandmaster lectures, and a book and equipment concession. This year the top six boards will be broadcast worldwide on FollowChess, and WGM Sabina Foisor will provide commentary on Twitch.

The Chess Festival and tournament are sponsored by the Space Coast Chess Foundation, a 501(c)3 tax exempt charitable corporation. The Foundation is looking to support our future endeavors through significant corporate sponsorship, raising the bar for local scholastic chess activity and enabling us to move this tournament up to a whole new level in the future. Plan on attending next year’s event – it will be bigger and better than ever! Please recognize the wonderful financial support of our sponsors, listed on the next page. All proceeds from the Festival, net of expenses, will be used to further chess in Brevard County through the Space Coast Chess Foundation.

The Space Coast offers a plethora of diverse activities for you and your family. In addition to our pristine beaches and the Hotel’s pool and other amenities, many attractions are nearby, including the Kennedy Space Center, the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, the Brevard Zoo, and numerous ecotourism activities (guided kayak tours in the Indian River, airboat rides). Ron Jon’s Surf Shops is one of Brevard’s iconic attractions and is open 24 hours a day. This weekend the Melbourne Arts Festival will take place at Wickham Park, about a 10 minute drive from the hotel.

If we can be of any assistance to you during your visit, please seek one of us out. We want to make your participation in the Space Coast Chess Festival an experience that you will recall with pleasure for many years.


Space Coast Chess Festival Organizing Committee


27th Space Coast Open - Schedule of Activities - April 22-24, 2022



(4pm-1am Sat)


(8am-1:30 am Sunday)


(8am - 9:30pm)


27th Space Coast Open Main Event

  • Registration 5:00-7:00 pm

  • Round 1 7:30 pm

  • Registration 8:00-9:30 am

  • Round 1 (G60,d5) 10:00 am

  • Round 2 1:15 pm

  • Round 3 6:30 pm

  • Round 3 Class E/U1200 5:45 pm

  • Round 4 9:30 am

  • Round 5 2:30 pm

  • Round 5 Class E/U1200 1:45 pm

Convention Center Ballroom

Worldwide Games Broadcast on FollowChess (Top 6 boards)

  • During each round

  • During each round

  • During each round

FollowChess.com or via the FollowChess App

WGM Sabina Foisor commentary on Twitch (Top 6 boards)

  • Round 1 live coverage 7:30 pm

  • Round 2 recap 6:00 pm

  • Round 3 live coverage 6:30 pm

  • Round 4 live coverage 9:30 am

  • Round 5 live coverage 2:30 pm


Space Coast Open Blitz Tournament (4SS, 2 games/rd, G3,d2)

  • Registration: any time before start. See TD to register.

  • Blitz tournament starts at 7:30 pm and ends when all rounds are completed.

Convention Center Ballroom

GM Timur Gareyev Simul

  • Registration 3:45 pm

  • Simultaneous 4:00 - 6:00 pm

  • Exhibition

Convention Center Ballroom

Free Lectures

  • GM Timur Gareyev 10:00 am

  • IM Mikhail Zlotnikov 11:00 am

  • NM Elijah Logozar noon

Restaurant back room

Chess Books & Equipment by Chess4Less

  • 5:30 pm- 9:00 pm

  • 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Convention Center


  • Saturday only (times to be announced)

Convention Center


  • 5:00 pm - midnight

  • 1:00 pm - 11:00 pm (no Skittles during lectures)

  • 8:00 am - 9:30 pm

Restaurant back room

Tournament Director

  • 5:00 pm - Midnight

  • 8:00 am - Midnight

  • 8:00 am - 9:30 pm

Convention Center Ballroom


Special Thanks To Our Sponsors

    • Grandmaster
      • Consolidated Endeavours
    • Master
      • Modus Operandi
      • Scott Glover
      • Bob Brown
      • ESO Equity Group
      • Am Surg
    • Expert
      • Rajesh Desai
      • Gobivenkata Balaji
      • Adwait Jathal
      • Athan Kartsonis
      • John Turse
      • Joseph McClure
      • Christopher Prusinski
      • Mark Minor
      • Ian Steele

Additional Thanks to:

Asst TD: Charles Hatherill

WGM: Sabina Foisor – twitch commentary live stream

Bookseller: Greg Yanez, Chess4Less

T-Shirts: Wit-T-Shirts


Space Coast Open Chess Festival Prizes

$20,000 Projected Prize Fund!!! + 80 Grand Prix Points



1st Prize

2nd Prize

3rd Prize

4th Prize


*FIDE Rated*

(open to over 2000)

$2000 + trophy




under 2400

$1500 + trophy


under 2200

$1400 + trophy



Class A

open to 1600-1999

$1200 + trophy




Class B

open to 1400-1799

$1100 + trophy




Class C

open to 1200-1599

$1000 + trophy




Class D

open to 800-1399

$900 + trophy




Class E/U1200

open to under 1200

$800 + trophy




under 1000 (no unrated)

$550 + trophy


under 800 (no unrated)

$400 + trophy


Scholastics K-3, K-5, K-8, K-12

Trophy to Top Student

Special Wojtkiewicz Brilliancy Prizes: 1st $200 2nd $100 3rd $50 · Judge: IM Javad Maharramazde

Special Upset Prizes: (Biggest Upset Rounds 1-4): book prize (limit 1 prize/player)


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