World School Online Chess Tournament


Published on November 30, 2021: The School Chess Tournament ends with the victory of the Indian team Velammal Nexus, in their game against the runner-up, the Saco Oliveros team from Peru.

Last Qualifying Round 

Published on June 17, 2021: Final clasification of the 10 teams that will flight to Expo 2020 Dubai to celebrate the finals of the World School Chess Tournament.

Second Qualifying Round 

From March 6 to April 30, 2021
120 classified teams
List of the teams that will participate in this second phase

First Qualifying Round (finished on March 5)

Clasifications of groups 27 to 37 

Clasifications of groups 9 to 26

Clasifications of groups 1 to 8 

Basic Information

Competitions: Starting November 16th, 2020
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Director: Leontxo García
Assistant director: Marcelino Sión Castro
A project by: Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)
With the support by:
Expo 2020 Dubai

FIDE, International Chess Federation

World School Chess Tournament

World School Chess Tournament

The Spain Pavilion at Expo Dubai 2020, following the motto of this universal exhibition - 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future'-, invites all member countries to participate in an event that wants to spread the potential of chess as an educational tool, as supported by solid scientific studies.

Chess is the only sport that can be practiced on the Internet, which allows us to connect children from all countries through a stimulating competition. Thus we want to promote the development of intelligence and values of coexistence between cultures, using chess as a vehicle of union.

This event is unprecedented in the world of chess in terms of the potential universe of participants to which it is addressed, as it is open to all countries participating in Expo Dubai 2020, about 200. This, together with its duration in time, makes this competition a world reference of chess interconnected through the Internet.

Age of the participants
Any player born after 31 December 2003 (any category of minors up to and including Sub16) may participate.

Participation in the Tournament
A maximum of 10 teams per country may participate in the competition.
All interested schools can register as long as they have the minimum technological requirements required to participate in the competition, that are further detailed in the competition rules.

Schedule and phases of the competition
The schedule for the entire competition will have three phases:
Registration period: until November 1st, 2020
Online elimination stages: from November 15th 2020, and until December 15th, 2021.
Successive playoffs take into account school calendars.
The final stage will be held in Dubai on 29, 30 and 31 March 2022.

The Spanish origin of chess

Chess, a millennial and universal game, came to Europe through the Arabs, who brought it to the Iberian peninsula in the 8th century. It is in Spain where the rules that still prevail today were developed, and the queen was incorporated as an essential figure on the board.

Chess, game and universal language, symbolizes how fertile was the mixture of Hispanic Arab culture. In addition, it is a good example of contribution to the general theme of the World Expo, connecting minds to build the future, and is a splendid example of cultural heritage sustainability.

Chess is gaining a lot of relevance all over the world as an educational tool, as more and more countries are incorporating it into school programs; the Spain Pavilion is promoting, within the framework of the Expo, a World School Chess Tournament, that is one of the axes of our cultural programming.