2024 Tournament Regulations

$4,000, recently raised from $3,500 Guaranteed Prize Fund
(Amount not finalized)

5 Round Swiss System Tournament
FIDE and CFC Rated in 3 Sections: Crown, U1900, U1500

Schedule of Rounds

Round 1: Friday 7:00pm

Round 2, 3: Saturday 10:00am, 3:00pm

Round 4, 5: Sunday 10:00am, 3:00pm

Ratings Used: Most recent published CFC ratings used for pairing and prizes.

Time Control: Game in 90 plus 30 second increment from move one.

Section Eligibility: Players may play up if their CFC or FIDE rating is within 100 points of the section rating floor. $20 surcharge applies. Unrated players eligible for Unrated prize only.

Half Point Byes:  A maximum of two half point byes in the first 4 rounds if requested with entry.

Appeals: Players are allowed to appeal the decision of the Arbiter, even after signing their scoresheet. Any appeal must be submitted in writing, along with a $100 deposit, within one hour after the conclusion of the round in question. The deposit may be refunded based on merit.

Tournament Director: Hal Bond, IA, IO

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Blocked rooms are available from the Days Inn & Suites Collingwood for the nights of May 3rd, May 4th, and May 5th, 2024. These discounted prices are available until April 3, 2024. You must mention Collingwood Chess Festival or Group Code 050324RSC when booking.

Hotel Rules & Regulations

The following rooms are available:
  • 5 Rooms that feature one king bed with mini fridge and microwave for a rate of $176.96 plus taxes per night. (Max. 2 Persons)
  • 16 Rooms that feature two queen size beds, a mini fridge and microwave, for a rate of $167.96 plus taxes per night. (Max. 4 Persons)
  • 9 Junior suites that feature two queen size beds, a double bed pull-out sofa, a mini fridge and microwave, for a rate of $190.46 plus taxes per night. (Max. 6 Persons)

The hotel offers

  • Complimentary continental breakfast
  • Complimentary high-speed internet access
  • In room coffee maker, iron/ironing board and hair dryer
  • Indoor saltwater pool, hot tub
  • 24hr business centre
  • The hotel is completely NON-Smoking and pets are not allowed

Check-in time is any time after 4pm and check-out time is 11am. Please note, early check-in or late check-out cannot be guaranteed due to the high volume of traffic at this location.


Collingwood Lesiure Time Club Collingwood
100 Minnesota Street
Collingwood, On
L9Y 4R5
Collingwood Lesiure Time Club Collingwood


Any cuisine that interests you –there are about 100 places to eat in Collingwood.

Additionally, if you come a day earlier or stay a day later you could enjoy golfing, activities at Blue Mountain Resort, hiking, biking, fishing – it is a long list.

This event has the full support of the International Chess Federation and Chess Federation of Canada.

Cocktail Party

Rosi and I will be hosting a cocktail party at our place on Saturday, May 4th, at 7:30 pm, courtesy of Ron Kilius, who is funding it in memory of Linas and Gintaras, his late chess-playing brothers. 

We are at 9 Cranberry Surf, about 10 minutes from the Leisure Time Club, where the tournament will take place. Don’t be confused by Cranberry Quai and Cranberry Shores that you’ll pass as you cruise on Balsam Street on your way to Cranberry Surf.   

You will need to park on the street and walk a little over one hundred feet to our place.

We will have a 15-minute concert at 7:30 pm. If you can’t make it by that time, you will have to wait for the concert to be finished before you come in.

Last year’s cocktail party was a huge success. We expect this year’s party to be even better. 

Rosi and I look forward to your visit.



I want to thank you for running this tournament and for organizing what is a very pleasant surprise!

Anthony Mei

This was my first chess tournament and I found it challenging and fun. The venue and organization were excellent. I will come again next year and I recommend it for players of any level.

Jeff Pratt

Great to be among chess fans and friends. Had lots of fun. Will do it again.

Tobias Scholfield

It was a great experience! My grandson learned new moves and meet new friends while enhancing his skills. We look forward to 2024.

Sharon Brigham

We had a great weekend in Collingwood! It was quite an experience. My son and I definitely will be back next year. Thank you kindly.

Frank and Gary Ramocsan

Nice feel to this tournament. Good turnout for a rural Ontario city (Collingwood: Population 21,793): 72 players in three sections.

It is a memorial tournament to a former, deceased, Toronto MD, DDS. It is sponsored by his son, Milan Somborac, a Collingwood resident. This is the second of two successive annual tournaments. Milan said he expected to have a 2024 tournament.

It drew a lot of Southern Georgian Bay and rural Ontario residents – I played players from Sudbury, Orillia, Collingwood, Aurora and Hungary (No city given). Collingwood is in a lovely part of Ontario.

I’ll definitely put it on my 2024 calendar as soon as the dates become available.

Bob A
(3rd place finisher in the U 1900 Section)

I greatly enjoyed participating in the 2023 (Somborac) Collingwood Chess Festival. The site was well lit and comfortable, while expertly managed by IA Hal Bond. This year’s edition saw a strong top group including 3 International Masters and 2 FIDE Masters, which provided all players and spectators with highly competitive games. My favorite aspect was crossing swords with IM Alexander Reprintsev hailing from Ukraine, then spending an enjoyable dinner with him as we shared chess nostalgia and spoke hopefully of the future.

Brian Hartman IM

Thank you for organizing such a great event. I had a wonderful time and am thrilled to come next year.

Gergo Ramocsan

The Eade Foundation is always looking for new ways to promote chess excellence. We have found a wonderful new partnership with the Collingwood Chess Festival.

James Eade
CEO, Eade Foundation

Thank you for putting on such a great event! This was my daughter’s first adult tournament and she really was made to feel welcomed. The participants were supportive and kind, and definitely played good games. The venue was spacious, convenient and pleasant. She (and our family) will be there next year.

Elizabeth Wilson for Serena

Following the results of the tournament, I will remember the friendly, homely atmosphere that prevailed at the tournament, which contributed to the creative game. Best wishes for the future.

Alexander Reprintsev





While Collingwood is known for its many natural amenities, chess tournaments may now be added to the list of attractions.

I wish you the very best with the tournament and for those visiting we trust that you will return in the years to come.

Keith Hull
Acting Mayor / Deputy Mayor Town of Collingwood

It was my pleasure to attend!

Brian Hartman International Master

Playing in the Collingwood-Somborac Chess Festival was a treat in every way. From the level of competition and organization to the venue and breathtaking scenery found in Collingwood, the tournament was fantastic!

Jeremy Clark 

Thanks so much for the tournament that you have hosted. Much appreciated.

Both my kids, Eugene Hua and Michelle Hua felt very good playing in the tournament especially in the good playing hall.

We will be going back for the tournament next year.

Gary Hua

It was a great and memorable event at a great location with a great host. In short, thank you for doing this. We would love to be back here again.

Ved Sharma

I was very happy to have a chance to join this tournament. I had just good memories about this event. Excellent organization and very nice city of Collingwood and area around. Actually I am in love with this city. Will come back for sure! Thank you very much for this great tournament

Kyrylo Demchenko former Candidate Master in Ukraine

This tournament was a great experience for my 2 kids. The player hall was big. It is hosted in this nice resort. We really liked it.

Denny Qian

This tournament was an unforgettable event!

This is on its way to become a model for all Canadian chess tournament and we are looking forward to our participation in the next year’s edition!

Sasha Starr

Nava Starr, WIM, 8 times Canadian Women’s chess champion.

It was my pleasure to take part in this tournament especially considering the welcoming atmosphere, professionalism and beautiful town of Collingwood. I would like to thank you for your efforts to run such a tournament!

Eddie Lu FIDE rating 2219

Event was well run as expected from the first class arbiter.  My son and I both enjoyed it tremendously. Great to hear the festival is returning.  Looking forward to it next year!

Tony Li


To make a donation, send an e-transfer to or call Rosi Smith, 705-446-8225.

Significant Donors 2024

We have an anonymous $5,000 donation in honour of Roman Pelts.

Brian Hartman

International Master
Don and Rosalie Gallinger Dr. and Mrs. Julian Tsafaroff
Ron Kilius
In memory of Linas and Gintaras
Bill and Carol Stratton

George Weider

With Gratitude to our 2023 Donors

Royal Bank

Brian Hartman

International Master
Ron Kilius
In memory of Linas and Gintaras
George Weider
Bill and Carol Stratton Hana Shleissner
In memory of Hans Schleissner
Dr. and Mrs. Julian Tsafaroff

With Gratitude to our 2022 Donors

Gordon Canning
Canadian Ski Hall of Fame and Museum inductee
George Weider
Don and Rosalie Gallinger Ron Kilius
In memory of Linas and Gintaras
Dr. Rob vanGalen
Larry Law
Rosi Smith
Accredited Mortgage Professional


Collingwood Branch
Collingwood, On Canada
Town Council
Collingwood Public Library
Sasha and Nava Starr, 
8 time Canadian women’s chess champion
Jackson Motors Living Water Resort
Gustav’s Chophouse & Bar