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Keres Memorial 2024

In Partnership with Juniors to Masters Academy

Event Type: 6 rounds Swiss

Event Start Date & Time : May 18, 2024 (Saturday) - 10:00 am

Event End Date & Time : May 20, 2024 (Monday) - 6:30 pm

Event Details

You are invited to the 48th edition of the Annual Keres Memorial Chess Tournament 

with a guaranteed prize fund of $8,500 across various sections. Please refer to our rewards section for full details. Along with $7500 confirmed cash prizes, all winners earn free admission to our closing buffet and awards ceremony worth a total of $1000+!

Juniors to Masters Chess Academy and Fraser Valley Chess Academy, in collaboration, will host the 2024 Keres Memorial at the Westfield Country Club in Surrey, BC.

Surrey is the second largest city in BC by population and will also be hosting the Canadian Open and Canadian Youth Chess Championship in July 2025. We have an opportunity to help grow and promote chess in Surrey, and to get our local players excited and ready. We can start by hosting a major BC event like the 2024 Keres Memorial in Surrey.

Grandmaster Gergely Szabo will be participating at the 2024 Keres Memorial to help promote chess in Surrey and the surrounding areas. GM Szabo has been the Team Canada Head Coach for several Canadian Teams and will help raise the level of the 2024 Keres Memorial. He will also be running in-person GM Boot Camps at Fraser Valley Chess Academy in the week prior to Keres Memorial to help prep players for the tournament. You can separately register for the same using the following link:

Location: Westfield Country Club,  7778 152 Street, Surrey, BC
Main playing area: Sawgrass Room
Skittles room: downstairs den
On-site restaurant: Creekside Grill

Schedule and round timings:
Sat, May 18, 2024: Round 1: 10am start; Round 2: 3pm start
Sun, May 19, 2024: Round 3: 10am start; AGM: 2:30pm or ASAP; Round 4: 4pm start or ASAP
Mon, May 20, 2024: Round 5: 9:30am start; Round 6: 2:30pm start

Prize ceremony with buffet dinner: 6:30pm to 8:30 pm and social time (optional attendance)

Keres Memorial pairings/ current standings/ results can be found on SwissSys:

The link to the live games from top boards is as follows:

Time Control: 90 mins + 30 secs increment (6 rounds)

Premier (FIDE & CFC rated)
U2000 (FIDE & CFC rated)
U1600 (CFC rated)
U1300 (CFC rated)
U900 (CFC rated)

Tournament Fee:
– Early bird $105 + GST: Until Mar 31st, 2024 – midnight.
– Regular $120 + GST: Until May 16th, 2024 – midnight.
– Play-up fee: $30 if the player is within 200 points range.
*Unrated players may play in the U1300 section without an extra fee upon
request, recommended for players with online ratings above 1300.
Family Discount: $20 per player from 2nd family member onwards.

No onsite registration. No refunds after registration closes/ for no-shows or withdrawals. Registration is confirmed only after the e-transfer payment has been received. Please fill out the registration form and submit your total payable via e-transfer to [email protected] Include the name of the player (s) in the notes.

Hotel & Accommodation Partner:
Special group rate at Sandman Suites Surrey-Guildford, 10608 – 151A Street, Surrey, BC
– Direct 12-minute drive to the tournament venue.

$229/night for oversized King Suites (600 sqft.), private master bedroom with King Size Bed and pull-out sofa bed.
Living room with Fireplace and Private Balcony.
Full kitchen and in-suite washer and dryer.
Complimentary gated secure underground parking.
Reserve with Group Block ID#: 344178

Call ph: 604-582-7263; Reservations Toll Free: 1-800-726-3626 (SANDMAN)

A block of rooms will be held until Wed, April 17, 2024, at the above special chess rate. The special rate is only available as long as the block of rooms is available at the hotel. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Free onsite parking

Onsite restaurant

Skittles Room

Free Wi-Fi

Rewards & Recognition


Best Premier Player: $1375
2nd place: $825
3rd place: $450
4th place: $210

Best U2200 Player: $450
2nd place: $275
3rd place: $125


Best U2000 Player: $750
2nd place: $400

Best U1800 Player: $275
2nd place: $175


Best U1600 Player: $375
2nd place: $250

Best U1400 Player: $200
2nd place: $125


Best U1300 Player: $250
2nd place: $150

Best U1100 Player: $150


Best U900 Player: $200
2nd place: $150
3rd place: $100

Best Unrated Player: $120
2nd place: $80
3rd place: $40

*Trophies will be awarded with all the prizes + Free Buffet entry to all winners
*We will call or email you with the trial confirmation and try our best to accommodate the preferred trial date requested in the form."