Queens’ Festival


Connecting Women in Chess 


The Global Women’s Online Chess Challenge “The Queens’ Festival”, a series of continental and global women’s online chess tournaments and educative side events, will start on June 11, 2021. 


The festival organized by FIDE Commission for Women’s Chess in cooperation with FIDE Events Commission and with the support of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as well as Asian Chess Federation, African Chess Confederation, European Chess Union, and Confederation of Chess for Americas is a unique all-inclusive event with the aim to develop a strong global community of women in chess and enhance participation of women in all aspects of chess life. 


Built on the recent success and appeal of the Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit”, this event promotes female players, organizers, arbiters, influencers, leaders, and rising stars of all levels, backgrounds and countries. Players from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas will first be able to participate in the Continental Online Blitz Qualification Tournaments and those who qualify will advance to the Queens’ Online Individual and Team Finals. You can view the Regulations here.


June 2021 (2)


Festival welcomes all women chess players from around the world of all ages and all rating groups, even unrated chess fans.


Players will compete in four rating categories:

Category A: > 2100

Category B: 1800-2099

Category C: 1500-1799

Category D: < 1500, unrated


Each country can register four female players free of charge (one in each category) and any number of additional players for a fee of 10€ per person, see the Tournament Regulations for more details.


Winners in all categories will get multiple training sessions with leading chess coaches: Arthur Jusupov, Aleksey Dreev, Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Ilaha Kadimova.




Registration deadline for Qualification Tournaments in Africa and Asia is extended until next Wednesday, June 9, 2021.


Registration deadline for Qualification Tournaments in Europe and America is extended until Wednesday, June 16, 2021.


Registrations for the tournaments are made by the National Federations by filling this Excel file and sending it to the organizers’ email address: queensfestival@fide.com.


Keynote Speakers


For those interested in various chess-related topics, we have prepared seminars and networking events with special guests including Dana Reizniece-Ozola, Dinara Saduakassova, Jennifer Shahade, Susan Namangale, Regina Pokorna, Sarkhan Gashimov, Dr. Gnounewou Fopa Seraphin and others.


You can find a registration form for side events here.




The presentation of the Queens’ Festival can be found here.


We invite all female chess enthusiasts to participate, play, learn and connect. Doing what we love, together we can make a difference in our global chess community!


Eva Repkova
Chair of FIDE WOM Commission