EFE Metz chess festival was born four years ago in the spirit of its founder, Alexis Cahen, who proposed to revive the idea of a tournament differing from the classic opens. Indeed, with a large number of closed tournaments, 8 and 10 players, each participant has the opportunity to take part in balanced games against players of his level.
The first edition of the festival took place in 2015 and brought together 56 participants. 98 players met in 2016, 120 in 2017 and finally 149 in 2018. All articles on previous editions are available at the following address:
For any registration or question, please send a mail to
The A tournament will be a mixed tournament with standard of MI, on invitations (the invitations are closed). This tournament will take place from the 22nd to the 28th of July. The following tournaments will run from July 24 to 28, and the schedules are in the welcome page. Everyday, a round at 10a.m. and another one at 4p.m., excepted on Sunday.
Each tournament will be completed according to the elected representatives of the participants, and you can follow the list of registered in the dedicated section.
List of prices
For each tournament, except for group A, the prizes will be as follows:
Special prizes will also be awarded (clubs, age, performance).
To fight the injustices of disagreements sometimes questionable calculated by the computer, the Festival of the EFE Metz favors the fight on the chess board! Thus, the 1st place of each group will be disputed at the tiebreaks Sunday, July 29 at 16h. If several players finish tied for 1st place at the end of the tournament, they will play tiebreakers to win their group. In case of a tie at the end of the two round-trip blitz, a decisive Armageddon blitz will take place.
How to eat and sleep in Metz?
For meals, a refreshment bar will be made available with sandwiches, salads, croques-monsieurs ...
For accommodation, our partner Cécil 'Hotel *** offers very advantageous rates (see grid below).
You can benefit for the period from 24 to 28 July for any reservation by phone by requesting the reduction "Chess Festival EFE Metz".
For a group of 3 people, you only pay 25 euros per night and per person including breakfast or 20 euros without breakfast!
Note that for groups (rooms for 6 people), an inn is located right next to the game room and offers rates of 21 euros per night, breakfast included. More informations