I have heard of this tournament in France, where the winners receive prizes in wine. Now I was wondering if there are any other unusual or funny chess tournaments around the world? If yes, which can you recommend or where could one find a list of them? Thanks in advance!

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    There are lots of chess variants for which tournaments are/were organized, e.g. for Condi Chess on the La Rochade camping in France. I fear the question will be very broad if you allow those.
    – Glorfindel
    Commented Jul 18, 2018 at 5:28

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The Chess Train tournament is an 11-round rapid tournament that is held on a moving train. In five days it travels from Prague to Prague, visiting different cities each day. This year it goes to Poland, including Warsaw and Krakow.

Each day the train travel is from 10:00 to 14:00, with the two rounds of rapid during that time; the afternoon and evening are then free for sightseeing.


Please don't miss the Underwater Chess Tournament in London :


Here is a short video of the competition.


This one, held by the Marshall Chess Club in New York City, might fit:

New Year’s Ridiculousness Insane Person Championship! 15-SS, G/25 d5. $1,432 Gtd: $499-222-77-76-1, U2287: $164, U1974: $144, U1626: $131. Idiocy Prize: $118 to player scoring best in tournament with 1.g4 and/or 1…g5. EF: $45; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. GMs Free, $39 reduced from prizes. (Re-entry: $29.99.) Reg: 11:15-11:45am. Rds: 12-1:15-2:30-4:15-5:30pm each day. Max 5 byes, request at entry. Proper attire appreciated. Register online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register. 23 W 10th St / NYC / 212-477-3716. When Sun Dec 30, 2018 12pm – Tue Jan 1, 2019 8pm Eastern Time

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    The great thing with this tournament is that it requires "Proper attire appreciated" for a "Ridiculousness Insane Person Championship".
    – Evargalo
    Commented Aug 17, 2018 at 6:58

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