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Tactics: Defeat the Kraken!

Our Canadian Tactic comes from the game between Raven Sturt (Montreal ChessBrahs) and GM Andrey Vovk (Buenos Aires Krakens) from the last round of the PRO Chess League. It's White to play in the diagram.

GOTW: IM Yang vs FM Plotkin, Hart House, 2017.

IM Kaiqi Yang won the 2017 Hart House Reading Week Open with 5.5/6. Our Game of the Week is his round 3 win over FM Victor Plotkin. The diagram only hints at White's accelerated approach to the anti-Meran... see the rest of the game for the details.

BOTW: 2017.02.20

The first stage of the 2017 FIDE World Chess Grand Prix in UAE, the Women's World Championship in Tehran, the 15th Aeroflot Open in Moscow, and the Winter Invitational in Saint Louis are in this week's underwhelming Best of the Web.

Tactics: Penguin eats Dragon

This week's Canadian Tactic comes from the round 6 PRO Chess League game between Toronto Dragons' FM Shiyam Thavandiran and the Patgoniai Penguins' GM Fernando Peralta. Black has just played ...Nd4. What should White do? (very complex)

2017 WWCh Rd.1.2: Zhou - Pogonina

Game 2 between Canadian Champion WIM Qiyu Zhou and Russian WGM Natalia Pogonina from the Women's World Championship in Tehran, Iran.

2017 WWCh Rd.1.1: Pogonina - Zhou

Round 1.1 of the 2017 Women's World Championship was played today in Tehran.
Canadian Champion Qiyu Zhou was responsible for one of the upsets: holding 2014 runner-up Natalia Pogonina to a draw with Black. Game with notes...

BOTW: 2017.02.09

The 2017 Women's World Chess Championship, a PRO Chess match featuring Carlsen and Caruana, and the not-too-successful attempts to sexy-up Fabiano Caruana's public image are this week's Best of the Web.

GOTW: Dr.O defangs a Cobra

Elias Oussedik is one of the highest-rated players ever from Eastern Canada. He is currently doing post-graduate work in North Carolina, but is sill serious about chess.
For our Canadian Game of the Week: Elias Oussedik annotates his third win from week 4 of the PRO Chess League. Black to play.

GOTW: Kleinman - Qin, CUCC, 2017.

Canada has a new 2500+ CFC-rated player: Joey Qin, who was in crushing form at the 2017 Canadian University Chess Championship.
Our Canadian Game of the Week is Kleinman - Qin, annotated by the winner.

Upcoming Events: 2017.02

Who would have thought that February would be the busiest month for chess tournaments in Canada?
But there are 17 tournaments across Canada this February!

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