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Canada's Next IM: Shiyam Thavandiran!

FM Shiyam Thavandiran had his second strong performance this fall to push his FIDE rating over 2400 at the 2017 SPICE Cup, thereby filling the last of his qualifications for the IM title! Our Game of the Week is FM Shiyam's win over Philippine GM Rogelio Barcenilla in the 8th round of the 2017 SPICE Cup Open.

Phil Haley: 60 Years Playing Against Canadian Titlests

Phil Haley, long-time Canadian chess organizer, International Arbiter, Olympiad official, and chess player, has died at the age of 94.
Links to his obituary, and analysis of six of Phil Haley's games played against top Canadians between 1945 and 2005...

CFC President's Letter to FIDE on the Zurab Incident

CFC President Vlad Drkulec has sent an Open Letter to FIDE regarding the treatment of Canadian GM Anton Kovalyov at the 2017 World Cup.
Read it or download it here...

GOTW: Hambleton - Ivanisevic, Biel Masters 201

Our Game of the Week is IM Aman Hambleton's Round 5 win over Serbian GM Ivan Ivanisevic (2623) at the 2017 Biel Masters.
From the diagram it is White to play.

GOTW: Vivas - Song, 2017 PanAms

Canadian IM Michael Song won the 2017 Pan-American Youth Championship U18 in Costa Rica this month. For our Canadian Game of the Week, IM Michael Song annotates his round 7 win with Black in a very theoretical Scotch. 

2017 Zonal: Tie-Break Controversy

The 2017 Canadian Closed Chess Championship (Zonal 2.2) took place June 27 - July 1, 2017 in Montreal. GM Bator Sambev won the 6th tie-break game over IM Nikolay Noritsyn, but there is some controversy over the last few seconds of that game. Game, photos and links...

Book Review: Panjwani, "The Hyper Accelerated Dragon"

Last week, Thinkers Publishing released "The Hyper Accelerated Dragon" by Canadian IM Raja Panjwani. I bought it at Strategy Games on Sunday and have been going over it since. Here’s a review and a playable excerpt.

GOTW: Hambleton - L'Ami, Reykjavik 2017

Our Canadian Game of the Week is IM Aman Hambleton's round 5 win over GM Erwin L'Ami at the 2017 Reykjavik Open, with notes by IM Aman Hambleton

GOTW: Sambuev - Le Siège, Carnaval 2017

Our Game of the Week is GMs Bator Sambuev vs Alexandre Le Siège, 2017 Tournoi du Carnaval, with notes by GM Sambuev.

 

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.

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