Canadian Game of the Week

GOTW: Sambuev - Demchenko, National Capital Open, 2017

Our Game of the Week is from the National Capital Open, where 2017 Canadian Champion GM Bator Sambuev was White against Svitlana Demchenko.
White is up a pawn, but Black's Rook is ready to counter-attack; what should White play?

Halloween Gambit?!

Boo?
Boo-Hoo, here's what to do...

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.

GOTW: Amateur vs Master!?

Our GOTW is the final round board 1 game at the 2017 Aurora Open between Sam Marin and IM Nikolay Noritsyn.
With a 495 point rating difference between them it would be reasonable to expect this would be another instructive Master vs Amateur game. It is instructive, but probably not the way you expect...

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...

Tactics: Endgame Tactics (again!)

Our Canadian Tactic comes from the game Sambuev - Perez-Garcia, from the board 1 round 3 game of the still-in-progress, 2017 Varennes International -- the strongest weekend Swiss in Canada. It's Black to play.

GOTW5: Kovalyov KO's Anand!

Anton Kovalyov won his round 2 match against Vishy Anand by drawing their second game. This is a huge upset both in terms of experience and rating: Anand is the five time World Champion, and outrated Kovalyov by 245 points. Game with notes below...

GOTW4: Anand - Kovalyov, World Cup 2017

Canadian GM Anton Kovalyov scored the upset of round 2 by defeating five-time World Champion Vishy Anand, with Black!
Game, notes and links...

GOTW3: 2017 World Cup - Rd1 tiebreak

The round 1 rapid tiebreaks were played today in Tibilisi. Most of the rating favourites advanced, including Wei Yi, who eliminated Canadian GM Bator Sambuev.
Games and links below...

GOTW2: 2017 World Cup - Rd1.2

Canadian games from round 1.2 at the 2017 World Cup: Anton Kovalyov drew to advance to the second round, Bator Sambuev lost to go to tie-breaks tomorrow. Games and notes and links...

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