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GOTW: Beaulieu - Le Siège, Pere Noel 2016

GM Alexandre Le Siège continued his successful comeback by topping the 2016 Pere Noel tournament in Montreal.
Our Canadian Game of the Week features Alex's notes to his round 2 win over Eric Beaulieu. White to move.

Upcoming Events: 2017.01

12 tournaments across Canada in January.
If your New Year's resolution is to play more tournaments, this is the link you've been looking for...

BOTW: 2016.12.27

The World Rapid and Blitz Championships in Qatar, December 25-30; and a BBC documentary on FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov are this week's Best of the Web.

Chess Canada - 2016 Olympiad

The latest issue of Chess Canada is here!
It's free for everyone, and it's BIG...

Tactics: 22 Olympiad Critical Positions

The diagram shows 3 of the 22 Critical Positions in the Olympiad issue of Chess Canada:

GOTW: Leonardi - Ouellet, Baku Olympiad, 2016

The Canadian Game of the Week comes from round 7 of the 2016 Women's Olympiad in Baku. In the diagram, Canada's Maili-Jade Ouellet has Black against Slovenia's Caterina Leonardi. What's better: ...Rc4 or ...Nb4. One wins, the other allows an incredible draw.

BOTW: 2016.12.09

This week's Best of the Web: 8 of the world's top 10 play in the London Classic (Dec. 9-18, 2016); interviews with the late Mark Dvoretsky; videos of the late Mark Taimanov; and an excerpt from "Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual" where he analyzes an excellent rook ending played by Taimanov.

Lefong Hua scores first IM Norm

Canadian FM Lefong Hua earned his first IM Norm in the 2016 Autumn Invitational at the St.Louis Chess Club, November 17-22, 2016.
Lefong scored 6.5/9 to tie atop the IM Norm group with US FM Konstantin Kavutskiy, each earning an IM Norm.

Upcoming Events: 2016.12

A typically light December schedule of six events across Canada, as even chess players think of other things during the holidays...

GOTW: Martinez - Zhou, 2016 Women's Continental Ch.

Our Game of the Week is Canadian Women's Champion Qiyu Zhou's crazily complicated Ruy Lopez from round 6 against WIM Ayelen Martinez from Argentina.
It is White to move in the diagram. White had played a strong Novelty on move 19 to improve on a Judit Polgar game, and Black (Qiyu) has just played 21...d5 to get some counterplay in the center. What should White play now?

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