BOTW: 2017.03.01

Starts, ends, returns and reruns are this week's Best of the Web.

Announcing the McGill Open Rapid Championship April 2017

The McGill Chess Club is pleased to announce the $1000 McGill Open Rapid Championship to be held Saturday, April 29, 2017. It will be a 5-round Swiss, 25 min+5 second increment; FQE semi-rapid rated. Sets provided, please bring your clock!

Upcoming Events: 2017.03

17 tournaments across Canada this March (and first two days of April). Find them all here...

GOTW: Hansen - Smirin, TATA Steel, 2017

Our Canadian Game of the Week is GM Eric Hansen's last round win over GM Ilya Smirin at the 2017 TATA Steel Challengers event, with annotations by GM Eric Hansen.

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...

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