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!

GOTW: Razvan 3 - ChessBrahs 1

In round 2 of the PRO Chess League, the Montreal ChessBrahs defeated the Toronto Dragons 9-7. Almost half of Toronto's points came from one player: Razvan Preotu. The Seventeen-year-old Canadian GM scored 3/4 against the ChessBrah team, good for a 2685 TPR. Here are his games.

BOTW: 2017.01.23

More than half of the world's 2700+ players are competing this week, and you can watch their games live online
Gibraltar, TATA Steel, and round 3 of the PRO Chess League are this week's Best of the Web.

Tactics: Benoni Bombs

This week's Canadian Tactic comes from the final round board 1 game of the 2017 Ottawa Winter Open.
White has just played 26.Nc4, going after Black's backward d6-pawn. What should Black do?

BOTW: 2017.01.18

GM post-mortems at TATA Steel, and the live Toronto vs Montreal PRO Chess match are this week's Best of the Web.

New Book by Canadian Author: Cummings, the English

Canadian IM David Cummings has published a chess book with Everyman: Opening Repertoire: The English

GOTW: Charbonneau 3, Toronto 1

On Wednesday January 11, 2017, the Toronto Dragons played the Montclair Sopranos in the PRO Chess League. GM Pascal Charbonneau played, 4 games against his fellow Canadians. The diagram shows four critical positions from each of those games. The side at the bottom is to move.

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