Game of the Week - Shebetah vs. Orlova

This week's game between Wajdy Shebetah and WNM Liza Orlova from the Hart House Winter Open back in January is one of the most interesting games I have annotated to date. Be sure not to miss it!

July CCN Preview: Hansen - Yam (Calgary 2013)

The July CCN heads to Alberta for tournaments and annotators:
    • IM Edward Porper on the Calgary International
    • FM Vladimir Pechenkin returns with "Canadians Abroad"
    • GM Eric Hansen makes two contributions:
      • two games from the Calgary International
      • four games and a tournament diary from the Edmonton International.

Pigs on the Seventh

D. Southam (2180) – P. Manalo (1845), Annex CC Summer Love 2012

White’s advantage in this position is obvious. With Black’s last move, 1. … f6?, he has only weakened his seventh rank further, allowing for decisive penetration.

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Follow the 2013 Edmonton International Chess Festival

The 8th Edmonton International Chess Festival will be held at the Edmonton Chess Club on June 22-July 1st.

Mini Quebec Open

The Quebec Chess Federation organizes a small tournament during the Quebec Open, called the ''Mini-COQ'' (COQ = Championnat Ouvert du Québec).

Montreal Chess Club Championship - Results

The Montreal Chess Club (CEM) is the biggest chess club in Quebec. Its members meet two times a week at the Strategy Games building on St-Denis St. (Wednesday and Friday) to play one standard game in a monthly rotation tournament. Contact reti@videotron.ca for further information.

Game of the Week - Hambleton vs. Berson

One of Canada's strongest players of late is my good friend Aman Hambleton. He has been playing all over South America and Europe, and, fortunately, he has still had time to play here in Canada.

Best of the Web: Week 6

Hi everyone!

This week, John Upper will be following the Tal Memorial, with video and (mostly) English language post-mortems here. The initial page is in Russian, but you can translate it using your browser!  

Here are my weekly picks:

25 Hours of Chess-

June 29-30, 2013, in Montreal (Loisirs St-Henri) 

Shutting the Back Door

B. Villavieja (2337) – R. Vrana (2201), Paul Keres Memorial, 2012

In this position, both kings find themselves under fire from their adversary’s heavy pieces. Black’s last move, 1. … Nf4, was a mistake, allowing white a thematic blow.

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