GOTW: Demchenko - Sambuev, Ottawa 2018

The RA Winter Open ran December 7-9, 2018. For the first time in living memory, GM Bator Sambuev did not win the weekend tournament in Ottawa! The three-time and current Canadian Champion was held to draws by juniors Olivier-Kenta Chiku-Ratte in round 3 and Svitlana Demchenko in round 5 to finish with 4/5. Kenta defeated Shawn Rodrigue-Lemieux in round 5 to finish with 4.5/5 and clear first place, worth $350... and Big Bragging Rights. GM Sambuev was second and Demchenko was third. 

Other Winners:

  • U1900 - Dan Kearnan (4/5) 
  • U1600 - Michael Shi (4/5)


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Our Canadian Game of the Week is the final round board 1 game between Canada's new #1 CFC-rated woman, Svitlana Demchenko, and the current Canadian Champion GM Bator Sambuev. Going into the round, Sambuev was tied for 1st with Olivier-Kenta Chiku-Ratte, and knew he needed to beat his 15-year-old opponent to win the tournament. He played a Dragadorf Sicilian, and the game was very interesting...


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