The CFC Regular Chess Post ( Week of Feb. 8 - 14/13 )

The CFC Regular Chess Post – February 14/13B –2013 Ottawa Spring Open.

Starts Tomorrow!!

An EOCA Grand Prix Event

Date: February 15-17, 2013

Place: RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa

Rounds: 5, Friday 7:30 PM Saturday & Sunday @ 10 AM & 3 PM.

Type: Regular Swiss

Sections and prizes are based on projected entries.

Open - (rated FIDE & CFC); 1st $400, 2nd $200 3d $100 U2200; 1st $200, 2nd $100
U 1900 – ( rated CFC); 1st $250, 2nd $150; U1750 $100;
U1600 – (rated CFC) 1st $150, 2nd $100, 3rd 50.

Time Control: Game-in-90-plus-30-seconds-a-move,
or SD/120 with analog clock

Entry Fee: Open $60 if pre-registered, $70 at site;
U1900 $60 if pre-registered, $70 at site;
U1600 $40 if pre-registered, $50 at site

Amateur entry is available at $30. Amateur is not eligible for prizes.

Free entry for GM/WGM & IM/WIM.

C.F.C. membership is required. FQE=CFC membership.

Requesting byes: max of two ½ point byes in the first three rounds.

Prizes: $$BEN

Organizers: Halldor P. Palsson
TD: Halldor P. Palsson
Registration: Cheque by February 12, 2013, to:
Halldor P. Palsson, 633 Island Park Cr.,Ottawa, Ont. K1Y 3P4 or e-mail
or register in person at the RA Chess Club, January 31, February 7, or 14th 7:00-7:30 PM
Please bring your own equipment or use the RA Chess Club’s.
Bob Armstrong, CFC Public Relations Coordinator


The CFC Regular Chess Post – February 14/13A – Carnival Open 2013.
Tournoi d'échecs du Carnaval 2013/Carnival Open 2013 (Quebec City)

Starts Tomorrow!! 15-16-17 February 2013, Tournoi du Tour du Québec Oasis

4 500$ guaranteed prize fund!

Masters confirmed: Anton Kovalyov GMI, Steve Bolduc M

Section A Open
1er 1000$
2e 500$
3e 300$
-2100 200$

Section B under 1900
1er 750$
2e 375$
3e 200$
-1700 175$

Section C under 1500 & no rating
1er 500$
2e 250$
3e 125$
-1300 125$

Location Centre communautaire Noël - Brulart, 1229, ave. Chanoine-Morel, Québec (Québec).

Registration 18h end: 18h45
Round 1 : 19h

Round 2 : 10h
Round 3 : 16h

Round 4 : 9h30
Round 5 : 15h30

Time control 90 min./40 moves + 30min./mate + 30sec. increment. Bye ½ point available for rounds 1,2 and 3. Maximum 2 byes of ½ point. Swiss system. FQE rated.

Entry fee
Open: 60$
Under 1900: 55$
Under 1500 et s/c: 50$

Juniors / cadets, 10$ discount.

Extra 10$ for on-site registration.

Free for national masters confirmed before February 1, 30$ after deadline.
Free for FIDE titled players, IM’s and GM’s.

Players must be a member of the FQE or CFC. FQE application forms available on site.

Payment Check mailed to Club d'échecs de Sainte-Foy. Post before 2013 February 10 at 3670 ave. des Compagnons, app. 207, Québec (Québec), G1X 4V8 a/s Charles Tremblay.

Achieve the maximum rating cannot exceed more than 100 points higher rating limit of the section where the player fits.

Various Free parking. Cofee & restaurants on site.
Bring your games and clocks, the organization provide the chessboards.

Internet: Link.

Bob Armstrong, CFC Public Relations Coordinator


The CFC Regular Chess Post – February 13/13 - British Columbia Open - Results.

February 9-11, 2013
City: Richmond, BC
Place: Executive Plaza Hotel, 7311 Westminster Hwy
Rds: 5
Type: Swiss. – in 2 sections
TC: Game in 90 minutes with a 30 second increment
Registrants: 79 players.
Top Finishers – Premier Section:

1. Tanraj S. Sohal…2205 - 5 pts. - $ 600
2. Alfred Pechisker..2242 - 4.5 pts. $ 300
3. Jack [kun] Cheng.2222 – 4 pts.
4. James Chan……..2160 – 4 pts.

Thanks to Roger Patterson for the report.

Bob Armstrong, CFC Public Relations Coordinator


The CFC Regular Chess Post – February 12/13 – Hansen – 2012 Canadian Chess Player of the Year.

Press Release – 13/2/11

For ten years now, Toronto chess historian and organizer, David Cohen, has established a private award, Canadian Chess Player of the Year. It is a vote by Canadian chess journalists. A few years ago, David also introduced a “fan ballot” – the winner gets one vote added to the journalists’ votes.

Grandmaster Eric Hansen of Alberta is the 2012 Canadian Chess Player of the Year! Eric also won the Fan Ballot.

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Eric’s major accomplishment in 2012 was achieving sufficient Grandmaster Norms to secure the valued World Chess Federation title of Grandmaster ( awarded in January, 2013 ). But he also placed first in a number of significant tournaments, and had other good finishes, as seen below:

7th, 4/9, UT Dallas GM Invitational, Richardson, USA, 2011.12.15-21, Category: 10.
1st, 8/8, 3rd Jerry Hanken Open, Stillwater, USA 2.18-20; =15th, 5.5/9,
21st Chicago Open, Chicago, USA 2012.5;
1st, 7.5/9, 49th Canadian Open Championship, Victoria, BC, July;
9/13 =5th, World Junior U20 Ch, Athens, Greece, August;
7/9 =1st, 2nd Isthmia Open A, Vrachati, Korinthia, Greece, August, GM Norm;
7.5/10 Olympiad, Istanbul, Turkey, August-September, GM Norm (counts double) and qualified GM title;
=1st, 8.5/11, 7th American Continental (Pan-Am) Championship, Mar del Plata, Argentina, Oct. 12-21.
4th, 1.5/4, 2012 Pan-Am Ch playoff, Oct., qualified to 2013 World Cup;
=3rd, 7/9, Open, University of Mexico Chess Festival, Mexico City, Mexico, Nov.;
1st, 8.5/9, Panama Open, Panama, Nov.-Dec.;
=4th, 6.5/9, Groningen Open A, Groningen, Netherlands, Dec.

In the overall vote of journalists, International Master Aman Hambleton finished second, Canadian Champion Grandmaster Bator Sambuev was third and Canadian Junior Champion International Master Richard Wang was fourth.

Major Canadian player accomplishments in 2012 and past winners of Canadian Chess Player of the Year:

As a result of his finish in the American Continental Championship, this year Eric will play in the 2013 World Cup, the first step in the cycle of determining a challenger to the current World Champion, Viswanathan Anand (India),. Eric will be a worthy Canadian Representative in the hunt for the World Championship title!

Bob Armstrong, CFC Public Relations Coordinator


The CFC Regular Chess Post – February 11/13 –Quebec Junior Champion


FM Louie Jiang won the title of Quebec Junior Champion, finishing ahead of several other strong players : FM Michael Kleinman, NM’s Nikita Kraiouchkine, Raven Sturt and Olivier Kenta Chiku-Ratté.

He wins $1500, while Raven Sturt and Olivier Kenta both win $500.

Shawn Rodrigue Lemieux, the highest rated player in Canada in third grade (CMA), won the second section.

Results :


Thanks to Felix Dumont for the report.


Bob Armstrong, CFC Public Relations Coordinator

The CFC Regular Chess Post – February 10/13 – Jackie Peng to USA Girls’ Tournament.

The 10th Annual Susan Polgar Foundation Girl's Invitational from July 20-25, 2013 at Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri ( where Susan has her “ Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence “ - SPICE ) is the most prestigious all-girls event in the US with over $200,000 in scholarships and prizes. This is an event for US girls only.

However, Ms. Polgar has gone out of her way to make an exception, and to invite Canadian WFM Jackie Peng to play. In 2012 Jackie became the second youngest player ever to play on the Canadian Women’s Olympiad team. Congratulations Jackie!

FIDE Website for tournament regulations:

Bob Armstrong, CFC Public Relations Coordinator

The CFC Regular Chess Post – Feb. 8/13B – B.C. Open.

Starts Tomorrow!!

City: Richmond, BC
Dates: February 9-11, 2013
Place: Executive Plaza Hotel, 7311 Westminster Hwy
Rds: 5
Type: Swiss
Round Times: Sat Feb 9 6pm, Sun Feb 10 10am/3pm, Mon Feb 11 10am/3pm.
TC: Game in 90 minutes with a 30 second increment.
EF: $60/$75/$90
Prizes: $2,000 GUARANTEED. See website for details.
Registration Instructions: Register online. Register on site up to 30 minutes before round one ($90). Indicate Open or U1800 sections. $20 fee to play up a section. CFC membership required. Non-members add $16 tournament membership fee with entry. Family discount and free CFC membership available to qualified players. See website for details. Email to

Bob Armstrong, CFC Public Relations Coordinator

The CFC Regular Chess Post – Feb. 8/13A – Guelph Winter Pro-Am.

Starts Tomorrow!

Dates: Feb. 9-10.
Location: Peter Clark Hall, Basement Level, Guelph University Centre
Type: 5 Round Swiss
3 Sections: FIDE Rated Pro, FIDE Rated U2000, U1600
Entry Fees: Pro Section $60, others $40. Late Fee: $10.00 on site
Players may play up if current rating is within 100 points of rating floor.
Cost is $20, proceeds to the Olympic Fund.
Round Times: Saturday 10:00am, 2:00pm, 6:30pm, Sunday 10:00am, 2:30pm
Time Control: Round 1 G/60 +30 sec, Rounds 2-5 G/90 + 30 sec
Half Point Byes: in rounds 1-4 may be requested in advance
Prizes: $55 per Pro player returned as prizes.
Trophies awarded in other sections
Register: Mail to TD Hal Bond, 205 – 105 Conroy Crescent, Guelph, ON N1G 2V5,
email, or cash on site from 8:30-9:30 am Saturday. Players registering after 9:30 Saturday may not receive a swiss pairing in first round.
Equipment, snacks and refreshments provided by organizer

Bob Armstrong, CFC Public Relations Coordinator