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2018 Canadian Summer Majors

23 Mai, 2018 - 15:32

If you haven't done so yet, it's not too late to book your summer chess trips to the major Canadian tournaments of the year...

July 2-5, 2018

2018 Canadian Youth Chess Championships
Quebec City

7-round swiss for the National Championships in U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, U18, girls and boys.

Winners qualify to represent Canada at:

  • the World Cadet Chess Championship (U8, U10, U12) in Santiago de Compostela, Spain (Nov 3-16).
  • the World Youth Chess Championship (U14, U16, U18) in Halkidiki, Greece (Oct 19 - Nov 1).

Note: players must qualify for entry to the CYCC. Final qualification events will be held May 26 in Mississauga and June 3 in Montréal.
See CFC tournaments site for details.

Opening Ceremony July 1; round 1 July 2.


July 7-14, 2018

Canadian Open
Quebec City

  • 9-round Swiss
  • TC: 40/90 + G/30 + 30s
  • 5 sections: Open, U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400/unrated
  • Eligibility based on highest rating of: FIDE, CFC, FQE, or USCF (for US residents).
  • $15,000 guaranteed

Other events: Blitz championship; GM simul; GM lecture.

Note: one round per day, except Sunday July 8, which sees rounds 2 and 3.



July 21-28, 2018

Québec Open
Montréal-Longueuil, Québec

  • 9-round Swiss
  • one round per day, except Sunday July 22, which sees rounds 2 and 3.
  • $15,000 guaranteed
  • GMs confirmed: Romain Edouard (FRA), Victor Mikhalevski (ISR), Bator Sambuev (CAN), Alexander Chernaiev (RUS)
  • Blitz tournament July 28.

Cool location: South side of the St.Lawrence, next to Île Notre Dame. On the Metro, and only a 1km walk to the Six Flags amusement park on Île Sainte-Hélène.


August 3-6, 2018

Canadian Senior Championship
Calgary Chess Club

  • 7-round Swiss in two sections: 50+ and 65+.
  • Must be at least 50 or at least 65 by December 31, 2018.
  • Canadian citizens or residents only.
  • Maximum 40 players


August 8-12, 2018

Canadian Junior Championship
Humber College, Toronto

  • Sections: 10-player invitiational RR, Open Swiss, U1800, U1300
  • TC: 90 + 30
  • Winners of the 10-player RR represent Canada at the World Junior in Turkey (Sept 4-16), and get $1500 travel.

RR Players Confirmed:

  1. FM  Hua, Eugene  2411
  2. FM  Chen, Richard  2403
  3. FM  Chiku Ratte, Olivier-Kenta 2361
  4. NM  Liang, Hairan  2286
  5. WGM Zhou, Qiyu  2304
  6. FM  Vettese, Nicholas  2317
  7. NM  Nasir, Zehn  2306
  8. WFM  Wang, Constance 2044
  9. WFM  Qiao, Cindy  2018
  10.       Zhu, Brandon  2053



BOTW (not!): 2018.05.18

18 Mai, 2018 - 02:00

Not the Best of the Web features two competitions which ought to create some buzz, but bad internet presence makes them both evidence for the prosecution... 

53rd Capablanca Memorial

May 9-19, 2018.
Havana, Cuba

The Elite tournament is a six-player double round robin. After 8 of 12 rounds the field, with the exception of the tail-ender, is in precise order of rating:

  1. Samuel Shankland: (2701) 6
  2. Aleksey Dreev: (2653) 5
  3. David Anton Guijarro: (2646) 4.5
  4. Aleksandr Rakhmanov: (2635) 3
  5. Yusnel Alonso Bacallao: (2594) 3
  6. Lazaro Bruzon: (2664) 2.5

Three Canadians are playing in the "Abierto" (Open) section:

  • GM Bator Sambuev: lost his first two games but has rolled back to 6/8.
  • IM Thanh Nha Duong: 4/8
  • Halldor Palsson: 2/8.

Unfortunately, Cuban internet is unreliable at best, and this makes it almost impossible to use the official site. Games can be followed elsewhere.


Live Games


Women's World Championship Match

May 3-19, 2018.
Shanghai & Chongqing, China

The Women's World Championship is now contested annually, alternating between a knock-out tournament and a match between the knock-out winner and a Grand Prix-style qualifier. Current Champion Tan Zhongyi, who won the title at the 2017 Women's World Cup knock-out in Tehran, defends her title in a 10 game match against World #2 Ju Wenjun, who won the 2016-17 Grand Prix. After 9 games, Ju leads 5:4. The final round is May 18, with Tan needing to win with the Black pieces to force a playoff.


  1. World #1 Hou Yifan refused to play in the women's Championship cycle due to the unpredictably changing schedule.
  2. The original website for the event was 100% Chinese. 


Live Games (3am EST)


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