29 Août, 2014 - 19:00 - 31 Août, 2014 - 15:30
5 Septembre, 2014 - 10:00 - 7 Septembre, 2014 - 18:00
8 Septembre, 2014 - 15:30 - 12 Septembre, 2014 - 15:30
12 Septembre, 2014 - 13:30 - 18:00

Profondément concentrée, la jeune Stéphanie tente de gagner sa place au sein de l’équipe qui représentera le Canada au Championnat du monde d’échecs en Afrique du Sud cette année. Le Championnat jeunesse du Canada se tient cette semaine à l’hôtel Fairmont Le Reine Élizabeth à Montréal.

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Cette année, les deux tournois seront tenus un après l'autre au Fairmont Queen Elizabeth.

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Spectateurs bienvenus au Championnat Ouvert du Canada


Le Championnat d'échecs Ouvert du Canada a lieu toute la semaine à l'Hôtel Reine-Elizabeth, 900 boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest, au centre-ville de Montréal. Il y a plus de 400 joueurs, dont de nombreux grands maîtres et maîtres internationaux. Les parties ont lieu à 18h à 23h chaque jour de semaine, et de 11h à 16h samedi le 26 juillet. Les spectateurs sont les bienvenus, et l'entrée est gratuite. Bienvenue à tous!


Bob armstrong - day 3


Starting the Day Off Right – The Wee Hours of the Morning

  After midnight Sunday morning, there was my roomie, Mario Moran-Venegas (picture in Blog # 1), checking various chess stuff on his laptop, and me wondering when I might get Blog # 2 out, once I finished it. I still needed to finish analyzing my game, to put it in. Still no U 2000 Rd. 1 results posted. So Mario hit the sack about 12:45 AM, and I followed about ½ hr. later.


I managed to get my normal 5 hrs. sleep (up at 6:15 AM). And then went back to finishing analysis of my Rd. 1 game (didn’t get it done Saturday night). The blog was then totally complete and ready to go….except for the U 2000 section results – but at 8:00 AM, still no U 2000 Rd. 1 results posted; so Mario and I went for a quick breakfast at our now favourite 24/7 Timmies.


Bob armstrong - day 2


2014 Canadian Open U 2000 Blog (Armstrong)

Blog # 2 - Day 1/ Rd. 1 – Saturday, July 19

NOTE: this blog would have been posted earlier today (Sunday), but there were apparently arbiter issues in our section, and the results of Rd. 1 for our section only were posted late Sunday morning at about 11:00 AM. I could not complete my blog until I had those results, so I had to delay, though the rest of the blog was all finished earlier and ready to go (subject to the one results section being needed). And then I had to play Rd.2 and so could not deal with this ‘til about 3:00 PM after my game.

Starting the Day Off Right – The Wee Hours of the Morning

Friday night, I started the Blog # 1 on the “Day Prior” to the tournament. I finished it very early Saturday morning at about 1:00 AM, and sent it off to Roman, the FQE staff member working with me, who was to post it about noon Saturday on the FQE website, to start off my tournament blogging for the next 8 days. He was adding my Blog heading under the “Follow the tournament” page, so it would be readily seeable.
My chess friend, Mario Moran-Venegas, with whom I’m sharing a Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel room, and I, then went to bed around 2:30 AM Saturday morning.
For those who know me, they know that I sleep about 5 hours per night on average (I guess if you are retired, old, doing little exercise, and sitting at a computer all day, you don’t use many calories up, and hence aren’t too tired). But it is worse when it comes to sleeping during tournaments. I have now self-diagnosed, and determined I have what is known as “chess tournament sleep disorder”! My average sleep is usually around 3-4 hours. Adrenalin effect??


Bob Armstrong - day 0


2014 Canadian Open U 2000 Blog (Armstrong)

The “Day Prior” – Friday, July 18 (Blog # 1)


Well, the biggest annual Canadian chess tournament, the Canadian Open, is now upon us in Montreal, Quebec. And for all the chess aficionados across Canada, tuning in to the day by day struggles, I, Bob Armstrong, have to hand out a warning. I am once again inflicting myself on the Canadian chess public, and posting my 2014 Canadian Open U 2000 Blog!

After a 35 year absence from playing in Canadian Opens, I, starting with 2006, have now played in 7 of the 8 consecutive Canadian Opens. I don’t remember which year I started blogging my tournament section, but I know I have done it for at least three years now (one of the years, when I played in the Toronto International, rather than the BC CO, I blogged it).



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