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Chessvibes - 2009 COCC PDF Print E-mail
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(2) Especially when a number of elite grandmasters come and play, it’s nice to have a local winner and this is what happened at the Canadian Open, where GM Mark Bluvshtein and IM Edward Porper, both from Canada, finished shared first with a fine score of 7.5/9, ahead of Adams, Ni Hua, Shirov and other strong GMs. Bluvshtein was declared winner on tiebreak. Click here to read more


(1) After five rounds of play at the Canadian Open, GMs Ni Hua, Michael Adams, Alexei Shirov, Victor Mikhalevski, Surya Ganguly and Mark Bluvshtein can be found at the top of the standings. At 4.5/5 they share the lead with IM Edward Porper and FMs Vladimir Pechenkin and Theo Hommeles. Click here to read more


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(5) Nine players were in contention, five drew their games, two lost and two Canadians won. GM Mark Bluvshtein and IM Edward Porper beat FM Theo Hommeles and GM Surya Ganguly to take first places. Bluvshtein won the title on tiebreak. In the next slot, 3rd–8th, we find Shirov, Adams and Irina Krush! Illustrated report with round eight commentary by GM Alexander Shabalov. Click here to read more


(4) Just a round ago it was four players, now a total of nine share the lead with 6.5/8 points. Shirov and Adams drew their round eight games, while Ganguly beat Zhe Quan and Perlshteyn beat Kovalyov to join them. IM Irina Krush, US, won her last three games to take a place in the top berth. Click here to read more


(3) Two top seeds and internationally well-know players, Alexei Shirov and Michael Adams, are accompanied by two players below 2600 on the rating scale: GM Mark Bluvshtein and IM Edward Porper on the top of the table after seven rounds of this event. Click here to read more


(2) They are GMs Victor Mikhalevski, Hua Ni, Mark Bluvshtein, Surya Ganguly and FM Raja Panjwani – the latter is the top player on his team at the University of Western Ontario. Top seed Alexei Shirov conceded a draw against Chinese GM Zhao Xue and dropped to second berth, which he shares with 12 other players. Big illustrated report with annotations by GM Alexander Shabalov. Click here to read more


(1) For the second time in recent memory, Alberta plays host to the Canadian Open. As in the 2005 edition, the top seeds sit amongst some of the best players in the world. Alexei Shirov has returned to defend the title he split with GMs Mark Bluvshtein and Vassily Ivanchuk, and has scored two fine victories in the first two rounds. Illustrated report with annotations by GM Alexander Shabalov.  Click here to read more

Edmonton Journal - 2009 COCC PDF Print E-mail
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Kovalyov, 17, conducted 15 games simultaneously against mainly elementary-school opponents, providing the same thrill a novice hockey star might experience facing off with Sidney Crosby. Click Here to read more

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The Canadian Open takes place July 11-19, 2009 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.   This 9-round open Swiss features top Grandmasters such as Alexei Shirov, Ni Hua and Michael Adams competing alongside top Canadian professionals at classical time controls.    


Live Webcast schedule:


Round 1: Saturday July 11       16:00  (22:00 GMT)

Round 2: Sunday July 12         18:00 (00:00 GMT)

Round 3: Monday July 13         18:00 (00:00 GMT)

Round 4: Tuesday July 14        18:00 (00:00 GMT)

Round 5: Wednesday July 15   18:00 (00:00 GMT)

Round 6: Thursday July 16       18:00 (00:00 GMT)

Round 7: Friday July 17           18:00 (00:00 GMT)

Round 8: Saturday July 18       16:00 (22:00 GMT)

Round 9: Sunday July 19         12:00 (18:00 GMT)

  Delta Edmonton Centre Suite Hotel, 10222 - 102 Street, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Time control:  40/90, SD/30, + 30 second increment from move one.

Chief Organizer:  Micah Hughey  email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Phone: 780-240-6365

Chief Arbiter:  Vladislav Rekhson  email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Canadian Open 2009 will be held in Edmonton, and the tournament has attracted some very famous Grandmasters this year.  Because it is an Open Swiss, where professionals and amateurs are in the same tournament, some lucky players will have a chance to take on big names like GM Alexei Shirov and Ni Hua, rated over 2700.   Britain's top GM, Michael Adams (rated 2699) will be playing in the tournament, and will also be conducting a simul on the morning of Sunday July 12th. The event kicks off with a free lecture, open to the public, from GM Shirov just a few hours before the first round.  There will be lectures and simuls throughout the event. Unlike most open tournaments in North America, there is just one round/day in the Canadian Open, leaving plenty of time for relaxation and tourism.  

is the capital city of Alberta, with a population of just over 1 million people.  Edmonton is well known for its scenic river valley and a thriving music and art community.   The city is home to North America's largest shopping and entertainment complex, West Edmonton Mall.  More than just a shopping centre, West Edmonton Mall also has a giant water park, a man-made lake, a skating rink, two mini-golf courses, 21 movie theatres, a Vegas-style casino and an amusement park with 25 rides and attractions.   Fort Edmonton Park is a large living history museum that recognizes Edmonton's past through a series of interactive restorations.  The Muttart Conservatory, an expansive horticultural spectacle, is noted for its unique architecture, as is the remarkable Alberta Legislature Building.  


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