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)
Venue: 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:
Chief Arbiter: Vladislav Rekhson email:
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.
Edmonton 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.