Victoria Chess 2009 Thank you to all those who helped make all the events a success PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Raymer on Sat, Aug 08 2009 (11:02)
I would like to thank all those who helped make the Summer Chess Fest, Canadian Youth Chess Championships and Canadian Junior Chess Championship in Victoria a success.

First, Thank you to our special guests, GM Hikaru Nakamura and GM Mark Bluvshtein for your help to make the event memorable and for joining in on the live chess game outside the Royal BC Museum and the simuls and mingling and analysis and more. It was fortuitous to have the recent US (Closed) and recent Canadian (Open) champion playing each other in Victoria as part of the Summer Chess Fest and CYCC. Thank you for winning those events just prior to your arrival in Victoria.

Second, Thanks you to our officials for running a great event. I am especially grateful to MonRoi for in kind support and for providing equipment and many extras. Having Zeljka from MonRoi at our events was like having a team of people on site. The video and photo record on is impressive. Also, congratulations to Mark Dutton, Greg Churchill, Howard Wu and all our other TDs for very well run events. Amazing! Well done.

Third, Thank you to all who contributed your time and expertise. We had a large number of volunteers that contributed to a successful and well run event.

Forth, thank you to all the parents, family, friends and the chess community that helped support the travel and other expences for champions from across Canada to attend the CYCC. I know attending an event outside of one's own city can be costly from a time and money perspective. We appreciate your commitment to your child's interest and pursuit of chess.

Fifth, Thank you to all our sponsors for in kind and cash donations.
A special thank you to the Province of BC for providing a grant that helped provide the extra support to make the CYCC and CJCC great. Thank you to the City of Victoria for financially supporting the 1st Annual Summer Chess Fest. And thank you to the BC Chess Federation, Victoria Chess Club and Victoria Junior Chess for financial contributions to the events. Without your financial commitment it would have been impossible to convince others to contribute.

And finally, Thank you to all the players who worked hard to prepare for and compete in the CYCC. Without you there would not be a CYCC. I hope you had some great games (win or lose) and that you will continue to exceed in all your pursuits both on and off the chess board.

Link to complete list of Special Guests, Officials and Volunteers

Brian Raymer Chief Organizer Summer Chess Fest, CYCC and CJCC
2009 Victoria Chess Festival Videos PDF Print E-mail
Written by MonRoi Support on Wed, Jul 22 2009 (11:00)


Travel tips to help save $$$ Hotels and parking PDF Print E-mail
Written by brian raymer on Sun, May 10 2009 (18:39)
Here is an email I just received from a parent looking for some travel advice and my response. I am posting here to share some cost saving information.

Hi Brian,
I am trying to learn more about CYCC in Victoria and the main concern appears to be an accommodation in that city during the peak summer season. There are some hotels outside Downtown area or outside Victoria that offers lower rates (lower than Grand Pacific) but in such case finding parking near GP could be a challenge. What would be your advice in regarding to parking issue?

My answer.......

Parking is about $12/day at the Grand Pacific. And daily parking for about $5 is available nearby.

The Hotel Grand Pacific is recommended by the CYCC Organizing Committee. The rooms are large and the price includes many extras (free internet, health club and more). The Hotel Grand Pacific was voted the best hotel in Canada last year by Conde Naste readers choice awards. If you can afford it, I recommend it.

Parking on some nearby streets is free for a few hours at a time and after 6 pm parking is free until 9 am the next day. Victoria has very affordable parking and it is easy to find. Most people who work downtown walk, bus or ride bikes to work. Most tourists fly or take a ship to Victoria. I always find FREE parking in Victoria when I need it!

You can even park your car on the ocean front. Walk in along the Pacific Ocean to prepare for each round.

What to do in Victoria before and after the CYCC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Raymer on Fri, Feb 13 2009 (00:50)
The 1st Annual Summer Chess Fest will start immediately before and overlap the start of the Canadian Youth Chess Championships. Over 1000 people of all ages are expected at the Summer Chess Fest. The Summer Chess Fest will take place in Confederation Park and in front of the Royal BC Museum. Events include blindfold chess, bullet, outdoor chess games, demos, twilight blitz, lectures, learn to play chess, treasure hunts, and a drawing contest. Check out for details about all the events and updates.

The Summer Chess Fest events are outdoors and will be free entry. Some events may be invitational or limited entry. Spectators are welcome and encouraged at all events. Thank you to the City of Victoria and the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia for their support toward making the Summer Chess Fest a success.

Other Festivals will be taking place before and after the CYCC. The Moss Street Paint In and Luminara are must see events for residents and tourists alike.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Moss Street Paint In (July 18)
Location(s): 1040 Moss Street and Moss Street from Fort Street to Dallas Road
This popular free annual community event showcases the talents of Victoria's artists and the techniques that they employ. Up to 100 artists line the boulevards of Moss Street from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The Food and Beverage Garden, featuring entertainment and dancing, is open until 9:00 p.m. in the Art Gallery Parking Lot, 1040 Moss Street.
Contact for more Information: (250) 384-4171 or visit

Summer Chess Festival (July 20 - 21)
Location(s): Confederation Park, Royal British Columbia Museum Plaza
A new annual chess festival with activities such as human outdoor chess games, demos, twilight blitz, lectures, learn to play chess, treasure hunts, and a drawing contest.
Contact for more Information: (250) 595-0025 or visit

Luminara Victoria (July 25)
Location(s): St. Ann's Academy & Beacon Hill Park
Community lantern festival featuring beautiful lantern displays, live music and performance. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lantern and be part of the magic!
Contact for more Information: (250) 388-4728 or visit
How to get to Victoria. Start Planning Your Summer Vacation Now! PDF Print E-mail
Written by brian raymer on Thu, Dec 04 2008 (20:14)
Make 2009 the year you stay in Canada for your vacation. If you have never traveled to the west coast of Canada (or even if you have) make your way to Victoria next July 20-26 for the Summer Chess Fest, featuring the CYCC (July 21-24) and the BC Open (July 24-26) and many other events. There will be something to do for everyone. Go to for schedules, accommodations information and other details.

Some travel ideas


Air Travel Victoria has direct non stop service from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Seattle. And connecting flights from every major airport in Canada. Sponsorship from a major Canadian airline has been requested. More information will be posted soon. Harbour to Harbour access is available from Vancouver by float plane or helicopter. Standby fares are sometimes available for students and adults. Float planes land within walking distance of the Hotel Grand Pacific. The Helijet runs a shuttle service to the hotel and is about 4 minutes away.


Car Travel Drive across the country. Gas looks like it will be a bargain. A great way to see a great country. Camp or stay in hotels across Canada. Finish the drive with a vacation on an island in the Pacific.


Air and Car Combination Fly and drive - Flying part way and renting a car may be of interest. Drive and camp through the Rockies and BC. Fly into Calgary or Edmonton and rent a car for 10-14 days and enjoy BC and Victoria. The Canadian Open will be held in Edmonton before the CYCC in Victoria. There is (just) enough time between events to drive from Edmonton to Victoria.

In 2001 I traveled to the CYCC in Sackville, NB with my 2 sons. We flew to Montreal (reasonable air fare from Victoria) rented a car and drove the rest of the way. We camped (in a tent) across Quebec and New Brunswick. Some great cities and beaches to explore on the way. A great experience and reasonable cost.


Visiting outside Victoria
While you are in the Victoria area make sure you have enough time to enjoy Vancouver Island. And don't let the word "island" mislead you. Vancouver island is over 400 km long. It is bigger than many countries. It is impossible to run out of things to see and do. You may want to visit the beaches and warm ocean water in Parksville or the rugged open ocean in Tofino.


Visiting inside Victoria
You can also explore all that Victoria has to offer, explore beaches, rocky shoreline, forests and more just outside and inside the city of Victoria. There is lots to do without leaving Victoria. Visit Tourism Victoria for more information.


Car Rental A special rate for the CYCC is being arranged with Avis. Avis has a downtown and an airport location. Cars can be rented one way from the airport or downtown and there is no drop off charge. This is a good way to get into the city and allows the use of the car for 24 hours to do a little exploring, grocery shopping, etc. Rates and car reservation information will be posted soon.


Bicycles Can be rented at a number of locations in Victoria. You may want to bring your own helmets and locks. Free bike storage is available at the Hotel Grand Pacific. North Park Cycle is planning on having rental bikes available next summer.


Walking Victoria is a walking city. There are museums, many restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and grocery stores all within easy walking distance of the Hotel Grand Pacific. Beaches are also close and there is excellent bus service in the city. Leave your car at home! And enjoy a stress free stay.


Visit Vancouver and Victoria You could spend a few days in Vancouver and easily get from Vancouver to Victoria. Travel by air or ferry. Another option to consider.

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Next Blog will be "What to do in Victoria"

Brian Raymer Chief Organizer 2009 CYCC

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