Brit wins 2010 CANADIAN OPEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP by Eric Malmsten PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Sperry on Tue, Jul 20 2010 (05:31)

TORONTO ONTARIO – July 19, 2010. The 9-day long 47th Canadian Open Chess Championship wrapped up Sunday at the Westin Harbour Castle’s Convention Centre.

The $6,500 first prize was convincingly won by 26-year-old Grandmaster Luke McShane from England. He won 7 games, and tied 2 other grandmasters.
Just before this tournament he had won $5,000 in Philadelphia so his trip to North America has been very rewarding. McShane is ranked in the top 100 in the world and when he was only eight years he won the World Under-10 Championship. McShane has an Oxford degree in philosophy and math. At the closing dinner he noted that this tournament has one of the best playing conditions he has ever played in.

The $3,500 second prize was won by 19-year-old Nikolay Noritsyn of Richmond Hill. He had 6 wins and 3 draws, he tied two of the grandmasters and in the last round defeated Lithuanian GM Eduardas Rozentalis to surge ahead. Noritsyn was the 2008 Toronto Closed Champion, 2007 Canadian Closed Champion and is a member of Canada’s chess Olympiad team.

Tied for third with 7-2 were Vancouver’s Jack Yoos and Grandmasters Georgian Merab Gagunashvili, American Alexander Shabalov, and Ukrainian Vladimir Malaniuk. Yoos won the Lexus Brilliancy Prize for his win over local chess teacher Felix Barrios. Yoos also scored 7 points in last year’s Canadian Open in Edmonton. Shabalov enjoyed the stronger opposition the accelerated pairings created and played the first chess960 simultaneous in Canadian history.

Among those scoring 6.5-2.5 was Canadian Grade 8 Champion Joey Qin from Nepean who won top Bantam, and top juniors Aman Hambleton and Arthur Calugar. Scarborough’s Hambleton had a great tournament, achieving the rare result of defeating two grandmasters and barely missed getting an International Master norm. He won the Deloitte Best Game prize for his win over GM Vladimir Malaniuk and Mark’s Best Dressed player.

Tied for Top Senior over 50 with 6-3 were local players Ilia Bluvshtein and Lorne Yee. Ilia’s son is a grandmaster who gave a simultaneous at the beginning of the event.

Keith MacKinnon, Saskatchewan’s top player, scored 6-3 and won the second Brilliancy Prize for his win over Arthur Calugar.

Top Lady with 5.5 (ahead of 4 Toronto Women with 5) was Alexandra Botez from Burnaby, B.C. Botez was the 2009 Canadian Girls Under 14 Champion and the 2007 North American Girls Under 12 Champion.

Biggest upset prize went to Matthew Perez of Scarborough who defeated two high-ranked players.

Over 80 of the 265 players won part of the $32,000 prize fund.

Hans Jung, the Chess Co-ordinator of the City of Kitchener, gave a simultaneous blindfold but could only score 2.5-2.5. Jung also won the chess trivia contest, scoring 21-3, over 88 others.

Saturday night’s 5-minute blitz tournament had 81 players and was won by local IM Artiom Samsonkin and U of T student Bindi Cheng. Cheng also won the second Best Played Game prize for his win over Maxim Dudkin.

Full results, games and photos can be seen at

Daily report by Erik Malmsten PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Sperry on Tue, Jul 20 2010 (05:29)
July 19

The closing dinner was in a great room overlooking the ferries coming and going to the island. Ted Winick played the piano. There were around 10 round tables of guests. One guest sponsored a table of Olympiad team members. Larry Bevand was at a table with mostly women.

Winner Luke McShane praised the tournament conditions as being of the highest quality he has ever played in. When he was a child, he defeated a street player for $10, but his parents gave the money back.

Special awards were given out to volunteers Erik Malmsten and Maurice Smith, the latter for 22 years of service. Maurice just wants to play chess now.

David Cohen presented IM Zvonko Vranesic with an award for being selected to the Canadian Chess Hall of Fame.

Vranesic spoke of his computer engineering students’ frustration in making early chess programs. He had made a GM norm, but thinks the days of amateurs like him sniping points from GMs is over. Today’s game is more complex and requires preparation.

Brian Fiedler presented the awards to the winners, often sharing stories about playing them. Sponsors from Deloitte and Marks also presented awards.
Daily report by Erik Malmsten PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Sperry on Tue, Jul 20 2010 (05:28)
Quickly going over the cross table, there were 30 unrated FIDE players with a ratable performance, i.e. they scored 1 point from at least 3 FIDE-rated players. They need to have 9 rated games (the rest can all be
losses) to get a published rating (if above the 1200 floor).

Those just above the 1900 cut for acclelerated pairings met several FIDE-rated players at the begining. They don't to play FIDE-rated players in under 2000 sections, so they really benefitted from this one section event.

Kit-Sun Ng 2062 1.5-3.5
Ismail Ibrahim 2062 2-1+
Alex T. Ferreira 2054 1-3+
Brendan Fan 2015 2-3
Derick Joshua Twesigye 1990
Andre Zybura 1989 1-3
Robert Bzikot 1984 2-3
James Fu 1978 3.5-2.5
Louis Cheng 1975 1-1+
Simon Gladstone 1946 1-3+
Robert Roller 1937 3.5-2.5+
Laurent Allard 1934 1.5-3.5
Ruokai [David] Li 1-2+
Yves Ber 1914 1.5-2.5+
John W Chidley-Hill 1897 1-2
John Doknjas 1896 1.5-3.5
Paul Stephens 1882 2-1
Ralph Deline 1869 1-2+
David Poirier 1855 1-3
Ferdinand Supsup 1851 1.5-3.5
Arjun Bharat 1841 2-2
Alex Rapoport 1838 1.5-.5+
Ed Zator 1835 1.5-.5+
Branislav Rajsic 1782 1-3
Juliaan Posaratnanathan 1768 1.5-2.5
Alex Lambruschini 1744 1-2
Greg Beal 1728 2-0+
Jonathan Lai 1727 2-3
Matthew Scott 1506 1-3
Wayne Siu 1449 1-2+
Daily report by Erik Malmsten PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Sperry on Sat, Jul 17 2010 (08:48)

July 17


The day started off with a lecture by GM Gagunashvili on rook and pawn endings with a lot of time analyzing a passed b pawn with 3 pawns each on the king side.


The school ended yesterday with a tournament, and a couple of the Island counselors played in it. The camp exceeded the expectations of the students. Great work by Ted and Aris.



There was a double answer to the trivia quiz so revised top list:

21 Hans Jung

20 David Lawless, Brad Willis, Mike Dougherty, Ralph Gregorz

18 Rick McCleary, Michael Barron, Pino Verde

17 Dave Southam


The hardest questions were which expert chess player won the Order of Canada (only 22 of 89 correct), and time control from the first Canadian Open (24), who was the Patriarch (32), and who won the 1978 Olympiad (32). Easiest question was which organization is celebrating its 25th anniversary (75), which world leader did not play chess (70) and Anand’s wife’s name (68).


GM McShane put his first round game in his chess column He would like to play in the blitz, but has a big game tomorrow.


Awards Presentation Dinner tickets sold out.

Daily report by Erik Malmsten PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Sperry on Sat, Jul 17 2010 (04:16)

June 30, 8:44PM





The location is a great place for visitors. On one side is the busy city and entertainment, while it's right next to a cooling ferryride to the peaceful islands.



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