Written by Steve Sperry on
Sat, Jul 17 2010 (04:15)
July 11, 1:51AM
The playing play is air-conditioned and spacious with soft chairs and ice water. I posted a display on the early history of the Canadian Open and David Cohen posted the portraits of the members of the Canadian Chess Hall of Fame.
Only 1 last-minute entrant turned away and I don't think that there were any wins on forfeits. Still problems with cellphones ringing -- you lose.
The politician's opening speech mentioned that chess teaches kids to think before you act. Hal and Brian Fiedler looked great in a suit and Hal's two assistants stood out in their referee shirts.
Also standings, no big upsets, but many draws.
Players haven't yet learned to get coffee and juice from the variety store one building east. Although the outside doors lock and it's a pain to cross the street to the hotel, up to the walkway and back in to the playing hall.
Lots of people on the street going to the island or harbourfront. Choice of hot dogs or soft ice cream. But noise doesn't seep in to the playing hall, except when the fire alarm went off ....
Many people looking forward to tomorrow morning's simul by GM Mark Bluvshtein, the ches960 simul on Monday and people even signing up for the FIDE Arbiter's seminar.