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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

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And for the chess-player the success which crowns his work, the great dispeller of sorrows, is named "combination."

-Emanuel Lasker (1868-1941)

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