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 Registration Form / Flyer    April 22-25 2011 in Victoria BC Canada 
5 Star Hotel FIDE rated $4250 Prize Fund

Prizes $4250 Guaranteed!

Open Section: $1000+Trophy,
                         $600,
                         $400

U2000 $400+Trophy, $300

U1700 $350+Trophy, $250

Top Women $70/60/50/40/30
                       courtesy of Goddess Chess

U1400 Section: $300+Trophy,
                           $200

Biggest Upset $100
Top Unrated (either section) $100.
unrated players are not eligible for section prizes.

 

The Grand Pacific Open is BC's largest chess event and this will be it's 5th annual!  The main event is a 6 round FIDE and CFC rated Swiss with $4000 in prizes.   There are also a number of side events which are free if you play in the main event and include a Scholastic tournament, an active tournament, Midnight Blitz with $100 in prizes, and a Bughouse tournament to finish off the weekend.

 

The tournament hall itself is the very nice ballroom at the 5 Star Hotel Grand Pacific.  The hotel is located on the Inner Harbour in downtown Victoria, close to tourist destinations and across the street from the Seatle Clipper and Coho ferry connections. 

 

Come join us Easter 2011 in Victoria for the Grand Pacific Open!

 

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Organizers: Brian Raymer, Paul Leblanc, Roger Patterson

TD: Mark S. Dutton, IA. 

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PRESS RELEASE

Generations Battle for Chess Supremacy

Players aged six to eighty will go head to head in the 5th annual Grand Pacific Open Chess Tournament, to be held at the Hotel Grand Pacific on Easter Weekend April 22nd to 25th.  Modern chess is unique in that there are no age or gender barriers to participation.  This year’s event will feature close to 100 competitors from six countries.  Play begins at 6:00 pm Friday and continues during the afternoon and evening on Saturday and Sunday, concluding with the final round Monday at 10:00 am.  Spectators may attend free of charge.

Top contenders will be International Grand Master Igor Rausis of the Czech Republic, BC Champion Jack Yoos of Vancouver, Women’s Grandmaster Nino Maisuradze of France, International Master Lawrence Day of Toronto (last year’s winner),  and Women’s FIDE Master Valeria Gansvind of Estonia.

However, the younger generation is out in force, led by World Under 10 Champion Jason Cao of Victoria.  Also present will be US Grade One Champion Praveer Sharan of Lake Oswego, Oregon, Canadian Under 16 Champion Tanraj Sohal of Surrey, US National Girls Champion Alexandra Botez of Burnaby, Canadian Under 8 Champion Joshua Doknjas of Surrey and Canadian Under 8 Girls Champion Andrea Botez of Burnaby.

Selected Biographies: 

 

Igor Rausis is 50 years old and living in Varnsdorf, Czech Republic. Igor became an International Grandmaster at the age of 30.  Igor has been a member of the Latvian Olympic team at several Chess
Olympiads: as a Player, as a Coach of various team and as a Delegate.  Some of Igor’s tournament wins: 1987 Prague Cedok Open, 1989 Muenchen Invitational, 1992 Moscow Invitational, 1995 Paris Open, 1995 Heart of Finland Open, 1997 Paris Invitational
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Praveer Sharan, a first grader in the Oak Creek Elementary School at Lake Oswego, OR, is the Oregon State K-2 chess champion for 2010 and 2011. He won the US National chess championship in the K-1 section in May 2010. In addition, Praveer has won several local chess championships held in the Portland area, including the City of Portland championship in 2010.

 

Local Contacts:

Paul Leblanc    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it     250-388-5187

Brian Raymer This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it     250-595-0025

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Midnight Blitz Results   25 players played in the midnight blitz.  Noam Davies was a clear 1st with 9/10.  Ray Wu 1st U1700 $25  Jill Ding and Adam tied for 1st U1400 - $15 each.

 

The GPO has started  Round 2 begins at 12 noon. 104 players are registered this year. 

Click here  http://monroi.com/2011grand-pacific-open-chess-championship-home.html for pairings and more info.

 

The Grand Pacific Open is BC's largest chess event and this will be it's 5th annual!  The main event is a 6 round FIDE and CFC rated Swiss with $4250 in prizes.   There are also a number of side events which are free if you play in the main event and include a Scholastic tournament, an active tournament, Midnight Blitz with $100 in prizes, and a Bughouse tournament to finish off the weekend.

 

The tournament hall itself is the very nice ballroom at the 5 Star Hotel Grand Pacific.  The hotel is located on the Inner Harbour in downtown Victoria, close to tourist destinations and across the street from the Seatle Clipper and Coho ferry connections.

 

We now have a number of Sponsors for the 5th Annual Grand Pacific Open.  See our Sponsors page for a list.  Thanks for supporting our sponsors.  The Bard and Banker Scottish Brew Pub is sponsoring the Grand Pacific Open.  There will be an informal gathering at the Bard and Banker on Sunday April 24 starting at 3:15pm - 5:30pm. Enjoy half price appetizers, a drink or dinner and help support the Bard.

 

Thanks too to those who have donated to the Grand Pacific Open.

 

 
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