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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Canadian Open Chess Championship begins

I have begun playing in my first Canadian Open Chess Championship. What a thrill and I am playing really well so far. I have played 3 players who are all from Edmonton and I have a win, a draw, and a loss (I should have won that game I lost grr ). The best parts of this event so far are:

(a)players from Edmonton are doing really well. On Monday night Fide Master Vladimir Pechenkin gained a draw with GM Michael Adams of England! That must have been quite a thrill for Vladimir as Adams is the 35th highest-rated player in the World!

(b)I am volunteering at the event as well, it is great to help our the tournament's chief organizer,Micah Hughey, and Vlad Rekhson - Chief Arbiter. I help set up the boards and clocks, and help players who need assistance, when my game is over.

I hope those of you who live in Edmonton or near Edmonton, and who read this might consider coming down to the Delta Edmonton Centre Suite Hotel at 10222 - 102 Street, in Edmonton, to see some of the best players in the world play! Here is a link to the schedule:

I will update you on the tournament as I get time during the rest of the week!

In closing,I hope you will check out the Chessbase story on the event at:

1 comment:

brankat said...

Hi Wayne!

Since I don't have a Viever Deluxe, I'll check the games later either on the official site or in the CG database once they are posted there.

The behaviour of Your opponent was certainly rude and un-called for. Some people are like that, so don't let it bother You.

Best of luck in Your next game.

Sincerely, Branko.

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