The pieces are set. The matches have been prepared. The time is now for the 2015 Ontario Open Chess Championships.
The Brantford Chess Club (est. 1920) will host skilled chess players May 16-18, 2015 at the Quality Inn & Suites Brantford. Approximately 150 people from all over the province, as well as North America, will test their mastery of this ancient game that has been played for over 1500 years.
Organizers have been busy preparing for this unique tournament and have put together an excellent schedule for chess enthusiasts. The event kicks off with a short opening ceremony with Brantford’s own Town Crier, David McKee, and his proclamation to start the tournament. It will also include a ceremonial “first move” on a hand crafted chess board that will be given out as a prize at the end of the event.
The Brantford Chess Club will also be honouring a young chess player for her amazing play on the world stage. Ottawa’s Qiyu Zhou will be presented with a cheque from local associations as well as a ceramic plaque created by Rose Risi of SmackDab Pottery here in Brantford. This is all to honour her accomplishment of winning the World Youth Chess Championship(WYCC) Girl’s Under 14 Championshiplast September in Durban, South Africa. The Brantford Chess Club wanted to bring media attention to her win on a global stage and representing Canada with class and humility. A link about her win can be found here.
On hand for the weekend tournament will be three Grandmasters where some lucky participants get a chance to test their chess abilities. They are: Bator Sambuev from Montreal and Maxim Dlugy and John Fedorowicz, both of New York. Dlugy and Fedorowicz are both part of an extra event planned by organizers. They will be giving a lecture on Saturday, May 16th at 8:30 pm (fee $20/person). With their great sense of humor and years of chess experience, this is sure to be a sought after event by chess players of all abilities.
The weekend will consist of 6 rounds of Swiss pairings. Two rounds will be played each day, one starting at 10:00 am and the second at 3:00 pm. Prizes awarded will be based on entries, but can total up to $9,500. For more information on the tournament, contact email@example.com or visit the tournament website at http://brantchess.ca/2015ontarioopen/index.html
In a town that is known for its more traditional sporting tournaments, it’s exciting to see new and unique tournaments bringing a whole different set of guests to our community. Brantford is so proud to welcome the 2015 Ontario Open Chess Championships as truly - the Tournament Capital of Ontario.