Alberta Chess Association
Welcome to the Alberta Chess Association!
The Alberta Chess Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of chess in Alberta. We are affiliated with the Chess Federation of Canada and provide support to players and organizers province wide.
We gratefully acknowledge the support we receive from the Recreation and Physical Activity Division of Alberta Culture and Tourism!
ACA Contact Info
Executive Director: Leah Hughey
October 16, 2017: Upcoming: Edmonton Fall Sectional
There is still time to register for the Fall Sectional (October 27-29). The registration cut-off date is 7PM on Oct 23. This tournament features groups of six player round robins. Pairings are announced ahead of time. Organizer Micah Hughey is accepting e-transfers to cover entry fees. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Full details.
October 9, 2017: WIM Agnieszka Matras-Clement and Gary Ng win the 2017 Alberta Open
The two led after round five, then agreed to a quick round six draw, and no one else caught them. After tiebreaks, Gary wins the qualifying spot to the 2018 Alberta Closed. Third place was a five way tie between Daryl Bertrand, FM Ian Findlay, Ian Zhao, FM Dale Haessel, and Peter Kalisvaart. The Under-1800 prizes went to David Yao and Jordan Rohatynski. Final standings will be posted in the next few days.
October 9, 2017: Yash Darvekar wins Under-1600 section of the Alberta Open
Yash, the second-highest rated player, won 6 out of 6 games. Second place went to Paul Le with 5/6, and third was a tie between Joe Wong and Alex Han with 4/6.
October 9, 2017: 2017 Annual General Meeting Results
On October 8, between rounds at the Alberta Open, the ACA held its annual general meeting. Board elections were held for president, treasurer, and 4 two-year directors. Vlad Rekhson and Ali Razzaq will be returning as president and treasurer, respectively. Dale Haessel will return as a director. Joining him will be three new board members: Wojtek, Daryl Bertrand, and Jordan Rohatynski. Minutes are available here.
October 6, 2017: Alberta Open starts tomorrow!
55 people are preregistered for the event, which will be held at the Chateau Lacombe in downtown Edmonton. Prizes are expected to be $3,000, plus the winner (if Albertan) qualifies to the 2018 Alberta Championship.
October 1, 2017: Mark Ivanescu wins Edmonton Junior Regional
Mark Ivanescu (1683) upset ratings favorite Matthew Zita (1736) in the third round and went on to finish with 4.5/5, thereby qualifying to the Alberta Junior Championship. Matthew finished second, while Julian Lau and Andi Superceanu finished third. In the Under-1300 section, Paul Le was a perfect 5/5. Sixteen players participated in the event. Photos. Standings.
September 29, 2017: Two International Masters have joined the Banff Open
IM Brian Hartman (2411) and IM Mark Ginsburg (2358) have both registered for the tournament in November. There are 15 players currently registered. Tournament page.
September 27, 2017: Andre Angelo Tolentino wins Calgary Junior Regional
Tolentino finished the event with 4/5 and thus qualified to the Alberta Junior Championship in November. Second place was split between Vishruth Sharma, Aditya Raninga, Andrew Chen, and Patrick Angelo Tolentino. Maxim Bryuzgin won the Under-1300 with a perfect 7/7, while Jinghui Bai won the Under-800 section with 6/7. Standings are here.
September 26, 2017: Findlay wins 23rd Medicine Hat Open
FM Ian Findlay finished with 4.5/5 to win the annual Medicine Hat Open, only suffering a final round draw to Micah Hughey. Hughey finished in a four-way for second (3.5/5), along with Bhavik Dave, Mark Linnick, and Sean Perron. Final Standings are here. Photos are available on the ACA facebook page.
September 26, 2017: Upcoming: Edmonton Junior Regional
There is still time to preregister for the Edmonton Junior Regional. The event will be held at the Edmonton Chess Club on Sept 30-Oct 1. This is a qualifier for the Alberta Junior Championship. Tournament Page.
September 22, 2017: Upcoming: Medicine Hat Open
The 23rd annual Medicine Hat Open takes place this weekend, Sept 23-24. 18 players are preregistered, including top seeds FM Ian Findlay (2213) and Micah Hughey (2061). See tournament page here.
September 10, 2017: Team North wins Battle of Alberta
The Northern team repeated as champions for the fourth consecutive year after taking out Team South 14-10. Photos are available on the ACA facebook page.
September 10, 2017: Alberta Open Hotel
The 2017 Alberta Open will be held at Chateau Lacombe in downtown Edmonton. Please see the main tournament page for reservation details. The Alberta Open runs over the Thanksgiving long weekend, Oct 7-9, and features an expected prize fund of $3,000.
September 6, 2017: Upcoming: Battle of Alberta
This weekend, Red Deer will host twenty-four of the best chess players in Alberta at the annual Battle of Alberta. Team North is looking to defend its 3-year win streak. Pairings are available on the tournament page.
August 28, 2017: Over/Under 1800 concludes
This weekend, the Calgary Chess Club hosted the Over/Under 1800. In the Over section, Dale Haessel (2316) took first with 4.5/5, Gary Ng (2371) second with 4/5, and Itohan Gold (2089) third with 3.5/5. In the Under section, Mark Linnick (1675) went 4.5/5 for first and Paul Wang (1520) 4/5 for second, while Aditya Raninga (1515) and Maxim Vasic (1283) split third with 3.5/5. Over standings; under standings. Pictures.
August 26, 2017: Alberta Open
Registration is open for the 2017 Alberta Open, which will be held in Edmonton over Thanksgiving weekend (Oct 7-9). $3,000 in guaranteed prizes, contingent only on there being 30 paid players! First prize is expected to be $1,000, plus the winner, if Albertan, qualifies to the 2018 Alberta Closed. Discounts for juniors, seniors, and those playing in the Under-1600 section. Details.
August 16, 2017: Upcoming: Over/Under 1800
One of the most unique tournaments of the year will be coming up soon in Calgary - from August 26-27. Players are split into two sections based on rating, which helps ensure more competitive games. For complete details, see here.
August 9, 2017: Alberta CFC voting members needed
The Chess Federation of Canada has its annual general meeting coming up on Aug 20-27. Alberta is entitled to 5 representatives at the meeting (which is held online). If you are a current CFC member and willing to vote on CFC matters, please email email@example.com by Tuesday, August 15.
August 8, 2017: The Calgary International concludes
The Calgary International finished yesterday with GM Victor Mikhalevsky (2533) scoring a final round win to clench first place with 7.5/9. Second place went to GM Bator Sambuev (2522 - 7/9), while GM Timur Gareyev (2620) and GM Razvan Preotu (2501) split third with 6.5/9. FM Dale Haessel (2205) was the highest placed Albertan. He tied for fifth out of 34 with 5.5/9. Full standings.
August 4, 2017: Calgary International games are now live
Current games, from Round 4, are GM Gareyev - GM Mikhalevsky, FM Cao - GM Moradiabadi, and Yoo - GM Sambuev. Upcoming broadcasts: round 5/6 - Saturday, 11 AM & 6 PM, round 7/8 - Sunday, 11 AM & 6 PM, round 9 - Monday, 11 am. Click here for games.
August 3, 2017: 10th Calgary International Chess Classic is underway
The Calgary International kicked off last night. Six grandmasters are participating in the event. Round three will start tonight at 6 PM. Pairings. Standings. Live games will be posted here once technical difficulties are sorted out. PGNs will also be posted as they become available. Upcoming rounds: Aug 4th - 6 PM, Aug 5th - 11 AM, 6 PM, Aug 6th - 11 AM, 6 PM, Aug 7th - 11 AM.
July 17, 2017: Upcoming: Calgary International
The 10th Calgary International will take place from August 2-7. Registrations are still available for players with a FIDE rating over 1800. Confirmed Grandmasters include Timur Gareyev (2620), Julio Becerra Rivero (2556), Elshan Moradiabadi (2550), Victor Mikhalevski (2540), Bator Sambuev (2513), & Canadian Champion Razvan Preotu (2496). Side events include a Grandmaster Chess Camp for juniors, simul, lecture, and blitz championship. The airport Travelodge is offering a $69 rate for participants who book by July 21 and mention 'Alberta chess.'
July 17, 2017: Canadian Open Concludes
Impressive Albertan performances included FM Diwen Shi tying for 7th in the Masters section and Ian Zhao tying for 6th in the Under-2200 section, both with 5.5/9. Standings. Additionally, here are the CYCC standings. Shi tied for 2nd in his age group, while Anand Rishi Chandra tied for 1st.
July 8, 2017: 2017 CYCC is underway; Canadian Open starts soon
Numerous Alberta juniors - including all six champions - have gone to Sault Ste. Marie, ON for the 2017 Canadian Youth Chess Championship. Site. Pairings/Standings. Live Games. Many of the players will be staying on for the Canadian Open, which begins on July 8.
July 3, 2017: Lucy Chao is Alberta Women's Champion
Edmonton's Lucy Chao went a perfect 5/5 over the weekend, including a second round defeat of ratings favorite Jina Burn. Jina finished second with 3.5/5, while Roni Gutin and Ancy Chacko shared third with 3/5. Final Standings.
July 3, 2017: Ico Van Den Born claims first at Fort McMurray
Van Den Born (1835) defeated ratings favorite Rob Gardner in Round 4. He finished with 4.5/5, while Gardner won second with 4/5. Cristian Ivanescu finished third with 3.5/5. Final Standings.
June 26, 2017: Upcoming: Fort McMurray Open and Alberta Women's Championship
This weekend, July 1-2, Fort McMurray will host the Open (more than $2,000 in guaranteed prizes) as well as the Women's Championship ($1,000 travel grant for first place - rules apply.) CFC & FIDE rated, no entry fee, lunch provided for preregistered players. 5 round swiss, game in 90 minutes + 30 second increment. CFC membership required & available on-site. The Open will also feature a juniors-only reserves (no CFC membership required.)
June 25, 2017: Edmonton International & Open concludes
GM Alex Shabalov dominated the International with a score of 8.5/9. Second place went to GM Enrico Sevillano (7/9), while Bitan Banerjee took third (6/9.) Full standings. In the Open, Michael Ludwig and Alvin Guevarra split first (4/5). Class prizes went to Arul Papneja and Cameron Ratte (U-1900 - 3.5/5) and James Windram (U-1600 - 3/5.) Full standings.
June 25, 2017: April Alberta Chess Report is available
The April 2017 edition of the Alberta Chess Report is available here. Corrections and comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. This issues covers Alberta tournaments from December 2016 - March 2017, including the WBX, Schleinich, Alberta Youth, Northern Alberta Open, and more.
June 21, 2017: Edmonton International is underway
The Edmonton International started last night at the Edmonton Chess Club. Visiting Grandmasters Alex Shabalov and Enrico Sevillano began with wins, as did the top rated Albertan, IM Edward Porper . The top two boards will be broadcast here. Standings will be updated on facebook and the EI site. Spectators are welcome.
June 12, 2017: Findlay, Malek win Calgary International Qualifier
FM Ian Findlay and Omid Malek both finished with 4.5/5 at this weekend's tournament. Findlay received the qualifying spot on tiebreak. Class prizes were awarded to Dustin Rogers (U-2000), Vishruth Sharma (U-1800), Art Milne and Mike Scholz (U-1600), and Paul Wang (U-1400).
June 6, 2017: Upcoming: Calgary International Qualifier and Fundraiser
This weekend, June 10-11, the Calgary Chess Club will be hosting the qualifier and fundraiser for the Calgary International, which will be held in early August. The winner of the qualifier will receive free entry to the Calgary International. 50% of the entries will be returned as prizes. Full details.
June 6, 2017: FM Findlay wins Trumpeter Classic
FM Ian Findlay won the Trumpeter Classic, scoring 4/5. Second place was a tie between Eddie Tjandrajana and Piotr Pisanski with 3.5/5, with numerous players receiving class prizes as well. More than $1,500 was given out in cash prizes.
May 31, 2017: Upcoming: Trumpeter Classic - Grande Prairie
This weekend, June 3-4, Grande Prairie will host the 34th annual Trumpeter Classic Chess Tournament. Expected prize fund is $1800 (based on 20 paid entries.) Game in 90 minutes + 30 second increment. CFC & FIDE rated. CFC membership required & available on site. Full details.
May 24, 2017: Team Alberta finishes 4th at the Canadian Chess Challenge
Over the holiday weekend, 12 juniors traveled to Toronto to represent Alberta at the national chess challenge tournament. Team Alberta beat NS, SK, NB, NL, MB, & PE soundly, but lost to ON, QC, & BC. Individual medalists were Matthew Ivanescu, Vishruth Sharma, Paul Wang, Ian Zhao, Andre Tolentino, and FM Diwen Shi. Full Standings.
May 24, 2017: 2017 Red Deer Open Results
On May 13-14, the ACA hosted the annual Red Deer Open. FM Ian Findlay took first place with 4/5. Junior Andrew Chen scored 3.5/5, including a round 3 draw with Findlay, and finished second. Full standings.
May 8, 2017: Upcoming: ACA Casino - Volunteers Needed - Edmonton
On Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28, the ACA will be hosting its two day, semi-annual casino event. This is the ACA's biggest fundraiser - the money gained helps the ACA support tournaments all over the province and directly provides funding for travel awards, equipment, and more. A number of volunteers are needed to work in the downtown Edmonton casino on these dates. To volunteer, please contact Leah Hughey at email@example.com
May 5, 2017: Upcoming: Red Deer Open
Next weekend, May 13-14, the ACA will host the annual Red Deer Open in Red Deer. This is a five round open swiss, CFC & FIDE rated. Plenty of spots are still available. This is the only ACA tournament in May, so be sure to come out and play. Details here.
April 30, 2017: Gardner, Frialde win Edmonton International Qualifier & Fundraiser
Rob Gardner and Arniel Frialde both finished with 4.5/5 (with a head-to-head draw) to win this weekend's tournament. Gardner won the right to play in the Edmonton International on tiebreak. Class prizes were awarded to David Ludwig (3.5/5, Under-2000); Joseph Young and James Ivey (3/5, Under-1800); and Yash Darvekar, Sydney Mah, Dean MacDonald, and James Windram (2/5, Under-1600). 43 players turned out for the event. Final standings.
April 26, 2017: Upcoming: Edmonton International Qualifier and Fundraiser
This weekend, April 29-30, the Edmonton Chess Club will be hosting the annual qualifier and fundraiser for the Edmonton International. The tournament is a five round, open swiss, CFC & FIDE rated. The top finisher will have a chance to play in the Edmonton International (conditions apply.) Full details.
April 16, 2017: Bitan Banerjee repeats as Alberta champion
Bitan Banerjee had a come from behind victory today as he reeled off four straight wins in order to win the 2017 Alberta Closed. Second place went to FM Dale Haessel with 3.5/5, while Belsar Valencia finished third with 3/5. Final Standings.
April 16, 2017: Gerald Aspler wins Alberta Reserves
Earlier today, Gerald Aspler clenched first place in the Alberta Reserves after three wins and two draws. Coming in second were Steve Sklenka and Brian Timmerman. Final standings.
April 13, 2017: Alberta Chess Challenge Concludes
Last weekend saw 66 juniors travel to Red Deer to compete in the Alberta Chess Challenge for a chance to go to the nationals. First place went to Matthew Ivanescu, Yash Darvekar, Anand Chandra, Vishruth Sharma, Paul Wang, Andi Superceanu, Ian Zhao, Andrew Xu, Patrick Tolentino, Andre Tolentino, Jean Gueco, and Diwen Shi. Second place went to Jerry Ming, Ben Swertz, Ricky Chen, Hemant Srinivasan, Mark Ivanescu, Julian Lau, Nikita Taranik, Jerry Li, Jeff Wang, Lucy Chao & Chenxi Wu, Johnny Burn, and Cameron Ratte.
April 12, 2017: Upcoming: Alberta Closed and Reserves
This weekend, April 14-16, the Calgary Chess Club will host the 2017 edition of the Alberta Championship and Reserves. The Reserves starts on April 15; participants will get to play alongside the best players in Alberta. To register, go here.
April 10, 2017: Booker wins Alberta Seniors Championship
Brad Booker repeated as Alberta Seniors Champion this weekend, when he won clear first with 4/5. Second place went to FM Ian Findlay with 3.5/5, while NM Arniel Frialde and Jim Daniluk tied for third with 3/5. Full standings.
April 5, 2017: Upcoming: Alberta Seniors Championship and Alberta Chess Challenge
This weekend will feature two ACA tournaments. First, Edmonton will host the Alberta Seniors Championship on Apr 8-9; anyone who will be 50 by the year's end is eligible. Prizes include a valuable travel grant. Second, Red Deer will host the Alberta Chess Challenge--this is a rapid tournament for juniors--on Apr 8. Winners will go on to represent Alberta at the national competition.
April 4, 2017: 2017 Lethbridge Open
Last weekend, April 1-2, fourteen players took part in the Lethbridge Open. Clear first went to Mike Zeggelaar, who scored 4.5/5. Mike was only short of a perfect score due to a final round draw with Tristan Tran-Ly. Tristan shared second place with Bhavik Dave (3.5/5). Adam Szulski won the U-1700 class prize with 3/5, while Paul Viminitz took the U-1500 prize with 2/5. Yash Darvekar won the Road Warrior prize. Final standings are here.
March 29, 2017: Request for submissions
The ACA is currently taking submissions for the April edition of the Alberta Chess Report (ACR). This ACR will focus on events from Jan-Mar of this year, including the Schleinich Memorial, the Alberta Youth Chess Championship & Regionals, the University Battle of Alberta, the Northern Alberta Open, the Calgary Seniors Championship, the March of Kings, and the Alberta Active Championship. Submissions can include, but are not limited to, tournament reports, game analysis and annotation, photos, and chess-related stories of interest. Please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, April 10th.
March 27, 2017: Upcoming: 2017 Lethbridge Open
This weekend, April 1-2, the city of Lethbridge will be hosting the annual Lethbridge Open. This tournament is a great chance to mix serious chess with social fun. Paul Viminitz will host a free wine tasting at his home after the Saturday games. CFC and FIDE rated.
March 27, 2017: Upcoming: Calgary Tournament Directing Workshop
This weekend, April 1-2, International Arbiter Vlad Rekhson will be conducting a workshop for tournament directors at the Calgary Chess Club. Anyone who is interested in directing tournaments can attend. For full information, go here.
March 27, 2017: 2017 Alberta Active Championship Concludes
This year's edition of the Active Championship was held in Red Deer over the weekend and featured some of the strongest players in the province. First place was shared by FM Ian Findlay and CM Rafael Arruebarrena (4.5/5). Third place went to Belsar Valencia (4/5), and the top junior was Jeff Wang (3.5/5.) Class prizes were awarded to Bogdan Superceanu, Arul Papneja, and Yash Darvekar. Final standings are available here.
March 13, 2017: 2017 March of Kings Concludes
The annual Calgary tournament included a four-way tie for first place (4/5) between Gary Ng, FM Ian Findlay, FM Dale Haessel, and Jerry Kobalenko. Class prizes went to Georgi Kostadinov, Bhavik Dave, Adam Harris, and Jim Daniluk (U-2200, 3/5); Brian Timmerman and Vishruth Sharma (U-1800, 3/5); and Paul Wang and Yash Darvekar (U-1400, 2/5.) Full standings are available here.
March 10, 2017: 2017 Calgary Regional Youth Chess Championship
The Calgary Junior Chess Club hosted this popular event at the University of Calgary in January. Sixty-four juniors played in six different sections. Winners included Ali Parsae, Anand Chandra, Ricky Chen, Ian Zhao, Arul Papneja, and Andre Tolentino. Runners-up were Ali Abdulla, Jerry Ming, Vishruth Sharma, Paul Wang, Andrew Xu, and Patrick Tolentino. Full standings are available here.
March 10, 2017: 2017 Lethbridge Regional Youth Chess Championship
Lethbridge had eighteen junior players turn out for their regional championship in January. Section winners were Wilson Wong, Akshara Nagaruru, and Mattias Saad. Runners-up were Jeran Lynnes, Munkhu Batbayar, and Quinn Laurendeau-Adams. Prizes included free entry into the Alberta Youth Chess Championship and coaching awards valued at $100 each.
March 3, 2017: 2017 Calgary Seniors Championship Concludes
The Calgary Chess Club hosted their regional seniors championship over the weekend. Ratings favortie FM Ian Findlay took clear first with 4.5/5 and was only kept from a perfect score by a final round draw with second place finisher Husain Ali (4/5.) Jim Daniluk took third with 3.5/5.
February 28, 2017: 2017 AYCC Concludes
The ACA hosted the 2017 edition of the Alberta Youth Chess Championship this weekend. The tournament featured 6 sections with 66 total participants. Section winners included Diwen Shi, Jeff Wang, Kaixin Wang, Ian Zhao, Felix Lin, and Anand Chandra. Second place went to Matthew Zita, Karlo Gasparac, Michelle Mo, Julian Lau, Vishruth Sharma, and Leo Lin. Full standings are available on the tournament page.
February 20: 2017 Northern Alberta Open Concludes
This weekend, the Edmonton Chess Club hosted the Northern Alberta Open, in which 37 players participated. Ratings favorite Bitan Banerjee won clear first (4.5/5) with a final round victory over close competitor Rafael Arruebarrena. Omid Malek and Dante Briones shared second place (4.0/5). Class prizes were awarded to Peter Kalisvaart and Daryl Bertrand (U-2200), Bhavik Dave, Damon MacLeod, and Rick Pedersen (U-2000), and Mark Ivanescu and Cameron Ratte (U-1800/U-1600).
February 20: New Executive Director Hired
Thank you to Vladimir Pechenkin for serving as the Executive Director for the last few years.
As of February 20, the ACA has hired Leah Hughey as his replacement. Please continue using email@example.com for all ACA related inquiries.
January 19: ACA is seeking a full time Administrator (Executive Director)
Please see the ED job description for more details. Applications may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31, 2017.
January 8: 2017 John Schleinich Memorial Sectional
The traditional annual event was held at the Calgary Chess Club over the course of the weekend and featured 4 sections of 6 players, slotted according to their ratings. In Section A FMs Dale Haessel and Ian Findlay shared the first place with 4/5, the third place went to Jerry Kobalenko (3.5/5).
Section B was won by Behrooz Ebrahim-Shirazi (4/5). Bradley Willis finished second (3.5/5) and Dustin Rogers took clear third (3/5).
Section C again featured a tie for the first place between Brian Timmerman and Ian Zhao. Both players ended up with 4/5. The third place was also shared by two players as both Arul Papneja and Arthur Milne scored 3/5.
Finally, Section D was won convincingly by Anand Rishi Chandra with a score of 4.5/5. Steve Sklenka took clear second (4/5) and Frank Knoll finished third (3/5).
The tournament was organized and directed by Frank Kluytmans. Final standings for all four sections may be found on the event website.
January 8: Executive Director (ED) Position
The ED position will become vacant on January 23. Interested individuals are invited to submit applications for this administrator position by sending an email to email@example.com. More details will be posted up soon.
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Battle of Alberta
September 9, Red Deer, Organizer: Alexey Taranik, Micah Hughey, Gary Ng
Calgary Jr. Regional
September 16-17, Calgary, Organizer: Frank Kluytmans
23rd Medicine Hat Open
September 23-24, Medicine Hat
Organizer: Dr. William P. Taylor
Edmonton Jr. Regional
Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Edmonton
Organizer: Dustin Koperski
October 7-9, Edmonton, Organizer: Ali Razzaq
ACA Annual General Meeting
Oct. 8, 3:30 PM
Edmonton Fall Sectional
October 27-29, Edmonton, Organizer: Micah Hughey
November 10-12, Banff, Organizer: Ian Findlay
Alberta Jr. Championship
November 18-19, Calgary, Organizer: IA Vlad Rekhson
Southern Alberta Open
November 25-26, Calgary, Organizer: Frank Kluytmans