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
ACA News

February 18, 2018: ACA Survey for Clubs
The ACA is redesigning the way we support affiliated clubs. If you have had an active role in starting or running an ACA-affiliated club, or if you are interested in starting one, please take a few minutes to fill out our survey. Please respond by March 5, 2018. SURVEY.

February 17, 2018:
Upcoming: Alberta Youth Chess Championship
The 2018 AYCC will be held next weekend, February 24-25, at the Sheraton Cavalier in Calgary. Registrations are still available. This junior tournament splits players into six categories: U-18, U-16, U-14, U-12, U-10, and U-8. Tournament page.

February 17, 2018:
ACA games database has been updated
The 2017 Calgary Intertional, Medicine Hat Open, Battle of Alberta, and miscellaneous games have been added & the database has been cleaned up. Current database (2017-2018).

February 11, 2018:
Robert Sasata wins the 2017 Northern Alberta Open
Robert Sasata (2327) out of Saskatchewan was the clear winner of the Northern Alberta Open this weekend with 4.5/5. Four players split second place with 4/5: FM Ian Findlay (2307) , FM Dale Haessel (2292), Peter Kalisvaart (2116), and Hafiz Karmali (2051). The Under 2000/Under 1800 prizes went to Andi Superceanu (1725) and Dustin Koperski (1793) (3.5/5). Ron Offengenden, Lucy Chao, and Jason Green (2.5/5) split the Under-1600 prize. As Sasata is ineligible to play in the 2018 Alberta Chess Championship due to residency restrictions, the Northern Alberta spot in that tournament will go to the ratings list (as of March 2, 2018).

February 6, 2018:
The University of Alberta wins the University Battle of Alberta by default
The best individual player was Lucy Chao, who finished with 7/8. Gerald Aspler took second with 6.5/8, and Mark Tuvera was third with 6/8. Pictures and results.

February 5, 2018:
The Northern Alberta Open is this weekend!
22 players are pre-registered for this tournament, which runs Feb 10-11. Top seeds are FM Ian Findlay and FM Loren Laceste. The winner, if Albertan, earns the right to join the 2018 Alberta Chess Championship (confirmed participants include Bitan Banjeree, Gary Ng, and Omid Malek). Full details.

January 30, 2018:
University Battle of Alberta is this weekend!
This tournament is open for everyone. Rapid time controls. At the University of Alberta Student Union Building, rounds start at 10 AM. Full Details.

January 27, 2018:
Northern Alberta Open - Soon!
The 2018 Northern Alberta Open is happening in Edmonton in just two weeks (Feb 10-11). Ten players are already registered, including top seed FM Ian Findlay. The winner, if Albertan, qualifies to the 2018 Alberta Closed. Full details.

January 20, 2018:
Minutes from recent Budget Meeting
The minutes are now available from the recent Budget Meeting. The ACA is discontinuing the current format of the Road Warrior program. It will be replaced at a later date.

January 15, 2018
: FM Ian Findlay wins Schleinich Memorial
FM Findlay was impressive in the recent tournament, winning his section with 4.5/5. Other sections winners were Andrew Chen & Jim Daniluk (3.5/5); Paul Usselman (4.5/5); Maxim Vasic (4/5); and Griffin Naugler & Maxim Bryuzgin (4/5.) 30 players participated.

December 28, 2017:
Gary Ng awarded Fide Master title
Calgarian Gary Ng has been officially awarded his FM title by FIDE. He earned the title back in November during his perfomance at the Edmonton Fall Sectional.

December 28, 2017:
Upcoming: Schleinich Memorial
Registrations and payment for the Schleinich Memorial are due by Tuesday, January 2nd. This Calgary tournament is a sectional with an extended time control, and it runs from January 5-7. Organizer & Director: Jim Daniluk. 31 people are currently registered.

December 27, 2017:
2018 Canadian Women's Championship is underway in Montreal
Albertans Lucy Chao and WIM Agnieszka Matras-Clement recieved invites to the 10-person round robin. Results. Live Games. More information.

December 21, 2017:
Submissions request for the January 2018 ACR
The ACA is taking submissions for the January 2018 ACR, which will cover the Alberta Open, Banff Open, Edmonton Fall Sectional, Southern Alberta Open, WBX, and Alberta Junior Championship. Of particular interest is game analysis, tournament writeups, and photos. Please send submission to Leah at by January 10. The October 2017 issue of the ACR is in its final stages and will be published in the next few weeks.

December 21, 2017
: Budget Proposals due by January 7
Requests for budget proposals must be submitted by January 7 to be eligible for funding for the upcoming year. This is earlier than previously reported, as the ACA Board had to change the date of the budget meeting.

December 17, 2017:
The WBX Team Tournament concludes
First place was won by Rafael Arruebarrena, Anuar Caldera, and Yash Darvekar (11/15). Second went to Vladimir Pechenkin, Robert Brazeau, and Dustin Koperski (10/11). Arruebarrena was also perfect on board one with 5/5. Anuar won board two (with help from Daryl Bertrand) with 4/5, while Koperski won board three with 4.5/5.

December 17, 2017:
Edmonton Junior Chess Club (EJCC)
Several people have been working hard over the last year to bring back junior chess at the Edmonton Chess Club. Here is a rudimentary webpage for the EJCC that will be updated as dates and programs become available.

December 6, 2017:
ACA Board Update - 2018 Tournament Schedule is Up
The 2018 Planning Meeting was held in Red Deer on Sunday, December 3. Minutes are here. The 2018 Tournament schedule is here. New additions include the Alberta Blitz Championship, the Junior Battle of Alberta, and the 2018 Canadian Seniors Championship. The next board meeting will be the Budget Meeting on Saturday, January 27. Budget proposals can be sent to until January 7.

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Recent tournaments

Schleinich Memorial
January 5-7, 2018
Organizer: Jim Daniluk

Calgary Regional Youth Chess Championship
January 20, Calgary;
Organizer: Vera Li

Edmonton Regional Youth Chess Championship
January 28, Edmonton; Organizer: Cristian Ivanescu

Fort McMurray Regional Youth Chess Championship
January 28, Fort McMurray; Organizer: Jina Burn

University Battle of Alberta
February 3-4, Edmonton; Organizer: Jordan Rohatynski

Northern Alberta Open
February 10-11, Edmonton; Organizer: Ali Razzaq

Upcoming events

Alberta Youth Chess Championship
February 24-25, Calgary; Organizer: Vera Li

2nd Steinitz-Menchik Chess Classic
March 10-11, Calgary; Organizer: Stefan Sklenka

Edmonton Seniors Championship
March 17-18, Edmonton; Organizer: Terry Seehagen

Alberta Chess Challenge
March 24, Red Deer; Organizer: Cristian Ivanescu

Alberta Chess Championship
March 30-April 1, Edmonton; Organizer: Micah Hughey

Alberta Reserves
March 31-April 1, Edmonton; Organizer: Micah Hughey