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2011 Canadian Chess Player of the Year - Mark Bluvshtein!
2011 Canadian Chess Player of the Year is Grandmaster Mark Bluvshtein of Toronto, Ontario, the fourth time he has won this honour. The highlight of Bluvshtein's year of international competitions was his tie for first place in the Pan-American Chess Championship in April. Second place in the voting was taken by Grandmaster Bator Sambuev of Montreal, Quebec, who won the Canadian Chess Championship in May, thereby setting a record for the highest ever Chess Federation of Canada rating by a Canadian. Third place was earned by Michael Song of Toronto, Ontario for his Bronze Medal at the World Under-12 Chess Championship in November.
The 9th annual vote was conducted by a poll of Canadian Chess Journalists. One ballot is reserved for voting by chess fans. In the Fan Ballot, the winner is Melissa Giblon of Thornhill, Ontario. Giblon won the Canadian Girls Under 12 Chess Championship with a perfect score in July. Second place went to Nikolay Noritsyn of Richmond Hill, Ontario, winner of the Quebec Open Chess Championship in July. He was followed by Bluvshtein in third place.
15th Canadian Women's Chess Championship 2011
I was pleased to serve as Chief Organizer of the 15th Canadian Women's Chess Championship 2011 run by Chess Institute of Canada. Please see the web site of the Annex Chess Club for details. Congratulations to new Canadian Women's Champion Natalia Khoudgarian!
I was pleased to serve as Chief Organizer for the 48th Canadian Open Chess Championship 2011 run by Chess Institute of Canada. Please see their web site for announcements about their 2011 Toronto Labour Day Open Tournament, 2011 Toronto Thanksgiving Day Open Tournament, and their Summer 2012 Children's Day Camp and Open Chess Tournament.
'Checkmate', report by Allison Vuchnich, produced by Krysia Collyer, Generation: Inspiration, Global-TV evening news, 2011.06.24 - profile of Mark Bluvshtein; interviews with Ilia Bluvshtein and David Cohen.
Canadian Chess Hall of Fame - 2011 inductee
Join us for our 2011 induction and plaque presentation by Lithuania's Ambassador to Canada, Her Excellency Ms. Ginte Damusis, to the family of Povilas Vaitonis at the 48th Canadian Open Chess Championship, 11:00am, Saturday, July 9, 2011, Yonge Room, Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, Ontario. Grandmaster Eduardas Rozentalis of Lithuania will give the Hall of Fame Lecture on International Master Povilas Vaitonis. Free and open to the public.
Chess is Awesome
Why play chess? Why teach chess? Why sponsor chess? Watch the new 90 second video Chess is Awesome starring Ted Winick, President, Chess Institute of Canada; and friends Theadora, Joseph and Mary.
Executive Producer and Script: Ted Winick; Consultant: David Cohen; Director of Photography: Carlos Esteves. Copyright 2011 by Chess Institute of Canada.
2010 Canadian Chess Player of the Year - Jason Cao
World Under-10 Chess Champion Jason Cao of Victoria, BC was voted 2010 Canadian Chess Player of the Year. Jason is the first player to win both the Fan Ballot and the overall voting by Canadian Chess journalists. Thanks to all who voted. You can check out some Canadian chess players and their accomplishments in 2010.
Sponsored by Chess Institute of Canada and Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto.
Pairings, results, photos, reports, games.
Organizer: David Cohen.
Pairings, results, photos, reports, games.
Organizer: Chess Institute of Canada.
Canadian Chess Hall of Fame - 2010 Inductee
View the display for the 2010 induction and plaque presentation to Zvonko Vranesic at the Closing Dinner of the 47th Canadian Open Chess Championship, July 18, 2010, Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, Ontario.
GM Alexei Shirov simultaneous exhibition at Scarborough Chess Club
2009 Canadian Chess Player of the Year / Le joueur d'échecs canadien de l'année 2009 - Jean Hébert!
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A weekly newsletter devoted to Canadian Chess. Appears every Wednesday. Back issues are kept on-line for browsing. Contributions and advertisements are welcomed.
Canadian Chess History
Compiled and written by Canadian Chess historian David Cohen.
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