Canadian Chess

Published and copyright 2010-11 by David Cohen. Last updated: 2011.07.08.
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Pinnacle 48th Canadian Open Chess Championship 2011




Reminder: parking is available at certain public transit stations.

The Westin is located on the south side of Queens Quay, at the foot of Bay Street.

East of the Westin (going east to west, towards the hotel)

Westin Harbour Castle

Valet parking is available at the hotel playing site for $40. If you have this much money, please contact us regarding opportunities to sponsor children's chess at inner city schools.

West of the Westin (going east to west, away from the hotel)


The Westin Harbour Castle has several facilities for dining. Please mention that you are with the Chess event, so that we may receive a credit towards our food commitment to the hotel.

There's a few fast food restaurants on both sides of Queens Quay, west of the Westin.

You can also buy groceries, etc. at the Loblaws on Queens Quay at Lower Jarvis, east of the Westin, on the north side of the street.

CFC Membership

You must either be a member of the Chess Federation of Canada; or else pay a Tournament Fee good for this tournament only. If your Registration information reads "Check" in the "CFC Expiry" field, then you are not paid up. In this case, you will not be paired for any round until you do so. There are three ways to pay up:


FIDE Swiss pairings.


If a player does not show up within one hour of any round's start, then the player will lose the game by forfeit; lose the CFC rating points for the game; not lose the FIDE rating points for the game (if FIDE rated); and be removed from the tournament.


Other than the two 1/2 point byes which can be requested before the start of the tournament, a player can request additional byes for any round, but will receive zero points. If you are withdrawing from the tournament, please notify the tournament director immediately after your game, otherwise you may be paired for the next round.

Clocks and Time Control

Please bring your own clock. Thanks to the Ontario Chess Association, Annex Chess Club and 2010 Canadian Youth Chess Championships, we expect to have a large number of clocks available for borrowing. There is no fee for this service. Note that we cannot guarantee that there will be enough clocks for everyone. We will make every effort to supply digital clocks to all boards in the Open Section. Clocks supplied by the Tournament have priority.

Digital clocks are set for 40 moves/90 minutes (1:30.00); followed by a secondary time control of Sudden Death Game/30 minutes; with a 30 second increment added before each move (Fischer time control). If your clock adds the increment after each move, then set your starting time to 1:30.30. Do not use a Bronstein time control.

If a digital clock with Fischer increments is not available, an analog clock may be used with a time control of 40 moves/110 minutes (1:50) followed by Sudden Death Game/40 minutes. Set the starting time at 4:09 to flag at 6:00. When continuing play beyond 40 moves, wait for the flag to fall at 6:00, then advance the clock to 6:19. The game ends when the flag falls at 7:00.

Please note that FIDE Title Norms are possible only with the digital clocks.


Currently, only the Open Section is FIDE rated. We are willing to have the Under 2000 Section and the Under 1600 Section FIDE rated. This depends on how many FIDE rated players register for these sections. If there are enough such players to make it possible for players to get FIDE rated games, and for players with no FIDE ratings to get a new FIDE rating, then we will rate that Section with FIDE. Please keep an eye on the registration list - FIDE ratings are recorded there. We will make a final announcement close to the tournament's start. Note that you have until June 30 to switch sections.

There is no additional fee for playing in a higher section.

To determine the lowest Section you may play in, the Organizer will use your current CFC rating at the start of the tournament, most likely from the ratings published on Wednesday, July 6, 2011. Organizer reserves the right to use instead your FIDE, national federation (foreign residents), FQE (Quebec residents) or CMA (Canadian juniors) rating.

Organizer reserves the right to revise the rating of an inappropriately rated player for Section choice.


If you are unrated and playing in the Under 2000 Section or Under 1600 Section, then you can only win 25% of the prize which you would otherwise have won.

Organizer reserves the right to use your CFC, FIDE, national federation (foreign residents), FQE (Quebec residents) or CMA (Canadian juniors) rating.

Organizer reserves the right to revise the rating of an inappropriately rated player for prize eligibility purposes.

Prizes are distributed according to the Chess Federation of Canada's rules published in their Handbook, Section 16.

For age related prizes, your birth year is used:

Under 14 years old = born 1997 or later.
Under 18 years old = born 1993 or later.
At least 50 years old (senior) = born 1960 or earlier.

The Brilliancy Prize goes to the winner of the game or the maker of the sacrifice.
The Best Game Prize is shared equally by the two players.

Prize Fund

The Prize Fund is $30,000 based on 300 entries. For comparison, the 2010 Canadian Open Championship in Toronto attracted 265 players.

We are pleased to announce an additional prize for the Open Section only, as follows:

$1,000 to be shared among all players with a perfect score of 9/9;
Or, if no perfect score is achieved, then
$750 to be shared among all players with a score of 8.5/9.

A perfect score was achieved only once, by Laszlo Witt in 1962 (9/9). Giving up only one draw was achieved four times: Bent Larsen, 1968, 10.5/11; Bent Larsen, 1970, 9.5/10; Igor Ivanov, 1981, 9.5/10; Vladimir Tukmakov, 1989, 9.5/10.

Best Game prizes sponsored by Don Valley North Lexus.

Best Dressed prizes sponsored by Mark's Work Wearhouse.

Open Section 
Under 2400, 1st$1,000
Under 2400, 2nd$500
Under 2400, 3rd$250
Under 2200, 1st$1,000
Under 2200, 2nd$500
Under 2200, 3rd$250
Top Under 14 Years Old$250
Top Under 18 Years Old$250
Top Senior (50+)$250
Top Female$250
Best Game$200
Biggest Upset$50
Best Dressed$25
Under 2000 Section 
Under 1800, 1st$500
Under 1800, 2nd$250
Top Under 14 Years Old$250
Top Under 18 Years Old$250
Top Senior (50+)$250
Top Female$250
Best Game$100
Biggest Upset$50
Best Dressed$25
Under 1600 Section 
Under 1400, 1st$500
Under 1400, 2nd$250
Top Under 14 Years Old$250
Top Under 18 Years Old$250
Top Senior (50+)$250
Top Female$250
Best Game$50
Biggest Upset$50
Best Dressed$25
For everyone 
Trivia Contest, 1st$50
Trivia Contest, 2nd$25

Blitz Championship Tournament

FIDE Blitz rules will be used.

Simultaneous Exhibitions

Advance registration

Advance registration is open to players and the public. You may only sign up in advance for one Simultaneous Exhibition.

Registration at the site

You may also enter at the Simultaneous Exhibition, space permitting. Payment is by cash only. First priority goes to those who are registered as players in the Canadian Open Championship. Second priority goes to those who have not yet played in a Simultaneous Exhibition at this event.

Electronic devices

Absolutely no electronic devices are permitted to be turned on in the rooms of the 2011 Canadian Open at the Westin Harbour Castle, including the entire playing area. This rule applies to players and spectators. This rule includes, but is not restricted to: cameras, video cameras, microphones, cellular telephones, pagers, mobile devices, music players, and any device whatsoever capable of receiving or transmitting. Exception: MonRoi's move recording device. Receiving a transmission, such as your cell phone ringing, results in an automatic forfeit. To avoid any problems, please use the cell phone check-in which we will have available.