Thursday, May 10, 2007

GMs Bluvshtein and Yermolinsky, IM Day and others featured in Canadian Open side events

The organizers of the 2007 Canadian Open Chess Championship are pleased to announce some of the tournament's side events:

GM Mark Bluvshtein will kick off the 2007 Canadian Open with a 25-board simul on the evening of July 6th. The event is presented by Bell Canada.

IM Lawrence Day will launch his book on the late Canadian IM Bryon Nickoloff. IM Day will give a short talk, take questions and sign copies of the book.

GM Alex Yermolinsky, former U.S. champion and the renowned author of The Road to Chess Improvement and Chess Explained: The Classical Sicilian, will lecture on The Classical Sicilian. He will also sign copies of his books.

GM Suat Atalik of Turkey, rated 2584 FIDE, and his wife WGM Ekaterina Atalik, rated 2374 FIDE, will give a tandem simul.

GM Viorel Iordachescu of Moldova, rated 2587 FIDE, will give a simul.

The dates and entry fees for the events are still to be determined.

More side events are in the works. A blitz tournament is planned. So too is a bughouse (double chess) tourney.

Further details will be announced soon, as will a breakdown of the Canadian Open prize fund.

The entry fee for the event is $125 until the end of May. After, it will be $150 till July 6, and $175 at the playing site.

The 2007 Canadian Open will be staged from July 7 to 15 at the Ottawa Marriott. For more information and to register online or reserve accommodation, visit:

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