Saturday, May 26, 2007

Toronto's IM Samsonkin to play in 2007 Canadian Open

Seventeen-year-old IM Artem Samsonkin of Toronto is confirmed to play in the 2007 Canadian Open Chess Championship.

IM Samsonkin, rated 2373 FIDE and formerly of Belarus, recently settled in Toronto. Soon after, he won the Toronto Active Championship ahead of IMs Michael Schliefer and Leonid Gerzhoy. IM Samsonkin is a product of the Soviet school of coaching and has been a coach himself for the past two years.

The 2007 Canadian Open will be staged July 7 to 15 at the Ottawa Marriott. Almost 160 players are registered so far, including 15 Grandmasters. GMs Nigel Short, Vadim Milov and Sergey Tiviakov lead the pack. The event's prize fund is projected at $25,000 based on 200 paid entries.

The entry fee is $125 until May 31. After, until July 6, the fee is $150. On site, the fee will be $175.

Until June 6, the Ottawa Marriott offers a great discount to Canadian Open players: $89/night for a single or double, $99 for a triple and $109 for a quad room.


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