Friday, June 15, 2007
2007 Canadian Open: two 2500+ GMs confirmed
GM Sipke Ernst of the Netherlands (FIDE 2554) is registered to play in the 2007 Canadian Open Chess Championship, as is GM Sandipan Chanda (FIDE 2552) of India.
GM Ernst, left, is coming to Ottawa from the Netherlands with three Dutch FIDE-rated masters.
GM Chanda, above right, is part of a three-person contingent from India, along with GM Abhijit Kunte, co-winner of the 2006 Canadian Open in Kitchener, and IM Chandrashekhar Gokhale (FIDE 2354). IM Gokhale played in the 2004 and 2006 Canadian Opens.
The list of registrants for the 2007 Canadian Open now includes nearly 230 players, of which more than 20 are grandmasters from more than a dozen countries. Former World Chess Championship challenger Nigel Short of Great Britain tops the field.
The 2007 Canadian Open, a 10-round, one-section event with a prize fund of $26,500, runs from July 7 to 15 at the Ottawa Marriott. It promises to be one of the strongest chess events in Canada's history, with GM lectures, simuls, a blitz tournament and a bughouse tournament among its side events.
For more information or to register online, please visit http://canchess.ca/.