Ottawa Mayor Larry O'Brien is keen to extend his warm welcome to participants of the 2007 Canadian Chess Championship.
The Mayor plans to make an appearance during the CYCC's July 2 check-in/registration. That will take place at Ottawa City Hall, roughly a 10-minute walk from the CYCC venue, the Chateau Laurier. We hope that out-of-town players who arrive in time will be able to drop in at the casual, late afternoon/early evening reception.
After 4 p.m., players will be able to pick up their registration packages (including their free t-shirts) in Ottawa City Hall's rotunda. The City is providing a reception with finger foods and soft drinks after from approximately 6 p.m. We also hope that the travel plans of GM Susan Polgar, the CYCC's honorary chair, will allow her to attend the reception and spend some mingling time with players and their parents.
(Players unable to pick up their registration materials on July 2 will be able to register at the tournament venue early on July 3, before the CYCC's opening ceremony at 9 a.m.)
With less than a week until play begins, the CYCC, sponsored proudly by TELUS, has more than 150 registered players from across Canada. They are vying to win the right to represent Canada at the 2007 World Youth Chess Championship in Turkey in November.
For more information and to register online, please visit www.canchess.ca.