International Master Duong Thanh Nha of Montreal has confirmed his participation in the 2007 Canadian Open Chess Championship.
A fixture for nearly 20 years on the Quebec chess scene, IM Duong was the 1988 Quebec Junior Champion ahead of Alexandre Lesiege. IM Duong finished second at the 1999 Canadian Closed Zonal, behind GM Lesiege.
Here is a game that IM Duong played against an experienced GM, of which IM Duong is justifiably proud:
Duong T.N - Murrey Jacob
COQ 1997 round 7
1.b3 f5 2.Bb2 Nf6 3. Nf3 e6 4.g3 Be7 5. Bg2 0-0 6. 0-0 d6 7. d4 Nbd7 8. Nbd2 Qe8 9. c4 a5 10. a3 c6 11. Qc2 Qg6 12. Rae1 d5 13. cd cd 14.Rec1 Bd6 15. Ne5 Qh6 16. Ndf3 f4 17. gf Qf4 18.Qd2 Qf5 19. Qg5 Nb6 20. Qh4 Ne4 21. Bh3 Qf6 22. Qg4 Re8 23. a4 Bd7 24. Rc2 h6 25. Nd2 Ng5 26. Bg2 Rac8 27. Rfc1 Rc2 28.Rc2 Rf8 29.Qg3 Bb4 30. Bc1 Nf7 31.Ndf3 Nd6 32. Ng4 Qe7 33.Nh6 Kh7 34.Ng4 Ne4 35. Qh3 Kg8 36. Nfe5 Be8 37. f3 Nd6 38. Qg3 Nd7 39.e4 de 40.fe Qd8 41.Nh6 Kh7 42. Qh3 gh 43. Qh6 Kg8 44. Bh3 Ne5 45.Be6 + 1-0
IM Duong is the sixth Canadian International Master to register for the Canadian Open, joining IMs Tomas Krnan, Artem Samsonkin, Leonid Gerzhoy, Tom O'Donnell and Lawrence Day.
The 2007 Canadian Open will be staged July 7 to 15 at the Ottawa Marriott. For more information and to register online, go to www.canchess.ca.