Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Susan Polgar thrills the kids at the CYCC Opening Ceremonies

Susan Polgar was the centre of excitement at today’s opening ceremonies of the 2007 Canadian Youth Chess Championship. More than 180 kids and their parents crowded into the Fairmont Chateau Ballroom to witness this unprecedented event in Canadian chess history.

GM Polgar, with her two sons, Tom and Leeam, and her business manager, Paul Truong, marveled at the tournament venue.

“An incredible playing hall” remarked GM Polgar, “and a great learning experience, giving young players wonderful opportunities to visit new places and make new friends.”

Mainstream media in Ottawa proved to be extremely interested in GM Polgar and the CYCC. TV camera crews were on hand at the opening ceremonies. In between signing autographs for the kids, Polgar managed to squeeze in interviews with both major TV news networks. Later in the day, GM Polgar was also interviewed by the Ottawa Citizen and CBC Radio.

Gordon Ritchie, Chair of the Organizing Committee, kicked off the opening ceremonies. Speeches were given by Mr. Ritchie, Bill Allen of TELUS, the major sponsor of the CYCC, and Bill Doubleday, President of the Chess Federation of Canada.

GM Polgar gave a speech and to formally conclude the opening ceremonies, performed the ceremonial first move.

Shortly thereafter, Round 1 of the tournament began. There was a discernible buzz in the tournament hall as several players were equipped with Monroi devices to record their moves and broadcast their games in real time in on the Internet. Parents equipped with laptops were stationed in the hotel hallways, following the action.

The first day of the 2007 CYCC was a great day for chess. GM Polgar made a great impression on the kids. But equally so, Ottawa, the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, and the CYCC made a great impression on GM Polgar.

You can read Susan’s impressions of Ottawa on her blog at: http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/ . If you wish to follow the CYCC games online, please visit: http://monroi.com/wdc . Tournament results are posted as they are available at: http://cocycc.pbwiki.com/results

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