49th Annual Canadian Open
The 49th Annual Canadian Open will be held in Victoria, BC at the Hotel Grand Pacific located in Victoria’s Inner Harbour steps away from tourist attractions, ferry connections, and the BC legislature. $15,000 in prizes is guaranteed for this nine round Swiss held over 6 days.
Come enjoy Victoria for your 2012 summer chess vacation. The six day schedule makes it easy to travel with perhaps an extra day or two to be a tourist. And if you’ve always wanted to play a GM one on one, this year’s event offers you the opportunity to bid on a first round GM, IM, or WGM pairing!
Sections: Premier (FIDE and CFC rated), U2000 (CFC rated), and U1600 (CFC rated)
Round Times: Sunday July 8 at 11:00am and 6:00pm, Monday July 9 at 11:00am and 6:00pm, Tuesday July 10 at 11:00am and 6:00pm, Wednesday July 11 at 6:00pm, Thursday July 12 at 6:00pm, Friday July 13 at 10:00am
Time Control: Game / 120 plus 30 second increment each move.
Prize Fund: $15,000 Guaranteed:
Premier Section: $2000 / $1600 / $1300 / $1100 / $1000 U2400: $750 / $600 U2200: $750 / $600
U2000 Section: $750 / $600 U1800: $750 / $600
U1600 Section: $650 / $550 U1400: $650 / $550
Unrated Prize: (best score any section): $200
Entry Fee: $175 on or before June 1, 2012, $195 on or before June 29, $215 on site. Registration is by rating section – add $20 for each section you play up. Unrated first time players who are Canadian residents playing in the U1600 section have a one year CFC membership included in entry fee. A Family Discount of 50% of the entry fee is given to the 3rd and higher registered players from one family.
IM & GMs rated over 2400 FIDE, WGM rated over 2300 FIDE: Free entry if registered on or before June1 and you agree to our non standard 1st round pairing, $100 otherwise [receives a normal Swiss pairing].
Play a GM, IM, or WGM: The pairings for the 1st round games against our marquee players will be sold first come, first served (on line registration only). Any player from any section may place a bid. See the “Play a GM” menu on the right for a full description and rules.
Misc: Half point byes for rounds 1-7 if requested in advance, maximum of 4. BCCF dues included in entry fee. CFC membership or tournament membership required except as noted for first time ever players. First time players without any recognized official rating in any system AND resident in Canada AND in the U1600 section, have a one year CFC membership included in entry fee .. This tournament uses a 1 hour grace period before forfeit of the game. All equipment provided. Unrated players are not eligible for class prizes (See our Policies page for information on ratings).
Organizers: Brian Raymer, Paul Leblanc, Roger Patterson
Chief Arbiter: Mark S. Dutton, IA
More info here: http://monroi.com/2012-cocc-home.html
Two great reasons to Visit Victoria in 2012!
Please click “Like” on the Canadian Open Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/2012-Canadian-Open-Chess-Championship/255942357759371 and help spread the word about this great event at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria BC July 8-13 2012
And the 6th Annual Grand Pacific Open will be held in Victoria BC Canada April 6-9 2012 www.grandpacificopen.com
Follow http://twitter.com/grandpacificopn for updates on both events.