Alberta Chess Association
Welcome to the Alberta Chess Association!
The Alberta Chess Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of chess in Alberta. We are affiliated with the Chess Federation of Canada and provide support to players and organizers province wide.
We gratefully acknowledge the support we receive from the Recreation and Physical Activity Division of Alberta Culture and Tourism!
ACA Contact Info
Executive Director: Vladimir Pechenkin
July 5: 2015 Fort McMurray Open is concluded
FM Vladimir Pechenkin and Rob Gardner shared the first place with 4/5. There was a five-way tie for third among Vlad Rekhson, Ico van den Born, Arden Troy Abad, Fabio Santos and Joseph Mugodo. Final standings.
July 4: Robert Gardner leads 2015 Fort McMurray Open
After 3 rounds of play "Rocket" Rob Gardner is perfect with 3/3. FM Vladimir Pechenkin, Vlad Rekhson and Fabio Santos are right behind with 2.5/3. View full standings and pairings for round 4.
June 30: GM Pentala Harikrishna won the 10th Edmonton International
The Indian grandmaster finished the main event of the traditional festival with 7.5/9, a full point ahead of GMs Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), Hao Wang (China) and Surya Ganguly (India). All the games between the top four finishers were drawn, and GM Harikrishna emerged victorious by virtue of scoring 6/6 against the rest of the field. GM Samuel Shankland (USA) took the fifth place with a score of 6/9. Overall, the results of the tournament were predictable. The five grandmasters gave away only four draws to the rest of the players, and there was only one upset in 45 games played. In round 6 IM Aman Hambleton overpressed and eventually lost the most dramatic encounter of the event to FM Dale Haessel. Final standings are available on the festival website.
June 12: Grandmaster Chess Camp in Calgary
Calgary Chess Club will be hosting another chess camp this summer, before the 8th Calgary International Festival. Visit the event webpage for details, schedule and registration.
June 11: ACA Casino
The most important fundraising event of the year was conducted at the Century Casino in Edmonton on June 8-9. The ACA thanks all the volunteers who participated. Your contribution will allow the Association to deliver most of its programs for the next two years.
June 10: David Miller is the 32nd Trumpeter Classic Champion
David scored 4.5/5 and claimed clear first. Christopher Piotrowski finished second with 4/5, while Kim Nguyen took the third place (3.5/5). Final standings are now available on the tournament website.
May 31: 8th Calgary International Qualifier/Fundraiser
FM Dale Haessel scores 4/5 (undefeated) and takes clear first. Kim Nguyen, Kris Boehmer and Hafiz Karmali share the second with 3.5/5. In the Under 1400 section Paul Wang and Gerard Labute tie for first with a result of 4/5.
May 18: 2015 Red Deer Open is concluded
David Miller and Micah Hughey finish in a tie for the first place with 4.5/5. Kim Nguyen takes clear third with 3.5/5. Final standings and games are available on the event webpage.
May 16: David Miller and Kim Nguyen lead the 2015 Red Deer Open
Both players have a perfect score after 3 rounds of play. Micah Hughey is right behind with 2.5/3. A total of 20 participants compete in the tournament.
May 15: May 2015 Alberta Chess Report (preprint) is available online
Visit the ACR webpage to download an electronic version of the ACA newsletter. A few more pages with tournament announcements will be added before the issue goes to print. A PGN-file with annotated games is also available.
May 6: 8th Calgary International Website is Live
This year the annual event will take place at the Calgary Chess Club from July 29 through August 3. An Open Swiss Fundraiser will be held on May 30-31. Please visit the festival website for more details.
May 3: Robert "Rocket" Gardner qualifies for the 10th Edmonton International
After 4 rounds of play Nicolas Haynes was leading the Qualifier with a perfect score, half a point ahead of Rob. However, in the final round the "Rocket" prevailed in their head-to-head encounter and secured a rendez-vous with GM Vassily Ivanchuk in June. Final standings as well as most of the games played are available at the event website.
April 26: Arnold McKay wins the 2015 AB Seniors Championship with 4/5.
Sardul Purewal finishes clear second (3.5/5), while Terry Seehagen takes the third place (3/5).
WIM Agnieszka Matras-Clement becomes the 2015 AB Women's champion.
April 12: 2015 Lethbridge Open ends in a three-way tie for the first place
Tristan Tran-Ly, Kim Nguyen and FM Vladimir Pechenkin all finished with 4/5. The biggest upset of the tournament goes to Jack Davies who managed to score a full point against Kim Nguyen despite a 530-point rating difference. Final standings may be viewed here.
April 5: IM Richard Wang is the 2015 Alberta Closed Champion
Richard successfully navigated through the key matchups on Sunday by drawing FM Alex Yam with the black pieces and then defeating IM Edward Porper. IM Wang thus won the title with a result of 4/5. FM Yam finished second scoring 3.5/5. The third place went to CM Rafael Arruebarrena (2.5/5). The crosstable of the event may be viewed on the tournament webpage.
The Reserves section was won by Diwen Shi. Kim Nguyen and Mohamad Fellah shared the second. The final standings may be accessed here.
April 4: Alberta Closed is underway
After 3 rounds of play IM Richard Wang leads with 2.5 points. The defending champion FM Alex Yam and CM Rafael Arruebarrena are right behind with 2/3. IM Edward Porper with 1.5/3 also has a theoretical chance to win the title. Round 4 will feature a key matchup Yam-Wang, while the most important game of round 5 is probably going to be Wang-Porper. Current standings are available on the event webpage.
The Reserves section is led by Diwen Shi with a perfect score of 3/3. Mike Zeggelaar and Mohamad Fellah trail by half a point. In round 4 Mike will try to upset the leader on board 1. Full standings after round 3 may be viewed here, while round 4 pairings are available here.
March 15: Kim Nguyen wins the March of Kings with a perfect score of 5/5
Ian Zhao and Mohamad Fellah share the second place with a result of 3.5/5.
March 8: 10th Edmonton International website is up and running
Ukrainian legend GM Vassily Ivanchuk will return to Edmonton this year to defend his title. Other confirmed participants include GMs Pentala Harikrishna, Sam Shankland and Surya Shekhar Ganguly. As usual, the winner of the qualifying tournament will get a spot in the main event. Visit the festival website for more information.
February 28: Eric Hansen's Grandmaster Chess Camp
This three-day event will be held at the Calgary Chess Club on March 24-26. Visit the camp webpage for details, schedule and registration.
February 22: Alberta Youth Chess Championship is concluded
The winners are: Ron Offengenden (U8), Ian Zhao (U10), Sean Mah (U12), Chenxi Wu (U14), Diwen Shi (U16) and IM Richard Wang (U18).
February 16: Rafael Arruebarrena tops the Northern Alberta Open with 5/5
Rafael qualifies for the 2015 Alberta Closed that will be held in Calgary in April. The second place is shared by the following four players who scored 4/5: Kim Nguyen, Itohan Gold, FM Dale Haessel and IM Richard Wang.
February 11: University of Calgary wins the University Battle of Alberta
University of Alberta team finishes second, while University of Lethbridge and Mount Royal University share third. The tournament was held with an active time control as a 10-round Open Swiss of 38 players. The top 5 players from each school contributed to the overall team score. The individual crosstable features Vlad Rekhson representing the U of C with a perfect 10/10 (!) result, ahead of FM Dale Haessel (8.5/10) and Kim Nguyen (7/10). Both team and individual standings are available on the event webpage.
January 26: Calgary Regional Youth Championship attracted 75 participants
The competition was held in six age groups. Additionally, Under 10 and Under 12 categories featured a Reserve Section. Final standings for all 8 sections are now available on the tournament webpage.
January 5: 35 players participated in the 2015 John Schleinich Memorial
Daniel Kazmaier and Gary Ng won Section A with a score of 4/5. Final standings for all 6 sections may be viewed on the tournament website.
Archived News: 2014 2013 2012 2011
Fort McMurray Open
July 4-5, Fort McMurray
Organizer: Jina Burn
Grandmaster Chess Camp
July 27-29, Calgary
Organizer: Vlad Rekhson
8th Calgary International
July 29-August 3, Calgary Organizer: Vlad Rekhson
Alberta Active Championship
August 16, Red Deer
Organizer: Alexey Taranik
September 5-6, Calgary
Organizer: Frank Kluytmans
Battle of Alberta
September 12, Red Deer
Organizers: Micah Hughey,
Vlad Rekhson, Alexey Taranik