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 Alberta Sport, Recreation Parks & Wildlife Foundation!
ACA Contact Info
Executive Director: Vlad Rekhson
Dec 1: Old Scona Academic, IM Richard Wang, win the 2013 AB High School Championship
The 2013 AB High School Championship was won by International Master Richard Wang, who as expected was the class of the field. Second place went to his teammate Sammy Wu, who outplayed another teammate, Divya Shah in a play-off for second place. The best school was: Old Scona Academic from Edmonton who took first with: 16 points. The winning team members were: IM Richard Wang, Sammy Wu, Divya Shah and Dennis Situ. Second best school and the winner of the Calgary competition was Renert Academy who finished with 9.5 points. The defending Calgary champions Bear Spaw finished third with 8.5 points. Final standings can be seen at the tournament page.
Nov 25: NM Gary Ng wins Southern AB Open and qualifies to 2014 AB Championship
National Master Gary Ng made a remarkable feat after a first round draw. He won his remaining games and qualified to the 2014 AB Championship. Second place went to FIDE Master Dale Haessel with 4/5. Third was shared by Aaron Sequillion and Vlad Rekhson with 3.5/5. The best under 2000 prizes was shared by Phil Holmstrom and and Tamir Bulga with 3/5 each. Suresh Kadavil won the biggest upset prize after defeating Kim Nguyen (498 point upset). A special thanks goes to Tony Ficzere who ran the event as Frank Kluytmans is currently recovering from an illness. Final standings can be seen at the tournament page.
Nov 22: Vote for Chess at Aviva Challenge
Please remember to vote for chess at the Aviva Community Challenge. You can vote once per day per account at: http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf16842
Nov 9: 2013 AB Junior Championships are underway in Calgary.
The 2013 AB Junior Championship is underway in Calgary. The standings after day 1 and pairings for the next round in each section for day 2 are now available at: http://albertachess.org/2013abjunior-pre-registered.html
Selection of Championship and Open section games are now available at a file by clicking here.
Nov 5: FM Pechenkin, Zeggelaar and Kadavil win the Geoff Newton Memorial Sectional
Geoff Newton Memorial Sectional, commemorated the passing of our friend Geoff Newton in January of this year. The Edmonton Fall Sectional last year was the last event in which Geoff took part in. This year's tournament was held on Nov 1-3 at the Edmonton Chess Club. Section A was won by: FM Vladimir Pechenkin with 4.5/5 ahead of Aaron Sequillion 3.5/5. Section B was taken by the organizer Mike Zeggelaar who scored 4.5/5 ahead of Jason Winhon, George Bukowski and George Sponga 3/5 each. Section C was won by Suresh Kadavil who scored 4/5 ahead of Kaixin Wang 3/5. A special thanks goes to Mike Zeggelaar who ran the tournament and Terry Seehagen who assisted with the organization. Full standings can be viewed at the tournament page.
Oct 28: GM Eric Hansen reaches another milestone
Alberta's first Grandmaster defeated GM Sam Shankland (2605) at a Barcelona tournament. This brings a new milestone for Eric, who beat a 2600+ opponent for the first time in his career. It was clear that this would happen sooner rather than later, as Eric's own rating is quite close to that mark as well (2567) but this breaks new ground and judging from Eric's past career milestone, this one should open a floodgate of wins over 2600+ opposition. The tournament website is available at: http://escacs.cat/competicio/ciutat-barcelona/jugadors
Oct 22: P. Tolentino, Zeling Li, Michael Chen and Shekinah Munoz win Calgary Jr.
The Calgary Junior Championship took place at the Calgary Chess Club on the weekend of October 19-20. The tournament had four sections: Open, Under 1300, Under 800 and Girls. The winner of the Open section received a spot at the 2013 AB Junior Championship but prizes were available for players in all sections. The Open section was a two way tie, between Patrick Angelo Tolentino and Tamir Bulga (4/5 each) however, Patrick earned the spot in the Championship due to his win against Tamir in the direct encounter between the two. Third place was won by Chenxi Wu who edged Andre Angelo Tolentino in a play-off game. Both of them scored 3.5/5. The Under 1300 section also had a tie for first between Zeling Li and Nimai Koneru (5.5/7 each), but Zeling edged Nimai due to a win in the direct encounter between the two. Third place went to Andrew Xu (4.5/7). Best in the Under 800 section went to Michael Chen who finished with a perfect 5/5 (the only perfect score of the tournament). Second place went to Jason Wang ahead of Arjay Abad (both scored 3/5). The winner of the Girls competition was: Shekinah Munoz (5/6). Second went to: Chantel Bustos (4/6) ahead of Shairah Munoz (3/6). Special thanks goes to: Paul Gagne, Angelo Tolentino and Ghirindar Koneru, as well as several other volunteers who helped run the event! Full standings are available at: http://www.albertachess.org/CALGjr2013-pre-registered.html
Oct 20: IM Richard Wang/ NM Nicolas Haynes finish first at the AB Open
International Master Richard Wang and National Master Nicolas Haynes tied for first (5/6) at the annual Alberta Open which was held at the Edmonton Chess Club over the Thanksgiving Long Weekend. Since Richard defeated Nicolas in their head-to head encounter he earned the guaranteed spot at the 2014 AB Championship. Third place was shared by: Calgary National Masters: Daniel Kazmaier and Vlad Rekhson as well as a visiting Women's International Master: Agnieszka Matras-Clement (4.5/6). There was a 7 way tie for best under 2200 as: Aaron Sequillion, Ali Razzaq, Hafiz Karmali, Jim Daniluk and a BC player Louis Cheng scored 4/6 each. David Miller and Diwen Shi had the same score and won the best junior prize. The best under 1900 prize was shared by: Dante Briones, Arnold McKay and Arthur Milne with 3.5/6 each. Best under 1600 first place was won by: Alexey Taranik from Red-Deer (3/6). Second best were: Leah Hughey, Trevor Robertson, Dumo Denni-Fiberisima. Best Jr. under 1500 award was shared by: Sean Kenneth Mah and Kaixin Wang. All of those winners finished with 2.5/6. A special thanks goes to Ali Razzaq for directing this compeition. Full standings with prizes is available at: http://albertachess.org/Registered_players.php
Oct 20: Aaron Sequillion wins the 19th Medicine Hat Open
The traditional Medicine Hat Open took place in Medicine-Hat on October 5-6. Road Warrior Aaron Sequillion took clear first with a perfect score of 5/5! Second place went to Adam Harris from Calgary who finished with 4/5. Third was shared by: Edmontonian John Quiring, a local player Andrew Wallbank and a visitor from the US: Dr. Mark Anderson. Full standings are available at: http://tinyurl.com/ky298az
Oct 8: Record breaking year for the ACA Road Warrior
In 2013 a total of 197 Albertans already took part in the annual Road Warrior competition, meaning that they played in Open to all ACA sponsored events. With five more eligible events to go this is already the highest total since this competition was first introduced five years ago!
Oct 8: Details on Geoff Newton Memorial and WBX Team Tournament are now available
The 2013 Geoff Newton Memorial (formerly Edmonton Fall Sectional) is less than a month away. See event details and register for it. Please note that you cannot register for this event on-site.
The 2013 WBX Team Tournament is going to be the last ACA sponsored event of the year. As always it promises to be a fun tournament at the Edmonton Chess Club and it is your last opportunity to snug some Road Warrior Points. Two teams have already registered to this event taking advantage of the rule which allows early registrants to guarantee participation event if their team average goes over 2000. View tournament website for details.
Oct 8: 41 are pre-registered for the AB Open
A total of 41 players have already pre-registered for the AB Open. Don't miss out on this great tournament. The maximum capacity of the event will be 60 players so only 19 more spots are left.
View the event webpage for details.
Oct 8: Calgary Junior and AB Junior Registration
The Calgary Junior is less than two weeks away, please register at the official website. AB Junior Chess Championship is going to be a great event held in Calgary Delta Bow Valley. You can now register for it as well by going to the tournament website.
Oct 7: Vote 4 Chess
There is a great opportunity to promote chess in Alberta's schools through the Aviva Insurance fund. We are in a competition for funding that would allow us to promote chess in Alberta's schools. You can find out more about the project at:
You can all help promote this idea and vote on this page. All you have to do is go through a simple registration process. You could then vote up to once per day for the next 15 days (until October 14th). Voting will help out a lot to promote it and receive some funding from Aviva Insurance.
Our idea is promoted by Armine Arzumanyan who is a broker with Aviva Insurance and she has some history of winning the grand prize in the past!
Please vote on it daily and ask you friends, and family to do so as well!!!
Sep 30: Yao, Mah and Robitu win the Edmonton Jr. Regionals
David Yao won the 2013 Edmonton Junior regional and earned the right to play in a Round-Robin Alberta Junior Championship on November 9-10. David finished ahead of the surprising Robert Gibson from Fort McMurray (4/5) and Kaixin Wang with Lenard Grossman who finished with 3/5 each. The Under 1300 section was won by: Sean Mah who scored 6.5/7 ahead of Dennis Robitu (5/7) and Andi Superceanu, Andrew Carlson, Prayus Shrestha (4.5/7 each).
A special thanks goes to Harris Wang for running the event and Stefan Grossmann for updating the pairing and standings. Final standings are available at: http://tinyurl.com/kdohp6f
Sep 13: Many ACA events on the horizon
There will be a total of 6 ACA events (both Open and Jr. Only) in the next couple of months. All but the Geoff Newton Memorial sectional have details available. You can browse through them at the links on the left or by going to the tournaments page of this website.
Sep 13: IM Richard Wang at the Jr. World Championship/ GM Hansen in Spanish league
IM Richard Wang from Edmonton is the current Canadian Junior champion (20 and under) and he is currently representing our country at the World Jr. Championship in Turkey. You can follow his progress and watch his games live at: http://wjcc2013.tsf.org.tr/
GM Eric Hansen from Calgary is currently making a tour of Europe. His current event is the Spanish top league where he is playing on board 3. Today Eric drew his game against the super GM Maxim Vachier La-grave (2733) the official website is: http://www.feda.org/web/
Sep 12: FM Haessel/Bulga and Wilson win the Over/Under 1800
FM Dale Haessel was the winner of the 2013 Over under 1800 event which took place in Calgary during the Labour day weekend. Dale took a first round bye and went on to defeat all of his four opponents. Junior Diwen Shi was probably the major surprise of the tournament as he finished second with 4/5 including a win over NM Dan Kazmaier who finished third with 2.5/5. The Under 1800 section saw a split of first between junior Tamir Bulga and Robert Wilson with 4/5 each. Another junior, Nicholas Lee shared third with Joel Stainer (Dawson Creek, BC) at 3.5/5 each. Over 1800 crosstable: http://tinyurl.com/muloekl Under 1800 crosstable: http://tinyurl.com/k73pwlc
Sep 8: South wins the Battle of AB 13-11
After North's wins in the past two years, South prevailed in this year's competition despite being the underdogs by an average of 30 CFC points and 60 FIDE. After the first round of play the 12 board match was tied by the score of 6-6. In the second round, the South managed to score quick four wins on the bottom boards. The South took a comfortable lead of 11-8, but the positions in most of the boards did not look too promising for them. Rob "the Rocket Gardner" won his game against Georgi Kostadinov bringing the score closer, but Aaron Sequillion blundered a Bishop in time pressure to allow the South to guarantee at least a tie. Still in order to win the trophy the South needed to score at least 12.5 because the regulations stated that in case of a draw the previous year's winners (north would keep it). Team North captain Micah Hughey secured a victory with extra two pawns against Brad Booker, thus earning North's only 2-0 win. Thus the contest was moved to the top two boards where IM Edward Porper had a better endgame vs. NM Alex Yam and NM Dan Kazmaier was involved in a very tactical encounter with IM Richard Wang. Edward converted his advantage, but Dan was the hero of the South as he managed to defeat the mighty International Master and secure his team the victory! The games are available on the ACA Games page. Full results are available on the tournament page. A special mention must go to the Battle newcomer-junior Diwen Shi and Erik Tam for winning their matches with a 2-0 score. Also a special thanks goes to Alexey Taranik who not only directed the event but also took the time to quickly enter all of the tournament's games.
Aug 27: August Alberta Chess Report
The August Alberta Chess Report is available in the "Alberta Chess Report tab." For the first time, the electronic PDF version of the magazine is accompanied by a PGN file which contains all the games in this edition. The magazine includes games annotated by: Nigel Short, Eric Hansen, Victor Mikhalevski, Robin Van Kampen, Eugene Perelshteyn and more... Printed copies are now available at the Calgary Chess Club and will soon be available in other Alberta communities.
Aug 15: Upcoming ACA Events-Note some changes
The ACA tournament schedule will resume on August 31st with the Over/Under 1800 in Calgary and it won't stop there. Please note the date changes of a few events, such as: the Medicine Hat Open which was moved to October 5-6. ACA tournament schedule can be seen at the tournaments page, and upcoming events are on the left on this main page.
Aug 12: GM Eric Hansen loses in the World Cup
GM Eric Hansen made his second appearance at the prestigious World Cup of Chess taking place these days in Tromso, Norway. Unfortunately, Eric was knocked out of the competition by Vladimir Malakhov (2707, Russia) ranked 38 in the world. In the first game of the match Eric lost with the black pieces after he went for a position where he had a Bishop against 3 pawns. The problem was that all the pawns were connected and seemed virtually unstoppable. In the second match Eric tried to push against the Spanish Opening where he played d3 to prevent the Berlin defense. He seemed to obtain some advantage but the experienced Malakhov diffused the pressure which ended the game in a draw. Still, Eric's loss by a score of 1.5-0.5 is an improvement over his performance two years ago when he lost to Super GM Gashimov by a score of 2-0. Another Canadian representative-Bator Sambuev managed a huge game 1 upset as he defeated Alexander Morozevich (2739, Russia) ranked 19 in the world. Unfortunately, Bator wasn't able to repeat his success with the black pieces as Morozevich tied the match. The tie-break will be played tomorrow. www.chessworldcup2013.com
Aug 6: Bradley J. Willis is fourth at Canadian Seniors Championship
Mr. Bradley J. Willis from Edmonton finished the national competition with 4.5/7 to tie for 4th-5th. He showed a very solid result as he won two games, drew five and didn't lose any games.
Full standings are at: www.chessfest.ca/standings.html
July 22: GM Eric Hansen shares first in the Canadian Open
Grandmaster Eric Hansen from Calgary repeated his success from 2012 as he shared first in the 2013 Canadian Open with GM Nigel Short from England. Nigel had the better tie-break; however, Eric's achievement can be considered even better than his achievement last year, as this year's event attracted 12 GMs of quite high ratings. Eric won $4,000 for his effort. Edmontonian IM Edward Porper had a nice result as well. Edward scored 7/9 to tie for third earning him $1060. IM Richard Wang from Edmonton scored 6.5/9 which was good enough for an 8th place finish and $400. National Master Alex Yam from Calgary scored 6/9 to tie for second in the U-2400 and earn $190. Edmonton Junior Lenard Grossmann scored 3.5/9 in a tough field. His best achievement was a victory over William Doubleday rated 2166! Full results, photos, videos and more are available :
July 13: NM David Zhang wins Canadian Youth Chess Championship
8 Albertans took part in the CYCC which took place in Ottawa on July 10-13. NM David Zhang from Calgary repeated his success from the u-16 category two years ago and won the u-18 tournament with a score of 5/6! David earns the right to receive funding from CFC towards his trip to the World Championship. IM Richard Wang from Edmonton came just short in the u-16 category. Richard shared first place with 4.5/6 but came short on tie-breaks and finished in third place. Alberta had two representatives in the u-14 section. Diwen Shi from Calgary shared fifth as he scored 4.5/6, while Nicholas Lee also from Calgary shared 18th with 3/6. In the Under 12 category Andre Angelo Tolentino from Calgary scored 4/6 to share the 8th position. In U-10 Lenard Grossmann from Edmonton scored 4/6 for a tie of 6th place. In the U-8 category Ian Zhao from Calgary scored 3.5/6 to share 8th place. Our sole representative in the Girls section, Regina-Veronicka Kalaydina scored 4.5/7 to finish in 4th place. Congratulations to all the players who represented Alberta well.
Final results: https://sites.google.com/site/ottawachess2013/home/cycc2013/cycc---standings
July 10: Regina-Veronicka Kalaydina/IM Porper win in Fort McMurray
The first ever Fort McMurray Open and AB Women's Championship in Fort-McMurray has been a great success! Organizer Jina burn has done a tremendous job of securing sponsorship (over $7000 in prizes and a lot of extra stuff for the tournament), a great place to play and creating a friendly atmosphere for everyone. The event attracted a total of 40 participants including an unprecedent 15 in the AB Women's Championship. The winner of the Women's was the pre-tournament favourite Regina-Veronicka (Nicka) Kalaydina from Calgary, who went perfect 5/5. Second was quite a big upset as Carla Robitu from Edmonton snuck in to win the prize with 4/5. Third was shared by the organizer-Jina Burn and Armine Arzumanyan from Edmonton 3.5/5 each. In the Open section, IM Edward Porper won the event with 4.5/5 ahead of IM Richard Wang, NM Vlad Rekhson and Oleksandr Kalaydin (AKA Nicka's father) who came back to competitive chess after 30 years. Final standings and prize winners list can be seen at:
July 1: Congratulations to GM Lazaro Bruzon, the winner of the 8th Edmonton International!
GM Bruzon had a fantastic tournament and finished with 23/27 (8/9 by traditional scoring). Last year's champion, GM Nigel Short finished second with 20/27 (6/9 by traditional scoring). Third was shared among the two Albertans, as GM Eric Hansen and IM Richard Wang scored 14/20 each. Interestingly enough, Richard actually scored 5.5/9 by traditional, while Eric only scored 5/9; however, Eric had 4 wins to Richard's 3, which accounted for the tie. In fact, the last round of the event was quite amazing, as the two leaders were not able to defeat the outsiders, as Edmontonian NM Rob "the Rocket" Gardner held GM Bruzon to a draw, while Calgarian, FM Dale Haessel matched the feat by drawing against GM Nigel Short!
The Reserves tournament was won by WCM Alexandra Botez with a perfect score of 5 wins. Second place went to FM Christoph Zill who is visiting from Germany and who scored 11/15 (4/5 by traditional score). The International B section Round-Robin was won by FM Zill who scored 11/15 (4/5 by traditional). He was followed by: NM Vlad Rekhson with 10/15 (3.5/
5 by traditional score). Full crosstables, PGN of the International games, pictures and more can be found at: http://www.edmonton-international.com
June 9: 54 players take part in first ever AB Schools Championship
This Saturday, June 8th Calgary hosted the first ever Alberta Schools Chess Championship. The tournament consisted of three sections: Div I (Gr. 1-3), II (4-6) and III (7-9). Div. IV will take place in October in Calgary.
The format was borrowed from a very successful American scholastic scene, where players compete individually in their Divisions, but the top four individual scores from a school are accumulated for a team score. This way, both individual and team results are important.
The tournament itself was quite successful considering that it was the first such event in Alberta. A total of 54 participants took part coming from Calgary and region (33), Edmonton (19), Red-Deer and Lethbridge (one player each). A total of 13 girls were among the players.
Div. 1 had a total of 16 participants and it was very tightly contested on the individual level. In the end Quirck Migrino from Calgary (Holy Cross school) emerged as the champion ahead of Kenneth Mah from Edmonton (Stratford) due to head to head victory (4/5 each). Third place went to Julian Lau from Edmonton (Grandview Heights) who edged out Khino Tolentino (St. Jerome) from Calgary due to head to head victory (3.5/5 each).
On the team level, this division was not close at all, as Stratford Elementary from Edmonton won it easily.
Division II was the largest and the most challenging. A total of 27 players took part and in the end, the Tolentino brothers took the first two spots. Patrick won all of his games on the way to first, while Andre took second with 4.5/5 (both from St. Jerome). A total of six players tied for third with 4/5 meaning that a special tie-break round-robin was required. In the end, Sydney Mah edged out Dennis Robitu (both from Stratford Elementary in Edmonton) as she won the head to head game between the two (4/5 in tie-break). This meant that the best girl prize went to Shaira Munoz from St. Jerome in Calgary. Best Unrated/U-800 went to Jazer Buan (Erin Wood) from Calgary. This division also head the closest contested team competition as St. Jerome from Calgary edged out Stratford from Edmonton to take the first place.
Division III had 11 participants and first place went to Sisan Escoegene Fregene Elmer S. Gish in St. Albert. Sisan was perfect! Second was taken by Josh Oba from GS Lakie in Lethbridge with 4/5. Third place had to be figured out in a complicated tie-break system. Rahul Bhatnagar from Elmer S. Gish in St. Albert emerged as the 3rd place finisher since he defeated both other competitors who finished 3.5/5 head to head. Bhumika Jejurkar from Crescent in Calgary defeated Rachel Gagne to take the Best Girl award. Best U-800/UNR in this section was awarded to: Daniel Lund-Rachinski from Elmer S. Gish in St. Albert (2.5/5). At first it appeared that Bearspaw from Calgary could give St. Elmer Gish some competition for first, but it wasn't to be this time as Elmer S. Gish was the clear winner.
A special thanks goes to Angelo Tolentino for directing and organizing the tournament, and to all the other volunteers who helped make the tournament happen! See you in Edmonton next year!
Final Standings are available at: http://www.albertachess.org/2013Abschoolsprereg.html
Archived News: Pg. 1 Pg. 2
AB High School Championship
Nov 30, Calgary, Organizer:
WBX Team Tournament
Dec 14-15, Edmonton, Organizer: Terry Seehagen
John Schleinich Memorial
Jan 3-5, Calgary,
Organizer: Jim Daniluk
Lethbridge Youth Championship
Jan 18, Lethbridge
Organizer: Peter Davis-Imhof
Calgary Youth Championship
Jan 18, Calgary
Organizer: Paul Gagne
Edmonton Youth Championship
Jan 18, Edmonton
Organizer: Harris Wang
Fort McMurray Youth Championship
January TBA, Fort McMurray
Organizer: Jina Burn
Northern AB Open
Feb 15-16, Edmonton
Organizer: Ali Razzaq
AB Youth Championship
Feb 22-23, Calgary
Organizer: Paul Gagne