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
September 18: ACA Annual General Meeting (AGM)
The AGM will take place in Calgary on Sunday, October 9th, after the third round of the Alberta
Open. The meeting agenda will include ACA bylaws amendments as the following policies must be
appended to the existing bylaws:
A new Tournament Director (TD) honorarium structure will also be discussed. The current TD fee is
$35/day; it is proposed to increase it to $50/day and add $25/day if the TD organizes online
broadcast of at least 3 games per round.
September 11: Battle of Alberta in Red Deer
Team South won the first round 6.5-5.5. However, in the second round Team North came back to
win the match 13-11. This is the most popular score in the history of the event, which has occurred 5
times since 1996. Technical results of the Battle are on the event webpage; the games are available
August 29: Over/Under 1800
The tournament was held at the Edmonton Chess Club on August 27-28. In the Over 1800 section
Keith MacKinnon scored 4.5/5 and finished clear first, half a point ahead of FM Dale Haessel. The
Under 1800 section was won by Alvin Guevarra (4.5/5); Dustin Koperski took second with 3.5/5.
August 25: 2016 Alberta Open
This year's edition of the annual event will be a little different from the previous few years. The
tournament will be held at the Days Inn Calgary South on October 8-10 and fill feature two sections:
Open and Under 1400. The ACA guarantees a $3,000 prize fund based on only 30 participants; the
winner of the Open section qualifies for the 2017 Alberta Closed. A blitz tournament will also take
place on Saturday after all the Open games are finished. Further details of the tournament may be
August 1: IM Razvan Preotu won 9th Calgary International with 7/9
GMs Gata Kamsky, Kayden Troff and Gil Popilski shared the second place with 6.5/9.
July 29: 9th Calgary International is underway
After 3 rounds of play IMs Razvan Preotu from Ontario and Michael Bodek from the USA are
July 17: Albertans at the Canadian Open
A few Albetans participated in the 2016 Canadian Open that took place in Windsor, Ontario, on July
10-17. In the Open section Bitan Banerjee scored 6/9 and tied for the fourth place. Diwen Shi
finished with 5/9 (tied for 17th), while Jim Daniluk ended up with 4/9. The tournament was won by
GM Gergely Antal from Hungary with a score of 7.5/9.
Jafar Faraji from Lethbridge won the Under 2000 Section with 7.5/9, a full point ahead of the second
place finisher. Chris White from La Crete and David Deimert from Grande Prairie scored 3.5/9.
Final standings for all the sections may be viewed on Chesstalk forum.
July 16: Alberta Chess Report
annotated games. Minor corrections are possible before the issue goes to print.
July 12: Grandmaster Chess Camp in Calgary
On August 2-5 Renert School will host a chess camp organized by the ACA President Vlad Rekhson.
GM Victor Mikhalevski will be the head instructor. Visit the camp webpage for details and
July 9: Games from ACA Tournaments
The ACA Games webpage has been redesigned. PGN files for select events in 2008-2016 are
available for download.
July 2: Chess Events in Banff
The town of Banff will host two Open tournaments this year. The 2016 Banff Open organized by FM
Ian Findlay and sponsored by the ACA will take place on November 11-13. The 2016 Canadian
links above for more information about the tournaments.
June 30: 11th Edmonton International Festival is concluded
GM Surya Ganguly from India started the main event with a remarkable 7/7 but it turned out to be
insufficient to win the title. In round 8 GM Sam Shankland defeated GM Ganguly with the white
pieces and grabbed the lead with 7.5/8. In the last round the American grandmaster forced a draw in
his game against IM Richard Wang that guaranteed him the title with a score of 8/9. GM Ganguly also
finished with 8/9 but had to settle for the second place because of the head-to-head tie-breaker. The
third place went to GM Alexei Shirov (Latvia) who finished with 6/9. The best Albertan Bitan
Banerjee scored his fourth IM norm with 4.5/9; Bitan just needs to increase his rating up to 2400
FIDE to claim the IM title. Final standings and games are available on the tournament website.
A 5-round Swiss Open tournament of 20 players was held alongside the main event. Rob Gardner
finished with a perfect score to claim the first place; Vlad Rekhson and Michael Ludwig tied for
second with 3.5/5.
June 18: 11th Edmonton International is underway
Round 1 games may be watched here.
June 5: 9th Calgary International Qualifier/Fundraiser
FM Ian Findlay won the tournament convincingly scoring 4.5/5. Second place went to Felix Rose
(4/5), while Behrooz Ebrahim-Shirazi and Mohamad Fellah tied for third (3.5/5 each). Paul Wang
scored a perfect 5/5 in the U1400 section to take clear first. Final standings are available on the
June 4: Fort McMurray Open is cancelled
Very unfortunately, the tournament will not take place this year because of the devastation caused by
the recent wildfire in the area.
May 23: 33rd Trumpeter Classic
Belsar Valencia and Butch Villavieja tied for first with 4.5/5, Chris White finished clear third (4/5).
May 23: Team Alberta finished fourth at the Canadian Chess Challenge
The team scored 6/9 points losing to the top seeds Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia but
crushing everybody else. The best individual result was achieved by Vishruth Sharma (grade 3) - 7/9.
May 23: Sydney Mah won the Alberta Girls Susan Polgar Invitational Qualifier
Sydney scored 4.5/5 (4 wins and a half-point bye) to finish clear first. Michelle Mo, Tanushka Jindal
May 19: Chess Federation of Canada (CFC) Governors
The ACA is entitled to have 5 voting members (a.k.a. governors) in 2016/2017. Any ACA member
who is interested in becoming a CFC governor can nominate himself by sending an email to
May 2: FM Ian Findlay won the 11th Edmonton International Qualifier
Ian scored two critical points on the second day of the tournament and finished clear first with 4.5/5.
He thus earned a spot in the main event of the 11th Edmonton International festival. Nic Haynes and
Omid Malek tied for second with 4/5.
April 28: Alberta Seniors Championship in Calgary
FM Ian Findlay and Brad Booker tied for first with 4/5. Thanks to the better cumulative tie-break
score, Brad won the title and a $1,000 travel grant to participate in the 2016 Canadian Seniors
Championship. Jim Daniluk finished third with 3.5/5. Final standings are on the tournament website.
April 10: Alberta Chess Challenge
The tournament was held in Red Deer on Saturday, April 9. The winners are: Colton Rostoker (grade
1), Anand Rishi Chandra (grade 2), Vishruth Sharma (grade 3), Paul Wang (grade 4), Andi
Superceanu (grade 5), Ian Zhao (grade 6), Andrew Xu (grade 7), Jeff Wang (grade 8), Chenxi Wu
(grade 9), Raphael Libre (grade 10), Diwen Shi (grade 11) and Dave McCullough (grade 12). Final
April 4: FM Ian Findlay won Lethbridge Open with a perfect score
John Quiring finished second with 4/5, and there was a six-way tie for third. A total of 28 players
participated in this annual event. Final standings are available on the tournament webpage.
March 28: Alberta Championship is concluded
Bitan Banerjee drew his last two games and finished clear first with 4/5. Second place went to Gary
Ng (3.5/5), while FM Dale Haessel ended up third (2.5/5).
March 26: Bitan Banerjee leads the Alberta Championship with 3/3
Gary Ng is second with 2/3 and will have White against the leader in round 4. Rob "Rocket" Gardner
leads Alberta Reserves with 3/3 and will have White against Butch Villavieja (2.5/3) on Sunday
March 25: Alberta Championship is underway
All three games in round 1 were decisive: FM Haessel - Ng 0:1, WIM Matras-Clement - Banerjee
0:1, FM Pechenkin - Valencia 1:0.
March 16: Junior Chess in Edmonton
Edmonton Chess Club will host a Junior tournament on March 19. View the event flyer for more
March 14: March of Kings Tournament in Calgary
Congratulations to Behrooz Ebrahim-Shirazi on taking clear first with 4.5 points.
Junior Jeff Wang tied with NM David Miller for 2nd-3rd with 4.0 points.
CCC returnee Dustin Rogers taking U2000 first with 3.5 points.
Four-way tie for U1800 1st-4th with 3.0 points: Art Milne, Brian Timmerman, Gerald Pfeffer and Ian
Zhao. Finally, a 5-way tie for U1400 1st-5th with 2.0 points: Luth Gallesmaso, Andrew Chen, Arul
Papenja, Vishruth Sharma and Anand Chandra; all juniors.
Prize money in cheques and cash for U1400 may be collected at the CCC any Tuesday from 7:00 to
11:00 PM, any Thursday from 7:00 to 11:00 PM, or any Saturday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
March 9: Alberta Chess Challenge
The tournament will take place at Lindsay Thurber school in Red Deer on April 9.
March 1: Calgary Chess Challenge (Grades 1-12)
The tournament will be held at the Calgary Chess Club on March 19. Details and pre-registration
February 28: Belsar Valencia is perfect at the Northern Alberta Open
Belsar won the tournament with 5/5 and thus qualified for the 2016 Alberta Closed. Nic Haynes, Rob
Gardner and David Miller shared the second place with 4/5. The following class prizes were awarded.
U2200 1st/2nd: Erik Tam, Kim Nguyen and Omid Malek - 3.5/5.
U2000 1st/2nd: Atheer Jawad and Arthur Milne - 3/5.
U1750 1st: Bhavik Dave - 3/5; 2nd: Brad Kroeker, Suresh Kadavil and Peter Pisanski - 2/5.
U1600 1st/2nd: Leonard Relling, Jordan Rohatynski and Prayus Shrestha - 2/5.
February 23: University Battle of Alberta
University of Alberta hosted this year's edition of the event. Grant MacEwan team led by David Miller
participated in the Battle for the first time. The tournament was an 8-round Swiss Open played with an
active time control. As usual, students from the same university did not play each other.
The rating favorite Bitan Banerjee (U of A) scored 7.5/8 and took clear first. David Miller and Sardul
Purewal tied for second with 7/8.
Photos from the playing hall as well as from the Saturday chess night out are available on Facebook.
February 21: Alberta Youth Chess Championship in Calgary
Final standings may be viewed on the event webpage. The winners are: Ron Offengenden (U8), Mark
Ivanescu (U10), Ian Zhao (U12), Kaixin Wang (U14), Mohamad Fellah (U16) and Diwen Shi (U18).
February 6: Alberta Active Championship in Red Deer
16 players participated in this year's edition of the event. IM Ian Findlay and Nic Haynes tied for first
with 4/5. FM Dale Haessel and Omid Malek finished half a point behind. Final standings are on the
February 6: Edmonton Seniors Championship
Gerald Aspler won the tournament with a result of 3/4. Robert Brazeau, Sardul Purewal and Terry
Seehagen tied for second with 2.5/4.
January 26: Road Warrior in 2016
The ACA Board of Directors has changed the structure of the Road Warrior program at the ACA
Budget Meeting. New regulations are on the Road Warrior page.
January 13: ACA Budget Meeting
The next ACA Board meeting will be held in Red Deer on January 24. Financial proposals may be
January 12: John Schleinich Memorial Sectional
The 2016 edition of the annual event featured 4 sections of 6 players. In Section A Jim Daniluk
demonstrated strong performance and was close to taking clear first. However, with the last round win
Vlad Rekhson managed to catch the leader; both winners thus ended up with 3.5/5. Section B was
dominated by Jerry Kobalenko who scored 4.5/5. Mohamad Fellah finished second with 3.5/5 and
turned out to be the only player who drew the winner. Section C ended up with another tie for the first
place between Steve Sklenka and Frank Kluytmans (3.5/5 each). Finally, in Section D the winner was
Raphael Libre (4.5/5), while the second place went to Arul Papneja (4/5).