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 Tourism, Parks and Recreation!
ACA Contact Info
Executive Director: Vladimir Pechenkin
September 13: Team North wins the Battle of Alberta with a score of 16.5:7.5
The rating favorites dominated this year, winning both rounds convincingly. The final results and the games are posted up on the event webpage.
September 12: Venue for 2014 AB Open
The most important Open tournament in the province will be held at Deerfoot Inn & Casino this year. The tournament webpage contains most of the details of the event; further information will be posted up soon. The ACA guarantess the first prize of $1,000. Online pre-registration is encouraged although the total number of participants is not limited for the time being.
September 11: Everything is ready for the Battle of Alberta
The team rosters have been finalized and may be viewed on the event webpage. Team South had to make a substitution after the announced deadline: Jerry Kobalenko replaced Lukas Beaudry on board 10. As in the previous few years, Team North is a clear rating favorite. However, last year Team South demonstrated that they could win the Trophy against all odds. Action begins on Saturday at 11:30 am.
September 1: Over/Under 1800 in Edmonton
NM Aaron Sequillion and Louis Cheng shared the first place in the Over 1800 section with a score of 4/5. Piotr Pisanski from Grande Prairie won the Under 1800 section, also with 4/5. Final standings are on the tournament webpage.
August 26: 2014 August Alberta Chess Report is released online
Corrections may be made before the issue goes to press in a few days. Full details of the 2014 Alberta Open are not available yet but will most likely be included in the printed version. Visit the ACR page to download the Association's newsletter as a pdf file.
August 20: ACA game database is updated
Several recent tournaments have been included, and the whole database has been partially cleaned up and improved. An updated PGN file (6.5 Mb) may be downloaded from the Games page.
August 17: NM Gary Ng qualifies for the 7th Calgary International
Gary scored 4.5/5, which was enough to secure clear first along with a spot in the main event. NM Aaron Sequillion finished second with a result of 4/5. Bradley Spotswood and Quirck Migrino won the U1400 section. In the meantime, David Miller continues to lead the Road Warrior race.
August 16: Calgary International Quailifier is underway
After 3 rounds of play NM Gary Ng and David Miller are leading with a perfect score. The leaders will face each other in round 4 Sunday morning. Current standings are availalbe on the tournament webpage.
August 5: Calgary International Qualifier/Fundraiser
The 7th Calgary International festival is scheduled for November 6-11 this year. The main event will be a 10-player round-robin tournament with IM norm opportunities. While 9 out of 10 spots will be filled out by invitations, everyone has a chance to claim the last one by winnning the upcoming qualifying tournament. The Qualifier will be held at the Calgary Chess Club on August 16-17. The event webpage has all the details including online pre-registration and payment. The participants of the qualifying tournament will receive a free entry to Aaron Sequillion's lecture on Friday, August 15.
July 7: Diwen Shi claims the main trophy at the Fort McMurray Open
Quite surprinsingly, after 4 rounds of play the lead was shared between Diwen and Aaron Sequillion (3.5 points each). A clear winner of the tournament could have been determined in their last round head-to-head encounter but it ended in a quick draw. Three other participants (IM Edward Porper, FM Vladimir Pechenkin and David Miller) were then able to win their own games and to get a share of the first place. All five players finished with 4/5. The tie-breaks slightly favoured Diwen Shi who was declared the champion.
July 1: GM Vassily Ivanchuk wins 9th Edmonton International
This year's edition of the annual festival was probably the most exciting so far. The two invited super-GMs competed fiercely for the first place resulting in a lot of hard-fought games and uncompromising chess. After round 6 the rating favorite of the tournament Wesley So was leading with 5.5 points, and it looked like the main trophy was already within his reach. However, the Filipino grandmaster was unable to win his next two games against much lower-rated opponents, and his rival took full advantage of it. In the end, the Ukrainian legend Vassily Ivanchuk won clear first with a score of 8/9, while Wesley finished half a point behind.
IM Richard Wang demonstrated the best result among Albertans. Richard scored 4/9 including a win over GM Sam Shankland rated 2632 FIDE. Another notable achievement is FM-elect Alex Yam's first GM scalp (Irina Krush). Full standings of the main event of the festival are on the tournament webpage.
June 20: 9th Edmonton International Festival
The lots were drawn at the Edmonton Chess Club at 7 PM, and now everything is ready for the start of the event. All 5 games of the main tournament will be broadcast beginning at 6 PM on Saturday. Visit our online transmission to follow the games in progress.
June 15: 2014 Alberta Seniors Championship
This year's edition of the tournament featured two sections in order to be consistent with both the national and the international regulations. The defending champion Bradley Willis dominated the 65+ Section finishing with a perfect score. Jim Daniluk won the 50+ Section with a result of 4/5.
June 9: NM Robert Gardner and Aaron Sequillion win 31st Trumpeter Classic
The winners scored 4/5 finishing the tournament undefeated. Their head-to-head encounter was a real thriller that somehow ended in an unlikely draw.
June 2: Alex Yam qualifies for the Edmonton International
The Qualifier ended in a three-way tie for the first place as Alex Yam, Vladislav Rekhson and David Miller finished the tournament undefeated with 4/5. The tie-breaks favored Alex who earned a spot in the main event.
June 1: Edmonton International Qualifier is in progress
NM Alex Yam leads after 3 rounds of play with a perfect score. His live FIDE rating has surpassed 2300 meaning that he has fulfilled the requirements for an FM title. Round 4 will feature the battle of the two rating favorites of the tournament Gardner - Yam on board 1. Full standings after Round 3 as well as Round 4 pairings may be viewed on the event webpage.
May 28: Alberta Schools Championship
65 players from 20 schools participated in the tournament that was held at the Chateau Nova hotel in Edmonton last Saturday. Except for Division III, all the individual and team champions were determined without tie-breaks. Andi Superceanu dominated Division I (grades 1-3) finishing with a perfect 5/5. David Yao emerged victorious with 4.5/5 in a very tightly contested Division II (grades 4-6), with 5 other players scoring 4/5. One of them was Carla Robitu who claimed the "Top Girl" prize. Andre Angelo Tolentino won Division III (grades 7-9), while IM Richard Wang finished with 5/5 in Division IV (grades 10-12). Both individual and team standings are available on the tournament webpage.
It is worth mentioning that the most interesting game of the event was the encounter between IM Wang and Johnny Burn from Fort McMurray. Quite surprisingly, Black won the opponent's queen by move 8 and obtained a decisive material advantage. However, Richard managed to come back into the game and get the full point.
May 19: Louis Cheng and Vladimir Pechenkin tied for first at the Red Deer Open
David Miller was close to winning the tournament clearly but ended up only third. As a small consolation, David takes the lead in the Road Warrior race.
May 14: 2014 Road Warrior Competition
The full standings have been compiled and are now available on the Road Warrior page.
May 6: The second edition of the Red Deer Open is the next event on the ACA calendar
The details are on the tournament webpage. Online pre-registration is recommended for participants.
May 5: 2014 Alberta Active Championship in Red Deer
The suprise of the tournament was Chris McKim who finished with a perfect score of 5/5 leaving the other participants far behind. The final standings are available here.
Apr. 30: 9th Edmonton International Website is up
The traditional festival will be held at the Edmonton Chess Club at the end of June. The main event will feature several world class players such as GMs Vassily Ivanchuk, Wesley So and Lazaro Bruzon. The list of the participants is almost complete, the last spot on the roster going to the winner of the upcoming qualifier tournament. As usual, Edmonton International Reserves will be an Open Swiss held alongside the main event.
Apr. 25: 2014 Alberta Active Championship is the next tournament on the ACA schedule
This is a single-day event that will be held in Red Deer on May 4th. The format is the same as last year: a 5-round Swiss beginning at noon. Without exaggeration, there is no other tournament like this one on the ACA calendar. The location is chosen specifically to encourage participation from both Edmonton and Calgary, there is no need to find a place to stay overnight, and each player is guaranteed five fast-paced competitive games in just six hours. It is therefore not surprising at all that the last year's edition of the event featured the top Canadian player, GM Eric Hansen.
The other details are at the tournament webpage. Registration begins on site at 11:15 am.
Apr. 23: 2014 Alberta Seniors Championship is postponed
The new date is June 14-15.
Apr. 20: NM Alex Yam is the new Alberta Champion
The last day of the Alberta Closed featured plenty of hard-fought battles and dramatic turns of events. In round 4 NM Alex Yam crushed IM Richard Wang with the black pieces and suddenly became the favorite of the championship race. IM Edward Porper was close to losing to NM Gary Ng but managed to save the game by tenacious defence. FM Dale Haessel scored his first point by beating NM Robert Gardner.
In the final round Richard convincingly outplayed Gary Ng and partially redeemed himself but it was too late for him. The outcome of the tournament was decided by a battle of nerves in the last two games to finish. Haessel - Porper looked like a clear win for Black but Edward's inaccuracies prolonged it past the time control. Being in a must-win situation, Alex Yam got in trouble against Rob Gardner as Black's passed pawn looked very strong. However, right before the time control White managed to exchange a couple of major pieces and suddenly reached a favorable endgame. Ultimately, despite Rob's fierce resistance, Alex converted his advantage into a full point and won the title with a score of 4/5. IM Edward Porper finished second with 3.5/5, and IM Richard Wang took the third place (3/5). All the games can be viewed at the tournament webpage.
The Reserves Section was dominated by Nic Haynes and Aaron Sequillion who shared the first prize with a result of 4.5/5. WFM Seyda Shabana Parveen won the Alberta Women's Championship title scoring 4.5/5. A few selected games from both tournaments are also available for viewing.
Apr. 19: All three Alberta Championships are in progress
The second round of the AB Closed was similar to the first one: two wins by White and a draw by NM Robert Gardner against an International Master. In both cases Rob had the white pieces and was down a pawn for some time. In round 3 the only decisive game was NM Alex Yam's quick win over FM Dale Haessel. This success allowed Alex to catch the two rating favorites whose head-to-head encounter ended in a short draw. NMs Robert Gardner and Gary Ng trail the leaders by half a point.
In the Women's Championship, WFM Seyda Shabana Parveen is the only player with a perfect score of 3/3. Nic Haynes, Micah Hughey and Aaron Sequillion lead the Reserves Section with 2.5/3.
Apr. 18: 2014 Alberta Closed in underway
In the opening round all three games finished before the time control. IM Edward Porper defeated NM Alex Yam, while NM Gary Ng prevailed over FM Dale Haessel. The game between NM Robert Gardner and IM Richard Wang ended in a draw.
Apr. 14: Easter weekend
The 2014 Alberta Closed will take place at the Edmonton Chess Club next weekend. IMs Edward Porper and Richard Wang are clear favorites to win the title but any of the other four participants is capable of demonstrating a surprising performance. As usual, the Alberta Reserves will be held alongside the main event. This year the Alberta Women's Championship is scheduled at the same time and place so that both Alberta champions would be determined simultaneously.
Apr.7: FM Vladimir Pechenkin has officially become the new Executive Director of the ACA.
Feb 22: AB Youth Championship is now underway
79 players took part in the largest AB Youth Championship in recent memory.
The under 8 event was won by William Bradford from Edmonton ahead of: Khino Angelo Tolentino and Vishruth Sharma, both from Calgary. The top girl was: Shanaya Pillai from Fort McMurray. In the U-10 championship there was a three way tie-for first, but after the tie-break, Ian Zhao from Calgary won his third provincial championship ahead of Sean Mah from Edmonton and Quirck Migrino from Calgary. The winners scored 4/5 each. Carla Robitu from Edmonton was the best girl. The Under 12 division was the largest and it had some really tough fights as usually this division had the longest games of the round. Patrick Angelo Tolentino from Calgary won first with 4.5/5. Second was contested in a tie-break which was won by: Kaixin Wang of Edmonton ahead of Jeff Wang from Calgary. Sydney Mah from Edmonton was the top girl. The Under 14 division also had three players tie for first with 4/5. After the tie-break, Nicholas Lee from Edmonton won the title ahead of Johnny Burn from Fort McMurray (best ever result by a Fort McMurray competitor) and Prayus Shrestha from Edmonton. Hope Gagne from Calgary won the top girl prize. In the U-16 division, IM Richard Wang from Edmonton was the class of the field as he won it with a perfect 5/5. Diwen Shi from Calgary finished second with 4/5 and Tamir Bulga from Calgary finished third with 3/5. Aishwarya Gurumurthy from Fort McMurray was the top girl. The under 18 section included 3 players. Jafar Faraji from Lethbridge won first giving the city its best ever result. Second was won by Boris Verkhoyanskiy ahead of William Wensley, both from Calgary. A special thanks goes to Paul Gagne for running the event, as well as to: Angelo Tolentino, Ghirindar Koneru, Harris Wang and Jina Burn for assisting with the organizing. Jina Burn must be commended on bringing in a fantastic group of 29 participants all the way from Fort McMurray to Calgary!
Here are the full final standings
Feb 15: 41 players took part in the 2014 Northern AB Open
IM Richard Wang and the surprising Kim Nguyen won the 2014 Northern AB Open. Richard had a slightly better tie-break which was used to determine the AB Championship qualification spot. Since Richard doesn't need it the spot will be available to the third highest among those who didn't qualify by winning a qualifying event. Kim showed some enterprising play and on his way for the tie for third he defeated FMs Pechenkin and Haessel, drew IM Wang and beat NM Alex Yam.
Go to the tournament page to see the final standings
Feb 7: Big upcoming tournaments
There are several large upcoming events on the ACA schedule. On February 8-9, the Mount Royal University in Calgary hosts the Universities Battle of AB. 55 players already pre-registered for this event.
The traditional Northern AB Open takes place in Edmonton on the Feb 15-16 weekend. The winner of this event will receive a spot at the 2014 AB Championship.
The AB Youth tournament promises to be the largest in recent memory as 69 players have already pre-registered with two weeks to go. The competition will take place on Feb 22-23 at the Delta Bow Valley hotel in Calgary. Tournament details.
Jan 5: NM Alex Yam is perfect at 2014 John Schleinich Memorial
28 players attended the first ACA tournament of 2014. National Master Alex Yam was perfect in section A with a score of: 5/5! This was good enough to double the score of the second place finishers as NMs Gary Ng and Martin Robichaud finished with 2.5/5 each. Section B saw a share of first between Calgary junior Diwen Shi and Edmonton junior David Miller with 4/5 each. All other sections were dominated by Juniors. Section C was won by: Tamir Bulga with: 4/5 ahead of Tristan Tran-Ly from Edmonton. Section D was dominated by two Calgary juniors as Bryan Ma won first with 4.5/5 while Ian Zhao finished second with 3.5/5. In section E the juniors took the lead as well, as new Calgary arrival: Vishwa Sharma won first with 4.5/6 ahead of: Raphael Libre who finished with 3.5/6. You can see the full standings of the event by going to the tournament page.
Archived News: 2013 2012 2011
August 30-31, Edmonton
Organizer: Vladimir Pechenkin
Battle of Alberta
September 13, Red Deer
Organizers: Micah Hughey,
Vlad Rekhson, Alexey Taranik
20th Medicine Hat Open
September 20-21, Medicine Hat
Organizer: Dr. William P. Taylor
Edmonton Jr. Regionals
October 4-5, Edmonton
Organizer: Harris Wang
October 11-13, Calgary
Organizer: David Miller
Calgary Jr. Regionals
October 18-19, Calgary
Organizer: Paul Gagne
Geoff Newton Memorial
October 24-26, Edmonton Organizer: Mike Zeggelaar