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Grand Prix Leg #4

Round 1

The final leg of the Grand Prix began with an upset win by Hemant Srinivasan over Patrick Tolentino, while in the remaining games it was rating that predicted victory such as Dale Haessel continuing his winning ways in the Grand Prix by beating Andre Tolentino. Online registration remains open in case anyone decides to join late!

Round 2

Dale Haessel maintained his winning streak over Hemant Srinivasan on top board. Four new players joined this round, which is always a nice addition to any of our events! If you want to join the third round of the Grand Prix Leg #4, or any other future event, visit Events and register online. On-site event registration works as well of course, but costs an additional $10 per event.

Round 3
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Anand Rishi Chandra drew with Dale Haessel, which left Brian Miller in the lead with a perfect 3/3 after his win over Josh Culp. Two games remain in the event, which is also the last of the 2019 Grand Prix series!

Round 4

Anand Rishi Chandra won against Brian Miller, while Dale Haessel beat Maxim Vasic. Tonight's winners are now tied at the top of the leaderboard with 3.5/4 and just one round remaining before the Grand Prix concludes next week.

Final Results

The 2019 Grand Prix came to an end this week with FM Dale Haessel claiming top spot for the second year in a row. Dale won three of the circuit's four legs and took home a total of $980 in prize money, while Maxim Vasic won just one of the events.

Anand, Maxim, Paul and Andrew all participate regularly in our popular Kings vs Princes exhibition matches where young talents are matched with very strong and experienced Masters. Judging by their results in recent tournaments elsewhere, this experience is paying off handsomely!

This year witnessed the continuing strong performance of young Anand Rishi Chandra who finished second overall, and the emergence of Maxim Vasic who came third. Brian Miller managed a string of consistent results in all four events to finish fourth overall and laying claim to the U2000 top prize. Andrew Chen and Paul Wang, the recently crowned Canadian grade 7 champion, came in fifth and sixth respectively.

Anand, Maxim, Paul and Andrew all participate regularly in our popular Kings vs Princes exhibition matches where young talents are matched with very strong and experienced Masters. Judging by their results in recent tournaments elsewhere, this experience is paying off handsomely!

Jerry Kobalenko came seventh overall, while the always cheerful and generous contributor of his time, Pat Moore, earned top U1750 honours. Pranav Pathak, another talented junior, finished top in U1500, while Artemio Galwan was top Unrated.

A big thank you goes to everyone who contributed to the success of the 2019 Grand Prix, including Roham Eslahpazir who week after week brought appetizing snacks on his own to enhance those already supplied by the Calgary Chess Club. Blaise Evans deserves praise for a wonderful job directing the final leg of the Grand Prix. Next year's event should be even bigger and better!

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