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Canadian Chess Challenge

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From twelve players representing Alberta at the 2019 Canadian Chess Challenge held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver from May 19-20, no fewer than eight came from Calgary. Credit and recognition for this wonderful achievement must go to all levels of our city's youth chess groups and volunteers! Our heartfelt congratulations go out to everyone who made it to Vancouver this weekend. Your success is our success!

Paul Wang won the grade 7 competition outright, while Anand Rishi Chandra tied for first in grade 5. Paul drew with Ontario's Dorian Kang (2255) plus one other game, but won the rest en route to becoming Canada's top seventh grader! Anand also did what he had to by drawing his highest rated opponents Eric Ning (2246) of Ontario and Kevin Zhong (2350) of Quebec, while beating everyone else.

In the grade 3 competition Jonathan Wu finished in second place. His result is especially amazing, given a ranking near the very bottom of the field that didn't stop him from scoring a very strong 7/9.

In the grade 3 competition Jonathan Wu finished in second place. His result is especially amazing, given a ranking near the very bottom of the field that didn't stop him from scoring a very strong 7/9. Yet another podium finish went to Aditya Raninga who tied for third in grade 11. Aditya faced no less than four players rated over 2000 and managed to score 6/9 points including an important win over William Li (2286) of Ontario!

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Aulden Wright Maley, a very young and dedicated player who is no stranger to the Calgary Chess Club, scored a very respectable 4/9 even though he was ranked second lowest in grade 1. Helen Chen, who bested Hemant Srinivasan and Kevin Qin among others for the qualification spot in grade 6, was the only girl from Alberta. She too has been a regular at the Calgary Chess Club, and remarkably scored 3 points against very tough opposition.

Ian Zhao, the current Alberta Open Champion and already rated north of 2300 himself, faced no fewer than three adversaries rated 2400+. And while Ian didn't quite manage to take points from the top players, he won his remaining games to finish with a very fine fourth place result overall in grade 9. Last, and certainly not least, Andre Tolentino scored 4/9 against formidable opposition in grade 12.

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