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Yam, Alex

Calgary Chess Club Championship

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In round three Hafiz Karmali failed to stand his ground against Anand Rishi Chandra, which left the talented youngster with a perfect 3/3 and closest to taking the championship. But that margin did not prove to be quite enough, and our congratulations instead go out to FM Dale Haessel, who outlasted 20 other contestants in becoming the 2019 Calgary Chess Club Champion!

The course of events was symbolic of the battle between the old guard consisting of players like Dale Haessel, Avelino Tolentino, Hafiz Karmali and Brian Miller, and rising stars such as Maxim Vasic, Anand Rishi Chandra, Andrew Chen, and Patrick Tolentino. This time, the old guard showed they aren't ready to retire just yet!

One of the unique features of this tournament was that it intertwined with the schedule of the ongoing Kings vs Princes competition. That event gives our top juniors a chance to meet and play training games with Alberta chess legends such as Knut Neven, Chris Demers and Ian Findlay. As such, this side event has generated an enthusiastic following and I expect to see it continue to gather momentum for years to come!

As a former competitor, I found that players really appreciated my keen interest and feedback during several post mortem sessions.

With the support of Steve Sklenka and Blaise Evans, my first ever TD experience ran smoothly. As a former competitor, I found that players really appreciated my keen interest and feedback during several post mortem sessions. I was also glad that I could bring my years of playing experience to the table in finally directing a tournament, which is something I did not necessarily expect. The experience was a positive and enjoable one! I look forward to giving back more to the chess community in the foreseeable future.

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