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Findlay, Ian

Canadian Seniors Championship

FM Victor Plotkin, FM Ian Findlay

The 2019 Canadian Seniors Championship took place August 2-5, in Kitchener Waterloo, at City Hall. Two sections of 50+ and 65+ were joined by a sectioned tournament going on at the same time.

Victor Plotkin took the 50+ section with a score of 6/7, while Ian Finlay won the 65+ section with 5.5/7. Both will represent Canada in Peru later this year at the World Seniors Championship. But before anyone congratulates yours truly, please note the slight difference in spelling between my name and that of Ian Finlay, who resides in Brampton, Ontario, and in fact won that 65+ section! I managed only to finish in a tie for second in the 50+ section, shared at 5.5/7 with IM David Cummings.

The tournament was very well run thanks to the great organizational efforts of Patrick McDonald and Hal Bond. The playing site was air conditioned, and located in a separate room with very good lighting.

But before anyone congratulates yours truly, please note the slight difference in spelling between my name and that of Ian Finlay, who resides in Brampton, Ontario, and in fact won that 65+ section!

After winning in 2018 with a perfect 7/7 I knew I had my work cut out for me, given this year's 4th seed ranking compared to 1st seed at last year's tournament. The event gets stronger every year, marking this year the strongest field in the history of the 50+ section.

I have briefly annotated my entire set of seven games, all replayable in the game board below. Probably the two most interesting games are those against Victor Plotkin and Michael Barron. There were lots of mistakes, and no one can accuse us of using illicit engine help!

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