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Eric Hansen Classic
Out of the Gate
The 2019 Eric Hansen Classic got off to a great start with 17 players at the start line, including a visitor from San Francisco, David Askin. There were no surprises as all the higher rated players won their games this round. FM Dale Haessel and last year's winner Anand Rishi Chandra are considered the front runners. Nimai Koneru directed and did a commendable job in his first outing as Tournament Director.
In the second round, FM Dale Haessel was on the receiving end of an upset, losing to fellow board member Roham Eslahpazir. Most of the juniors are still in Kingston, Ontario competing at the 2019 NAYCC finals, accounting for the small number of contested games in the last couple of weeks at all of our events.
Anand Rishi Chandra won his game against Brian Miller, thereby parachuting into top spot on the leaderboard. With three rounds to go, the tournament remains open for anyone to win.
At the Finish
The 2nd annual Eric Hansen Classic, traditionally a great event for our junior members who are on their summer break without a worry about school or homework, concluded September 10, 2019. Young Anand Rishi Chandra, who is just 10 years old, won the tournament for the second year in succession! Just behind Anand in 2nd place was Avery Li, and thus it was the juniors who dominated the final summer event in our calendar.
The tournament was also only the third that Gordon Campbell, the 1977 Alberta Open champion and 1976 Alberta Closed champion has participated in the past 21 years. Gordon finished tied 3rd-4th with Hemant Srinivasan.
The event is named after GM Eric Hansen, who to date is the only Calgarian and Albertan to ever achieve the GM title.