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Grand Tour Leg #3
First of the Last
FM Dale Haessel, returned very recently from his World Seniors Championship adventure in Romania, is the clear favourite to take the final leg of the 2019 Grand Tour. Most of our top juniors are taking a rest after a very busy year, although year-end assignments and final exams at school are sure to keep them working through much of the coming holiday season!
After a strong debut at the just completed Southern Alberta Open, newcomer Rex Yumen surprised veteran Roy Yearwood in the noteable upset of the round. In the skittles room, the newly configured television continues to be a hit with players needing a break from the heavy concentration at the board and visitors alike.
Round two of the event was joined by new top seed Fred South, who predictably won his first game by defeating Husain Ali. To his great credit, Husain put up a valiant fight, first winning a pawn but eventually succombing to a fierce kingside attack. Vastly improved junior Jonathan Wu lost to second seed Dale Haessel, but this game also wasn't a walk in the park for the experienced Master. Jonathan certainly has a bright future ahead of him! Three rounds remain, with the club's annual Christmas party next up on Friday evening!
Middle of the Road
The results mostly went with the rating favourites. Fred South will miss the next two rounds, so Dale Haessel must be considered the strong favourite to win the event and the Grand Tour overall.
Next year already promises to become the best club season ever, with the Steinitz Menchik Classic moving into a three day time slot. That puts the tournament on par with other premier events on the calendar, including the Banff Open and Alberta Open. Pre-registrations are already open for the entire 2020 season at the Calgary Chess Club. Visit Events to start planning your season today!
The club is looking more and more inviting with the recent addition of several Robert Bateman and Georgia Jarvis art pieces. But even in a setting as nice as that, the 2019 season is quickly coming to an end. Next year already promises to become the best club season ever, with the Steinitz Menchik Classic moving into a three day time slot. That puts the tournament on par with other premier events on the calendar, including the Banff Open and Alberta Open. Pre-registrations are already open for the entire 2020 season at the Calgary Chess Club. Visit Events to start planning your season today!
Week Before Christmas
With just one round to be played in the final leg of the Grand Tour, the end of this year's chess season has arrived. FM Dale Haessel is a single game away from claiming his second consecutive Grand Tour, and thus concluding yet another successful competitive campaign with an exclamation point!
Arthur Milne played his first game after an absence of a few weeks. Welcome back Arthur. Meanwhile our Treasurer, assisted by several club members, spent most of the evening finalizing important casino documentation. Thanks Gordon!
Old and New
As predicted yesterday, the 2019 Grand Tour came to a close with FM Dale Haessel claiming another crown. Behrooz Ebrahim Shirazi came second, followed by Roham Eslahpazir in third, and then Andrew Chen and Roy Yearwood in fourth and fifth, respectively. Top U2000 went to Brian Miller and the U1750 prize to Nerio Sibulo. Avery Li claimed the U1500 prize, while the Unrated trophy went to Rex Yumen.
With this final event in the Grand Tour the Calgary Chess Club concludes a successful 2019 season that brought exciting events while showcasing a good number of notable results by experienced players and newcomers alike! Premier events like the Steinitz Menchik Classic and Southern Alberta Open enjoyed record attendance numbers. The Grand Tour paid out $1200 in prize money. Next year we expect to continue growing our membership, and with that the size and quality of our events should reach new heights. See you there!