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Sklenka, Steve

Grand Prix Leg #4

Round 1

The final leg of the Grand Prix began with an upset win by Hemant Srinivasan over Patrick Tolentino, while in the remaining games it was rating that predicted victory such as Dale Haessel continuing his winning ways in the Grand Prix by beating Andre Tolentino. Online registration remains open in case anyone decides to join late!

Round 2

Dale Haessel maintained his winning streak over Hemant Srinivasan on top board. Four new players joined this round, which is always a nice addition to any of our events! If you want to join the third round of the Grand Prix Leg #4, or any other future event, visit Events and register online. On-site event registration works as well of course, but costs an additional $10 per event.

Round 3
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Anand Rishi Chandra drew with Dale Haessel, which left Brian Miller in the lead with a perfect 3/3 after his win over Josh Culp. Two games remain in the event, which is also the last of the 2019 Grand Prix series!

Round 4

Anand Rishi Chandra won against Brian Miller, while Dale Haessel beat Maxim Vasic. Tonight's winners are now tied at the top of the leaderboard with 3.5/4 and just one round remaining before the Grand Prix concludes next week.

Final Results

The 2019 Grand Prix came to an end this week with FM Dale Haessel claiming top spot for the second year in a row. Dale won three of the circuit's four legs and took home a total of $980 in prize money, while Maxim Vasic won just one of the events.

Anand, Maxim, Paul and Andrew all participate regularly in our popular Kings vs Princes exhibition matches where young talents are matched with very strong and experienced Masters. Judging by their results in recent tournaments elsewhere, this experience is paying off handsomely!

This year witnessed the continuing strong performance of young Anand Rishi Chandra who finished second overall, and the emergence of Maxim Vasic who came third. Brian Miller managed a string of consistent results in all four events to finish fourth overall and laying claim to the U2000 top prize. Andrew Chen and Paul Wang, the recently crowned Canadian grade 7 champion, came in fifth and sixth respectively.

Anand, Maxim, Paul and Andrew all participate regularly in our popular Kings vs Princes exhibition matches where young talents are matched with very strong and experienced Masters. Judging by their results in recent tournaments elsewhere, this experience is paying off handsomely!

Jerry Kobalenko came seventh overall, while the always cheerful and generous contributor of his time, Pat Moore, earned top U1750 honours. Pranav Pathak, another talented junior, finished top in U1500, while Artemio Galwan was top Unrated.

A big thank you goes to everyone who contributed to the success of the 2019 Grand Prix, including Roham Eslahpazir who week after week brought appetizing snacks on his own to enhance those already supplied by the Calgary Chess Club. Blaise Evans deserves praise for a wonderful job directing the final leg of the Grand Prix. Next year's event should be even bigger and better!

Sklenka, Steve

Grand Prix Leg #3

Round 1
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The first round of the Grand Prix Leg #3 is under way, and featured plenty of fighting games. Top seeds Dale Haessel, Maxim Vasic, Andrew Chen and Anand Rishi Chandra all won their games. Due to the rescheduling of one of the rounds in the last Grand Prix event, please remember that we have a make up round on Sunday, March 31 at 14:00.

Several players activated their online membership accounts in the last few days and easily pre-registered for this event. Thank you! We hope that soon everyone transitions to this automated process instead of waiting in the usual long registration line-ups just before the event gets under way. This will make for a more pleasant tournament experience for everyone, plus you gain the ability to update and manage your membership online.

This will make for a more pleasant tournament experience for everyone, plus you gain the ability to update and manage your membership online.

Thanks to Blaise Evans for selecting the following games to be included in our report. For those of you who feel like adding a little more spice, a nice win or perhaps something you learned from a disappointing loss, let your Tournament Director know that you would like to annotate a game or two.

Round 2
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Play continued tonight with FM Dale Haessel winning on top board over Anand Rishi Chandra and exacting a measure of revenge for several losses in previous encounters. Helen Chen remains on track to becoming one of Calgary's future top female players by scoring the upset of the round over Kevin Qin. Only three players remain unbeaten after two rounds: Dale Haessel, Maxim Vasic and Andrew Chen.

Vikas Chandra delivered a Calgary Chess Club first by telecasting the top board game live on YouTube! An exhausted battery briefly interrupted the stream, but more exciting live broadcasts are planned for future events.

Round 3
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The key match between FM Dale Haessel and Maxim Vasic ended with Dale taking the full point, who also takes the inside lane on winning the event.

Alongside next week's round we will also begin the Kings vs Princes matches featuring four retired legends against four top juniors. Make that five legends, as Branimir Brebrich will be visiting from British Columbia and playing against the quickly improving sixth grader Hemant Srinivasan. It will be a full house and a good time to visit the club if you haven't stopped by lately.

Round 4
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FM Dale Haessel is leaning in as the clear favourite for another Grand Prix victory with his win over Andrew Chen. Only Paul Wang, with an upset victory over Maxim Vasic tonight, is in position to snatch the title in the final round next week with a win over the leader. In the battle of the youngsters Anand Rishi Chandra defeated Hemant Srinivasan.

Round 5
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The event concluded with FM Dale Haessel securing top spot with a draw against Paul Wang, and thereby also winning the overall Grand Prix for the second year in a row. Congratulations! Elsewhere Andrew Chen also drew with Anand Rishi Chandra, while Andre Angelo Tolentino won over Maxim Vasic and Hemant Srinivasan beat Ali Husain.

The 4th and final leg of the Grand Prix starts next week, with a dozen players remaining in contention for a share of the $1,200 prize fund to be allocated after Dale receives the winner's share of $800. Online registration for the event is open!

Sklenka, Steve

Grand Prix Leg #2

Maxim Vasic

Maxim Vasic is the winner, with Top U1900 claimed by Pat Moore and Brian Miller, Top U1700 by Arthur Milne, and Top U1500 by Artemio Galwan. Congratulations! Grand Prix Leg #3 starts next Tuesday with online registration available on our Events page.

After the emergence last year of young Anand Rishi Chandra, this year Maxim Vasic has added his name to the list of challengers for Dale Haessel's dominance of our Grand Prix events. Maxim seems to add rating points to his cache with every outing, and promises to be a force to be reckoned with in the coming months and years. This time around Dale actually faced more difficult opposition, and so the unfolding storyline likely still has many more twists and turns in store for us.

Maxim seems to add rating points to his cache with every outing, and promises to be a force to be reckoned with in the coming months and years.

Jerry Kobalenko has also joined the Grand Prix, in spite of residing more than an hour away in Canmore. Juniors Patrick and Andrew Tolentino together with Andrew and Helen Chen are also regular new faces. The game of the tournament unfolded between Anand Rishi Chandra and Maxim Vasic in round five. Maxim came out on top after a series of sacrifices in a very sharp position. In the final round Jerry Kobalenko kept threatening Dale Haessel's king, but eventually found his own monarch stranded in an indefensible position.

A big thank you goes to Roham Eslahpazir and Roy Yearwood, who selflessly donated extra snacks each round, complementing those provided by the club.

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