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National Arbiter Seminar
A free seminar for aspiring tournament directors, conducted by International Arbiter Vlad Rekhson, will be held at the Calgary Chess Club on Saturday, 2019-06-22 from 12:00-17:00.
Graduates will complete a short test after the seminar, making them eligible to direct FIDE events and apply for the National Arbiter title. The Alberta Chess Association pays for the title application if the graduate directs an ACA sanctioned FIDE rated tournament.
Registration and inquiries should go to firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome Players, Enthusiasts and Chess Friends
On behalf of the Calgary Chess Club I am honoured and delighted to announce a pair of exciting events that we hope will be remembered as landmarks in our club's history.
It is our sincere hope that we are taking important and necessary steps towards making chess in our city more visible and popular than it has ever been.
Our new website for the first time provides the club with a professional online presence that fully integrates a centralized membership database with functionality capable of handling and displaying online Event registrations, up-to-the-minute Rating lists of top players, current news and reports, as well as instructional articles of all types. In time we will add even more features. It is our sincere hope that we are taking important and necessary steps towards making chess in our city more visible and popular than it has ever been.
To commemorate the launch of the new website, the club is hosting a very special invitational blitz tournament spread over two evenings on March 12 and March 14 between 19:00-22:00.
The participants include twelve of Calgary's top players from the past 35 years who have mostly been coaxed out of retirement for this double-round event called the Tournament Of Legends Blitz. Spectators are welcome!
The participants are twelve of Calgary's top players from the past 35 years who have mostly been coaxed out of retirement for this double-round event called the Tournament Of Legends Blitz.
The event start list, given here in order of highest historical rating, consists of Greg Huber (2385), Rob Hawkes (2362), Arthur Odachowski (2336), Dale Haessel (2332), Robert South (2328), Knut Neven (2327), Andrew Lapides (2326), Fred South (2300), Christopher Demers (2285), Ted Wilson (2245), Sean Perron (2210), and Gordon Campbell (2127). Between them, this group holds hundreds of titles at the city and provincial levels and beyond...
Finally, I would like to thank the entire Calgary Chess Club Executive Board including Dale Haessel, Colin McCaffrey, Gordon Campbell and Blaise Evans, along with special thanks to Knut Neven who have all worked tirelessly to implement the many positive changes clearly evident at the Calgary Chess Club in recent times.
The Calgary Chess Club Players
Dale Haessel, who they say your best chance at winning against, is trying to get him into time pressure.
I met Jake on a Saturday at the Shawnessy Chess In The Library program, which I learned about from Roy in a tournament at the Calgary Chess Club. Jake had recently moved to Calgary and was excited to see people playing chess when he and his girlfriend were at the library. I offered to take him to our club for the next Tuesday tournament.
We took a car to Jake's first tournament. Often though, he and I would ride the C-Train. If you're in the southwest of Calgary like I am, you will take the Redline train into downtown, then switch to the Blueline to head northeast. There, you can get off at Rundle station and walk past the Peter Lougheed Centre. Turn left on 32nd Avenue, continue to 27th Street, turn right, and the Calgary Chess Club will be in the second parking lot to your left, where you'll see the wooden stand-up sign.
Pat, I was told before a chess related party in Banff, is much better at playing guitar than he is at chess. He beats me anyway.
In the Calgary Chess Club you will meet the players. FM Dale Haessel, who they say your best chance at winning against, is trying to get him into time pressure. Steve Sklenka, who will accept a draw in a position he is winning if you tell him that it will certainly convince you return to the club. Pat, I was told before a chess related party in Banff, is much better at playing guitar than he is at chess. He beats me anyway. Don, who won't regret missing the opportunity to make a glorious sacrifice.
Meet us and other players at the Calgary Chess Club to play casual or rated chess!