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Annex Players at Hart House

2011 Hart House Holidays Open – December 16 to 18

Lots of ACC players were among the 122 participants in the Hart House Holidays Open this weekend. (Check final results.) Here are some pictures (courtesy Egis Zeromskis):

Zehn Nasir, U2200 section

Chris Wehrfritz, =2nd U1600

Shabnam Abbarin, U1900 section

Alex Ferreira, U2200 section

Dave Southam, Open section

Liza Orlova, =2nd U2200, running post-game analysis
(with Arthur Calugar, Nick O'Bumsawin, and Matthew Nicholson)

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It’s Here!

2011 Hart House Holidays Open – December 16 to 18

Chess in the Great Hall at Hart House

From the neo-Gothic architecture of the building to the huge ceilings of the Great Hall, chess tournaments don’t get any more beautiful than this. It’s chess as you see it in the movies!

Organized by U of T’s Hart House Chess Club, this top-notch event has 128 players pre-registered – among them, some of the best players in the nation. In the Open Section, Slovakia’s IM Peter Vavrak and Spain’s IM Renier Castellanos join Canada’s elite: GM Bator Sambuev, IM Nikolai Noritsyn, IM Lawrence Day, and six other players with international titles. In the class sections, club players young and old – including five brand new, unrated players – are battling it out for rating points and prizes.

If you’ve never played in a real, CFC-rated tournament before, don’t miss this opportunity: Hart House is offering free tournament entry if you join CFC for the first time!

  • Format: 5-Round Swiss in 4 sections: Open, U2200, U1900, U1600
  • Rounds: 6 pm on Friday; 10 am and 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday
  • Location: Hart House, U of T
  • Take TTC: 10-min walk SE from St. George or 5-min walk SW from Museum
  • Entry Fee: $70 if you’ve registered in advance; $90 cash only on site. Extra $20 to play up each section. No cheques on-site.
  • Discounts: $10 less for Juniors (born after December 17th, 1993), Seniors (60+), Women, FIDE Masters, and University of Toronto students (show ID card). Only one discount per player. Free for IMs before December 9th, $60 afterwards, $70 on-site.
  • full details | flyer | pre-registered | map | email: hhchess@utoronto.ca

Note: If you plan to play Round One, make sure you get to the site for 5:30 pm at the latest. And don’t forget to bring your own chess clocks and chess pieces. Only boards are provided.

2011 Hart House Holidays Open
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Toronto Chess Tournament in a Castle!

2011 Hart House Holidays Open – December 16 to 18


The holidays are coming… and Toronto chess players are looking forward to the annual Holidays Open.

The Gothic architecture of U of T’s Hart House makes a beautiful setting for chess tournaments, and our friends at the Hart House Chess Club always run top-notch Toronto chess events.

Friday December 16 to Sunday December 18, they’re hosting the: 2011 Hart House Holidays Open. Please do the organizers a favour by pre-registering as soon as possible!

The event is also posted on facebook – RSVP if you plan to attend, and share the word with all your facebook friends!

If you’ve never played in a real, CFC-rated tournament before, don’t miss this opportunity: Hart House is offering free tournament entry if you join CFC for the first time!

  • Format: 5-Round Swiss in 4 sections: Open, U2200, U1900, U1600
  • Rounds: 6 pm on Friday; 10 am and 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday
  • Location: Hart House, U of T
  • Take TTC: 10-min walk SE from St. George or 5-min walk SW from Museum
  • Entry Fee: $70 in advance (cheques to: Hart House Chess Club, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, ON M5S 3H3); $90 cash only on site. Extra $20 to play up each section. No cheques on-site.
  • Discounts: $10 less for Juniors (born after December 17th, 1993), Seniors (60+), Women, FIDE Masters, and University of Toronto students (show ID card). Only one discount per player. Free for IMs before December 9th, $60 afterwards, $70 on-site.
  • details | flyer | pre-registered | map | email: hhchess@utoronto.ca

Chess photos from the 2010 Toronto Open at Hart House

Bator Sambuev, Hart House 2010
GM Bator Sambuev
(2010 Toronto Open, Hart House)
photo: David Farrant
Bindi Cheng, Hart House 2010
IM Bindi Cheng
(2010 Toronto Open, Hart House)
photo: David Farrant

Check out more Hart House pictures in this set by David Farrant.

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