Pictured in the iconic photograph “Grandmaster at work” (2010) by David Farrant, GM Bator Sambuev is a Russian-Canadian Grandmaster.
Play the Grandmaster
On June 15 at the first annual Harbourfront Centre Chessfest presented by Scotiabank, GM Sambuev will be playing 16 games simultaneously. Sixteen players will have the privilege of playing a game against this illustrious Canadian Grandmaster.
Tickets are now on sale for $25 for the initial sitting of 16 players. If seats become available with sufficient time left to play a game, there will be buy-ins available for $20 on site.
Proceeds from the event will support this year’s Canadian Olympiad Team at the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Norway.
GM Sambuev won the Canadian Championship in 2011 and again in 2012, qualifying for the 2013 World Cup. At the World Cup, he defeated Russian Grandmaster Alexander Morozevich, who is currently ranked 30th in the world.
GM Sambuev is an active player in Canadian events. He played in the 2014 Toronto Open at Annex Chess Club just this April. He is also the top-rated Canadian by CFC rating. He has been selected again for the 2014 Canadian Olympiad team.
One of the strongest such events in recent memory, the 2014 Toronto Blitz Championship at Chessfest saw fifty players register, including twenty-five with master ratings. After seven double rounds, top prize was split three ways as GM Bator Sambuev, IM Bindi Cheng, and FM Roman Sapozhnikov tied for first with 11.0/14.
The Canadian Closed/Zonal and the Goddesschess Canadian Women’s Closed are happening together, August 4 to 11 in Montréal. Canada’s elite players will be competing for the title of Canadian Champion and Canadian Women’s Champion.
As zonal events, the tournaments will not only qualify one player for the 2013 World Cup and one player for the Women’s Chess Championship, but will also be able to award six new FIDE titles: two FMs, one IM, two WFMs, and one WIM.
Full details, including a list of registered players, are available on the official tournament website.
The 2011 Canadian Closed took place in Guelph, and the winner was GM Bator Sambuev. The 2011 Women’s Championship took place in Toronto, and the winner was WIM Natalia Khoudgarian. Both current champions are registered to defend their titles this summer!
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.
David Cohen, chess historian and author of the Canadian Chess Info files (which now form much of the content of the new CFC website), has announced the Canadian Chess Player of the Year – GM Mark Bluvshtein!
Fan favourites (based on an online vote)
1. Melissa Giblon (won Canadian Girls’ U-12 at CYCC)
2. Nikolay Noritsyn (won Québec Open, Toronto Thanksgiving Open, =1st at Toronto Labour Day Open, etc.)
3. Mark Bluvshtein (the official winner; see above)