Amercian Chess Magazine (ACM)’s June 2022 – Issue #27 includes a 12-page article—”A Very Special Canadian Chess Event“—about the recent 2022 Ontario Open. That event was organized and run by Annex Chess Club (ACC) over the recent Victoria Day weekend (May 21-23).
The ACM article is noteworthy as it documents the first major over-the-board chess tournament in the Greater Toronto Area since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020. There were many challenges associated with the tournament that had to be dealt with, yet in the end, the players who attended said they had a great experience.
The 170-player field was strong yet diverse and included 28 titled, 60 juniors and 36 unrated players. Some wonderful chess games were played in the tournament’s four sections (Crown, U2200, U1800 and U1400). The June 2022 – Issue #27 article includes player-annotated chess games from both the Crown section (4 games) and the U1400 section (1 game).
ACM has indicated that it intends to present additional annotated games from the 2022 Ontario Open in its Issue #28 (or #29). FM Michael Humphreys, an ACC member, helped by organizing and editing the annotated games for both issues.
Single copies of the June 2022 – Issue #27 are available for purchase in in-person purchase at ACC’s Front Desk, on Monday nights. The price is $30 CDN (including duty, tax and shipping), which is pretty good relative to ACM’s $24.99 USD retail price (plus shipping).
Annual subscriptions to ACM as well as individual back issues may be purchased here.
Also, please see our recent news post on two new tournament videos just released. Reading the ACM article and watching the ACC videos will provide you with a great feel and appreciation of what it was like to attend the event. We also had great sponsors some of which had an employee or two that were given free entry into the tournament.
Here is a link to our 2022 Ontario Open tournament summary page, which includes the two new videos.