NL Open Chess Championship Announced – October 21st – 23rd

Hi folks, it has been quite some time since my last post regarding rated CFC events here in the province. I have spoken to a few folks already at the regular meetups (at the Memorial University food court meetups on Wednesdays, and the Elixir Bar and Lounge meetings up on Thursdays) but I can now say that we have confirmed dates for this year’s NL Open Chess Championship! Here are the details.

Date: Friday, October 21st – 23rd
Round 1: October 21st, 7pm (Registration closes at 6:30pm SHARP)
Rounds 2 and 3: October 22nd, 10am and 3pm
Rounds 4 and 5: October 23rd, 10am and 3pm
Location: EN-4000, 4th floor the of MUN Engineering building (CONFIRMED)
Tournament Format: Swiss
Time Control: Game in 90 minutes, plus 30 second increment from move 1.
Ratings: CFC-rated. A valid CFC membership is required to participate in this event (priced at $44 a year, $29 if born in 2002 or later). This can either be paid to me (on-site or via etransfer) or online at Good for all CFC events across the country.
Entry fee: $40 for existing CFC members – reduced to $20 if purchasing/renewing a CFC membership at the time of this tournament. For example, a new CFC member would pay $44 (membership fee) + $20 (entry fee) = $64.
Prizes: Cash prizes with the exact structure to be determined at the conclusion of Round 1. The total prize fund will be comprised of all entry fees minus applicable rating fees for the event (~$3 per player). In addition, the winner will be awarded the NL Open Chess Championship trophy, which has been passed on after each event since 1969(!). A picture of the trophy and historical winners can be viewed below at the appropriate link.

Trophy and Past Winners:

If there are any further questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at include NL Chess Open in the subject). I suspect that we will see one of the most competitive classical events held in the province for many years due to the increase in players as well as some folks who have moved from other parts of the world. I greatly look forward to the event, both as an organizer and a player.

Anthony Leonard
Tournament Director NLCA