Oakville Winter Open - Feb 2-4, 2018

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  • Oakville Winter Open - Feb 2-4, 2018

    Hi Chess Players and Chess Parents,

    I am starting this new thread as the old one is getting too long and probably players may miss this announcement. I would like to make some announcements/points on the tournament as it is less than 1 months now

    1. We have almost 140 players on board now. Latest list on our website should reflect all the players with their number of days and section.

    2. Please check and your section and number of days and let us know at infoATelevatemychessDOT.com if you find anything wrong with the information.

    3. There are some players who have not indicated their number of days despite us writing to them a couple of times. Please respond accordingly. thanks on this point.

    4. if you intend to stay at the hotel, there is a special rate for the players at $ 109/night. Just quote EMC to get this rate.

    5. We are offering lunch package from the hotel at $ 10 for one. You can buy separately at our website. We will have a list for those who have paid through our website and provide him with a voucher for them to claim the food from the hotel later on. if you purchase from the hotel for the same food package, it will be more expensive. You can still buy from us on the day itself and pay cash to us and we will give you the voucher. This arrangement is made especially for the players' convenience and also cheaper for them instead of buying direct from the hotel.

    6. Our current entry fee is going to end on Jan 17th after which the price will be on site price which will be $ 120 for everyone ( no exception ). We are still hopeful we will reach 150 players and hope you guys will support us as we are still short of about 10+ players.

    7. There will be 2 live boards on our maiden tournament ( we are working on how to upload onto our website now ).

    8. There are 1 GM, 3 IM and 2 FMs on our Championship section and if you want to have an experience playing against them, do come and join us in the Championship section. I am sure it will be a great experience playing against these titled players. It is not often that you have a chance to play against these 6 titled players.

    9. We have many new CFC members which should contribute good revenue for the CFC. We also have some members who have renewed their CFC memberships to play in this tournament.

    https://elevatemychess.com/tournament/

    Thanks to those who have registered so far to make our tournament a good turnout.

    We will try to ensure that the tournament will be well run.

    For those who have registered, please stay tuned for our weekly newsletter for updates on the tournament.

    Cheers to Chess in Canada

    Gary Hua

    EMC
    Last edited by Gary Hua; Thursday, 4th January, 2018, 09:05 PM.

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    Re: Oakville Winter Open - Feb 2-4, 2018

    We have managed to get the hotel room rate of $ 109 extended to next Friday for booking. It was supposed to end Jan 2nd.

    The rooms are getting filled up very fast and at this rate of $ 109, it is definitely a very good rate. Just quote EMC or chess tournament to get this rate.

    Don't miss out this opportunity before it is gone.

    Will make more announcements later this weekend or early next week on other matters

    Cheers

    Gary Hua

    EMC

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    • #3
      Re: Oakville Winter Open - Feb 2-4, 2018

      Please take note that Jan 25th is the last date for late entry fee after which the entry fee will be treated as on site fee and there is no guarantee of pairing for round 1. There won't be update of pre-registered list after Jan 28th.

      For U1200, entry fee for on site will be less $ 35 which will be $ 85

      For U900, entry fee for on site will be less $ 55 which will be $ 65

      All other sections will be $ 120 and no discount for titled players after this date

      14 days to go before on site fee kicks in.

      Don't miss out this opportunity to play in this guaranteed prize score based tournament. There will also be a surprise for all participants. If you want to know what it is, come and join us.

      Cheers

      Gary Hua

      EMC
      Last edited by Gary Hua; Tuesday, 9th January, 2018, 07:38 AM.

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      • #4
        Re: Oakville Winter Open - Feb 2-4, 2018

        We have another top 10 junior in Canada just joined in the Championship section making it the 14th player in the section. Cheers

        On another note, after today's rating update, if anyone who wants to play up, please let us know.

        For those players who have increased their rating to another section up, congrats for your improved ratings. We will write to you about this if there is any difference in the entry fee to be paid.

        We are reaching 140 players soon and I am very hopeful we will reach 160 players ( based on my experience and hopefully I am not wrong ).

        Don't miss this opportunity to stay in the hotel and play at the same time. Who knows you may strike a perfect 5 games.

        3 weeks to go before the tournament begins.

        Cheers

        Gary Hua

        EMC

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        • #5
          Re: Oakville Winter Open - Feb 2-4, 2018

          We have 3 players from the recent Youth Olympiad Team Canada ( playing at India ) playing in our Championship section.

          They will definitely gain much needed experience playing against the titled players and probably push up their rating to become a titled player themselves.

          This is one of our main objectives in elevating the junior standard of play to a higher level. Out of the current 15 players, 9 of them are young promising players and one of them is the newest Guelph Pro-Am winner of the Open section.

          Lets see how these 9 young players are going to compete against the adults where most of them are titled players.

          Very interesting section and we can watch the first two boards " LIVE"

          Gary Hua

          EMC

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          • #6
            Re: Oakville Winter Open - Feb 2-4, 2018

            We have finally crossed 140 with a couple more entries the last two days.

            Another NM and pretty strong player just joined the Championship section making it 16 now.

            Latest list will be upload to our website on Sunday afternoon.

            If you have registered and your name not on the list, please notify us immediately so that we can rectify it.

            We should be crossing 150 soon.

            Please take note that today is the dateline for hotel rate at $ 109. Please quote EMC when you register when you book the room. Great rate at $ 109.

            Cheers

            Gary Hua

            EMC
            Last edited by Gary Hua; Friday, 12th January, 2018, 09:50 AM.

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            • #7
              Re: Oakville Winter Open - Feb 2-4, 2018

              Two updates :

              1. We are approaching 150 players. First come first serve. We may close the registration if necessary and not wait until the day it self.

              2. The hotel management agrees to extend the rate to next Friday - $ 109/ night. They told us there is more players signing up for the hotel which is great. Stay and play at the same time. No guarantee the price will stay after Friday ( Jan 19, 2018 ).

              Next update on the list will be the players' rating and if you want to play up, please let us know in advance.

              Cheers

              Gary Hua

              EMC

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              • #8
                Re: Oakville Winter Open - Feb 2-4, 2018

                Latest update :

                1. We will get another small room to accommodate more players and make it more comfortable for all players. We will also have a small room for skittle/analysis/waiting.

                2. Last dateline for current price - Jan 25, 2018 after which the price goes to ONSITE.

                3. Dateline for hotel rate at $ 109 which is TODAY.

                4. We have crossed 150 players and slowly approaching 160. We should be able to accommodate 200 players with this extra room.

                5. More players equals to better chances to strike perfect 5 !!!

                6. Tournament begins in 2 weeks time...

                Come and join us before the price goes up again :

                Next update will be using the latest CFC rating. The player must let us know their highest rating of the 4 for us to put them in the correct section. The player must NOT play in the section lower than their highest rating. You can play up but not play down :). The next update will be this Sunday ( Jan 21, 2018 ).

                Cheers

                Gary Hua

                EMC
                Last edited by Gary Hua; Friday, 19th January, 2018, 02:23 PM.

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                • #9
                  Re: Oakville Winter Open - Feb 2-4, 2018

                  We have another Master just joined us last night. Around 20 players in the Championship section now.

                  Please take note that the dateline for current price is Jan 25 which is this Thursday. On Friday morning, the price will be ONSITE price.

                  Latest pre-registered list for all our 4 tournaments are in our latest newsletter this morning. Link below for those who have not registered yet.

                  Cheers

                  Gary Hua

                  EMC

                  https://elevatemychess.com/the-4-step-thinking-process/

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                  • #10
                    Re: Oakville Winter Open - Feb 2-4, 2018

                    Originally posted by Gary Hua View Post
                    We have another Master just joined us last night. Around 20 players in the Championship section now.

                    Please take note that the dateline for current price is Jan 25 which is this Thursday. On Friday morning, the price will be ONSITE price.

                    Latest pre-registered list for all our 4 tournaments are in our latest newsletter this morning. Link below for those who have not registered yet.

                    Cheers

                    Gary Hua

                    EMC

                    https://elevatemychess.com/the-4-step-thinking-process/
                    Hi Gary:

                    Will your website pre-reg list (https://elevatemychess.com/wp-conten...n-13-2018-.pdf) also be updated soon? Thanks.

                    Bob

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                    • #11
                      Re: Oakville Winter Open - Feb 2-4, 2018

                      Originally posted by Bob Armstrong View Post
                      Hi Gary:

                      Will your website pre-reg list (https://elevatemychess.com/wp-conten...n-13-2018-.pdf) also be updated soon? Thanks.

                      Bob
                      Hi Bob,

                      I think it's fixed now

                      Thanks

                      Gary

                      EMC

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                      • #12
                        Re: Oakville Winter Open - Feb 2-4, 2018

                        We have another Master level player just joined yesterday making him the 20th player in the Championship section.

                        If you want to gain experience and points, this is the tournament where you get to play STRONG players and hopefully can beat or draw them.

                        Don't miss this opportunity. 3 days before price goes up and 10 days before tournament begins.

                        There will probably be one more update on the pre-registered list on our website this coming Sunday and then no more updates.

                        Cheers

                        Gary

                        EMC

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                        • #13
                          Re: Oakville Winter Open - Feb 2-4, 2018

                          A flurry of registration and we are almost at 170 players now.

                          Fortunately we have an extra room.

                          A couple strong players from Windsor just signed up to challenge the field.

                          2 more days to go before price becomes ONSITE price.

                          At this rate, we expect to have 180 players before the tournament begins.

                          Cheers

                          Gary Hua

                          EMC

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                          • #14
                            Re: Oakville Winter Open - Feb 2-4, 2018

                            We are closing on 180 players now.

                            We may close the registration soon once we hit 190-200

                            Hurry up before the limited space is gone.

                            Cheers

                            Gary Hua

                            EMC

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                            • #15
                              Re: Oakville Winter Open - Feb 2-4, 2018

                              For those whose membership expired or expiring before the tournament begins, we hope that you will renew your membership online with CFC before the tournament begins.

                              We will have one more updated list and those highlighted in yellow under the expiry, please do the necessary so that we don't have to do this extra work. About 10-15 players are not up to date.

                              If you need to play up or take a bye in any rounds, please let us know in advance.

                              179 players on board now.

                              Cheers

                              Gary Hua

                              EMC
                              Last edited by Gary Hua; Friday, 26th January, 2018, 07:59 AM.

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