Big Thanks to CO Organizers !

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    I played in this past Canadian Open and had an absolutely fantastic time. Definitely the best Canadian Open I've been at (2006-2009) so far. Everyone I had talked to about the 2005 CO, also held in Edmonton, said it had been an outstanding CO and that 2009 was not to be missed. They were right!

    A big thanks to Micah Hughey and Vlad Rekhson, along with their team, who put on a fantastic show, and were always very helpful and professional. :D

    Everyone who I hanged out with seemed to have been having a terrific time overall, even if the chess results at times proved disappointing (got ourselves to blame really:o).

    The website was easy to navigate, complete with results and pairings for the next round, always posted about one hour after the last game of the night was finished. Always great to have (and use!) monroi to record games and to view them afterward from home. Coverage was excellent with chessbase and terrific to have Shabalov annotate some of the top board games.

    Not comparable to any other CO I've attended were the side events: 5 simuls, 4 lectures, blitz and bughouse tournaments. Shirov, Ganguly and Bluvshtein gave terrific lectures, which were very well attended, and Piasetski analyzed one-on-one with players who wanted an expert opinion on their past games where improvements could have been made. I took the opportunity to play in my first clock simul (1 hour per player) against Zhao Xue and learn a tough lesson in the black side of the Albin Counter Gambit. In the end she did some analyzes although advised me to select a more sound opening in the future :)
    All chess professionals were very friendly and approachable throughout the event, from what I witnessed.

    The skittles room, although located a couple of floors above the playing hall on the other side of the hotel, was always full of life, with players of all levels doing post-mortems, including Adams and Shirov.
    The playing hall was high class, spacious with carpeted floors, washrooms immediately adjacent, inside the downtown City Centre, yet secluded from the noise. There was also a movie theatre 1 minute walk from the playing hall inside the mall.

    The format was just one big swiss section, which I didn't mind and I know of many colleagues who were looking forward to playing against titled players. I can see how some masters may be disappointed by the lack of norm chances, especially if they were led to believe this was possible. However it would already be tremendously difficult if not impossible to reach a norm in 9 rounds swiss. One IM told me that a GM norm was completely out of the question, even before the tournament began.

    I got the impression everyone was having a great time, again from those I came across, and am a bit surprised that some of the people who criticized this CO further down in chesstalk posts were not there. I am looking forward to anyone doing a better job and hope to be there too.

    It seems to me that organizers (current or future) can learn a lot from the guys in Edmonton, who created the best festival / tournament I've been at.
    Provided I can get together the funds again, I'll definitely come back in future years.

    A big thanks for a memorable vacation / experience,

    Alex Ferreira

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    Thanks to all the organizers, etc. as well. It was a great event - the first large tournament that I've experienced (in North America) in which (digital) clocks were provided on all boards (as well as sets). I wish my results had been better. Oh well - the casino helped pay some expenses :-)


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      While I did not get to play in the Canadian open this year, I did visit while I was down for the AGM results. Once again Edmonton seems to have put on a great show. At least 1 of the major organisers (Vlad Rehkson) was helpful and available.

      I remember after the 2005 open I came on chesstalk to encourage future organisers to contact the Edmonton team to get suggestions on how to run a world class event. It seems my efforts were in vain as more than 1 open since then have been poorly directed, or have given up on the concept of an open tournament all together.

      Once again, may I appeal to any city considering a bid for next years open to PLEASE contact the Edmonton open team. Success takes time and requires effort. These people know how to get things done. Congratulations to all the volunteers who worked so hard to put on another great Canadian open.


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        A big thanks to Micah Hughey and Vlad Rekhson for their afforts in organizing that fantastic chess event!


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          Originally posted by Caesar Posylek View Post
          A big thanks to Micah Hughey and Vlad Rekhson for their afforts in organizing that fantastic chess event!

          Thanks, Caesar. Tony Ficzere and Terry Seehagen were an integral part of the team to Vlad and myself, and did a lot more work than me (especially behind the scenes).
          Last edited by Micah Hughey; Thursday, 23rd July, 2009, 12:39 AM. Reason: I didn't highlight Terry and Tony's part enough.


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            Terry worked very hard behind the scenes to get things done. He did so much that its tough to list everything here. You guys in Edmonton are lucky to have a guy like Terry.

            Message to Terry. If you ever move to Calgary....