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  • Are You An IM Norm Seeker With A Foreign FIDE Flag? Join Our Norm Event!

    We're now in the final step to making our Norm Event a Reality...but we need your help! Are you a Norm Seeker with a FIDE Flag other than Canada? Do you know one? Please help us spread the word. See below for details and conditions of the event for Norm Seekers:

    [IMG]file:///C:/Users/Admin/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image001.gif[/IMG]Conditions for Norm Seekers – Planned Norm Event On Feb 19 – Feb 23, 2020
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    Location & Dates
    • Wednesday, February 19 – Sunday, February 23, 2020
    • Holiday Inn, Oakville Centre, 590 Argus Road, Oakville Ontario

    Section & Format
    • Invitational Section (With expected minimum average rating of players of 2284)
    • 9 Round Robin – CFC and FIDE rated
    • Target minimum player (Norm Seeker) rating of 2150

    Time Control
    • 90 mins plus 30 sec increment

    Tournament Schedule
    • Wed – Rd 1 10 AM & Rd 2 4 PM; Thu – Rd 3 10 AM & Rd 4 4 PM; Fri – Rd 5 7 PM; Sat – Rd 6 11 AM & Rd 7 4 PM; Sun – Rd 8 10 AM & Rd 9 4 PM

    Tournament Organizer & Chief Arbiter
    • Organizer: Elevate My Chess Canada Inc.
    • Chief Arbiter: Aris Marghetis, FIDE International Arbiter & US Chess Senior Tournament Director

    Registration Fees
    • $685

    Guaranteed Prize Money
    • 1st Prize: $1,000
    • 2nd Prize: $300
    • 3rd Prize: $200

    Others
    • Special Hotel rate, if required
    • Complimentary coffee and snacks

    Tournament Conditions
    • No byes are allowed
    • No draws by agreement allowed before completion of move 30
    • No forfeits
    • Any violation of conditions will result in bridge of conditions and forfeiture of prize money, where applicable

  • #2
    UPDATED SCHEDULE and conditions. We now have all relevant information for this planned IM Norm event on the web page link below. Check it out for all the juicy details:

    https://elevatemychess.com/norm/

    Six players now confirmed including 3 IM's.

    We're now looking for 4 other Norm Seekers with FIDE flags other than Canada. Is this you?

    Contact: ken@elevatemychess.com to indicate your interest.

    Please share the word!


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    • #3
      Who has confirmed so far?
      Last edited by Hugh Brodie; Monday, 25th November, 2019, 05:06 PM.

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      • #4
        You have an amazing output of events. Smaller round-robins are stronger events with norms, but harder to fund.

        Is there an email network among Canadian IAs to share info about players?
        Is there an email list among Canadian titled players to ask if they know titled friends who might visit?
        Does the CFC have emails from foreign players who want to visit?
        Does the USCF have a way of contacting their lower-rated masters? Have you contacted the Buffalo and Saint Louis clubs?
        Can it be mentioned on chess.com and other online discussion boards?

        There are expenses in bringing foreign players here, although billeting with local players might help. I know Hal Bond used to bring great players to Guelph, but that was supported by the entry fees of players in the Swiss.

        You're hoping to catch some player already here playing under another flag? Some may be in the process of changing flags. Some may be too busy going to school; Some are too busy teaching chess.

        Here's a list of foreign flagged players who have played in Ontario in the last year:

        GM
        Van Kampen, Robin GM NED 2658
        IMs
        Advait Patel IM USA 2460 U of T
        Vavrak, Peter IM SVK 2414 (no longer at U of T?)
        Migot, Tangi IM FRA 2387 Kitchener
        FMs
        La Manna, Andrea FM ITA 2298 Scarborough
        Liang, Jason FM USA 2261 New York
        Dehmelt, Karl FM USA 2239
        Zomorrodian, Eilia FM IRI 2162 Richmond Hill
        Munro, Allan FM TTO 2015 Etobicoke

        Ademi, Sami KOS 2162 Mississauga
        Garduno Vidal, Omar CM MEX 2150 Toronto
        Birarov, Vladimir ISR 2126 Thornhill
        Mohammed Qanee, Arpak Worya CM IRQ 2111 Vancouver
        Molnar, Jozsef HUN 2094 Ottawa
        Dai, Wenzhi CHN 2093 USA U of T
        Tomb, Maroun CM LBN 2084 St-Laurent, QC
        Simic, Dusan SRB 2081 Ottawa
        Pedersen, Rune DEN 2081 Toronto
        Javidfard, Amirsalar IRI 2015 North York
        Baltzopoulos, Giorgos GRE 2007 Greece
        Zeng, Sheena WCM USA 1987
        Tanner McNamara USA 1983 Scarborough
        Miller, Rachel CM JAM 1961 Ottawa
        Pramanik, Projjwal IND 1935 Kitchener
        Lin Juntong CHN 1920 U of T
        Casareno, Erwin NED 1831 Toronto
        Last edited by Erik Malmsten; Monday, 25th November, 2019, 04:28 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Hugh Brodie View Post
          Who has confirmed so far?
          Hi Hugh, we have 7 players confirmed. Now looking for the remaining 3 norm seekers with FIDE flag other than Canada. We will disclose list after we confirm all players as things may change!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Erik Malmsten View Post
            You have an amazing output of events. Smaller round-robins are stronger events with norms, but harder to fund.

            Is there an email network among Canadian IAs to share info about players?
            Is there an email list among Canadian titled players to ask if they know titled friends who might visit?
            Does the CFC have emails from foreign players who want to visit?
            Does the USCF have a way of contacting their lower-rated masters? Have you contacted the Buffalo and Saint Louis clubs?
            Can it be mentioned on chess.com and other online discussion boards?

            There are expenses in bringing foreign players here, although billeting with local players might help. I know Hal Bond used to bring great players to Guelph, but that was supported by the entry fees of players in the Swiss.

            You're hoping to catch some player already here playing under another flag? Some may be in the process of changing flags. Some may be too busy going to school; Some are too busy teaching chess.

            Here's a list of foreign flagged players who have played in Ontario in the last year:

            GM
            Van Kampen, Robin GM NED 2658
            IMs
            Advait Patel IM USA 2460 U of T
            Vavrak, Peter IM SVK 2414 (no longer at U of T?)
            Migot, Tangi IM FRA 2387 Kitchener
            FMs
            La Manna, Andrea FM ITA 2298 Scarborough
            Liang, Jason FM USA 2261 New York
            Dehmelt, Karl FM USA 2239
            Zomorrodian, Eilia FM IRI 2162 Richmond Hill
            Munro, Allan FM TTO 2015 Etobicoke

            Ademi, Sami KOS 2162 Mississauga
            Garduno Vidal, Omar CM MEX 2150 Toronto
            Birarov, Vladimir ISR 2126 Thornhill
            Mohammed Qanee, Arpak Worya CM IRQ 2111 Vancouver
            Molnar, Jozsef HUN 2094 Ottawa
            Dai, Wenzhi CHN 2093 USA U of T
            Tomb, Maroun CM LBN 2084 St-Laurent, QC
            Simic, Dusan SRB 2081 Ottawa
            Pedersen, Rune DEN 2081 Toronto
            Javidfard, Amirsalar IRI 2015 North York
            Baltzopoulos, Giorgos GRE 2007 Greece
            Zeng, Sheena WCM USA 1987
            Tanner McNamara USA 1983 Scarborough
            Miller, Rachel CM JAM 1961 Ottawa
            Pramanik, Projjwal IND 1935 Kitchener
            Lin Juntong CHN 1920 U of T
            Casareno, Erwin NED 1831 Toronto
            Thanks Erik for the great ideas. I'm not aware of a network among Canadian IA's or players for that matter. I've reached out to a few clubs in the US and got some leads. Thanks for the list of players. Sometimes, the challenge is getting their email addresses. I've reached out to a few other organizers who have been helpful in providing leads.

            I agree it is costly to host these events so that's one reason we're hosting it along with the 2020 Oakville Winter Open to help offset some of the costs. I will look into other ideas you proposed. Thanks again.

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            • #7
              A lot of Cubans played in Montreal tournaments this year. They are usually "cheaper" to get than Americans.

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