2021 Canadian Chess Challenge

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  • 2021 Canadian Chess Challenge

    For this year's edition, the CANADIAN CHESS CHALLENGE will be held online due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

    The event is scheduled for June 26-27, 2021.

    For more information go to:

    https://chess-math.org/2021-canadian-chess-challenge

    Larry Bevand
    Executive Director
    Chess'n Math Association
    Canada's National Scholastic Chess Organization

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    The Alberta Chess Challenge was held on the weekend. A total of 160 players took part. Derek Thomas of Roving Chess Nuts and his team handled the event. Here is a list of those who will be representing Alberta at the Canadian Chess Challenge this year:

    Grade 1: Oliver Li
    Grade 2: Ryan Li
    Grade 3: April Wang
    Grade 4: Matthew Ivanescu
    Grade 5: Jonathan Wu
    Grade 6: Yash Darvekar
    Grade 7: Eric Jin
    Grade 8: Shreyas Prasanna
    Grade 9: Mark Ivanescu
    Grade 10: Shawn Jiang

    The event is rated by the Chess'n Math Association, Canada's National Scholastic Chess Organization. Crosstables from this event will appear on our site within the next 10 days:
    https://chess-math.org/tournaments-rated-list
    Last edited by Larry Bevand; Wednesday, 21st April, 2021, 06:27 AM.

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    • #3
      Congrats to the winners!

      BTW, what about kindergarten qualifier from Alberta ?

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      • #4
        It was a busy weekend for the Canadian Chess Challenge!

        Both Manitoba and PEI ran their Provincial championships on Saturday.

        There were also a qualification tournament for the Quebec Chess Challenge in Outaouais. On Sunday, there was a qualification tournament with 342 players run by Toronto for the Ontario Chess Challenge! It doesn't finish there...there was another Ontario qualifier on Saturday run by the CCYC group which attracted over 60 players.

        Next weekend (May 9) New Brunswick will hold a qualification tournament for their Provincial Championship. It will probably be the largest CMA online event so far with over 500 players! Quebec will also host their girl's Championship and their last qualification tournament for their Provincial on the same day. There is also another qualifying event for the Ontario Chess Challenge which is being run by Corinna Wan.

        The following weekend (May 16) Nova Scotia, Quebec and Ontario will be running their Provincial Championships.

        All these events are rated by the Chess'n Math Association, Canada's National Scholastic Chess Organization.

        www.chess-math.org

        Larry Bevand
        Executive Director
        Chess'n Math AssociationOutaouaisOutaouais
        Last edited by Larry Bevand; Monday, 3rd May, 2021, 12:16 PM.

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        • #5
          The weekend saw 3 Provincial championships: Nova Scotia with under 100 players, Quebec with around 240 and Ontario with around 350. Unfortunately at all 3 events, some youngsters were found cheating. It is for this reason that we are not posting final results for a few days. I think this is a very sad commentary on this world . If you were involved in any of these events and you would like us to investigate, please send me an e-mail with as much information as possible...in the next 24 hours please: bevand at chess-math dot org.

          Our teams work extremely hard to put on great events! You have no idea what is involved and the many hours they spend trying to make it fun and fair for everyone...in most cases they succeed.

          Larry

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Larry Bevand View Post
            The weekend saw 3 Provincial championships: Nova Scotia with under 100 players, Quebec with around 240 and Ontario with around 350. Unfortunately at all 3 events, some youngsters were found cheating. It is for this reason that we are not posting final results for a few days. I think this is a very sad commentary on this world . If you were involved in any of these events and you would like us to investigate, please send me an e-mail with as much information as possible...in the next 24 hours please: bevand at chess-math dot org.

            Our teams work extremely hard to put on great events! You have no idea what is involved and the many hours they spend trying to make it fun and fair for everyone...in most cases they succeed.

            Larry
            Great job Larry and your fellow organizers. I do have some idea of all the work involved and I appreciate it greatly. This is truly a great opportunity for Canadian Juniors to participate and thrive, especially during the current pandemic. For some reason cheating seems more prolific amongst juniors. Yes, cheating is very sad. I believe we also had some incidents during the Alberta phases of the event.

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            • #7
              So sad that cheating has become so commonplace as it seems... Larry, I hope you (or someone involved) will post more information about the incidents. I am not expecting any names but I was thinking more along the lines of descriptions of what was carried out and perhaps some insight into how it was detected. Of course, some of that information may be hard to disclose because it would "show your cards" in a manner of speaking, but at least some stats: this many results were changed to reflect cheating on one side (or both sides?) I am seriously tweaked to know some of the details... especially a count of incidents out of how many games etc.
              ...Mike Pence: the Lord of the fly.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Larry Bevand View Post
                The weekend saw 3 Provincial championships: Nova Scotia with under 100 players, Quebec with around 240 and Ontario with around 350. Unfortunately at all 3 events, some youngsters were found cheating. It is for this reason that we are not posting final results for a few days. I think this is a very sad commentary on this world . If you were involved in any of these events and you would like us to investigate, please send me an e-mail with as much information as possible...in the next 24 hours please: bevand at chess-math dot org.

                Our teams work extremely hard to put on great events! You have no idea what is involved and the many hours they spend trying to make it fun and fair for everyone...in most cases they succeed.

                Larry
                Thank you, Virginie, Larry and the Montreal team for the Quebec event.

                Raunak had a great time, and an awesome learning experience. He finished 2nd in Kindergarten.

                BTW, can we consider allowing more than 1 (top-3,say) to qualify from each province?

                For Kindergarten, some provinces had very few or no participants. ( for example, Alberta and Manitoba don't seem to have had any kindergarten participants). In contrast, Quebec had good participation and the 2 highest rated players. So, the current system of only 1 player qualifying seems a bit lopsided and prematurely-optimized, for Kindergarten.



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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Larry Bevand View Post
                  Ontario with around 350.
                  Hi Larry, do you have final results at least for some grades?
                  Last edited by Egidijus Zeromskis; Friday, 21st May, 2021, 12:39 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Go to
                    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...z3M9K/pubhtml#

                    Under Groups/Standings tab are results. Grades that are not under review might be "final"
                    Grade 12 is probably the most controversial one with Eugene & Ben losing games against +1000 lower rated opponents and it looks like grade 5 is still under review.
                    Also, there might be a better way to decide winner than playing endless playoff games. Alexander and Eric played 3 playoff games to decide grade 10 winner.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Alex Starks View Post
                      Go to
                      https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...z3M9K/pubhtml#

                      Under Groups/Standings tab are results. Grades that are not under review might be "final"
                      Grade 12 is probably the most controversial one with Eugene & Ben losing games against +1000 lower rated opponents and it looks like grade 5 is still under review.
                      Also, there might be a better way to decide winner than playing endless playoff games. Alexander and Eric played 3 playoff games to decide grade 10 winner.
                      Thnx.
                      Seems still some grades under review.

                      Do you suggest a coin flip as a tiebreak? :)

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                      • #12
                        No, I don't. I think if the first playoff game ends in a draw, play time should be changed to 10 min per player instead of 25 as it was case here.

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                        • #13
                          It looks like we have final standings for Ontario:

                          https://chess-math.org/ratings/pairings/14503/1194467

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Larry Bevand View Post
                            The weekend saw 3 Provincial championships: Nova Scotia with under 100 players, Quebec with around 240 and Ontario with around 350. Unfortunately at all 3 events, some youngsters were found cheating. It is for this reason that we are not posting final results for a few days. I think this is a very sad commentary on this world . If you were involved in any of these events and you would like us to investigate, please send me an e-mail with as much information as possible...in the next 24 hours please: bevand at chess-math dot org.

                            Our teams work extremely hard to put on great events! You have no idea what is involved and the many hours they spend trying to make it fun and fair for everyone...in most cases they succeed.

                            Larry
                            Actually while I don't know all the participants, I know that the third place finisher from Alberta is from Kindergarten as he is a student of mine.

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