2021 Banff Open Nov 12-14. Entries now open

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  • 2021 Banff Open Nov 12-14. Entries now open

    The 2021 Banff Open is back after a one year hiatus due to Covid-19. Registration is now open. Please go to the link under the Schedule 2021 tab. Only the first hundred entries will be accepted. This is the only tournament in Canada to receive a FIDE Aid package, which will most likely produce the largest prize fund in the Banff Open's five year history. FIDE has added large women and veteran(over 50/65) prizes. Many thanks to all our sponsors including the Alberta Chess Association, FIDE, Banff Centre, our anonymous Armageddon sponsor and the Society of Chess Aficionados (SoCA).

    You can enter via the ACA webpage here http://www.albertachess.org/home/202...21-banff-open/
    Congrats to Hans Jung and Ian Findlay for being the first to enter!
    Here are some Chessbase reports on the tournament by our defending champion Agnieszka Matras-Clement. https://en.chessbase.com/post/banff-...ageddon-finale
    https://en.chessbase.com/post/chess-...the-banff-open
    https://en.chessbase.com/post/banff-...-the-mountains

  • #2
    Originally posted by Ian Findlay View Post
    The 2021 Banff Open is back after a one year hiatus due to Covid-19. Registration is now open. Please go to the link under the Schedule 2021 tab. Only the first hundred entries will be accepted. This is the only tournament in Canada to receive a FIDE Aid package, which will most likely produce the largest prize fund in the Banff Open's five year history. FIDE has added large women and veteran(over 50/65) prizes. Many thanks to all our sponsors including the Alberta Chess Association, FIDE, Banff Centre, our anonymous Armageddon sponsor and the Society of Chess Aficionados (SoCA).

    You can enter via the ACA webpage here http://www.albertachess.org/home/202...21-banff-open/
    Congrats to Hans Jung and Ian Findlay for being the first to enter!
    Here are some Chessbase reports on the tournament by our defending champion Agnieszka Matras-Clement. https://en.chessbase.com/post/banff-...ageddon-finale
    https://en.chessbase.com/post/chess-...the-banff-open
    https://en.chessbase.com/post/banff-...-the-mountains
    Darn, already booked that weekend, but wishing you great success!!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Ian Findlay View Post
      The 2021 Banff Open is back after a one year hiatus due to Covid-19. Registration is now open. .....
      Must one be fully vaccinated to enter? Well, not to enter, but to participate in November?

      Originally posted by Ian Findlay View Post
      FIDE has added large women and veteran(over 50/65) prizes.
      What criteria will be used to determine "large women"? lol

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      • #4
        [QUOTE=Pargat Perrer;n214222]

        Must one be fully vaccinated to enter? Well, not to enter, but to participate in November?

        Vaccinations will not be required to enter. It may even be against the Privacy Act to make people disclose that information.

        We prefer of course that people are vaccinated but if they are not, that they wear masks. This will be on the honor system. The wearing of mask policy may change if the Alberta Government changes their policy before the tournament, but as of now masks are recommended but not mandatory.



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        • #5
          I am please to announce than IM Brian Hartman has agreed to play. We are honored in that this seems to be the only tournament Brian plays in anymore. He claims that you can easily pick up rating points by playing him, but don't be so sure! Brian got his title in 1992. He represented Canada at the 1984 Olympiad and was the captain in 2004 where he showed he was also a hall of fame fundraiser. Below are a couple of his gems from back in the day.

          Hartman-GM Gruenfeld, Cleveland 1985
          1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bc4 e6 7. Bb3 b5 8. O-O Be7 9. f4 O-O 10. e5 dxe5 11. fxe5 Nfd7 12. Be3 Nxe5 13. Qh5 Nbc6 14. Nxc6 Nxc6 15. Rf3 g6 16. Qh6 f6 17. Rd1 Qe8 18. Ne4 Ne5 19. Rg3 Nc4 20. Bxc4 bxc4 21. Nd6 Bxd6 22. Rxd6 Qf7 23. Bc5 Re8 24. Rf3 Bb7 25. Rxf6 Qxf6 26. Rd7 Qh8 27. Rxb7 Rf8 28. Qh4 Rad8 29. Bxf8 Rxf8 30. c3 h5 31. Qe7 Qh6 32. Qxe6+ Kh8 33. Qe5+ Kg8 34. Qd5+ Kh8 35. Qd4+ Kg8 36. Qxc4+ Kh8 37. Qd4+ Kg8 38. h3 a5 39. a4 Qc1+ 40. Kh2 Qh6 41. Rd7 h4 42. b4 Qf4+ 43. Qxf4 Rxf4 44. b5 1-0

          Hartman-IM McCambridge, Chicago International 1985
          1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be2 Bg7 7. O-O O-O 8. Nb3 Nbd7 9. Bg5 b6 10. Re1 Bb7 11. Bf1 Re8 12. Qd2 Rc8 13. Bh6 Bh8 14. Rad1 a6 15. a4 Ne5 16. f3 Qc7 17. Qf2 Nfd7 18. Nd2 Qc5 19. Be3 Qc7 20. h3 Nc5 21. Bd4 Bc6 22. f4 Ned7 23. Bxh8 Kxh8 24. Nf3 Kg8 25. Qh4 Nf8 26. f5 b5 27. axb5 axb5 28. Ng5 Ncd7 29. Kh1 b4 30. Ne2 Ne5 31. Nd4 Bd7 32. Be2 Ra8 33. Rf1 Ra2 34. fxg6 hxg6 35. Nxf7 Nxf7 36. Rxf7 Kxf7 37. Qh8 Rea8 38. Rf1+ Bf5 39. Rxf5+ gxf5 40. Bh5+ Ng6 41. Qh7+ Kf6 42. Qxg6+ Ke5 43. Ne6 Ra1+ 44. Kh2 1-0

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          • #6
            I played against Brian once in Kitchener with white and somehow survived after a very difficult endgame.

            Ian, you can add 1 IM and 1 FM from Plotkins.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Victor Plotkin View Post
              I played against Brian once in Kitchener with white and somehow survived after a very difficult endgame.

              Ian, you can add 1 IM and 1 FM from Plotkins.
              Great news!! With Mark's current 2549 current CFC rating, he becomes the highest rated player in Banff Open history. Victor I sent you a private email with more information.

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              • #8
                I am happy to announce 2 time winner of the Banff Open, IM Mark Ginsburg has entered. You may see his bio here https://nezhmet.wordpress.com/about/
                We are up to 26 entries. The pre-registration list will be updated tomorrow. You can enter via the ACA webpage here http://www.albertachess.org/home/202...21-banff-open/

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                • #9
                  I am delighted to announce the entry of IM David Cummings to the 2021 Banff Open. David received his IM title in 1984 and has represented Canada at the 2000 Chess Olympiad. He is the author of the Symmetrical English and in 2015 David won the Pan American Senior Over 50 Tournament. More recently, he has played Board 1 on Canada's Senior Team at the World Senior Team Championships along with other entries Victor Plotkin and Ian Findlay. We are just missing Michael Baron to complete our squad!

                  Also good news for people travelling by air within Canada. As of now, there is only a temperature check at the airport and quarantining is not required at this time. We are now up to 29 entries.
                  See player list at bottom.
                  http://www.albertachess.org/home/202...21-banff-open/

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