Canadian Chess Player of the Year Award

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  • #16
    Hard to argue against a world champion.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Brad Thomson View Post
      Hard to argue against a world champion.
      I guess it's a philosophical question. Yes, she won a world championship. However, in pure chess terms, the event wasn't especially strong. She played 4 players above 2000 in this event and scored +1 -0 =3 and had a performance rating of 2169. http://chess-results.com/tnr144249.a...&flag=30&snr=4

      Overcoming the pressure involved and prestige of it definitely carry big weight; winning it was a great accomplishment by someone who went on to be a very strong player and an important person in Canadian chess. I would personally give titles in restricted events with weaker fields less importance than others might in how I'd vote for the Player of the Year. Lest I be accused of sexism, I'd note that for me, the same points apply for Cummings win as well.

      I'd argue board 1 at the Olympiad carries just as much pressure, and the combination of the pure chess strength of it as well as the supporting results made it clear to me.

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      • #18
        It's great getting a few differing opinions on the award.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by David Ottosen View Post

          I'd note that for me, the same points apply for Cummings win as well.
          Yep, exactly. Split the award.

          Two world champs in the same year for Canadian chess players ... you kiddin' me?

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Neil Frarey View Post

            Yep, exactly. Split the award.

            Two world champs in the same year for Canadian chess players ... you kiddin' me?
            Just Qiyu Zhou. David Cummings won the Pan-Am.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Fred McKim View Post

              Just Qiyu Zhou. David Cummings won the Pan-Am.
              Oh OK, I'm voting for Qiyu Zhou then.

              How do you get to play on Board 1 at the Olympiad anyways. Is that a captain's decision?

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Neil Frarey View Post

                Oh OK, I'm voting for Qiyu Zhou then.

                How do you get to play on Board 1 at the Olympiad anyways. Is that a captain's decision?
                Yes, the Captain chooses the board order.

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                • #23
                  2014 Finalists

                  GM Anton Kovalyov
                  GM Bator Sambuev
                  WFM Qiyu Zhou

                  We'll announce the winner and final voting totals in a few days. Comments and opinions are still welcome.

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