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  • RA Spring Open: $20 discount ending

    Hi again, just a quick reminder that the $20 double-early discount is available until the end of January. Here's how to join the 2 dozen players already in :

    1) by mail: The postmark needs to be in January, so you would probably need to mail it by early Friday morning.
    2) in person: I will be at the RA chess club this Thursday evening, from about 7pm to at least 9pm, cash or cheque.

    Please see further below for those already in ...

    --------- previous ChessTalk posting ---------

    It seems like we finished the RA Winter Open yesterday, and we are already announcing the RA Spring Open?! :)

    Yes, this might seem premature, but in my humble opinion, the early registration discount offered for the RA Winter Open served to increase participation, and also helped generate an exciting prize fund of $2800. Therefore, I would like to try that again, but even take it a step further. For example, we have added a DOUBLE EARLY discount to the previous EARLY BIRD discount. For people who pay very close attention to numbers, the discount amounts have grown slightly, as has the non-discount entry fee. For the vast majority of players, that will translate into the same entry fee as the RA Winter Open, or in some cases, actually $5 less. However, for players who would prefer the flexibility to register during the last week, including onsite at the last minute, then in most cases that entry fee would increase $5. After much thought and discussion, we felt that would be the most fair for both early and late registrants.

    In addition, there are some other changes that people might be interested in :

    1) We plan to have a dedicated U1800 section (minimum of 6 players), in other words, we are planning 4 sections = Top/U2000/U1800/U1600
    2) The Top Section will for sure have class prizes for both U2400 and U2200 (in the past, the U2400 class prize was decided at the last minute)
    3) The free entry offered to GMs and IMs will be available by email during January and February. As of March, regular entry fees would apply.
    4) Early registrations/payments not only save you money, but also our mutual time onsite. In addition, I will close registrations during Round 1.

    P.S. to Mate Marinkovic: You have an outstanding previously deferred entry to one of my events, so would you like to apply it the RA Spring Open?

    Yours in chess,

    Aris Marghetis
    - Organizer/TD, FIDE Arbiter
    - EOCA President, CFC Governor

    Please note that we are looking for up to 4 floater players :
    - floater players help the TD guarantee no “forced byes”
    - floater players are paired and rated like all the players
    - floater players play for free, but under some conditions :
    ----- they play in 0 to 5 rounds, depending on byes by all the players
    ----- they can be phoned/texted in the hour before every single round
    ----- they have a current CFC membership by the time of first pairings
    if you are interested in being a floater player for this event, please apply by email

    --------- ongoing registration list ---------

    Top
    106245 2426 IM O'Donnell, Tom
    102700 2416 IM Hartman, Brian
    U2400
    133928 2304 Xiong, Jerry
    106629 2274 Gordon, David
    135223 2230 Kraiouchkine, Nikita
    101925 2202 Upper, John
    U2200
    108750 2133 Dunn, David (bye 1)
    131936 2094 Desjardins, Michel
    104837 2014 Riordon, Jason
    106383 2012 Spicer, Christopher
    105070 2009 Gagnon, Serge

    U2000
    107391 1992 Marghetis, Aris (floater)
    142032 1960 Forget, David
    111290 1958 Smilovici, Emil
    107565 1957 Hubley, Roger (bye 1?)
    134894 1932 Murray, Adam
    133929 1930 Xiong, Sonja
    102205 1831 Thibault, Mario
    110166 1800 Roth, Gerhard

    U1800
    112353 1798 Tomalty, Alan
    107582 1740 Perkins, Simon
    127526 1657 Devine, Norman
    135113 1631 Eyre, Keven

    U1600
    136037 1591 Xiong, Wei (floater)
    150262 1401 Muhammad, Nizam

    P.S. All applicable ratings will be rechecked before first pairings at 645pm.

    --------- original event announcement ---------

    The Eastern Ontario Chess Association (EOCA) organizes the EOCA Grand Prix, a series of weekend tournaments over the 2009-2010 chess season.

    The next EOCA event in Ottawa will be the RA Spring Open, on March 5th-7th. It will consist of 5 rounds, with flexible bye and discount options.

    We are planning for 4 sections (rated CFC, Top Section also rated FIDE), and prizes ($2800 last event) for every 200 rating points from U2400 to U1600.

    For more details on this event, and a great webpage for all of the events in the 2009-2010 EOCA Grand Prix, please consider bookmarking this weblink:
    http://www.eoca.org/htm/tournaments_2009-2010.html

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    Re: RA Spring Open: $20 discount ending

    Hi there, I have received a few emails and even phone messages asking for the latest registration list, but have just been swamped with work. As of the end of last week, we had hit 60 players! I'll check the mailbox and re-post a definitive list by the end of week.

    All the best, Aris.

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    • #3
      Re: RA Spring Open: $20 discount ending

      Hope this time too you are able to get the big room to play in like last time.

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