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🏆 Canadian Open (2009)

Player: Mike Zeggelaar

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Zeggelaar vs R Panjwani  0-1562009Canadian OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
2. M Zeggelaar vs D Kagramanov ½-½682009Canadian OpenB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
3. E Moura vs M Zeggelaar  1-0222009Canadian OpenC01 French, Exchange
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Jul-19-09  RonB52734: Shirov v. Perelshteyn after 18.Qf3

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Jul-19-09  RonB52734: Porper v. Ganguly after 26.Rad1

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Jul-19-09  indianchessupdates: .

Three Indians have won different tournaments today

so Ganguly may be the Fourth one


Jul-19-09  Shajmaty: Shirov and Adams drew on boards 1 & 2... but Bluvshtein was able to win!
Jul-19-09  Shajmaty: Porper also defeated Ganguly! Who ends first, Bluvshtein or Porper?
Jul-19-09  nolanryan: does Krush get a GM norm?
Jul-20-09  Micah Hughey: Bluvshtein and Porper tied for 1st place, and shared the cash prizes. But Bluvshtein wins the trophy on tiebreak.

Micah Hughey
Chief Organizer,
Canadian Open 2009

Jul-20-09  thewolf: Any idea if Adams gets back into 2700 territory with this performance?
Jul-20-09  ceebo: Not according to
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  HeMateMe: thanks for the info, Mr. Hughey.

Interesting results--Adams and Shirov not in the winner's circle. Maybe those two should have used their advantage in skills to play more aggressive in the opening?

A nice run for Irina Krush, she knocked off a lot of people, and got the draw against Adams.

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  eternaloptimist: I'm glad that Krush had a great trnt., but I was hoping that she would get another GM norm in this trnt.. She did earn a GM-norm in 2001 by tying for first place at the Mayor's Cup International Tournament in New York City. It's hard to believe that she hasn't gotten another GM norm in all that time, especially considering how strong of a player that she is.
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  JointheArmy: <Micah Hughey> Why wasn't Bindi Cheng invited or was he? The kid is pretty talented, I'd expect him to make the Canadian Olympiad team in the next five years.
Jul-20-09  Micah Hughey: JointheArmy,

Bindi was probably invited by mail, along with all other CFC members. We sent out over 2000 invitations. It was an Open, so he was welcome to play, and I'm sure he was aware of the event.

I agree with you that he is talented.

Micah Hughey

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  HeMateMe: Just realized, ths is the first canadian open where ive noticed Kevin Spragett is not playing. Did he give up chess?
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  PhilFeeley: <HeMateMe> This is not the first. He hasn't played in it for years. He moved to Spain to play in Europe (he's currently playing in the Andorra International Chess Open -
Jul-21-09  Ladolcevita: NiHua....would lose points as usual....
Jul-21-09  swordfish: Congrats to Bluvshtein and Porper for an outstanding tournament!

Btw where was Charbonneau?

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  HeMateMe: <Btw where was Charbonneau?

I thought it was kind of funny, in the book "the Kings Gambit", there was a guy following Pascal Charbonneau to different tournaments and writing about the experience.

He said said PB sometimes felt 'embarrassed' to be a chess player, that we were 'chess beggars'. The idea being that the professional chess player is dependent on small prizes, teaching stipends, book or video sales, etc.

But I would suggest that's how the entertainment industry works, in general. Athletes, musicians, chess players, et. al., contribute no tangible benefits to society, like an electrician or a teacher does, just a diversion from life's boredoms.

I don't think PB and the chess players are 'beggars'. But it is a tuff way to make a living.

Pascal--very cool first name.

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  JointheArmy: This is why I hate swiss tournaments. Bluvshtein beat absolutely no one and comes away with 1st place. Then again Hua and Shirov should have pressed harder in their games.
Jul-22-09  SEOhioPatzer: Was there an answer to whether or not Irina Krush gt a GM norm from this tournament?? One would assume Porper did. Also, does anyone know if you have to obtain those 3 norms within a certain timeframe, or is the GM status given for 3 norms at any time and a rating >2500?
Jul-22-09  Micah Hughey: Final Chessbase report on the Canadian Open, with great photos:

Earlier reports:

Jul-22-09  felixd: I think nobody obtained a norm in this tournament, but I might be wrong.

It is really hard to get a norm in a swiss section like this.

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  kurtrichards: Congratulations to GM Mark Bluvshtein for topping the Canadian Open (2009)!
Aug-15-09  Shajmaty: Thanks a lot for your prompt reply, Micah... and also for the photos!
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  PhilFeeley: Does anyone know why this event is never listed on Is it because it's covered by Monroi?
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