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🏆 Canadian Open (2009)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Michael Adams, Alexey Shirov, Ni Hua, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Anton Kovalyov, Victor Mikhalevski, Eric Hansen, Mark Bluvshtein, Eugene Perelshteyn, Zhao Xue, Leonid Gerzhoy, Michael Mulyar, Edward Porper, Aman Hambleton, Irina Krush, Raja Panjwani, John C Yoos, Zhe Quan, Joseph M Bradford, Dmitry Zilberstein, Artiom Samsonkin, Theo Hommeles, Richard Wang, Leon David Piasetski, Victor Plotkin, Jonathan Tayar, Vladimir Pechenkin, Michael Barron, Michael Langer, Tanraj Sohal, Kevin Gentes, Ian D MacKay, Alexander Martchenko, Alex Yam, Alisa Melekhina, Liam Henry, Nicolas Haynes, Dale R Haessel, Robert Gardner, Zhichao Li, Jeff Reeve, Lev Gorelik, Nicholas R Moloney, Daniel van Heirzeele, Andrei Moffat, Keith MacKinnon, Eduardo Moura, Avinaash Sundar, William G Doubleday, Micah Hughey, Zulfikar Sali, Lucas Davies, Daniel Abrahams, Aron Kaptsan, Edward Tang, Sasa Grumic, Dezheng Kong, Kevin Me, Noam Davies, Dina Kagramanov, Kim Thomas Nguyen, Ian Aird, Jamin Gluckie, Roy Imlach Yearwood, Peter Kalisvaart, Benedict Daswani, David Zhang, Jim Monaghan, Bradley Willis, Behrooz Ebrahim-Shirazi, Mario Moran-Venegas, Rick Pedersen, Alex Ferreira, Sam Arfin, Brendan Fan, Sardul Purewal, Jason Manley, Paolo Araullo, Nandor Tot, Gordon Ritchie, Jonathan Farine, Jim Daniluk, Mike Zeggelaar, Tyler Longo, Stephen Eric Jablon, Richard Huang, Brian Miller, Sean Rachar, Omar Shah, Tim Dean, Werner Dejong, Vladimir Gaciu, Regina Veronicka Kalaydina, Allan Wu, Jim Green, Terry Chaisson, Gabrielle Nadeau, Damon Macleod, Vitaly Motuz, Bruce Thomas plus 25 more players.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Durupala vs J Farine 0-1192009Canadian OpenC45 Scotch Game
2. J Tayar vs W Dejong  1-0192009Canadian OpenC11 French
3. H Caron vs V Pechenkin 0-1382009Canadian OpenB01 Scandinavian
4. M Barron vs J Green 1-0302009Canadian OpenB07 Pirc
5. A Martchenko vs F Nadeau  1-0202009Canadian OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
6. R Sillador vs M Langer  0-1232009Canadian OpenA65 Benoni, 6.e4
7. V Plotkin vs S Faust  1-0582009Canadian OpenC01 French, Exchange
8. L Henry vs Bruce Thomas  1-0302009Canadian OpenB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
9. J Mackey vs D Haessel  0-1432009Canadian OpenD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
10. K MacKinnon vs S Panteluk 1-0222009Canadian OpenC77 Ruy Lopez
11. G Reuter vs A Hambleton  0-1302009Canadian OpenC00 French Defense
12. T Robertson vs D Kagramanov 0-1292009Canadian OpenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. P Purewal vs D van Heirzeele  ½-½222009Canadian OpenB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
14. T Hommeles vs J Du  1-0382009Canadian OpenC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
15. M Zeggelaar vs R Panjwani  0-1562009Canadian OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
16. Shirov vs B Miller 1-0472009Canadian OpenE05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
17. P Usselman vs Ni Hua 0-1232009Canadian OpenD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
18. Adams vs J Ventura 1-0212009Canadian OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. R V Kalaydina vs Ganguly 0-1302009Canadian OpenA57 Benko Gambit
20. Mikhalevski vs G Ritchie 1-0282009Canadian OpenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. A Razzaq vs E Perelshteyn  0-1612009Canadian OpenE77 King's Indian
22. B Bentley vs Zhao Xue  0-1282009Canadian OpenE14 Queen's Indian
23. L Gerzhoy vs J Quiring 1-0222009Canadian OpenA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
24. I Krush vs D Macleod 1-0222009Canadian OpenC67 Ruy Lopez
25. R J Armstrong vs E Hansen  0-1312009Canadian OpenE81 King's Indian, Samisch
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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?
Jul-21-09  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....
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  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.

Jul-23-09  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!
Feb-18-13  PhilFeeley: Does anyone know why this event is never listed on Is it because it's covered by Monroi?
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