After organized several rated semi-rapid tournaments and the Montreal intercollegiate Championship, McGill Chess Club challenged itself to a much greater event, the McGill Open Chess Championship. On the weekend of May 11th, 12th and 13th, 73 players of all level have played competitive chess at Shatner Building of Student Society of McGill University. Especially, we would like to thanks our sponsors Quebec Chess Federation(FQE) and Chess and Math Association for their supports, and also titled players such as FM Louie Jiang and FM Robert Hamilton for their early confirmation.
Ever since I start playing in open chess tournament, I was fascinated by this kind of event, which gathers players of all levels. The idea of organizing such tournament lies in my head for years. I always find that this kind of tournament does not occur often enough. Also, I realized the fact that many young chess prodigies stopped playing chess after finished high school. When I start working with McGill Chess Club, I find the club has many good chess players that do not play in tournament at all. With the help of the other committed executive members of the club, we tried to bring those players into tournament actions. Therefore, we planned to organize an open tournament in the name of our university to let our players play against active chess players. In fact, Brandon Eshleman, a chess prodigy of his time, has returned to tournament actions after being inactive for eight years. Our event also encourages other school chess club to start organizing big events like this one.
Shao Hang He,
McGill Chess Club
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