2023-11-05 By Lili Ou
The CJCC has hosted chess tournaments on the weekend for
four consecutive weeks. This past weekend we just concluded the last major
event of 2023 – the Alberta Junior Chess Championship at the University of
Calgary’s Taylors College Building.
Two players from Edmonton and four players from Calgary have
been invited to compete in the closed championship section. They completed 5
round-robin games in 2 days. The first day of competition was a long and difficult
day. Tymur and Emil, the top two players with highest ratings finished their
third round at 10:46 PM, just before the entire building shut down completely
at 11 PM. Many thanks to Yao Ming for not only hosting the game but also
sending two players home after the game. Three 90-minute 30-second time
control games a day are too much for both players and arbiter. I recommend
playing only 2 games a day so that players have more energy to perform at their
Keleberda, Tymur won the championship with 3.5/5. He will
also receive the $500 travel grant for participating the Canadian Junior Chess
Championship. Srinivasan, Hemant defeated Soberov, Emil, who had 250 points
higher than him. With this victory, he overtook Emil, who had the same points,
and won the second place. Emil finished the 3rd place. Chandra,
Anand Rishi finished 4 with 2.5 points. Yash, who had the lowest points,
defeated Maxim, who had 220 points higher than him. He drew with Hemand and
Anand. Yash ranked fifth with two points. Although Vasic, Maxim did not performed at his
best dring the tournament, he was the only player in the group to defeat the
There were 14 players competing in the Open section. Cui, Antai had not been attend chess tournament
for one and a half year. He did not do well in Calgary Junior but perform
excellence this time. He won 3 games and drew with Zhang, James and Alpuri,
Aaqil who had 900 points higher than him. He won the 1st place with
better tie-break scoures. James finished 2nd with 4 points.
9-year-old Campos Gorgonio, Eduardo only lost to Antai, drew with James by
threefold repetition, and won the other 3 games. Eduardo ranked the 3rd
place with 3.5.
U1300 has the most players. 32 players compete in seven
rounds of 45 minutes and 30 seconds. Jonas Huang, Ansh Jain and Teja Brown
sealed the top three spots with identical scores of 5.5/7. Jonas took first
place thanks to a better tie-break, Ansh was second and Teja was third.
Contrary to the U1300, the number of U800 participants is very small.
Originally, there were 9 players participating in the competition, and the
competition format was also 7 rounds Swiss of 45 min 30 sec. However, due to
the withdrawal of contestants’ midway, the Swiss paring could not proceed as
due to insufficient number of people. Alan Chen and Aara Singh, who had already
played against each other, had to play against each other second time. In the
end, Razvi Zarib, who had no ratings but was significantly stronger, secured
the first place with a perfect score 7/7. Kevin Song finished second with 6
wins. Aarav Singh finished third with 4 points.
Published at 2023-11-09 12:11:43 by Lily Ou