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6th Calgary International Chess Classic

The 6th Calgary International Chess Classic is scheduled to take place on 14-20th May at the Best Western Village Park Inn, 1804 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary, Canada.

The tournament provides an excellent opportunity for players seeking GM and IM norms. The playing format will be 9-round Swiss, CFC/FIDE rated, and draw offers are not allowed before move 30.

The tournament is shaping up to be the strongest in its history. The organizers have secured the participation of Philippines’ superstar Wesley So, who is the first ever 2700+ player to play in Calgary, GM Robin Van Kampen from the Netherlands, GM Eugene Perelshteyn of the USA, GM Victor Mikhalevski of Israel and Calgary’s own GM Eric Hansen.

The Reserve section will take place along side the main event. Amateur players will have the chance to play their own challenging games and watch the masters in the same tournament hall. Simuls and lectures are also planned. The top boards of the International section will also be broadcast live to a chess hungry audience around the world.

Wesley So

GM Wesley So

Eric Hansen

Eric Hansen

Arbiter: Ali Razzaq, FA
Chief Organizer: Jim Daniluk

Official website

There will be a number of side events before and during the tournament:

Simul by GM Eric Hansen
Thursday, April 4, 19:30
Calgary Chess Club

Simul by GM Robin Van Kampen
Monday, May 13
Details TBA

Chess Lectures

Blitz Championship
Sunday, May 19, 20:00
Best Western Village Park Inn, Calgary
G/3+2 second increment
5 double round swiss
$10 entry fee – 100% entries returned to prize fund
Registration closes at 20:00, games start soon after registration

Trip to Banff
May 14, 9:30-17:00
Free to all International section entries. Includes transportation and park pass for the day. See the sites of one of the most beautiful little cities in the world. You will be back in time for the opening ceremonies.

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