Friday, September 10, 2010

2010 City of Montreal Open Chess Championships

The action starts at 6:30 p.m. (Montreal is an hour ahead of where I am posting).  The latest pre-registered players count I have is 173.  Last year's Championnat had 191 participants - thanks in part to a day-of onslaught of onsite registrants -- so many people showed up that the start of Round 1 was delayed for quite awhile.  Hoping to prevent that this year, the organizers decided that registration will be cut off at 6:15 p.m. and anyone who registers after that time will have to take a 1/2 point bye. 

A little Championnat trivia: 
  • Largest turn-out ever was 310 in 1975
  • Second largest turn-out ever was 292 in 1977 which was won by Bill Goichberg with 5 1/2 - 1/2 - don't know if its the same person who was President of the USCF for many years and runs the Continental Chess Association
Don McLean will be onsite with camera and videocam to record the sights and sounds.  Game moves will be transmitted here - I am not sure now if it is limited to top boards only.

I'll have a R1 report tomorrow morning.

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