SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
CHESS FINALS DRAWS LARGE CROWDS
June 15, 2011
The 2011 Canadian Chess Championship (and Zonal) came to a climatic finish yesterday. Played at the intersection of Yonge and Wellesley (north corner), Canada’s most prestigious chess tournament attracted 36 entries from all over Toronto. Joe the Weasel scored 5 points out of a possible 6, taking first prize.
Joe now qualifies for the next stage of the 2011 FIDE world championship cycle to be played sometime in August in Khanty-Mansiysk. ”Where the fuck is that? Quebec?” responded Joe when this reporter chatted with him immediately after his win. When asked for a comment , Joe said ”Can you spare some change, man?”
Joe the Weasel (centre left) considering his next move over Mark Schiver.The hotly disputed post-mortem between Bernardo (left) and Xhua Ching. The game had to be adjudicated when it started to rain. It was called a draw.
The 2011 edition of the Canadian Zonal marks a new era in Canadian chess, according to CFC President Bob Gillanders. ”We have decided to get serious in our promotion of the game in Canada. If the public won’t come to see our premier events, then we will bring our premier events to the public!”
”We still have a long way to go, but this first experience was very positive. The only negative blotch was the 15 minute delay caused when one of the players was struck by a car when he accidentally leaned backwards while playing.” added Mr. Gillanders
”For the 2012 Canadian Championship the CFC is hoping to find a suitable park a bit farther from the busy street corners”
The 2011 Canadian Chess Championship was organized by the CFC with the sponsorship of Dang Associates and New Freedom Financial. A total of $15,000 dollars was raised. First prize was $17.38 Mr. Gillanders explained that after deducting the costs of the TD and arbiter, there was only $25 left for the prize fund. ”It may not seem like a lot, but $17.38 buys a lot of coffee on the street in Toronto!” said Mr. Gillanders.
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS