Welcome to the 6th Calgary International Chess Classic. As usual, GM and IM norms will be possible in the International section. This tournament provides an excellent opportunity for players seeking norms. IM norms have been awarded in 4 of the 5 previous tournaments here in Calgary.
The tournament is shaping up to be the strongest in its history. Above left is GM Robin Van Kampen (2592 FIDE) from the Netherlands. Centre is Calgary’s own GM Eric Hansen (2557 FIDE). On the right is GM Wesley So (2701 FIDE, the first ever 2700+ player to play in Calgary!) of the Philippines. All 3 are under 25 and on their way up the chess ladder. Norm hunters will have their work cut out for them as this will not be a walk in the park!
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.
Calgary is a major destination for tourists. There is much to see and do in this vibrant city. The downtown core is only minutes away from the tournament site by C-Train, which is only a few minutes walk from the hotel. Canada’s Rocky Mountains are within view from most of the city and are less than an hours drive from the city limits. For all that is happening in Calgary, check out www.visitcalgary.com, the official website of Tourism Calgary. You will find all the cities attractions, best places to eat, as well as where to go for the best night life Calgary has to offer!
There is something for all chess players at the Calgary International Chess Classic. You are invited to take part in this years tournament and experience the hospitality that Calgary has to offer. You won t be disappointed!
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– GM Susan Polgar