The Canadian Open 2009 will be held in Edmonton, and the tournament has attracted some very famous Grandmasters this year. Because it is an Open Swiss, where professionals and amateurs are in the same tournament, some lucky players will have a chance to take on big names like GM Alexei Shirov and Ni Hua, rated over 2700. Britain’s top GM, Michael Adams (rated 2699) will be playing in the tournament, and will also be conducting a simul on the morning of Sunday July 12th. The event kicks off with a free lecture, open to the public, from GM Shirov just a few hours before the first round. There will be lectures and simuls throughout the event. Unlike most open tournaments in North America, there is just one round/day in the Canadian Open, leaving plenty of time for relaxation and tourism.

Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta, with a population of just over 1 million people. Edmonton is well known for its scenic river valley and a thriving music and art community. The city is home to North America’s largest shopping and entertainment complex, West Edmonton Mall. More than just a shopping centre, West Edmonton Mall also has a giant water park, a man-made lake, a skating rink, two mini-golf courses, 21 movie theatres, a Vegas-style casino and an amusement park with 25 rides and attractions. Fort Edmonton Park is a large living history museum that recognizes Edmonton’s past through a series of interactive restorations. The Muttart Conservatory, an expansive horticultural spectacle, is noted for its unique architecture, as is the remarkable Alberta Legislature Building.


Early leaders after 1 round:

Name

Rtng

Rd 1

Tot

1

GM Alexei Shirov

2748

W115

1

2

GM Hua Ni

2701

W116

1

3

GM Michael Adams

2699

W117

1

4

GM Surya Ganguly

2637

W118

1

5

GM Victor Mikhalevski

2631

W119

1

6

IM Artiom Samsonkin

2612

W120

1

7

GM Mark Bluvshtein

2598

W121

1

8

GM Eugene Perelshteyn

2588

W122

1

9

GM Anton Kovalyov

2586

W123

1

10

GM Xue Zhao

2544

W124

1

11

IM Leonid Gerzhoy

2530

W125

1

12

IM Edward Porper

2510

W126

1

13

IM Irina Krush

2481

W127

1

14

FM Eric Hansen

2472

W128

1

15

IM Zhe Quan

2465

W129

1

16

IM Joseph Bradford

2459

W130

1

17

FM John C Yoos

2442

W131

1

18

IM Michael Mulyar

2440

W132

1

19

IM Dmitry Zilberstein

2437

W133

1

20

FM Raja Panjwani

2418

W134

1

21

FM Theo Hommeles

2412

W135

1

22

IM Leon Piasetski

2406

W136

1

Full standings: http://monroi.com/2009-canadian-open-chess-championship-results.html

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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