Note: Participation in all Chess Nova Scotia events is subject to Government of Nova Scotia guidelines. See policy here. Participants must also abide by the Covid-19 policies of the event host.

Saint Mary’s Open 2023 @ Saint Mary's University
Nov 10 @ 4:00 pm – Nov 12 @ 9:00 pm

*** YOU MUST email Ken Cashin if you intend to play in this tournament: ***

Please read the entire registration process, below, before emailing Ken Cashin.

The tournament will follow Government of Nova Scotia Guidelines re COVID-19. It will also follow the COVID-19 protocols of its host, Saint Mary’s University, which can be viewed here.

You can pay your CFC membership online at:

Registration process:

  1. Send an email message to Ken Cashin to tell him that you intend to play. Also provide your age and your chess rating, if you have one. This is the “pre-registration” step.
  2. Purchase or renew your Chess Federation of Canada membership. You can do that online, here. Or, you could pay Ken Cashin for it onsite on the first day of the tournament. If you will be paying Ken Cashin for the CFC membership, please email him the registrant’s date of birth and home town.

    *** Payment method onsite for CFC membership is cash only ***

  3. Check in at the registration desk and pay the tournament entry fee (see fees below). This you pay to Ken Cashin onsite at the tournament.

    *** Payment method for tournament entry fee is cash only ***


*** All players MUST show up (check in at the reg desk) well in advance of (at least one hour before) the start of the first round in order to be paired for the first round.  This is so that Ken knows they are on site and able to play. ***


Date of tournament: November 10-12, 2023

Location: Saint Mary’s University, 923 Robie Street, Halifax, N.S., Loyola Academic Complex, rooms LA173, LA174 and LA175.

See building LA on campus map here.

Contact: Ken Cashin

Type: Five round Swiss.

Registration: Friday, November 10th, onsite, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Late registrants will be disqualified from playing in the first round. Do not be late.


Rd 1: Friday, November 10, 6 p.m.

Rd 2: Saturday, November 11, 10 a.m.

Rd 3: Saturday, November 11, 4:30 p.m.

Rd 4: Sunday, November 12, 9 a.m.

Rd 5: Sunday, November 12, 3:30 p.m.

Note that the reason the games start a little earlier on Sunday is to give out-of-town participants more daylight time to travel home after the tournament.

Prizes: Cash prizes will be awarded, based on the number of entrants.

Time control: Game in 2 hours, with 30-second increments starting at move one.

Note: if numbers warrant, the tournament will be run as a sectional; i.e., in two or more sections, determined by the ratings of the players.

Tournament Entry Fee:

Adults (age 18 and over): $40

Seniors (age 65 and over): $35

Juniors (under age 18): $35

Byes: Up to two (2) half-point byes are available, but must be requested to the tournament director before the tournament begins, i.e., either before or at the time of registration.

Forfeits: Players are required to play all five rounds unless they have declared byes beforehand, as indicated above. Unless they have declared a bye for a particular round, as indicated above, players who do not show up for a game will be forfeited for that game, i.e., they will earn a score of zero for the game and their opponent will earn a score of one point for the game.

Also, a player is expected to show up on time for the start of the round, as a courtesy to their opponent. If a player does not show up within an hour after a game starts, the player will be forfeited for that round, i.e., they will earn a score of zero for the game and their opponent will earn a score of one point for the game.

Forced byes: In rounds where there is an uneven number of players, a full-point, forced bye will be given to one player, as determined by the pairing software.  

*** Note: In addition to paying the tournament entry fee stated above, to participate in the tournament a player must be a member of the Chess Federation of Canada (CFC). The membership can be purchased online on the CFC site before the tournament, or can be paid to the tournament director onsite at time of registration.
*** Note: This tournament is subject to the Chess Nova Scotia Fair Play and Electronic Device Policy.

Updated Sept 18, 2023

Confirmed Participants

Chris Felix (1986)  

Oliver Hani (1344) (bye round 1)



Affordable hotels nearby:

Wedgewood Hotel, Bedford Highway (near MSVU)

Howard Johnson/The Bluenose Inn & Suites, Bedford Highway (near MSVU)

Comfort Inn, Bedford Highway (near MSVU)

Chebucto Inn, Lady Hammond Road (between MSVU and SMU)

Robie’s End, (B&B, very close to SMU)

And a little more upscale…

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Halifax – Bedford, 980 Parkland Drive (near MSVU)

Chateau Bedford Trademark Collection by Wyndham, 133 Kearney Lake Road (near MSVU)

Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street (closer to SMU)

Atlantica Hotel Halifax, 1980 Robie Street (closer to SMU)

*** Note: If you are looking for a roommate to share hotel and/or travel costs with for the Remembrance Day Open 2023 tournament, please contact: Ken Cashin to have your name and contact info posted on this site, here, for others to contact you. A list will be published below for people looking for roommates for the tournament.