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.

Bluenose Open 2023 @ Mount Saint Vincent University
Feb 17 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 19 @ 8:30 pm


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

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

Also note that payments for the tournament entry fee must be made in cash (only). Likewise, if you purchase or renew a CFC membership on site at the tournament, that payment must also be in cash (only).

Note, however that 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. 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 (cash only).
  3. Pay the tournament entry fee. This you pay to Ken Cashin onsite at the tournament (cash only). This is considered to be the final “registration” step.


Date: February 17-19, 2023

Location: Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Highway, Halifax, N.S., ROSARIA STUDENT CENTRE, Don MacNeil Room (# 401).

Contact: Ken Cashin

Type: Five round Swiss.

Registration: Friday, February 17th, onsite, 5 p.m.-5:30 p.m.  

*** In order to be paired for the tournament, you must show up at least 30 minutes before your first game so that Ken can confirm that you are onsite and able to play ***    



Rd 1: Friday, February 17th, 6 p.m.

Rd 2: Saturday, February 18th, 10 a.m.

Rd 3: Saturday, February 18th, 4:30 p.m.

Rd 4: Sunday, February 19th, 9 a.m.

Rd 5: Sunday, February 19th, 3:30 p.m.


Prizes: Cash prizes will be awarded, based on the number of entrants. The tournament winner’s name will be engraved on the Bluenose Open trophy.


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

Note that, as has been our custom, accelerated pairings will be used for the first two rounds when numbers warrant.

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.

*** Note: Bye points gained in the last round do not count towards tournament prize eligibility. ***

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 payer 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 December 5th, 2022


Confirmed Participants: 

1692 – Ken Cashin NS




Probable Participants:






Maybe Participants








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 Bluenose 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.