Bluenose Open 2020

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February 21, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – February 23, 2020 @ 9:00 pm
Mount Saint Vincent University, Rosaria Bldg, Room 312
166 Bedford Highway
Nova Scotia
$40 for Adults, $35 for Seniors (65+) and Juniors (under age 18) PLUS CFC Membership
Ken Cashin
Bluenose Open 2020 @ Mount Saint Vincent University, Rosaria Bldg, Room 312




The top three boards for the Bluenose Open 2020 will be played on DGT boards and will be viewable online, as they occur live. The following is the link to DGT Live, the interface to view the games:
The above link will be the one used throughout the entire weekend tournament to view the games.
On the DGT Live interface that you open from the above link, to switch between games and rounds, click the blue title across the top of the DGT Live screen that shows the “vs” symbol, and then the rounds and games will be selectable.
The round times:
Round 1: Friday night: 6 p.m. (game start might be delayed until about 6:20 p.m.)
Round 2: Saturday morning: 10 a.m.
Round 3: Saturday night: 4:30 p.m.
Round 4: Sunday morning: 9 a.m.
Round 5: Sunday night: 3:30 p.m.

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

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).


Date: February 21-23, 2020

Location: Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Highway, Halifax, N.S., Rosaria Bldg, Room 312

Contact: Ken Cashin

Type: Five round Swiss.

Registration: Friday, February 21st 2020, onsite, 5 p.m.-5:30 p.m.



Rd 1: Friday, February 21st, 6 p.m.

Rd 2: Saturday, February 22nd, 10 a.m.

Rd 3: Saturday, February 22nd, 4:30 p.m.

Rd 4: Sunday, February 23rd, 9 a.m.

Rd 5: Sunday, February 23rd, 3:30 p.m.


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

Note that the Bluenose Cup will be engraved with the name of the player(s) who finish(es) in first place. Chess Nova Scotia, however, keeps possession of the trophy.


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

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 February 21, 2020, 8:30 a.m.


Confirmed Participants: 

Adam Dorrance (2342)

Jose Gonzalez-Cueto (2057)

Jerjis Kapra (1939)

Daniel Mallais (1928)

Stephen Saunders (1884)

Paulo Ferreira (1813) byes: 2, 4

David Poirier (1811)

Don Gillis (1803)

Andy Wang (1778)

Madoc Sullivan (1695) bye: 5

Conrad MacNeil (1693) bye 1

Ken Cashin (1682)

Jim Livingstone (1647) bye 1

Neil Uppal (1594) bye 1

Ray Cooke (1587) byes: 3, 5

Ian Anderson (1587) bye 1

Brian Zhang (1574)

Juan Ramirez-Orta (1561)

Neil MacDonald (1541)

David Bardsley (1539)

Greg Van De Moortele (1528)

Mark Penney (1479)

Veer Ghandi (1415)

Wael Al-Gashm (1299)

John MacLean (1172) byes: 1, 2; late start: Rd3

Rikuto Nakayasu (~1146 estimated) 

Shreyas Balakrishnan (881)

Stephen Foster (unr.)

Justin Cull (unr.)


Probable Participants:

Brian McKay (1903)

Eric Newman (1581)


Maybe Participants:

David Kenney (1861)

David Poirier (1811)

Jarrett Gabriel (1573)

Steve McLeod (1477)





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 tournament, please contact:

Ken Cashin to have your name and contact info posted on this site for others to contact you.

People looking for roommates for the Bluenose Open 2020 tournament.


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