Nova Scotia Open 2019 – May 10-12, 2019

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


Date: May 10-12, 2019

Location: Saint Mary’s University, 923 Robie Street, Halifax, N.S., Loyola Building, Room 175 (See campus map.)

Contact: Ken Cashin

Type: Five round Swiss.

Registration: Friday, May 10th, 2019, onsite, 5 p.m.-5:30 p.m.



Rd 1: Friday, May 10th, 6 p.m.

Rd 2: Saturday, May 11th, 10 a.m.

Rd 3: Saturday, May 11th, 4:30 p.m.

Rd 4: Sunday, May 12th, 9 a.m.

Rd 5: Sunday, May 12th, 3:30 p.m.


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

Note that the Nova Scotia Open Chess Tournament trophy will be engraved with the name of the player(s) who finish in first place. The NSCA, however, keeps possession of the trophy.


***** Time control: 30 moves in 90 minutes, plus one hour, with 10 second increments throughout. *****

Note: this time control is being tried out at this tournament with the intention of obtaining feedback from the players to determine which time controls are better accepted. 


Tournament Entry Fee:

Adults (age 18 and over): $40

Seniors (age 65 and over): $35

Juniors (under age 18): $35

Byes: 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 Nova Scotia Chess Association Fair Play and Electronic Device Policy

Updated May 10, 2:30 p.m.

Confirmed Participants: 

Tallal Younis (2165)

Roger Langen (2091)

Glenn Charlton (2033) b15

Stephen Saunders (1866)

David Kenney (1836)

Elfred Duray (1833) b14

David Poirier (1806)

Ken Cashin (1745)

Don Gillis (1731) b1

Stephen LeBlanc (1699) b24

Conrad MacNeil (1688)

Jerjis Kapra (1684)

Madoc Sullivan (1637) b3

Jim Livingstone (1614) b1

Jarrett Gabriel (1523)

Andy Wang (1522)

Laurie Parker (1514)

Nathan MacLellan (1425)

Greg Van De Moortele (1424)

Brian Zhang (1382) b4

Neil Uppal (1315)

John MacLean (1203) b123

Owen Maitzen (unr., but is rated 1936 on

Paul Bates (unr.) (NS adult)

Nakul Hegde (unr.) (Junior)


Probable Participants:

Alvah Mayo (2158)


Maybe Participants:

Brian McKay (1903)

Eric Newman (1659)

Harold Uuetoa (1577)





Affordable hotels nearby:

Wedgewood Hotel, Bedford Highway

Howard Johnson/The Bluenose Inn & Suites, Bedford Highway

Chebucto Inn, Lady Hammond Road


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 Nova Scotia Open 2019 tournament:




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