Bluenose Open 2019 — February 22-24, 2019

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  *** 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 22-24, 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, February 22nd 2019, onsite, 5 p.m.-5:30 p.m.



Rd 1: Friday, February 22nd, 6 p.m.

Rd 2: Saturday, February 23rd, 10 a.m.

Rd 3: Saturday, February 23rd, 4:30 p.m.

Rd 4: Sunday, February 24th, 9 a.m.

Rd 5: Sunday, February 24th, 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. The NSCA, 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: 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 February 21, 2019, 4:15 p.m.

Confirmed Participants: (33 players confirmed so far!)

Adam Dorrance (2324)

Alvah Mayo (2156)

Tallal Younis (2147)

Jose Gonzalez-Cueto (2088)

Roger Langen (2084)

Stephen Saunders (1944)

Brian McKay (1891)

David Poirier (1867)

Alex Nuschke (1863)

Don Gillis (1827)

Ken Cashin (1706)

Vadym Stoilov (1697)

Conrad MacNeil (1683)

Stephen LeBlanc (1674)

Eric Newman (1673)

Jerjis Kapra (1679)

David Bardsley (1653)

Laurie Parker (1556)

Madoc Sullivan (1548)

Adam Cleave (1548)

Ray Cooke (1520)

Ryan Donovan (1512)

Steve McLeod (1510)

Lloyd Lombard (1501)

Samuel Heran (1407)

Nathan MacLellan (1392)

Andy Wang (1371)

Kiro Veljanovski (1364)

Brian Zhang (1353)

Wajeeh Khan (1271)

Neil Uppal (1260)

John MacLean (1233)

Ray Pilon (1195)



Probable Participants:

Harold Uuetoa (1559)

Kevin Readron (unr.)

Kavita Chawla (unr.)

Hamed Akrami (unr.)


Maybe Participants:

Mark Fowlie (1490)




Affordable hotels nearby:

Wedgewood Hotel, Bedford Highway

Howard Johnson/The Bluenose Inn & Suites, Bedford Highway

Chebucto Inn, Lady Hammond Road



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 2019 tournament:

(none listed yet)



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