Labour Day Open 2019 (Sectional tournament) – August 30 to September 1, 2019

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


The games played on the top few boards for this tournament will be viewable, as they occur live, by going to the DGT live site, via this link:
Open Section (boards 1, 2 and 3):
Under 1700 section (board 1 only):
The above two links will be the ones used throughout the entire tournament to view the games.
On the DGT live site, to switch between games and rounds, click the blue title across the top of the screen that is “Player vs Player” and then the rounds and games will be selectable.
See round times below.


Date: August 30th to September 1st, 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, with two sections:

1) Open: rated 1700 and above.

2) Under 1700: rated 1699 and below.


Registration: Friday, August 30th, onsite, 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.



Rd 1: Friday, August 30th, 6 p.m.

Rd 2: Saturday, August 31st, 10 a.m.

Rd 3: Saturday, August 31st, 4:30 p.m.

Rd 4: Sunday, September 1st, 9 a.m.

Rd 5: Sunday, September 1st, 3:30 p.m.


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.

Tournament Entry Fee:

Adults (age 18 and over): $40

Seniors (age 65 and over): $35

Juniors (under age 18): $35

Byes: Up to two 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

Last updated: August 29, 2019, 8 p.m.

Confirmed Participants:

Gordon Giacomin (2024)

Jerjis Kapra (1907)

Paul Abela (1840)

Sam Heran-Boily (1814)

Stephen Saunders (1811)

Walter MacNeil (1807)

Donald MacLean (1786)

Ken Cashin (1785)

Don Gillis (1757) b1

Joshua Harmon (1701)

Madoc Sullivan (1695)

Conrad MacNeil (1643)

David Bardsley (1590)

Ray Cooke (1574)

Neil Uppal (1564)

Brian Zhang (1525)

Greg Van De Moortele (1506)

Andy Wang (1482)

Arnav Kapadia (1252)

John MacLean (1185) b123

Ryan Memet (unr.)

Andy Li (unr.)

Lucas Li (unr.)


Probable Participants:

David Kenney (1839)

Laurie Parker (1521)

Paul Bates (1461)


Maybe Participants:

Alvah Mayo (2200)

Roger Langen (2135)

Eric Newman (1635)

Harold Uuetoa (1560) b1






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 Labour Day Open 2019 tournament:





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