MARCH 22, 2020 — Nova Scotia has declared a State of Emergency related to the coronavirus infection. For up-to-date information on the status of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, go to: http://www.novascotia.ca/coronavirus/. For information in Canada, go to: http://www.canada.ca/coronavirus

MARCH 24, 2020 — Chess Nova Scotia is monitoring events closely. We remain cautiously hopeful that Pawn Wise will occur as planned. We will adhere closely to direction from the public health authority. The situation should be clearer in the next few weeks. We anticipate being able to make an announcement by May 1 on whether or not Pawn Wise must be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Our invited guests have so far assured us they remain committed to attending Pawn Wise, whether it is this year or next. The proviso is that the public health authority gives clear sanction for an event in Nova Scotia starting on July 31. Public and private sponsorships will remain in place and be adjusted as necessary. Registrants who have paid their entry fees can request a full refund at any time if they choose not to attend due to concerns related to the coronavirus.

APRIL 16, 2020 — Chess Nova Scotia today announces that Pawn Wise: The Atlantic All-Ages Chess Festival 2020 is postponed until next year. This decision is taken after much careful consideration, and after consultation with government agencies and multiple other stakeholders. It is now clear that a stable and safe event this summer is not a reasonable prospect given the seriousness and unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have also experienced a significant delay in our preparations due to the general requirement to shelter in place and restrict activity to the essentials for living. Therefore, the only reasonable course of action is to postpone Pawn Wise 2020 and plan for an even stronger event next year.

Chess Nova Scotia plans to host the Festival in the summer of 2021. The new dates are July 30 – August 3, 2021. It is expected that the tournament and special event sites will also be the same: Saint Mary’s University and the Halifax Central Library. All panelists and celebrity guests so far contacted have re-confirmed for 2021.

Chess Nova Scotia will update its website to reflect the postponement and new information over the next few weeks and days. In the meantime, we extend to all our gratitude for support and our best wishes for your health and safety over the coming months.



Saint Mary’s University, Halifax
Jul 30 – Aug 3 2021

The 11th Canadian Seniors Chess Championship
featuring GM Evgeny Bareev


Halifax Central Library
Aug 1 2021

The NSSCA Scholastic Chess Exhibition
featuring GM Hou Yifan

The 1st Nova Scotia Mayflower Open
featuring GM Dommaraju Gukesh

Chess Considered – Four Questions: A Panel


Sponsored By
Members of Chess Nova Scotia
Chess 24 – Copenhagen
Nova Scotia Department of Seniors
Langmat & Associates, Ottawa
Confucius Institute SMU


Official Event Poster
8.5 x 11 PDF Version

THE SPARK

“Chess is a sport whose time has come. Let’s make Halifax a part of it.” With these words, a City of Halifax official encouraged Chess Nova Scotia to organize a major chess event for 2020. “Dream big,” he urged.

We did! The result? Pawn Wise: The Atlantic All-Ages Chess Festival 2020 (now re-scheduled to 2021).

WHY PAWN WISE?

Chess Nova Scotia has chosen the name, Pawn Wise, to highlight the fact that chess is an enjoyable, all-ages, lifelong activity for cognitive wellbeing.

Game theory recognizes chess as an abstract template (or thinking tool) for certain of the human sciences, as economics: a field of uncertainty where perceived obstacles must be overcome by rational, best-choice decision-making. And medical research now identifies chess as second only to dancing as a defense against dementia.

From children to seniors, to engage with chess is to be pawn wise!

CELEBRATE AND EDUCATE!

The Festival is for players and the general public alike.

For players, two tournaments will run simultaneously: The 11th Canadian Seniors Chess Championship, being held in the Maritimes for the first time; and the 1st Nova Scotia Mayflower Open, for players of all ages.

Both tournaments will pause for the Festival side events: the Scholastic Chess Exhibition, a showcase of events for children, parents, and seniors; and Chess Considered – Four Questions, an evening panel of visiting and local scholars on critical questions about the game of chess.

PAWN WISE PPT

See: AAACF – PPT Pawn Wise

MEDIA AND CELEBRITY

Top games and Festival side events will be web streamed via the major chess platform, Chess 24.

Celebrity participants include: Grandmaster Hou Yifan (China), the world’s top-rated female player & 4-time Women’s World Champion; GM Evgeny Bareev (Russia-Canada), current Canadian champion & once 2nd-ranked player in the world; and 14-year-old GM Dommaraju Gukesh (India), 2nd-youngest player in chess history to attain the title of grandmaster.

LEGACY PROJECTS

The Pawn Wise Festival is the prelude to two legacy projects: WaveLength: Chess for Seniors; and Brain Waves: The Nova Scotia After-School Chess Program. Both programs will be offered province-wide.

See Chess in Schools newsletter article by Chess Nova Scotia secretary Roger Langen: Chess Comes of Age in Nova Scotia.

SPECIAL NOTES

Trophies for the tournament winners are of Nova Scotian artisan woodcraft, handmade crystal, and Amos pewter. See Photo Album on homepage.

A Nova Scotia design wood chess set has been commissioned and will be on display for possible auction. Also on display: first editions of Andre Philidor’s Tabular Demonstrations (1819) and The Hastings Chess Tournament Book (1896), and a facsimile reprint copy of Notes of a Soviet Master (1929) by Alexander Ilyin Genevsky, the “founding father of Soviet chess.”

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Chess Nova Scotia acknowledges a generous grant from the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors for our Intergenerational Chess Project. We are also grateful to our members and others for ongoing support. See Projects and Support pages.

Join us for Pawn Wise! Chess has come to Nova Scotia to stay. Halifax – and Nova Scotia – welcomes you.

General Information

DATE
Jul 30–Aug 3 2021

LOCATION
Loyola Conference Hall, Saint Mary’s University, 923 Robie St., Halifax

TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR
Chris Felix

FORMAT
6-Round Swiss in two sections: 50+/65+
Accelerated pairings will be used for the first two rounds if more than 48 players

ELIGIBILITY
Residents eligible if age 50/65 by Dec 31 2021
Foreign players U2000 welcome but cannot claim 1st prize
CFC Membership is required and can be purchased on-site at time of registration.

TIME CONTROL
40/105 + G/30 + 30-second increment starting from move one

RATED
CFC and FIDE

EQUIPMENT
Provided by Chess Nova Scotia

Registration

ENTRY FEES
$90.00 by June 1 2021
$100.00 by July 1 2021
$115.00 by July 29 2021
$130.00 by July 30 2021 (on-site)

Schedule

July 30
On-site registration: 3:00-4:30 PM
Opening Ceremony: 5:00-6:00 PM
Round 1: 6:30 PM

July 31
Round 2: 10:00 AM
Round 3: 6:00 PM

August 1
Round 4: 9:00 AM (note early start time)*

August 2
Round 5: 10:00 AM
Round 6: 6:00 PM

August 3
Awards Luncheon: 11:00 AM
Closing Ceremony: 12:30 PM

*Round 4 starts early so participants can attend the Scholastic Exhibition at 1:00-4:00 PM

Prizes

PRIZE FUND
80% of entry fees + $500 in Chess 24 memberships
Guaranteed 1st prize in each section: $1000
View Detailed Prize Information

GUARANTEED PRIZES WITH CORPORATE SPONSOR
With corporate sponsorship, the guaranteed prizes will be increased.

TROPHIES
Nova Scotia handmade crystal (65+)
Nova Scotia artisan woodcraft (50+)
View Photo Album

QUALIFICATION
Qualification to Pan American Seniors Championships

TIEBREAKS
Tiebreaks for trophy & guaranteed portion of 1st prize
Cash prizes otherwise split
Tiebreak system – TBA

Registered Players

65+ SECTION

  1. 2376 – IM Leon Piasetski, British Columbia
  2. 2068 – NM Roger Langen
  3. 1855 – Stephen Saunders

50+ SECTION

  1. 2721 – GM Evgeny Bareev, Ontario
  2. 2016 – Anthony Boron, Manitoba
  3. 1984 – Fred McKim, Prince Edward Island
  4. 1854 – Jim Green, Manitoba
  5. 1819 – David Poirier
  6. 1815 – Paulo Ferreira
  7. 1798 – Ken Einarsson, Manitoba
  8. 1737 – Fernando Echavarria-Hidalgo, Ontario
  9. 1703 – Wane Inkpen, Newfoundland and Labrador

General Information

DATE
Jul 30–Aug 3 2021

LOCATION
Loyola Conference Hall, Saint Mary’s University, 923 Robie St., Halifax

TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR
Chris Felix

FORMAT
6-Round Swiss
Accelerated pairings will be used for the first two rounds if more than 48 players

ELIGIBILITY
CFC Membership is required and can be purchased on-site at time of registration
Junior prizes if born on or after January 1, 2001

TIME CONTROL
40/105 + G/30 + 30-second increment starting from move one

RATED
CFC and FIDE

EQUIPMENT
Provided by Chess Nova Scotia

Registration

ENTRY FEES

$90.00 by June 1 2021
$100.00 by July 1 2021
$115.00 by July 29 2021
$130.00 by July 30 2021 (on-site)

Junior Registration — $15.00 discount on posted fees for players born on or after January 1, 2001

Schedule

July 30
On-site registration: 3:00-4:30 PM
Opening Ceremony: 5:00-6:00 PM
Round 1: 6:30 PM

July 31
Round 2: 10:00 AM
Round 3: 6:00 PM

August 1
Round 4: 9:00 AM (note early start time)*

August 2
Round 5: 10:00 AM
Round 6: 6:00 PM

August 3
Awards Luncheon: 11:00 AM
Closing Ceremony: 12:30 PM

*Round 4 starts early so participants can attend the Scholastic Exhibition at 1:00-4:00 PM

Prizes

PRIZE FUND
80% of entry fees + $750 in Chess 24 memberships
Guaranteed 1st prize: $1000
View Detailed Prize Information

GUARANTEED PRIZES WITH CORPORATE SPONSOR
With corporate sponsorship, the guaranteed prizes will be increased.

TROPHIES
Nova Scotia artisan woodcraft & Amos pewter
View Photo Album

TIEBREAKS
Tiebreaks for trophy & guaranteed portion of 1st prize
Cash prizes otherwise split
Tiebreak system – TBA

Registered Players

  1. 2563 – GM Dommaraju Gukesh, India
  2. 2545 – GM Eduardas Rozentalis, Lithuania
  3. 2458 – GM Ulvi Bajarani, Azerbaijan
  4. 2332 – IM Chakravarthi Reddy, India
  5. 2136 – Morgon Mills, Newfoundland and Labrador
  1. 1927 – Samuel Heran-Boily
  2. 1754 – Andy Wang
  3. 1709 – Chris White, Alberta
  4. 1661 – Brian Zhang
  5. 0371 – Michelle Zhang

Saint Mary’s University

Stay right on-site at the tournament location, Saint Mary’s University accommodations.

120 beds reserved. Contact conference.services@smu.ca or 1-902-420-5486

Rates
  • Single room $59.95 (sleeps 1)
  • Double room $97.95 (sleeps 2)
  • 3-Bedroom apt $146.95 (sleeps 3)
  • 2-Bedroom apt $160.95 (sleeps 4)
  • 2-Bedroom travel suite $139.95 (sleeps 2 — two bathrooms)

Includes breakfast, linen, towels, housekeeping, phone, wireless, recreation
pass, parking, taxes. Bedrooms furnished as study: desk, lamp, chair.
Residence: ATM, salon, stores, coffee, laundry. Food service on-site.

NOTE — 2-bedroom apartments & travel suites — Limited availability. Book early!


The Westin Nova Scotian

A short walk and very quick drive to both Saint Mary’s University and the Halifax Central Library.

30 rooms reserved:

  • King (5)
  • Queen (15)
  • Double (10) – waterfront view

Rate — $199.00

Contact 1-866-266-3306

Visit the Westin Nova Scotian website for further details.


Looking for things to do in Halifax?

Check out Discover Halifax!

Central Library
5440 Spring Garden Rd., Halifax
1:00 – 4:00 PM, August 1 2021

Organized by the Nova Scotia Scholastic Chess Association, the Exhibition will feature GM Hou Yifan (China), GM Evgeny Bareev (Canada), and GM Dommaraju Gukesh (India), 14, in an all-ages Meet-the-Grandmasters blitz and simul format. Junior and seniors will also play a marathon blitz match (as currently planned) under team captains, IM Leon Piasetski, Canadian Seniors 65+ Chess Champion, and Tanitoluwa Adewumi, 9, New York State Scholastic Grades 1-3 Chess Champion 2019.

Chess Considered – Four Questions: A Panel
August 1, 2021 – 7 to 10 PM – Halifax Central Library

MEET THE PANELISTS

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Guilhem Lecouteux, PhD
Is chess an art or a science? (I) Science

Guilhem Lecouteux is Associate Professor in Economics at the Université Côte d’Azur in Nice, France. He is primarily interested in the ethical and social implications of the current rise of behavioural sciences in economics and policy design. He has published on behavioural economics, psychology of decision-making, philosophy of science, and is the editor of Team Reasoning: Political Economy Review (2018), a collection of essays on behavioural game theory. There is little doubt that his past as a chess player significantly shaped his current research on how people choose and form their beliefs in a complex environment.

Stephen Davies, PhD
Is chess an art or a science? (II) Art

Stephen Davies is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Auckland. He publishes mainly on the philosophy of art and aesthetics. His books include The Artful Species (Oxford University Press, 2012), The Philosophy of Art (Wiley, 2016), and Adornment: What Self-Decoration Tells Us About Who We Are (Bloomsbury, forthcoming January 2020). On the idea of profundity in instrumental music, he draws “a parallel with great chess, which illustrates the fecundity, flexibility, insight, vitality, subtlety, complexity, and analytical far-reachingness of which the human mind is capable … of deep significance, given the wider importance of an appreciation of our intellectual and imaginative powers.” Professor Davies is the former president of the American Society for Aesthetics.

Emily Ryall, PhD
Is chess a sport?

Dr Emily Ryall is a Reader in Applied Philosophy at the University of Gloucestershire in the UK. Her main research interests lies in the philosophy of sport, games and play. The Canadian philosopher, Bernard Suits, refuting Wittgenstein, formulated a philosophical definition of games that remains unchallenged to this day, including for sport. Where does chess fit in? Professor Ryall may have the answer. She is the author of Philosophy of Sport: Key Questions, and has edited four collections of essays on philosophical issues in play. She is associate editor of the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport and the former Chair of the British Philosophy of Sport Association. She has written for the New York TimesGuardian and BBC. She is definitely not a chess player.

Diego Rasskin-Gutman, PhD
Is chess calculation or imagination?

Diego Rasskin-Gutman is a Senior Researcher at Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity & Evolutionary Biology, University of Valencia, where he leads the Theoretical Biology Research Group. He specializes in mathematical models of evolutionary and developmental phenomena, with a focus on questions of human creativity, cognitive processes, and the reduction of complexity in the world. He is the author of Chess Metaphors: Artificial Intelligence and the Human Mind (MIT Press, 2009). He also writes for the online cultural magazine, Jot Down.

Sabine Vollstädt-Klein, PhD
Is chess good for the brain? (I)

Dr. Sabine Vollstädt-Klein is Adjunct Professor, Medical Faculty, University of Heidelberg, and leads the Research Group, Neuroimaging of Addictive Behaviour, Central Institute for Mental Health, Mannheim. A mathematician and neuroscientist, her research focuses on the neurobiology of addiction. Using functional and structural brain imaging, she is currently studying the effects of chess-based cognitive remediation as an “add-on intervention” for smokers and patients with alcohol use disorder. Dr. Vollstädt-Klein is also an internationally rated A-Class chess player.

Jack de la Torre, MD, PhD
Is chess good for the brain? (II)

Dr. Jack de la Torre is Professor of Neuropsychology at the University of Texas at Austin and Honorary Professor of Physiology at the University of Valencia, Spain. His work in Alzheimer’s disease dates back to 1992 when animal research led him to advance the concept of Alzheimer’s disease as a vascular disorder with neuro-degenerative consequences. His proposal is now known as “the vascular hypothesis of Alzheimer’s disease.” He has written over 200 peer-reviewed articles and edited or co-edited eight volumes on the vascular pathophysiology of dementia. His latest book is Alzheimer’s Turning Point: A Vascular Approach to Clinical Prevention (Springer, 2012). Dr. de la Torre was an avid chess player during high school.

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Please note that celebrity & panelist attendance is dependent on sponsorship