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Event Overview

The Canadian Open Chess Championship is the country's premier event for chessplayers to meet and compete. Sanctioned by the Chess Federation of Canada, the event is held in a different city each year. The Canadian Open generally attracts more than 200 players from beginners to world-class grandmasters. Recent winners have included:

  • 2006, Guelph, Ontario: GM Abhijit Kunte, GM Walter Arencibia
  • 2005, Edmonton, Alberta: GM Alexei Shirov, GM Vassily Ivanchuk, GM Victor Bologan, GM Mark Bluvshtein, IM S.R. Chowdhury


Sponsors and Donors

The Canadian Open Chess Championship is the country's marquee event for the Royal Game, immensely popular as a pastime and sport throughout the world. The event offers numerous wise and well-tailored sponsorship opportunities, and its organizers welcome corporate support of all levels. The event may also be supported with charitable donations eligible for tax receipts. To inquire, please e-mail:



Tournament Details


Advance Registration List

The advance registration list may be found at: CORegisteredPlayers.


Date and Location


Format and Prizes

The Open consists of one section with an estimated $20,000 prize fund based on 200 entries, class prizes. The tournament will be CFC-rated for all players, and FIDE-rated for those whose performance qualifies for FIDE rating.




The rounds are as follows:

Round Date Time
Round 1 Saturday, July 7th, 2007 2:00pm EST
Round 2 Sunday, July 8th, 2007 10:00am EST
Round 3 Sunday, July 8th, 2007 4:00pm EST
Round 4 Monday, July 9th, 2007 6:00pm EST
Round 5 Tuesday, July 10th, 2007 6:00pm EST
Round 6 Wednesday, July 11th, 2007 6:00pm EST
Round 7 Thursday, July 12th, 2007 6:00pm EST
Round 8 Friday, July 13th, 2007 6:00pm EST
Round 9 Saturday, July 14th, 2007 2:00pm EST
Round 10 Sunday, July 15th, 2007 10:00 am EST


Time Control

Game/120 minutes with 30-second increments



Sets and boards will be supplied. We also anticipate having 100 digital clocks for use. Players should also bring their equipment for casual play, blitz games and post-game analysis.


Tournament Director

International Arbiter Jonathan Berry is the lead tournament director.


Registration Information

Register Entry Fee
by February 15, 2007 $100
February 16 - May 31, 2007 $125
June 1 - July 6, 2007 $150
On Site $150 + $25 late fee


To register for the 2007 Canadian Open, please visit our Registration and Payment site. Registration will only be accepted upon full payment. Full refund will be made if written request is on or before May 31st, 2007 (no refunds after this date). Written request may be in the form of an e-mail sent to canopenchess@gmail.com.


Participants must be members in good standing of the Chess Federation of Canada or purchase a limited CFC tournament membership.


Notice to GMs, WGMs, IMs

The organizers will seek targeted sponsorships as well as assistance from foreign embassies in Ottawa to support the participation of specific titled players. Preference will be given according to ELO and to those players expressing serious interest as soon as possible. Please contact us at the email address below with expressions of interest and details of conditions sought.



Contact Information

The Organizing Committee may be contacted at:


Tournament Venue and Accommodation


Playing Venue

The Ottawa Marriott, a leading downtown hotel just blocks from Parliament Hill, was chosen because of its unsurpassed offerings in terms of tournament space, value for participants and location. 


Room Reservation Information for the Ottawa Marriott

The Ottawa Marriott offers Canadian Open participants on-site accommodation and a fantastic rate for a downtown Ottawa premium hotel in early July -- $89 for single and double occupancy, $99 for triple occupancy and $109 for quadruple occupancy. The rates include access to the Marriott's top-notch health club and a free Starbucks beverage coupon redeemable at the in-house Starbucks. For Marriott hotel guests only, parking is available at a reduced rate of $10 per day.



You can reserve online with the Ottawa Marriott  or by calling toll-free at 1-800-853-8463. Ask for the "Canadian Open 2007" rates quoted above.


Tourist and Area Information



More chess in Central Canada in Summer 2007

The 2007 Quebec Open (Championnat ouvert du Quebec), a strong and well-attended sectional tournament, will be held in beautiful Montreal beginning July 20. Montreal is a two-hour drive from Ottawa.


For titled players, the very strong Montreal Invitational follows the Quebec Open. Last year's event was won by GM Pavel Elianov.


Contact information for these events will be added to this site soon.




The 2007 CO/CYCC Organizing Committee



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