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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, GM 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

  • July 7-15, 2007

Format and Prizes

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 The Chess Federation of Canada. You may register online with VISA and Mastercard (through the secure web server) or you may contact the Chess Federation of Canada's toll-free line: 1-800-563-4476. You can also call the Chess Federation of Canada directly at (613) 733-2844 with your credit card details.


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:



On-site Accommodation

The organizers have secured a discount rate for dormitory rooms at Carleton.


  • Single room: $54.23 per night, breakfast included, parking included.
  • Double room: $75.99 per night, breakfast included, parking included.


Contact information for reserving rooms will be added to this site soon.


Tourist and Area Information

Carleton University

Founded in 1942, Carleton University covers 62 hectares just south of Ottawa's city centre. It is bordered by the Rideau River, the historic Rideau Canal, and pleasant residential neighbourhoods.


Porter Hall, the playing hall, is on the second floor of Carleton's University Centre, or Unicentre, a focal point for student life on campus. This building, seen below, also features several eateries, a bookstore, bank machines and campus pubs.



A map of Carleton's campus is here.


Directions for getting to Carleton University from Highways 416 and 417 are here, as are estimates of taxi fares for the ride to Carleton from Ottawa's train and bus stations. Carleton is also served by Ottawa's city buses and light-rail train.


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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