2019 Canadian Chess Open

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This is Canada's most prestigious chess tournament. 

  • CFC and FIDE Rated (Norms Available)
  • Skill levels range from Grandmasters to novices
  • $15,000 in guaranteed cash prizes

When and Where

July 12-18, 2019


4177 Albert Street

Regina, Saskatchewan  S4S 3R6 



There are four (4) sections in this tournament, by rating. 

Section A  (Open):

  • FIDE and CFC rated
  • Open to all rated players - but recommended skill level is CFC 1900+

Section B  (U2000):

  • FIDE and CFC Rated
  • For players rated below 2000 

Section C  (U1800):

  • CFC Rated
  • For players rated below 1800

Section D (U1600 and unrated)

  • CFC Rated
  • For players rated below 1600. This is the only section where an unrated player can enter unless an exemption in writing is requested and received from the organizer (and unrated players).

Entry Fees

Open Section - $224.99

Lower Sections - $199.99

Registation Closes July 10, 2019

Players need to have a valid CFC or FQE membership or purchase it on-site with a surcharge before the start of the tournament. 

2019 CYCC and Canadian Open Pre-Registration Lists



July 12, 2019: 12:00 - 14:00 – Late registration on site.

July 12, 2019: 15:00 - Opening Ceremony

July 12, 2019: 17:00 - Round 1

July 13, 2019: 10:00 - Round 2

July 13, 2019: 18:00 - Simultaneous Play Event with GM Alexander Cherniaev

July 14, 2019: 10:00 - Round 3

July 14, 2019: 17:40 - Canadian Chess Hall of Fame Induction - Frank J. Yerhoff, Jr

July 14, 2019: 18:00 - Round 4

July 15, 2019: 10:00 - Round 5

July 15, 2019: 18:00 - Round 6

July 16, 2019: 10:00 - Chess Lecture with GM Alexander Cherniaev on H. N. Pillsbury

July 16, 2019: 18:00 - Round 7

July 17, 2019: 10:00 - Chess Social / Casual Games

July 17, 2019: 18:00 - Round 8

July 18, 2019: 10:00 - Round 9

July 18, 2019: 18:00 - Awards/Closing Ceremony

Event Details


9 Round Swiss Tournament

90 min / end + 30 sec. increment starting with Move 1 in all sections.


A player can request up to three (3) half-point byes in any of the first four (4) rounds of the tournament if he notifies the organizer in writing before July 01, 2019. Any “byes” requested after July 01, especially during the tournament, will be zero points.

July 12-18, 2019 Canadian Open

 We offer a 100% refund (including ticket fees) before June 12, 2019. 50% refund available until July 10, 2019. You can refund your ticket through the eventbrite ticket vendor, or by emailing us. 

Sectioning Policy:

Ratings are used for section composition, pairings and prizes in the following manner: 

Section A  (Open):

FIDE rating is used for pairings. If a player has no FIDE rating: 

- for a player residing in Canada - CFC rating will be used;

- for a player residing elsewhere – the highest found rating (CFC, USCF, …) will be used in the sole discretion of the organizer.

Sections B-C-D:

- for a player residing in Canada - CFC rating will be used;

- for a player residing elsewhere – the highest found rating (CFC, USCF, …) will be used in the sole discretion of the organizer.

If a Quebec resident has an FQE rating that is more than 100 points greater that a rating ceiling for a section where a player is registered, the organizer can, in his sole discretion, transfer this player to a higher section. 

The rating freeze date is July 01, 2019, which takes into account the July FIDE Rating List. No changes in player ratings after that date will be taken into account for the CO. 


   If a player wishes to withdraw from the tournament, he has to communicate this request to an arbiter in writing no later than during the preceding round. Once pairings for the new round are made and published, they will not be changed. Any belated “withdrawal” request will result in a forfeit of the game for which the player has been already paired. The CFC may, in its sole discretion, rate such forfeited games.

Forfeit Time

    If a player doesn’t arrive at his chessboard 60 minutes (i.e., one hour) after the start of a round, his game will be forfeited, the result “0F” will be entered, and he will not be paired for subsequent rounds.

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