2019 Canadian Chess Open




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 St. Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 3R6 

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Open Section:

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


  • CFC Rated
  • For players rated 1800-1999 


  • CFC Rated
  • For players rated 1600-1799


  • CFC Rated
  • For players rated under 1600  (and unrated players)

Entry Fees

Open Section - $174.99

Lower Sections - $149.99

+ $25 Starting March 1, 2019

+ $25 Starting June 1, 2019

Registation Closes July 10, 2019



July 12, 2019: 3PM Opening Ceremony

July 12: 5PM - Round 1

July 13: 10AM Round 2, 6PM Special Event

July 14: 10AM Round 3, 6PM Round 4

July 15: 10AM Round 5, 6PM Round 6

July 16: Special Event, 6PM Round 7

July 17: 10AM Special Event, 6PM Round 8

July 18: 10AM Round 9, 6PM Award Ceremony


9 Round Swiss Tournament

40/90 + SD/30 + 30s increment from move one.
(Game in 90 minutes + 30 minutes on move 40 + 30 second increment throughout)

Byes: Up to 3 half point byes available from rounds 1-6. You can specify these at checkout.

Refund Policy:

 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:

Open section: Open to all rated players, but we strongly suggest players rated below 1900 play in lower sections. 

Lower sections: Your section is based on your current CFC or FIDE rating. You may upgrade your section if your rating changes before the start date. You are not allowed to downgrade your section (to prevent sandbagging).

Unrated players: First time tournament players should register in the U1600 section. To apply for higher sections, please email us your chess.com or lichess.org username, and type "CO2019" in your profile. 

US / International players: May use their national rating (e.g. USCF) if no established FIDE or CFC rating is available. A $16 CFC tournament pass is required.

Withdrawal / Absent Policy:

Absent players are forfeited one hour after round starts.

You must tell the arbiter 24 hours in advance if you plan to withdraw mid-tournament, or your next game will be rated as a forfeit.

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