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Victoria Chess Festival

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Victoria Chess Festival 2007


Victoria hosted a variety of chess events over the 2007 Easter weekend in one location. These events included the BC championship, an open tournament (the Grand Pacific Open), the BC Provincial Grade Championship, and a Bughouse tournament. The festival was a great success pulling in more than the expected number of participants. The open tournament wound up as the largest open tournament in recent Victoria history.


The Grand Pacific Hotel, next to the BC Legislature, provided a wonderful playing site and a special rate of $89 for the occasion. See http://www.hotelgrandpacific.com for more information.


Also in attendance was Larry Bevand of the CMA with a bookstall.


Many thanks to the organizers and TDs (Brian Raymer, Greg Churchill, Roger Patterson, Paul Le Blanc, Lynn Stringer)



BC Championship


The BC Closed Chess Championship was held April 6-9, 2007 as part of the Victoria Chess Festival. Brian Mc Laren and Howard Wu dominated the field with Brian edging out Howard to become the 2007 BC Champion. Prize fund and travel support was provided by the BC Chess Federation. TD was Lynn Stringer.



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Try your hand at these quiz positions from the Closed.


Our new champion Brian Mc Laren



BC Chess Challenge


There were 162 participants for the BC provincial grade championships.

Final Standings


Winners were:


Kindergarten : Maggie Rose Macinnis

Grade 1: Jonah Lee

Grade 2: Janak Awatramani

Grade 3: Harrison Lee

Grade 4: Alex Sabaratnam

Grade 5: Tanraj Sohal

Grade 6: Jack Cheng

Grade 7: Joshua Renaud

Grade 8: Thomas Chow

Grade 9: Henry Ji

Grade 10: Evan Raymer

Grade 11: Sam Churchill

Grade 12: George Li


Hand Carved Wood Chess Set draw prize winner was Dena Hickman. Congratulations!



Grand Pacific Open


This tournament was held at the luxury 5 star Grand Pacific Hotel in Victoria in association with the Victoria Chess Festival. The tournament, held over the Easter weekend, attracted 41 players including several from the State of Washington and one from Brazil.


Hanniegn Pitre, a Seattle player and frequent visitor to BC tournaments captured clear first place with a near perfect score of 4.5 and collected the $250 first prize.

Second through fourth place was shared between two Washington players, top rated Mike Mac Gregor and Mike Murray as well as local Victoria player Brian Esler.


The Under 2000 prizes were divided after a four way tie between Arie Milner, Evan Raymer, Elliot Raymer and Tanraj Sohal.


The Under 1600 prizes went in a three way tie between Foster Tom, Moise Herringer, Kristijan Gorgevik 3/5


The Under 1200 prizes also went in a three way tie between Alejandro Torrez-Lopez, Ivo Wright, Elliot Lupini 2/5



The excellent location, the synergy of events and the guaranteed prize fund resulted in one of the best attended open tournaments in recent Victoria history. The organizer Brian Raymer and director Greg Churchill hope to make it an annual event.


See some photos from the Grand Pacific Open.


Grand Pacific Open Crosstable



Bughouse Championship

The bughouse tournament was held on the evening of April 6.

Final Results


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