News Release #1

MONTREAL CHAMPIONSHIP : the tradition goes on 

This year the Club d’échecs Ahuntsic will once again organize this prestigious championship; the 90th in the history of Montreal (at a slow rate of play) and the first in the series « Tour du Québec Oasis » 2010-2011.

The competition will be held September 10-11-12, 2010, right after the Mémorial Robin Girard (Québec City) and the Toronto Labour Day Open.  

Your Organising Committee had two main objectives in mind this year: improving the prize fund and the playing conditions themselves.

Last year the cash prizes amounted to 5 105 $.  We will certainly better that figure, but the final amount has not yet been established.

In searching for better playing conditions, we identified fifteen interesting tournament halls.  We visited seven of them that stood out in terms of our requirements for a quality site: plenty of space, good chairs, Internet access and a pleasant environment.  We also reviewed the rate of play. Plans are in place for a smooth tournament start on Friday evening September 10 and we are confident that we will be able to stay on schedule throughout the competition.

Check back here from time to time, look in the May-June issue of Echec+ and prepare yourself for a memorable Fall weekend in Montreal !

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