Ah, another McGill Open in the books. As I look back on this event, I am especially appreciative of your continued and unwavering support. There have been difficult times at the club, and as a result, we weren’t able to host a classical McGill Open. However, the turnout of 83 people really expressed your confidence in the McGill event as well your enthusiasm for chess, both aspects that will help this summer event survive moving on.
As well as the players, I would also like to thank my team for its full support and efforts to make sure that we do the best we can. The Organization, which I can proudly claim to be a part of, was superb, from the Photograher (Phi-Khanh Hoang, whom these pictures are attributed to), to the Tournament Director, to our Arbiter in Chief. Of course, I thank our sponsor, the Students’ Society of McGill University for its contribution to our expanded prize fund.
Originally, we planned $1000 as the prize fund, but we were able to expand it to $1130 due to registrations in the B section. Accordingly, the B section benefitted from an increase of $105, while the A increased by $25. Congratulations to all our prizewinners.
Both sections were extremely competitive, with the Open section having 14 titled players, consisting of half the section, and an Under 1800 section that contained 55(!) players, many of whom are playing their first ever tourney.
Looking forward, I am very optimistic about the successes of our future events. Again, I thank you for your continued support, without which a McGill summer event would not have been possible over these past few years. As co-presidents next year, Indy and I look forward to hosting you again next year!
More about standings and prize distribution below.
McGill Students’ Chess Club 2016-2017
The prize winners are as follows: