McGill 2019 CUCC Delegation

This weekend, the 2019 Canadian Universities Chess Championships (CUCC) will be held at McMaster University. McGill is sending two teams, one of which is competing in the Open section.

The Club is grateful for the Students’ Society of McGill’s University’s (SSMU) generosity in funding us through the Ambassador Fund, without which this trip would not be possible.

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Congratulations to the 8 players who will be making the trip!

A-team: Andy Caen, James Li, Ryan Lo and Jordan Paille

B-team: Siddarth Raghavan, Archit Gupta, Weijia Huang and Allen Li

 

 

Closing remarks 2017-2018 with Houji and Indy

After a marvellous 2017-2018 season full of chess highlights, Co-Presidents Houji and Indy individually reflect on their legacy leaving McGill. Here are their closing remarks.


Houji

Houji Yao

Wow.

At the beginning of September last year, I was feeling the heat. After putting my heart and soul into a wonderful 2016-2017, I didn’t know what I had left. And this time around, the expectations were higher. I raised the bar. Now I had to do it again.

As much pressure as it gave me, having pulled it off once gave me a lot of confidence. I wasn’t going to end on a weak note. Plus I wasn’t in it alone. I sought for a Co-President, and found everything I was looking for in Indy. Heart, passion, skill, and aptitude in French. Together, with our team, we were able to execute our ambitious agenda.

It was not easy at all. The challenges kept on coming. Personal issues. People issues. Circumstances out of our control. Countless times I have caught myself wondering if this is where the fairy tale ends, that the Club’s best days were behind us. But we responded stronger. With our beloved Gerts bar closed for half a semester, we established new social events, partnering with Chessbrah and the traditional Open Air Pub. With our top players graduated and only one Master on the University team, the lower boards stepped up, propelling the fourth seeded McGill team (our lowest seed in years) to a second-place finish. With our subsidized venue closed for asbestos removal, we sought a record amount in funding grants (thanks SSMU and Mcgill Alumni) and got ourselves a better venue.  

This year’s McGill Open epitomized the values of our chess club: inclusivity, accessibility, and friendly competition. With a sellout crowd of 91 players from far and wide, including 10 titled players and 25% McGillians, calling the 7th McGill Open a success would be an understatement. Congratulations to Sami Halhal for winning the Amateur section. Congrats to GM Bator Sambuev for winning the Championship. Both scored 5/5. A full breakdown of prizes and standings will be can be found here.

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. I have complete faith in our next President, Allen Li, and cannot wait to see how he surpasses our legacy.


Indy MaIndy

Chèr.e lecteur.rice,

Toute bonne chose prend fin éventuellement et me voilà bientôt graduée de McGill! Après trois ans d’études acharnées, je suis fière d’avoir contribué au club d’échecs. Le club d’échecs est, selon moi, une zone de confort où nous pouvons tout laisser sur l’échiquier. C’est grâce à cette ambiance que nous arrivons à tisser des liens avec la communauté échiquéenne de McGill. Ces dernières années, j’ai rencontré des individus passionnés, intelligents et motivés. Parmi ceux-ci, certains sont incroyablement doués aux échecs. Ce fut un grand plaisir jouer des blitz avec vous et j’espère vous avoir divertis par mes cris de détresse. J’ai eu beaucoup de fous rires et j’ai aimé apprendre à vous connaître. Vos personnalités distinctes ont définitivement enrichi la mienne.

Avant de tourner la page, je tenais à exprimer ma reconnaissance face aux expériences partagées avec les membres du club. Ceux-ci incluent être votre VP Interne, représenter McGill à deux CUCC’s et vous servir en tant que co-présidente avec mon ami, Houji. Ces expériences m’ont appris à être plus compréhensive, organisée, ambitieuse et confiante. Au tout début, je ne me sentais pas tout à fait à confortable dans la position de présidente. Par contre, en cherchant l’aide de mon équipe et en posant les bonnes questions, j’ai développé une aise à diriger ce club. Merci infiniment Jacques, Louis, Brian, Archit, Ryan, Roman, Jordan, Oscar et bien sûre, Houji pour votre dévouement et vos conseils.

Enfin, il me doit de mentionner l’énorme succès de notre évènement le plus important de l’année, le McGill Open. Il y a sans doute eu de nombreux déçus par notre cadence semi-rapide. Cependant, plusieurs facteurs importants nous ont obligés à organiser un tournoi d’une journée encore une fois. Malgré cela, nous avons accueilli un total de 91 joueurs! Résultats. Merci à Roman et Bernard pour le bon déroulement du tournoi et un grand merci à tous les joueurs pour votre support! Nous remercions également l’Association Étudiante de l’Université McGill et l’Association des Diplômés de McGill qui nous ont permis de vous offrir un tournoi d’une telle envergure. Puis, merci à la générosité de St-Hubert Express et à la pizzeria Sansalizza, situés sur l’avenue Parc, pour avoir accommodé nos joueurs durant la période de dîner.

Organiser un tournoi fut définitivement un grand défi. Avec du recul, je réalise l’ampleur de l’événement et toutes ses répercussions positives. Ayant un quart des joueurs étudiants à McGill, je suis ravie de leur avoir donner l’opportunité de participer à un tournoi coté. Je suis extrêmement fière du club et de son succès. Enfin, je quitte McGill satisfaite de mon parcours. Je vais chérir les souvenirs acquis au club dont ma rencontre avec l’incroyable GM Yasser Seirawan, gagner des parties de blitz et bullet (on sait tous que je perds facilement au temps) et terminer l’année sur une belle note en organisant le McGill Open. À tous ceux qui se sont pointés à nos évènements, merci beaucoup. Grâce à votre support, le club d’échecs a connu une immense progression et j’ai pleinement confiance en notre nouveau président, Allen Li, pour continuer à porter haut le flambeau!

À la prochaine!

McGill 2018 CUCC Delegation


This weekend, the 2018 Canadian Universities Chess Championships will be held at the University of Ottawa. McGill is sending three teams, two of which are Competing in the Open section

The Club is grateful for the Students’ Society of McGill’s University’s (SSMU) generosity in funding us through the Ambassador Fund, without which this trip would not be possible.

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Congratulations to the 12 players who will be making the trip!


A-team


Maroun Tomb, Oscar Sprumont, Bassel Charaf, Hou Ji Yao

B-team


Andy Caen, Ata Mandanchi, Indy Ma, Archit Gupta

C-team

Andreas Loken, Abdullatif Hassan, Weijia Huang, Marek Adamowicz

Follow their progress on Twitter and Facebook!

Co-President Indy Ma's letter

Letter from Co-President Indy Ma

Hey guys!

Another year, another letter from the incoming president of the McGill Students’ Chess Club! As a matter a fact, this year, the chess club will be having two co-presidents. We are excited for the year to come and are looking forward to continuously improving it. First of all, we hope you guys all had a wonderful and productive summer! For all the new students here, welcome to McGill! We hope you enjoy the next couple of years in the vibrant city of Montreal. For returning students, welcome back and we hope you didn’t miss McGill too much during the summer!

We would like to thank everyone who came by Activities Night and hope you enjoyed playing against one of our execs! Similarly to the previous years, we will be holding weekly meetings at the Trottier Cafeteria from 5:30 – 7:30 pm on Thursdays. As a matter of fact, our first meeting will be Thursday, September 21st. We provide chess sets and clocks so you only need to bring yourself, your love for chess and a smile! Don’t know any friends interested in playing with you? Don’t worry, you will definitely find an opponent (worthy to play against you) of similar strength to play against at our meetings. Furthermore, our much anticipated Gerts Night will take place on Tuesday, September 26th! Mark the date, as it will be an evening full of chess and beer! We’ll keep you updated of all upcoming events through our mail list so make sure you are subscribed. Be prepared for blitz tournaments, the Canadian Universities Chess Championship (CUCC), the McGill Open and MORE Gerts Nights!

Keeping our letter short and sweet, we would like to end by wishing you an incredible year. We hope to see you around at the Trottier Cafeteria!

Sincerely,

Indy Ma
Co-President
McGill Students’ Chess Club



Our Champion WGM Zhou. By Phi-Khanh Photography

McGill Rapid 2017 Post-Mortem

Dear all,

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.

Students' Society of McGill University

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.

Best regards,

Houji Yao

Houji Yao

President

McGill Students’ Chess Club 2016-2017

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The prize winners are as follows:

If you have won a prize, please email houji.yao@mail.mcgill.ca ASAP with your address, to prevent delay of receipt of your cheque.

Click here for standings

Youth vs. Experience
Youth vs experience. By Phi-Khanh Hoang