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Canada Day Open 2023

Play 6 rounds of classical chess over the Canada Day long weekend!

Registration closes June 28 at 5pm PST.

Free entry for IMs and GMs. Contact us directly to sign up for free.


Dates: July 01, 2023 - July 03, 2023

Venue: Executive Plaza Airport Hotel - 7311 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC V6X 1A3

Limited rooms available for $199 that accommodate up to two adults and two children. Call 1-604-278-5555 and book before June 5 to get the special rate (mention Canada Day Open when booking).

All-day paid parking available onsite for $8/day. Free parking if you have a hotel room.

Rounds: 6 rounds Swiss format

  • Round 1 at 01:00 p.m. on Saturday
  • Round 2 at 06:00 p.m. on Saturday
  • Round 3 at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday
  • Round 4 at 03:00 p.m. on Sunday
  • Round 5 at 10:00 a.m. on Monday
  • Round 6 at 03:00 p.m. on Monday

Time format: 90 min + 30 sec/move increment

Rated: CFC Rated


You may play up a section if your lifetime high is within 200 points of the next section (e.g. if your lifetime high is 1300+ you can play in the U2000).

Unrated players may NOT play in the Premier section.

  • Premier
  • U2000
  • U1500
  • U1000

Prizes: $3500+ Guaranteed


1st - $700 + plaque

2nd - $550

3rd - $425


1st - $350 + plaque

2nd - $300

3rd - $250


1st - $225 + plaque

2nd - $175

3rd - $150


1st - $150 + plaque

2nd - $125

3rd - $100




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  • You may request a full refund before registration closes


  • We reserve the right to move players to the appropriate section based on their CFC rating


  • You may request a maximum of two ½ point byes
  • No byes on Round 6 (requests for a bye on Round 6 will be ignored, or you will receive a 0 point bye)

Playing Area

  • No food in the playing area
  • Silence is required in the playing area while games are in progress

Fair Play

  • It is a serious offence to receive outside help
  • Players are not to have electronic devices such as cell phones in their possession when their games are in progress (whether turned on or not )
  • Electronic devices may be stored in a bag under the table or placed on the table
  • Players are forbidden to leave the playing area when it is their move
  • It is forbidden to discuss your game with anyone until it is over, or any other game in progress with one of the players involved

Photo & Video

  • Vancity Chess may film certain games throughout the event. We always ask players involved for their permission.
  • Photos by spectators are allowed for the first 5 minutes of each round, but please be discrete and respectful to not disturb players