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Canada Day Open 2023

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

Register Now for $75

Registration closes June 28 at 5pm PST. Entry fee will be $90 after June 1st.

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