IM Jean Hebert qualifies for the World Chess Cup

Canadian Closed and Zonal Championship, 7-16th August in Guelph

The 2009 Canadian Closed Chess Championship was held on 7-16th August at the the University of Guelph. Top seeded player was the only Grandmaster in the field, Mark Bluvshtein (2558), who recently shared the first place at the very strong Canadian Open. A number of his highest ranked colleagues were missing – Spraggett, Lesiege, Charbonneau and Tyomkin. The second seed was IM Edward Porper (2448), who impressed earlier this summer by also sharing the honours at the Canadian Open.

The Championship was also a Zonal qualifier which provided one spot in the next World Chess Cup. The legendary International Master Jean Hebert, long time one of the best Canadian players, convincingly took the first place with 7.5 points from 9 rounds, earning himself a ticket to Khanty Mansiysk. GM Mark Bluvshtein finished second after conceding too many draws against lower rated opposition. It is possible that FM Jonathan Tayar will be awarded with IM title, but we still have to verify this information. Games are not available.

Final standings (CFC ratings):

1. IM Jean Hebert 2442 – 7.5

2. GM Mark Bluvshtein 2634 – 6.5

3-5. IM Leonid Gerzhoy 2524, FM Jonathan Tayar 2436 and Louie Jiang – 6.0

6-8. IM Artiom Samsonkin 2584, FM Raja Panjwani 2472 and Aman Hambleton 2234 – 5.5

9-14. IM Edward Porper 2556, FM Shiyam Thavandiran 2464, FM Igor Divljan 2412, Roman Sapozhnikov 2348, Michael Humphreys 2169 and FM Hans Jung 2140 – 5.0

15-17. Victor Kaminski 2334, Alex Martchenko 2300 and Arthur Calugar 2262 – 4.5

18-25. IM Tomas Krnan 2534, IM Nikolay Noritsyn 2534, Trevor Vincent 2290, Liam Henry 2280, FM Dale Haessel 2276, Keith MacKinnon 2251, Nicolas Arsenault 2229 and Thomas Kaminski 2183 – 4.0

26-27. IM Ron Livshits 2416 and Victor Plotkin 2366 – 3.5

28-29. Joey Qin 2240 and Yves Morin 2160 – 3.0

30-31. Erwin Casareno 2264 and Kevin Me 2188 – 2.5

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