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16th Annual Grand Pacific Open


$8000 Guaranteed Prize Fund.  




Easter 2023

April 7-April 10

Victoria, BC


A 6 round FIDE & CFC rated Swiss

$8000 Guaranteed Prize Fund


The Grand Pacific Open is one of BC's largest chess tournaments and this will be its 16th annual!    The main event is a 6 round FIDE and CFC rated Swiss with  $8000 in prizes.   The Victoria Youth Chess Championship will run just before the main event and  there is also  a free side event   -  Midnight Blitz with $200 in prizes 







Come join us Easter 2023 in Victoria for the Grand Pacific Open!








Grand Pacific Open Details:



Online Registration  or contact us at victoriachessclub@gmail.com  THERE IS NO ONSITE REGISTRATION.


Sections: 4 Sections:  Premier (FIDE and CFC rated); U2000 (CFC rated), U1600 (CFC rated), U1100 (CFC rated)


Round Times Rd 1 at 6:00 pm Friday April 7 ; Rds 2 and 3 at 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm Saturday April 8;

Rds 4 and 5 at 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm Sunday April 9; Rd 6 at 10:00 am Monday April 10


Prize Fund:  $8000 Guaranteed;   


Premier:    $1200+trophy / $700 / $450 / $275;  U2100 $525 / $375 / $200;  Top BC resident qualifies for BC Closed; 

Top Women: $375 / $275 / $175

U2000:  $475 + trophy / $350 / $225; U1800 $250/ $175 / $100

Top Women: $100, $75, $50

U1600:  $250 + trophy / $175 / $100;  U1400 $150 / $125 / $100;  Top Women $75/$50/$25 

U1100:  $175 + trophy / $125 / $100; U900: trophy


- Unrated (top unrated score, winner could be in any section) $150; 

- Biggest upset $50

- Door prizes for rounds 2-6 (must be present at start of round to win)

- Top women & biggest upset are in addition to any other prize won.   If there are not enough women in the Premier section, remaining prizes will be distributed in the U2000 section etc. 



Time Control: Game in 90 minutes with a 30 second increment


Entry Fee , $80 registered and paid on or before February 27, $90  registered and paid  on or before April 3.  NO ONSITE REGISTRATION.     You may play up a section up to 200 rating points above your rating.  Add $20 if playing up and your  current rating  is within 100 points of the section boundary.   Add $40 if playing up and your current rating is more than 100 points of the section boundary    2nd & higher entries from one family receive a family discount of $30.    Free Entry to those rated over 2400 FIDE provided you register by February 27.   Unrated players may play in either the U1100 or U1600 without playup fee.    It is recommended that unrated players play in the U1100 unless they have other experience such as online play at chess.com or other with an online rating of at least 1300.


CFC Membership:  CFC membership or CFC Tournament Membership required.   You can order membership in the online registration or by contacting the CFC here:



  • All equipment provided.


Policies:  Please see our policy page for information on our policies for membership, ratings, refunds, and other items of interest.   Please review.




Same great location at the Grand Pacific Hotel!  www.hotelgrandpacific.com

A great rate for chess players and friends  $129/night single or double occupancy standard room, $149 for Signature standard room.

Toll Free: 1-800-663-7550  Phone: 250-386-0450  Email: reserve@hotelgrandpacific.com

A block of rooms will be held until March 6, 2023 at the above rate. The special rate is only available as long as standard rooms are available in the hotel. 

Please book early to have this rate guaranteed.   The hotel has sold out for the last number of years so booking early is advised.

Call or email the hotel and use the booking code APR23GPO to receive this great rate.  



Side Event Details:


Midnight Blitz   Saturday 10pm or ASAP to midnight, G/5min, 5 double round Swiss, $200 in prizes.   There will be a sign up sheet on Saturday, free entry (even if not in the GPO) if you have signed up by 8:00pm Saturday.  $10 at the door otherwise.


Grand Pacific Bughouse Cancelled


Victoria Youth Chess Championship Friday April 7 (VYCC): Held just before the main event and is a qualifying event for the Canadian Youth Chess Championship (CYCC) and open to all youth players (Canadian and International).  You must register separately from your registration for the Grand Pacific Open. Here is a link to registration and more info https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/523144247527 


Organizers: Victoria Chess (Brian Raymer, Paul Leblanc, Roger Patterson)

TDs:  Elliot Raymer  


Contact us at: victoriachessclub@gmail.com






Previous Grand Pacific Opens


2022 Grand Pacific Open

2021 Grand Pacific Open (online)

2019 Grand Pacific Open

2018 Grand Pacific Open

2017 Grand Pacific Open

2016 Grand Pacific Open

2015 Grand Pacific Open

2014 Grand Pacific Open

2013 Grand Pacific Open

2012 Grand Pacific Open

2011 Grand Pacific Open

2010 Grand Pacific Open

2009 Grand Pacific Open

2008 Grand Pacific Open

2007 Grand Pacific Open


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