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2012 Grand Pacific Open Event Report

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6th Annual Grand Pacific Open Event Report:


Ho hum, another year, another record attendance at the Grand Pacific Open to go with this year's record guaranteed prize fund of $5000.   This year's attendance of 120 flew by last year's record of 104 with players from (give or take) five different countries, seven different states, and three different provinces.  An added attraction was the participation of GM Hikaru Nakamura, 6th ranked in the world.   It is not common for a weekend tournament such as the GPO to have such a high profile name - this was a rare opportunity for BC players to see one of the best in the world in person in action.


As always, there were a number of side events starting with the BC Chess Challenge with 185 players and a four round Active for the adults.  The traditional midnight blitz tournament was held on Saturday and a bughouse event closed out the tournament.


The location, was the superb Hotel Grand Pacific situated in downtown Victoria on the waterfront, next to the BC legislature.   Next year's event is already booked for Easter 2013, March 29-April 1.   Make your plans now!.   More details will be forthcoming soon on this website, www.grandpacificopen.com.


Many thanks to our Sponsors and to those who have donated

Hotel Grand Pacific

Goddess Chess

Yaron Gvili

Bernard Callebaut Chocolates   15% OFF online orders until March 31st use code Spring12

Bard and Banker Scottish Brew Pub



PGN file of games:


Photos :  Lots more posted on Facebook (mostly untitled).


The venue Hotel Grand Pacific:  Easter is a good time to visit Victoria!


Chessboards as far as the eye can see....


If you're good, the Easter bunny visits, milk chocolate for white, dark for black.


The TD and most of the organizers along with Nakamura at the prize giving ceremony.

IA Mark S. Dutton (TD), Paul Leblanc (organizer), Hikaru Nakamura, Brian Raymer (organizer)


and the last organizer Roger Patterson (playing Nakamura)



Organizers:  Brian Raymer, Roger Patterson, Paul Leblanc

TD:  Mark S. Dutton, IA

Side event TD:  Elliot Raymer







BC Chess Challenge (180 players)  Results



GPO Active: (10 players)

Winner James Chan   Full Crosstable: (rated by the Victoria Chess Club)


Midnight Blitz:

Full Results


GPO Bughouse: The 2012 Grand Pacific Bughouse was a hotly contested event. An array of crazy teams battled it out in a 5 round swiss with 3 minutes on the clock.  In the end the old married couple (Noam and Ben) took first with a score of 4/5 after a playoff with Magical Starfish (Jeremy and Janak).  Laser Team (Joshua and Neil) took 1st in the U12 class.  Results


Grand Pacific Open:  The Main Event: (120 players)


To no one's surpirse, GM Hikaru Nakamura took home first place with last year's champion, WGM Nino Maisuradze finishing in clear second. 


Nakamura, the eventual winner.

Nino Maisuradze (left), finished in clear 2nd.


Full Crosstable: 


Open Section:

1st: GM Hikaru Nakamura  $1150 + Trophy 6 points

2nd:  WGM Nino Maisuradze $700  5 points

3rd:  Nicolas Haynes, Lucas Davies, Alisher Sanetullaev, Jack Yoos, Jamin Gluckie, Howard Wu:  $75 each, 4.5 points


Top BC Player (qualifies for BC Closed):  Lucas Davies.


U2100:  Benedict Daswani (Trophy), Jason Cao, Janak Awatranami, James Chan,  $200 each. 4 points.


Top Women (Courtesy of Goddess Chess): Nino Maisuradze $80 5 points, Becca Lampman $70 3 points, Lan Ma $70 3 points,  Alice Xiao $60 2.5 points,  Polly Wright $50 2.5 points, Jill Ding $40 2 points.


Top Junior (Courtesy Yaron Gvili): Tanraj Sohal, Lionel Han $50 each 4 points.


Furthest travelled: Adrian Check (Austrailia!)


U1800 Section:

1st: Joshua Doknjas $400 + Trophy 5.5 points

2nd:  Mihai Ganea, David Hendricks $150 each 5 points.


U1500:  Luke Pulfer (Trophy), Yekta Saremi, Samuel Chen $200 each 4 points


Top Unrated: Kelsey Hannan $100 4.5 points


Biggest Upset: Neil Doknjas (673 point difference)  $100






Previous Grand Pacific Opens

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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