The Nanaimo Open Chess Tournament

Our Next Event

The Nanaimo Spring Open

A 5 round CFC rated Swiss March 3-4

Now at the Coast Bastion Hotel 11 Bastion St, Nanaimo, BC in the Quadra Room. (250) 753-6601



Saturday March 3rd at 10:00 AM and 2:30PM, and 7PM, Sunday March 4 at 10:00 AM and 2:30PM


Half point byes may be requested up to one hour before the start of a round and must be requested in writing on the posted BYE sheet.  0 point bye in the last round or if requested with less than hour before the round. No bye may be requested once the pairings are posted on the site.

Time Control

Game/90 + 30 sec increment


One Section - Max entries 24.


 CFC Rated. CFC Membership required - 1 year memberships or single tournament membership can be purchased at the site or at the CFC website ( Unrated only eligible for open prize or unrated prize if available. We will accept USCF and FIDE ratings.


Bring your own set and clock. Chess sets must be tournament size. Clocks should have the ability to use increments. If no increment clock is available, analog or delay clocks may be used. Note that for analog the time control will be game in 90 minutes and for delay no additional time is given.

Prizes: $600

1st: 250

2nd: 150

1st < 2000: $100

1st < 1600: $100

 Entry Fees

Registered & paid before Feb 14 - $60, on Feb 14 and after that date $70.   Discount of $10 for juniors. Free entry for 2200+.


Onsite registration closes for round one at 9:30AM. First round half point bye available up to 1:00PM on Saturday.

REGISTRATION CLOSED (FEB 22)- Total of 26 players.


Coast Bastion Hotel - Call for the tournament rate and quote group codeCBI-GFC17862 - $112 night. (250) 753-6601


Jason Williamson @ 250-797-0231 or


Jason Williamson, Nick Peters

SwissSys Standings. Nanaimo Open - Spring 2018: Open

# Place Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 1 Eric Hansen 132475 2627 W21 (b) W8 (w) W2 (b) W3 (w) W4 (b) 5.0
2 2 Jiri Blaha 0 2163 W22 (w) W9 (b) L1 (w) W17 (w) W8 (b) 4.0
3 3-5 Keith MacKinnon 133701 2280 W10 (w) W7 (b) D4 (w) L1 (b) W6 (w) 3.5
4   Zulfikar Sali 149874 2218 W15 (b) W13 (w) D3 (b) W5 (w) L1 (w) 3.5
5   Brandon Zhu 158715 2054 W18 (b) W20 (w) D17 (b) L4 (b) W15 (w) 3.5
6 6-11 Mark S. Dutton 100317 1943 W23 (w) D17 (b) H--- (-) W9 (w) L3 (b) 3.0
7   Jason Williamson 106287 1885 W11 (b) L3 (w) D15 (b) W20 (b) D10 (w) 3.0
8   Rowan James 153852 1879 W16 (w) L1 (b) W18 (w) W11 (b) L2 (w) 3.0
9   Sean Godley 166303 1750 W24 (w) L2 (w) W25 (b) L6 (b) W18 (w) 3.0
10   Charles Wu 162771 1595 L3 (b) H--- (-) W26 (w) W14 (b) D7 (b) 3.0
11   Paul Clarkson 154864 1437 L7 (w) W24 (b) W12 (w) L8 (w) W17 (b) 3.0
12 12-16 Nicolau Machado de Oliveira 160780 1842 D26 (b) D21 (w) L11 (b) D23 (w) W20 (b) 2.5
13   Jamie Campbell 124453 1827 W19 (w) L4 (b) L20 (w) D16 (b) W22 (b) 2.5
14   Paul Leblanc 104186 1760 L20 (b) W26 (w) H--- (-) L10 (w) W23 (b) 2.5
15   Simon Wang 163066 1552 L4 (w) W16 (b) D7 (w) W21 (b) L5 (b) 2.5
16   Elliot Lupini 143466 1435 L8 (b) L15 (w) W24 (b) D13 (w) W21 (b) 2.5
17 17-20 Glen Beaudin 106903 1633 W25 (b) D6 (w) D5 (w) L2 (b) L11 (w) 2.0
18   Shayan Rahimabadi 163198 1503 L5 (w) W19 (b) L8 (b) W25 (w) L9 (b) 2.0
19   Gurbaz Singh 162454 1381 L13 (b) L18 (w) L23 (w) W24 (b) W25 (b) 2.0
20   Reza Sardari 166124 1329 W14 (w) L5 (b) W13 (b) L7 (w) L12 (w) 2.0
21 21-23 Nicholas Peters 133193 1596 L1 (w) D12 (b) W22 (b) L15 (w) L16 (w) 1.5
22   Nathan Ping-Ying Wu 161420 1513 L2 (b) H--- (-) L21 (w) W26 (b) L13 (w) 1.5
23   Mau-Seng Lee 100313 1444 L6 (b) L25 (w) W19 (b) D12 (b) L14 (w) 1.5
24 24-25 Jeffrey Street 163200 1220 L9 (b) L11 (w) L16 (w) L19 (w) W26 (b) 1.0
25   William Campbell 163387 1080 L17 (w) W23 (b) L9 (w) L18 (b) L19 (w) 1.0
26 26 Louis Lapi 102089 1417 D12 (w) L14 (b) L10 (b) L22 (w) L24 (w) 0.5

Pairings for Round 4. Nanaimo Open - Spring 2018: Open

Bd # Res White # Res Black
1 1   Eric Hansen 2   Keith MacKinnon
2 3   Zulfikar Sali 5   Brandon Zhu
3 4   Jiri Blaha 13   Glen Beaudin
4 6   Mark S. Dutton 12   Sean Godley
5 20   Paul Clarkson 8   Rowan James
6 24   Reza Sardari 7   Jason Williamson
7 11   Paul Leblanc 15   Charles Wu
8 14   Nicholas Peters 16   Simon Wang
9 9   Nicolau Machado de Oliveira 19   Mau-Seng Lee
10 21   Elliot Lupini 10   Jamie Campbell
11 18   Shayan Rahimabadi 26   William Campbell
12 22   Louis Lapi 17   Nathan Ping-Ying Wu
13 25   Jeffrey Street 23   Gurbaz Singh

This edition of the Nanaimo Spring Open was extra special as we had an appearance of that rare beast in Canadian chess: A Grandmaster!  GM Eric Hansen decided to visit Nanaimo to complete his mini chess tour.

This of course attracted a large amount of interest and we maxed out the registrations at 26. The room might have handled a few more players but it would have been cramped.

No surprise when Eric won the event with a perfect score but he had some challenge from a few of the games, including his 3rd round game against Jiri Blaha that went right down to the wire where the tricky GM pulled a win from a drawn position in mutual time pressure.

2nd was Jiri Blaha – a new comer to Canadian chess but well established as a FIDE expert.

First under 2000 was split by Mark Dutton, Jason Williamson, and Rowan James

First under 1600 was split by Charles Wu and Paul Clarkson.

Our next event is targeted for November.

See the gallery for pictures and I will be posting the GM games once I get them entered.

Jason Williamson


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