The Etobicoke Spring Open

I) Info

II) Registration (Limited Space!)

i) No Fee (Donation only, see below)

III) Prizes

IV) Playing up

I. Tournament Info:

March 14th & 15th @ Etobicoke Civic Center, Meeting rooms 1, 2 and 3 downstairs

March 15th : R4 @ 10a
                        R5 @ 1230p

Rated sections U1200/U1700/Crown (1700+)

Rating sections and round times are subject to change, but whatever you see above is the most current update on tournament format.

Non-CFC section: 5 30-minute games on Saturday, round times will be determined on the day. First round starts at 10 AM

Free Parking, subway/TTC accessible, for directions check

II. Registration

NOTE: We have space for 45 players only so far, for this tournament. Spots for players are assigned on a first-come first-serve basis. If we manage to negotiate with the city for more space, we will update this part of the page.

To obtain a CFC ID to play in the rated section, visit

To play in the unrated section, simply fill out the form below and put “00000” in the CFC ID section.

i) There is no official registration fee. The suggested donation is $10 – 20 since the tournament will cost us at least $350 to run. If you can afford it, donating would help. If you can afford to donate $20 or more, it would help tremendously and would allow us to keep running these tournaments more than once, and maybe more than once a year. Ways to donate:

  • E-transfer us money , email is “”, make the secret answer “Tournament” or something else but make it obvious, and mention somewhere that it’s your donation for the tournament
  • Donate online: add “tournament” in the message Paypal donation link
  • Cheques can be made out to “Etobicoke Chess Club” and can be mailed to:

Etobicoke Chess Club

21 van camp place

Toronto ON

Canada M9R 2N2

We cannot accept any cash donations on the premises on the day of the tournament, but we can accept cash on our Thursday night sessions which would go towards the tournament. Come by on a Thursday night, donate, and say “this is for the tournament”.

If you can’t afford to donate, don’t worry, just put “0” in the “My expected donation” section.

Fill out this form to register:


If you can’t afford to donate $10 then don’t worry, donate what you can and register. If you can’t afford to donate, don’t worry, just register. If you have a CFC ID, you’ll play in the rated section. If you don’t, we’ll put you in the Unrated section.

Any questions please email

III) Prizes

– The CFC rating points that you win from the games

– Bragging rights

– Everlasting Glory

IV) Playing up

There is no fee for playing up a section, but you must be within 100 rating points of that section to play in it. Alternatively, if you have never played a CFC game in the past and you are new to the CFC rating system, you must have previously won a chess championship on some national level in order to be allowed to play up. In the ECC inner circle, this is know as the Ghaytasvand exception. Look for “Parviz Ghaytasvand” in the “Champions” section of our website to learn why this is allowed.

You may also qualify to play up via the “Nixon Vindication” rule. This rule states that, if you can show proof via tournament results that you played a rated player in a higher section during a tournament game when they were rated as such (for example, if you’re 1300 and they were 1850) and you drew or won against them? You will be allowed to play in the higher section. This rule exists because, during our first tournament, an unassuming ECC player named Dave Nixon proved himself to be a blood-born gladiator over the board, achieving a draw against the player who ended up winning the entire high section, leaving only body bags and broken dreams in his wake with a final score of 4.5. Dave was the only one who could stop him, and Dave belongs in 1700+.


Registered Players (Remaining Spaces: 39)

Cameron Herbert

Brendan Cater

Erwin Casareno

Varun Pillai

Karma Pillai

Dashnor Hasku