2018 Aurora Spring Open – details

March 24-25, 2018

CFC/FIDE Rated Chess Tournaments
with the minimum 500 CAD first prize in Open Section


The Royal Canadian Legion 89 Industrial Parkway North, Aurora, Ontario L4G 4C4


First in Open Section – minimum 500 CAD. Overall prize fund $2000+ (based on entries).


5 Round Swiss. Pairing software – SwissManager. Two half point byes may be requested in advance for Rounds 1-4.

Players are automatically sorted into Sections according to the highest FIDE or CFC rating:

Section (rated by)
Open (CFC & FIDE) 2000 or higher
U2000 (CFC & FIDE) 1600 to 1999
U1600 (CFC) 1300 to 1599
U1300 (CFC) Bellow 1299 and unrated adults.
JU900 (CFC) Juniors (U20) with rating less than 899 and unrated. Only 36 players in this section.

A maximum of 150 players total can be accepted due to room capacity.


Time Control

90 minutes per game per player + 30 seconds per move starting from move one. Default time is 30 min (FIDE rules 6.7.1 “Any player who arrives at the chessboard after the default time shall lose the game unless the arbiter decides otherwise.”)

Entry fees

Players must be CFC members.

GM, WGM, IM and WIM free entry if confirmed by March 20.

Paid by March 20 (Tuesday) 70 CAD
Paid by 5 pm on March 23 (Friday) by only Paypal 90 CAD
Tournament day 100 CAD; paired for Round 2

For an additional Play-up fee – 30 CAD – a player can enter the higher Section if his/her rating is less than 100 points lower of the Section floor limit.



Only players who have registered and paid by March 23 will be paired for Round one. Round one pairings will be posted in advance on this site late Friday night. You no longer need to “check-in” on Saturday as in previous tournaments. Several ways to register by March 23:

  1. Credit card via Paypalclick here to enter the registration page – all major credit cards accepted.
  2. In person: on Mondays at the Aurora Chess Club and paying cheques and cash.
  3. Mail a cheque: it must arrive before March 20. Please include the player’s name and CFC number. Use the form at the bottom of the page to inform us about your intention to play.

    Aurora Chess Club
    913 Tegal Place
    Newmarket, ON
    L3X 1L3.


If a registered player cancels:

  • before Friday 5 pm – full refund;
  • after posted pairings – no refund for cancellation.

Round Times

Saturday Sunday
1 2 3 4 5
9:30 am 2 pm 6:30 pm 10 am 2:30 pm



Once again the Royal Canadian Legion will be offering lunch both days and dinner on Saturday. The menu includes BBQ, goulash, chili, pizza and sandwiches. All very good and very reasonably priced. Don’t bring food from outside to Legion. If you bring outside restaurant food you will be asked to leave the building with it. Please respect the services of the Legion.

Coffee and water provided. Chess sets and clocks are provided for play.

Free parking. Great facilities and restaurants within walking distance.


Tournament Director – Chris Tapping. Chief Arbiter – Egidijus Zeromskis.


Any questions? Please use the form bellow.