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2023 BC Open


18-20 February 2023 (Family Day Weekend)


Minimum $7000 Guaranteed Prize Fund









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Location: Airport Executive Hotel, 7311 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC (10 minute walk from Brighouse sky train station)


6 Rounds: Sat 12 noon and 5pm, Sunday 10am and 3pm, Monday 10am and 3pm


Time Control: Game/90 + 30 sec increment


Sections: Premier, U1800, U1400 and U1000


Rating: Premier Section (FIDE and CFC), other sections CFC



Premier: 1st $1,000 and Oszvald Cup, 2nd $600, 3rd $400, U2000 $300/200.  Top BC player qualifies for 2023 BC Closed

U1800: 1st $700, 2nd $400, U1600 $300/200

U1400: 1st $600, 2nd $300, U1200 $300/200

U1000: 1st $500, 2nd $300, 3rd $200

Top Woman not winning another prize: $200 (one prize, winner can be from any section)

Top Unrated Player: $300 (one prize, winner can be from any section).  Unrated players are also eligible for U1800, U1400 and U1000 prizes but not U1600 or U1200.  May only win one prize.

Prizes will be distributed by electronic transfer or mail within 48 hrs


Entry Fee: $80 on or before Jan 17th, $95 on or before noon on Feb 16th.  $20 to play up a section if rating is within 100 points, $40 if within 200 points.  Unrated players may play in U1400 Section without extra fee, recommended for players with online ratings above 1300.  $20 discount for 2nd or higher player from same family.  $10 discount for unrated players playing in their first tournament.  Free entry for GM/IM/WGM/WIM if entered by Jan 17th

No onsite registration


Accommodation: Airport Executive Hotel: 604-278-5555.  $179 single/double. Includes free parking and free airport transfer.  Book early, only 10 rooms available.  Mention BC Open Chess Championship.


Other Important Details:

  • Parking $8/day or $22/3 days.  Purchase parking at entrance to tournament room
  • CFC membership required. $38/year adult BC resident, $25 junior under age 20 or tournament membership (good only for one tournament $16 adult $8 junior.  Available when registering or directly from the CFC 
  • All equipment provided
  • Follow this link for important policies regarding fair play, byes, refunds etc  


Organizer: Paul Leblanc (pc-leblanc@shaw.ca)

Tournament Director: Stephen Wright, IA


This tournament is sponsored by Victoria Chess




The Oszvald Cup (& Joe Oszvald).



Previous BC Opens:

2023 BC Open

2022 BC Open

2021 BC Open

2020 BC Open

2019 BC Open

2018 BC Open (crosstable)  (Event Report)

2017 BC Open

2016 BC Open 

2015 BC Open 
2014 BC Open

2013 BC Open

2011 BC Open
2009 BC Open

Prior to 2009 (courtesy of Stephen Wright)



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