Welcome to Montreal for the 34th Annual Canadian Chess Challenge
The Chess'n Math Association is happy to welcome the provincial champions from grade 1 to grade 12 at this national finals.
This event will be held at Concordia University - Grey Nuns Residences (1190 Guy Street, Montreal, H3H 2L4), on May 21-22, 2023 (Victoria Day weekend).
LOCATION AND SCHEDULE OF THE TOURNAMENT
The tournament will be held at The Grey Nuns Residences of Concordia University, in room GN E104, located at 1190 Guy Street, Montreal, H3H 2L4. The tournament will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21 & 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 22, 2023.
Please complete the online registration form (see below) by the deadline of May 10th, 2023. If you booked some meals or activities with us then you will have to complete the payment section at the end of the registration process. You can pay either by Interac e-Transfer OR Credit Card. For payment by credit card, an additional 3% charge will be added for administration fees.
AIRPORT ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES
We will arrange a free shuttle to pick-up and drop-off for each visiting province, getting to and from the Grey Nuns Residences of Concordia University. The pick-up will be available from Friday, May 19 to 4 PM on Saturday, May 20. The airport is 30 minutes from the Residences by car/taxi. Due to the number of vehicles available, the shuttle service will be available primarily to and from the Montreal-Trudeau International Airport to the Grey Nuns Residences of Concordia University. If you plan to stay in other Downtown Hotel, you will have to use a taxi service.
The Grey Nuns Residences by Concordia University
The Grey Nuns Residences are located at 1190 Guy Street, Montreal, Quebec H3H 2L4. You must book your room through their website (see below). They offer single room and double room with one double bed or two single beds. No breakfast is included with your reservation or available at the Residences. You can found multiple restaurants in the neighborhood. Pay parking places are available on the neighborhood streets.
1. Visit this accommodation website to reserve online: https://www.concordia.ca/summerstays
2. To benefit from a 10% discount use the following COUPON code: CHESS23
3. To see the maximum number of room-types available change the default setting from 2 to 1 adult.
4. The discount is valid from May 18 to May 24 should you wish to enjoy a longer stay in Montreal.
5. Please put your Province as your last name and put your full name under first name.
6. There is no block so rooms are available on a first come first served basis. Reserve early for the widest choice.
Le Nouvel Hotel
Le Nouvel Hotel is located across from the University at 1740 René-Lévesque Blvd W Montreal, Quebec H3H 1R3. We have reserved a limited number of rooms at the rate of $239.00/night. You must use the group code: CHESS519 to benefit from the special rate. You must call the reservation desk at 514-931-8841 and reserve under the group code.
A Banquet is organized Saturday May 20 at 6:00 pm, exact location to be announced. Registration cost is $20 for Provincial Champions & other children and $30 for adults (no ticket sales on site/advance purchase required).
Sunday and Monday lunches (May 21-22) will be served near the play hall (exact location to be announced). Registration cost is $18 for Provincial Champions & other children and $21 for adults per meal (no ticket sales on site/advance purchase required).
OTHER CHESS ACTIVITIES
A speed chess tournament (Blitz) will be organized for 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 20 at the Chess'n Math Association, 3423 St. Denis Street, Montreal H2X 3L2 (Sherbrooke Metro Station). Registration cost $20 ($30 on site). The Blitz is an open event. Parents, friends and the members of the public are also welcome to play.
Bughouse (double blitz – 5 rounds) will take place following the awards ceremony on Monday, May 22 with a cost of $10 per person ($20 per person on May 22). The Bughouse is an open event. Parents, friends and the members of the public are also welcome to play.
BUS TOUR OF MONTREAL - Visit on Saturday morning
A special 3.5 hours guided bus tour has been arranged for the Saturday morning May 20, from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. Pick-up at The Grey Nuns Residences (GNR) and drop-off at GNR as well. The cost of this is $30 for Provincial Champions & other children and $45 for adults. All children (under 16) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Spaces on this tour are limited.
Last update April 6th, 2023.
Additional information (May 18th, 2023)
PHONE NUMBER TO REACH THE ORGANIZER ON SITE: 514-781-4350
Group meals (Saturday Banquet at 6:00 p.m., Sunday Lunch at 12:00 p.m. and Monday Lunch at 11:40 a.m.) will be served at the "Restaurant Novella" in "Le Nouvel Hotel" located near The Gray Nuns Residences of Concordia University, at 1740 René-Lévesque West.
SATURDAY BLITZ TOURNAMENT
The Saturday Blitz tournament will take place at 2:00 p.m. at the Chess and Maths head office in Montreal, at 3423 Saint-Denis street (4th floor). You have quick access to our offices by the underground metro of Montreal transport system (Sherbrooke metro station on the green line).
WARM-UP EVENT ON SATURDAY!
Chess'n Math runs a chess club for kids every Saturday from 10am - 12:30pm. Basically youngsters play 5 rated games during that time and are placed in sections of 6 by Chess'n Math rating. The cost is $22. Players must register by 10am on Saturday to take part. The event is held at the Chess'n Math head office located at 3423 St Denis on the 4th floor (not far from the Sherbrooke Metro station. This is a great opportunity to play a warm-up event before the Nationals!
If you have any questions, you can contact Larry Bevand at 514-781-4350.
SATURDAY GUIDED COACH TOUR – A LITTLE REMINDER
All participants have already been informed that the guided tour has been moved to 13:00. Pickup is done in front of The Gray Nuns Residences, at 1190 Guy Street at 12:45 p.m. The return will take place at the same location around 4:30 p.m. approximately.
ACCESS TO THE TOURNAMENT ROOM (GN E104)
The University has asked us to prepare a list of all the people who will be present on campus. Unfortunately our registration system only takes into account the players participating in the event and we do not have the names of the accompanying persons (parents and siblings). If it is not done yet, please send the list of accompanying persons to your provincial coordinator and to firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone will have to wear a badge to pass the gate.
We will display on our website people who have requested an airport pickup and for whom we have a shuttle available. We should have a person on site with a green chessboard to facilitate the link with our shuttle.
We have learned that WestJet pilots plan to go on strike around May 19. Several provincial delegates could be affected! We are monitoring the situation closely.