Pawn Wise: The Atlantic All-Ages Chess Festival

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July 29 - August 2

Pawn Wise will feature two tournaments – the Canadian Senior Chess Championships and the inaugural Nova Scotia Mayflower Open – and a keynote address by P.h.D. Candidate Shruti Patelia, York University, on the topic of healthy aging.


Chess is an all ages sport. For the young, it is recognized as a valuable thinking tool, closely related to the skills needed for a variety of knowledge fields, where obstacles to certainty must be navigated by rational, best choices. For older minds, research identifies chess as a potent cognitive stimulus for healthy aging. From children to seniors, to play chess is to be Pawn Wise!


The Festival is for players and the general public alike. For players, two tournaments will run simultaneously: The Canadian Seniors Chess Championship, being held in the Maritimes for the first time, and the inaugural Nova Scotia Mayflower Open, open to players of all ages.

Tournament play will pause on Sunday afternoon to allow time to enjoy Halifax and to attend the keynote address by Shruti Patelia, School of Kinesiology & Health Science, York University, on Healthy Aging: Mastering the Right Moves.


Nova Scotia’s only native-born chess grandmaster, GM Aman Hambleton, is confirmed to play in the inaugural Nova Scotia Mayflower Open. GM Eduardo Rozentalis of Lithuania will also play. Notable participants in the Canadian Seniors Chess Championship include defending Canadian Seniors 65+ Chess Champion, IM Leon Piasetski, British Columbia; 2-time Canadian Seniors 50+ Chess Champion, David Cummings, Ontario; and IM Jean Hebert, Quebec.


DateJuly 29 - August 2
TimeAll day
TagsChess / Festival
Event CategoryFestivals
VenueSaint Mary’s University