Monday, August 31, 2015

2015 AY and Winnipeg Opens have been rated by FIDE.

Easy come, easy go; I gained 10 points in the Winnipeg Open, and lost 10 in the AY.

Winnipeg Open changes:

  Baron, Gustav L 35
  Wasserman, Leor  44
  Boron, Anthony 10
  Schulz, Waldemar -8
  Babb, Jeff  -11
  Atem, James  4
  Bince, Rolando -45
  Green, Jim 8

AY changes:

  Gentes, Kevin 14
  Kaptsan, Aron 5
  Bince, Rolando 14
  Atem, James -4
  Moncal, Nilo -22
  Baron, Gustav L 6
  Boron, Anthony -10
  Babb, Jeff -6

A few other players may have received their first FIDE ratings - it used to be that 9 games were needed against FIDE rating opponents, plus some performance minimums, but now it appears that only 5 or 6 games are required.  I will be posting the FIDE ratings later.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Chess at the Museum !

The Manitoba Chess Association in co-operation with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is hosting a “learn to play” chess event at the Museum from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on each of the following four Sundays:  August 23 & 30, September 6 & 13.  Representatives from the Manitoba Chess Association will be on hand to teach people how to play chess or to help improve their game.  Our giant chess set is set up at the Museum during the Magna Carta exhibit, from now until September 18, so bring the family and join in the fun!  Regular admission prices do apply.

Also, on Sunday, August 30 from 1:00 to 4:00 the Manitoba Chess Association will be holding a rapid chess tournament at the Museum that is open to all.  Five round Swiss.  Time control of 10 minutes per player per game with 2 second increment per move.  Please register on-site that day from 12:30 to 12:45.  $500 prize fund.  Entry fee of $10.  You do not have to pay an admission fee to the Museum in order to play in the tournament.

At these Museum events, the Manitoba Chess Association representatives will be in chess costumes provided courtesy of the Immaculate Conception Church of Cooks Creek, which hosts a Medieval Festival every two years.  The Manitoba Chess Association will be participating in the next Festival to be held in July 2016.

2015 Abe Yanofsky Memorial has been rated by the CFC

See the crosstables here:
2015 AY Open

2015 U1800

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak established ratings:

Saul Magnusson 1977
Collin Anderson 1974

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - August 8, 2015

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Funk)

Thursday, August 6, 2015

2015 Abe Yanofsky Blitz Championship - Tuesday, August 11

2015 Abe Yanofsky Blitz Championship
Tuesday, August 11
University of Winnipeg, Portage Avenue Room 4CM42
Registration 6:35 - 6:55

Time Control - 3 minutes + 2 second increment.
(same time control as used in the World Blitz Championship)

Format likely to be 2 Sectioned Round Robins, or 2 Sectioned (Open, approx U1800) Swisses depending on number of entries.

Current estimate is that there will be approximately 9-10 double rounds (2 game matches) ie. 18-20 games per player.

Entry fee - $ 10,  $ 5 for 2015 Abe Yanofsky Memorial entrants.

Prizes - Entries to 2015 Abe Yanofsky Memorial (transferable)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

2015 Winnipeg Open has been rated by the CFC

2015 Winnipeg Open has been rated by the CFC.

See the crosstable here:

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak established ratings:

Issac Wiebe 2121 (+84 !)
Marcos Valentino 2210
Jamie Campbell 1985 (+205 !!)
Phil Le Dorze 1850
Jim Hemphill 1762
Mark Jenkins 1455
Brock Beach 1874

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - July 25, 2015

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to move and mate in 2 (Funk)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Joe Dreman - biographical notes

This will be a work in process -

From '100 Years of Chess in Canada' by D.A. Yanofsky, 1967
Israel Joseph Dreman
Born in Winnipeg in 1910. "Joe " Dreman learned to play chess while a youngster and received his chess training at the Winnipeg Jewish Chess Club. Though he has won the Manitoba Championship three times and the Club championship several times, he has strangely enough, never competed for the National title. Though very successful in business and preoccupied with business affairs he has never let his interest flag in the game, and even today ranks among the best in Winnipeg, if not in Canada.

From the obituary in the Winnipeg Free Press, August 4, 2000:


ISRAEL JOSEPH DREMAN On Monday night, July 31, 2000 at the St. Boniface Hospital, Joe Dreman passed away in the quiet and noble manner in which he lived his life. Recently having celebrated his 90th birthday, surrounded by loving family and cherished friends, he embraced his final days with few regrets and the comfort of a life that he regarded as full and resplendent with rich and wonderful memories. Joe is survived by his beloved Rae, his wife of 65 years and his three children, of whom he was so proud; sons, David (Holly) and Solly (Orly), and his daughter Sherrill (Dane Hershberg) as well as his grandchildren, Tyler, Erin, Evan, Dalit, Galia, Orna, Ditto and Meredith; also two great-grandsons, Yonaton and Yuval. He was predeceased by his brothers, Samuel, Harry, Victor, Simon and Abe and sisters, Edith and Rose. Joe's chosen field, futures trading in commodities, was never a chore but always an adventure he pursued with passion. His career in the grain trade spanned sixty years starting as a runner on the trading floor in 1928 to eventually, in the 1940s becoming a partner in The Northwest Commission and then the sole owner. The company was renamed Dreman & Co. in 1958. He was honoured by the Exchange in 1993, for his long term contributions. He was President of the Brokers Association for much of the 1960s and 1970s, in addition to having served on various Exchange committees. He was proud to be the first Jewish member of the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange and he was also a member of the Investment Dealers Association. His career was rewarded with considerable financial success but the true measure of Joe Dreman, the businessman, was the high esteem in which he was held, by his colleagues in the investment and general business community. This was evidenced by his being the recipient of the Hebrew University-Manitoba Excellence Award for Excellence in Business in 1998. His judgement was respected, his word never questioned and his friendship greatly valued. He was known as a man of honour and he personified integrity. Joe enjoyed great success as a chess player having been a repeated winner of the Manitoba Chess Championship. He was a great supporter of the development of young players and of the game, in general. Many owe their success to his nurturing and encouragement. Joe was a past president of the Glendale Golf & Country Club, and a long serving board member of the YMHA and the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue. He was a devoted philanthropist who supported worthwhile charities in a selfless manner. His attachment to Israel was steadfast and he gave generously of his time and energies, visiting over 50 times and lending his financial support to the development of a state, dear to his heart. On a more personal level, Joe never refused a request for his help and it was always given in a respectful manner with great sensitivity to the preservation of the dignity of others. His family was continually surprised by the incidents that people would relate of how Joe was instrumental in their lives, for deeds for which he never took credit. Mostly Joe will be remembered as a family man. Nothing was more important to him than the closeness of family. He applauded and revelled in their successes and suffered all their misfortunes, as his own. He was a constant source of support, counsel and occasional advice. His love was unconditional. He cherished his wife, loved and respected his sons and absolutely adored his daughter. His son-in-law and daughters-in-law, to him were his own children and were treated as such. His grandchildren were his never ending joy and he considered them the great dividends of his good fortune. Joes friends were numerous, loyal and devoted. Joes life was rich and full and for that he was truly grateful. He leaves this world a better place for his presence. He will be missed but his memory will live on in the hearts of the many people whose lives he touched and in those of a loving family, who survive him. Joes funeral was conducted at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue on Wednesday, August 2. Active pallbearers were Tyler Hershberg, Evan Hershberg, Earl Rosenbloom, David Cohen, Nelson Zagalsky, Charles Wiener and Marilyn Resnick. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Rabbi Louis Berkal, Harold Buchwald C.M. Q.C. L.L.D., Brownie Freedman, Dr. Richard Hershberg, George T. Richardson O.M., Honorable James A. Richardson, and Sally Schulman. The family wishes to thank Dr. Neil Lerner and the nursing staff of 5B, St. Boniface Hospital, for their compassionate care. A fund has been established to honour the life of Joe Dreman at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba (477-7525).
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on August 04, 2000
From Winnipeg Tribune archival material:
Joe Dreman first won the Manitoba Championship in 1935.

He repeated in 1936.
He also won the Jewish Club Championship in 1937

Saturday, July 18, 2015

FM Kevin Gentes at the Canadian Open - Round 7 - 9

In Round 7 Kevin lost to FM Michael Barron

In Round 8 Kevin drew Guannan Terry Song

In Round 9 Kevin drew FM Robert Hamilton

Crosstable here:

[Event "2015 Canadian Closed"]
[Site "Guelph, Ontario"]
[Date "2015.07.14"]
[Round "7.9"]
[White "Barron, Michael"]
[Black "Gentes, Kevin"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C91"]
[WhiteElo "2306"]
[BlackElo "2353"]
[PlyCount "87"]
[EventDate "2015.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2015.07.10"]
[TimeControl "40/5400+30:1800+30"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3
O-O 9. d4 Bg4 10. d5 Na5 11. Bc2 c6 12. h3 Bc8 13. dxc6 Qc7 14. Nbd2 Qxc6 15.
Nf1 Nc4 16. a4 Be6 17. Qe2 Rfe8 18. Bd3 Nd7 19. b3 Ncb6 20. axb5 axb5 21. Bb2
Bxb3 22. Bxb5 Qc7 23. Ne3 Be6 24. c4 Reb8 25. Nd5 Bxd5 26. cxd5 Nc5 27. Bc6
Rxa1 28. Rxa1 Nbd7 29. Bc3 Nf6 30. Nd2 g6 31. g3 Kg7 32. Kg2 Nb3 33. Ra4 Nd7
34. Nxb3 Rxb3 35. Qc4 Nc5 36. Ra8 Rxc3 37. Qxc3 Nxe4 38. Qe3 Nc5 39. Qa3 Qb6
40. Qa7 Qb2 41. Qxe7 Ne4 42. Qa7 Qe2 43. Qe3 Qc4 44. Ra4 1-0

[White "Gentes, Kevin"]
[Black "Song, Guannan Terry"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A30"]
[WhiteElo "2353"]
[BlackElo "2202"]
[PlyCount "89"]
[EventDate "2015.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2015.07.10"]

1. Nf3 c5 2. g3 b6 3. Bg2 Bb7 4. O-O Nf6 5. c4 e6 6. b3 Be7 7. Bb2 O-O 8. e3 d6
9. Nc3 Ne4 10. Qc2 Nxc3 11. Bxc3 Qc7 12. Qb2 e5 13. d4 exd4 14. exd4 Bf6 15.
Rad1 Nc6 16. d5 Bxc3 17. Qxc3 Ne7 18. Rfe1 Bc8 19. Qe3 Ng6 20. Nd2 Bg4 21. f3
Bf5 22. h3 Bd7 23. f4 a6 24. Qc3 b5 25. h4 Bg4 26. Bf3 Bxf3 27. Nxf3 Ne7 28. h5
h6 29. g4 Qd7 30. Kf2 bxc4 31. bxc4 f6 32. Re6 Nc6 33. Rde1 Nd4 34. Nxd4 cxd4
35. Qxd4 Rac8 36. Kg3 Qa4 37. Re7 Qxc4 38. Qa7 Qd3+ 39. R1e3 Qh7 40. Qxa6 Qb1
41. Qa7 Qg1+ 42. Kh3 Qh1+ 43. Kg3 Qg1+ 44. Kh4 Kh8 45. Rxg7 1/2-1/2

[Event "2015 Canadian Closed"]
[Site "Guelph, Ontario"]
[Date "2015.07.16"]
[Round "9.12"]
[White "Hamilton, Robert"]
[Black "Gentes, Kevin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D59"]
[WhiteElo "2279"]
[BlackElo "2353"]
[PlyCount "82"]
[EventDate "2015.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2015.07.10"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Be7 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 O-O 7. e3 b6 8. cxd5
Nxd5 9. Bxe7 Qxe7 10. Nxd5 exd5 11. Rc1 Be6 12. Qa4 c5 13. dxc5 bxc5 14. Be2
Rc8 15. O-O a5 16. Ne5 Qd6 17. Nd3 Nd7 18. Nf4 Nf6 19. Rfd1 Qb6 20. Qc2 Rab8
21. b3 Qc6 22. a4 Qb7 23. Rb1 Qb6 24. h3 Rd8 25. Rbc1 Rbc8 26. Bb5 Ne4 27. Bd3
Nf6 28. Be2 Rc7 29. Bf3 c4 30. e4 Rdc8 31. bxc4 Rxc4 32. Qd2 Rxc1 33. Rxc1
Rxc1+ 34. Qxc1 dxe4 35. Nxe6 Qxe6 36. Be2 Qe5 37. Bc4 Nd5 38. Kf1 Nc3 39. Qd2
Qf6 40. Bb3 g6 41. Kg1 Kg7 1/2-1/2