Wednesday, January 13, 2016

US Open returns to Middleton, WI (Madison) in 2018 !

July 28-August 5: 2018 US Open Chess Championship - Middleton, WI
ans should coincide again with National Mustard Day !

Sunday, January 10, 2016

2016 Kent Oliver Memorial and MCA Annual General Meeting - Sunday, January 17, 2016

University of Winnipeg Room 3L-08

Kent Oliver Memorial -
One day Rapid event !
5 rounds of Game / 20 minutes + 10 seconds free (Bronstein)
Registration starts at 9:30AM – First Round 10 a.m

We should be finished around 5 p.m.

 Lunch and Annual General Meeting from approx 12 to 1:30 between rounds 2 and 3.

Pizza Lunch provided.

 Entry Fee: $ 15

CFC Membership not required, however Manitoba Chess Association(MCA) membership is required.

 If you are not a CFC member (which typically includes MCA membership), MCA membership can be obtained for $ 5 (for one tournament)

First time players do not require MCA membership for this tournament.

The prize fund is enhanced through a generous donation from Mrs. Truus Oliver.

 This tournament will be rated as a MCA active event.

Last year's tournament 2015 KO results

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - January 9, 2016

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

Saturday, January 2, 2016

FIDE Ratings for Manitoba Players Active in 2015

With a greater number of FIDE rated tournaments in 2015 and the reduced number of   'results' required by FIDE, the MCA now has over two dozen players with FIDE ratings, including several obtaining their first FIDE rating this fall/winter.

Here is a list of the Manitoba players that played at least 1 FIDE rated game in 2015. (If I am missing anyone, please let me know.)

Name FIDE Rating
FM Kevin Gentes 2286
Kevin Li 2182
Sam Lipnowski 2134
Nilo Moncal 2100
Jeff Babb 2096
Isaac Wiebe 2077
Marcos Valentino 2056
Jonathon Zaczek 2054
Saul Magnusson 2037
Jeff Clark 2019
Aron Kaptsan 2017
Gustav L Baron 2011
Waldemar Schulz 1961
Rolando Bince 1951
Myron Kernetsky 1942
Colin Prince 1918
Anthony Boron 1915
Derek Ma 1903
Jim Green 1900
Jason Repa 1872
James Atem 1829
Leor Wasserman 1795
Blair Rutter 1780
Theo Wolchock 1766
Jamie Campbell 1743
Ken Einarsson 1733
Phil Le Dorze 1660

Favorite Chess moments of 2015

This is my most memorable moment of 2015.  Before I provide more details about the game, evaluate the following position.  It is Black to play.  He has been suffering for many moves, but White has just played 60. Kg4.  What should Black play?

So 60...f5+ is seemingly a winning move,. picking up a full rook at the cost of a pawn. But that is a HUGE pawn.  Some engines think Black is still winning, but after 61. gf6 Rxc7 62 Kg5  

Black has has to give the Rook for the pawn, and White will be up at least two pawns in the resultant ending.

The games was Boron-Bince - 2015 May Sunday Quads.

2016 Chess Resolutions

Please feel to comment on your 2016 Chess Resolutions. We'll check back a year from now, and see how everyone did.

I'll start:
1.  Get to 2000 FIDE, 2000 USCF, (back to) 2070 CFC
2. Prepare successors for the tasks I currently perform for the Association.

2016 January TNT starts Tuesday, January 5

2016 January TNT - 
CFC  rated.

 $ 15 entry fee  -   Prizes will be based on entries.

Location: University of Winnipeg - Rm 4CM42

4 rounds - January 5, 12, 19, 26,   - (This is not a knockout tournament, players will play all 4 rounds) 
(Players may take up to 1  half-point and any number of zero-point byes.  Half-point byes for round  4 must be requested before Round 1.

Please note that we intend to start the first round at 7:00 p.m. sharp. There is one game per week.

All of the TNTs are Swiss (pairing) style tournaments with a time control of G /110 minutes [Each player has 1 hour 50 minutes  to complete their moves, the game will be be approx. 3 hours and 40 minutes maximum]. We will also be using FIDE Rule Appendix G.4 for situations with players having under 2 minutes remaining.
Registration for tournament -Tuesday,January 5  - approximately 6:35 pm to 6:50 pm
Start time is 7:00 pm
$ 15 entry fee and CFC membership required.

All players must be CFC members (can be obtained during registration on-site)

[$ 20 for a one-tournament adult membership or $ 49 for 12 months- new adult members pay only $ 36 for a twelve-month CFC membership, or $ 16 for a one-tournament membership]

Junior (under 20)  members pay $ 10 for a one-tournament membership, $ 34 for a twelve-month CFC membership, new junior members pay only  $ 24 for a twelve month CFC membership, or $ 8 for a one-tournament membership]

Registration for tournament -Tuesday,January 5  - approximately 6:35 pm to 6:50 pm

Registration will be cut off at 6:50 pm. (If you think you may be late, please send an email to chessmanitoba 'at' before 5 pm (you can try later, but the wireless access at the U may be problematic) . Players can join in Round 2, they will receive a half-point bye for Round 1.  Tournament Director will be Blair Rutter  reachable  at 204-256-2353 or

Location: University of Winnipeg - Rm 4CM42

Easiest way to get there is to take the elevator at the north end (Ellice) to the 5th Floor(if that Elevator is operating) Otherwise, there is an elevator just to the west of the old Bookstore location.  Our goal is to start the first round at 7:00 p.m. sharp.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - December 26, 2015

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

Monday, December 21, 2015

2016 Manitoba Closed Championship Qualifying Update

Update: January 2  -  Isaac Wiebe, Theo Wolchock, and Anthony Boron have confirmed their entry.

2016 Manitoba Closed Championship Qualifying -
Manitoba Closed 2016 format : 8 player knockout 

(Note: on February 23, 2014 the MCA board approved the adding up to two spots to the the Manitoba Championship at discretion of the Board; if the Board add the two spots, qualifiers 7 and 8  (ordered by CFC rating, along with the new 2 additions will play in a preliminary knockout round, producing two winners who then play with the top six qualifiers by CFC rating. On November 23, 2014, the Board approved continuation of this procedure for 2015 forward) 

Qualifiers -
Players must be Manitoba Permanent residents.
(Persons  who are not citizens or permanent residents, but who have been a resident of Manitoba for a twelve-month period immediately preceding the tournament, may be admitted to the Tournament provided they can clearly demonstrate to the MCA Board of Directors that they have a settled intention to continue to reside in Manitoba. The admittance to the Tournament of such exceptions shall be entirely at the discretion of the MCA Board of Directors.)

Qualifiers must play 10 standard rated games (somewhere in the world) during calendar 2015 in order to qualify. In order of preference - if the qualifying player does not want to participate or the qualifier is redundant, we continue down the list until there are 8 willing participants.

     1. Previous Year's Champion (KEVIN GENTES)
     2. Winner of the Reserve (not held)
     3. MB Junior Champion (if rated above 1900)  - 
     4. Top Manitoban in AY Memorial (Kevin Gentes)
     5,6. Top 2 finishers in the Tournament of Champions (GUSTAV BARON, ISAAC WIEBE
     7. Player with the best MTPPS (Kevin Gentes) 
     8. Player with the 2nd best MTPPS (Isaac Wiebe) 
     9. 2nd Manitoban in the AY Memorial (Jeff Babb, Moncal, Baron tied for 2nd, Moncal has only played 4 games)
    10. Player with the 3rd best MTPPS  (Gustav Baron)
    11. Player with the 4th best MTPPS  (Marcos Valentino)
    12. etc.from the MTPPS  (Anthony Boron, Theo Wolchock, Rolando Bince)

The above players will be contacted in early January 2016 to determine their willingness to participate in the knockout.  If any of the players decline, invitations will be provided to next players on the list below.  Then there will be a short period when wild-card bids (as described above) will be entertained.

MTPSS -  Modified Tournament Performance Point Score
MTPPS is calculated as follows:
A Loss = 0 points
A Draw = the rating of the opponent
A Win = the greater of [your opponent's rating + 200] or [your rating]

The top ten performance scores for each player are counted
The current top MTPPS scores as of November 1. are as follows:
(Tournaments scored included all Manitoba CFC Standard rated tournaments, Canadian Closed,  Montreal Open, National Open, World Open, Millionare Open, etc.) If you believe a result has been missed or is incorrect, please contact me.

Name Perf
Kevin Gentes 23950
Isaac Wiebe 22984
Gustav L Baron 22531
Marcos Valentino 22135
Anthony Boron 21761
Theo Wolchock 21638
Rolando Bince 21617
Myron Kernetsky 21463
Leor Wasserman 21447
Jeff Clark 21134
James Atem 20820
Colin Prince 20772
Derek Ma 20661
Waldemar Schulz 20638
Jim Green 20521
Blair Rutter 20465
Brock Beach 20231
Jamie Campbell 19909