Wednesday, October 29, 2014

2014 October TNT has been rated by the CFC

See the crosstable here.

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak established ratings:
Mick Liebzeit  1902
Max Korenbaum 1356
Jason Evans 1490

2014 Tournament of Champions / Barry Rasmussen Memorial and 2014 Memorial (U1800) Tournaments start Tuesday, November 4

Two tournaments start Tuesday. November 4, running in parallel: the traditional  Memorial Tournament, and the  Tournament of Champions / Barry Rasmussen Memorial. Both will run for 6 Tuesdays (Nov 4 to Dec 16, excluding Nov 11). Details are below, but in brief, the Tournament of Champions is restricted to those over 1800 rating ; the   Memorial Tournament is restricted to those rated U1800.


Location: University of Winnipeg - Rm 4CM42


Both tournaments are Swiss (pairing) style tournaments with a time control of G /110 minutes [Each player has 1 hours 50 minutes to complete their moves, the game will be be 3  hours, 40 minutes maximum]

Registration for both tournaments - November 4 - approximately 6:30 pm to 6:50 pm.

Late Registration for tournament - November 18 - approximately 6:30 pm to 6:45 pm - you will get a 1/2 point bye for the missed first round.

 All players must be CFC (Chess Federation of Canada) 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; 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).

2014 Tournament of Champions. CFC and FIDE rated.
Top 2 Manitoba Finishers Qualify to the 2015 Manitoba Championship

Restricted to those Rated 1800 and above.
Graduated Entry Fees:
Qualifying 2014 (Top Section) Standard Tournament Winners Entry Fee $ 15
 (Sam Lipnowski, Alex Platt, Tony Boron, Leor Wasserman, Felix Andraschko, Gustav Baron, Kevin Gentes, Kevin Li, Isaac Wiebe )
FIDE rated Players - $ 25
All Others - $ 30

Great opportunity to Start, add to, or complete your FIDE Rating requirements.
Tentative Pairings to be Published prior to Rounds 2-6
  Tuesday, November 4 is the start of the six-round Swiss Tournament.

(This is not a knockout tournament, players will play all 6 rounds)(If you can not play on one or more weeks, please contact the TD BEFORE the round.)

 Location: University of Winnipeg - Rm 4CM42
 
The Memorial Tournament is restricted to those rated Under 1800. CFC rated.
Entry Fee $ 20.  CFC Membership is required as indicated above.

(This is not a knockout tournament, players will play all 6 rounds)(If you can not play on one or more weeks, please contact the TD BEFORE the round.)


Last year's crosstables are posted http://www.chessmanitoba.org/tournaments/2013/2013TOC.htm
 http://www.chessmanitoba.org/tournaments/2013/2013Mem.htm
for your reference.



The tournaments may require a 'house-player(s)'

The 'house-player' fills in when there are an uneven number of players for any round. The addition of the 'house player' avoids the situation where a player
is awarded a bye. There is no guarantee that the house player would be required in any given week - I would say it is roughly a 50% possibility.

If you are interested in acting as a 'house player' please contact me (Tony) - chessmanitoba at  gmail.com
ideally you are a CFC member - No entry fee for the tournament is required, but  in the circumstance that you win a prize - an entry fee will be deducted from the prize.  So, in essence, the 'house player' is free-rolling.

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - October 18, 2014

From the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 - Shinkman

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - October 4, 2014

From the Winnipeg Free Press
a help double stalemate in 12 1/2 moves. (Bodnar)
Cecil Rosner writes:
  "I'll admit: this may be the the most unusual problem I have ever published.
  It is composed by Zoltan Bodnar of Winnipeg as a tribute to singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen on the occasion of Cohen's 80th birthday last month. Bodnar, a prolific problem composer, calls it Five Queens for Mr. Cohen.
  The idea is for White to move first (the first move is forced) and then to help Black reach a position where nothing can move - effectively, a double stalemate.
  I do not expect anyone to be able to solve this one..."





Sunday, October 5, 2014

2014 October TNT Tournament starts Tuesday, October 7

2014 October TNT Tournament  $ 15 entry fee  -   Prizes will be based on entries.
Location: University of Winnipeg - Rm 4CM42

4 rounds - October 7, 14, 21, 28  - (This is not a knockout tournament, players will play all 4 rounds)
Please note that we intend to start the first round at 7:00 p.m. sharp.

Tuesday Night Tournaments are held every month of the year, (except for November and December when things are organized a little differently).

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 3 hours and 40 minutes maximum]

The TNTs are typically 4 round events (one game for 4 consecutive Tuesdays in the month).

Start time is 7:00 pm and the TD will confirm costs
$ 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;
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]

Registration for tournament -Tuesday, October 7 - 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' gmail.com) 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.

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. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

2014 September TNT has been rated by the CFC

See the crosstable

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak established ratings:

Isaac Wiebe  1790
Rayan Roy 1586
Mick Liebzeit  1867
Joshua Huston-Earle 1437


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - September 20, 2014

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 3 (Wurzburg)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - September 6, 2014

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to Mate in 2 (Boswell)
1. Qa8

Sunday, September 7, 2014

2014 September TNT starts Tuesday September 9

2014 September TNT Tournament $ 15 entry fee – Prizes will be based on entries. Location: University of Winnipeg – Rm 4CM42
4 rounds – September 9, 16, 23, 30 – (This is not a knockout tournament, players will play all 4 rounds) Please note that we intend to start the first round at 7:00 p.m. sharp.
Tuesday Night Tournaments are held every month of the year, (except for November and December when things are organized a little differently).
There is one game per week.
All of the TNTs are Swiss (pairing) style tournaments with a time control of G /110 minutes player has 1 hour 50 minutes to complete their moves, the game will be be 3 hours and 40 minutes maximum
The TNTs are typically 4 round events (one game for 4 consecutive Tuesdays in the month).
Start time is 7:00 pm and the TD will confirm costs $ 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; 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
Registration for tournament -Tuesday, September 9 – 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’ gmail.com) 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.
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.