Sunday, November 23, 2014

2015 Manitoba Closed Qualifying Update

2015 Manitoba Championship Qualifying Update

2015 Manitoba Championship Qualifying -

Manitoba Closed 2015 format : 8 player knockout 

(Note: on February 23, 2013 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) 

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 2014 in order to qualify. In order of preference - if the qualifying player did not want to participate or the qualifier is redundant, we continued down the list until there were 8 willing participants.

     1. Previous Year's Champion (KEVIN LI)
     2. Winner of the Reserve (non scheduled this year thus far)
     3. MB Junior Champion (if rated above 1900) to be determined
     4. Top Manitoban in AY Memorial (KEVIN GENTES)
     5,6. Top 2 finishers in the Tournament of Champions (Nov-Dec)tbd
     7. Player with the best MTPPS (Modified Tournament Performance Point Score)
     8. Player with the 2nd best MTPPS (Modified Tournament Performance Point Score)
     9. 2nd Manitoban in the AY Memorial (SAM LIPNOWSKI (on tiebreak)
    10. Player with the 3rd best MTPPS 
    11. Player with the 4th best MTPPS 
    12. etc.from the MTPPS

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 Novemeber 21. are as follows:
(Tournaments scored included all Manitoba CFC Standard rated tournaments, Canadian Open,  USCF Tournaments, Polish FIDE tournaments ) If you believe a result has been missed or is incorrect, please contact me.

Kevin Gentes 23807
Kevin Li
Samuel Lipnowski 22572
Jonathon Zaczek 22571
Jeff Babb
Gustav Baron 22214
Leor Wasserman 22210
Felix Andraschko 21960
Anthony Boron 21762
Theo Wolchock 21655
Jeff Clark
Myron Kernetsky 21315
Gustavo Melamedoff 21306
Blair Rutter 21182
James Atem 21147
Waldemar Schulz 20768
Isaac Wiebe 20101
Rolando Bince 19987
Jim Green

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Ken Einarsson ties for first in Bloomington (MN) U1800

Ken scored 4.5 to tie for first in the Bloomington Open Reserve (U1800) section in Minnesota, Nov 8-10.
See the crosstable 2014 Bloomington Open.  Jim Green participated in the Open section. Jim and Ken tell me that the organizers plan to have the 2015 edition a couple of weeks earlier, so that should lessen the chances of travellers encountering a blizzard as they did this year.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Kevin Li has won the 2014 Manitoba Closed

 Kevin Li has won the 2014 Manitoba Closed.  He won the final match, Saturday, November 15 1.5 -.5 over Chandrashekhar Iyer.

The CFC has rated the 2014 Manitoba Closed.

Monday, November 17, 2014

2014 Sunday November Quads - CFC Rated - November 23

A QUAD (short for quadrangular) is simply a group of four players arranged by rating. Each player in a particular QUAD plays one game against each of the other three players. The winner is the player with the best score.

The first thing The Tournament Director will do is to sort the players in order of their CFC ratings.
Then the players are broken into groups of four.  The lowest grouping may have more than 4 players - this section will be run as a Swiss.

In each Quad Group - the pairings will be something like this:
White* Black*

Round 1
1 vs 4
2 vs 3
Round 2
3 vs 1
4 vs 2
Round 3
1 vs 2
4 vs 3

*Colors in the third round are determined by coin toss/computer

Each 4-player section is a separate event for pairing purposes. (There will be no prizes for this event)

Time Control:  Game / 50 + 10 second increment

Entry Fee: $ 4  (to cover CFC rating fees)
Approximate Round times - (Rounds will commence immediately at the end of the previous round)
Round 1: 12:00 pm
Round 2: 2:00 pm
Round 3:  4:00 pm

All players in the tournament must also be Chess Federation of Canada members.
CFC Membership information:
(membership can be purchased at the tournament site)
Former/returning members:
$ 20 for a one-tournament membership or $ 49 for 12 months, Juniors - one
tournament membership $ 10, $34 for 12 months.
New members pay only $ 16 for a one-tournament membership or $ 36 for 12
months, Juniors - one tournament membership $ 10, $24 for 12 months.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - November 1, 2014

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to Mate in 2 (Meredith)

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
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
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..."