Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - January 11, 2020

from the Saturday Free Press
White to move and mate in 2  (Funk)
1. Qc7

Friday, January 3, 2020

2020 January TNT starts Tuesday, January 7, 2020

2020 January TNT Tournament
One Section - CFC Rated Event
$ 15 entry fee – Prizes will be based on entries.
Location: University of Winnipeg – Rm 4CM42
4 rounds – 1 game on each Tuesday January 7, 14, 21, 28 –
(This is not a knockout tournament, players will play all 4rounds) (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 2.
Please note that we intend to start the first round at 7:00 p.m. sharp.  FIDE Zero tolerance rule not in effect (you will not forfeited if you are late, but will lose after 1 hour of being late).
There is one game per week. All of the TNTs are Swiss (pairing) style tournaments with a time control of G /105 minutes plus a five-second increment from move 1. [Each player has 1 hour 45 minutes to complete their moves, the game will be be approx. 3 hours and 40 minutes maximum].
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 $ 25 for 12 months- new adult members pay $ 25 for a twelve-month CFC membership, or $ 16 for a one-tournament membership]Junior (under 20) members pay $ 10 for a one-tournament membership, $ 17 for a twelve-month CFC membership, new junior members pay only $ 17 for a twelve month CFC membership, or $ 8 for a one-tournament membership]
Registration for tournament -Tuesday, January 7 - approximately 6:35 pm to 6:50 pm
Registration will be cut off at 6:50 pm. Tournament Director will be  Tony Boron (2047989464) or email chessmanitoba at gmail.com
Players can join in Rounds 2  , they will receive a half-point bye for Round 1. Location: University of Winnipeg - Rm 4CM42
Getting to 4CM42:  (written by Mark Jenkins) Location is room 4CM42 in Centennial Hall at the University of Winnipeg. This room is a bit tricky to get to because the escalators only go to the 4th floor and do not go to the 4CM mezzanine level. Give yourself time to find the room. Either  take the Centennial Hall elevator direct to the 4CM level, or take the Lockhart Hall (Ellice entrance) elevator to level 5 and cross over from the Lockhart level 5 to Centennial Hall 4CM (note, this elevator isn't always available) or take the escalators to the 4th floor and then use the stairs between the escalator and library to reach the 4CM level.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - December 28, 2019

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

Monday, December 16, 2019

2020 Manitoba Closed Qualifying Update

2020 Manitoba Closed Qualifying Update

2020 Manitoba Closed Championship Qualifying Update  Manitoba Closed 2020 format : 8 player Round Robin
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 2019 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 (ISAAC WIEBE)
     2. Winner of the Reserve (not held)
     3. MB Junior Champion (if rated above 1900)  -WOLCHOCK - already qualified)
     4. Top Manitoban in AY Memorial (THEO WOLCHOCK)
     5,6. Top 2 finishers in the Tournament of Champions (Jack Woodbury Memorial) - Theo Wochock, ROLANDO BINCE )
     7. Player with the best MTPPS (WOLCHOCK - already qualified
     8. Player with the 2nd best MTPPS (WIEBE - already qualified
     9. 2nd Manitoban in the AY Memorial (DEREK MA)
    10. Player with the 3rd best MTPPS  (MA - already qualified)
    11. Player with the 4th best MTPPS  (GUSTAV BARON)

    12.  Player with the 5th best MTPPS (YEMI ABIOYE )

13.  Player with the 6th best MTPPS (Bince- already qualified )

14.  Player with the 7th best MTPPS (COLIN PRINCE)
15. Player with the 8th best MTPPS (ANTHONY BORON)
16.  Player with the 9th best MTPPS (Jaro Czypinski)
The above players (in bold) will be contacted in early 2020 to determine their willingness to participate in the Round-Robin.  If any of the players decline, invitations will be provided to next players on the list below. 

2019  MTPPS scores  including 2019 Jack Woodbury Memorial.  (Note: Some of Wiebe's USCF tournaments were not calculated as they were irrelevant for qualification as he had already qualified as 209 Manitoba Champion).

Total Name
23440 Theo Wolchock
23202 Isaac Wiebe
22780 Derek Ma
22210 Gustav L Baron
22010 Yemi Abioye
21558 Rolando Bince
21483 Colin Prince
20998 Anthony Boron
20639 Jaroslaw Czypinski
20201 Harshani Konara
20044 Cory Letain
19574 Jim Green
19566 Blair Rutter

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 2019 top MTPPS scores at this point are as follows: Calculations in progress
(Tournaments scored included all CFC Standard rated tournaments, International FIDE standard rated tournaments etc. - Note that Wiebe's score would be much higher if USCF events had been calcualted, but it is moot as he is alreay qualified) If you believe a result has been missed or is incorrect, please contact me.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - December 14, 2019

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Funk)
1. Qf4

Thursday, December 12, 2019

The CFC has rated the 2019 Jack Woodbury Memorial

See the crosstable here:

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak established ratings:

Theo Wolchock 2253
Colin Prince  2007
Alia Myrzaibraimova 1164

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - November 23, 2019

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Funk)
1. Rf1

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - November 2, 2019

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to move and mate in 2 (Funk)
1. Ned4
1. Ned4

Sunday, November 10, 2019

2019 Manitoba Junior Championship - November 16, 17

University of Winnipeg - Room 2C15

Chess Federation of Canada (CFC) rated
(for this all-Junior event, CFC membership is not required)
4 round Swiss System
$ 15 entry fee

Prizes based on entries - First prize guaranteed $ 50 minimum

Registration 9:30 am to 9:50 am Saturday, Nov 16
Winner, if rated over 1900 qualifies for the 2020 Manitoba Closed Championship

Tournament Director: Tony Boron,
chessmanitoba@gmail.com  204 798 9464

Open to all Manitoba Juniors born after January 1, 2000,

Time Control: 90 minutes + 30 second increment
Round Times:
Saturday, 10 am and 2:30 p.m
Sunday, 10 am and 2:30 p.m

(Rounds 2 and 4 may be advanced if Previous round's games end early and there is mutual consent between paired players to start earlier.)

Players under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.