Sunday, October 4, 2015

2015 Les Mundwiler Memorial (October TNT) starts Tuesday, October 6

2015 Les Mundwiler Memorial (October TNT) - 
CFC  rated.

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

Location: University of Winnipeg - Rm 4CM42

 4 rounds - October 6,13,20, 27,  - (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 2.

Time Control: G/110  + FIDE Appendix Rule G.4

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.

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, 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, Oct 6  - 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. 

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.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - October 3, 2015

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

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

2015 Arsen Aban Memorial rated by CFC and FIDE

The 2015 Arsen Aban Memorial Tournament has been rated by the CFC and FIDE.

See the crosstable here

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak established ratings:

Saul Magnusson 2100 (+133 !)
Jeff Clark 2081 (+42)
Rayan Roy 1589 (+48)

The tournament also produced a number of FIDE rated players:

Saul Magnusson 2037
Colin Prince 1928
Theo Wolchock 1703

to join the following who already has established FIDE ratings:

James Atem 1844  +28
Isaac Wiebe 2057 +17
Theo Wolchock 1721 +18
Anthony Boron      1931    -3
Myron Kernetsky  1961 -8
Phil Le Dorze  1660 +16
Rolando Bince 1986 -16
Waldemar Schulz 1981 -8
Gustav Baron  1925  -32

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - September 19, 2015

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

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle September 5, 2015

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Markovtsy)
1. Qb5

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Arsen Veselinovich Aban 1944-2015

As we mentioned at the TNT last week, former MCA president Arsen Aban has passed away.
Full Winnipeg Free Press Passages entry here:
Arsen Aban 


ARSEN ABAN April 7, 1944 - August 29, 2015.
A celebration of Arsen's life will be held at the Norwood Hotel, 112 Marion St. on Tuesday, September 8 at 6:00 p.m. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - August 22, 2015

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

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.