Thursday, November 1, 2018

2018 Jack Woodbury Memorial starts Tuesday, November 6


2018 Jack Woodbury Memorial

University of Winnipeg
Room 4CM42
One Section - FIDE and CFC Rated Event
Swiss - 7 rounds

Dates -  Tuesdays. November 6 - December 18,

Entry Fee: $ 25
 
Arbiters: Blair Rutter  / Anthony Boron

Time Controls - G /110(+Guideline III.4)

 (Players may take up to 2 half-point and any number of zero-point byes. Half-point byes for rounds 6 and 7 must be requested before Round 4.)

Registration - November 6 - approximately 6:30 pm to 6:50 pm.

Late Registration for tournament - November 13 or 20 - approximately 6:30 pm to 6:45 pm - you will receive a 1/2 point bye for each of the first two rounds missed.

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).

Top Manitoba Finisher in the 2018 Jack Woodbury Memorial qualifies to the 2019 Manitoba Championship

 (These are not knockout tournaments, players will play all 7 rounds)(If you can not play on one or more weeks, please contact the TD BEFORE the round.)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The CFC has rated the 2018 October Tournaments

First the Manitoba Junior

http://chess.ca/crosstable?tournament_check_number=201810096
http://chess.ca/crosstable?tournament_check_number=201810106&key=f7f84297f903c4ae67e9b17ebb49c5a3



The 2018 Manitoba Senior

http://chess.ca/crosstable?tournament_check_number=201810105

2018 October TNT

http://chess.ca/crosstable?tournament_check_number=201810106

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak established ratings:

Phil Gregoryanz  1596

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

2018 Abe Yanofsky Memorial Open has been rated by FIDE

After some delay, FIDE has rated the 2018 Abe Yanofsky Memorial Open.

See below - far right for rating change.


Monday, October 29, 2018

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - October 20, 2018

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


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - October 6, 2018

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Rinder)
1. Qd5

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Aron Kaptsan Memorial Tournament Sectional November 17-18



Aron Kaptsan Memorial Tournament
Sectional  
November 17-18
CFC Standard Rated
 Prize funds enhanced by $ 250 !
A sectional tournament is popular format with players of all ratings.
.Registered players will have the chance to play in a round -robin with players in their own rating group. The lowest section may be a swiss style tournament. 

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Players must commit to play all 5 rounds - 


Deadline for registration is 10 am on November 17, 2018

Just a reminder that the tournament will be run in sections with 6 players.

Players are assigned to the sections according to the last available rating list.

Location: University of Winnipeg, Room (to be announced)

Blair Rutter will be Tournament Director

The tournament director will sort the registrants by rating  in 6 player Round Robin sections. Lowest section that cannot be divided into 6 players will become a 5 round System tournament.

Time Control:  Game / 50 + 10 second increment

Entry Fee: $ 20 
Approximate Round times - (Rounds will commence immediately at the end of the previous round)
Round 1: Saturday 10:00 am
Round 2: Saturday approx.  12:30 pm
Round 3: Saturday approx  2:30 pm
Round 4: Sunday 10:00 a.m.
Round 5: Sunday approx 12:30 pm or earlier by mutual agreement.
 

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.


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - September 22, 2018

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Loyd)
1. Qe3

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - September 8, 2018

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Loyd)
1. Be5

Thursday, September 6, 2018

2018 Abe Yanofsky Memorial has been rated by the CFC

See the crosstables here:

Open
chess.ca/crosstable?tournament_check_number=201809006


U1800
chess.ca/crosstable?tournament_check_number=201809007

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak established CFC ratings:

Jojo Nones  2347
Theo Wolchock 2182
Ryne Swift  2225
Derek Ma 2115
Fernando Orcullo 1750
Yanyu Lei 1607
Zachary Piche 1554

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - August 25, 2018

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to move and mate in 2 (Loyd)
1. Qe2

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - August 11, 2018

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Loyd)
1. e8(N)+

Monday, August 13, 2018

Active (Rapid) Chess Tournament – Tuesday, August 14

Active (Rapid) Chess Tournament – Tuesday, August 14


Tuesday, August 14 – Active (Rapid) Chess Tournament.
4 Round Swiss System – Time Control Game 20 with 10 second delay (Bronstein)  $ 10 entry fee  –  CFC membership not required.
University of Winnipeg – Room 4CM42
Registration 6:30 pm to 6:50 pm
Entry Fee: $ 10
Prizes: Based on entries –  Entry to 2018 Abe Yanofsky Memorial Tournament –
(the August 7 event saw Theo Wolchock and Isaac Wiebe win entries to the Open Section, while Jeremie Piche won entry to the U1800 section.  There was a  six-way tie for the second U1800 entry, which necessitated that it be split by cash payment)

Sunday, July 29, 2018

CecIl's Saturday Puzzle - July 28, 2018

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Loyd)
(Note that the R at a1 is missing from the print edition of the Winnipeg Free Press)
1. Qb4

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - July 14, 2018

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 3 (Loyd)
(note: the diagram in the Free Press omitted the Rook on c4  - that creates a Mate in 4 problem)


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - June 30, 2018

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

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - June 16, 2018

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

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - June 2, 2018

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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The 2018 Manitoba Closed has been rated by the CFC

See the crosstable here:
http://chess.ca/crosstable?tournament_check_number=201806031

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak ratings:

Isaac Wiebe  2297
Gustav Baron 2270

Saturday, June 2, 2018

2018 Winnipeg Open (Joe Dreman Memorial) starts Tuesday, June 5

2018 Winnipeg Open - Joe Dreman Memorial (a special Tuesday Night Tournament) CFC and FIDE rated.
 $ 20 entry fee - Prizes will be based on entries. Approximately $ 200 will be added to the prize fund through the Joe Dreman legacy
 Location: University of Winnipeg - Room 4CM42 8 rounds - June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24 - (This is not a knockout tournament, players will play all 8 rounds)
 (Players may take up to 2 half-point and any number of zero-point byes.
 Half-point byes for rounds 7 and 8 must be requested before Round 3. 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 3 hours and 40 minutes maximum] .
 $ 20 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, June 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' 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. Additional bye information will be added. 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.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

2018 May TNT (Mark Schulman Memorial) has been rated by the CFC

See the cross-table here
 http://chess.ca/crosstable?tournament_check_number=201805118

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak established ratings:

Gustav Baron  2250
Harshani Konara 2000
Carter Marshall 1561


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - May 19, 2018

from the Winnipeg Free Press
corrected diagram
A reader noted that I incorrectly place a pawn on h6.
White to mate in 2 (Loyd)
1.Rf2

However, the error diagram is still a mate in 2 with a different solution !

White to move and mate in 2 (Boron (after Loyd)
1. Kc7

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - May 5, 2018

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to move and mate in 2 (Loyd)
1.Rh8

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - April 21, 2018

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


Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - April 7, 2018

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

2018 April TNT (Andy Kohalmi Memorial) has been rated by the CFC.


The CFC has rated the tournament -  See the crosstable here.

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak established ratings:

Gustav Baron 2233

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

2018 Costales Memorial has been rated by the CFC

 The CFC has rated the 2018 March TNT (Costales Memorial)

http://chess.ca/crosstable?tournament_check_number=201803097

Congratulations to the following who achieved peak new established ratings:

Harshani Konara  1948
Darren Flynn  1368
Aibike Myrzaibraimova 1470

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - March 24, 2018

from the Winnipeg Free Press
Mate in 2 (Loyd)
1.Qa1

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - March 10, 2018

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to move and mate in 2 (Loyd)
1. Bf3


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Aron Kaptsan 1929- 2018

Aron Kaptsan, many time Manitoba Champion, passed away February 17 after a brief illness. His family has indicated that there will be no service. The Manitoba Chess Association will be preparing an appropriate tribute.

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - February 24, 2018

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

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2018 South Saskatchewan tournament sections have been rated by the CFC

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak established ratings:

Gustav Baron  2216
Isaac Wiebe 2280
Ethan Eckert 1607

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - February 10, 2018

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Loyd)
1.Kg8

Saturday, February 10, 2018

2018 Manitoba Closed Championship Qualifying Update

2018 Manitoba Closed Championship Qualifying Update  Manitoba Closed 2018 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 February 26, 2017, the Board approved a regulation that bidders for the wild-card spots must have a standard rating greater than 1800.) 

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 2017 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 (GUSTAV BARON)
     2. Winner of the Reserve (not held)
     3. MB Junior Champion (if rated above 1900)  -THEO WOLCHOCK)
     4. Top Manitoban in AY Memorial (JOJO NONES)
     5,6. Top 2 finishers in the Tournament of Champions (Earl Rosenbloom Memorial - to be held in Nov - Dec) RYNE SWIFT, MYRON KERNETSKY
     7. Player with the best MTPPS (ISAAC WIEBE
     8. Player with the 2nd best MTPPS (Gustav Baron - already qualified ) 
     9. 2nd Manitoban in the AY Memorial (Isaac Wiebe -already qualified)
    10. Player with the 3rd best MTPPS  (Ryne Swift - already qualified)
    11. Player with the 4th best MTPPS  (Jojo Nones - see above)
    12.  Player with the 5th best MTPPS (JEFF BABB )
13.  Player with the 6th best MTPPS (TONY BORON )
14.  Player with the 7th best MTPPS (Theo Wolchock-see above)
15. Player with the 8th best MTPPS (Marcos Valentino)
16.  Player with the 9th best MTPPS (Rolando Bince)
etc.


The above players (in bold) will be contacted in early 2018 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.

Accepted:
JOJO NONES 2321
ISAAC WIEBE 2257
RYNE SWIFT 2214
JEFF BABB 2205
GUSTAV BARON 2126
MARCOS VALENTINO 2123
THEO WOLCHOCK 2054    
TONY BORON 2021




Declined:
Myron Kernetsky

A notice soliciting  wild-card bids will be sent out the weekend of January 13
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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 2018 top MTPPS scores at this point are as follows:
(Tournaments scored included all CFC Standard rated tournaments, US standard rated tournaments, International FIDE standard rated tournaments etc.) If you believe a result has been missed or is incorrect, please contact me.
23403 Isaac Wiebe
22988 Gustav L Baron
22887 Ryne Swift
22638 Teodulfo Nones
22626 Jeff Babb
22541 Anthony Boron
22326 Theo Wolchock
21923 Marcos Valentino
21634 Rolando Bince
21108 Blair Rutter
20878 Myron Kernetsky
20480 Jim Green
19819 Saul Magnusson
19770 Ken Einarsson
19431 Joshua Gerona