Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - May 18, 2019

from the Winnipeg Free Press

White to move and mate in 2 (Funk)
1.Rc2

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - May 4, 2019

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

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The CFC has rated the 2019 Manitoba Closed

See the crosstable here:

http://chess.ca/crosstable?tournament_check_number=201905067&key=190516


Congratulations to the following who achieved a new peak established rating:

Yemi Abioye  2091

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

2019 May TNT starts Tuesday, May 7

2019 May TNT starts Tuesday, May 7


$ 15 entry fee  + CFC Membership  required (see below)
– Prizes will be based on entries.
There is one game per week.
Location: University of Winnipeg – Rm 4CM42 4 rounds – 1 game on each of May 7,14,21,28 –
(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.
Please note that we intend to start the first round at 7:00 p.m. sharp.
All of the TNTs are Swiss (pairing) style tournaments with a time control of G /105 minutes plus a five-second increment from move1. [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.
CFC membership:
All players must be CFC members (can be obtained during registration on-site) [Renewing or new Adult members pay $ 25 for a twelve-month CFC membership, Renewing adults pay $ 20 for a new one-tournament membership; new members pay  $ 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  $ 17 for a twelve month CFC membership, or $ 8 for a one-tournament membership]
Registration for tournament -Tuesday, May 7 – approximately 6:35 pm to 6:50 pm
Registration will be cut off at 6:50 pm.
Tournament Director will be Tony Boron .Contact at 204-798-9464 or email chessmanitoba at gmail.com
Players can join in Round 2, they will receive a half-point bye for Round 1. Location: University of Winnipeg – Rm 4CM42Easiest 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, May 1, 2019

2019 Nathan Divinsky Memorial has been rated by the CFC

The 2019 Nathan Divinsky Memorial has been rated by the CFC.

Please see the crosstable here.

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak established ratings:

Gary Crawford  1669
Jim Melnyk  1708
Aibike Myrzaibraimova 1572



FIDE Rating Updates

A couple of players have updated FIDE ratings for April Tournaments.

(The 2019 Nathan Divinsky ended after the FIDE rating cutoff, so those results will be available June 1.)

Isaac Wiebe - from the Canadian Closed   +6 to 2059
Rolando Bince - from the Grand Pacific Open  -26 to 1863

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - April 20, 2019

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to move and mate in 2 (Funk)
1. Bb6


Saturday, April 20, 2019

2019 Canadian Closed

We will be following the progress of 2018 Manitoba Champion Isaac Wiebe, and former Winnipegger Kevin Gentes.

In Round 1, Isaac lost to Shawn Rodrigue-Lemieux (FIDE 2262), Gentes drew with CM Kevin Zhong.
In Round 2, Isaac defeated Hughes Masse (FIDE 2163), Kevin lost to Victor Plotkin.
In Round 3, Isaac lost to GM Bareev, Kevin defeated William Li (FIDE 2096).
In Round 4, Isaac lost to CM Max Chen (FIDE 2070)., Kevin lost to Qiyu Zhou (FIDE 2246).
In Round 5, Isaac drew with WFM Svitlana Demchenko) FIDE 2135), Kevin may have forfeited.
In Round 6, Isaac lost to William Li (FIDE 2096), Kevin has withdrawn.
In Round 7, Isaac defeated Jean Desforges (FIDE 2235).
In Round 8, Isaac defeated CM Dorian Kang (FIDE 2035).
In Round 9, Isaac lost to Ananda Saha (FIDE 2073)



Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - April 6, 2019

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to move and mate in 2 (Loyd)
1. Bh4


Monday, April 1, 2019

2019 March TNT has been rated by the CFC

see the crosstable here:
chess.ca/crosstable?tournament_check_number=201903097

Congratulation to the following who achieved new peak established ratings:

Jim Melnyk 1673
Gary Crawford  1584

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - March 23, 2019

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Funk)  Episcopal Composition
1. Bb3


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - March 9, 2019

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to move and mate in 2 (Funk)
1.Qh2

Friday, March 1, 2019

2019 March TNT starts Tuesday, March 5

$ 15 entry fee  + CFC Membership  required (see below)
– Prizes will be based on entries.
There is one game per week.
Location: University of Winnipeg – Rm 4CM42 4 rounds – 1 game on each of March 5,12,19,26 –
(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.
Please note that we intend to start the first round at 7:00 p.m. sharp.
All of the TNTs are Swiss (pairing) style tournaments with a time control of G /105 minutes plus a five-second increment from move1. [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.
CFC membership:
All players must be CFC members (can be obtained during registration on-site) [Renewing or new Adult members pay $ 25 for a twelve-month CFC membership, Renewing adults pay $ 20 for a new one-tournament membership; new members pay  $ 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  $ 17 for a twelve month CFC membership, or $ 8 for a one-tournament membership]
Registration for tournament -Tuesday, March 5 – approximately 6:35 pm to 6:50 pm
Registration will be cut off at 6:50 pm.
Tournament Director will be Tony Boron .Contact at 204-798-9464 or email chessmanitoba at gmail.com
Players can join in Round 2, they will receive a half-point bye for Round 1. Location: University of Winnipeg – Rm 4CM42Easiest 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.

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - February 23, 2019

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Funk)
1.Qf7

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

2019 February TNT has been rated by the CFC

See the crosstable here chess.ca/crosstable?tournament_check_number=201902078


Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak established ratings:

Yemi Abioye  2065
Aibike Myrzaibraimova  1509

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

2019 South Sakatchewan Open has been rated by the CFC

See the crosstables here:

Open  chess.ca/crosstable?tournament_check_number=201902060

U2000 chess.ca/crosstable?tournament_check_number=201902059

U1500 chess.ca/crosstable?tournament_check_number=201902058
Congratulations to the following Manitobans who achieved new peak established ratings:

Gilbert Perez 1876
Ethan Eckert  1620


Monday, February 18, 2019

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - February 9, 2019

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Funk)
1. Qe2


Monday, February 4, 2019

2019 February TNT starts Tuesday, February 5

2019 February TNT

2019 February TNT -  CFC (Chess Federation of Canada)  rated. $ 15 entry fee  and CFC membership required - see below -  
–Prizes will be based on entries.
There is one game per week.

Location: University of Winnipeg – Rm 4CM424 rounds – 1 game on each of February 5,12,19,26 –
(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.
Please note that we intend to start the first round at 7:00 p.m. sharp.
All of the TNTs are Swiss (pairing) style tournaments with a time control of G /105 minutes plus a five-second increment from move1. [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.

CFC membership:
All players must be CFC members (can be obtained during registration on-site) [Renewing or new Adult members pay $ 25 for a twelve-month CFC membership, Renewing adults pay $ 20 for a new one-tournament membership; new members pay  $ 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  $ 17 for a twelve month CFC membership, or $ 8 for a one-tournament membership]
Registration for tournament -Tuesday, February 5 – approximately 6:35 pm to 6:50 pm

Registration will be cut off at 6:50 pm.
Tournament Director will be Tony Boron .Contact at 204-798-9464 or email chessmanitoba at gmail.com
Players can join in Round 2, they will receive a half-point bye for Round 1. Location: University of Winnipeg – Rm 4CM42Easiest 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, January 30, 2019

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle -January 26, 2019

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Funk)
1. Qh8

The 2019 January TNT has been rated by the CFC


CFC has rated the event -  see the Crosstable here

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak established ratings:

Yemi Abioye 2032
Larry Samson 1737
Roy Proulx 1907

Saturday, January 26, 2019

2019 Kent Oliver Memorial and MCA Annual General Meeting - February 3

Sunday, February 3, 2019 – University of Winnipeg Room 3L08
One day Rapid event  !
5 rounds of   Time Control – Game /  20 minutes  + 10 seconds free (Bronstein)
Registration starts at 9:30AM – First Round 10 a.m
We should be finished around 5 p.m.
Pizza Lunch (provided) and Annual General Meeting from approx 12 to 1:30between rounds 2 and 3.
Entry Fee: $ 15
C FC Membership not required, however Manitoba Chess Association(MCA) membership is required.
If you are not a CFC member  $ 5 (for one tournament)
First time players do not require MCA membership for this tournament.
The prize fund is enhanced through a generous donation from Mrs. Truus Oliver.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

FIDE ratings of Manitobans having played at least one FIDE event in 2018

Please report any errors or omissions to chessmanitoba@gmail.com





FIDE Ratings at January 1, 2019
  Nones, Teodulfo Ii  PHI 2246
  Wiebe, Isaac  CAN 2109
  Baron, Gustav L  CAN 2048
  Moncal, Nilo  CAN 2037
  Swift, Ryne  CAN 2004
  Babb, Jeff  CAN 1992
 Valentino, Marcos  CAN 1991
Currie, James  CAN 1975
  Wolchock, Theo  CAN 1974
  Ma, Derek  CAN 1971
Pramanik, Projjwal IND 1935
  Bince, Rolando  CAN 1891
  Cleto, Sam  CAN 1885
  Boron, Anthony  CAN 1859
  Gerona, Joshua  CAN 1844
  Konara, Harshani  SRI 1837
  Rutter, Blair  CAN 1836
  Proulx, Roy  CAN 1835
  Prince, Colin  CAN 1801
  Orogun, Ibukun  CAN 1789
  Green, Jim  CAN 1776
  Skop, Mike  CAN 1771
  Atem, James  CAN 1739
  Einarsson, Ken  CAN 1682
  Tarasoff, Shawn  CAN 1682
  Le Dorze, Phil  CAN 1672
  Letain, Cory  CAN 1644
  Myrzaibraimov, Azamat  CAN 1638
  Klokow, John  CAN 1633
  Remillard, John  CAN 1587
  Furda, Ievgeniia-Diana  UKR 1552
  Myrzaibraimova, Aibike  CAN 1527
  Trueman, Francis  CAN 1510
  Leaden, Bruce  CAN 1496
  Piche, Zachary  CAN 1463
  Gregoryanz, Philipp  CAN 1460
  Lei, Yanyu  CAN 1442
  Marshall, Carter  CAN 1383
  Magyar, Peter  CAN 1316

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - January 12, 2019

from the Winnipeg Free Press

White to mate in 2 (Funk)
1. Nd5.
My applogies for the previous incorrect diagram that was missing the knight on h8.  In that version there are two solution, 1. Nd5 or 1. Qxf7.  Thanks to our anonymous commenter for pointing out the 'cook' in the previous diagram.

Monday, January 7, 2019

2019 Manitoba Closed Qualifying Update

2019 Manitoba Closed Championship Qualifying Update  Manitoba Closed 2019 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 2018 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)  -THEO WOLCHOCK)
     4. Top Manitoban in AY Memorial (JOJO NONES)
     5,6. Top 2 finishers in the Tournament of Champions (Jack Woodbury Memorial - to be held in Nov - Dec ) Isaac Wiebe -already qualified, GUSTAV BARON 
     7. Player with the best MTPPS (Isaac Wiebe -already qualified
     8. Player with the 2nd best MTPPS (Jojo Nones - already qualified ) 
     9. 2nd Manitoban in the AY Memorial (Wiebe -already qualified, Wolchock-already qualified, RYNE SWIFT)
    10. Player with the 3rd best MTPPS  (Gustav Baron - see above)
    11. Player with the 4th best MTPPS  (Theo Wolchock - see above)

    12.  Player with the 5th best MTPPS (JEFF BABB )

13.  Player with the 6th best MTPPS (DEREK MA )

14.  Player with the 7th best MTPPS (ANTHONY BORON)
15. Player with the 8th best MTPPS (Rolando Bince)
16.  Player with the 9th best MTPPS (Blair Rutter)
etc.


The above players (in bold) will be contacted in early 2019 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. 

Update; Feb 28 -  All above in bold have confirmed their participation, except Ryne Swift who declined; Rolando Bince has accepted as next in line.

Accepted:

2018  MTPPS scores:
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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.

MTPPS
24803 10 Isaac Wiebe
23548 10 Teodulfo II Nones
2354310 Gustav L Baron
22731 10 Theo Wolchock
22444 10 Jeff Babb
22219 10 Derek Ma
21438 10 Anthony Boron
20623 10 Rolando Bince
2056510 Blair Rutter
20187 10 Oyeyemi A Abioye
2004710 Colin Prince
19865  9 Ryne Swift