Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The CFC has rated the 2019 Abe Yanofsky Memorial

See the Open Crosstable here:

https://chess.ca/crosstable?tournament_check_number=201909005

See the U1800 Crosstable here:

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak established ratings:
https://chess.ca/crosstable?tournament_check_number=201909006

Theo Wolchock 2238
Derek Ma  2223
Gilbert  Perez 1917
Ethan Eckert 1793  (+173)
Aibike Myrzaibraimova 1606
Zachary Piche 1590

Sunday, September 1, 2019

2019 Abe Yanofsky Memorial results

Theo Wolchock won the 2019 Abe Yanofsky Memorial Open with 4.5 points, ceding only a draw to fellow junior Derek Ma in Round 2. Ma finished 2nd with 4 points;, his other draw was with current Manitoba Champion Isaac Wiebe in Round 4. Yemi Abioye finished 3rd with 3.5, upsetting Wiebe in the final round.

James Currie won top U2000 with 3 points, followed by Jordan Constantino (Kwiatek) and Gilbert Perez who shared 2nd U2000 with 2.5 points.



Ethan Eckert dominated the U1800 section, winning with a perfect score. Al MacPherson finished 2nd with 4 points. Aibike Myrzaibraimova won top U1600 with 3.5 points, followed by 2nd U1600 shared by Carter Marshall, Ken Marshall, Zachary Piche, and Ievgeniia-Diana Furda, all with 3 points.

Top U1400 was shared by newcomers Noah Monk and Marcel Lemay, both with 3 points.


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - August 24, 2019

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Funk)
1. Rh6

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - August 10, 2019


from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Funk)
 1. Ned6

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

2019 Winnipeg Open (Joe Dreman Memorial) has been rated by the CFC,

See the crosstable here:

https://chess.ca/crosstable?tournament_check_number=201907062

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

Derek Ma   2204
Adrian Lafreniere 2024
Cory Letain 1840
Udaya Annakkage 1793

FIDE has rated the Canadian Open


https://ratings.fide.com/tournament_report.phtml?event16=221867&t=

Manitobans generally didn't fare so well -

Name Rating change
  Wolchock, Theo  -25.2
  Wiebe, Isaac  -24.8
  Ma, Derek  + 3.4
  Boron, Anthony  -15.6
  Green, Jim  -9.8
  Einarsson, Ken  -33.2
  Bince, Rolando  -22.6

Major factor  was underrated juniors and/or unrated players.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - July 27, 2019

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to move and mate in 2 (Funk)
1. Nb6

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

2019 Canadian Open and CYCC tournaments have been rated by the CFC

From what I reviewed, it seems that no Manitobans achieved new peak established ratings.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - July 13, 2019

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Funk)   
1. Kc4

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - June 15 (and June 29)

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Funk)   
Ned6

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - June 1, 2019

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

1.Ne4

Monday, June 3, 2019

FIDE Rating changes

FIDE has rated the 2019 Divinsky Memorial (April TNT) and the Manitoba Closed -

Following are the Previous FIDE rating, the new FIDE rating and the +/- changes




Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The CFC has rated the 2019 May TNT

Please see the crosstable here:  chess.ca/crosstable?tournament_check_number=201905124



Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak established ratings:

Phil Le Dorze  1910  (+117 !)

Harshani Konara 2020

Udaya Annakkage 1702

Aibike Myrzaibraimova  1581


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.