Wednesday, January 27, 2010

2010 January TNT has been rated

See the CFC crosstable here

Congratulations to those that achieved new rating highs:

Perfecto Joven 1849
Stephen Lipic 1825
Saul Magnusson 1798
Eric Williams 1612
Richard Ott 1618
Leor Wasserman 1731

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Kent Oliver - update

25 players are competing in the Kent Oliver Memorial today.

Round 1
No upsets in the first round - but Jim Green came within ten seconds of losing to young Devon Li.

Round 2
Steven deGroot held Aron Kaptsan to a draw. Jim Green upset Gustavo Melamedoff.
No other 'upsets' that I can see - so after two rounds - Sam Lipnowski, Jonathon Zaczek, Jim Green, and Alex Nikouline have perfect scores.

Round 3
Zaczek and Lipnowski emerged as the co-leaders with 3-0.

Round 4
Zaczek beat Lipnowski to ensure at least a share of first at 4-0, as Boron and Kaptsan could not settle a King and pawn endgame and ended the round at 3-1

Round 5
Kaptsan and Boron didn't get a crack at Zaczek, but Melamedoff did - but could not stop Jonathon's Shirovian roll. So Jonathon won with an impressive 5-0, for his second "bracelet" in the last five weeks.

Lipnowski beat Boron, and Kaptsan beat Nikouline, both to finish at 4-1. Meanwhile, Perfecto Joven beat Jim Green to win the top U1900 prize, and Gary Crawford won the top U1500 prize.

Crosstable and prize winners - here

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Kent Oliver Memorial Tournament

Kent Oliver Memorial Chess Tournament

Sunday, January 24, 2010
ROOM 5L24 - University of Winnipeg

Last year's format to be repeated this year !

One day Rapid !

Likely 5 rounds of Game 25

Registration starts at 9:30AM - First Round 10 a.m
We should be finished around 5 p.m.

Lunch and Annual General Meeting from approx 12 to 1:30
between rounds 2 and 3.

Entry Fee: $ 15
CFC Membership not required.

The prize fund is enhanced through a generous donation from Mrs. Truus Oliver.

This tournament will be rated as a MCA active event.

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - January 16, 2010

From the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 3 (Loyd)

1. a8(B)
see Steven's comments for some variations.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle January 2, 2010

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

1. Rh7

Friday, January 1, 2010

2009 Move of the Year

I had intended to post this topic earlier, but I ended up being quite busy since mid-December...

Below I will propose a few candidates for move of the year (for Manitoba tournaments).
Actually, I think there is only one candidate, but I leave that to the reader to decide.

Unless I see something better, my vote goes to
Lipic-Magnusson September 2009 TNT - Black to move
16...Nxc3 !

Okay, two more from my games - only because I was there.

Dawa-Boron October 2009 TNT, White to move.
31.Rg5 !?
(actually, not the best move, but great shock value)

Boron-Swift, July 2009 TNT
17. Ngxf7 (no exclam, I think it is all a bit stock, but I liked the sequence anyway) Rxf7
18. Bxg6 hxg6 19. Rh8+ (the point of the above)

Anyway, please send me your candidates for local move of the year.

Here is a submission from Steve deGroot:

Magnusson - deGroot, 2009 AY u1800

Les Mundwiler suggests his move as Black against Lauritson from the March TNT.
(the engines are somewhat neutral on it, as 30. e4 protects the queen and hammers on Black's weak pawns -but you must read Les' comments for his reasoning)

Jim Green likes his son Aaron's move in Bince-Green, August TNT. (see comment section)
18...Rac8 19.Bxc8 Rxc8 20. Qxc8+ Bxc8 21. Rd8+ Kh7 22. Rxc8 Qe5,
(but can Black win after 23. Bf2 ?)

New Year's Resolutions / Goals

Anyone so bold to publicly state their 2010 chess goals ?
I'll start with a couple -
1. To achieve 2100 CFC rating
2. To organize FIDE rated tournaments resulting in at least 8 new FIDE rated players for Manitoba.

January 2010 TNT starts January 5

4 rounds - January 5, 12, 19, 26 - (This is not a knockout tournament, players will play all 4 rounds)
Please note that we intend to start the first round at 7:00 p.m. sharp.

Tuesday Night Tournaments are held every month of the year, (except for November and December when things are organized a little differently).

There is one game per week.

All of the TNTs are Swiss (pairing) style tournaments with a time control of G /120 minutes [Each player has 2 hours to complete their moves, the game will be be 4 hours maximum]

The TNTs are typically 4 round events (one game for 4 consecutive Tuesdays in the month)
Start time is 7:00 pm and the TD will confirm costs ( $ 15 entry fee, and CFC membership required[$ 20 for a one-tournament membership or $ 53 for the entire year)

Registration for tournament -January 5 - approximately 6:40 pm to 6:50 pm
Our goal is to start the first round at 7:00 p.m. sharp.

Location: University of Winnipeg - Rm 4CM42
4CM42 <-click here for map This is very near our old room of 5L24 and is in fact on the same floor. Easiest way to get there is the same way to 5L24 - 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 Bookstore. Contact: Lorne Gibbons, TD