Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - September 25, 2010

from the Winnipeg Free Press
Mate in 2 (Funk)
1. Kf2

2010 September TNT has been rated by the CFC

2010 September TNT has been rated by the CFC

See the crosstable here

Congratulations to the following for achieving new peak ratings.

Gustavo Melamedoff  2055
Saul Magnusson 1803

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - September 11, 2010

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 3 (Loyd)
Ok, this should be easy, but I was looking a bit deep.

Hint: Don't spend all night thinking about the a-file.
1.bxa8(N) Kxg2 2.Nb6 ....

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

2010 ChessNuts Challenge dates and details announced

Our friend Brian Thompson has posted details of the 4th Annual ChessNuts Challenge in Fargo, ND. October 22-24, 2010 (Games on Saturday and Sunday).

Lots of my time for advance planning for this excellent event !

(repost from February !)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Bent Larsen

Les Mundwiler writes:
Bent Larsen has just died, I visited the Danish Chess Union's site and 
found the attached jpeg, from last Jan. 1st. Here's the caption: Bent 
Larsen fotograferet i januar 2010 af Peter Heine Nielsen.
 From ICC newsletter:

  En Passant: Bent Larsen, 1935-2010

One of the world's best grandmasters of his day, Danish legend Bent Larsen, has died in Buenos Aires, Argentina after a short illness. He was 75.
The six-time Danish Champion and four-time world championship candidate (in 1965, 1968, 1971, and 1977) won three Interzonal tournaments and many, many other international tournaments. His five consecutive first prizes at Havana 1967, Winnipeg 1967, Palma de Mallorca 1967, Sousse 1967 and Monte Carlo 1968 set a record for anyone who was not actually world champion. In 1967 he was also awarded the first Chess Oscar for player of the year.
Larsen was the first player in the western hemisphere to challenge the dominance of Soviet chess after the second world war. In the years leading up to Bobby Fischer's 1972 world title victory, Larsen was often considered a stronger candidate for the championship match than was Fischer.
And indeed when FIDÉ organized a match in 1970 pitting the Soviet Union's best players against the top players from the rest of the world, Larsen protested when Fischer was initially selected for board one. In a rare display of humility Fischer acquiesced, allowing Larsen the top spot and a match-up with world champion Boris Spassky.
However, in an outstanding career with many highs, his most famous low has to have been his 6-0 loss to Fischer in their 1971 Candidates match - the psychological blow from which many believe signaled the beginning of the end for Larsen's ambitions to become world champion; and indeed, it was often said he was never quite the same player after such a demolition job by Fischer.
Since the early 1970s Larsen has lived in Buenos Aires, with his Argentinian-born wife. One of his lasting legacy's to chess will be his outstanding collection of 50 games published in his book, Larsen's Selected Games of Chess 1948-69 (also known as Bent Larsen: Master of Counter-Attack) - a truly superb book and one that should be in everyone's library.
In a further tribute to Bent Larsen here on ICC, next week three Chess.FM shows - Chess Talk with John Watson, Attack with LarryC, and Game of the Week with Joel Benjamin - will be dedicated to the life and times of this truly remarkable chess giant.

Photo © Peter Heine Nielsen

Note: Why Larsen on the chessmanitoba blog ? 
Well, he played in the 1967 
Grandmaster Chess Tournament in Winnipeg.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

2010 Abe Yanofsky Memorial has been rated

See the crosstables here:



Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak established ratings:
Jonathon Zaczek   2246
Jim Green   1822
Steven de Groot 1831
Michael Pang 1774
Leor Wasserman 1758
Arie Wasserman  1742
Richard Ott 1728
Henry Li 1438
Sashika Kumaragamage 1414
Alex Iomdina 1296
Justin Villeneuve 1246

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle August 28, 2010

from the Saturday Winnipeg Free Press
 White to mate in 3
1. Qd4! cd4 2.Rf7, etc.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

2010 AY Satellite Results

Eighty-one year old Aron Kaptsan warmed up for the Abe Yanofsky Memorial by defeating Manitoba Champion Trevor Vincent, and  Manitoba's newest Master, Jonathon Zaczek, enroute to winning the AY Satellite with a 4-0 score.
Aron Kaptsan, Samuel Lipnowski, Trevor Vincent, Perfecto Joven, Saul Magnusson, Arie Wasserman, Michael Pang, and Cory Letain all won entries to the Abe Yanofsky Memorial tournament. 
Cory Letain and Trevor Vincent in turn registered for the tournament; Sam Lipnowski and Arie Wasserman are likely to do as well. I am not sure about Saul or Perfecto.   Pang and Kaptsan already had entered; I know Kaptsan is looking to sell his ticket for somewhere between $ 30 and $ 40. If interested, please contact me @ chessmanitoba at with an offer.

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Tot Prize
1 Aron Kaptsan 2031 W15 W14 W3 W5  4.0 ticket
2 Samuel Lipnowski 2244 W18 W11 D5 W7  3.5 ticket
3 Trevor Vincent 2329 W8 W4 L1 W11  3.0 ticket
4 Perfecto Joven 1963 W20 L3 W16 W9  3.0 ticket
5 Jonathon Zaczek 2228 W19 W13 D2 L1  2.5 chop
6 Rolando Bince 2160 W12 D16 L7 W15  2.5 chop
7 Stephen Lipic 1816 D17 W22 W6 L2  2.5 chop
8 Ryne Swift 1802 L3 D15 W17 W12  2.5 chop
9 Gustavo Melamedoff 2002 L16 W17 W20 L4  2.0  
10 Jim Lauritson 1910 L14 L12 W18 W16  2.0  
11 Saul Magnusson 1798 W21 L2 W13 L3  2.0 ticket
12 Arie Wasserman 1707 L6 W10 W14 L8  2.0 ticket
13 Michael Pang 1706 W22 L5 L11 W20  2.0 ticket
14 Cory Letain 1607 W10 L1 L12 W19  2.0 ticket
15 Dave Milward 1718 L1 D8 W21 L6  1.5  
16 Leor Wasserman 1682 W9 D6 L4 L10  1.5  
17 Henry Li 1388 D7 L9 L8 W21  1.5  
18 Carl Pottinger 1766 L2 L21 L10 B---  1.0  
19 Richard Ott 1694 L5 L20 B--- L14  1.0  
20 Frank Milord 1662 L4 W19 L9 L13  1.0  
21 Justin Villeneuve 1277 L11 W18 L15 L17  1.0  
22 Joseph Van Wyk 2062 L13 L7 U--- U---  0.0