Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - October 23, 2010

from the Winnipeg Free Press
 White to Mate in 2 (Easter)
1. Ne8

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

2010 October TNT has been rated by the CFC

2010 October TNT has been rated by the CFC

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak ratings !

Jonathon Zaczek  2272
Leor Wasserman 1776
Saul Magnusson 1804

Theo Wolchock 1551 provisional

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

2010 November Tournaments

 Tuesday nights -  6 Tuesdays from Nov 2 - Dec 7
Tournament of Champions
Mike Shpan Memorial

Sunday, November 14, 2010 - Winnipeg Active Championship  Game / 25

Thursday, October 14, 2010

GM Alex Yermolinsky Simul

  On Friday, October 22nd following the traditional Subway catered "Meet & Greet" social, GM Alex Yermolinsky conducted a simultaneous exhibition match against all comers.  Beginning at 7pm, Yermo  faced-off against chess fans off all strengths and experience levels, giving a rare opportunity for these players to experience the royal game when played at the highest level of skill.  One of America's premier players, GM Yermolinsky has claimed the US Championship title TWICE, and won the Philadelphia World Open three times.  For a tournament chess player, there is no greater challenge than to match wits with a GrandMaster of the game.
"Yermo" went a perfect 18-0 in this simul challenge !

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - October 9, 2010

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

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ride to Moorhead - space available

Francis Trueman contacted me - he apparently has a space available for a passenger , to the ChessNuts Tournament in Moorhead, and potentially hotel space.  If interested, please contact me and I will let Francis know.

Also Carl Pottinger is looking for passengers.  If interested, please contact me and I will let Carl know.

chessmanitoba  at gmail

Monday, October 11, 2010

Chess Books

Your blogger is clearing his shelves of a few books -

see the list here.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Mark Jarmasz

Published in the Winnipeg Free Press
MARK JARMASZ (published on September 30, 2010)


It is with immense sadness that our family announces the death of Mark on Saturday, September 25, 2010. Left to mourn Mark's memory is his wife Kristina; daughters Jessica and Sam; sister Dorothy (Doug) Kasia and brother Peter (Karen). Mark was a University of Manitoba graduate and holder of a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. He began working for Manitoba Hydro, moving on to Sysmon and finally NRC, IBD. Vacations were spent at his two favourite destinations: one, only an hour away in beautiful St. Malo and the other, five hours away in quixotic Puerto Vallarta. A marathon runner, Mark had a strong passion for mathematics, chess and opera. As he spent countless hours reading books from his extensive home library he became a walking encyclopedia for all of us to partake in. His quick-wit and unique sense of humour filled our home with laughter. Respecting Mark's wishes, a private family celebration of his life will be held at his home. We wish to thank Dr. Bhanot and the 3rd floor Unit 5 staff at Seven Oaks Hospital. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations in Mark's memory may be made to Seven Oaks Hospital Foundation. Goodbye to our brilliant and beautiful mind.

CFC history

 Mark was the surprise winner of the U2000 section in the (first) 2003 Abe Yanofsky Memorial with a 2138 performance, despite being rated only 1759 going into the tournament. He followed that up with another excellent performance in the 2004 AY
Although he was not active in tournament chess lately, he will be remembered and missed by those who had met him.