Sunday, January 30, 2011

2011 February TNT starts Tuesday

2011 February TNT starts Tuesday
Written by Tony Boron   
Sunday, 30 January 2011
2011 February TNT tournament
Location: University of Winnipeg - Rm 4CM42
4CM42 <-click here for map
4 rounds - February  1, 8, 15, 22 - (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 /110 minutes [Each player has 1 hour 50 minutes  to complete their moves, the game will be be 3 hours and 40 minutes 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 $ 49 for 12 months- new members pay only $ 36 for the year])

Registration for tournament -Tuesday, February  1  - approximately 6:35 pm to 6:50 pm

Registration will be cut off at 6:50 pm. (If you think you may be late, please send an email to
chessmanitoba 'at' before 5 pm (you can try later, but the wireless access at the U may be problematic)

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.
Our goal is to start the first round at 7:00 p.m. sharp.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Previously unpublished Fischer photos revealed !

How often do you get to say that with certainty ?

Chess journalist Cecil Rosner was in Reyjkavik in 1972 and snapped these - he recently found them in his archives.
Tournament Hall

 Fischer arriving, with bodyguard waiting

 And Cecil has mentioned  the Harry Benson collection in his column of January 29 :

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

2011 January TNT has been rated by the CFC

See the crosstable here

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak ratings:

Jason Repa 2035
Carl Pottinger 1886
Bruce Reimer 1658
Theo Wolchock 1600
Alex Iomdina 1435

Theo moves up to 4th (unofficially - his rating is still provisional) in Canada's U10 list, and 17th in U12.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Manitoba Active Chess Ratings as of December 31, 2010

These ratings will be used for pairings and prizes in the Kent Oliver Memorial.

Name Rating
Bince, Rolando 2124
Boron, Anthony 1975
Burstow, John 2288
Campbell, Jamie 1646
Crawford, Gary 1466
Czypinski, Jaroslaw 1927
Dawa, Arvin 2091
De Groot, Steven 1800
Evans, Brian 1599
Gannon, Keith 1597
Green, Aaron 2001
Green, Jim 1838
Greenberg, Harley 1771
Iomdina, Bella 1804
Joven, Perfecto 1891
Kaptsan, Aron 2115
Kohalmi, Andy 1635
Lauritson, Jim 1878
Letain, Cory 1631
Li, Devon 1567
Li, Henry 1410
Lipic, Stephen 1870
Lipnowski, Samuel 2252
Magnusson, Saul 1793
Manicdao, Tomas 1780
Melamedoff, Gustavo 1924
Melven, John 1548
Milord, Frank 1646
Milward, Dave 1714
Mousseau, Chuck 1846
Nikouline, Alexandre 2056
Ochate, Edward 1521
Ott, Richard 1446
Pang, Charles 1800
Pang, Michael 1781
Pottinger, Carl 1754
Raihman, David 1498
Raihman, Igal 1988
Remillard, John 1548
Repa, Jason 2024
Rutter, Blair 1875
Samson, Larry 1782
Schulz, Manfred 1842
Schulz, Waldemar 1969
Swift, Ryne 1778
Trueman, Francis 1532
Van Wyk, Joseph 2054
Villeneuve, Justin 1292
Vincent, Trevor 2318
Wasserman, Arie 1727
Wasserman, Jerry 1973
Wasserman, Leor 1789
Wolchock, Theo 1605
Yung, Dustin 1172
Zaczek, Jonathon 2189

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - January 15, 2011

from the Saturday Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Howard)
1. Rb8

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Kent Oliver Memorial Tournament - Sunday, January 23, 2011

Kent Oliver Memorial Chess Tournament
and MCA Annual Meeting

Sunday, January 23, 2010
ROOM 5L24 - University of Winnipeg
Similar format to be repeated this year !

One day Rapid !

 5 rounds of Game /  20 + 10 sec increment per move

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, however Manitoba Chess Association(MCA) membership is required.
If you are not a CFC member (which typically includes MCA membership), standalone MCA membership can be obtained for $13 (good for 12 months), or $ 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.

This tournament will be rated as a MCA active event.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Gustavo in Buenos Aires

Gustavo Melamedoff was recently back in Buenos Aires, Argentina for a visit.
He took a few photos:

 Argentina Chess Club

 Pieces used in the Capablanca - Alekhine match - 1927

Sunday afternoon action at the Club

Gustavo's friend, IM Luis Bronstein

Picture of Najdorf, Quinteros, Polugaevsky, and Tal at the ACC

Manitoba Chess - 1946-47

from Page 14 of the 1946-47 CFC Yearbook

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle December 31, 2010

from the Saturday Friday Winnipeg Free Press
White to move and mate in 3 (Huse)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Manitoba Chess Association 80th Anniversary ?

Ken Graham (through Keith Czarny) kindly gave a copy of the 1946-47 CFC Yearbook. It is chock full of interesting items related to Manitoba Chess - here from page Ten:

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2011 Chess Goals / Resolutions

 Ok, it is that time again - time to state your 2011 Chess Goals,

Last year in this post, I stuck my neck out:

 New Year's Resolutions / Goals

and a few people in the comments also weighed in  - 

First, let's review how I did on my goals:

1. To achieve 2100 CFC rating  - Well, I started the year at 2036, got to 2040 and then later to 2036, but ended down at 1993.  Certain circumstances prevailed, such as directing most of the tournament, busy personal life, resulting in not playing a lot of games, and not studying much.2. To organize FIDE rated tournaments resulting in at least 8 new FIDE rated players for Manitoba - Well, I organized several tournaments, but I have no control over existing FIDE players playing or candidates playing well enough.  However, Schulz, Khedkar, and Lauritson got FIDE ratings, and several others are on the cusp.

How did some of the others do on their goals ?

Steve (de Groot, I assume) 

Goal 1:1900 rating  - made progress until being on the wrong end of a couple of upsets in the Shpan
Goal 2:Score at least +0 in the open section of the AY.- close - he scored 2-3


1. a clear 1st TNT victory - very tough to do this year.
2. To finish the year comfortably in 'A class' territory - 1804 is not comfortable.

We missed Saul in the latter half of the year.

Jonathon Zaczek - 

1. Study hard like I used to. At least every 2nd day if not every. - I assume he did

2. Reach 2200 in either CFC or FIDE.   - 2300 CFC !!!!!

3. Play in at least 4 out of town tournaments. Yes, he sure did -  Edmonton, Vegas, Moorhead, Warsaw.



FIDE Rating - Jim Lauritson

Jim has a FIDE rating !