Friday, September 30, 2011

2012 Canadian Closed announced

I recently  saw a post announcing the 2012 Canadian Closed,

2012 Manitoba Championship Qualifying

Manitoba Closed 2012

     8 player knockout (same for

     Qualifiers -
     In order of preference - if the qualifying player does not want to
     participate or the winner is redundant we continue down the list
     until there are 8 participants.

     1. Previous Year's Champion (TREVOR VINCENT)
     2. Winner of the Reserve (2011 Albert Boxer Memorial) (KEVIN LI)
     3. MB Junior Champion (if rated above 1900) to be decided November 10
     4. Top Manitoban in AY Memorial (Trevor Vincent, JEFF BABB)
     5,6. Top 2 finishers in the Tournament of Champions (Nov-Dec) TBD
     7. Player with the best MTPPS (Modified Tournament Performance Point Score) see below - currently ZACZEK
     8. Player with the 2nd best MTPPS (Modified Tournament Performance Point Score) - currently MELAMEDOFF
     9. 2nd Manitoban in the AY Memorial (n/a - see 4 above)
    10. Player with the 3rd best MTPPS (Modified Tournament Performance Point Score)- currently MONCAL
    11. Player with the 4th best MTPPS (Modified Tournament Performance Point Score)- currently KAPTSAN
    12. etc.from the MTPPS

    In Canadian Closed years - Game scores will not be published until
     after the Canadian Closed.

MTPSS -  Modified Tournament Performance Point Score
This is a change from the previous qualification through rating.  The rating provision did not properly recognize activity or recent results of relatively inactive players. It also did not recognize any non-CFC events.  SO the MTPPS is calculated as follows:
A Loss = 0 points
A Draw = the rating of the opponent
A Win = the greater of [your opponent's rating + 200] or [your rating]
The top ten performance scores for each player are counted
As of September 25(not including Sept TNT), the top 10 players are (unofficial):












Wednesday, September 28, 2011

2012 Canadian Junior

The Calgary Junior Chess Club, Calgary Chess Club, and Alberta Chess Association would like to extend an invitation to you to attend this year’s prestigious event, held at Calgary, AB, between January 5 – 8 , 2012 at the Calgary Chess Club.

2011 September TNT has been rated by the CFC

Please see the crosstable here .

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak ratings:

Christopher Delos Santos  1933 (Provisional based on 17 games)
Gary Campbell 1735
Damola Afolabi 1545
Alex Plat  2204 (based on 4 games)

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - September 24, 2011

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (from the World Problem Solving Competition)
1. Nd5
(Cecil indicated 1.Nxf4, but apparently that is a mate in 3)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

2011 Culture Days - Chess Workshop for Beginners - October 1

The Manitoba Chess Association will offer a free afternoon workshop for beginners. If you have always wanted to learn chess, or learn some tips about the game, this is your chance. A local expert will be on hand to teach you, and you can also pit your skills against others. Players of all ages are welcome. It's your move.
Manitoba Chess Association
Saturday, October 1, 2011 — 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
View Map of this Activity
This activity is wheelchair accessible.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - September 10, 2011

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Bartolovic)
1. Qa1

Saturday, September 3, 2011

2011 September TNT starts Tuesday, September 6

2011 September  TNT tournament
Location: University of Winnipeg - Rm 4CM42
4CM42 <-click here for map
4 rounds - one game on each of September 6, 13, 20, 27 - (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), sometimes 5 rounds. 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, September 6  - 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)

This is very near the weekend 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.    

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - August 27, 2011

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