Wednesday, February 29, 2012

2012 February TNT has been rated by the CFC

2012 February TNT has been rated by the CFC. See the crosstable here

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak ratings:

Nilo Moncal 2166
Steven de Groot 1858
Cody Baron 1438
Leor Wasserman 1892

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - February 11, 2012

 Cecil, I am claiming two-fold repetition  :-)  of the position - it appears to the same one published January 14, 2012.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Chess Prodigy Magnus Carlsen to Appear on 60 Minutes

Chess Prodigy Magnus Carlsen to Appear on 60 MinutesPrintE-mail
By Kevin Tedesco   
February 16, 2012

Bob Simon Profiles Chess Prodigy Magnus Carlsen          

It may seem a polite game of quiet wit, but chess grandmasters are really out for blood.  The number-one chess player in the world, Norway's Magnus Carlsen, tells Bob Simon that he especially enjoys making his opponent suffer in a game that is downright war. Simon profiles the 21-yr-old chess prodigy on 60 MINUTES, Sunday, Feb. 19 (7:00-8:00 PM) on the CBS Television Network.

What could be more satisfying than playing chess brilliantly?  For Carlsen, it doesn't get much better. The results of brilliant play on an opponent can provide even more fun, however. "I enjoy it when I see my opponent...really suffering. When he knows I have outsmarted him," Carlsen says with a wicked grin. Watch a clip.          

That's what often happens to the opponents of the game's number-one player. They get outsmarted and they get taken down. But Carlsen occasionally loses a game himself. "If I lose just one game...I just really want to get revenge," he tells Simon.             

Carlsen is the superstar of the game, a status he demonstrates for 60 MINUTES cameras by playing 10 expert players at once, without ever looking at the boards.  It's a status he has been working on since he was a child. When he was 13 years old, he drew with Garry Kasparov, the Russian many consider the best player ever. Kasparov wasn't happy. It could have been different says Carlsen, if he hadn't been intimidated during the game of speed chess.  "When I actually got to a winning position, I had little time, I was nervous and I couldn't finish him off," says Carlsen, whose prize for this feat was an ice cream at McDonald's.           

Nowadays, as the world's top player, Carlsen gets more than ice cream for his efforts. Though the prize money in chess is not enormous, add to that the money he makes for endorsements and modeling, and he's making about $1.5 million a year.            

As a warm-up for Sunday's story about this grandmaster, 60 MINUTES' webcast, 60MinutesOvertime, will feature Mike Wallace's 1972 report on Bobby Fischer, America's greatest chess grandmaster, who died in 2008.  60MinutesOvertime features originally-produced content and archival material about the subjects and characters in 60 MINUTES stories and the reporters who work on them. 

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Press Contact:                           Kevin Tedesco    212 975-2329    

Sunday, February 5, 2012

2012 February TNT starts Tuesday, February 7

2012 February TNT
$ 15 entry fee  -   Prizes will be based on entries. 
Location: University of Winnipeg - Rm 4CM42
4CM42 <-click here for map
4 rounds - February  7, 14, 21, 28 - (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
$15 entry fee for all , and CFC membership required[$ 20 for a one-tournament membership or $ 49 for 12 months- new members pay only $ 36 for the year for the CFC membership])

Registration for tournament -Tuesday, February 7  - 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

Easiest way to get there is to 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 old Bookstore location.  Our goal is to start the first round at 7:00 p.m. sharp.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

2012 January TNT has been rated by the CFC

See the crosstable here

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak ratings !

Nilo Moncal  2137
Theo Wolchock 1783
Leor Wasserman 1883
Steven de Groot 1852
Cody Baron 1418

Theo moves up to Number 1 in Canada for Under 10 years old !
Kevin Li is Number 2 in Canada for U16 years old

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle, January 28, 2012

from the Saturday Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Barry)
1. Bb3