Friday, August 31, 2012

2012 Abe Yanofsky Open has been rated by FIDE

See here
Nothing especially notable in the way of rating changes - looks like the big winner was Edmontonian Brad Willis.
James Currie is Manitoba's newest FIDE player with an initial rating of 1972. James played 12 FIDE games in 3 weeks ! (Canadian Open and AY).
Stephen de Groot needs 3 more games, Ryne Swift 5, and Aaron Green 6.
There will be three local FIDE tournaments before the end of the year.

2012 Abe Yanofsky Memorial - Canada      start: 2012-07-27  more info

 2600447  Baragar, Fletcher CAN
 2101   3.50 4 9.3
 2609762  Willis, Bradley J. CAN
 2059   3.00 4 19.5
 2614960  De Groot, Steven CAN
 2036 2066 2.50 3 0
 2605600  Vincent, Trevor CAN
 2110   2.00 3 7.2
 2601621  Babb, Jeff CAN
 2110   2.00 3 5.4
 2611449  Green, Aaron CAN
 2012 2012 1.50 3 0
 2617226  Wasserman, Leor CAN
 2071 2086 1.50 2 0
 2614928  Swift, Ryne CAN
 2038 1951 1.50 4 0
 2612518  Melamedoff, Gustavo CAN
 2042   1.00 3 -14.7
 2617234  Czarny, Keith CAN
 2016 2016 1.00 2 0
 2617242  Moleta, Johan Kenneth CAN
 1998 2013 1.00 1 0
 2617072  Currie, James CAN
 2046 1853 1.00 4 0
 5003806  Iyer, Chandrashekhar IND
 2137   0.50 2 -4.35
 2615215  Pottinger, Carl CAN
 1977   0.50 2 -16.8
 2606925  Boron, Anthony CAN
 2019   0.50 2 -4.65
 2612348  Nikouline, Alexandre CAN
 2082   0.50 2 -12.9
 2600617  Kaptsan, Aron CAN
 2115   0.50 2 -3.6
 2616041  Repa, Jason CAN
 2144 1444 0.00 1 0
 2601850  Cleto, Sam CAN
 1989 1289 0.00 3 0
 2607077  Schulz, Waldemar CAN
 2271   0.00 1 -6
 2616025  Moncal, Nilo CAN
 2271 1571 0.00 1 0
 2616050  Rutter, Blair CAN
 1969 1269 0.00 2 0

 Elsewhere, Jonathon Zaczek picked up 22 points and is back up to 2118, near his high of 2130.

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - August 25, 2012

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

Cecil at the Olympiad

Cecil Rosner has sent a couple of pictures from the early days of the Chess Olympics

Chow time

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

2012 August TNT has been rated by the CFC

See the crosstable here

Congratulations to the following who achieved a new peak rating:

Cody Baron   1714  (+175 !)

Michael Pang 1865

Saul Magnusson 1869

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - August 11, 2012

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Mansfield)
1. Qe8

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Chess legend GM Svetozar Gligoric has passed away

 I was first "introduced" to Gligo through his wonderful Game of the Month (with a great emphasis on the openings) column in Chess Life and Review in the seventies, and one of my earliest books was 'The Sicilian Defence"

Yanofsky played 9 games against Gligoric as far as I can tell, but only managed 4 draws. Yanofsky, of course was not a professional player, unlike Gligoric.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Yoos in the news

In case you missed this:

From Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Local man jailed for N.Y. attack

Alleged identity thief accused in tourist attack a Winnipegger

    A man accused of a hammer attack, standing with lawyer Alyssa Gamliel, told police he's John Yoos, but a John Yoos in Vancouver says he's former Winnipegger Douglas Epp.
    A man accused of a hammer attack, standing with lawyer Alyssa Gamliel, told police he's John Yoos, but a John Yoos in Vancouver says he's former Winnipegger Douglas Epp.
    A Winnipeg man is sitting in a New York jail cell, accused of a mysterious attack on a Spanish tourist while living under a bogus identity he secretly stole years ago from a friend.
    The tourist was beaten with a hammer as he sat on a park bench near city hall, eating lunch with his girlfriend. Hugo Alejandre, 31, was visiting the city from Barcelona. He suffered a fractured skull and other serious head injuries. The story made front-page news in several New York papers and led to an attempted murder charge being laid.
    Dual citizen John Yoos thinks Epp must have taken his identity to live in the U.S.
    Dual citizen John Yoos thinks Epp must have taken his identity to live in the U.S.
    Police, with the help of several witnesses, arrested a suspect at the scene and identified the man as 43-year-old John C. Yoos of Brooklyn, N.Y. But the Free Press has confirmed the man's true identity is Douglas Epp, 39, of Winnipeg.
    How and when Epp became Yoos -- and fooled authorities into believing it -- is not exactly clear. But several clues are beginning to emerge.
    The real John C. Yoos, 43, is an accomplished Canadian chess player currently living in Vancouver. He attended high school with Epp in Winnipeg and used to socialize with him, even after both men headed west to B.C. in the late 1990s. But they haven't crossed paths in at least seven years.
    Yoos told the Free Press on Thursday he learned of the bizarre situation when a friend called him Monday night, saying a man with the same name and age had just been arrested thousands of kilometres away.
    "He was kind of kidding me about it, like ha ha, what a coincidence," said Yoos.
    He felt it was a little too close for comfort, especially given the fact he admits to having an unusual name. Yoos conducted his own online search and was stunned to see the photo accompanying the arrest story. The tall bald man was Epp.
    He immediately contacted police and learned Epp had also provided Yoos's birth date and Social Security number.
    "It's clear to me now he's been living as me in the United States for a minimum of four years," said Yoos, who is a dual citizen. "He became me, likely so he could live in the U.S."
    The case also hit home for several current Winnipeggers who also grew up with Epp and have found themselves speaking on the phone this week with Secret Service officials who routinely probe cases of identity theft such as this. One of them, who didn't want to be publicly identified, said he was stunned to see his former friend in the news under a false name.
    "It's really quite a sordid tale. Truth is stranger than fiction," the man said Thursday.
    He went to school with Epp in St. James but said he lost track of him once they graduated. He heard Epp had moved around a lot, with stops in Vancouver and Hawaii.
    He believed Epp was living "on the streets" after falling on hard times, but said Epp would still take the time to send an annual Christmas card to his friends. The card last December indicated Epp was living in New York, although there was no indication what he was doing there.
    "He went off the rails a little bit, especially after his dad died years ago," the friend told the Free Press.
    Epp was said to be dressed in a suit at the time of the attack, in which the victim also suffered defensive wounds to his hands. Police and the Manhattan District Attorney's office have said little about the ongoing investigation or a possible motive.
    "Doug was always an unstable character, very erratic," Yoos said Thursday. "Most of his friends thought he had some psychological problems, that he probably had some mental illness."
    Epp -- still under the name Yoos -- has been remanded in custody without bail. His next court appearance is Aug. 28.
    "They're definitely taking it seriously," Associated Press reporter Jennifer Peltz told the Free Press on Thursday. She has been covering the story from New York and expects additional charges will be laid based on whatever the investigation reveals.
    The Legal Aid Society, which is representing Epp, has declined to comment. At an arraignment last week, lawyer Alyssa Gamliel said the man identified in court records as Yoos was unemployed and had lived in New York for two years. A neighbour at his Brooklyn address told the New York Post he had lent the man a hammer a few months before.
    Gamliel said her client had only one prior brush with the law, in Hawaii in 2008. Honolulu court records show an April 2008 jaywalking case against a man who gave Yoos's name and birth date; he gave police an address in Haiku, Hawaii. He was fined an as-yet-unpaid $100, court records show.

    -- with files from The Associated Press
    Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 10, 2012 A3

    Monday, August 6, 2012

    2012 August TNT starts Tuesday, August 7, 2012

    2012 August  TNT
    $ 15 entry fee  -   Prizes will be based on entries. 
    Location: University of Winnipeg - Rm 4CM42
    4CM42 <-click here for map
    4 rounds - August   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, August  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.

    Thursday, August 2, 2012

    Zaczek in Poland

    I missed posting this early - Jaro Czypinski told me that Jonathon Zaczek defeated a GM in Poland.

    Here is Jonathon's message from May:
    Yes, I defeated GM Krzysztof Jakubowski in a rapid game. I almost beat GM Monika Socko (I was up a clear exchange) as well but it ended in a draw. It was a King's Gambit theme tournament which has been held for 15 years now. It was very interesting because after 15 years the players are quite well booked up on both sides of this opening. I went in with no preparation at all and was basically losing out of the opening every game by at least 2 pawns or a piece or a rook and would have to rise from the ashes by playing desperately which made for a very fun exciting tournament.

    The game against the GM looked something like this. He just played Ne7-f5:
    [White "Nikachu"]
    [Black "GM"]
    [Result "*"]
    [SetUp "1"]
    [FEN "2kr1b1r/ppp2p1b/7p/q4n1P/
    2BP1Bp1/4Q1N1/P5PK/2R4R w - - 0 1"]
    1. Be6+ fxe6 2. Qxe6+ Kb8 3. Bxc7+ Qxc7 4. Rxc7
    Bd6 5. Rxb7+ Ka8 6. Rhb1 Nxd4 7. Qc4 Bxb1 8. Rxb1 Bb8 9. Qf7 *
    and he actually lost on time. He claimed he missed Rxb7. I didn't even know he was a GM until I looked at the player list. I knew he had to be strong because I saw him on the top boards but I figured he was just some FM or something.
    The tournament can be found here:
    I'm also playing in this with no luck: I'm not converting winning positions very well and have ended up with a lot of draws :P
    Until next Sunday I'll be playing every day in the Warsaw Open as I did last year. Also no luck. Today I was a piece up against an extremely talented (and outrageously underrated) kid named Lukasz Jarmula. However he was able to create a draw. I also drew some guy in the first round after I was forced to exchange 3 pieces for a queen.
    That more or less sums it up. I've beaten Bologan in blitz, Jakubowski in rapid, who's going to lose to me in classical?

    Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - July 28, 2012

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

    2012 Abe Yanofsky Memorial has been rated by the CFC

    Please see the crosstables:

    2012 Abe Yanofsky Memorial Open Section
    2012 Abe Yanofsky Memorial U1800 Section

    Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak ratings:

    Jason Repa 2148
    Steven de Groot 1987
    Ryne Swift 1924
    John Remillard 1770  +188 !
    Derek Ma 1724
    Phil Le Dorze 1677