Monday, December 30, 2013

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - December 28, 2013

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 3 (Shinkman)

2013 National Open - Las Vegas

As some of you already know, I played in the National Open in Las Vegas, June 7-9, 2013 at the Riviera Hotel.  There are usually close a half-dozen Winnipeg players attending, but this year it was just me and John Remillard. (John was accompanied by his wife).

I have been to Vegas around a dozen times (I have lost count quite frankly) and have now played in 7  National Opens. ( I had to check; 1999, 2007-2010, 2012-2013. The past few years I have opted to play tourist on the Friday, and then play rounds 1-3 on Saturday at G/60 or less.
This year I decided to play the normal schedule, 2 rounds per day at a new time control - 40/90,
Game/30  + 30 second increment from the start.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - December 14, 2013

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 3 (Wainwright)
1. d3

Saturday, December 14, 2013

2013 US Open in Madison (Middleton), Wisconsin

Sorry for the delay, I am just getting around to reporting on the US Open that several of us from Winnipeg attended in late July, early August.  Waldemar Schulz, Jim Green, Ken Einarsson, Steven de Groot and myself made the approximately 10-hour trip south.

I think our results are nothing to write home about (From 9 rounds, Schulz had 4 points, Green 3.5, everybody else 4.5), so there won't be much to report there.
Full Crosstable.

The location, however, was very enjoyable. Jim, Ken and Steve stayed at the tournament hotel.
Waldemar and I were a parking lot away - at the Comfort Suites; I would venture a guess that we were no further away from the actual playing hall.

Across the street from the hotels, was the pleasant eatery, pub /bar Schprecher's that seemed to host a band on the patio almost every evening. Unfortunately, this invariably coincided with our playing schedule, so we had some meals there, but that was about it.  Our hotel had a free (one drink) happy hour, but it did not commence until shortly before the evening rounds, so we passed.

 Just to left is a covered outdoor patio that hosted live bands every night.
A few yards further to the left is green space - a corn field!

The view outside Jim's room.

  So, the scenery was better than our chess.  Waldemar and I ventured out to the Olbrich Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Exhibit

 Getting back to the tournament site - I spied this trophy - alas 1973 indicates John Burstow won the North-West Open - a great achievement during Fischermania 1

Saturday -  National Mustard Day ! at the site of the National Mustard Museum.   I kid you not - Waldemar and I checked it out.

Analyzing the day's games.

Chess content to follow

Thursday, December 12, 2013

2013 December tournaments have been rated by the CFC

Please see crosstables:

2013 December Quads A
2013 December Quads B
2013 Tournament of Champions (David Langner Memorial)
2013 Les Mundwiler Memorial

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak ratings:
Kevin Li        2271
Alex Platt      1975
Keith Czarny 1780

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - November 30, 2013

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

Friday, December 6, 2013

Computer Chess - Film Review

A review of  Computer Chess 
from today's Winnipeg Free Press -
appearing at  Cinemateque
for a limited time.
Fri Dec 6, 2013 at 9:00 PM
Sat Dec 7, 2013 at 9:00 PM
Sun Dec 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM

From mumblecore master Andrew Bujalski comes this incredibly wierd comedy about a group of programmers competing to see who has designed the best chess-playing computer software that will eventually play against a human chess master.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

2013 December Sunday Quads CFC Rating Tournament - Sunday, Dec 8

2013 December Sunday Quads CFC Rating Tournament
Sunday, December 8
(Room 4CM42) University of Winnipeg

A QUAD (short for quadrangular) is simply a group of four players arranged by rating. Each player in a particular QUAD plays one game against each of the other three players. The winner is the player with the best score.

The first thing that is done  is to arrange the players in order of their CFC ratings.
Then the players are broken into groups of four.  THe lowest grouping may have more than 4 players - this section will be run as a Swiss.

In each Quad Group - the pairings will be something like this:
White* Black*

Round 1
1 vs 4
2 vs 3
Round 2
3 vs 1
4 vs 2
Round 3
1 vs 2
4 vs 3

*Colors in the third round are determined by coin toss/computer

Each 4-player section is a separate event for pairing purposes. (There will be no prizes for this event)

Time Control:  Game / 60

Entry Fee: $ 5  (to cover CFC rating fees)

Round 1: 10:00 am

Round 2: 12:30 pm

Round 3:  2:30 Pm

By mutual agreement, games may start earlier than stated.

All players in the tournament must also be Chess Federation of Canada members.
CFC Membership information:
(membership can be purchased at the tournament site)
Former/returning members:
$ 20 for a one-tournament membership or $ 49 for 12 months, Juniors - one
tournament membership $ 10, $34 for 12 months.

 New members pay only $ 16 for a one-tournament membership or $ 36 for 12
months, Juniors - one tournament membership $ 10, $24 for 12 months.

Monday, November 25, 2013


This tournament will be offered to the victims of
 Super Typhoon Haiyan
One of our benefactors will add donations for all funds raised.
In Two Sections 


NOVEMBER 30, 2013 FROM 8:30 – 4:00 PM



Behind the Tyndall Park School
                            REGISTRATION FEE:  $25.00,  30% will go to the victims of “Haiyan”
Lunch provided
                                 DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES : NOV. 27, 2013
                    FOR INQUIRIES PLS. CALL REY SANGALANG :  204 421 9493 ARVIN DAWA :   204 930 7468
                                                        STEVE UDARBE    :   204  559 6680
                                             OR EMAIL TO :    

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - November 16, 2013

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Bartolovic)
1. Rd4

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Les Mundwiler 1944-2013

We are sad to inform you of the passing of one of Manitoba's great chess friends:

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on November 20, 2013


LESLIE MUNDWILER June 10, 1944 - November 17, 2013
Leslie died of cancer at Riverview Health Centre while receiving compassionate care in the company of family and friends. Born in Galesburg, Illinois, Les was predeceased by his beloved grandmother, Florence, and parents, Madeline Juanita Carrico and Robert Eugene Mundwiler. He is survived by sisters Marsha Hill and Linda Mundwiler, and sister-in-law Marlene Mazzuca; daughter Carla, her partner Bryan Fishburn and their son Henry.
Les earned a B.A. and M.A. (English) and in 1967, together with then-wife Sharon Wisemyn, Les renounced American citizenship in protest to the Vietnam War, becoming a Canadian citizen in 1972. He helped found housing Co-ops in Toronto and conducted related research for the Province of Manitoba.
At the University of Winnipeg he taught English composition 1985 - 1986, and from 1984 to present was sole proprietor of Highbrow Books, a local book store and publisher. Les studied classical music and was active in the Manitoba chess scene, playing at Expert level, teaching students and competing in tournaments.

Les published essays, criticism, fiction and poetry, recognized by notable Canadian writers such as David McFadden. His literary work, including a 1984 book on Michael Ondaatje, was rooted in theoretical interests and a humane, classical sensibility, shaped by preoccupations with imagination and Roman satire, tempered by shades of lyricism. 

For those who knew Les, his gently-stringent ethical standards could make you shrink in defensive fright, despite his hilarious send-ups, while you also admired the difficult dignity of his path of sacrifice and solidarity. His family and friends will love Les always, inspired by his intelligence and wit, and charmed by the echo of his uncompromising empire of sound. 

Memorial gathering on November 23, 1:00 p.m. at Chamberlyn's, Winnipeg Square. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made (with special thanks) to Riverview Health Centre.
The story behind the picture:

We'll be posting more about Les in the coming weeks.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Canon Henry L. Roy

The following is re-published from BCCF E-MAIL BULLETIN #269 (September 2013 with the permission of Steven Wright, who produces the wonderful  BULLETIN which often contains items of historical note. To subscribe,  sign up via the BCCF webpage (

HENRY LE GALLOIS ROY (7 May 1875 - 20 September 1953)

This month marks the sixtieth anniversary of the passing of “The Old Lion” Canon Henry L. Roy, cleric, chess organizer, and President Emeritus of the C.F.C. He is largely forgotten now, but when Yanofsky wrote his 100 Years of Chess in Canada in 1967 he regarded Roy as one of the four most important organizers of the previous thirty years (the others being Bernard Freedman, Dan MacAdam, and John Prentice).

Roy’s father was the Reverend Josiah Jesse Roy, later minister of St. George’s Church, Winnipeg, a descendent of the Abraham Martin upon whose land the Battle of the Plains of Abraham took place. Henry Roy graduated from the University of Manitoba with a silver medal in 1894, then studied at Wycliffe College in Toronto for five years. He was Assistant Rector at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver (1901-1905) and Rural Dean of Turtle Mountain (Manitoba, 1908-1913) before serving as Assistant General Missioner for the Diocese of Rupert’s Land. In 1928 Roy was named an Honorary Canon at the Pro-Cathedral of St. Matthew in Brandon, Manitoba. According to Yanofsky, Roy did not get involved in chess organization until 1936, when he was already sixty-one years old. Describing himself as a “run of the mine” player, Roy noted: “By learning chess, you have a spare-time filler until you're ready for the grave. You might be an athlete, but you're a has-been at thirty – in chess there is no limit.” Early in 1947 Roy moved to Vancouver where he became involved with the B.C.C.F.; he passed away after returning from his last Annual Meeting in Winnipeg, having just completed his final term as C.F.C. president.

At the end of his life, “at our request and under pressure,” Roy wrote a summation of his accomplishments in chess, duly published in the January 1952 issue of Canadian Chess Chat. Here it is:
“Born May 7, 1875, about thirty miles south of Montreal, of French parents, was unable to speak a word of English until eleven years old. Learned the moves of chess from my stepmother, who had bought a set to keep me out of mischief. Never had any particular hobby, but played almost every outdoor game in vogue at the end of the last century. Received a university degree at nineteen years of age, with medal and scholarship. Never aspired to become a chess expert (a-la-B.F. classification) but did try my hand, with indifferent success, at organizing chess in local, provincial and national fields. Acted as president, for eight years, of the Winnipeg Chess Club [1936-1944], six years of the Manitoba Chess Association [1938-1945], two years secretary of the Winnipeg Jewish C.C. and two years the British Columbia Chess Federation [1948-1950]. President Chess Federation of Canada five years [1941-1945, 1952-1953]. And am now acting as membership secretary of the B.C.C.F. in looking after and boosting the “capitation system,” the best method that I know of for obtaining sufficient funds to run any kind of chess organization. We have in B.C.C.F. a revenue each year, from this source alone, of approximately $100.00, which meets all our current needs with some to spare!
Collaborated in framing the constitution of the C.F.C. and am the father (a doubtful honour) of the slogan: “No participation or representation without taxation in the affairs of the C.F.C.” Framed the general policy of the C.F.C. as set forth and endorsed in the one and only Year Book issued to date by the C.F.C. Framed the pattern and staging of yearly Annual Meetings in 1941, since followed and subsequently improved by my successors. Organized a dominion chess championship in Winnipeg [1941] and raised funds to promote dominion championships in Montreal, Dalhousie, Saskatoon and Vancouver; in the latter, 10% of the total. Raised sufficient funds to send Yanofsky to Montreal, Saskatoon, Buenos Aires and Europe (approximately $2,000).

Made my aim during the years of my C.F.C. presidency to attend all Annual Meetings and to personally know every member of the Board of Governors. Promoted telegraphic matches: Winnipeg vs. Vancouver twice, while in Winnipeg. Although we lost both to Vancouver, we did manage to “short-circuit” Toronto. Also telegraph matches between Canadian universities, when Winnipeg, among others, lost to the University of Saskatchewan. Organized matches: Nova Scotia vs. New Brunswick, New Brunswick vs. Ontario and Saskatchewan vs. Ontario, for a shield which I presented. Also a correspondence match, of sixty a side, between Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Arranged for chess lectures in Canada via the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and later on in each province, except P.E.I., over provincial stations. Issued bulletins from time to time, and minutes of meetings, sent out promptly.”

University of Manitoba vs. University of Saskatchewan by telegraph, 30 December 1942. The seated players are Nathan Divinsky and Leo Moser; Canon Roy is on the right, next to him is Winnipeg Free Press chess columnist Herb Gregory.

 “Made arrangements and financed two simultaneous tours by Yanofsky, and one each by Koltanowski and Max Euwe. As a member of the Board of Governors made it my special responsibility that C.F.C. assessments for the provinces in which I resided at the time were paid in full, and sometimes overpaid. Assisted, through personal donations, provinces in which I did not reside (Alberta and Saskatchewan), to meet their C.F.C. assessments. As I plugged along in my endeavours, became the target for brick-bats, but have survived, and am still working and boosting for provincial and, more especially, national chess organization.”

Roy`s signature, from the B.C.C.F. Minute Book

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - November 2, 2013

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

Saturday, November 2, 2013

2014 Manitoba Closed Qualifying update

Top Results after October 2013 TNT

# results Total Min Perf
Trevor Vincent 10 23653 2220
Samuel Lipnowski 10 22928 2248
Jeff Babb 10 22609 2211
Les Mundwiler 10 21818 2066
Leor Wasserman 10 21802 1986
Gustavo Melamedoff 10 21484 2086
Myron Kernetsky 10 21226 2060
Waldemar Schulz 10 21012 1987
Ryne Swift 10 20882 1995
Anthony Boron 10 20872 1988
Steven De Groot 10 20564 1975
Gustav L Baron 10 20421 1875
Aaron Green 10 20372 1987
Alex Platt 10 19951 1927
Blair Rutter 10 19806 1871
Jim Green 10 19756 1811
Theo Wolchock 10 18530 1755
Barry Towns 10 18316 1633
Ken Einarsson 10 18000 1638
Bruce Leaden 10 17793 1674
Kevin Li 8 17621 1987

Leor Wasserman moves up 2 spots. Some others gained a few points. 

The column at the far right indicates the lowest performance value included in the total.

Friday, November 1, 2013

2013 October TNT has been rated by the CFC

Crosstable here

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak ratings:

Jeff Clark  2048  (+ 255 !!)
Jamie Campbell 1728

Monday, October 28, 2013

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - October 19, 2013

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Mansfield)
This may be cooked.
1. Ng6 and
1. Qh6 apparently are valid.
and Steve additionally points out that 1.Ng2 works also.

Update: Nov 2.  I have tracked down the original problem, published in the American Chess Bulletin, 1942. The pawn on g3 should be a bishop.
White to mate in 2 (Mansfield)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

2013 Albert Boxer Memorial Tournament - Sunday, October 27

Albert Boxer Memorial Chess Tournament
University of Winnipeg  -  Room 4CM42
One day Rapid event!
6 rounds of Game 20 / + 10 second delay (Bronstein)

Registration starts at ~ 9:40AM - First Round 10 a.m

We should be finished around 4 p.m. at the latest
(Note: Late entry will be allowed up to Round 4 - with up to two 1/2 points byes for rounds missed.

Entry Fee: $ 15   - [Free entry to those who have never played in a MCA tournament]
All entry fees returned as prizes.
CFC Membership not required.
Manitoba Active Rating will be used.

.For additional information please email chessmanitoba  at

Bronstein Mode:
 With the Bronstein timing method, time is always added after. Up to 10 seconds  will be added to your clock as soon asyou have made your move and pressed the Time Control Button ie, after you have made a move.
 Example: Player A thinks, makes a move and presses the Time Control Button in 5
seconds. Only 5 seconds is added to player A's countdown clock after the
move has been made.
Player A thinks, makes a move and presses the top button in 10 seconds
or more. Only 10 seconds is added to player A's countdown clock after the
move has been made.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

2014 Manitoba Championship Qualifying Update

2014 Manitoba Championship Qualifying -

Manitoba Closed 2014 format : 8 player knockout 

(Note: on February 23, 2013 the MCA board approved the adding up to two spots to the the Manitoba Championship at discretion of the Board; if the Board add the two spots, qualifiers 7 and 8  (ordered by CFC rating, along with the new 2 additions will play in a preliminary knockout round, producing two winners who then play with the top six qualifiers by CFC rating) 

Qualifiers -
Qualifiers must play 10 standard rated games (somewhere in the world) during calendar 2013 in order to qualify. In order of preference - if the qualifying player did not want to participate or the qualifier is redundant, we continued down the list until there were 8 willing participants.

     1. Previous Year's Champion (TREVOR VINCENT)
     2. Winner of the Reserve (non scheduled this year thus far)
     3. MB Junior Champion (if rated above 1900)
     4. Top Manitoban in AY Memorial (TREVOR VINCENT)
     5,6. Top 2 finishers in the Tournament of Champions (Nov-Dec)
     7. Player with the best MTPPS (Modified Tournament Performance Point Score)
     8. Player with the 2nd best MTPPS (Modified Tournament Performance Point Score)
     9. 2nd Manitoban in the AY Memorial (KEVIN GENTES (on tiebreak)
    10. Player with the 3rd best MTPPS 
    11. Player with the 4th best MTPPS 
    12. etc.from the MTPPS

MTPSS -  Modified Tournament Performance Point Score
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
The current top MTPPS scores are as follows:
(Tournaments scored included all Manitoba CFC Standard rated tournaments, Canadian Open, Canadian  US National Open, US Open, Israeli Tournament) If you believe a result has been missed or is incorrect, please contact me.

Total Games with a result
Trevor Vincent       23,653 10
Samuel Lipnowski       22,746 10
Jeff Babb       22,609 10
Les Mundwiler       21,818 10
Gustavo Melamedoff       21,484 10
Myron Kernetsky       21,158 10
Leor Wasserman       21,112 10
Waldemar Schulz       21,012 10
Ryne Swift       20,819 10
Anthony Boron       20,626 10
Steven De Groot       20,533 10
Gustav L Baron       20,421 10
Aaron Green       19,761 10
Jim Green       19,756 10
Blair Rutter       19,688 10
Alex Platt       19,547 10
Theo Wolchock       18,374 10

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - October 5, 2013

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Schuld)
1. Nc2

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Brooklyn Castle on PBS October 7

Brooklyn Castle should be on Shaw Channel 81 Monday, Oct 7, 9:00pm ( I believe this may be Ch 348 on MTS)

Brooklyn’s I.S. 318 junior high school fits one inner-city stereotype—a majority of its students come from below-the-poverty-line families. All other expectations, as shown in the new documentary Brooklyn Castle, should be checked at the door. Beginning in 2000, under the tutelage of chess teacher and coach Elizabeth Spiegel and assistant principal and chess coordinator John Galvin, I.S. 318 expanded its small chess program and began competing in national tournaments. For those keeping score, the results have been stunning: more than 30 national chess titles, including, in 2012, the U.S. High School National Championship, a first for a junior high.

Monday, September 30, 2013

2013 Abe Yanofsky Memorial has been rated by FIDE

Please see the summary here.

Trevor Vincent gained 41 points, but is still very underrated at 2238.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

2013 October TNT Chess Tournament starts Tuesday, October 1

$ 15 entry fee  -   Prizes will be based on entries. 
Location: University of Winnipeg - Rm 4CM42

5 rounds - October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - (This is not a knockout tournament, players will play all 5 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.

Start time is 7:00 pm and the TD will confirm costs.
$ 15 entry fee and CFC membership required.

All players must be CFC members (can be obtained during registration on-site)
[$ 20 for a one-tournament adult membership or $ 49 for 12 months- new adult members pay only $ 36 for a twelve-month CFC membership;
Junior (under 20)  members pay $ 10 for a one-tournament membership, $ 34 for a twelve-month CFC membership, new junior members pay only  $ 24 for a twelve month CFC membership]

Registration for tournament -Tuesday, October 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

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. 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

2013 September TNT has been rated by the CFC

Please see the crosstable here.

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak ratings:

Ryne Swift 2017
Phil Le Dorze 1814
Derek Ma 1817
Jamie Campbell 1704
Bruce Leaden 1694

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Cecils's Saturday Puzzle - September 21, 2013

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

2013 Culture Days (Chess)

Two Chess Events on Saturday, September 28
 Chess Workshop at Garden City Shopping Centre   -  1:00 pm to 4:00 pm 
Chess Workshop at Garden City Shopping Centre
Saturday, September 28
Saturday, September 28

Chess Workshop at Garden City Shopping Centre

They say chess is like life... come experience all the possibilities of the exquisite black and white board and the pieces that make this game one of the oldest and most fascinating.

All beginners and novices are welcome to join to learn to play or to improve your chess-playing skills.
- See more at:
 Giant Chess Game at Provencher Park   1:00 pm to 4:00 pm