Sunday, May 19, 2013

2013 Canadian Chess Challenge

The event is underway in Ottawa - Sunday, May 19, and continues on Monday, May 20.

Through the first six rounds, Manitoba is having a tough time, but thus far they played have all four of the perennial favorites; Alberta, Quebec, BC, Ontario. They drew their Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan opponent in rounds 5 and 6

Derek Ma leads Manitoba with 3.5  points after 6 rounds.


Round 7 - Manitoba defeated PEI  6.5 - 5.5
Round 8 - Newfoundland and Labrador defeated Manitoba 6.5 - 5.5

From my reckoning, it looks like Derek Ma may have a bronze wrapped up, he has 5.5, there are two leaders with 8, and no one else has more than 4.
Round 9 - Manitoba drew with New Brunswick

Manitoba finished in eighth place, but an additional half-point in two of the drawn matches would have had Manitoba in their 'traditional' fifth place finish.

Derek Ma did get the Bronze in Grade 5 with 6.5 points.  Gustav Baron finished a credible fourth in Grade 12, just a half-point off the Bronze. Quite impressive for someone who just started playing two years ago !

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