Friday, July 26, 2013

St. Norbert Farmers' Market - July 27

The Manitoba Chess Association's giant chess set will be set up at the St. Norbert Farmers' Market from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday,  July 27.  All are invited to play. Some regular boards will also be available for those who wish to play some casual chess.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Manitobans at the 2013 Canadian Open

The 2013 Canadian Open in Ottawa concluded in Ottawa on Sunday, July 21.

From what I can determine, three Manitobans participated: Jeff Babb, James Currie, and John Remillard.

The CFC has now  rated the tournament, here is the organizer's cross-table.

I don't know how the players feel about their results (it looks like they all lost rating points), but Jeff did get a chance to play GM Eric Hansen and GM Ioan Cristian Chirila.

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - July 13, 2013

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Wurzburg)
2. Kb2

Saturday, July 20, 2013

2013 Manitoba Junior Chess Camp

Some spaces are still available

Manitoba Chess Association
Junior Chess Camp
Intermediate - $ 165
Tuesday August 6- 9, 2013   9:30 to 3:30
Beginner - $ 85
Tuesday August 6- 9, 2013   9:30 to 12:30 pm
Link to brochure at

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

David Langner 1967 - 2013

Sad news has arrived --  I saw Nigel Hanrahan first reporting on Chesstalk - that local Chess Master David Langner has passed away after a battle with Leukemia.   David's Facebook page has several posts from his family members.

Obituary from the Winnipeg Free Press

Nigel has posted some games at chesstalk.

Michael Yip has picked up some of that material and posted at his blog

David last played in the 2007 Abe Yanofsky Memorial -  several pictures and news here.
He finished in a tie for second,  his final CFC rating is 2264.

His CFC record since 1996 is here. 

He had a very impressive FIDE rating of 2275.

He played in three tournaments in the US  in the late nineties - I recall seeing him at the Governor's Cup.

End Date
Event ID
Event Name
Section ID and Name
Reg Rtg
Before / After
Quick Rtg
Before / After
Blitz Rtg
Before / After
2146 => 2158
2171 => 2146
2121 => 2171

More later as I dig through the archives.

 Found this in the January 1988 issue of the 'Manitoba Chess Association Newsletter':
Mark Wasney has sent along some scans from a 1996 issue of Exclam ! , which details David's legendary performance at the Glacier Vending Tournament in Minnesota:

Pages 1-2
Pages 3-4
Last Page

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - June 29, 2013

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Bettmann)
1. Rh4