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
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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