Saturday, January 31, 2015

2015 February TNT Tournament starts Tuesday, February 3, 2015

2015 February TNT Tournament  $ 15 entry fee  -   Prizes will be based on entries.
Location: University of Winnipeg - Rm 4CM42

4 rounds - February 3 10, 17, 24  - (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 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, February 3 - 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) . Players can join in Round 2, they will receive a half-point bye for Round 1.
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.

2015 Kent Oliver Memorial Tournament - Sunday, January 25, 2015 and MCA Annual Meeting

2015 Kent Oliver Memorial Tournament - Sunday, January 25, 2015 and MCA Annual Meeting

University of Winnipeg Room 3L-08

One day Rapid event  !
5 rounds of Game /  20 minutes  + 10 seconds free (Bronstein)
Registration starts at 9:30AM - First Round 10 a.m

We should be finished around 5 p.m.
Lunch and Annual General Meeting from approx 12 to 1:30
between rounds 2 and 3. Pizza Lunch provided.
Entry Fee: $ 15
CFC Membership not required, however Manitoba Chess Association(MCA) membership is required.
If you are not a CFC member (which typically includes MCA membership),  MCA membership can be obtained for $ 5 (for one tournament)
First time players do not require MCA membership for this tournament.
The prize fund is enhanced through a generous donation from Mrs. Truus Oliver.
This tournament will be rated as a MCA active event.

Friday, January 30, 2015

2015 Manitoba Closed Qualifying Update

2015 Manitoba Closed Championship Qualifying -

Manitoba Closed 2015 format : 8 player knockout 

(Note: on February 23, 2014 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. On November 23, 2014, the Board approved continuation of this procedure for 2015) 

Qualifiers -
Players must be Manitoba Permanent residents.
(Persons  who are not citizens or permanent residents, but who have been a resident of Manitoba for a twelve-month period immediately preceding the tournament, may be admitted to the Tournament provided they can clearly demonstrate to the MCA Board of Directors that they have a settled intention to continue to reside in Manitoba. The admittance to the Tournament of such exceptions shall be entirely at the discretion of the MCA Board of Directors.)

Qualifiers must play 10 standard rated games (somewhere in the world) during calendar 2014 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 (KEVIN LI)
     2. Winner of the Reserve (non held)
     3. MB Junior Champion (if rated above 1900) not held - Kevin Li is defending champion
     4. Top Manitoban in AY Memorial (KEVIN GENTES)
     5,6. Top 2 finishers in the Tournament of Champions (Nov-Dec) (Kevin Gentes, Sam Lipnowski)
     7. Player with the best MTPPS (Modified Tournament Performance Point Score) Kevin Gentes
     8. Player with the 2nd best MTPPS (Modified Tournament Performance Point Score)  Kevin Li
     9. 2nd Manitoban in the AY Memorial (SAM LIPNOWSKI (on tiebreak)
    10. Player with the 3rd best MTPPS  (Sam Lipnowski)
    11. Player with the 4th best MTPPS  (JONATHAN ZACZEK)
    12. etc.from the MTPPS  (JEFF BABB, GUSTAV BARON, LEOR WASSERMAN, ANTHONY BORON) (Felix Andraschko is  non-resident per the definition above)

The above players will be contacted to determine their willingness to participate in the knockout.  If any of the players decline, invitations will be provided to next players on the list below.  Then there will be a short period when wild-card bids (as described above) will be entertained.

Update as of Jan 31:  All top 8 qualifiers have accepted their invitation Gentes, Li, Zaczek, Lipnowski, Babb, Baron, Wasserman, Boron have accepted.
Next step to determine if there will be any wild-card bids. Deadline will be Feb 7 for those.

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 as of November 21. are as follows:
(Tournaments scored included all Manitoba CFC Standard rated tournaments, Canadian Open,  USCF Tournaments, Polish FIDE tournaments ) If you believe a result has been missed or is incorrect, please contact me.

1 Kevin Gentes 24103
2 Kevin Li
3 Samuel Lipnowski 22663
4 Jonathon Zaczek 22571
5 Jeff Babb
6 Gustav Baron 22412
7 Leor Wasserman 22287

Felix Andraschko 22071
8 Anthony Boron 21896
9 Jeff Clark
10 Theo Wolchock 21661
11 Myron Kernetsky 21590
12 James Atem 21512
13 Gustavo Melamedoff 21306
14 Blair Rutter 21182
15 Rolando Bince 21002
16 Waldemar Schulz 20768
17 Jim Green
18 Isaac Wiebe 20101
19 Mick Liebzeit 20031

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

2015 January TNT has been rated by the CFC

Please see the crosstable here:

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak established ratings:

Isaac Wiebe  1993 (+180) !
Brock Beach 1744
Jason Evans 1546

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - January 24, 2015

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

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - January 10, 2015

from the Winnipeg Free Press

White to mate in 2 (Funk)