Thursday, May 28, 2015

2015 Winnipeg Open (Joe Dreman Memorial) starts Tuesday, June 2

2015 Winnipeg Open - Joe Dreman Memorial  ( a special Tuesday Night Tournament)

CFC and FIDE rated.

 $ 20 entry fee  -   Prizes will be based on entries. Approximately $ 200 will be added to the prize fund through the Joe Dreman legacy

Location: University of Winnipeg - Rm 4CM42

9 rounds - June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28 - (This is not a knockout tournament, players will play all 9 rounds)
(Players may take up to 3  half-point and any number of zero-point byes.  Half-point byes for rounds 8 and 9 must be requested before Round 5.

Please note that we intend to start the first round at 7:00 p.m. sharp. There is one game per week.

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]
Start time is 7:00 pm and the TD will confirm costs

$ 20 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, June 2  - 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) .

Current Prize Fund (as of July 1, 2015)

1st $ 140
2nd $ 80
3rd $ 45
4th $ 25

1st $ 60
2nd $ 35

1st $ 50
2nd $ 35

1st $ 50
2nd $ 30
3rd $ 20


The trailer for 'Pawn Sacrifice', Fischer biopic to start screening September 18

Not sure about Tobey Maguire as Fischer, but Liev Schreiber looks great as Spassky.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The CFC has rated the May Sunday Quads and the 2015 May TNT

Please see the crosstables here:

2015 May Sunday Quads A

2015 May Sunday Quads B

2015 May TNT

Congratulations to the following who have achieved new peak ratings:

Isaac Wiebe  2037 (I thought Isaac would have got a bushel of bonus points, but I see now in the regulations, more than 3 games must be played.)

Brock Beach 1811

Marcos Valentino 2194

Theo Wolchock 1957

Derek Ma 1924

Collin Anderson 1940

Jason Evans 1670

Monday, May 18, 2015

2015 May 24 Sunday Quads Tournament

CFC Rated Sunday Quads Tournament
Sunday, May 24, 2015   11:00 am
Room: 5L24, 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 The Tournament Director will do is to sort 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

*Colours 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 / 50 + 10 second increment

Entry Fee: $ 4  (to cover CFC rating fees)
Approximate Round times - (Rounds will commence immediately at the end of the previous round)
Round 1: 11:00 am
Round 2: 1:00 pm
Round 3: 3:00 pm

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.

Canadian Chess Challenge 2015 Laval University, Quebec - Final Results

Various statistical views here:

Looks like Manitoba finished in 5th - 6th with NB, - behind the usual top place finishers, ON, QU, BC, AB

Individual medal winners for Manitoba:

Martin Riquelme got Bronze in Grade 2

Theo Wolchock got GOLD in Grade 7

 Congratulations to all !

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Canadian Chess Challenge 2015 Laval University, Quebec

Currently being played in Quebec.

Various statistical views here:

Looks like they played 6 rounds on Sunday.  Manitoba had 4 match points, but their 2 of their 3 remaining matches games are against heavyweights, Ontario and Quebec.

High scorers so far are Theo Wolchock with  6 wins, Martin Riquelme has an undefeated 5 points, and Brock Beach has 4.5.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - May 16, 2015

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

Friday, May 15, 2015

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - May 2, 2015

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