Wednesday, January 13, 2016

US Open returns to Middleton, WI (Madison) in 2018 !

July 28-August 5: 2018 US Open Chess Championship - Middleton, WI
ans should coincide again with National Mustard Day !

Sunday, January 10, 2016

2016 Kent Oliver Memorial and MCA Annual General Meeting - Sunday, January 17, 2016

University of Winnipeg Room 3L-08

Kent Oliver Memorial -
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.

Last year's tournament 2015 KO results

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - January 9, 2016

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

Saturday, January 2, 2016

FIDE Ratings for Manitoba Players Active in 2015

With a greater number of FIDE rated tournaments in 2015 and the reduced number of   'results' required by FIDE, the MCA now has over two dozen players with FIDE ratings, including several obtaining their first FIDE rating this fall/winter.

Here is a list of the Manitoba players that played at least 1 FIDE rated game in 2015. (If I am missing anyone, please let me know.)

Name FIDE Rating
FM Kevin Gentes 2286
Kevin Li 2182
Sam Lipnowski 2134
Nilo Moncal 2100
Jeff Babb 2096
Isaac Wiebe 2077
Marcos Valentino 2056
Jonathon Zaczek 2054
Saul Magnusson 2037
Jeff Clark 2019
Aron Kaptsan 2017
Gustav L Baron 2011
Waldemar Schulz 1961
Rolando Bince 1951
Myron Kernetsky 1942
Colin Prince 1918
Anthony Boron 1915
Derek Ma 1903
Jim Green 1900
Jason Repa 1872
James Atem 1829
Leor Wasserman 1795
Blair Rutter 1780
Theo Wolchock 1766
Jamie Campbell 1743
Ken Einarsson 1733
Phil Le Dorze 1660

Favorite Chess moments of 2015

This is my most memorable moment of 2015.  Before I provide more details about the game, evaluate the following position.  It is Black to play.  He has been suffering for many moves, but White has just played 60. Kg4.  What should Black play?

So 60...f5+ is seemingly a winning move,. picking up a full rook at the cost of a pawn. But that is a HUGE pawn.  Some engines think Black is still winning, but after 61. gf6 Rxc7 62 Kg5  

Black has has to give the Rook for the pawn, and White will be up at least two pawns in the resultant ending.

The games was Boron-Bince - 2015 May Sunday Quads.

2016 Chess Resolutions

Please feel to comment on your 2016 Chess Resolutions. We'll check back a year from now, and see how everyone did.

I'll start:
1.  Get to 2000 FIDE, 2000 USCF, (back to) 2070 CFC
2. Prepare successors for the tasks I currently perform for the Association.

2016 January TNT starts Tuesday, January 5

2016 January TNT - 
CFC  rated.

 $ 15 entry fee  -   Prizes will be based on entries.

Location: University of Winnipeg - Rm 4CM42

4 rounds - January 5, 12, 19, 26,   - (This is not a knockout tournament, players will play all 4 rounds) 
(Players may take up to 1  half-point and any number of zero-point byes.  Half-point byes for round  4 must be requested before Round 1.

Please note that we intend to start the first round at 7:00 p.m. sharp. 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 approx. 3 hours and 40 minutes maximum]. We will also be using FIDE Rule Appendix G.4 for situations with players having under 2 minutes remaining.
Registration for tournament -Tuesday,January 5  - approximately 6:35 pm to 6:50 pm
Start time is 7:00 pm
$ 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, or $ 16 for a one-tournament 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, or $ 8 for a one-tournament membership]

Registration for tournament -Tuesday,January 5  - 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.  Tournament Director will be Blair Rutter  reachable  at 204-256-2353 or

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.

Friday, January 1, 2016

chessbase test

A game that I liked (Komodo 9)
[Event "Internet Section 11A g/8'+2""] [Site "Dos Hermanas"] [Date "2004.03.10"] [Round "1"] [White "Hungaski, Robert Andrew"] [Black "Boron, Anthony"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E39"] [WhiteElo "2145"] [PlyCount "73"] [EventDate "2004.03.11"] [EventType "swiss (blitz)"] [EventRounds "9"] [EventCountry "ESP"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceDate "2004.11.15"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 c5 5. dxc5 O-O 6. a3 Bxc5 7. Nf3 a5 8. Bg5 h6 9. Bh4 Na6 10. e3 b6 11. Rd1 Bb7 12. Be2 Be7 13. O-O Nc5 14. Nd4 Nfe4 15. Bxe7 Qxe7 16. Ndb5 Nxc3 17. Qxc3 Bc6 18. Nd6 Ne4 19. Nxe4 Bxe4 20. Qd4 d5 21. cxd5 Bxd5 22. e4 Bb3 23. Rd3 a4 24. Qxb6 Rab8 25. Qd4 Rfd8 26. Qe5 Bc2 27. Rxd8+ Qxd8 28. Rc1 Rc8 29. Qf4 Qd4 30. Ba6 Rc6 31. Bb7 Rc4 32. Ba6 Rc6 33. Bb5 Rc5 34. Be8 Bxe4 35. Bxf7+ Kh8 36. Qb8+ Kh7 37. Qg8# 1-0