Thursday, June 30, 2016

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - June 25, 2016

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to move and mate in 2 (Gamage)
1. Rh4

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Gary Campbell - Memorial Service - Thursday, June 23 at 2:00

Gary Campbell - 2011 Abe Yanofsky Memorial - photo by Greg Swift
Gary Campbell of Winnipeg, MB passed away on Wednesday June 12, 2016 when his heart could no longer contain the love that filled it. He is predeceased by his first wife Shirley, his parents Clifford and Olga, his brother Kenneth, his wife of 43 years, Ruth and his son Rodney. Gary was extremely loving and proud of his children: Rodney Campbell and his wife Kim; Linda Hurrie and her husband Alvin and children Crystal (Keith) and Shawn; Brad Campbell and his wife Cathy and their children Scott (Becky) and Caitlin; Deborah Campbell and her children Michaela and Owen, and Laura Campbell and her husband Les. He is also survived by his sisters Carole and Suzie and his brother Don (Diane) as well as his many loving nieces, nephews and other friends. Gary was a kind and gentle man who enjoyed cooking, art, chess and gardening.

A memorial service in his honour will be held in the chapel at Bethel Place, 445 Stafford St., on June 23 at 2:00 p.m., with reception to follow at Rockwood Army Navy and Airforce, 341 Wilton St.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 18, 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - June 11, 2016

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Meredith)
 1. Qd8

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - May 28, 2016

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Shinkman)
1. Rf1

Monday, June 6, 2016

Strange Coincidence - Nine Years in the making - Korchnoi and Ali

I was just informed that former World Championship contender Viktor Korchnoi has passed away.

In June 2007, I traveled to Las Vegas to attend the National Open Chess Tournament (I played in all since then, except 2011, and will pass on this year).  I can't recall if I knew Viktor Korchnoi was going to be playing, but there he was, on the stage at the Riviera.

Korchnoi - Gurevich - National Open - Las Vegas 2007

Petra, Korchnoi's companion, in pink

That's the scowl we'll remember !
I started this blog in late 2007, so I did not publish anything about that trip.  Searching for the pictures that I took,I realized I had forgotten that I also had a picture taken with "Ali" at a Madame Tussaud's display

Rest in peace, warriors !

2016 Winnipeg Open (Joe Dreman Memorial) starts Tuesday, June 7

016 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 – Room 4CM42  (Round 2 only – Room 5L24)

8 rounds – June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26 – (This is not a knockout tournament, players will play all 8 rounds)
(Players may take up to 2  half-point and any number of zero-point byes.  Half-point byes for rounds 7 and 8 must be requested before Round 3.

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 3 hours and 40 minutes maximum] + FIDE Rule G4 – player may request increment clock at under 2 minutes.
$ 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 7  – 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.  Additional bye information will be added.
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. 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.
check the Calendar listing for any changes

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

2016 May TNT has been rated by the CFC

Please see the crosstable here:

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak established ratings:

Theo Wolchock  2049
Will Bonness 1878
Phil Le Dorze 1871