Wednesday, September 28, 2016

2016 September TNT has been rated by the CFC

Please see the crosstable here.

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak established ratings.

Marcos Valentino  2224
Harshani Konara 1871
Cory Letain 1740
Ken Marshall 1456

Sunday, September 25, 2016

FM Kevin Gentes wins Langley Open

From BCCF Bulletin:

Now in its eleventh year after moving to Langley from Victoria, this traditional Labour Day weekend
event is the last qualifying event for the upcoming provincial championship. As a result the
competition is perhaps a bit keener than in the average event. This year there was a record turnout
of sixty-one players, up from the previous record of sixty in 2012. Among them were nine players
over 2000, including former BC Champions Tanraj Sohal, Mayo Fuentebella, and Brian McLaren,
2015 Manitoba Closed Champion Kevin Gentes who has been living in Surrey since February, and
more recent arrivals Javier Cortes and Xie Qiu. After five rounds Tanraj and Kevin were leading,
having drawn with each other and beaten everyone else. Gentes defeated Joe Roback in the last
round but Sohal lost to Cortes, leaving Gentes the sole winner. Cortes, the only other undefeated
player (he gave up two draws) tied for second on 5.0 points with two juniors who had excellent
events, Andrew Hemstapat and Michael Su. Somewhat surprisingly the qualifying spot for the BC
Closed went to the sixth-placed player, Daniel Salcedo; everyone ahead of him had either already
qualified or didn’t meet the residency or rating requirements for the Closed. There was a four-way
tie for the U1700 prizes between Callum Lehingrat, Elliot Lupini, Ulvi Ibrahimov, and Daniel Wang,
all with 4.0 points; Lupini and Wang are actually only rated 1090 and 1360 respectively. Finally
Joshua Imoo was recipient of the upset prize for beating Xie Qiu in the first round, a difference of
some 823 points. The tournament was organized by the Langley Chess Club (Hugh Long,
President), promoted by Andrew Hoyer, and directed by Brian Davidson. Standings

Friday, September 23, 2016

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - September 17, 2016

from the Winnipeg Free Press

White to Mate in 2 (Meredith)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Isaac Wiebe vs. Magnus Carlsen - Thursday, Sep 22

Seriously ! Isaac Wiebe won a random draw related to playing the PlayMagnus app, and will enjoy a once in a lifetime experience in New York to play in a simul against World Champion Magnus Carlsen.

 From the organizers: On September 22, Magnus Carlsen will host 10 players from his app, as well as guests from the Liberty Science Center, in the “Play Live Challenge.” The event will be hosted at the Liberty Science Centre in New York, and will be built around a timed simul. Magnus will have 30 minutes, and so will each of the contestants. We expect Magnus will have to make a run for it with only 30 minutes for all boards combined. After the simul Magnus will do a game analysis with each of the players. In cooperation with the Norwegian newspaper VG, we (PlayMagnus) will broadcast the entire event.

The broadcast will start at 10:30 (Central), and last approx. 2,5 hours.

Complete Dashboard: The broadcast will contain live commentary in English, TV feed and graphics with all the boards.

 TV feed of the broadcast, including English commentary and graphics:

 In studio: The studio guests will include Fabiano Caruana and Paul Hoffman.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Bridging Villages / MCA Active Tournament – Sunday, September 18

Bridging Villages / MCA Active Tournament – Sunday, September 18

Bridging Villages

Together with
the Manitoba Chess Association (MCA)present a
Sunday, September 18
10:00am – 4:00pm
University of Winnipeg (Rm 3L08)
Prize Fund: $200 (donated by MCA)
5 round Swiss
Time control:  20 minutes plus 10 second Bronstein delay
Two sections:  Open and U1600

Entry fee: $15 (tax receipts provided)
All proceeds will be donated to Bridging Villages, and will contribute to the building of a school for orphaned children in Uganda.
Additional donations are welcomed, and tax receipts will be provided.
RAFFLE PRIZE: Handmade stone Ugandan chess set!

King is 5.25 in.
Registration: 9:30AM – 9:45AM
For more information or for early registration please contact Blair Rutter from MCA ( or Anais Hacault  from Bridging Villages (

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - September 3, 2016

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Bettman)
1. Rec2

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - August 20, 2016

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

Monday, September 5, 2016

2016 September TNT starts Tuesday, September 6

2016 September TNT - 
CFC  rated.

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

Location: University of Winnipeg - Rm 4CM42

4 rounds - September 6, 13, 20, 27,   - (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.

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, 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,September 6  - 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.