Sunday, January 29, 2017

2017 US Senior Open / Junior Open in Minnesota-July21-23

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - January 21, 2017

from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Loyd)
1. Qb1

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - January 7, 2017

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

Sunday, January 15, 2017

2017 MCA Annual General Meeting and Kent Oliver Memorial Tournament

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

also over 100 chess books will be available for sale.

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.

Jack Woodbury (1928-2017)

Jack was a great contributor to Manitoba chess; we'll have more here later as we compile his achievements.  He will be missed.

JOHN CHARLES WOODBURY In the loving arms of his family, John Charles Woodbury of Winnipeg, Manitoba, passed away peacefully on January 12, 2017 at Lions Manor, 320 Sherbrook.

Jack was born in Winnipeg to Ernest and Florence Woodbury on March 9, 1928.  For Jack's children, his wistful tales of growing up in the West End made Winnipeg seem an extraordinary place, truly a home like no other. After graduating from Gordon Bell High School, Jack attended the University of Manitoba, obtaining a BA Honours in English Literature in 1950. It was during this time that he met his singularly adored, Gertrude Ruth Hirt. In the quick of a love that would last a lifetime, they married in 1951 and moved to Ontario, where Jack earned an MA in English from the University of Toronto. He began his teaching career at the University of Waterloo in the mid 1950s, later securing a professorship at the University of Manitoba where he remained until retiring in 1993. He garnered much fulfillment through his students, many of whom went on to become well-known writers, poets, and filmmakers. Jack and Gertrude loved the outdoors and spent many summers camping across Canada. The two years they spent together in England's Lake District were particularly memorable. Chess was a lifelong passion for Jack. In retirement he was Webmaster for the Manitoba Chess Association until 2005.

Jack is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Gertrude, also of Lions Manor in Winnipeg. He leaves behind his children, David (Becky Barrett) and Jennifer (Steve Gouthro); his granddaughter Maia Gyles (Geordie); great-grandsons, Theo and Jasper; his sister Joan Rizi (Fabio) of Toronto, and numerous nieces and nephews. Jack was predeceased by his brothers Leonard and Frank Woodbury.

The family wishes to thank the compassionate and attentive staff at Lions Manor 2nd floor.

Cremation has taken place and Jack has asked that there be no memorial service. Instead, remember him by giving a donation to CancerCare Manitoba or the Winnipeg Humane Society (in memory of the many cats who gave him so much joy).

Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 January TNT starts Tuesday, January 10

2017 January TNT - 
CFC (Chess Federation of Canada)  rated.

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

Location: University of Winnipeg - Rm 4CM42

4 rounds - 1 on each of January 10,17, 24,31   - (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,January 10  - 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 Tony Boron  reachable  at 204-798-9464 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.