Archive for April, 2016

2016 May TNT chess tournament starts Tuesday, May 3

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

CFC (Chess Federation of Canada)  rated. CFC Membership required (see below)

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

Location: University of Winnipeg – Rm 4CM42

5 rounds – May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31   – (This is not a knockout tournament, players will play all 5 rounds)   (Players may take up to 1  half-point and any number of zero-point byes.  Half-point byes for round  5 must be requested before Round 2.)

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.

$ 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, May 3 – 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(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.

Source: Chess Manitoba

Meeting with Rossotrudnichestvo

Saturday, April 30th, 2016


On April 29 in Moscow Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with the leadership of the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo). The both sides discussed the results of the first year’s joint project on attracting the most talented foreign students for studying chess in the Russian universities. The Deputy Heads of Rossotrudnichestvo Alexey Frolov and Dmitry Guzhelya told in detail about the new system of students’ enrollment introduced this year and provided the necessary recommendations for the further project promotion. The sides agreed to put all efforts to ensure that all who wish to get the chess education in Russia could fulfill their plans, also it was agreed to prepare and sign the memorandum of joint actions to promote chess in different countries.

IMG 1948

IMG 1950

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Cecil’s Saturday Puzzle – April 2, 2016

Saturday, April 30th, 2016
1. Ne4
from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Swane)

Source: Chess Manitoba

Announcing Blitz Event For Movie "The Man Who Knew Infinity" with GM Maxim Dlugy

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

In celebration of the theatrical release of “The Man Who Knew Infinity”, is proud to host a special blitz event with GM Maxim Dlugy and a readers’ Q&A (details below) with GM Viswanathan Anand.
Dlugy will be taking on all come…

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International Conference Chess Education in Schools

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Chess Academy of Armenia and Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia, cooperating with FIDE, Armenian Chess Federation, and Armenian State Pedagogical University are organizing an International Conference, entitled “Theoretical and Practical Issues of Chess Education in Schools”.

The Conference is to take place on 30 September (arrival day) to 3 October (departure day), 2016, at “Russia hotel”, in Tsaghkadzor, Republic of Armenia.

The main topics of the Conference are the following:
· Chess Education and Personality Development
· Socio-psychological issues of Chess Education
· Chess Teachers’ Training and Professional Development
· Technological and Methodological Aspects of Chess Education
· Chess and Inclusive Education Practices

International Conference Chess in Schools in Yerevan

The detailed information about the Conference and the official website will be available soon.

Chess has become a mandatory subject in the primary schools of Armenia since 2011. Armenia was the first country in the world that embarked on the realization of such a project.


Magnus Carlsen wins at Stavanger but Garry Kasparov draws more interest

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Magnus Carlsen, the world chess champion, won first prize outright with 6/9 at Stavanger on Friday despite faltering near the finish, while three world top-10 grandmasters topped the field at the $194,000 US chess championship at St Louis. Yet it is a five-minute speed event, featuring a rare appearance by the all-time No1, Garry Kasparov, which has most excited chess fans. In the Ultimate Blitz chess tournament, staged with a $50,000 prize fund, Kasparov met the top trio from the US chess championship, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So in an 18-round all-play-all with a time limit of five minutes for the game plus a three-second delay per move. One year ago Kasparov, now aged 53, crushed England’s Nigel Short by an 8.5-1.5 margin, but taking on elite GMs half his age is something else. Rounds 1-9 were staged on …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

Ljilja Drljevic is new Serbian Women’s Champion

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

The Serbian Women’s Chess Championship took place from 20-28th April at Hotel ?umarice in Kragujevac.

Ten players with the average elo 2160 competed in the round robin tournament.

WIM Ljilja Drljevic, member of chess club Radni?ki-Bone ?uprija, cruised to the victory and her first national title despite the loss in the first round.

Jovana Eric, Ljilja Drljevic and Sandra Djukic

Jovana Eric, Ljilja Drljevic and Sandra Djukic

Final standings:

1. WIM Drljevic Ljilja SRB 2198 – 6.5
2. WIM Eric Jovana SRB 2226 – 6
3-4. WIM Djukic Sandra SRB 2125 and WGM Chelushkina Irina SRB 2250 – 5
5-6. WFM Milosevic Jovana SRB 2052 and WFM Gajcin Marina SRB 2136 – 4.5
7-8. WFM Kovacevic Radmila SRB 2116 and WFM Injac Teodora SRB 2240 – 4
9. WGM Maksimovic Suzana SRB 2180 – 3
10. WIM Petrovic Marija SRB 2072 – 2.5

Tournament director: Obren ?etkovi?
Arbiters: Branislav ?uhartovi? IA and Dragan Babi? IA

Official website

Zenski Sampionat Srbije

The playing room in Kragujevac


May 2016 FRL

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

official logo

FIDE publishes May 2016 FIDE Rating List. The list of top players is published at Top lists page of FIDE ratings website. All players can check new ratings at the main page of FIDE ratings website.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Nakamura Powers Through Second Day To Win Ultimate Blitz Challenge

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

After a shaky first day, top seed GM Hikaru Nakamura, dug deep in his back pocket and found his form in day two of the Ultimate Blitz Challenge. Scoring 6.0/9, Nakamura finished a clear point ahead of the field and further cemented his r…

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Nakamura is the Ultimate Blitz Champion!

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Hikaru Nakamura came all guns blazing on day two of the Ultimate Blitz. He scored 11.0/18 and finished a full point ahead of others. Wesley So took the second spot with 10 points and Garry Kasparov was right behind him on 9.5. Caruana was able to muster only 5.5 points. The event was a huge success as it attracted a lot of attention from fans all over the world. By having a look at few of the games in this report there is only one thing we can say, “Garry you must play more often!”

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