You have an opportunity to play in the 2018 Manitoba Closed Chess Championship
The 2018 Manitoba Closed Chess Championship will get underway in a few weeks, with at least 8 players contesting the title in a knock-out format.

In 2014,  The MCA board approved the adding of up to two qualifying spots to the Manitoba Closed Chess Championship through an at-large bidding process.
(On February 26, 2017, the Board approved a regulation that bidders for the wild-card spots must have a standard rating greater than 1800.) 

 
Players who did not otherwise qualify can provide a minimum $ 50 bid in order to play.  The two highest bids over $ 50 will get spots #9 and # 10 in the seeding. Qualifiers 7 and 8  (ordered by CFC rating), along with the new 2 additions will play in a preliminary knockout round, producing two winners who then play with the top six qualifiers. resorted by CFC rating).  If interested, please submit your bid to chessmanitoba@gmail.com by Sunday, January 21, 2018.

Below is the current update regarding the format and the current qualifying players.

Source: Chess Manitoba