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2017 Manitoba Junior Championship has been rated by the CFC

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

2017 Manitoba Junior Championship has been rated by the CFC

Please see the crosstable here:

http://chess.ca/crosstable?tournament_check_number=201711100

Yanyu achieved a new peak high established rating: 1341

Source: Chess Manitoba

In memory of Mark Taimanov – video with a famous combination against Karpov

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

A year after Mark Taimanov’s passing – here is a tribute to his tactical vision!

Source: chessblogger

Schliemann Defence: Volume 2 – Tactics and Combinations

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

If you are looking to pick up a new opening for Black against 1.e4, you might be interested in the Schliemann Defence and in the collection of tactics in this opening that I just published. It is available both in Kindle and Paperback versions. It is also available on Kobo. The second volume covers combinations in the games played in the repertoire lines and illustrate typical tactical ideas for Black.

 

Contents:
1. Introduction
2. How to Learn Typical Tactics – Follow up Book
3. Typical Themes
4. Early Deviations for White
5. System with 4.d3
6. System with 4.Bxc6
7. System with 4.Nc3
8. Odd Move orders
9. Index of Players
10. About the Author
11. Symbols and Abbreviations Used in the Book
11.1. Position Evaluation
11.2. Move Evaluation

Source: chessblogger

Schliemann Defence – Theory and Practice

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

If you are looking to pick up a new opening for Black against 1.e4, you might be interested in the Schliemann Defence and the repertoire outlined in the book I just published. It is available both in Kindle and Paperback versions. The first volume covers the theoretical variations and sample games. The second volume will contain a collection of combinations that illustrate typical tactical ideas for Black.

High Level repertoire overview and Table of Contents:
1. Introduction
2. Typical themes
3. Overview of Variations
4. Early Deviations for White
5. System with 4.d3
5.1. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 fxe4 5. dxe4 Nf6 6. Nc3
5.2. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 fxe4 5. dxe4 Nf6 6. O-O Bc5 7.Bxc6
5.3. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 fxe4 5. dxe4 Nf6 6. O-O Bc5 7.Nc3
5.4. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 fxe4 5. dxe4 Nf6 6. O-O Bc5 7.Qe2
6. System with 4.Nc3
7. System with 4.Nc3 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Nf6 6.Qe2
7.1. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. Nc3 fxe4 5. Nxe4 Nf6 6. Qe2 d5 7. Nxf6+ gxf6 8. d4 Bg7 9. dxe5 O-O 10. Bxc6
7.2. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. Nc3 fxe4 5. Nxe4 Nf6 6. Qe2 d5 7. Nxf6+ gxf6 8. d4 Bg7 9. dxe5 O-O 10. e6
8. System with 4.Nc3 dxe4 5.Nxe4 6.Nxf6
8.1. 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. Nc3 fxe4 5. Nxe4 Nf6 6. Nxf6+ Qxf6 7. Qe2 Be7 8. Bxc6 bxc6 9. Nxe5
8.2. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. Nc3 fxe4 5. Nxe4 Nf6 6. Nxf6+ Qxf6 7. Qe2 Be7 8. Bxc6 bxc6 9. Qxe5
9. Final Classic Example
10. Conclusion
11. How to learn Typical Tactics – follow up book
12. Index of Players and Games
13. About the Author
14. Symbols and Abbreviations Used in the Book
14.1. Position Evaluation
14.2. Move Evaluation

Source: chessblogger

Cecil’s Saturday Puzzle – November 4, 2017

Sunday, November 12th, 2017
from the Winnipeg Free Press

White to mate in 2 (Shire)

Source: Chess Manitoba

More Kaptsan crosstables from the Latvian era

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Source: Chess Manitoba

Shliemann Defence – Theory and Practice

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

If you are looking to pick up a new opening for Black against 1.e4, you might be interested in the Schliemann Defence and the repertoire outlined in the book I just published. It is available both in Kindle and Paperback versions. The first volume covers the theoretical variations and sample games. The second volume will contain a collection of combinations that illustrate typical tactical ideas for Black.

High Level repertoire overview and Table of Contents:
1. Introduction
2. Typical themes
3. Overview of Variations
4. Early Deviations for White
5. System with 4.d3
5.1. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 fxe4 5. dxe4 Nf6 6. Nc3
5.2. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 fxe4 5. dxe4 Nf6 6. O-O Bc5 7.Bxc6
5.3. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 fxe4 5. dxe4 Nf6 6. O-O Bc5 7.Nc3
5.4. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 fxe4 5. dxe4 Nf6 6. O-O Bc5 7.Qe2
6. System with 4.Nc3
7. System with 4.Nc3 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Nf6 6.Qe2
7.1. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. Nc3 fxe4 5. Nxe4 Nf6 6. Qe2 d5 7. Nxf6+ gxf6 8. d4 Bg7 9. dxe5 O-O 10. Bxc6
7.2. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. Nc3 fxe4 5. Nxe4 Nf6 6. Qe2 d5 7. Nxf6+ gxf6 8. d4 Bg7 9. dxe5 O-O 10. e6
8. System with 4.Nc3 dxe4 5.Nxe4 6.Nxf6
8.1. 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. Nc3 fxe4 5. Nxe4 Nf6 6. Nxf6+ Qxf6 7. Qe2 Be7 8. Bxc6 bxc6 9. Nxe5
8.2. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. Nc3 fxe4 5. Nxe4 Nf6 6. Nxf6+ Qxf6 7. Qe2 Be7 8. Bxc6 bxc6 9. Qxe5
9. Final Classic Example
10. Conclusion
11. How to learn Typical Tactics – follow up book
12. Index of Players and Games
13. About the Author
14. Symbols and Abbreviations Used in the Book
14.1. Position Evaluation
14.2. Move Evaluation

Source: chessblogger

2017 Earl Rosenbloom Memorial Chess Tournament starts Tuesday, November 7

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

2017 Earl Rosenbloom Memorial Chess Tournament
University of Winnipeg -
Room 4CM42
One Section – FIDE and CFC Rated
Swiss – 7 rounds
Prizes based on entries – class prizes also
Dates: November 7 – December 19, 2017
Arbiter: Anthony Boron
Org CFC / Manitoba Chess Association
Time Controls – G /110(+Guideline III.4 for situations with players having under 2 minutes remaining.)
Start time is 7:00 pm
(Players may take up to 2 half-point and any number of zero-point byes. Half-point byes for rounds 6 and 7 must be requested before Round 4.) .
Registration – November 7 – approximately 6:30 pm to 6:50 pm.
Late Registration for tournament – November 14 or 21 – approximately 6:30 pm to 6:45 pm – you will receive a 1/2 point bye for each of the first two rounds missed.
All players must be CFC (Chess Federation of Canada) 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).
Top 2 Manitoba Finishers in the 2017 Earl Rosenbloom Memorial qualify to the 2018 Manitoba Championship
Entry Fees: 2017 Earl Rosenbloom Memorial $ 25
Great opportunity to Start, add to, or complete your FIDE Rating requirements.
Tentative Pairings to be Published prior to Rounds 3-7
Location: University of Winnipeg – Rm 4CM42
(This is not a knockout tournaments, players will play all 7 rounds)(If you can not play on one or more weeks, please contact the TD BEFORE the round.)
facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/178247284305/

Source: Chess Manitoba

Bishops of Opposite Colour – Training Positions – Part 1

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

Bishop Endgames: Do Opposites Attract? (Practical Endgames) is now available as a paperback; here are some sample training exercises that illustrate the play in typical endgames with bishops of opposite colour. Scroll down to see the solutions.

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Rogers, Ian – Lejeune, Jean Pierre, 1976

201

White’s turn


Savva, Andreas – Said, Mahmoud, 1986.11.23

202

White’s turn


Cuijpers, Frans Andre – Stoll, Ferdinand, 1988

203

White’s turn


Tal, Mikhail – Hull, Lee, 1988.03.08

204

White’s turn

 

 

 

Solutions

Rogers, Ian – Lejeune, Jean Pierre, Wch U16, 1976

237

32. Rg8+

The White pawn will now inevitably promote.

1-0


Savva, Andreas – Said, Mahmoud, Dubai Olympiad, 1986.11.23

238

33. Bxa6! h5

( 33. … bxa6 34. Rxe7 Bxe7 35. b7 and pawn promotes. )

34. Bxb7 Bh6 35. Bc6 e3 36. Kf1 exf2 37. Rxe7 Kxe7 38. b7 Be3 39. b8=Q 1-0


Cuijpers, Frans Andre – Stoll, Ferdinand, Bad Woerishofen op 4th, 1988

239

38. Bc6

Black is unable to stop e8Q.

1-0


Tal, Mikhail – Hull, Lee, Framingham CC sim, 1988.03.08

240

21. Ba6 Rxa6 22. c7 Ra8

( Black resigned, but game could have continued: 22. … Ra8 23. Rd1 with inevitable Rd8 )

1-0

Source: chessblogger

2018 Manitoba Closed Championship Qualifying Update

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

2018 Manitoba Closed Championship Qualifying Update  Manitoba Closed 2018 format : 8 player knockout 

(Note: on February 23, 2014 the MCA board approved the adding up to two spots to the the Manitoba Championship at discretion of the Board; if the Board add the two spots, 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 by CFC rating. On February 26, 2017, the Board approved a regulation that bidders for the wild-card spots must have a standard rating greater than 1800.) 

Qualifiers -
*Players must be Manitoba Permanent residents.

(Persons  who are not citizens or permanent residents, but who have been a resident of Manitoba for a twelve-month period immediately preceding the tournament, may be admitted to the Tournament provided they can clearly demonstrate to the MCA Board of Directors that they have a settled intention to continue to reside in Manitoba. The admittance to the Tournament of such exceptions shall be entirely at the discretion of the MCA Board of Directors.)
 

Qualifiers must play 10 standard rated games (somewhere in the world) during calendar 2017 in order to qualify. In order of preference – if the qualifying player does not want to participate or the qualifier is redundant, we continue down the list until there are 8 willing participants.

     1. Previous Year’s Champion (GUSTAV BARON)
     2. Winner of the Reserve (not held)
     3. MB Junior Champion (if rated above 1900)  – to be held in November)
     4. Top Manitoban in AY Memorial (JOJO NONES -  subject to *)
     5,6. Top 2 finishers in the Tournament of Champions (Earl Rosenbloom Memorial – to be held in Nov – Dec) 
     7. Player with the best MTPPS ( 
     8. Player with the 2nd best MTPPS ( 
     9. 2nd Manitoban in the AY Memorial (ISAAC WIEBE)
    10. Player with the 3rd best MTPPS  (  )
    11. Player with the 4th best MTPPS  (  )
    12.  Player with the 5th best MTPPS (  )
13.  Player with the 6th best MTPPS ( )
13.  Player with the 7th best MTPPS ( )

The above players (in bold) will be contacted in early 2018 to determine their willingness to participate in the knockout.  If any of the players decline, invitations will be provided to next players on the list below.  Then there will be a short period when wild-card bids (as described above) will be entertained.

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MTPSS -  Modified Tournament Performance Point Score
MTPPS is calculated as follows:
A Loss = 0 points
A Draw = the rating of the opponent
A Win = the greater of [your opponent's rating + 200] or [your rating]

The top ten performance scores for each player are counted

The 2018 top MTPPS scores at this point are as follows (to end of October):
(Tournaments scored included all Manitoba CFC Standard rated tournaments, US standard rated tournaments, International FIDE standard rated tournaments etc.) If you believe a result has been missed or is incorrect, please contact me.

The first five players were idle in October; Wolchock added 131 points to close in on the five-spot, Ryne Swift gained 484 points to leapfrog Bince.  There are still at least tournaments remaining – the Earl Rosenbloom Memorial, Manitoba Junior, Manitoba Senior.

Perf Total Lowest
Isaac Wiebe 23396 2267
Gustav L Baron 22862 2159
Teodulfo Nones 22638 2159
Jeff Babb 22626 2113
Anthony Boron 22300 2031
Theo Wolchock 22157 2082
Marcos Valentino 21923 2077
Ryne Swift 21883 2044
Rolando Bince 21435 2038
Blair Rutter 20607 1857
Saul Magnusson 19819 1811
Colin Prince 19415 1775
Myron Kernetsky 19253 1645

Source: Chess Manitoba

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