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Cecil’s Satuday Puzzle – April 22, 2017

Sunday, May 7th, 2017
from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Loyd)

Source: Chess Manitoba

Exchange Slav – Sample Puzzles from new PaperBack Book

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

My ebook Exchange Slav – Strategy and Tactics is now available in paperback format, so you can order a physical copy and have it delivered to you like most chess books you probably already own. Here is a sample set of exercises from the “Pressure on c6” chapter. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see solutions.

Kramnik, Vladimir – Anand, Viswanathan
   2007.11.21   

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. d4 Nc6 6. Bf4 a6 7. Rc1 Bf5 8. e3 Rc8 9. Be2 e6 10. O-O Be7?!

( 10. … Bd6! )

11. Qb3

70

11. … Na5?

( Correct was 11. … Qd7! 12. Na4 Na5! 13. Rxc8+ Qxc8 14. Qb6 Nc4 15. Qa7 although White still maintains some pressure. )

12. Qa4+ Nc6

71White’s turn



The following examples have colors reversed, as it is Black who is putting pressure on ‘c3′.

Babu N Sudhakar – Sriram, Jha
   2002   

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. Bf4 Nc6 6. e3 Bf5 7. Nf3 e6 8. Bb5 Nd7 9. O-O Be7 10. Rc1 Rc8 11. Ne5 Ndxe5 12. Bxe5 O-O 13. Bg3 Qb6 14. Qe2 a6 15. Ba4 Bg6 16. Bd1 Nb4 17. Qd2 Qa5 18. Be2 b5 19. a3?

72Black’s turn



Khropova, Larisa – Shumilina, Alexandra
   2008   

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. Bf4 a6 7. e3 Bg4 8. Be2 e6 9. O-O Be7 10. h3 Bxf3 11. Bxf3 O-O 12. Rc1 Rc8 13. Qd2 b5 14. Qd3 Qb6 15. Rfd1 Rfd8 16. Be2 Na5 17. Qb1 Nc4 18. Bd3 h6 19. b3 Na3 20. Qb2 Qa5 21. g4 Bb4 22. Ne2 Qb6 23. Kg2 Qb7 24. Kg1 a5 25. Bg3 Ne4 26. Bh2 Ng5 27. Kg2 Nc4 28. Qb1 Nd2 29. Qb2 Rxc1 30. Rxc1 Ndf3 31. Nc3 Rc8 32. Bg3?

73Black’s turn

 

 

Solutions

Kramnik, Vladimir – Anand, Viswanathan
Wch Blitz 3rd   2007.11.21   

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. d4 Nc6 6. Bf4 a6 7. Rc1 Bf5 8. e3 Rc8 9. Be2 e6 10. O-O Be7?!

( 10. … Bd6! )

11. Qb3

74

11. … Na5?

( Correct was 11. … Qd7! 12. Na4 Na5! 13. Rxc8+ Qxc8 14. Qb6 Nc4 15. Qa7 although White still maintains some pressure. )

12. Qa4+ Nc6

75

13. Bxa6! Ra8

( After 13. … bxa6 14. Ne5 Qb6 15. Ne2 Qb5 16. Qxb5 axb5 17. Rxc6 +/- White remains up a pawn. )

14. Bxb7 Rxa4 15. Bxc6+ Kf8 16. Nxa4 Ne4 17. Bb7 Nd6 18. Bxd6 Qxd6 19. Rc6 Qd7 20. Rc8+ Bd8 21. Ne5 1-0


Babu N Sudhakar – Sriram, Jha
Chhattisgarh Trophy   2002   

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. Bf4 Nc6 6. e3 Bf5 7. Nf3 e6 8. Bb5 Nd7 9. O-O Be7 10. Rc1 Rc8 11. Ne5 Ndxe5 12. Bxe5 O-O 13. Bg3 Qb6 14. Qe2 a6 15. Ba4 Bg6 16. Bd1 Nb4 17. Qd2 Qa5 18. Be2 b5 19. a3?

76

19. … Na2 20. b4

( 20. Rcd1 Nxc3 21. bxc3 Bxa3 would have left Black up two pawns, as the ‘c3′ pawn is also going to fall. )

20. … Nxb4 21. axb4 Bxb4 22. Ra1 Bxc3 23. Rxa5 Bxd2 24. Rxa6 b4

Black came out of complications with an extra passed pawn and is winning here.

25. Rb6 Rc2 26. Bd6 Rfc8 27. Ba6 R2c6 0-1


Khropova, Larisa – Shumilina, Alexandra
Moscow-ch   2008   

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. Bf4 a6 7. e3 Bg4 8. Be2 e6 9. O-O Be7 10. h3 Bxf3 11. Bxf3 O-O 12. Rc1 Rc8 13. Qd2 b5 14. Qd3 Qb6 15. Rfd1 Rfd8 16. Be2 Na5 17. Qb1 Nc4 18. Bd3 h6 19. b3 Na3 20. Qb2 Qa5 21. g4 Bb4 22. Ne2 Qb6 23. Kg2 Qb7 24. Kg1 a5 25. Bg3 Ne4 26. Bh2 Ng5 27. Kg2 Nc4 28. Qb1 Nd2 29. Qb2 Rxc1 30. Rxc1 Ndf3 31. Nc3 Rc8 32. Bg3?

77

32. … Ne1+ 33. Rxe1 Bxc3 34. Qe2 Bxe1 35. Qxe1 b4 -+ 36. Bd6 Rc3 37. Qe2 Ne4 38. Bxe4 dxe4 39. Bc5 e5 40. Kh2 exd4 41. Bxd4 Qc7+ 42. Kg2 Rd3 43. Bb2 Qc6 44. Kg1 a4 45. bxa4 Qxa4 46. Bd4 Ra3 47. Qc4 Qd1+ 48. Kh2 Qf3 0-1

Source: chessblogger

Samples of Best Combinations of 2016 – Now as Paperback

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

My ebook Modern Chess Combinations: October, November, December 2016 is now also available in paperback format, so you can order a physical copy and have it delivered to you like most chess books you probably already own. Here is a sample set of exercises for you to get the taste of it. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the solutions.

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This publication is a collection of over 140 best combinations played by strong chess players in tournaments that took place in the fourth quarter of 2016. This book is the eighth in the “Quarterly Tactics” series, which provides instructive tactical positions from the most recent top chess tournaments. Quarterly Chess Tactics will allow you to
    * Follow the recent games of top grandmasters
    * Improve your game
    * Study combinations any time and anywhere
    * Enjoy a collection of annotated puzzles that you have not seen in any other tactics books
    * Maintain regular practice by solving several puzzles every day

The highlight of this edition are the games from the World Championshop match between Karjakin and Carlsen, and World Rapid and Blitz Championship. The combination played by Magnus Carlsen in the last game of the tie-break – was found by him instantly and was a worthy finish to the tough match. It proved yet again, that being able to spot tactics quickly and effortlessly is an essential part of being a strong player.

Nabaty, T. – Vaganian, R.
   2016.10.07   

17

White’s turn


Nenezic, M. – Miladinovic, I.
   2016.10.01   

18

White’s turn


Flores, Di – Real de Azua, E.
   2016.07.20   

19

White’s turn


Bosiocic, Mari – Fercec, N.
   2016.10.12   

20

White’s turn

 

 


Solutions

Nabaty, T. – Vaganian, R.
1st Yerevan Open 2016   2016.10.07   

152

28. Qxc8+

Black resigned in view of

28. … Rxc8 29. Ne6+ Kf7 30. Nxg5+ 1-0


Nenezic, M. – Miladinovic, I.
TCh-SRB Premier 2016   2016.10.01   

153

21. c4 bxc4 22. Qxb7 Nxd4 23. Bxc4


Flores, Di – Real de Azua, E.
91st ch-ARG 2016   2016.07.20   

154

40. Rxe6

Black resigned in view of

40. … Qxe6 41. Bd5 1-0


Bosiocic, Mari – Fercec, N.
25th TCh-CRO Div 1b 2016   2016.10.12   

155

18. Nxd5 cxd5 19. Rxd5 Bd6

( 19. … Rxd5 20. Bxd5 Qd7 21. Qxb7+ Qxb7 22. Rc8# )

20. Qxb7+ Kxb7 21. Rxd6+ 1-0

Source: chessblogger

Best Combinations of 2016 – Find the right move

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Scroll down to see the solutions

Nabaty, T. – Vaganian, R.
   2016.10.07   

17

White’s turn


Nenezic, M. – Miladinovic, I.
   2016.10.01   

18

White’s turn


Flores, Di – Real de Azua, E.
   2016.07.20   

19

White’s turn


Bosiocic, Mari – Fercec, N.
   2016.10.12   

20

White’s turn

 


Solutions

 

Nabaty, T. – Vaganian, R.
1st Yerevan Open 2016   2016.10.07   

152

28. Qxc8+

Black resigned in view of

28. … Rxc8 29. Ne6+ Kf7 30. Nxg5+ 1-0


Nenezic, M. – Miladinovic, I.
TCh-SRB Premier 2016   2016.10.01   

153

21. c4 bxc4 22. Qxb7 Nxd4 23. Bxc4


Flores, Di – Real de Azua, E.
91st ch-ARG 2016   2016.07.20   

154

40. Rxe6

Black resigned in view of

40. … Qxe6 41. Bd5 1-0


Bosiocic, Mari – Fercec, N.
25th TCh-CRO Div 1b 2016   2016.10.12   

155

18. Nxd5 cxd5 19. Rxd5 Bd6

( 19. … Rxd5 20. Bxd5 Qd7 21. Qxb7+ Qxb7 22. Rc8# )

20. Qxb7+ Kxb7 21. Rxd6+ 1-0

Source: chessblogger

Attack with Morozevich–book samples part 2

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

The book Attack with Alexander Morozevich – Selected Games and Best Combinations is a collection of his selected games, with each game focusing on a tactical shot delivered by Alexander. Here are some sample combinations for you to solve (scroll down for solutions)

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Morozevich, Alexander    –    Pushkov, Nikolai
   1995     *

1. e4 e6 2. d3 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. Ngf3 Nc6 5. c3 a5 6. Be2 Be7 7. O-O O-O 8. Re1 e5 9. Bf1 Bg4 10. Qc2 dxe4 11. dxe4 Bc5 12. h3 Bh5 13. Rb1 Qe7 14. Nh4 Rfd8 15. Nf5 Qf8 16. Nc4 Nd7 17. Nce3 Bxe3 18. Bxe3 Nc5 19. b4 axb4 20. cxb4 Ne6 21. b5 Ncd4 22. Bxd4 exd4 23. Bc4 Ra3 24. Qd2 Bg6 25. Rbc1 Nc5 26. Qg5 Bxf5 27. exf5 h6 28. Qh4 Qd6 29. Bxf7+ Kxf7 30. Rxc5 d3 31. Qc4+ Kf8 32. Rxc7 Qd5 33. Qg4 Qd4

# White’s turn 

wsq[309] bsq[277] wsq[310] bbr[23] wsq[311] bbk[9] wsq[312] bsq[278]
bsq[279] wbp[43] bwr[17] wsq[313] bsq[280] wsq[314] bbp[25] wsq[315]
wsq[316] bsq[281] wsq[317] bsq[282] wsq[318] bsq[283] wsq[319] bbp[26]
bsq[284] wwp[41] bsq[285] wsq[320] bsq[286] wwp[42] bsq[287] wsq[321]
wsq[322] bsq[288] wsq[323] bbq[11] wsq[324] bsq[289] wwq[5] bsq[290]
bbr[24] wsq[325] bsq[291] wbp[44] bsq[292] wsq[326] bsq[293] wwp[43]
wwp[44] bsq[294] wsq[327] bsq[295] wsq[328] bwp[41] wwp[45] bsq[296]
bsq[297] wsq[329] bsq[298] wsq[330] bwr[18] wsq[331] bwk[15] wsq[332]

*


Morozevich, Alexander    –    Ree, Hans
   1994     *

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d3 Nc6 4. g3 Nge7 5. Bg2 g6 6. d4 cxd4 7. Nxd4 Bg7 8. Nxc6 bxc6 9. Qd6 Ba6 10. Nc3 Qb6 11. Qa3 Bd4 12. Nd1 Rb8 13. c3 Bc5 14. b4 Bd6 15. Be3 Qb7 16. f4 e5 17. Nf2 Bc4 18. Rd1 Nc8 19. Ng4 Be6 20. Nf6+ Ke7 21. O-O exf4 22. gxf4 Kd8 23. Bd4 Qc7

# White’s turn 

wsq[877] bbr[63] wbn[19] bbk[23] wsq[878] bsq[785] wsq[879] bbr[64]
bbp[69] wsq[880] bbq[29] wbp[123] bsq[786] wbp[124] bsq[787] wbp[125]
wsq[881] bsq[788] wbp[126] bbb[31] wbb[25] bwn[13] wbp[127] bsq[789]
bsq[790] wsq[882] bsq[791] wsq[883] bsq[792] wsq[884] bsq[793] wsq[885]
wsq[886] bwp[119] wsq[887] bwb[31] wwp[111] bwp[120] wsq[888] bsq[794]
bwq[31] wsq[889] bwp[121] wsq[890] bsq[795] wsq[891] bsq[796] wsq[892]
wwp[112] bsq[797] wsq[893] bsq[798] wsq[894] bsq[799] wwb[31] bwp[122]
bsq[800] wsq[895] bsq[801] wwr[37] bsq[802] wwr[38] bwk[41] wsq[896]

*


Morozevich    –    Sveshnikov
   1995     *

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e6 4. O-O Nge7 5. c3 d5 6. e5 Bd7 7. Re1 Nf5 8. Bf1 Be7 9. d3 O-O 10. g3 f6 11. exf6 Bxf6 12. Na3 g5 13. Bg2 h6 14. Nc2 Qb6 15. Qe2 Rae8 16. Ne3 Bg7 17. Qc2 Nxe3 18. Bxe3 e5 19. h4 g4 20. Nd2 Be6 21. b4 d4 22. bxc5 Qa6 23. cxd4 e4 24. Nxe4 Nxd4 25. Qd2 Bd5

# White’s turn 

wsq[897] bsq[803] wsq[898] bsq[804] wbr[13] bbr[65] wbk[19] bsq[805]
bbp[70] wbp[128] bsq[806] wsq[899] bsq[807] wsq[900] bbb[32] wsq[901]
wbq[13] bsq[808] wsq[902] bsq[809] wsq[903] bsq[810] wsq[904] bbp[71]
bsq[811] wsq[905] bwp[123] wbb[26] bsq[812] wsq[906] bsq[813] wsq[907]
wsq[908] bsq[814] wsq[909] bbn[13] wwn[13] bsq[815] wbp[129] bwp[124]
bsq[816] wsq[910] bsq[817] wwp[113] bwb[32] wsq[911] bwp[125] wsq[912]
wwp[114] bsq[818] wsq[913] bwq[32] wsq[914] bwp[126] wwb[32] bsq[819]
bwr[45] wsq[915] bsq[820] wsq[916] bwr[46] wsq[917] bwk[42] wsq[918]

*



Solutions:

Morozevich, Alexander    –    Pushkov, Nikolai
Russian Championship   1995     1-0

1. e4 e6 2. d3 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. Ngf3 Nc6 5. c3 a5 6. Be2 Be7 7. O-O O-O 8. Re1 e5 9. Bf1 Bg4 10. Qc2 dxe4 11. dxe4 Bc5 12. h3 Bh5 13. Rb1 Qe7 14. Nh4 Rfd8 15. Nf5 Qf8 16. Nc4 Nd7 17. Nce3 Bxe3 18. Bxe3 Nc5 19. b4 axb4 20. cxb4 Ne6 21. b5 Ncd4 22. Bxd4 exd4 23. Bc4 Ra3 24. Qd2 Bg6 25. Rbc1 Nc5 26. Qg5 Bxf5 27. exf5 h6 28. Qh4 Qd6 29. Bxf7+ Kxf7 30. Rxc5 d3 31. Qc4+ Kf8 32. Rxc7 Qd5 33. Qg4 Qd4

# 

wsq[919] bsq[821] wsq[920] bbr[66] wsq[921] bbk[24] wsq[922] bsq[822]
bsq[823] wbp[130] bwr[47] wsq[923] bsq[824] wsq[924] bbp[72] wsq[925]
wsq[926] bsq[825] wsq[927] bsq[826] wsq[928] bsq[827] wsq[929] bbp[73]
bsq[828] wwp[115] bsq[829] wsq[930] bsq[830] wwp[116] bsq[831] wsq[931]
wsq[932] bsq[832] wsq[933] bbq[30] wsq[934] bsq[833] wwq[11] bsq[834]
bbr[67] wsq[935] bsq[835] wbp[131] bsq[836] wsq[936] bsq[837] wwp[117]
wwp[118] bsq[838] wsq[937] bsq[839] wsq[938] bwp[127] wwp[119] bsq[840]
bsq[841] wsq[939] bsq[842] wsq[940] bwr[48] wsq[941] bwk[43] wsq[942]

34. Re8+

( Black resigned because either capture loses immediately: 34. Re8+ Kxe8 ( 34. … Rxe8 35. Qxd4 ) 35. Qg6+ Kf8 36. Qf7# )

1-0


Morozevich, Alexander    –    Ree, Hans
Tilburg   1994     1-0

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d3 Nc6 4. g3 Nge7 5. Bg2 g6 6. d4 cxd4 7. Nxd4 Bg7 8. Nxc6 bxc6 9. Qd6 Ba6 10. Nc3 Qb6 11. Qa3 Bd4 12. Nd1 Rb8 13. c3 Bc5 14. b4 Bd6 15. Be3 Qb7 16. f4 e5 17. Nf2 Bc4 18. Rd1 Nc8 19. Ng4 Be6 20. Nf6+ Ke7 21. O-O exf4 22. gxf4 Kd8 23. Bd4 Qc7

# 

wsq[943] bbr[68] wbn[20] bbk[25] wsq[944] bsq[843] wsq[945] bbr[69]
bbp[74] wsq[946] bbq[31] wbp[132] bsq[844] wbp[133] bsq[845] wbp[134]
wsq[947] bsq[846] wbp[135] bbb[33] wbb[27] bwn[14] wbp[136] bsq[847]
bsq[848] wsq[948] bsq[849] wsq[949] bsq[850] wsq[950] bsq[851] wsq[951]
wsq[952] bwp[128] wsq[953] bwb[33] wwp[120] bwp[129] wsq[954] bsq[852]
bwq[33] wsq[955] bwp[130] wsq[956] bsq[853] wsq[957] bsq[854] wsq[958]
wwp[121] bsq[855] wsq[959] bsq[856] wsq[960] bsq[857] wwb[33] bwp[131]
bsq[858] wsq[961] bsq[859] wwr[39] bsq[860] wwr[40] bwk[44] wsq[962]

24. Nxd7!

In addition to the discovered attack on the rook this also opens up the ‘d’ file with decisive effect.

24. … Bxd7 25. Bxh8 +- Bxf4 26. e5! g5 27. b5! Ke8

( 27. … Rxb5 28. Qf8# )

28. e6! fxe6 29. Rxd7!

# This will be followed by Bxc6 so Black resigned. It is impressive how Morozevich tore apart Black’s position with the last few energetic moves. 

wsq[963] bbr[70] wbn[21] bsq[861] wbk[20] bsq[862] wsq[964] bwb[34]
bbp[75] wsq[965] bbq[32] wwr[41] bsq[863] wsq[966] bsq[864] wbp[137]
wsq[967] bsq[865] wbp[138] bsq[866] wbp[139] bsq[867] wsq[968] bsq[868]
bsq[869] wwp[122] bsq[870] wsq[969] bsq[871] wsq[970] bbp[76] wsq[971]
wsq[972] bsq[872] wsq[973] bsq[873] wsq[974] bbb[34] wsq[975] bsq[874]
bwq[34] wsq[976] bwp[132] wsq[977] bsq[875] wsq[978] bsq[876] wsq[979]
wwp[123] bsq[877] wsq[980] bsq[878] wsq[981] bsq[879] wwb[34] bwp[133]
bsq[880] wsq[982] bsq[881] wsq[983] bsq[882] wwr[42] bwk[45] wsq[984]

1-0


Morozevich    –    Sveshnikov
Russian Championship   1995     1-0

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e6 4. O-O Nge7 5. c3 d5 6. e5 Bd7 7. Re1 Nf5 8. Bf1 Be7 9. d3 O-O 10. g3 f6 11. exf6 Bxf6 12. Na3 g5 13. Bg2 h6 14. Nc2 Qb6 15. Qe2 Rae8 16. Ne3 Bg7 17. Qc2 Nxe3 18. Bxe3 e5 19. h4 g4 20. Nd2 Be6 21. b4 d4 22. bxc5 Qa6 23. cxd4 e4 24. Nxe4 Nxd4 25. Qd2 Bd5

# 

wsq[985] bsq[883] wsq[986] bsq[884] wbr[14] bbr[71] wbk[21] bsq[885]
bbp[77] wbp[140] bsq[886] wsq[987] bsq[887] wsq[988] bbb[35] wsq[989]
wbq[14] bsq[888] wsq[990] bsq[889] wsq[991] bsq[890] wsq[992] bbp[78]
bsq[891] wsq[993] bwp[134] wbb[28] bsq[892] wsq[994] bsq[893] wsq[995]
wsq[996] bsq[894] wsq[997] bbn[14] wwn[14] bsq[895] wbp[141] bwp[135]
bsq[896] wsq[998] bsq[897] wwp[124] bwb[35] wsq[999] bwp[136] wsq[1000]
wwp[125] bsq[898] wsq[1001] bwq[35] wsq[1002] bwp[137] wwb[35] bsq[899]
bwr[49] wsq[1003] bsq[900] wsq[1004] bwr[50] wsq[1005] bwk[46] wsq[1006]

26. Nf6+!

The quickest way to wrap up the game as White adds the advantage of two bishops to his two extra pawns.

26. … Qxf6 27. Bxd5+ +- Kh7 28. Rab1 b6 29. cxb6 axb6 30. Rb4 Nf3+ 31. Bxf3 gxf3 32. Rxb6 Re6 33. Rxe6 Qxe6 34. Kh2 Qf5 35. Rc1 Rb8 36. d4 Qg4 37. Rc7 Kh8 38. Qc2 Qe6 39. Rxg7 1-0



Source: chessblogger

2017 April TNT has been rated by the CFC

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

See the crosstable here:

http://chess.ca/crosstable?tournament_check_number=201704101

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak established ratings:

Isaac Wiebe  2243
Theo Wolchock 2071
Bruce Reimer 1696
Ken Marshall 1542
Carter Marshall 1451
Zachary Piche 1372

Source: Chess Manitoba

Meeting Legendary GM Eugene Torre

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

In Reykjavik.

He says hello to his fans in Winnipeg (and Canada).

Source: Chess Manitoba

Cecil’s Saturday Puzzle – April 8, 2017

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Loyd0
This one is relatively simple due to the scarcity of candidate moves for either side.

Source: Chess Manitoba

1977 Latvian Championship – Aron Kaptsan 9th

Monday, April 10th, 2017

 A new cross table has surfaced –
Aron Kaptsan tied for a very credible ninth

http://al20102007.narod.ru/ch_repub/1977/ch_lat77.html

This would be a companion piece to this old post:
http://chessmanitoba.blogspot.com/2009/11/connections.html

Source: Chess Manitoba

2017 Manitoba Closed Qualifying Update

Friday, April 7th, 2017
2017 Manitoba Closed Championship Qualifying –

Manitoba Closed 2017 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 2016 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 (ARVIN DAWA)
     2. Winner of the Reserve (not held)
     3. MB Junior Champion (if rated above 1900)  – THEO WOLCHOCK)
     4. Top Manitoban in AY Memorial (if Standard time control)(not held)
     5,6. Top 2 finishers in the Tournament of Champions (KEVIN GENTES not resident, MARCOS VALENTINO, BLAIR RUTTER
     7. Player with the best MTPPS (ISAAC WIEBE
     8. Player with the 2nd best MTPPS (ROLANDO BINCE
     9. 2nd Manitoban in the AY Memorial (n/a)
    10. Player with the 3rd best MTPPS  (ANTHONY BORON )
    11. Player with the 4th best MTPPS  (Theo Wolchock )
    12.  Player with the 5th best MTPPS (Blair Rutter )
13.  Player with the 6th best MTPPS (JEFF BABB)

The above players (in bold) will be contacted in early 2017 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.

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 2017 top MTPPS scores are as follows:
(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.

Isaac Wiebe 22941
Rolando Bince 22649
Anthony Boron 22461
Theo Wolchock 21801
Blair Rutter 21695
Jeff Babb 21467
Arvin Dawa 21211
Gustav L Baron 21034
Saul Magnusson 20935
Jeff Clark 20900
Myron Kernetsky 20601
Marcos Valentino 20562
Will Bonness 20404
Jaroslaw Czypinski 19872
Jim Green 19834
James Atem 18895
Ken Einarsson 18350
Cory Letain 18190

Source: Chess Manitoba

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