International News Today, Aug 22, 2011

Canadian players were busy in the US over the past weekend......

The 1st Metropolitan (LA) International ended up being a cake walk for GM Michael Adams (ENG), who finished the 9 round event with 7.5/9 points. Among the 6 players tied for 2nd with 6.5 were GM Loek Van Wely (NED) and Canadian Open Co-Champion, GM Dejan Bojkov (BUL). IM Jonathan Tayar led the Canadian contingent with 5 and was followed by IM Leon Piasetski, FM Richard Wang, and FM Dale Haessel all with 4.5.

Happy Birthday

Today we celebrate the birthday of Zoltan Sarosy. This Canadian Chess Hall of Famer turned 105 today. See his bio in who's who.

Across Canada

This past weekend the Hamilton Summer Open was held in 3 sections. In the "Top Guns" group IM Artiom Samsonkin led the Toronto visitors scoring 4.5 in the 5 rounder. A full point behind were FM Roman Sapozhnikov and NM Vladimir Birarov.

Canadians at the World Cup

Hansen, Eric (2449) - Gashimov, Vugar (2760)
FIDE World Cup 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (1.1), 2011.08.28
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.Nf3 g6 7.h3 a6 8.a4 Qe7 9.Nd2 Nbd7 10.e4 Ne5 11.Be2 g5 12.Nf1 h6 13.Ng3 Bg7 14.Qc2 O-O 15.Bd2 Bd7 16.O-O g4 17.Rae1 gxh3 18.f4 Ng6 19.Nf5 Bxf5 20.exf5 Nh4 21.Bd1 Qd8 22.g4 Ng2 23.g5 Nxe1 24.Rxe1 Re8 25.gxf6 Rxe1+ 26.Bxe1 Qxf6 27.Kh2 Qd4 28.Ne4 Re8 29.Bf3 Qe3 30.Nxd6 Re7 31.Qd1 Qxe1 32.Qxe1 Rxe1 33.Nxb7 Re3 34.Bh1 Bf8 35.d6 Rd3 36.Nxc5 Rxd6 37.Kxh3 a5 38.Ne4 Rb6 39.Kg4 Rxb2 40.Nf6+ Kh8 41.Bd5 Rb4 42.Bc6 Rb6 0-1

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The CFC Regular Chess Post – August 30/11 – FIDE World Cup.

Rd. 1 – Sept. 28 – Can. GM Mark Bluvshtein ( ranked # 89 ) lost to Alexander Riazantsev ( Russia, ranked # 40 ). Can. IM Eric Hansen ( ranked # 124 ), lost to Vugar Gashimov ( Azerbaijan, ranked # 5 ).

Rd. 2 – Sept. 29 – Mark drew, and lost the match, and is eliminated. Eric lost and is eliminated.

Thanks to both for carrying the Canadian standard in this prestigious tournament, to determine entry into the 2012 Candidates’ Matches.

Bob Armstrong, CFC Public Relations Coordinator

The CFC Regular Chess Post – Sept. 1/11 – Halifax LD Open.

Paul Hake-Labour Day Open - Rosaria Centre, Don MacNeil Room (4th Floor), Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Hwy., Halifax, Nova Scotia – Starts tomorrow – Sept. 2 – 5 – 8 rd. swiss.

Bob Armstrong, CFC Public Relations Coordinator

The CFC Regular Chess Post – Week of Sept. 2 – 8 ( For more, use this heading link )

The CFC Regular Chess Post – Sept. 5/11 – Toronto Labour Day Open Results.  - Sept. 3-5; 6 round swiss in three sections ( Open; U 2000; U 1600 ) - Organized by the Annex Chess Club – Open section winners – 5/6 pts.: IM Nikolay Noritsyn ( 2631 – 2007 Can. Champion ); IM Tomas Krnan ( 2503 ); FM Igor Divljan ( 2349 – defeated current Can. Champion, GM Bator Sambuev, in Rd. 6 ).  Bob Armstrong, CFC Public Relations Coordinator.

International News Today - Sept 8, 2011

Some old business. With the World Cup progressing, probably not enough attention was given to the Botvinnik Memorial (Rapid D-RR) with the 4 top players in the world (Anand, Carlsen, Aronian, and Kramnik). Carlsen missed lots of winning chances on day one and instead of 2.5 has to settle for 1.5. The biggest shock was yet to come as he lost all three games on day 2. I haven't seen any of these games, so not sure what happened to him. Anand played the steadiest chess and was rewarded with a first place score of 4.5.

The CFC Regular Chess Post ( Week of Sept. 9 - 15 ) [ for more, click on this heading ]

 The CFC Regular Chess Post – Sept. 13/11 – Can. WYCC Team - WYCC - November 17 - 26 - Caldas Novas, Brazil.