The CFC Regular Chess Post – July 11/11 – Can. Junior/Youth Champions.

The CYCC, just concluded July 9, and the Can. Junior, held at the end of April, give us the following 2011 Canadian Junior/Youth Champions:

U 20 ( Junior ): FM Roman Sapozhnikov ( 2424 )
U 18: Loren Brigham Laceste ( 2027 )
U 16: David Zhang ( 2138 )
U 14: Richard Wang ( 2346 )
U 12: Oliver Kenta Chiku-Ratte ( 2098 )
U 10: Yuanchen Zhang ( 1932 )
U 8: Sergey Noritsyn ( 1491 )

The CFC Regular Chess Post – July 13/11 – 2011-2 CFC Positions


Quebec Governors - Pierre Dénommée; Hugh Brodie

PEI Governor - Fred McKim

Yukon Governor - Vacant


President - Michael Von Keitz

Vice-President - Mark Dutton

Secretary - Lyle Craver

Treasurer - Fred McKim

Canadian Open News - July 14, 2011

After 5 rounds at the Canadian Open in Toronto, there is a 4 way tie for 1st between GM's Bator Sambuev and Walter Arencibia (CUB), and IM's Leonid Gerzhoy and Irina Krush (USA).

Today's board 1 and 2 pairings are:
Krush - Sambuev
Arencibia - Gerzhoy

Canadian Open News - July 15, 2011

After 6 rounds we again have a single leader, this time former Canadian Open Champion GM Walter Arencibia (CUB), with 5.5/6. In yesterday's top match-ups he defeated Leonid Gerzhoy, while Bator Sambuev with the black pieces was unable to do any better than draw with American Irina Krush.


The CFC Regular Chess Post – July 16/11 – Can. Open Leaders.

After 7 rounds:Open Section - a 2-way tie for first:- USA GM Joel Benjamin; Cuban GM Walter Arencibia

U 2000 Section – junior Jonathan Yu leads, with a 4-way tie for second: junior John Doknjas; Stephan Tonakanian; Jordan Palmer; Sam Haziprodromu.

Canadian Open News - July 16, 2011

Last night, I was finally able to watch a good portion of the round and settled in on about 6 or 7 games that interested me.Bator Sambuev tried all kinds of things to get an attack on tournament leader Walter Arencibia, but at the end of the day had to initiate a repetition of position, down a pawn late in a middlegame that included bishops of the opposite colour.Joel Benjamin has moved into a tie for 1st by defeating Irinia Krush.

Canadian Open News - July 17, 2011

Then there were three. With Arencibia and Benjamin drawing on board 1, Canadian hopes were with Bator Sambuev on board 2, but it was not to be as Dejan Bojkov won his 5th game in a row to move even with the leaders going into the final round.

Canadian Open News - July 18, 2011

The final round of the Canadian Open came and went with a bit of a wimper, as most of the top boards drew their games.

Thus, the three way tie between Arencibia, Benjamin, and Bojkov remained and all won $4200. There is no tie-break for the Canadian Open, so the 3 become Co-Champions.

Thirteen players finished =4th. Canadians in this group were GM Bluvshtein, IM's Gerzhoy, Noritsyn, Samsonkin, Krnan, Cummings, and FM's Cheng and Thavandiran (who defeated GM Sambuev in the final round). Bindi Cheng received an IM norm for his performance (his 3rd).

International News Today - July 19, 2011

Two big events in play

1) In China, the World Team Championship is taking place with a lot of the World's best in action: Aronian, Karjakin, Grischuk, Radjabov, Mamedyarov, Gashimov, Kamsky, Svidler, Leko, Nepomniachtchi, Polgar, Sutovsky, etc.

After today's third round, Russia has the lead with 5 points and are followed by Armenia, Ukraine, and Israel all with 4. None of the leaders play each other tomorrow, with Russia having the toughest match vs Azerbaijan.

We'll check in with some of the individual leaders tomorrow.

The CFC Regular Chess Post – July 17/11 – 2011 Can. Open Champions

Open: GM Joel Benjamin ( USA ); GM Walter Arencibia ( Cuba ); GM Dejan Bojkov ( Bulgaria )

U 2000: John Doknjas; Alexander Strugach; Jordan Palmer; Sam Haziprodromu

U 1600: Rodrigo Oliveira

Bob Armstrong, CFC Public Relations Coordinator