The CFC Regular Chess Post - July 18/11 - U 18 Canadian Youth Champion - Loren Laceste

July 14 Article in the Vancouver Sun about new U 18 Canadian Youth Champion, Loren Laceste by Gerry Bellett:

Thanks to Andrei Botez for alerting us to this article.

Bob, CFC Public Relations Coordinator

International News Today - July 21, 2011

The pairings for the World Cup tournament have been posted at FIDE
#88 - Mark Bluvshtein plays #41 - Alexander Motylev (RUS)
#123 - Eric Hansen plays #6 - Alexander Grischuk (RUS)
I wonder if we can help our Canadian reps prepare for their matches ?

International News Today - July 23, 2011

Magnus Carlsen defeated Fabiano Caruana yesterday. He now has a record of 3 wins and a draw. Today he is black against Vachier-Lagrave to finish the 1st half of the double round robin in Biel.

Vlad Kramnik defeated German rep George Meier in the 2nd round at Dortmund. With 2/2 he has a full point lead over the rest of the field including American Hakaru Nakamura.

International News Today - July 25, 1011

Organizing, TDing and playing chess all weekend sucks the life out of you and the ability to monitor what's going on in the world. Anyway this week I'm in a trailer in what must be the biggest campground here in PEI. I was trying to get some live chess this afternoon, but I can't seem to get through right now, so we'll just deal with some stuff up to the beginning of today.

Yesterday at Dortmund, Vlad Kramnik took advantage of Nakamura's trying to win an even position and now has 3.5/4. Second in Ponomariov with 2.5 in the double RR.

International News Today - July 27, 2011

In the World Team Championsaip, Armenia secured the gold medal yesterday with a 2-2 tie with Ukraine. apparently the games were close in 3 with Armenia having an advantage in the 4th when the whole "deal" was made. China passed Ukraine for silver by winning their match from Hungary. Top individual performance was put in by Wang Yue (CHN).

After 7 rounds in Biel, Carlesn is still hot, but Morozevich remains only 3 points behind (13 to 10). Carlsen has white today against Moorozevich, in what could be the biggest game ot the tournament.

International News Today - July 28, 2011

All 3 games in Dortmund were drawn yesterday leaving Vladimir Kramnik still sporting a 1.5 point lead over Le Quang Liem with 4 rounds to go in the double RR.

In Biel the big Carlsen- Morozevich affair fizzled out to a draw leaving Carlsen still in the lead with 17 points to Morozevich's 14 (three point scoring), with 2 rounds to go. Shirov and Vachier-Lagrave both won their games and are tied for third with 10 points.

Quebec Open Final Results - July 31, 2011

Canadian IM Nikolay Noritsyn captured 1st place in the Quebec Open, which wrapped up yesterday. His score of 7/9 included victories over 4 grandmasters. It would appear that he achieved his first GM norm. Generally three such results are required for the title. Cuban GM Walter Arencibia followed up his 1st place tie in the Canadian Open with a second place finish here, alone with 6.5


International News Today - Aug 2, 2011

Getting caught up on the two super tournaments that finished in the last few days.

In Biel Magnus Carlsen (NOR) coasted home with three straight draws to finish two points ahead of Alexander Morozevich (RUS) in the 3 point scoring 19-17. He gained enough rating points to now have his highest rating ever and highest rating held by anyone not named Kasparov. Tied for third were Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA) and Alexei Shirov (ESP).

International Chess News Today - Aug 3, 2011

The World Junior Championship started yesterday in Chennai, India. Representing Canada are Roman Sapozhnikov, the reigning Canadian Junior Champion and Shiyam Thavandiran a former 2 time winner. Both of these FIDE masters have lots of International experience, and are no doubt hoping for an IM norm to bring home. They are both ranked about 60th in the 125 player event.

Recent Noteworthy Canadian Events - Aug 4, 2011

A busy weekend for Canadian chess events.

The Edmonton Invitational (a 10 player round-robin) finished up with GM Joel Benjamin capturing 1st prize. Fellow American GM Alexander Shabalov was 2nd and Canadian IM Edward Porper took 3rd.

FM Jack Yoos captured the BC Open, just edging out juniors Tanraj Sohal and Joshua Doknjas.

In Kitchener, Jackie Peng and FM Andrew Peredun tied for 1st in the Canadian Amateur Championship, while Ralph Deline and William Doubleday tied for 1st in the Canadian Senior Championship.