International News Today - Aug 6, 2011

At the World Junior:

FM Roman Sapozhnikov has 2.5/5, and has played 2IM's and a GM. His performance rating of 2295 is dead on with his FIDE rating. Tomorrow he is black against GM Jorge Cori (PER).

FM Shiyam Thavandiran has 3/5, and has played 2IM's. His performance rating of 2359 is an improvement on his 2320 FIDE rating. Tomorrow he is white against IM Suri Vaibhav (IND).

International News Today - Aug 9, 2011

In India, our Canadian players are now tied with 3.5 each. Roman won his game today, while Shiyam lost leaving both of them at 3.5 out of 7.
Tomorrow they both play Candidate Masters from India. Meanwhile at the top of the heap, IM Alex Rombaldoni (ITA) drew his game to now
have a score of 6.5. Tied for 2nd with 6 are GM Robert Hovhannisyan (ARM), who is paired with the leader tomorrow
and FM (!) Koushik Girish (IND), who has knocked off 3 straight GM's. He plays GM Nils Grandelius (SWE) tomorrow.

International News Today - Aug 11, 2011

After 9 rounds in Chennai, IND, Roman now has 5 points and Shiyam have 4.5, with 4 rounds to go, a late surge is going to be required for either to have a truly great event. At the top of the leader board, we now have GM Robert Hovhannisyan (ARM) with 8 points and tomorrow he’ll be matched up against fellow Armenian GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan, who has 7.5. Tied for third are GM Swiercz (POL) and Indian sensation FM Girish (IND). Among those at 6.5 are American GM Ray Robson, and former leader IM Rombaldoni (ITA).

Recent Canadian Events - August 13, 2011

Last weekend the Abe Yanofsky Memorial was held in Winnipeg. Of course, GM Daniel Abraham Yanofsky was Canadian's most famous player for the better part of 30 years.

Visiting American Grandmaster, Alex Yermolinsky took 1st place by 1/2 point over local masters Trevor Vincent and Jeff Babb.



World Youth Tournament for Peace

Website  A very special event is taking place in Montreal on Sept 7 from 11am til 1pm, at Palais des congrès de Montréal, 201 Avenue Viger Ouest. The World Youth Tournament for Peace is being sponsored  by the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism in collaboration with MonRoi and Chess 'n Math. Monroi will be broadcasting the games of the 16 player elimination style event. This event is part of the the 2nd Global Conference on World Religions after 9/11.

International News Today - August 16, 2011

At the World Juniors on Monday, Polish GM Dariusz Swiercz won his final round game to catch Armenian GM Robert Hovhannisyan and take 1st place on tie-break. They had a full point lead over 3rd place finisher Indian IM Sahaj Grover, who came out of nowhere to win his final 3 rounds, for a GM norm. Roman Sapozhnikov ended the tournament on a high note and scored 7.5, while Shiyam Thavandiran settled for 5.5

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.

CFC Ratings Updated - Sept 23, 2011

The CFC website and ratings database were moved to an improved server about 10 days ago, and we've finally resolved the resultant technical difficulties loading the Ratings Database from the CFC local machine.

Some results from this past weekend:

Medicine Hat Open: Sean Perron, Vlad Rekhson and Jordan Schibler tie for 1st.

KW Fall Open: IM Thomas Krnan takes 1st, one half point ahead of FM Michael Kleinman.





CFC Ratings Update - Week of Sept 26, 2011

The CFC Ratings were updated early this morning.....

I'm under the impression from reading elsewhere that Team North defeated Team South in the Battle of Alberta. Most of Alberta's top rated players participted.

In the monthly Winnipeg tournament, Les Mundwiler tied for 1st with unrated Alex Platt.

Istvan Kiraly played in two tournaments in Windsor, winning one outright and tying for 1st in the other. How do those guys find time to play so much....

Active Swiss events were won in Sudbury by Bob Kiviaho and in Charlottetown by Fred McKim.