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

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).

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

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

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.