International News Today - Oct 4, 2011

We’re at the half in the Grand Slam Masters. Vassily Ivanchuk took a bit of a fall back to earth in the final game of the 1st half as Magnus Carlsen won a nice game with the French Defence (a bit of a rarity for him). Totals after 5 rounds are Ivanchuk 10 (3-1-1), Nakamura 7 (1-0-4), Aronian, Anand, Carlsen 6, and Vallejo-Pons 3. Play resumes in Bilbao on Thursday.St Petersburg, ranked 4th at the outset, won the European World Cup which ended on Sunday. This is another victory for Peter Svidler who held down 1st board, although he probably isn’t personally happy with his 50% score.

CFC Ratings Update - Week of Oct 3, 2011

The CFC Ratings were updated last night with events from the past week or so.The weekend saw tournaments in different part of the country take place.Canadian Champion GM Bator Sambuev scored a perfect 5-0 in the Ottawa Autumn Open, NM Vlad Drkulec scored 4-0 in the Windsor Fall Pro-Am, billed as the 1st weekend tournament in Widsor since the 80's, and Itohan Gold won the Calgary Fall Open with a 4-0 score.   

The CFC Regular Chess Post ( Week of Oct. 7 - 13 )

The CFC Regular Chess Post – October 13/11 – 2011 BC Championship. This was an 8-player round robin played in Burnaby, B.C, during the Thanksgiving Weekend. The co-winners were Maxim Doroshenko and Loren Laceste ( U 18 Canadian Champion ) with 5.5/8 pts. Bob Armstrong, CFC Public Relations Coordinator

International News Today - Oct 12, 2011

A spectacular ending in Bilbao, in the final leg of the Grand Slam Final. Vassily Ivanchuk's insurmountable lead after round 6, was surmounted as Magnus Carlsen scored 8 points in his final 4 games, while Ivanchuk scored only 2 points. This set up a two game blitz match for the title, which Carlsen took 1.5-0.5. Anand, Aronian, and Nakamura all tied for 3rd place.At the Saratov (RUS) Governor's Cup RR, Alexei Morozevich is continuing his return to form with a score of 5.5/6. He is followed by Peter Leko with 4.

The CFC Regular Chess Post ( Week of Oct. 14 - 20 )

The CFC Regular Chess Post – October 18/11 – Alliston Chess Open. Played Oct. 15-16 in 2 sections. 21 players. Winners:

Standings. Alliston Open 2011: Open
# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot Prize

1 Bindi Cheng 141968 2516 W6 L2 W7 W3 W4 4.0
2 Haizhou Xu 138986 2224 W9 W1 L3 W4 W6 4.0

Standings. Alliston Open 2011: U2000
# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot Prize

1 Tom Bozinoski 107747 1720 W9 W8 D2 D4 W5 4.0

International News Today - Oct 17, 2011

Kevin Spraggett is playing in a nine player RR - "Magistat Ciutat de Barcelona". He was ranked 5th at the onset. Not a bad little field with the top names being Yasser Seirawan  and Ilia Smirin. Kevin won his game yesterday and moves into a tie for 1st with Yasser, both with +2 scores. They play what could be a key game in the pentultimate round.

International News Today - Oct 18, 2011

In Barcelona, Kevin Spraggett appeared to falter in time trouble and lost to Oscar de la Riva, after playing a sparkling Sicilian. He's tied with Yasser Seirawan, who got blown up yesterday by Ilia Smirin, with +1 scores (3 games remaining). Also with +1 scores are de la Riva and Smirin (but only 2 games left). Kevin is white today against Smirin.Vlad Kramnik is storming through the mini DRR Unive tournament with a 2-0 score (vs Giri and J.Polgar).

The CFC Regular Chess Post – October 19/11 – Chess Achievement Certificates.

The CFC Regular Chess Post – October 19/11 – Chess Achievement Certificates.

At the 2011 Fall Meeting, the governors passed the following Motion 2011- G1: That the CFC Handbook be amended as follows:
Delete Section 738 (Certificate of Life Master) and replace with:
Section 738. Rating Categories, Titles and Certificates.

International News Today - October 20, 2011

It's the final day at Barcelona. Kevin Spraggett remains tied for 1st with Yasser Seirawan and now Ivan Selgado. They all have 4.5/7 and have different opponents today, so it'll be an exciting finish.Alexander Morozevich completed the Saratov Governor's Cup with a final score of 8.5/11 (+6!).