The CFC Regular Chess Post ( Week of Oct. 21-27 )

The CFC Regular Chess Post – October 26/11 – London October Open. City: London, Ontario; Date: Saturday, October 29, 2011; Place: Hillside Church (250 Commissioners Rd. East, parking in back); Rds: 3; Start Time: 10am; Type: Swiss, Regular Rated. Check the CFC Website for details – click on “ National Tournaments “ on the Home Page. Bob Armstrong, CFC Public Relations Coordinator

CFC Rating Update - Week of Oct 17, 2011

The new ratings were posted today. These were ready on Wed, but some technical difficulties accessing the web site prevented Gerry from posting them until today.The Oktoberfest  Active (held in Kitchener-Waterloo, I presume) looks to have been the event of the week with Steve Demmery taking first over a tough field, with at least three masters finishing behind him.I didn't get last weeks's summary posted, but will do that now. WIM Natalia Khougarian won the Canadian Women's Closed, with IM Nikolay Noritsyn winning the Toronto Thanksgiving tournament at the same location.

International News Today - Oct 24, 2011

At Barcelona, Yasser Seirawan and Ivan Salgado both won their final round games to finish 1/2 pt ahead of Kevin Spraggett, who manouvered for 70 + moves before agreeing to a draw in his final game. A good showing by Kevin.

With the Women's Grand Prix event long since sewn up Zhao Xue lost her final game to second place finisher Ju Wenjun. Her final score was still an amazing 9.5/11 - she was a semi-finalist in last years Women's World Championship.

International News Today - Oct 26, 2011

The Spice Cup has probably become the top annual round-robin event in North America. This tournament, sponsored by Susan Polgar has grown just about every year since it's introduction. This year's event has two 2700+ players: Lenier Dominguez Perez (CUB) and Le Quang Liam (VIE). They did not disappoint and met in the final round battle for first. With the three point scoring in use, Le defeated Dominguez to take 1st place with 17 points to 15 points. Georg Meier (GER) also finished with 15.

CFC Rating Update - Week of Oct 24, 2011

Ratings and crosstables were posted this afternoon, about 2pm ET. Now that's smooth, Gerry.

The CFC Regular Chess Post – October 27/11 – Edmonton Fall Sectional.

The CFC Regular Chess Post – October 27/11 – Edmonton Fall Sectional. Starts tomorrow! October 28-30 - in Edmonton, Alberta - IM Edward Porper will be playing. There will be a number of round-robin sections. This is a very different tournament from normal Swiss events as you know your opponents in advance, they will be of approximately the same rating as you and you can prepare for them. Sponsored by the Alberta Chess Association and the Edmonton Chess Club. This is a Road Warrior Event.

The CFC Regular Chess Post ( Week of Oct. 28 - Nov.3/11 )

The CFC Regular Chess Post – November 1/11 – Alberta Junior Chess Championship.

The CFC Regular Chess Post ( Week of November 4 - 10 )

The CFC Regular Chess Post – Nov. 10/11 – Kingston Open. Dates: Nov 12-13, 2011; Place: John Deutsch University Centre, John Orr Room, Queen's University; City: Kingston, Ontario; Rds: 5; Times: Saturday 9am, 2pm and 7pm. Sunday 10am, 3pm; Type: Swiss; Contact: Brian Murray e-mail bmurray[at]personainternet[dt]com ; Tyler Longo e-mail 7tl3[at]queensu[dt]ca. Bob Armstrong, CFC Public Relations Coordinator

International News Today - Nov 7, 2011

The European Team Championship is in full progress in Greece. Yesterday’s games brought some huge upsets as Germany defeated Ukraine, while Bulgaria defeated Russia. After 4 rounds of play there is a 5 way tie for 1st with 7/8 points. Azerbaijan (3), France (6), Bulgaria (7), Germany (10) and Spain (13) all have 7. Incredibly Russia, Ukraine, and Armenia are all two full points behind. Today’s top pairings are AZE-FRA, GER-BUL, and ESP-GRE (who have 6 points).

International News Today - Nov 10, 2011

At the European Team Championship in Greece, the sides are ready for the final round battle: Armenia vs Germany. They now share the lead after Germany upset Azerbaijan 2.5-1.5 and Armenia took out Netherlands 3-1. One point back of the leaders are Azerbaijan and Bulgaria.

As usual, I like to take a look at some top individual results by performace rating; Aronian 2847, Mamedyarov 2847, Bauer 2846, Topalov 2837, Grischuk 2807, Olafsson 2807, Adams 2804, and Cheparinov 2804.

The Women's World Championhip starts Sunday, while the Tal Memorial starts on Tuesday.