The CFC Regular Chess Post ( Week of April 5 - 11/13 )

The CFC Regular Chess Post – April 11/13 - Canadian GM Eric Hansen to Go Professional.

On April 10 on CMA Chesstalk, Eric stated:

“Hopefully I'll be able to announce some exciting news regarding my chess plans soon. I can confirm that I won't be returning to school this fall and will continue to focus on being a professional player.”

My guess is that to do this, Eric has garnered some sponsors – playing chess professionally is expensive, with travelling, accommodation, registration fees where required, etc.. GM Mark Bluvshtein was able to accomplish this for his “year of professional chess”, before he retired.

Best of luck, Eric!! We'll look forward to you announcing more details on this.

Bob Armstrong, CFC Public Relations Coordinator

The CFC Regular Chess Post – April 10/13 – GTCL Cup Results.

This annual GTCL competition involves 4-player (reserve optional) teams, both club and pick-up. There is an over 1800 average winner, and an U 1800 average winner. It is “Quick Rated” – G/15+5 sec.. It was played at the Annex CC on Monday night, April 8 from 7 PM - midnight. It attracted 16 teams and involved over 65 players.
Here were the final standings:

# Team Name Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Hart House +W8 +B4 +W5 +B6 +W2 5
3 3 2.5 3.5 2.5
2 Chess Academy +B9 -W6 +B13 +W5 -B1 3
3 1 4 3.5 1.5
3 Knights of Chess +W11 -B5 =W8 +B15 +B7 3.5
4 1.5 2 3.5 4
4 Meatheads +B12 -W1 +B14 +W7 +B6 4
4 1 4 4 3
5 Willowdale +B14 +W3 -B1 -B2 =W9 2.5
4 2.5 1.5 0.5 2
6 Annex 1 +W13 +B2 +B15 -W1 -W4 3
4 3 3 0.5 1
7 Aurora =W15 =W9 +B10 -B4 - 2
2 2 3 0 0
8 Annex Juniors -B1 +W12 =B3 =W9 +B10 3
1 4 2 2 4
9 King of Kings -W2 =B7 +W12 =B8 =B5 2.5
1 2 4 2 2
10 Isolated Pawn +B16 -W15 -W7 +B14 -W8 2
3 1 1 2.5 0
11 Titans -B3 -W14 =B16 +W13 +W15 2.5
0 1 2 3 2.5
12 CCC Commandos -W4 -B8 -B9 +W16 +B13 2
0 1 0 2.5 2.5
13 Annex Warriors -B6 +W16 -W2 -B11 -W12 1
0 3.5 0 1 1.5
14 Blackmar Diemers -W5 +B11 -W4 -W10 =B16 1.5
0 3 0 1.5 2
15 Ruthless Lions =B7 +B10 -W6 -W3 -B11 1.5
2 3 1 0.5 1.5
16 Drop-Ins -W10 -B13 =W11 -B12 =W14 1
1 0.5 2 1.5 2

Thanks to Annex CC for posting the results on their website.

Bob Armstrong, CFC Public Relations Coordinator

The CFC Regular Chess Post – April 8/13 – National Women’s Master/National Women’s Candidate Master.

At the recently concluded CFC Spring Governors’ On-line Meeting, a passed motion created the new CFC titles: Women’s National Master (2100); Women’s National Candidate Master (1900). There was some debate about the helpfulness of these titles to the progress of women’s chess in Canada. The mover of the motion, CFC Governor from Windsor, Vlad Drkulec, Masters’ Representative, posted in favour of this motion, seconded by the CFC Women’s Coordinator, Iulia Lacau-Rodean:

“This is the current usual cutoff range for qualification for the Canadian woman's Olympiad team. The hope is that this would encourage more women and girls to continue to participate in chess for a longer period of time and also to give recognition to the women and girls who have attained this level of performance in Canadian chess.

Currently in Canada we do not have the level of female representation in chess tournaments and CFC membership that are seen in the United States. My observations in Windsor are that the level of chess interest in girls is about the same as that of boys but over time they become discouraged from playing by the observation that there are few other girls playing. It is hoped by making the top Canadian women more visible by offering this recognition that girls will continue playing chess in an effort to attain the additional titles and achieve similar recognition as the top titles.

Initially I thought to offer intermediate titles which would require norms in the 2200 level range for the WNM title and 2000 range for the WNCM title but after consultations with my co-sponsor and with governors have amended the levels to where they are attainable by Canada's top women and girls (Ed.: 2100 & 1900). Once the WNM title was set it made sense to make the WNCM title levels two hundred points below the higher title to be consistent with all of our other titles. For the most part implementation of this would merely require editing the web page that currently lists the NCM title holders to include the title Woman National Master and the web page that currently lists the class A titled players to include the Woman National Candidate Master title. Women that wish a printed certificate could ask for one for the usual charge with the Women's National Master title certificate being offered for free as is the usual practice for the National Master title.”

Scarborough CC Treasurer, Ken Kurkowski, on CMA Chesstalk, nicely analyzed the two sides of the debate on this motion:

“With this issue there are two approaches, the Principled and the Pragmatic.

The Principled argument accepts that women cannot compete with men on equal terms in physical sports, but finds the idea that women are 'inferior' in mainly intellectual pursuits to be offensive. Hence the view that women's titles and separate competitions in chess are inappropriate.

The Pragmatic view (mine) is that, for whatever reason (and this is an entirely separate debate!) there are far fewer strong female chessplayers than male. If we eliminate separate treatment, high level chess would become like motor sports, with a handful of women (e.g. Danica Patrick in NASCAR) competing against a large majority of men. Is that what we want? Why not do something to encourage more women to compete (and CONTINUE competing), while still allowing (and encouraging!) the most ambitious and talented ones to compete alongside the men?”

The motion passed: Yes – 21; No – 5; Abstain – 5.

Bob Armstrong, CFC Public Relations Coordinator

The CFC Regular Chess Post – April 7/13 B – Guelph Spring Pro-Am Results.

April 6-7, 2013
Peter Clark Hall, Guelph University Centre
5 Round Swiss;
3 Sections: FIDE Rated Pro, FIDE Rated U2000, U1600

Top Finishers in Pro Section:

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot

1 IM Nikolay Noritsyn 2585 W8 W21 W6 W4 D2 4.5
2 Razvan Preotu 2445 W11 D6 W14 W3 D1 4.0
3 IM Bindi Cheng 2517 H--- W13 W9 L2 W10 3.5
4 IM Artiom Samsonkin 2564 W19 D9 W10 L1 W13 3.5
5 FM Victor Plotkin 2390 D14 D15 W11 D6 W9 3.5

Bob Armstrong, CFC Public Relations Coordinator

The CFC Regular Chess Post – April 7/13 – GTCL Cup.

 

On TOMORROW, Monday, April 8!

This is a one night tournament of rapid chess for GTCL club and pick-up teams of 4 players (reserve optional). It will be held at the Annex CC, and registration starts @ 6:30 PM, with Round 1 to go @ 7:00 PM. If you are in Toronto, come and watch a fun night of chess.

Bob Armstrong, CFC Public Relations Coordinator

The CFC Regular Chess Post – April 5/13 - Guelph Spring Pro-Am.

Starts Tomorrow!!


April 6-7, 2013
Peter Clark Hall, Guelph University Centre
5 Round Swiss;
3 Sections: FIDE Rated Pro, FIDE Rated U2000, U1600
Players may play up if current rating is within 100 points of rating floor.
Cost is $20, proceeds to the Olympic Fund.
Round Times: Saturday 10:am, 2:00pm, 6:00pm, Sunday 10:00am, 2:30pm
Time Control: Round 1 G/60 +30 sec, Rounds 2-5 G/90 + 30 sec
Entry Fees: Pro Section $60, others $40. Late Fee: $10.00 on site
Half Point Byes: in rounds 1-4 may be requested in advance
Prizes: $55 per Pro player returned as prizes.
Trophies awarded in other sections
Register: Mail to TD Hal Bond, 205 – 105 Conroy Crescent, Guelph, ON N1G 2V5,
email halbond@sympatico.ca, or cash on site from 8:30-9:30 am Saturday. Players registering after 9:30 Saturday may not receive a swiss pairing in first round.
Equipment, snacks and refreshments provided by organizer.

Bob Armstrong, CFC Public Relations Coordinator