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February 25 - 26
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(note, these listings are free, as service to players. Not all instructors are listed: some have sufficient students, others just hate me.)
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I may be wrong, but I think there's nowhere to buy clocks in Windsor. However, this store sells decent quality chess sets:
Hügin and Münin 1664 Tecumseh Road East, Windsor. 519-974-7898
There are on-line "chess shops"
This new online store sells high-quality chess equipment:
Updated every day!
Easy, medium, or hard
Select your skill level, click on the desired piece and drag it to the target square. In some puzzles you have to enter a series of moves.
Notice the hint button, if needed...
Tactics are the foundation of chess... the best plan in the world will fail, if you don't calculate the tactics correctly.
Monday Night Active Chess Club
Riverside Library, 6305 Wyandotte East
6:00 - 8:30
Intended for adults and strong juniors.
Two 30-minute-per-player games per evening, first game at 6.30, second game at 7.30
Unrated, no entry fee, no prizes.
All chess equipment provided
Windsor players going to WYCC 17-29 December 2013
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Christina Tao (mother of Ellen and Rachel) has been doing a great job of getting publicity.
Christina asked for recognition from the federal government. There is no government money for chess, but a Member of Parliament provided a certificate of achievement to each entrant.
Massey Secondary School News featured a story about Rachel, with a nice picture, and the Catholic school board Facebook page carried a picture of Ellen.
In addition, ChessBase had a news story about WYCC, with photographs and videos.
Motor City Open 29 November - 1 December, 2013 Express report
Thanks to Vlad Drkulec and numerous emails from parents, I now have all the scores for the Windsor players. Results for players scoring 50% or more are listed below.
There were an incredible 25 or so Windsor players at this event.
It was the usual format for big Michigan events - players had the option of either 3-days (2 games per day), or 2-days (4 games on Saturday, and 2 on Sunday).
Congratulations to the players winning money... I'm not super sure, the crosstables aren't available yet, but I think Jeffrey, Henry, Adam and Karthik all came home with $$.
- Vlad Drkulec 3.5/6 Tied for 11th
- Jeffrey Zhu 4.5/6 2nd
- Henry Zhang 4/6 Tied for 5th
- Adam Gaisinsky 4/6 Tied for 5th
- Zhehai Zhang 3.5/6
- Rohan Talukdar 3.5/6
- Karthik Baskarin 4.5/6 Tied for 3rd
- Ellen Tao 4.5/6 Tied for 8th
- Joshua Mathews 3.5/6
- Max Zhu 3/6
- Stefano Lee 3/6
- Frank Hou 3/6
- David Makarczyk 3.5/5 6th
- Alan Bui 3/5
- Rishi Damarla 2.5/5
Chess in Michigan, Ohio, and even Windsor 15-17 November 2013
Michigan Women's Championship 16 November 2013 (mini-report)
Only two Windsor girls traveled to Ann Arbor for this event.
Lily Zhou, playing in the top section, tied for 3rd with 2/4, a decent result.
Tian Hou, playing in the Reserve section, tied for 1st with 3½/4, gaining about a million rating points in the process.
Kings Island Open, Ohio 15-17 November 2013
There were eight Windsor players in this large event, 355 players in 7 sections.
Jeffrey Zhu was the big winner, tying for first in the u1700 section, with 4½/5. Max Zhu tied for 3rd in the u1250 section, with 4/5.
Other players scoring more than 50% included Jeannie Zhang in the u1700 section, and former Windsorite (now Michigan) Steven Fu in the u1000 section. Jeffrey and Jeannie teamed up for the mixed doubles prize, tying for first.
Riverside Library regular-rated 16 November 2013
With all the action out of town, it was nice to get a decent turnout at Riverside Library.
The 14 Windsor players were boosted by six visitors from Detroit Chess Club, for a total of 20 players in two sections.
In the A-section, Karthik Baskaran won every game. Eric Dobson from Detroit did the same thing in the B-section.
Michigan Scholastic Club Championships 9 November 2013
Adam, Jeannie and Rohan had perfect scores in K-5, and Lily had a perfect score in K-8. Tyler finished with 4.5/5 and should have a very high first U.S.C.F. rating. Jack, Devin, David, Frank, Zhehai, and Karthik finished with 4/5.
This annual event is a favourite among Windsor players, not the least because of the huge trophies given out. To avoid Windsor-ites playing each other, all the Windsor players were grouped under the "Friday Knights" banner. There were 17 Windsor-ites.
Altogether, there were 431 players from 57 teams, playing in 4 divisions.
Top 4 scores in each division counted towards team scores.
Overall, we won first place in K-5 (15 teams), first place in K-8 (19 teams), and sixth place in K-3 (14 teams). In total, Windsor players won 14 individual trophies, as well as the team trophies.
Thanks for the information, from team co-ordinator Vlad Drkulec.
Lots of photographs here.
Susan Polgar World Open for boys and girls 2-3 November 2013
The reason for the leisurely pace was the side events... a 3 hour "chess camp", a simul by Susan Polgar, a puzzle-solving competition, a blitz tournament, and similar chess-y activities.
click for full-size photo
Four Windsor players made the long trek to Chicago to play in this annual tournament... six rounds of quick chess, spread over two days. The time control was 45' + 5" delay.
The big winner was Jeannie Zhang, who was undefeated in scoring 5/6 in the girls 4-5 division, despite feeling unwell the second day.
Jeannie won a mini-iPad as well as a trophy, and came home with lots of photographs of herself with Susan Polgar.
In the K-3 boys section, Alan Bui scored 4/6 to tie for 6th.
Lots of photographs here.
Canadian team blog for WYCC
Michigan Chess Festival 25-27 October 2013
Here follows somewhat cobbled-up report, with the tournament flyer in one hand, the ratings report in the other, and various emails floating around. And you wonder why I make typo's??
There were 21 Windsor players at the Michigan Chess Festival in Dearborn.... I think. Some Ontario players are incorrectly identified as being from Michigan.
Unfortunately, even a week after the event, the official website doesn't have the prize-winners listed, though the ratings have
finally been calculated.
Check for your new rating at the
USCF ratings site.
The highest-scoring players were Frank and Lily, with 4½/5. Frank won a trophy in the u1000 section, and Lily won $450 (I think) for tying for first place in the u1800 section.
Also winning money were (I think), Rohan and Zhehai in the u1800 section, and Ellen was undefeated in the u1400 section, finishing with 4/5.
Meanwhile, Tian, Alan and Steven all came home with shiny stuff from the u1000 section.
Tournament Report 19 October 2013
In the five player Young Guns section Alan Bui finished with 7 out of 8 to place first with David Makarczyk finishing either tied with Alan or in second place depending on the outcome of the adjourned game (between David and Jivan Ramesh). Rishi Damarla finished with 4 out of 8 for an impressive third place finish in his first CFC rated chess tournament and also won a book for his efforts.
There was an active-rated tournament at Riverside Library on October 19th. Two sections, 15 players. Report based on an email from Vlad Drkulec.
In the "Top Guns" section, Lily Zhou won all four games, and picked a book on endgames as her prize.
Karthik Baskaran and Adam Gaisinsky tied for second with three out of four and both also each chose a book as their prize.
The Young Guns section will be submitted for rating (rating fees have been paid) once the last game for the double round robin has been finished. The game is currently an endgame which will hopefully be finished next week.
Windsor players on the Canadian team going to Dubai in December
All Canadian players
Windsor players (one, anyway) in the media 15 October 2013
The Windsor Star ran a story on Rohan going to the World Youth. The story mentions my name, that's the important thing.
Also, Vlad Drkulec gave an
interview to CBC about youth chess in Windsor.
The CBC headline might be a bit hopeful, but that's headline writers for you.
FIDE titles for two Windsor players 8 October 2013
The World Chess Federation (FIDE - Fédération internationale des échecs) has confirmed that Rohan Talukdar is eligible for the title of Candidate Master, and Jeannie Zhang is eligible for the title of Women's Candidate master.
These titles were earned by excellent performances at the North American Youth Chess Championship held in August in Toronto (see report below).
Congratulations to Rohan and Jeannie.
New chess activity
This format is particularly good for new players, because the "tournament format" introduces them to a new opponent every game. New players sometimes find it hard to get involved with a chess club, because all the existing members already know each other.
Don't know what to call it. It's a chess club, and a chess tournament at the same time.
Starting October 21st, on Monday evenings at Riverside Library, a new group with the focus on 30-minute chess. Two games per evening, unrated, no cost, no prizes. If I was to play chess with a friend, that's probably what we would play.
The time control of 30 minutes per-player per-game allows for a decent game of chess, without too much boredom waiting for your opponent to move. Unrated... do recreational players, or inactive "retired players, want to join the CFC. No cost, hence no prizes.
The most successful chess clubs in Canada (Scarborough and Ottawa) play 1-game a week CFC-rated events, and perhaps this group will develop into that, depending on what the players want.
Email me John Coleman
email@example.com for dates and times, or for more information.
Harold Steen Memorial 20 - 22 September 2013
Playing in the u1700 section, Lily Zhou won her first five games, and had a VERY big smile... unfortunately, she lost in round six, but still took clear first place with 5/6.
Six Windsor players went to this event, and five came home with prize money!
Playing in the open section, Rachel Tao scored 50%, a very good result. Rohan Talukdar won two games and got a full-point bye, and so the two of them tied for the u1700 prize money.
Ellen Tao won four games, gaining a bunch of rating points, and tied for 2nd, along with Adam Gaisinsky, who won three games and got a full-point bye. Jack Li was a half-point behind.
A little disappointing to see so many all-Windsor games.
New tournaments listed
Ann Arbor Quads 13 September 2013
Three Windsor players went to the 79th (!!) edition of the Ann Arbor Quads. The time control is 25 minutes + 5 second delay, so about 1 hour per game. There were 40 players, so 10 sections.
Playing in section 5, Max Zhu won every game, and gained an incredible 158 rating points. Big brother Jeffrey Zhu played in section 2, and scored 2½/3, bringing his rating all the way up to 1605.
He still can't beat me, though.
In Section 10, which looked a bit like a pick-up section, Steven Fu scored 2/3, with an unfortunate last-round loss to a very low-rated player.
Not much happening as far as I know - 12 September 2013
There are exactly zero tournaments planned between now and the Chess Challenge next February. At least, as far as I know. If anyone is doing anything they are not telling me about it. Tournament listings - did you ever see so much nothing in your life?
Edit: Sept 15 Vlad Drkulec has booked Riverside Library for tournaments on October 19th, November 16th and November 30th. No word yet as to format... stand by for further news.
The CFC ratings for Windsor players have been updated ... a few people played out of town. Please note the "last played" date is actually the date that the CFC database last changed, and does not reflect people playing online or in the US.
Michigan Open 30 August - 2 September 2013
Some came home happy, others were sadder and wiser. Rohan and Steven scored 5/7; Adam and Henry scored 4½/7, winning cash and trophies; Jeannie ended up with 4/7 (I think). Did I miss anyone?
In the Open section, Big Bad Vlad started off big, winning 3/4, but finished off bad, with ½/3.
Ratings updated 29 August 2013
"About time," whispered someone. The new CFC ratings are out, with the results of NAYCC (finished 18 Aug). The Windsor players at NAYCC are listed here, with the new ratings and the change. Naturally, under-rated players who did well gained a ton of points.
Updated CFC ratings for all Windsor players listed here.
Grants for WYCC players 27 August 2013
Windsor Chess is pleased to grant $500 to each Windsor player who qualified for the Canadian team, provided the player goes to WYCC. (Jeannie, Rohan, Rachel, and Erica)
There was some discussion as to whether the amount of the grant should depend on whether the player placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at CYCC, but in the end it was decided to make all the grants the same amount.
Unfortunately, there isn’t enough money for grants to “additional players” who are going to WYCC, even though they did not qualify at CYCC. Even if there was money available, I am not sure it is the best use of the money.
Congratulations to Jeannie and Rohan (and the coaches) NAYCC, Aug 14-18 2013
There are a total of about 350 players from Canada, US, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Haiti, playing in this annual event. The Windsor contingent consists of 6 girls and 10 boys. The official website is
OOPS, Monday afternoon I've just learned that the "Frank Gui Hou" in the crosstables is "our" Frank Hou. I've corrected a couple of things below, and added Frank to the Windsor results.
Notice that I didn't make a pun on "Hou" and "Who". It never occurred to me.
Update, Sunday evening Very late Sunday evening... I've been checking the website every
five minutes hour, and the final standings were finally published about 10.30pm, about six hours after the event ended.
Congratulations to Rohan Talukdar, who won both games on the last day to finish 2nd. Rohan will be awarded the title of Candidate Master. Congratulations also to Jeannie Zhang, who finished in clear 3rd. Jeannie will also be awarded the Candidate Master title.
Lukas tried hard, winning his last four games, but had the misfortune to just miss out on 3rd place... Lukas finished in a multiple-player tie for 4th.
Other players scoring more than 50% include Jeffrey and Zhehai.
All Windsor results, round by round, here...
Update, Saturday evening
A moderately successful day for the Windsor players as a whole, 15½/30. Stefano and Lukas will be well-pleased at winning both games today, and Rohan did well to draw both games against higher-rated opponents.
There was a bit of a controversy in round 6, a problem with claiming a 50-move draw... I don't have all the facts, so I'll say no more.
In round 7, the traditional all-Windsor pairing was Lukas-Karthik. Karthik has been paired against all of the other Windsor players in his section. I wonder who they will find to play him on the last day - they've run out of Windsor players.
Jeffrey did well in round 7 to beat a player 2133, after the 6th round trauma. Henry finally won a game, after 4 losses in a row.
After seven rounds, Rohan is tied for 3rd, with 5 points. Jeannie is tied for 4th, and is playing against the leader in round 8.
The traditional all-Windsor pairing in round 8 is Ellen-Rahma.
All Windsor results, round by round, here...
Update, Friday evening
The website is running smoothly now; the results are posted a couple of hours after the round.
We had our best day yet, 17 points out of a possible 30. The happiest Windsor players are no doubt Rohan (4/5, tied for 3rd), Jeannie (3½/5, tied for 3rd), and Tyler 3/5, having won three games in a row.
Tyler has black in round 6, against a strong player from Louisiana; it will be a difficult game for Tyler.
Jeannie also has black against an American, and Rohan has white against Canadian Eugene Hua.
The traditional all-Windsor pairing in round 6 is Ellen-Lily.
All Windsor results, round by round, here...
Round 1 went well, 8½/15, and round 2 went well also. The wheels came off a bit in round 3, only 5½/15, as our leading scorers began to meet the highest-rated players. There are some very strong competitors here. However, it is a long tournament, 9-rounds, plenty to time to reach for the top.
All Windsor results, round by round, here...
Lots of photographs at https://www.facebook.com/naycc2013
2013 Cleveland Open 10 - 11 August 2013
Jeffrey Zhu scored 4½/5 to take clear first in the 37-player under-1500 section at the Cleveland Open. Jeffrey won $1200 US.
Other Windsor players in the money were Henry Zhang, Jeremy Mathews, Joshua Mathews, Max Zhu, and Lily Zhou.
All Windsor results, including photographs. here...
Canadian Amateur Championship, Kitchener 2 - 5 August, 2013
There were five players from Windsor playing in various sections at the Canadian Amateur Championship, part of the Kitchener Chess festival.
Vlad Drkulec and Rachel Tao were playing in the u2000 section, Adam Gaisinsky and Henry Zhang were playing in the u1600 section, and Ellen Tao played in the "rookie" section.
In addition, two former Windsorites (I call 'em "Renegades") were playing: Brian Profit, who absconded several years ago, now lives in Belleville; Hanyuan Ye, a former Tilbury resident who deserted a couple of years ago, now lives in North York.
The big big big winner was...
... read all about it, including a photograph of Vlad with the Windsor players, here...
We've got ourselves a national champion! 26 July 2013
Jeannie Zhang is the national girls under-10 champion.
In Ottawa, Jeannie lost her first game, dismaying everyone, but then scored 4½/5 the rest of the event, finishing with a total of 4½/6, just good enough for clear first place.
The trophy given by the Ottawa organisers was very small
... the most polite description I have heard is "pathetic". Some people were not so polite.
I like big trophies, maybe because I've never won one.
So we got her a bigger trophy (at left), and a cake.
I like cake too...
I'm pretty sure this is the first time there has been a national youth champion from Windsor.
Chicago Class Championships 19 - 21 July 2013
Four players from Windsor went to Chicago Class Championships. Because the players are in groups of about 200 points, there are no easy games. It was common to see players rated near the bottom of the section beating someone rated more than 150 points higher.
Lily Zhou has played a lot of tournaments in the USA since last September and achieved a high rating of 1634, so she played in the B Section (under 1800). The other players were Jeannie Zhang (1488) in the C Section (under 1600), Jeffrey Zhu (1368) in the D Section (under 1400), and Max Zhu (872) in the under-1000 Section.
Big congratulations to Jeffrey! He almost completely stopped playing chess for about a year and a half, and decided to pick up chess again near the end of 2012. That long inactive period had hindered his development, and when he started to participate again in November 2012, he had a hard time against players rated around 1100.
The big winner was Jeffrey, who got 1st place in the D section with 4½/5, winning a prize of $1000. Yes, that's $1000. Wow!
Max got 4/5, tied for 2nd place in the Under-1000 Section.
Lily got 3.5/5, tied for 4th place in the B Section.
Jeannie got 3/5 in the C Section. Both Max and Lily won cash prizes by splitting with others.
Jeffrey's improvement happened mostly after April 2013, and now he is eager for bigger challenges
Canadian Youth Chess Championship 10 - 13 July 2013 updated 2.00 am Sat
CYCC practice 3 - 6 July 2013
In addition, Vlad Drkulec held a practice tournament at Riverside Library on Saturday. At this rate, competitors at CYCC will be the best-drilled bunch in Canada.
Lots and lots of CYCC practice going on.
Zoltan and Istvan Kiraly have been holding practice events:
Wednesday: Central Library
Thursday: Fountainbleu Library
Friday: Central Library again
Saturday: Kiraly Klub
I'm exhausted, and I haven't even been playing!
The CYCC pre-registration is now up to 260 players, and all the sections with players and ratings are posted here. Please remember that junior ratings are very volatile, and some juniors (for example, those from Quebec) play very little CFC-rated chess.
There are 22 Windsor players registered for CYCC, by my count, 7 girls and 15 boys. Sections where Windsor players are close to the top of the published ratings are
under 10 girls Jeannie Zhang is highest rated by 272 points. There are only 10 players.
under 12 girls Lily Zhou is second-highest rated. There are 23 players.
under 14 girls Rachel Tao is second-highest, and Erica Forshaw is 5th. There are only 10 players, and Minya Bai is also playing, so no doubt our girls will be facing each other.
In the "open" sections - few girls, if any, play in these sections so in practice they are "boys" sections - Windsor players are not near the top, but we have some rapidly-improving giant-killers.
under 8 open Steven Fu, Jacob Gaisinsky and Alan Bui are all way under-rated.
under 10 open Rohan Talukdar is 10th, Adam Gaisinsky is 11th, and Henry Zhang is 16th, but all three of those players have given adults a run for their money. Jack Li, the conquerer of Ohio, is rated 21st, but his US rating is over 300 points higher than his Canadian rating.
under 12 open Zhehai Zhang is rated 12th in a huge section of 44 players.
under 14 open Lukas Cheung is rated 17th and Karthik Baskaran is rated 19th. Let's hope they can duplicate their successes from last year.
London June tournament - Gorilla Warfare 29 June 2013
It was a very strong tournament, with many high-rated players... lots of bananas for us to grab.
Read all about it...
What does an 800lb gorilla do when he enters a chess tournament? Answer: anything he wants to.
Windsor players aren't quite at that stage yet, but we are certainly stealing everyone's
bananas rating points.
gorillas warriors from Windsor went to London for the monthly tournament - the time control is 1-hour per player, no increment.
2013 Columbus Open, Columbus, OH 22-23 June 2013
Click for a view
of the playing room
Jack Li went down to Columbus, OH to play in the Columbus Open. Playing in the 43-player reserve section, Jack won every game to score 5/5 and gain an incredible 358 rating points.
Jack won $500 for his achievement.
Meanwhile, playing in the 39-player Premier section, Jeannie Zhang tied for 8th place with a score of 3/5. Jeannie gained 80 rating points to bring her up to 1568.
At this rate, the state of Ohio, instead of being abbreviated to "OH", is going to be known as "OUCH".
Chess near and far this weekend 22-23 June 2013
While Jack Li was winning big in Columbus, other people were in action too...
Erica Forshaw was the sole Windsor representative in Grand Rapids for the annual "Bottom Half Championships", and scored 4/5, playing in the under-1500 section. Erica placed 2nd overall, and won a trophy and cash for top under-1400.
At Riverside Library,Rohan Talukdar is rolling through the field in the three-Saturday tournament with a perfect score of 4-0. In second place is David Novakovic with a score of 3-1.
At Budimir Library, Zoltan and Istvan held another CYCC practice session. There were about a dozen kids, and also 5 adults playing. Zoltan beat Lukas, Istvan beat Lily, Herb beat Ellen, Terry Mc. lost to Zhehai, and I (John Coleman) beat Rachel. Hey, I won a game!
On Sunday, Mad Science held its first tournament, in two sections, with about 16 new players. Several adults dropped in for a visit, including Vlad, Alan, and myself. William Cheung was there the whole day, volunteering. I don't have any results.
Finally (I hope), on Sunday I (JC) played a training game against Lily, and managed to squeeze a win from a dead-drawn position. Wow, two wins in two days, my enthusiasm for
life chess is renewed!
Busy chess weekend 15-16 June 2013
On Saturday, the Kiraly Brothers held their first blitz tournament. There were two sections, with the A-section won by Lukas Cheung. Rachel Tao was second, and Stefano Lee was third.
In the B-section, Andreas Boscariol and Rebecca Koshy tied for first, and Daniel Weng finished third.
On Sunday, there was the first meeting of William Cheung's new club, which I will christen "Sobeys on Sunday". There were about 10 juniors, including Lukas, Karthik, Lily, Rohan, Henry, Frank, Tian, Adam, and others. Also, big kids John Coleman, Vlad Drkulec, and Alab Baljeu visited.
Updated CFC ratings 9 June 2013
Michael von Keitz, the new guy in the CFC office, has been working hard at clearing up all the rating probems, after what someone called "years of neglect". A case of the new broom sweeping clean, cross fingers, and let's hope that the ratings updated are published promptly in the future.
CFC ratings for Windsor players
Windsor YCC #5 8 June 2013
Not surprisingly, there was a low turnout for this event... almost everyone in the city has already qualified for CYCC. Tyler Fleury of Chatham won three games and had a bye in the last round. Tyler won a medal at the Chatham Chess Challenge in the High School group.
So Tyler Fleury is added to the list of qualifiers from Windsor tournaments. Vlad thinks YCC #6 (June 22) will probably be cancelled for lack of entries, but for now it is still open in case a bunch of new players come out of the woodwork.
Guelph Pro-Am 1 - 2 June 2013
There were five Windsor players in Guelph for the Pro-Am.
The bigger winner was Jeannie Zhang, who won all five games in the under-1600 section, gaining, by my estimate, about a million rating points. Maybe two million.
(Edit: Jeannie gained 186 rating points, to bring her up to 1490.)
Jeannie has been working hard with her coach, Istvan Kiraly, preparing for the Canadian Youth Chess Championship in Ottawa next month.
In the same section, Jack Li scored three points, and Ellen Tao scored 2 points.
In the under-2000 section, Lily's exhausting schedule finally caught up to her, and she withdrew after four rounds, though she managed to pick up a few rating points in the process. Rachel also had a tough tournament, and lost a few points.
Lots and lots of chess 1 - 2 June 2013 (report updated June 9th)
There was lots and lots of chess being played on the weekend, in addition to the Guelph tournament...
Henry gained 145 points on his still provisional rating. Jeremy beat an 1800 player. Erica's play drew high praise from master, former USCF senior champion and former Windsor Metro League teammate John Brooks as she put up strong resistance before being overwhelmed by her much higher rated opponent. Jeremy gained 75 points and Joshua gained 18 points.
The Kiraly Brothers chess held their first tournament, and attracted 14 players, including a top section of Karthik, Adam, and Frank and Tian Hou.
The A section was won by Adam Gaisinsky, with Karthik second and Frank third. The B section was won by Alan Bui, who won every game, and there was a 3-way tie for 2nd. The beginner group was won by Alvin Quan, with Marcos second and Namitha third.
There was a 6-round tournament on the weekend at All the King' Men in Warren, Michigan. Vlad writes:
Rohan, Henry and Jeremy proved to be terrors to their higher-rated opponents. Rohan has now gained 700+ USCF rating points in the past eight months and 81 points in this tournament.
Two training games were played at different locations: Rhama Gillan played the Tartakower–Makogonov–Bondarevsky system of a Queen's gambit like a master but her sacrifice of a knight for a passed pawn in the endgame fell just short. Herb Alice was able to give back the knight for the pawn and eventually won an exciting 3-hour game. That's what Herb says.
Minya Bai had white against me (John Coleman). I blundered on move 7 but fortunately Minya didn't notice. She got a good middlegame, but with my superior intellect
and a small miracle I won an opposite-coloured-bishops endgame.
I'm going to have to start playing chess with my fingers crossed...
CFC ratings not updated - again 1 June 2013
The CFC ratings have not been updated again. The
excuse reason this week is "some errors in the database". The good news is that the guy in the office is working on the problem.
Though that isn't really news, poor Michael has been working on rating and database problems for a month.
Tournaments, tournaments, tournaments 25 May 2013
The Kiraly brothers have announced three tournaments for June. A CYCC practice tournament, a blitz tournament, and a "first Saturday" tournament. The latter is (presumably) modelled after the famous series of tournaments in Budapest (though the players won't be as strong, at least at first. [edited June 1]
In addition, Vlad Drkulec has announced two CYCC qualification tournaments, and also a CYCC practice tournament played over three Saturdays (to give the opportunity for bonus points).
Please note that, for the month of June, the Kiraly Brothers tournaments are unrated, and Vlad's tournaments are rated. You have a choice.
If all that isn't enough, Mad Science of Windsor has announced
their first tournament, on June 23, for beginning players and Mad Science students.
Click here for all Windsor tournament ads
London Standard tournament 25 May 2013
Not the greatest day for Team Windsor. Lily Zhou, playing in the Open Section, scored 50%. Ellen Tao, playing in the under-1700 section, also scored 50%.
I should mention Jeannie Zhang, rated 1275, who bravely played in the open section, and gained a whole bunch of experience, and probably some rating points. We'll see when the ratings are published, probably late Wednesday evening.
Updated CFC ratings 24 May 2013
Credit where credit is due - Michael von Keitz, the new guy in the CFC office, has cleared up all the rating probems, and now everything looks good.
I have got behind in adding new players to the Windsor list, but I'll catch up...
BTW, I keep track of regular ratings only - I don't track active ratings.
CFC ratings for Windsor players
2013 Michigan Amateur 18-19 May 2013
This annual event was held at the University Quality Inn in Lansing, a fine hotel by all accounts. The room rate included a buffet breakfast, and, (someone tells me) "free drinks (wine, beer, soft drink) at night".
I knew I should have gone.
Windsor YCC #4 and practice tournaments 18 May 2013
Joshua Myers playing
Read all about it...
Joshua Myers and Shaumik Baki returned to competitive chess after a long period of inactivity with a view to qualifying for the CYCC. Both managed to accomplish the mission.
We combined the top section of the practice tournament and the YCC because the alternative was to have Joshua and Shaumik playing off against six and ten year olds which would not have been much fun for anyone.
Bad news, and good... 16 May 2013
The CFC ratings are still not correct - some events were rated out of order, and the May 4 YCC in Windsor is still rated regular, not active. The good news is that the guy in the office is working this weekend...
Blooming Lily 12 May 2013
I have to give Lily Zhou and dad George credit for energy. Lily played at Cornerstone on Friday, went to Toledo on Saturday for four 90-minute games, and then went to Mississauga on Sunday for the Ontario Girls Championship.
Lily gained 66 rating points in Toledo, in the course of winning prize money in the open section. The photograph is of her receiving the trophy for first place in the under-12 section at the Ontario Girls. The presenter is 5-time WYCC team member
There were other players in action on the weekend. Jeannie Zhang also played in Toledo, scoring 50% and gaining a few rating points. Rahma Gillan played in the Ontario Girls' Championship, and did well to place 4th despite the misfortune of being paired against top-rated Lily in the last round.
Congratulations to Lily (and Dad). Personally, if I'd driven 1000 km and played 10 games of chess in a weekend, I'd be wilting, not blooming.
Good news, and bad... 9 May 2013
I didn't bother to update the Windsor ratings page because the CFC ratings were done inaccurately - the May 4th YCC was rated regular instead of active, and the London tournament (Lily tied for first) has not been rated.
It gets worse... three tournaments were rated twice, and the recent OYCC tournaments have disappeared. There is a new guy in the office, I'm sure it will all be fixed up by next week, but I'm surprised they didn't take the time to recalculate the raings, instead of having inaccurate numbers published for a week.
The new Kiraly Brothers chess club has started with a bang (I hear thru the grapevine), and looks to be an instant success. For more information, contact
Windsor YCC #3 and practice tournaments 4 May 2013
Twenty players decided that they hadn't had enough chess after an intense event in Kitchener last weekend, and five were rewarded with CYCC qualification.
Fifteen had already qualified for CYCC and played in practice tournaments.
Minya Bai was simply unstoppable in winning 4 games in the Windsor YCC #3 on May 4th.
Read all about it...
London monthly tournament 4 May 2013
Other Windsor players participating were Jeffrey Zhu who scored 2½/4, Jeannie Zhang (who won against a player 300 points higher than her), and Max Zhu. Thanks to George Zhou who emailed me this information.
Lily Zhou led the Windsor contingent to London. After 3 rounds she was the only player with 3 wins, ahead of such notables as Steve Demmery (2100), Tony Bohan Bao (1900), and Matt Morabito (1800).
With even a draw in the last round with Matt, Lily would claim first place.
Unfortunately, despite having a good position at first, tactical errors cost her the game.
In the end, Lily shared first place with three other players.
I (JC) gotta give credit to the parents, who drive the kids around to all these events. I'm exhausted just reading about it. Most of the Windsor players will gain rating points; it will be interesting to see the new ratings, which are due on Wednesday. Look yourself up at the CFC website.
Ontario Youth Chess Championship (OYCC) 27-28 April 2013
There were 39 Windsor players in Kitchener for OYCC, by my count, assuming I didn't overlook anyone or lose count along the way.
The bigger winner was Rachel Tao, who won her first four games, and took a quick draw in the last round.
Lots of phographs, courtesy of Christina Tao and here are the final standings with Windsor players highlighted.
A brief-ish report is here.
All Girls National Chess Championship 26-28 April 2013
Melissa Lee went to the All-Girls National Championship in Chicago, the only Windsor player there.
Melissa placed 4th in the under-20 section, and had the experience of meeting former world champion Garry Kasparov!
The Kasparov Chess Foundation is a main sponsor of the All Girls National Chess Championship.
Ontario Provincial Chess Challenge 21 April 2013
Jeffrey and Max Zhu went to Toronto for the Ontario Chess Challenge (OCC) on Sunday.
The OCC is a one-day tournament rated by the Chess-n-Math Association (CMA), in total 5 rounds, with a time control of G/30, or G/25 plus 5 seconds delay.
Report from Guang-Chong Zhu
Vlad discovers chess tournaments!
Vlad Drkulec has organised two more YCC qualifying tournaments, with accompanying practice tournaments for players who have already qualified.
Personally, I would go nuts trying to organise two tournaments in the same room with different time controls. However, Vlad manages, and the players don't seem to mind.
Windsor OCC qualifier 14 April 2013
There was quite a small turnout for the Windsor Qualifier for the Ontario Chess Challenge finals, organised at very short notice by Frank Lee.
This event was CMA-rated, and qualified players for the OCC provincial final in Toronto on April 21. There is no website for the OCC, as far as I can google.
List of qualified players...
Windsor YCC #2 13 April 2013
Another Saturday at the Riverside Library in Windsor, another 18 qualifiers to CYCC. Windsor and area now has 39 kids qualified for CYCC in Ottawa before OYCC where we should be able to gain a few more.
Windsor YCC #1 6 April 2013
Riverside Library was full of aspiring CYCC players as Vlad Drkulec organised a YCC qualifying tournament.
This was my first one day CFC tournament as a Tournament Director since the early to mid 1990s, though I did get my feet wet with the Late Winter Swiss two month long Friday night weekly tournament at Sobeys. Everything worked great including the tiny new laser printer and the SwissSys software. I was a bit optimistic on the start time in the morning but even though we started shortly after 10 am everything seemed to run fairly well.
Continue reading here...
London March tournament 30 March 2013
Rachel and Ellen Tao went to London to play in the monthly 1-day tournament. Four rounds of 60 minute chess in one day - too much for me.
Rachel had a great day, scoring 3½/4, including beating a player rated 340 points higher than her. Rachel gained almost a hundred rating points, and is now up to 1722!
She still can't beat me, though.
Ellen also played well, and gained 40 rating points to bring her rating up to 1102.
[Event "2013 March London Open"]
[White "Tao, Rachel"]
[Black "Bao, Tony"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. Be3
Be7 9. Qd2 Nbd7 10. g4 Nb6 11. O-O-O Qc7 12. h4 Nc4 13. Bxc4 Bxc4 14. Kb1 b5
15. h5 Nd7 16. g5 Rg8 17. Nd5 Bxd5 18. Qxd5 Rc8 19. Rd2 Qc4 20. Qb7 Qc6 21.
Qxc6 Rxc6 22. Na5 Rc7 23. f4 Nc5 24. Bxc5 dxc5 25. Rd5 exf4 26. Rf1 c4 27. a3
Bc5 28. Rxf4 Bb6 29. b4 Ke7 30. c3 Rd8 31. Rxf7+ Kxf7 32. Rxd8 Bxa5 33. bxa5
Re7 34. Rd6 Re6 35. Rd7+ Kf8 36. Ra7 Rd6 37. Kc2 Kg8 38. e5 Re6 39. Kd2 Kf8 40.
Ke3 Rxe5+ 41. Kf4 Re6 42. Kf5 Re3 43. Rxa6 Rxc3 44. Ke6 Re3+ 45. Kd5 Rxa3 46.
Kc5 c3 47. Kb4 c2 48. Rc6 Rg3 49. Rxc2 Rg4+ 50. Kxb5 Rxg5+ 51. Rc5 Rg1 52. a6
Rb1+ 53. Kc6 Ra1 54. Kb6 Rxa6+ 55. Kxa6 g6 56. h6 Kf7 57. Rc7+ Kg8 58. Rg7+ Kh8
59. Kb5 g5 60. Kc5 g4 61. Rd7 Kg8 62. Rd2 Kh8 63. Rg2 g3 64. Kd6 Kg8 65. Rxg3+
Kh8 66. Rb3 Kg8 67. Ke6 1-0
Chess Challenge playoffs 30 March 2013
We had lots of fun at the playoffs... about 120 players took home 59 trophies - in fact, for the first time ever, I ran out of trophies, and three more are winging their way from New York even as I write these words. The picture is of me trying to hide behind Stefano.
The following players took home the fancy lighted crystal trophies:
Max Zhu, Bellewood
Aleksander Acovski, H J Lassaline
Rose Forshaw, Saint-Ambroise
Jack Li, Ste Cecile
Jeannie Zhang, Northwood
Henry Zhang, Bellewood
Rohan Talukdar, Central
Adam Gaisinsky, Ste Cecile
Zhehai Zhang, Bellewood
Joshua Mathews, Bellewood
Alex Mikho, St Gregory
Jeffrey Zhu, Bellewood
Matthew Thamarappallil, olo Mt Carmel
Karthik Baskaran, Southwood
Lukas Cheung, Beaton
Tyler D'Amore, Southwood
Erica Forshaw, Saint-Ambroise
Prushoth Vivekanantha, Talbot Trail
Jeremy Mathews, Bellewood
A more complete report is on the Chess Challenge home page, including a link to all the trophy winners.
2nd Playoff Practice tournament 23 March 2013
A messy start, partly because of bunch of no-shows, and partly because of a bunch of walk-ins. A quick reorganisation from 3 sections to 4, and we started only a few minutes late, and managed to finish on time.
Fourteen players went home wearing medals.
1st, Zhehai Zhang
2nd, Lukas Cheung
3rd (tie), Ellen Tao and Erica Forshaw
1st, Henry Zhang
2nd - 3rd (tie), Rahma Gillan and David Novakovic
1st, Tian Hou
2nd - 4th (tie), Mihir Gupta, Rony Naim, and David Makarczyk
1st, Steven Fu
2nd - 3rd (tie) Carson Reaume and Anitej Bhaskar
Thanks to volunteers Herb Alice, Terry McAlinden, Isabella Hui, and William Cheung. Next event is Saturday, March 30, the Chess Challenge playoffs.
Wiener-Rubenstein Memorial Swiss tournament 16-17 March 2013
Three Windsor players went over to All the King's Men for this 2-day 5-round event.
In the top section Vlad Drkulec went undefeated to score 3½/4 (plus a ½-point bye) to tie for 2nd place with 4/5.
In the under-2000 section Rohan Talukdar continued his winning ways, despite his strong opponents. He finished up at 2½, winning money, and gaining 96 rating points. Jeannie Zhang also scored 2½ points, and gained 87 rating points. Unfortunately, Jeannie just lost out on a prize, by a half-point.
Sobeys March Break tournament 13-14 March 2013
This event was intended as two 1-day events, but with only one player from Wednesday not playing on
Thursday, it sort-of became one event, but with separate prizes. I think.
On Wednesday, the big winner was Rohan Talukdar in the A-sction, taking advantage of the fact that many of the strong juniors (Erica, Lukas, Zhehai, Rachel, Minya) were not playing. Rohan won $15 and a trophy. Prushoth and Stefano tied for 2nd.
In the B section, Rahma Gillan won every game to win $15 and a trophy. Tyler D'Amore was a half-point behind, followed by Alexander Mikho.
On Thursday, Rahma couldn't play, leaving the field open for Kiran Menon to place first. Once again, Tyler was second, and Matthew Thamarappallil and Alexander tied for 3rd.
In the A-section, Rohan continued his winning ways, 3-0, and walked away with a BIG trophy. Adam Gaisinsky played well to finish in a 3-way tie for 2nd with Frank Hou and Karthik Baskaran.
The event has been sent to the CFC for rating, and the ratings should be done next Thursday.
Kitchener-Waterloo Riedstra Memorial Open 9-10 March 2013
Six Windsor players made the trip to Kitchener for this event... five of them playing in the under-1600 section. Unfortunately, some of our kids had to play each other.
On the one hand, it's nice to have such enthusiastic players (and their long-suffering parents). On the other hand, it is disappointing to travel 300 kms and have the expense of a weekend away just to play someone you see every week.
The first three games on Saturday went very well, with five of the six players scoring 50%. Excellent, because they were mostly playing much high-rated players.
Sunday didn't go so well for four of the six, maybe it was losing an hour of sleep that did it. However, Jeannie Zhang and Stefano Lee both scored 1½/2, and the final results are below.
Rachel Tao 1.5
under-1600 section (25 players)
Jeanie Zhang 3.0 (tie for 8th)
Stefano Lee 2.5 (tie for 11th)
Jack Li 2.0
Ellen Tao 1.5
Adam Gaisinsky 1.5
Playoff Practice tournament 9 March 2013
The first playoff practice tournament was held at Riverside Library on Saturday afternoon.
These tournaments are intended to acquaint new players with the clock, allow all players to get some practice at the playoff time control, and remind the organisers how to use the computer for pairings.
The latter was certainly needed, as the computer consistently refused to pair some sections. The problem, fixed by Terry McAlinden, turned out to be a dodgy flash drive.
The A-section was win by Prushoth Vivekanantha, who won every game without significant opposition. Zhehai Zhang, Rahma Gillan, and Rohan Talukdar tied for 2nd. Rahma demonstrated exception calm and control as she won an ending in the third round by playing at least 30 moves with only a minute on the clock, plus the increment.
The B-section - only six players, because of no-shows, was won by Henry Zhang, who scored 3/3. Michael McMahon and David Novakovic were second.
The C-section was won by Matthew Thamarappallil, who won all three games. Devin Feng and Alan Bui tied for second, one point behind.
Thanks to volunteers Terry McAlinden and Herb Alice. Terry not only fixed the computer, he also carried everything in from the car, and did the heavy lifting at the end of the day.
Next playoff practice tournament is March 23rd. Pre-registration is essential (no walk-ins).
First Midwest Universal Late Winter Swiss 2-3 March 2013
This event was held in Stevensville, Michigan, way across the other side of the state, and an awful long way from civilization. Enrollment was low, as you might expect for an inaugural event held a long drive from major population centers.
Three players from Windsor went there: Jeannie Zhang, Jeffrey Zhu, and Max Zhu, all played in the U-1500 Section; due to low enrollment, the planned 4-section tournament was condensed. Jeffrey earned the 1st place with 4.5/5 (won 4 and drew 1 with Jeannie), winning some cash. Jeannie also did very well -- she got 3.5/5 (won 2, drew 3), tied for the 2nd place, also winning some cash. Max got 2 points (won 1 and got a 1-point bye). It was a good experience for Max.
It was truly a wonderful tournament. There we saw two exceptional chess prodigies: Adream Liang (11 years old, USFC rating 1873), and his younger brother, Awonder Liang (9 years old, USFC rating 2156). Yes, their names are spelled 100% correctly; their ages and ratings are all correct.
The biggest winner of the Open Section was -- Awonder Liang, who finished with a perfect 5/5. He was the U-8 world champion in WYCC 2011, and defeated a GM in July 2012 at the age of 9. His true ability is actually way above his current rating.
Report from Guang-Chong Zhu (Jeffrey and Max's dad), with some adulteration by myself (JC).
Chess Challenge 26-27 February 2013
Oh, am I supposed to say more? We survived a weather scare, as the forecast varied from snow-mageddon to wintry mix to torrential rain, on an hourly basis. In the end, we were fine, 998 players registered, with better than a 98% attendance. 210 players took home medals.
Everyone was supposed to get an embroidered shoulder patch, but I have scads left over. Apparently a well-meaning gentleman was telling people that the patches were only for the non-medal winners.
Christina Tao took 400 photos, take a look:
Lists of medal winners, top schools, etc, at www.chesschallenge.info
London February tournament 23 February 2013
Not spectacular results for three of the four Windsor players who went out of town for chess. Lily had a difficult time in Toronto, partly because of weather/traffic/disputes, which affected her performance on the board.
In London, Jeffrey Zhu was pleased to score 3/4, tying for second, with a performance rating of 1711. Adam Gaisinsky and Stefano Lee both gained rating points, despite scoring less than 50%. That's one advantage of playing in a strong event of mostly adults.
Chess Challenge player assignments 19 February 2013
All the players have been divided into sections, check it out at here!
Chess Challenge practice tournament 16 February 2013
We had 32 players for this event... a messy start, marked by no-shows of pre-registered players, walk-ins, and late arrivals. However, we started, eventually.
The 4-player A section played a 3-game round robin, with Karthik Baskaran winning every game, and Zhehai Zhang second.
The 6-player B section played a 3-game swiss, with Adam Gaisinsky winning every game. There was a 3-way tie for 2nd between Tyler D'Amore, Frank Hou, and David Novakovic.
The C-section had a 3-way tie for first between Quin Greenaway, Tian Hou, and Mihir Gupta. Alan Bui was 4th.
In the D section, David Makarczyk and Devin Feng tied for first, with Charmaine Lopez a half point behind.
Thanks to volunteers Shaumik Baki, Isabella Hui, Maureen Schiller, William Cheung, Terry McAlinden, and Herb Alice.
The next event is the Chess Challenge on February 26/27.
CFC Ratings update 14 February 2013
Vlad Drkulec suggested to the CFC that the ratings of local kids who played in the US should be boosted... that gives several players a nice little bonus. In addition, the new CFC ratings system includes a lot of bonus points, so some players have seen their ratings jump.
Local ratings here:
CFC ratings for Windsor players
Guelph Winter Pro-Am 9-10 February 2013
There were five Windsor juniors in the Guelph Pro-Am, with the Tao sisters definitely coming home the happiest.
Playing in the under 2000 section, Rachel Tao (rated 1352) had a forced bye in the first round, and then scored 2½/4 for a total result of 3½, tied for 5th. In the under 2000 section! Lily Zhou, playing in the same section, scored 2/5, to give you an idea of how tough the competition was. Rachel's performance rating was about 1800.
There were three Windsor players in the under 1600 section. Ellen Tao (rated all of 995) scored 3/5 to tie for 6th, along with Erica Forshaw. Yoyo Zhou scored 2/5.
The next Windsor chess tournament, which is the last Chess Challenge practice tournament is February 16th.
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CFC-rated tournament 9 February 2013
There were 16 players registered for this event... okay, I thought, two sections of 8, that's perfect. Unfortunately, two players were late, and two players didn't show at all (one went to the wrong site), so we ended up with two sections of 7 players, with the bye players in each section playing each other. Got that?
In the A section, Rohan Talukdar continued his winning ways, ending up on top with a perfect 3/3. Tied for second were Lukas Cheung, Adam Gaisinsky, and Karthik Baskaran.
In the B section, Kiran Menon won every game, with Rahma Gillan a half-point behind, and Matthew Thamarappallil third.
Next Windsor chess tournament... February 16
Chess Challenge registration is closed 8 February 2013
We ended up about 950 players from 58 schools. the reason for the "about" is that two schools registered, but have listed exactly zero players. One school even paid the entry fees, so I will endeavour to contact them Monday and see what
they are playing at their intentions are.
Chess Challenge information
Chess Challenge practice tournament 2 February 2013
In the B-section, Tyler D'Amore won every game, gaining 184 rating points and guaranteeing himself a return to the A section next time. Noah Kuehfuss played well to come second, and Adam Gaisinsky was third. Special mention should be made of Max Zhu, who came fourth, a half-point out of the medals... Max is only in grade 1.
|| We had 34 players at the practice tournament on Saturday, if you include the one who went home before he even touched a piece. Stage fright?
Rohan Talukdar was the big winner in the A section, defeating all of the higher-rated players en route to a 100% score. Lily Zhou and Karthik Baskaran tied for second.
In the C-section, Jacob Gaisinsky won every game to take the gold medal. Jacob is another grade 1 player! Andre Seguin was second, and Rose Forshaw and Matthew Thamarappallil tied for third.
Thanks to volunteers Herb Alice and Terry McAlinden for carrying everything into the library, Eric Forshaw and Terry looked after sections, while Herb was a roving arbiter. At the end, Terry (again) and William and Lukas Cheung carried everything out to the car. Maureen Schiller was the snacks lady.
The last Chess Challenge practice tournament is February 16th.
There is also a small regular-rated CFC tournament on Saturday February 9th for the more serious players - please note you must record your moves. Pre-registration essential.
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CFC-rated tournaments in Windsor
It was either organise tournaments myself, or else grow much older waiting for someone else to do it...
By popular demand... as if I've ever cared about popularity... I've booked Sobeys for a couple of regular-rated CFC tournaments... Saturday February 9th, (yes, I know it's the Chinese New Year's Eve), and March 13-14, in the middle of March Break. I haven't yet worked out the format for the March Break tournament, so there is no ad yet.
London January tournament 26 January 2013
It will be interesting to see what the new ratings are.
Lily Zhou had the biggest smile on the way home from London: Lily won 3 games and lost 1 game on time with a somewhat better position. Once again, Lily was a half-point out of 1st place.
Of the other Windsor players...
Rachel Tao won 2 games and lost 2, for 2 points out of 4
Jeannie Zhang drew 3 games and lost 1 game, for 1.5/4
Stefano Lee won 1 game, drew 1 game, and lost 2 games, for 1.5/4
Ellen Tao drew 1 game and lost 3 games, for 0.5/4
Unfortunately, in the last round, it was unavoidable that the Windsor players had to play eachother: Rachel lost to Lily and Ellen drew with Stefano.
Report from George Zhou
Michigan Class Championships 19-20 January 2013
Lansing, Michigan welcomed 16 Windsor players to the class championships, where there were a total of 166 players. Windsor had 14 juniors and two adults, and it was the juniors who came home with the trophies and the money.
In Class C (under 1600, Rachel Tao tied for 1st, undefeated with 4/5, gaining 106 rating points to bring her rating to 1595! Melissa Lee and Lily Zhou were also undefeated, and tied for 4th, a half-point behind the leaders. Lily gained 100 points to increase to 1507.
In Class D (under 1400) Rohan Talukdar tied for 1st with 4/5, gaining 92 rating points. Rohan is now rated 1439. He has gained 546 rating points since October
Class E (under 1200 Adam Gaisinsky tied for 2nd with 3½/5. He is still provisionally rated at 1191.
Other players scoring 50% or more were Zhehai Zhang, Erica Forshaw, and Jeannie Zhang. Special mention should be made of Stephen Fu, who scored 3/5 in the novice section. He's only six years old!
Photographs here, courtesy of Christina Tao.
January 19th practice tournament 19 January 2013
We had a good turnout of 23 players for this event - a whole bunch of the more enthusiastic players went to Lansing for the Michigan class championships.
Our event was in two sections... if everyone had arrived on time, I would probably have made it three sections, but players kept trickling in, and trickling in, with the last one arriving 20 minutes after we had started.
So, two sections, and in the A section Jeffrey Zhu played well to win every game. There was a 3-way tie for second between Lorenzo Pernasilici, Stefano Lee, and Noah Kuehfuss. That is a very good result for all three players, and they each gained a bunch of rating points. Top-rated Lukas Cheung had trouble with the time control, losing a couple of games on time, in a winning position.
In the B section, newcomer Quin Greenaway came first with 5½/6. Two grade 1 players took the other medals: Alan Bui came 2nd with 5/6, and Max Zhu came 3rd with 4½/6. Kaitlyn Cotey was 4th, just a half-point out of the medals.
Thanks to volunteers William Cheung, Terry McAlinden, Herb Alice and Isabella Hui.
Next Chess Challenge practice tournament is February 2nd.
Hart House winter tournament 4-6 January 2013
Ellen and Rachel Tao had a fine time in Toronto at the Hart House winter tournament. This tournament is 5 games over 2½ days. Playing in the under-1600 section, the girls took a bye on Friday evening.
Ellen, rated 938, scored 2/4 the rest of the way, gaining 68 rating points! Ellen's performance rating was 1209, and her new rating is 1006.
Rachel wasn't quite so fortunate, scoring 1½/4, and ended up with a new rating of 1336.
Christina (the mom) sent along a pile of photographs, which I will upload when I get a minute or three.
Chess Challenge practice tournament 5 January 2013
The C section had 10 players, and newcomer Nancy Yao won every game to earn a rating of 660 in her first tournament. Nancy has been getting coaching from Herb Alice. In second place was Armaan Sandhu, undefeated, and ending with four points. Rony Naim and David Makarczyk tied for 3rd.
We had a comfortable total of 29 players for the first Chess Challenge practice tournament.
In the 8-player A section, Lily Zhou and Jeffry Zhu took a grandmaster draw in the last round to tie for first, and Prushoth Vivekanantha and Karthik Baskaran tied for third.
In the B section, there was a 3-way tie for first, between Frank Hou, Henry Zhang, and Stefano Lee. Jack Li and Kiran Menon were one point behind.
Thanks to volunteers Terry McAlinden, Herb Alice and Isabella Hui.
Next Chess Challenge practice tournament is January 19.
Michigan Action Championship (Ann Arbor) (8 December, 2012)
I'm not sure of all the results, but congratulations to Adam Gaisinsky who scored 3½/6, including drawing a ~1600 player in the last round. Adam won $75 for tying for first under 1000.
In addition, Rohan Talukdar and Jeffrey Zhu each scored 4 points, tying (with others) for first under 1200, winning money.
December swiss (8 December, 2012)
We had 12 players at this event, held at Riverside Library. In addition, two of the stong players matched wits with two adults.
The A-section was won by Karthik Baskaran, who won every game. Second was Jack Li,, and third was Frank Hou.
The B-section was won by Stefano Li, who managed to pull off a miracle save against 2nd place Steven Fu. In third place was Devin Feng, who won every game.
In addition, Erica Forshaw beat Herb Alice in a training game, as Herb's usual reluctance to move pieces forward allowed Erica to totally control the centre. Terry McAlinden beat Lukas Cheung, despite dropping the exchange in the opening.
Thanks to Herb Alice for carrying everything in, and setting up. Isabella Hui brought Timbits, for which my waistline gives thanks, and looked after the snacks. Terry McAlinden carried all the heavy stuff out to the car.
Universal Mall K-12 Championship 1 December 2012
There were only FIVE Windsor players at the annual Universal Mall K-12 Championship. Only five?? Is exhaustion settling in?
I don't know how many players there were in total, but the Windsor players did remarkably well. All five came home with hardware, including Adam Gaisinsky who won every game, to win his section. Alan, Jacob, and Joshua also came home with trophies, and Stefano won a medal in the K-8 section.
Information and photographs supplied by Isabella Hui, mother of Stefano.
Motor City Open 23 - 25 November 2012
It seems to have become standard in big Michigan events. Players can choose three days, two days, or one day, at different time controls. This is a good idea, not everyone has the time or enthusiasm to play chess non-stop for three days.
There were four Windsor players in the 3-day event. Rachel Tao and Zhehai Zhang were in
U1800 section. Jeannie Zhang and Ellen Tao were in U1400 section. Jeffery Zhu joined into u1400 section as part of the 2-day event.
Rohan Talukdar, Henry Zhang and Jack Li were all in the u1000 1-day event. The u1000 section played only five games; the other sections played six games.
Rohan got 4/5
Henry got 3.5/4 (a bye on last round)
Jack got 3/5
Rohan is taking good advantage of his published rating lagging behind his strength. He tied for 1st and took some cash home. Henry also took a little bit cash home.
Jeffery got 4/6
Jeannie got 3/6
Ellen got 2/6
I don't have the standings yet, but Jeffrey won some cash for his fine result. He always was good at tactics... I wonder if he won most of his points on Saturday, when the time control was much faster. Congratulations to Jeffrey.
Rachel got 1.5/6
Zhehai got 1.5/6
Both Rachel and Zhehai were playing opponents much stronger than themselves all weekend. So was Ellen, now that I think of it. This is good practice, but makes for an exhausting weekend. And they have to go to school on Monday!
Information supplied by Christina Tao. Ratings to follow, when the organisers get around to it.
Lots of photographs , from Christina Tao (mother of Rachel and Ellen).
Next Windsor tournament is December 8th at Riverside Library.
Sobeys quick swiss 24 November 2012
This event was organised in haste to provide an alternative to players who did not want to give up an entire weekend for the Motor City Open. There were eight juniors, plus Terry Coulombe. I (JC) played the odd man each round.
Frank Hou got off to a good start, beating Terry Coulombe in the first round, an excellent result for him. In the end, Frank and Adam Gaisinsky tied for first, each winning their first game, and then drawing quickly in the last round. Kiran Menon and David Novakovic tied for 3rd, with Kiran winning their first-round encounter, and then beating poor Terry in the last round.
Thanks to Isabella Hui for the Timbits, and Terry Coulombe for helping to carry chess equipment.
Next Windsor tournament is December 8th at Riverside Library.
Michigan Scholastic Club Championships (17 November, 2012)
There were 16 Windsor area children playing at the 2012 Michigan Scholastic Club Championships, held in Lansing on Saturday:
Jeremy Mathews, Joshua Mathews, Stefano Lee, Jack Li, Adam Gaisinsky, Jacob Gaisinsky, Adam Bui, Noah Kuefeuss, Frank Hou, Tian Hou, Henry Zhang, Jeannie Zhang, Zhehai Zhang, Karthik Baskaran, Jeffrey Zhu, and Rohan Talukdar.
Windsor won 5th place in the K-8 and 2nd place in the K-5 divisions after a somewhat disastrous fifth round which saw Windsor kids playing on the top four boards in K-5 only to lose with three playing for a perfect score. The top four scores in each division counted and at first it looked like we had an insurmountable lead but... early good positions all gradually drifted into bad positions and Windsor slipped into second.
Six kids in the K-5 group finished with four points including Henry Zhang (14th place trophy on tie break), Adam Gaisinsky (15th), Rohan Talukdar (10th), Jeannie Zhang (6th), Zhehai Zhang (5th). Joshua Mathews and Frank Hou each had 3.5/5 in K-5. I believe Karthik finished with 3/5.
Jeremy Matthews finished 13th in K-8 with 4 points. Tian Hou had 3 points in the K-8. I believe Stefano Lee had 3 points as well.
Jack Li finished 6th in K-3 with 4 points. Adam Bui had had 3/5 in his first event in the same section. I believe Jacob Gaisinsky finished with 2/5 in his first event.
A whole bunch of photographs of the Windsor players, mostly from Isabella Hui (mother of Stefano).
(report from Vlad Drkulec.)
World Youth Chess Championship (8 - 18 November, 2012)
So, another World Youth Chess Championship comes to an end. Windsor had three players on the Canadian Team...
Lily Zhou (under 10 girls) won 3, lost 3, and drew 5, for a total of 5½/11. Lily's performance rating was 1414, almost 200 pints better than her Canadian rating. Strangely enough, all three of Lily's wins were with black, and all three of her losses were with white.
A lot of credit is due to chess coaches Vlad Drkulec, Zoltan and Istvan Kiraly, Frank Lee, and Herb Alice. And let's not forget the parents, who spent countless hours waiting at chess tournaments, and then countless dollars getting their offspring to Slovenia.
Lukas Cheung (under 12 open) won 3, lost 6, and drew 2, for a total of 4/11. Lukas' average opponent was rated 1706, and Lukas' performance rating was 1604, about 150 points higher than his Canadian rating of 1469.
Melissa Lee (under 18 girls) won 1, drew 3, lost 6, and had a bye, for a final score of 3½/11. Melissa was out-rated by most of her opponents by 300 points or more - it makes for a tough event, when you are playing "up" all the time. Melissa had a performance rating of 1564, just ahead of her Canadian rating of 1534.
I've uploaded a whole bunch of photographs of the Windsor players.
We are at the half-way mark of the World Youth Chess Championship, which is being held in Maribor, Slovenia. Almost 1600 players from 90 countries, and of course an even greater number of parents, family, coaches, supporters, and so on, are taking up almost every hotel in this ski-resort area. Canada has 28 players in Slovenia, including three from Windsor.
Most of the Canadian players are in a ski lodge up a mountain... a 15 minute bus to the cable car station, a thrilling 10-minute ride down in the cable car, then a 10-minute walk to the tournament site.
The Windsor players are doing very well, considering they are "playing up" by about 200 points every game. After six games (the event is 11 games)...
Lily Zhou (under 10 girls) has 1 win, 1 loss, and 4 draws, for 3/6.
Lukas Cheung (under 12 open) has 2 wins, 1 draw, and 3 losses for 2½/6
Melissa Lee (under 18 girls) has 2 draws, 3 losses, and a bye for 2/6
Of the rest of the Canadian team, the ones scoring the highest so far are...
Richard Wang (under 14 open) has 5/6, 2nd in his group
Harmony Zhu (under 8 girls) has 4½/6, 9th in her group
Arhant Washimkar (under 8 boys) has 4/6, 12 in his group
Qiyu Zhou has 4/6, 19th in her group
There is a huge amount of information available, including lots of photographs. The official website is here and the official results are here.