Windsor Chess
Chess in Windsor and Essex County, Ontario, Canada

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Windsor Tournaments

Next Windsor tournaments:

Massey High School CMA Ontario Chess Challenge Qualifier March 28th

Colasanti and Kingsville Optimist Club Chess Tournament Ruthven at Colosanti Tropical Garden's Ruthven Saturday April 11, 2015 (Pre-register by Friday March 13th)

Schedule for March and April to be determined soon

Click here for all Windsor tournament ads updated March 16, 2015

Information on Tuesday Tournament chess Updated 24 March 2015

Windsor ratings (active players, Updated 19 March 2015 )

Chess Ratings, calculated by the Chess Federation of Canada

For some people, their chess rating is very important. For general information about chess ratings, click here

Alternately, or also, you might be interested in all Canadian ratings, which allows you to find out any player's tournament record.

CYCC 2015 Windsor website

Fundraiser for CYCC - Pasta Dinner at Ciociaro Club April 17

As most of you know we are holding the Canadian Youth Chess Championship in Windsor July 6th through July 9th, 2015.  This is a massive undertaking which will result in more than three hundred kids both boys and girls aged five to 18 from across Canada converging on the Waterfront Hotel in Windsor for the opportunity to become the official players from Canada at the World Youth Chess Championship in Greece in November.

A night of entertainment and delicious pasta are planned for Friday, April 17th.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 10 years old. Tickets are available at First Choice Chinese Restaurant at 2981 Longfellow Ave., or by calling Isabella at 519-980-0348.

Here is a write up from the Windsor Star blog.

TOLEDO MARCH 2015 SWISS  2015-03-14 

Several Windsor kids made the trip to Toledo last weekend to play in a four round, one day tournament with a time control of game in 75 minutes with a five second delay per move.  Max Zhu scored a perfect four wins in the under 1600 section.

In the open section Rohan Talukdar scored second place with three out of four including two wins against masters (Kevin Noren and John C. Bidwell) and only losing to a 2152 player (William L. Gorham) who won the tournament with 4 points.  Rohan's rating in the U.S. is now 2020 making him Windsor's newest expert.  Rohan has been working hard and is getting used to beating up on masters.  I am very proud of my student Rohan and the other Windsor kids who have shown once again that no one can take anything for granted when playing against them.   Jeffrey Zhu drew with a master (Noren) as well and scored 2.5/4 which was good enough for a share of fifth place.  Lily Zhou drew with a 2276 player (Bidwell).

Ontario Chess Challenge Qualifier at Massey Friday March 6th, 2015

FIRST CMA-RATED* TOURNAMENT CONDUCTED BY THE MASSEY CHESS CLUB.  Winners qualified for 2015 Ontario Chess Challenge in Toronto!  Players from Kindergarten to Grade 12 were eligible to play.

The biggest Windsor CMA tournament in years just concluded with 73 participants. The cafeteria was full of kids.  The following players qualified for the Ontario Chess Challenge.  Lily Zhou is already qualified.  A playoff will determine the additional qualifier for grade 7.

Grade  Student Name School
Kindergarden Caden Zhang- SK Northwood P.S. 
Grade 1 William Zhang Monseigneur-Jean-Noël
Grade 2 Madison Zhou Bellewood P.S.
Grade 3 Max Zhu Bellewood P.S
Grade 4 Jezzel Farkas St. Anne French Immersion School
Grade 5 Cole Cyrenne Hugh Beaton
Grade 6 Henry Zhang Bellewood P.S.
Grade 6* Jeannie Zhang Northwood P.S.
Grade 7 Lily Zhou Bellewood P.S.
Grade 8 Jeffrey Zhu Bellewood P.S.
Grade 9 Tyler D'Amore Honorable Vincent Massey S.S.
Grade 10 Robert Lupoiu Riverside S.S.
Grade 11 Dilpreet Chana Honorable Vincent Massey S.S.
Grade 12 Yussef Ourchane Riverside S.S.

Windsor Chess Challenge March 3rd to March 4th

1500 kids competed over two days to see who were the best players in Windsor.  There were many familiar names and faces and many new ones.

Ontario Youth Chess Championship May 23 - 24

Many of you have been asking about the Ontario Youth Chess Championship dates and they are set for May 23 to May 24 at Kitchener City Hall.  There is usually a strong turnout from Windsor.  


Guelph Pro Am February 7th - 8th

Eleven Windsor area players made the trek to Guelph to play in Hal Bond's quarterly Pro Am.  There were 87 players in total so Windsor made up more than one eighth of the group playing.  Hal provides steady skills as an arbiter along with snacks and coffee which keeps both kids and adults coming back.  Also there is a food court only an elevator ride away so we didn't have to brave the elements to find a quick meal between rounds.  Hal manages to attract a strong field by limiting the ability to play up to those who are within 100 points of the rating floor of the section in which they wish to compete.  Those playing up pay $20 to the Olympiad fund which sends teams to the chess olympiad every two years.

The Pro Section was won by Canadian Champion Bator Sambuev who is based in Montreal with 4.5/5.  Razvan Preotu who has two of three grandmaster norms required for the prestigious title also played losing only to Bator and tied with Continental Senior Champion, International Master David Cummings, Zehn Nassir and FIDE Master Hans Jung for second with 3.5/5. Apurva Virkud from Detroit finished with 3/5. I finished in the middle of the Pro section pack with 2.5/5 playing much higher rated opponents throughout (a benefit of being the second lowest rated in the section).  If the CFC rating calculator is correct I gained over 100 points.

Max Zhu and Dean Bui finished first in the under 1600 section with 3 wins and 2 draws in five games.  Alan Bui finished with 3/5. Ellen Tao finished with 2.5/5.  Allan Masterson had a respectable start in a major tournament with 2/5.

In the under 2000 section Jeffrey Zhu finished 4th only half a point out of first with 3.5/5. Rachel Tao and Adam Gaisinsky finished tied for 7th with 3/5.

Posted Feb 10, 2015 by Vlad Drkulec

I found the following on the Windsor Public Library website:

CHILDREN’S CHESS & LEGO CLUB Central Saturday, January 24 1:00 - 4:00 pm Teen volunteers will be available to help teach the basics of how to play chess. For those who know how to play, you are invited to come and play. We will be holding a chess tournament during the March break so please join us for a terrific time. Duplo Lego will also be available for children to build. Ages 4 to 12. Space is limited to 20 children session. To register call 519-255-6770, Ext. 4579. 

Main Library Downtown at 850 Ouellette Avenue, N9A 4M9 (519) 255-6770

January 23, 2015

Chess Classes

Alas we went from one to two to several instructional group chess classes a week in Windsor but for the moment we are down to none.  I am talking to the Budimir Library about a new children's chess club/class which I hope will be under way soon.  The new Tecumseh Sobeys Friday class did not get the traction of the long running Tecumseh Mall Sobeys class with only one or two students showing up on most nights and several times no students had arrived by 6:30 or so.  The same thing happened with the CAGW beginner/intermediate class downtown.

I still believe that such classes are useful in turning beginners into real chess players and real chess players into strong chess players but we have to pause and regroup for now and offer something where the chess players actually live which seems to be the South Windsor/Lasalle area.

January 8, 2015

Motor City Open November 28-30

Fifteen Windsor players took part in the Motor City Open over the weekend following the American Thankgiving holiday.  Canadian and former Windsor resident and Michigan transplant Edward Song won the tournament. Rohan Talukdar and I scored reasonably well with 3.5/6 in the Open section.  Rohan drew Attulya Shetty a 2410 player in the first round and it was Attulya who was fighting for the draw with a perpetual check in a position where he was down a rook. Jeffrey Zhu had 3/6.  Terry Song from Kitchener also scored 3/6 getting some practice ahead of his participation in the Under 16 Olympiad in Gyor Hungary in December.

Adam Gaisinsky had 4.5/6 and tied for third place in the under 1800 section.  Jeannie Zhang had 3/6 in the under 1800.

Alan Bui scored 3/6 in the under 1400 section.

Kevin Cui scored 2.5/4 in the one day under 1000 section.

There were glitches in the pairings with Windsor players having to play each other on several occasions.  The fifth round was delayed when Tyler and I were paired for the second time.  Overall it was an enjoyable tournament ably directed and organized by Dr. Ed Mandell, owner of All the King's Men.  Alan Kaufman of Michigan Chess Festival Fame  was a sponsor of the tournament.  There were 128 players split among four sections.

November 22nd YCC Riverside Library

Twenty players took part in the November 22nd tournament at Riverside Library.  There were 14 players in the second YCC tournament to qualify for the 2015 CYCC in Windsor with a girls section and a boys section.  Six players had already qualified and played a tournament section among themselves.

In the girls' section Namitha Elsa John sailed through with 3/3 and a gold medal. Moira Perriapurram, Zoe Huang and Melissa Lee tied for second and received silver medals and more importantly qualified along with Namitha for the 2015 CYCC by scoring 2/3.

In the boys section, David Makarczyk won gold with 3/3, Kevin Cui won silver with 2.5/3 and Anish Nyayachavadi won bronze with 2/3.  Rishi Damarla qualified for CYCC along with the medal winners by scoring 1.5/3.

Tyler D'Amore won all three games for first and a gold medal in the non-YCC section.  Kun Xing and Jacob Gaisinsky took second and silver with two points. 

The tournament was the second of several sponsored by a donor who prefers to remain anonymous.  A total of ten players qualified for CYCC.  In addition to the medal winners Kun Xing and Steven Miletic scored 1.5/3 to qualify for CYCC which will be held July 6 through July 9th at the Waterfront Hotel in downtown Windsor. 

November 8th YCC Riverside Library

Twenty players took part in the first Windsor YCC tournament to qualify for the 2015 CYCC in Windsor. In section A, Tyler D'Amore won all three games for first. Adam Gaisinsky took second with two points. Alan Bui insisted on playing up with the big boys and finished with 1.5 and third place losing only to Tyler and drawing with Adam.

Ellen Tao finished first in section B with a perfect score. Jacob Gaisinsky scored 2.5/3 for second place and three players tied for third with two points (Andre Miletic, Kevin Wang and Markos Gomez playing in his first tournament).

The tournament was the first of several sponsored by a donor who prefers to remain anonymous.  A total of ten players qualified for CYCC.  In addition to the medal winners Kun Xing and Steven Miletic scored 1.5/3 to qualify for CYCC which will be held July 6 through July 9th at the Waterfront Hotel in downtown Windsor.  Nov 8th, 2014.

Guelph ProAm Nov 1-2

Tyler D'Amore scored 3.5/5 and finished third in the under 1600 section half a point out of first place.  Stefano Lee also played in the under 2000 section.  Nov 4th, 2014.


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