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Chess in Windsor and Essex County, Ontario, Canada

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CHESS and MATH ASSOCIATION ONTARIO CHESS CHALLENGE
Several Windsor players played on Saturday at the Windsor Chess Challenge and then got in their cars and played in the Ontario Chess Challenge in Toronto on Sunday.  That is dedication!  

Henry Zhang got 2nd place in grade 5 (6 players tied for second 4/5, Henry won the play offs). Zhehai Zhang got 3rd place in grade 6 (three players tied first 4.5/5, Zhehai lost the play offs).  Max Zhu got a trophy too, maybe Tyler D'Amore got one?
Report from Henry's mother Lisa Lee.  I will update when the tournament results become available. 

WINDSOR CHESS CHALLENGE PLAYOFFS
This tournament concluded on Saturday.  As usual there are a lot of very familiar names on the list of those who finished with perfect scores.  You can see the results by following the links on the left or click below to see full results.  In grade 2 teammates , classmates and cousins Alan Bui and Jacob Gaisinsky played anything but a grandmaster draw as the final result was a draw but only after Alan's King had some scary moments and went for a walk.


2014 WIENER-RUBENSTEIN MEMORIAL
Ten Windsor kids took part in the 2014 version of this tournament at All The King's Men in Warren April 5th and 6th.  Rohan Talukdar and Lily Zhou tied for third (!) scoring 4/5 gaining 52  and 30 rating points.  Rohan broke 1800 and Lily hit a high of 1796 in USCF play.   Henry Zhang tied for seventh with 3.5/5  and gained 51 rating points.  All three finished ahead of a master who was the second highest rated player in the tournament.  Stefano Lee gained the most rating points (90!) with a 50% score in the five round tournament.  Alan Bui gained 53 points. Frank Hou gained 44 points.  For those with disappointing results you will get them next time.

CANADIAN NORTH AMERICAN YOUTH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP OFFICIAL PLAYERS

I am pleased to announce the Head of Delegation, Assistant Head of Delegation, and official players for the 2014 North American Youth Chess Championship.

Head of Delegation: Victoria Doknjas

Assistant Head of Delegation: Aris Marghetis

Our official players are:

U18 Girls - Regina-Veronicka Kalaydina, 
U16 Girls - Rachel Tao
U14 Girls - Janet Peng (interested - has not registered yet)
U12 Girls - Rinna Yu
U10 Girls - Kylie Tan
U08 Girls - Mysha Gilani

U18 Open - David Itkin
U16 Open - John Doknjas
U14 Open - Jeffrey Xu
U12 Open - Rohan Talukdar
U10 Open - Neil Doknjas
U08 Open - Alan Bui

Eligible so far for $300 Canadian bursaries
Allison Tsypin, 2nd under 10 after playoff
An Nguyen, 3rd under 12 
Cindy Qiao, tied 2nd under 10 3rd on tie break
Joanne Foote, 2nd in U16 is interested, but has not registered yet

Frank Lee, CFC Youth Coordinator on the CFC Message Board April 12th, 2014

Notice that three of the twelve official players are from Windsor.  Erica Forshaw is eligible for the special bursary (because she tied for second with Rachel in the under 14 girls division of the Canadian Youth Chess Championship or CYCC last year) if she chooses to attend NAYCC (though my understanding is that she is hopefully only temporarily retired for now).

Bursaries are still available to players who finished first and second or third after playoffs in CYCC 2013 and who have not had an opportunity to be the official player at WYCC, NAYCC or Pan Am YCC.  At some point a deadline for application will be set so that we can finalize the budget for this event.  Bursaries will be paid after NAYCC is completed to qualified players who complete the NAYCC tournament.  The timing of the NAYCC tournament is a bit unfortunate as it conflicts with exam schedules.  Many players have had to make special arrangements with their schools in order to be able to attend and still complete their exams. Several such requests are still pending.  At the moment there are 34 Canadian players registered with a possible two more.  I expect that this number will grow as people are able to resolve arrangements with their schools.


The CFC lives on
The government passed new not for profit rules which all non-profits have to comply with including the CFC.  The deadline is October 17th.  The haunted look on my face was due to worries that we might not succeed in getting CFC governor approval to take the required steps in order to comply with the new act in time.  There were some adventures on the way but I am pleased to announce that the CFC governors did their part.  It is now between the CFC executive and the Canadian government.  There will still be a CFC  (Chess Federation of Canada) after October 18th.  I may even still be president as I have announced my intention to run again.  I must be a glutton for punishment.
Frank Lee is the Youth Coordinator for the CFC.  He has said that he will run again as well.  At the moment the intention is to serve for two terms and then retire to Windsor and take all that extra time in building up Windsor chess.   I am hoping that after two years others with a sensible approach will step forward and take the reigns of the CFC.
April 14th, 2014 - Vlad

Sobeys Invitational CFC Tournament March 29th
Six kids (Jeannie Zhang, Lily Zhou, Henry Zhang, Rohan Talukdar, Jeremy and Joshua Mathews) and two adults (Vlad Drkulec and John Coleman) took part in a three round one day tournament directed by John Coleman.  This was John's first tournament as a player in basically forever or at least thirty or forty years.  John tied for second with Henry who upset John in the first round.  On paper it looks like I cruised to victory but it was not that simple.  All three of my opponents kindly gave me an exchange and a pawn at some point in the game.  In my second round game against Jeremy I blundered the advantage away carelessly and only managed after all the smoke cleared to gain a slight initiative which eventually turned into an extra pawn and a double rook ending where I managed to get another pawn before trading off into a king and pawn ending.  Henry also played well in our game before inexplicably making a move which cost him an exchange and shortly a pawn.  Perhaps it was all that bughouse (double chess) they played between the rounds?  I won first place and $75.  Henry won $35.  Everyone else went home older and wiser.  There were some hard fought games.  The endings in the final round games between John and Jeremy and the other game between Lily and Rohan were quite interesting.  In the latter game both players seemed to be more interested in trying to checkmate their opponent than in any version of king safety.  A draw was finally agreed when they were down to just rook pawns and a rook each.
Windsor Spitfires Chess Challenge and YCC tournament Tuesday March 25th
Jeremy Mathews was the second highest rated player in the quick rated tournament and finished with a perfect score of 4/4 and topping the field of 25 players for this hastily arranged event.  Jeremy chose the signed baseball cap as his prize.  Henry Zhang, Alan Bui, Karthik Baskaran, Adam Gaisinsky and Stefano Lee tied for second with 3/4.  Henry Zhang won the tie break mainly because of his wins against two other players who finished in the second place group.  He took home the signed Spitfires jersey.  Alan Bui won the third place prize which was a signed program as the youngest player that finished tied for second.
In addition to the first and second place finishers the following players finished with at least 2/4 in order to qualify for CYCC in Montreal. There are a total of 22 players from the Windsor area who are now qualified for CYCC.
2.5/4
Joshua Mathews
David Makarczyk
Frank Gui Hou
Steven Miletic  (New player)
2/4
Alexander Mikho
Tyler D'Amore (already qualified)
Ellen Tao
Devin Feng
Jacob Gaisinsky
Emily Deng   (recently returned to chess after a break)
Andrew Miletic  (New Player)
Cullen Connell (relatively new player)
Alas the Spitfires had a rough night in their playoff game which many of the players attended after the tournament with the home team losing 10-2.
Windsor Spitfires Chess Challenge and YCC tournament Tuesday March 25th
We already have 20 players including a few newcomers registered less than one day after sending out an email with the full details for the first time.  Qualify for CYCC and take in a Windsor Spitfires playoff hockey game for one low price.  The pre-registered list is available below at the bottom of the ad for the tournament if you click on the link below or above in the Windsor tournaments listing.
If you score 50% you qualify to play at CYCC in Montreal in July.

Michigan Junior

George Zhou reports:

Due to my schedule, Lily participated K-8 tournament on Sunday, she started slowly(in 2nd round, drew a game with lower rated player though she had two pieces up but poor skill on time control), she recovered a little bit later, didn’t give any chance to the rest of opponents. In the end, she got 4.5/5, clear 3rd trophy in whole section. Two players including the 2100 player tied 1st in K8 tournament.

Joshua Mathews, got 3.5/5, 2nd place k6 trophy in this K8 tournament. (his brother Jeremy got a trophy in K12 tournament too). [Latha Philip, Joshua and Jeremy's mother reports: Jeremy and Joshua also played during the last weekend. Jeremy won grade 9 2nd place and Joshua won Grade 6 2nd place.]

Jack Li and Henry Zhang both got 3/5 in this K8 tournament, Jack Li got 2nd place k-5 trophy by tiebreak, Henry Zhang unfortunately lost tiebreak, but Henry tied 1st place on Saturday in K-5 tournament.

There were a few other Windsor kids played the Saturday and Sunday tournaments too, I heard that Rohan and Dave did very well too. 


David Makarczyk got first place trophy for grade 4 with 4/5 in the K-5 section.  Henry Zhang scored 4.5/5 in K-5 and first place. Rohan Talukdar played very strongly to win a trophy in K-12 with 4/5 and his only loss coming at the hands of a 2200 player.  Rohan beat a 1900 player and an 1800 player along the way.  As usual it seems that many Windsor chess kids are going to enjoy some rating gains after a weekend of chess.

I will add to and edit this report when the crosstable becomes available.

Vlad  

March 20, 2014


March Break is time to play Chess!
Results are in for the 2014 Aurora Spring tournament played last weekend.  Three of the Windsor WYCC players attended and picked up where they left off at the world tournament. Stefano Lee won clear first in the under 1300 section with a convincing 4.5/5 and gained 85 rating points to reach a rating of 1236 which is still well below his new FIDE rating of 1544.  A few more tournaments against those Toronto players who have been playing all that CFC rated chess should be just the ticket for his CFC rating to catch up.  
Ellen Tao tied for first in the under 1600 section.  Ellen had 3.5/5 and gained 129 rating points to reach 1422 as her regular CFC rating.  Ellen has made steady progress in the last year and continued that performance at this tournament.
Sister Rachel Tao finished with 2.5/5 in the under 2000 section and gained 59 rating points to reach 1679.  Rachel has no doubt been busier in high school but still found time to achieve a strong result against mostly higher rated competition.  
Congratulations to all three players.

Elsewhere Tyler D'amore travelled to play in the Seneca Hill CFC Junior Grand Prix tournament number 3 which was also a YCC and tied for third with 3/5 and qualified for the Canadian Youth Chess Championship as a result.  March 15.

Feb 15 CMA tournament Riverside Library
There were 19 players eventually with a few showing up a bit late but thanks to the magic of the continuous pairing system we were able to accommodate everyone.  We played the tournament as one large section with Adam Gaisinsky, Karthik Baskaran and Stefano Lee finishing with 5/6 and gold.  Tyler D'Amore,    Alan Bui, David    Makarczyk and Vithushan    Krishnamohan finished with 4/6 to tie for fourth.  There were also medals given for the best results for those from grade 2 to grade 4.  Alan Bui and David Makarczyk won gold in the junior grades.  Jacob Gaisinsky with 3.5/6 rounded out the medals from the junior grades.  Report February 16, 2014

Play more and your rating will increase!
     There is an interesting link to a story on Chesstalk about  a young player  Nicholas Vettese who competed in the under 10 CYCC and North American Youth Chess Championship.  He has played something like 180 rated games in the last thirteen months or so.  His results have been good overall but not spectacular and he has gained something like 400 to 500 rating points since the summer and 1000 points since last year thanks in part to the CFC rating system and also fueled by the large number of games that he is playing.  There is a story on the Annex Chess Club website where they disparage the results of  the kids who finished ahead of him at CYCC.  If you go by the respective rating gains then  they might have a point.
     I played 168 games in one year at one point so I know how valuable the experience that you gain is especially to a young player.  He is gaining three years of chess playing experience in one year.
I think that most of the top young Windsor players are stronger players than he is at the moment but if you all continue to play 30 or 40 games a year and he continues to play 150 plus games a year it will be difficult for you to keep up with him in rating or rate of improvement.  The biggest concern that I have is that many of the Windsor players complain that they don't like to play in rated play in Windsor and compete against under rated players.  For the most part you are all under rated.  If you play in Windsor over time yes you will lose the occasional game where an underrated opponent will beat you and you will lose rating points in that game.  The fact is that the CFC bonus point system means that the more you play the more points you will gain because when you have a good result you will get almost triple the rating points that you will lose when you have a bad result. 
     You would have to have bad results three out of four times you play in rated play in order for it not to pay off to play.  You would break even if you had three bad tournaments for every good tournament.  The other issue is that for you to have a bad tournament someone else has to have a good tournament and that person would jump 100 or 200 points in rating and the next time you play them then you would only need a draw to gain 24 points if you had a good result and you both started at the same rating.  Parents are paying hundreds or even thousands of dollars to go out of town to play where often Windsor kids play each other anyway when you could be doing the same here for a fraction of the price.  Don't be afraid.  Play and learn and improve.  The kids who are improving the most are also the ones who are playing the most and that improvement is reflected in their ratings and their level of play.

Ann Arbor Quads and Toledo Swiss
A report  --  from Guang-Chong Zhu 

Jeffrey and Max Zhu had two tournaments back-to-back:  Ann Arbor Quads (Friday night) and Toledo Swiss (Saturday), with not a lot of hours of sleeping in between. 

There were 8 sections in the Ann Arbor Quads based on players' ratings/strength.  Jeffrey played in Section 2, and Max played in Section 4.  Both Jeffrey and Max won all three games in their sections.  Jeffrey's opponents' ratings were 1674, 1851, and 1827.  Max's opponents were 1079, 1290, and unrated. 

In the Toledo Swiss, Jeffrey played in the Open section, and got 2 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss, finished with 2.5/4.  In his last game, his opponent was the same person (1827) he beat in the Ann Arbor Quads.  The position had been a dead-draw for a long time, but Jeffrey ran out time first.  Max played in the Under-1600 section, and won 1st place with an astonishing perfect score of 4/4!   

After this weekend, Jeffrey gained 98 points, bringing his USCF rating from 1751 up to 1849.  Max's rating skyrocketed from 1300 to 1522, gaining 222 points!

Jeannie Zhang also went to the Toledo Swiss, and played in the Open section. Her initial rating (1499) was the lowest in the Open secion.  Despite her rating, Jeannie did fantastically well!  After losing in the first round to Jeffrey, she beat three high-rated players in a row: 1690, 1741, and 1713, finished with 3/4, and tied for 2nd place in the Open section!  Her amazing performance brought her rating from 1499 all the way up to 1649, gaining 150 points! 
Congratulations to Jeannie, Jeffrey, and Max! 

Sunday, February 9th, 2014


Today Friday February, 7th, 2014 is the last day to register for the Chess Challenge!

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Chess Challenge Practice Tournament Riverside Library, February 1st

We started out with six players who were paired and sat down to play at 1:00 pm and then there was a slow parade of new entries who drifted into the tournament room at the Riverside Library.  First six, then eight, then ten, then twelve and finally thirteen players braved slippery roads, snow and rain.  Tyler D'Amore started slowly but in the end emerged with the gold medal with 5.5/6, David Makarczyk claimed the silver medal with 5/6 losing only to Tyler and Alex Mikho finished with 4.5/6 and claimed the bronze after drawing with Tyler in the first round and losing only to David. Adam Jasniewicz scored 4/6 to finish in fourth place.


Chess Challenge Practice Tournament Riverside Library, January 18th

In the Chess Challenge Practice tournament played on January 18th, Jeffrey Xin-Yu Zhu, Tyler D'Amore and Adam Gaisinsky all tied for gold with 4/5 in section A. In section B, Alan Bui, Alex Mikho won gold medals with 4/5.  David Makarczyk and Kevin Wang won bronze with 3.5/5. There were a total of 20 players split evenly between the two sections.

John Coleman made it in to spectate with the help of a cane and walker.  You can't slow this guy down!  He broke his hip six days ago!


John Coleman injured

John has landed on the ground and into the hospital with a broken hip - off his feet for 4-6 weeks! He will be off-line and not responding to email for several days... maybe more than a week. We ask that all emails be Sent or CC'd to webmaster@chesschallenge.info so that your inquires can be timely handled.
- Thank you, Rob Bierer

The above showed up on the Windsor Chess Challenge website today (Monday, January 13th).  I have asked Rob for information as to which hospital John is in. I know that everyone is wishing John a speedy recovery. I will let everyone know what is happening when I learn more myself. - Vlad Drkulec
John was in Metropolitan Hospital but has been released today (Wednesday, January 15th).  John is one tough guy!  He is going to be in bed for four to six weeks.  He hopes that he will be able to attend the Windsor Chess Challenge in a wheel chair.  It was a clean break so he is optimistic that he should make a full recovery.  He seemed in good spirits for someone who had just broken his hip.  I will be taking over his scheduled Riverside Library tournaments for January and February.  I will add at least one CFC active/quick rated section to each tournament and more if it is feasible. I will need to work out the details with regard to medals and participation ribbons as I don't have them yet.  Your patience is requested. - Vlad Drkulec

Chess Challenge Practice Tournament Riverside Library, January 4th
There were – eventually – 13 players at the first tournament of 2014; players were trickling in as much as 30 minutes after the advertised start.
The event was run as one section; it seemed the best way to get decent pairings, especially with three pairs of brothers playing.  There were separate prizes for the “bottom half” of the starting line-up.
The event was won by Lily Zhou, who took a first-round bye and then won every game.  In second place was Jeffrey Zhu.
The “bottom half” was won by Max Zhu, with a very creditable  score of 3/5.  Tied for 2nd in the bottom half were Alan Bui and Jacob Gaisinsky.
JC


As President of the Chess Federation of Canada I get a great deal of email.  Today I got something from the FIDE trainers commission about their program.  They do some useful work but the section on fees is concerning.  If I am reading their schedule of fees correctly their yearly fees are quite significant as you move up their hierarchy.  Last year when I looked at their list of approved books, I found it amusing that I had just about every chess book on their list.

Last year I had the opportunity to meet with many of the top FIDE officials when I was the Chess Federation of Canada's masters representative.  There was a Brain Games conference in Quebec City which I attended with the then CFC president Michael von Keitz who is now the Executive Director for the CFC.  One of the FIDE vice presidents told me that FIDE was using a training manual developed by the CFC in its chess in the schools program.  The manual was authored by International Master Tom O'Donnell when he worked for the CFC.  This manual is ideal for teaching beginners.  It is copyrighted but intended to be used by chess instructors and teachers who want a systematic approach to teaching chess.  You can't sell it but you can use it.

You can get the manual for free at http://www.chess.ca/school-stuff or for free directly at the following link:

http://www.chess.ca/sites/default/files/teaching-manual.pdf.

With respect to the level of chess play of our young players the performance of the Windsor children at the World Youth Chess Championships recently concluded in the United Arab Emirates shows that we have reached a level where we can be competitive with the best in the world.  Even the children who were recently in the CAGW (Chinese Association of Greater Windsor) beginners class (Adam, Henry and David)  have managed to make a big jump in a very short period .  Others who perhaps were not ready for prime time when they first arrived in the advanced classes have shown that our faith that they would grow into the class has been vindicated. This is a huge step and now we must do our best to take an even bigger step and start challenging for medals on the world stage.  Seven years ago our top Windsor players would win the local Chess Challenge would go on to compete in the Ontario Youth Chess Championship (OYCC) and simply get destroyed.  These days the fear is all on the other side of the board when we play in provincial tournaments.

Keep playing in rated tournaments with slow time controls.  Keep working on improving your understanding of chess.  The result will be even greater than what you have achieved up until now.  There will be setbacks and triumphs along the way but realize that you are all on the road to chess mastery and there is nothing that can stop you from achieving this but yourself.  

I had to defend the inclusion of this person or another on the WYCC team from Canada.  None of you gave the critics any ammunition which makes things very easy for next year.  I am proud of all of you and that include all of the WYCC participants and many of you who didn't have the opportunity to go.  You are all constantly amazing me and the other coaches with your continued progress. Keep it up!

Vlad

Last updated January 2nd, 2014


Once I figure out the best way to get content onto the website I don't expect to change very much (aside from me having to do the work that John used to do).  I kind of like the simplicity of the present website so don't expect too much to be different though at some point I might try to update it while still keeping the same blog-like structure that John uses.  It (windsorchess.com) is a destination to find out about Windsor chess and Windsor chess players and I don't expect that to change at all.

Vlad

Last updated January 2nd, 2014


In addition to John's tournament at Riverside Library January 4th the following weekend we have the Michigan Masters and Experts and Class Championships happening up in Lansing at the Radisson.January 11th through 12th.  There will be a Guelph tournament at the University of Guelph Student Centre the end of January (Jan 25th-26th).  Both are listed at the bottom of the tournament listing page.

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New editor at windsorchess.com
 
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

More info: chessman@cogeco.ca

New tournament!

Yeah yeah, despite saying I wasn't gonna organise no more tournaments, there will be a tournament next Saturday (Jan 4) at Riverside Library. Pre-registration essential. January 4th - CMA-rated.

Some players are trying to increase their CMA rating.


Windsor players at the World Youth Championships
Last update 28 December 2013


Rohan meets Gary Kasparov
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So, WYCC over for another year, and excellent results for all ten Windsor players.

Rohan scored the highest, 7/11 in the u10 open section, and the highest-scoring Canadian boy in that section. Jeannie scored 6½ in the u10 girls, and Jeffrey scored 6 in the u12 open.

There were some surprisingly good results.. Stefano did very well to score 4½ in the u14 boys, and it was gratifying to see excellent results from Ellen and David, despite their low Canadian ratings.

You can follow the fortunes of the Windsor players here, updated with the final results.

The Canadian Team Blog is updated very frequently, and has at least a million photographs.

The Official WYCC website has links to pgn files of all the games.

Chess-results.com has all the results you could ever want.


Windsor players at the World Youth Championships
Last update 27 December 2013

There are 10 Windsor players in UAE as part of the Canadian team. After some initial difficulties, caused by huge numbers... 1773 players from 121 countries, things seem to be running better now.

I don't know WHY the numbers caused problems such as 2-hour lines for food, and a 4-hour delay in the start of the first round. Everyone was pre-registered, it's not as if there were lots of walk-in players.

After 8 rounds, the transmission of online games is still having problems - moves not being transmitted, etc. Pretty pathetic for a world championship.

You can follow the fortunes of the Windsor players here. This will be updated daily as I get results.

The Canadian Team Blog is updated very frequently, and has at least a million photographs.

Official WYCC website

Chess-results.com has all the results you could ever want, updated as results are sent from UAE.


Celebration for Windsor players going to WYCC 8 December 2013


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"Celebration" might be the wrong word, WYCC doesn't even start till next week, but that's what it felt like. Three hours of food, fun, and a small slice of fame.

Organised and paid for by Igor Gaisinsky and Chau Diep (Adam's parents), the event consisted of dinner, followed by recognition of the Windsor players.

Counting the ten Windsor players going to WYCC, their parents, siblings, and the Windsor chess coaches, there were about 50 people in attendance, including CFC President Vlad Drkulec and CFC Youth Coordinator Frank Lee.

Held at Pho Maxim in downtown Windsor, the meal was multiple courses, served buffet-style, with an assortment of noodles, vegetables, sweet-and-sour pork and shrimp, etc, all followed by dessert.

As if that wasn't enough, Isabella Hui (Stefano's mother) provided an ice-cream cake decorated as a chessboard, with the names of all the Windsor players.

After dinner, Windsor MP Brian Masse awarded a certificate to each player, and posed for photographs.

Lots and lots of photographs, see here (photographs by Huy Nguyen)
and here (photographs by Christina Tao).

Many thanks to Igor and Chau for conceiving, organising, and funding this great event.


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.


What's new...

Motor City Open 29 November - 1 December, 2013 Express report

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 $$.

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.

Open

  • Vlad Drkulec 3.5/6 Tied for 11th

u1800

  • 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

u1400

  • 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
u1000
  • David Makarczyk 3.5/5 6th
  • Alan Bui 3/5
  • Rishi Damarla 2.5/5


2013 entries

2012 entries