Ontario Chess Challenge Qualifier at Massey Friday March 6th, 2015
FIRST CMA-RATED* TOURNAMENT CONDUCTED BY THE MASSEY CHESS CLUB. Winners qualify for 2015 Ontario Chess Challenge in Toronto! Players from Kindergarten to Grade 12 are eligible to play
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
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