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MCA announces virtual chess tournament

The Manitoba Chess Association (MCA) is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a virtual chess event this Sunday (January 17) at 9:00 am on Lichess.

The tournament will be a 4 round Swiss with a time control of 10 minutes with a 10 second increment.  Five minutes between rounds to allow for game analysis in separate breakout rooms.

All players are asked to participate in a Zoom call during the tournament and to contact Al MacPherson who will provide you with the Zoom coordinates.  Al can be reached at macpherson2@outlook.com

The tournament will be held at: https://lichess.org/team/a-winnipeg-chess-club

No prize fund, no entry fee.

Membership in the CFC or MCA is not required, however participation will be limited to Manitoba players and those out of province known to the MCA.

This is an opportunity to see some familiar faces, talk about your games and keep an eye on your opponents!

MCA virtual rapid results – January 17, 2021

Fourteen players competed in the MCA’s first online virtual chess tournament today through lichess and Zoom.  Theo Wolchock placed first with 3.5 points in the four-round tournament, followed by Blair Rutter and Mike Skop with 3.0 points each.  Top U1800 player was Alex Murray with 2.5 points.  Top U1500 player was Peter Magyar with 1.5 points.

Full results here.

The next MCA tournament will be a blitz on Tuesday, January 19 at 7:00 pm.

MCA blitz results – January 12, 2021

Twenty-two players participated in tonight’s arena blitz tournament.  Isaac Wiebe placed first with 46 points, followed by Frank Johnson with 38 and Theo Wolchock with 25.  Top U1800 player was zxcfds with 8 points.

Full results here.

The next MCA chess event will be a virtual chess tournament on Sunday, January 17 at 9:00 am.

MCA online blitz results – January 5, 2021

Theo Wolchock won tonight’s arena blitz tournament with a score of 22 points.  Gilbert Perez was second with 21 and Colin Prince was third with 16.  Top U1800 player was TKbraindamage with 6 points.

Full results here.

The next MCA online tournament will be a blitz on Tuesday, January 12 at 7:00 pm.

Martin Jaeger (1938-2020)

JAEGER MARTIN – Obituaries – Winnipeg Free Press Passages

Some old-timers may remember Martin, I only knew he was a one-time Winnipegger.

Brad Thomson posted on chesstalk in August,

“I am sorry to hear of Martin’s passing and express my condolences to his friends and family. Martin was a delightful and fun-loving soul who enjoyed life tremendously. He was very active in chess governance when I worked at the CFC in the 1990’s. What I remember most is his contagious laughter and his energetic spirit. Martin had an absolute blast at the Canadian Open in Winnipeg, 1994, and his continuous antics and capers with such personages as Nathan Divinsky and Albert Boxer were a wonderful sight to behold. I also recall being packed into a car with Martin, Nathan, Hal Bond, Troy Vail and Les Bunning as we drove ridiculously throughout Toronto looking for a place to simply sit down and have a cup of coffee. There was never a dull moment when you were in Martin’s joyous presence. He was a great guy! Caissa will have her hands full.”

MCA online blitz results – December 29, 2020

MajesticHippo (pseudonym for Trevor Vincent, former Manitoba champion) won the last MCA arena blitz tournament of the year with a score of 25 points.  Chandrashekhar Iyer placed second with 14 points and GruenfeldAdict was third with 13 points.

Top U1800 player was zxcfds with 9 points.

Full results here.

The next MCA blitz tournament will be on Tuesday, January 5 at 7:00 pm.

Virtual, casual chess meetup December 31 at noon

On Thursday Dec 31 Mark Jenkins of Rudolf Rocker Chess Club is hosting
a virtual, casual chess meetup at noon:
http://rockerchess.ca/virtual-casual-chess-meetup-thursday-dec-31-2020-noon/

Mark is prepared to facilitate the participation of players who only
have phones and don’t have internet
(http://rockerchess.ca/how-to-play-by-phone-radio-or-conference-call/)
so it would be helpful if folks reading this online can call up their
isolated chess friends and let them know about this opportunity to
play, passing on the phone number to call/text between noon and
12:30pm.

Mark is not looking to receive calls from internet connected folks
asking about the event or future events. Internet connected
participants should visit http://online.rockerchess.ca on the day of
the event.

MCA online blitz results – December 22, 2020

MajesticHippo won tonight’s arena blitz tournament with a score of 34 points, followed by Chandrashekhar Iyer with 30 and Gilbert Perez with 29.

Top U1800 player was jschess12 with 13 points.

Full results here.

The next MCA online tournament will be a blitz on Tuesday, December 29 at 7:00 pm.

MCA online blitz results – December 15, 2020

Close finish in tonight’s arena blitz tournament.  Gilbert Perez finished first with 21 points, followed by Ibkchessforlife with 20 and Chandrashekhar Iyer with 19 points.   Top U1800 finisher was jhzhou with 14 points.

Full results here.

The next MCA online tournament will be a blitz on Tuesday, December 22 at 7:00 pm.