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Two Summer Tournaments!

For more information on memberships or any other details contact Chris White at (780) 821-0044 or cwnlca@gmail.com.

#1 Greater St. John’s Chess League: Wednesday nights July 1st – August 5th, 6pm.

  • Time Control – game in 75 minutes with 30 increments from move 1.
  • Recording of moves at all times is mandatory.
  • Games will be rated by the Chess Federation of Canada, membership required.
  • Place: MUN C2026.
  • Cost: $5 entry fee.
  • Half point byes available at any time.

#2 St. John’s Summer Open: July 10th-12th

  • Round 1: Friday July 10th, 6pm
  • Round 2: Saturday July 11th, 9am
  • Round 3: Saturday July 11th, 6pm
  • Round 4: Sunday July 12th, 9am
  • Round 5: Sunday July 12th, 6pm
  • 2 half-point byes available in any round if announced to the TD before the start of round one.
  • Time Control – game in 75 minutes with 30 increments from move 1.
  • Recording of moves at all times is mandatory. Games will be rated by the Chess Federation of Canada, membership required.
  • Place: MUN C2026.
  • Cost: To Be Determined.

Tournament Announcement, March 20-22, St. John’s

Our first rated Standard event of the year will be taking place this weekend.  I have already mentioned this to players that were present at last Tuesday’s chess meet.  Morgon Mills, one of our highest rated players who represented us well at the Canadian Closed a couple of years back, will be in attendance.  Details are as follows:

Entry fee: $15 ($10 for Juniors and Seniors)  CFC Membership is required this event.  It is currently priced at $44 a year.  For those renewing their memberships or purchasing a new one, the entry fee for the event will be waived.

Time controls: 75 minutes + 30 second increment added after every move.

Tournament format: Swiss, 5 rounds (if we get 6 or more players).  Half-point byes will be available if requested in advance, however they won’t be available for the final round.

Time and location:

Registration: Friday March 20th, 6pm

Round 1: March 20th, 6:30pm
Rounds 2 and 3: March 21th, 9am and 12:30pm
Rounds 4 and 5: March 22nd 9am and 12:30pm
The tournament will be at MUN.  Friday and Saturday we will be at the Chem-Phys building, in room C-2026.  This was the location of the NL Open last year.  However, on Sunday we will be in a different room: in the nearby Science building in SN-2036.  We were unable to get the same room for the entire weekend unfortunately.

The prize structure remains TBD by the number of attendants.  Morgon has generously offered to pay the rating fees so the fund will be 100% of the entry fees.

Those that are intending to play in this event, please let me know by e-mail or phone: (709) 770-6579.  Please bring boards and clocks if possible.

-Anthony Leonard

2014 Labrador Open

Our games corner presents games played in NL or by NLers. Email submissions are welcome, and we offer free analysis.
All games from the Labrador Open finals, and a few from the preliminary rounds. Especially check out Wood-Greey for a lethal king-side attack, high drama, and a Houdini act; and both games in which Josh Harmon pushed Morgon Mills to the utmost, securing one up-and-down draw that could’ve gone either way, and just missing a second draw in the finals. There is less annotation than I’d like; I’ve got a lot more, but have an ongoing feud with our PGN-viewer.

2014 Labrador Championship

The Barry Flynn Trophy was unveiled this January, with plaques for Labrador chess champions Bryn Wood 2013 and Morgon Mills 2014.  The trophy was locally made by woodworker Nick McGrath, and will be awarded annually to the winner of the Labrador Open tournament.

This year, as in 2013, the tournament was in two stages–but this time the first stage wound up with a massive tie for qualification places, in which no one was a pushover and everyone won at least one game.  In the end, the finals were a five-player round robin played over a few weeks, with more than one nail-biting finish.  Check out the games corner to see with your own eyes.

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Barry Flynn poses with the trophy named after him.  Barry is an excellent woodworker himself, and has made a beautiful chess table of different kinds and grains of wood.

 

 

 

NL Open Games

Our games corner presents games played in NL or by NLers. Email submissions are welcome, and we offer free analysis.
Games from the 2014 NL Open will be posted here, starting with all five of Anthony Leonard’s.

Anthony Leonard is 2014 NL Champion!

 A big thank you to everyone who attended the NL Open this year. Anthony Leonard was the undefeated champion with 4.5, drawing only to Steve Martin. Nihad Dervisevic came in second with 4.0 points, losing only one game, to Anthony. As well the redoubtable Brian Oliver defeated three players, and played excellent games against much higher rated opponents. We awarded Brian the prize for best performance. Ryan Pickard received the prize for best junior.


We would like to thank Steve Martin, Peter Noftall, Chris White, Morgon Mills, Alick Tsui, Jordan Berson, Chris Dawson, and Michael Pickard for their help in making this year’s NL Open a success. In particular we’d like to thank Ray McIsaac for his generous $100 donation, and Alick Tsui for his generous $30 donation.


-Peter Deal and Anthony Leonard


Selected game scores are posted here.


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NLCA Meeting

A general meeting has been called for Friday, 26th September at 6:00 pm, prior to the NL Open.  Please turn out if at all possible, even if you are not playing!

NL Open 2014

The NL Open will be held on the September 26th-28th weekend this year, in room C-2026 of the Chemistry Building at MUN.

Registration is at 6pm on Friday the 26th, with Round 1 to start at 6:30 pm. On Saturday and Sunday, the first game begins at 10 am, and the second game begins at 2 pm.

Time control is 90 minutes, with 30 seconds added after every move. The entry fee will be $20 for seniors and juniors, $35 for others. We will waive the entry fee for people renewing their CFC memberships. The format is Swiss pairings.

The prize pool will be announced when registration closes, and will come from the registration fees collected. With more than twelve players, payout will be 40% for 1st, 20% for 2nd, 15% for 3rd, and 25% for best performance. With twelve or fewer players, the payout will be 50% for first, 25% for 2nd, and 25% for best performance.

Ray McIsaac has generously donated $100 to our prize fund. $40 will go into the general prize pool, and there will be a $60 prize for the best junior player.

For those unfamiliar with Memorial University’s St. John’s campus, the Chemistry Building is building #20 on this map. Enter at the “star” and turn right. Go left around the corner and room C-2026 is on the left. Parking is available in lot 17 for $2/day.

Note that this is a CFC rated event, and a CFC membership is required. The membership is $44/year for adults, and $29/year for juniors. If you are singing up or renewing your membership, your entry fee for this tournament will be waived.

If you plan on playing in the tournament, please let me know so I can get a head start on registration. I hope that you all can participate, and look forward to seeing some good games this year.

Best Regards, Peter Deal (Tournament Organizer)

Martin-Dervisevic 2014

Our games corner presents games played in NL or by NLers. Email submissions are welcome, and we offer free analysis.
A last-round game from the Draggin’ Them Out of da Woodwork event, in which the tournament winner’s perfect score was temporarily put to the question. Notes by Steve Martin (White) and Morgon Mills.

Chris White Drags Them Out

This past weekend, Chris swept into St. John’s from Alberta and hosted the city’s first chess event for some months.  Draggin’ Them Out of Da Woodwork was, in fact, the tournament’s official name!  Congratulations to Nihad Dervisevic for taking clear first with 4/4, and to the two Peters (Noftall and Deal) for sharing second with strong performances at 3/4.

Also an especially warm welcome to our three new members!

Brian Oliver (white) and Anthony Leonard debate the Semi-Slav.

Brian Oliver (white) and Anthony Leonard debate the Semi-Slav.

Samir El-Gohary (black) is Nihad Dervisevic's first victim.

Samir El-Gohary (black) is Nihad Dervisevic’s first victim.

Brian Oliver looks on as Peter Noftall (black) initiates Ryan Pickard into CFC-rated play.

Brian Oliver looks on as Peter Noftall (black) initiates Ryan Pickard into CFC-rated play.