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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.

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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.


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.


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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.

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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.



Upcoming Tournament in St. John’s, August 2014!

Organizer/ Tournament Director:
Chris White
University Centre Cafeteria (South End), Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s
August 8th, 9th & 10th 2014
Annual Chess Federation of Canada membership ($44 per year adult, $29 per year junior). Can be purchased at the tournament.
$20 tournament entry fee (free for players with CFC rating over 2000 and waved if you are buying/renewing a membership)
Time control:
SD 60 minutes + 5 second increment. If analog clock is used SD 65 minutes.
100% of the entry fee will go to 1st place (minus CFC rating fees).
Please bring your own sets and clocks if you have them.
Recording of moves with chess notation is mandatory (unless you have less than 5 minutes left on your clock).
Games will be rated by the Chess Federation of Canada.
Round Times:
Round 1: Friday August 8th 7pm
Round 2: Saturday August 9th 10am
Round 3: Saturday August 9th 1pm
Round 4: Sunday August 10th 10am
Round 5: Sunday August 10th 1pm (only played if more than 16 players registured).
2 half-point byes available in any round if announced to the TD before the start of round one.
For more information or to pre-register contact Chris White:
phone: 753-5365
Feel free to print this off and post it in a public place or forward it on to a friend.

Lake Melville Club’s Spring Training Complete

The “Spring Training” tournament in Goose Bay went off smoothly today as a six-player round robin, and also featured the unveiling of the Lake Melville Chess Club T-shirt!  Special thanks to Bryn Wood for getting the T-shirts made, and to Ray McIsaac for making the trip up to Goose.  Check out the Games Corner or download the PGN at to play through all 15 games (sorry, WordPress doesn’t want a link there for some reason).  Mills-McIsaac is lightly annotated.