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!
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)
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!
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 nlchess.ca/spring_training.pgn to play through all 15 games (sorry, WordPress doesn’t want a link there for some reason). Mills-McIsaac is lightly annotated.
The Halloween Open concluded this evening with a hard-fought last round. First place went to Morgon Mills, second to Anthony Leonard, and third was shared by Jordan Berson and Steve Martin. Full standings are given below, and a special mention must go to Gary McKeown and Daniel Efford on the occasion of their first-ever CFC-rated tournament, and also to Gary for netting the “best performance” prize.
5: Morgon Mills
4: Anthony Leonard
3: Jordan Berson, Steve Martin
2.5: Morley Payne, Brian Oliver
2: Sid Myler
1.5: Samir El-Gohary, Gary McKeown
0: Daniel Efford
Round 3 Results (incomplete):
- Morgon Mills-Anthony Leonard (1-0)
- Morley Payne-Jordan Berson (0-1)
- Brian Oliver-Steve Martin (?)
- Samir El-Gohary-Gary McKeown (?)
- Daniel Efford-Sid Myler (0-1)
Standings after Round 2:
- 2: Morgon Mills, Anthony Leonard
- 1.5: Morley Payne
- 1: Jordan Berson, Steve Martin, Brian Oliver
- 0.5: Samir El-Gohary, Sid Myler, Gary McKeown
- 0: Daniel Efford
The second round begins at 9:30 this morning (Oct. 26).
- 1: Morgon Mills, Anthony Leonard, Jordan Berson, Steve Martin, Morley Payne
- 0: Brian Oliver, Samir El-Gohary, Sid Myler, Gary McKeown, Daniel Efford
First round results:
- Morgon Mills 2224 – Samir El-Gohary 1537 (1-0)
- Brian Oliver 1581 – Anthony Leonard 2146 (0-1)
- Jordan Berson 2025 – Sid Myler 1462 (1-0)
- Gary McKeown unr. – Steve Martin 1886 (0-1)
- Morley Payne 1644 – Daniel Efford unr. (1-0)
Registration is at 6pm on Friday the 25th, with Round 1 to start at 6:30pm. Rounds 2 and 3 are at 9:30am and 1pm on Saturday the 26th. Round 4 is at 9:30am on Sunday the 27th, with a possible 5th round at 1pm if the number of players warrant.
Location: University Center Food Court next to Extreme Pita (where the club usually meets on Tuesdays)
This location is tentative. I had hoped to book a better location on campus but the usual places were booked for part or all of the weekend already. If anyone has an alternative venue that is suitable in a short amount of time, feel free to e-mail me. I will follow up with a confirmation e-mail two days before the tournament.
If you plan on playing in this tournament, let me know so I can get a head start on registration.
Also, at this tournament an announcement will be made regarding the NL Governor position.