Friday, July 13, 2012

Youth Blitz, Trevor Vincent Simul at Garden City - July 19,event/34/chess-returns-to-garden-city

Thursday July 19, 2012
Garden City Shopping Centre will unveil a new oversized chess set to be enjoyed by patrons on July 19, 2012. The new game will feature a durable plastic set with 36” tall king pieces and a flexible mat that can be easily transported. It will be dedicated to the late Daniel Abraham (Abe) Yanofsky, who was Canada’s first chess grandmaster and former mayor of West Kildonan. City Archives will be displaying personal and professional artifacts from Yanofsky's life near the unveiling site.

Former Marketing Coordinator of Garden City Shopping Centre Jack Slessor will be the master of ceremony at a casual ribbon cutting ceremony to be attended by City Councillors Devi Sharma, Mike Pagtakhan, and Ross Eadie. The event will be held in Centre Court of the Garden City Shopping Centre and will begin at 3:00 pm on Thursday, July 19th.

The first match on the new board will be between Hot 103's Big Marv and QX 104's Michelle Cattanni who will be broadcasting on location. Afterwards, youth from the Manitoba Chess Association will play a blitz tournament that is sure to inspire players to sign up to participate in a free simultaneous exhibition match against chess master Trevor Vincent. Trevor, age 22, was recently crowned the Manitoba chess champion for the 5th straight year. Beginning at 5:00 pm, Trevor will take on any and all players at once, to a maximum 25 players.

Garden City Shopping Centre once featured a popular ‘Chess Square’ with large wooden pieces in a recessed pit located near the former Eaton’s department store. The pit was removed as part of the mall’s expansion project in 1998 to make way for the addition of the Canadian Tire and Winners stores.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

2012 Junior Chess Camp - Jul 23- 27

Manitoba Chess Association

Junior Chess Camp

July 23 - 27, 2012

University of Winnipeg

Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner

Advanced group registration includes entry to the 2012 Abe Yanofsky Memorial tournament.

 Download the pdf Brochure from here. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

2011 Manitoba Junior Championship

2011 Manitoba Junior Championship

Location: University of Winnipeg - Rooms 1L04 and 1L06

2011 Manitoba Junior Championship

Open to Manitoba Juniors born in 1992 or later (under 20)
Nov 19 - 20
Open section: (recommended that participants be rated at least 1400)
4 rounds
Time Control: Game / 90 + 30 second increment.
Round 10 a.m. Saturday, November 19
Round 2 2 p.m. Saturday, November 19
Round 3 10 a.m. Sunday, November 20

Round 4 2 p.m. Sunday, November 20

Entry Fee: $ 15 - CFC Rated (CFC Membership not required !)
Guaranteed Prizes
1st $ 40
2nd $ 30
3rd $ 20
If the winner travels to the National Championship in Calgary - $ 200 will be available for travel expenses.
Winner (if rated over 1900) qualifies for 2012 Manitoba Championship
First Tiebreaker is heads-up result during tournament. (2 way, 3 way, etc.)
Next tie-break: G/20 + 10 second increment 2 game match until a winner emerges (ie 2 game matches to repeat until there is a winner of the match)
Tournament Director: Jonathon Zaczek
Registration: 9:45 10:00 a.m - Saturday, November 19

Novice Section - Sunday, November 20

Tournament Director: Andrea Villeneuve
Entry Fee: $ 10
CFC Active Rated (CFC Membership not required !)
Time Control: Game / 30 minutes
4 or 5 rounds at the discretion of the Tournament Director
Registration: 9:45 - 10:00 a.m - Sunday, November 20
First Round: 10:00 a.m.
Subsequent rounds: Immediately after preceeding round.

Note: All cell phones and/or electronic communication devices must be turned off. Any sounds from these electronic communication devices will be automatically forfeit.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Aaron Green Wins 2010 Manitoba Junior Chess Championship

Showing poise and ability Aaron Green powered his way to victory with an impressive 4.5/5 pts.
Finishing second was an underrated Leor Wasserman with 4/5pts and third went to Igal Raihman (3.5/5 pts) who had finished second for the past two years running. Last years winner and top ranked Paolo Araullo could only manage 3 /5 pts and was clearly off form from a lack of play over the past months. Twelve players took part and all had a great time under the directors Blair and Andrea .

Final Standings

Aaron Green 4.5 /5 points
Leor Wasserman 4
Igal Raihman 3.5
Paolo Araullo 3
Alexander Iomdina 3
Brent Murphy 3
Ryne Swift 2
Daniel Raihman 2
Theo Wolchock 2
Henry Li 2
Ahmand Arzhang 1
Justin Villeneuve 0

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

December 5 chess tournament at the U of W

Spirit of Math has partnered with the Manitoba Scholastic Chess Association to sponsor gift certificates for the December 5, 2010 regular monthly chess tournament. There will be prizes in each of the top 2 sections for 1st place ($30.00) and 2nd place ($20.00). The tournament is open for anyone from kindergarten to grade 12. Registration is the day of the tournament at the University of Winnipeg, Lockhart Hall, Room 5L24 from 12:15pm to 12:45pm. For more information: or

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


The Manitoba Chess Championship will be held in two sections on the 20th +21st of November.

There will be TWO sections again this year with a big two day event to determine who will represent Manitoba at the nationals next year (all Entry fees and transportation payed!) and potentially at the World Junior Chess Championships ! ( this section is open to any Manitobian born after Jan 01 , 1991)
The second section will be a ONE day event (SAT) to determine the RESERVE Chess Champion of Manitoba . This section is ideal for those who don't have time for a 2 day event or have ratings under 1000 (chess n math) or 1200 CFC.

Both sections will be held in ROOM 5L24
Registration for both sections is from 9:00-9:15 and first round starting at 09;30 ....SO DON'T BE LATE .
Entry fee is $20 OPEN SECTION
$10 Reserve Section
Time control OPEN SECTION Game / 60 minutes each
Reserve Game / 25 minutes each

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


The excitement is mounting as the 12th Annual Junior Chess Camp is just six weeks away ! With the Advanced Group nearly filled there are still a few spots available in the Intermediate group . Although the way the intermediate group is filling up who can say how much longer it will be before that group is full as well !

Where : University of Winnipeg
When : Tuesday August 3 - Friday August 6 , 09:30 --3:30 each day
Who : Presented by The Manitoba Chess Association

Open to all junior chess players under 19 years of age . Players should know the moves and may have already played in a tournament ( but this is not required ).

For experienced tournament players with ratings of approx 1000 (chess and Math) or approx 1200 ( Canadian Chess Federation )

COST : $$ 175 for Intermediate group
$$ 225 for Advanced group

Principle Instructor : International Chess Master Dave Ross
Secondary Instructors : Jim Green , Ken Einarsson , Andrea Villeneuve

Further Information please contact Jim Green (tel ) 275-1835 or email