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Monday, August 22, 2011

2011 AY U1800 section

Guest blogger Leslie Mundwiler has compiled (and also entered most of the games) of the U1800 section and provides a round by round review below:


COMMENT ON THE UNDER 1800 SECTION OF THE ABE YANOFSKY

A nice thing about chess is that game scores can tell you a lot about what went on in a tournament. Judging from the scores, there was certainly an interesting dynamic in the Under 1800 section of the 2011 Abe Yanofsky Memorial. At the outset there seemed to be at least half a dozen players who could compete for the top prize. The sizeable group of probable contenders for first place might also indicate that first would likely be shared and that 4 points out of 5 games might be enough to win. Things did not turn out that way.

The key game in the opening round on Friday evening, August 5th, was Milward-Trinidad, 0-1. This already served notice that, among the lower-rated players, there was yet another candidate for first. Dave Milward (1746)would have been my pick for "most likely to succeed" in this event, and perhaps he succumbed in the initial round because, in spite of the 1570 rating, his opponent was unexpectedly playing smart, resourceful chess from the get-go. The loss didn't mean that Dave was entirely out of it, although he seemed to sag a bit in round two. He would get a shot in the last round, and on the way there, he had the satisfaction of playing spoiler among the other contenders.

Unlike Milward, the other 1700 players had been more or less inactive in recent rated events. Roy Proulx (1705) took most of the five rounds to hit his stride and had the bad luck to encounter Kris Trinidad in round two, when the rust was still showing; that and a draw with John Remillard (1574) in round three effectively took Proulx out of contention. Tomas Manicdao (1710) was experiencing the same sort of problem--the problem of "playing into form" during a tournament--but had the good fortune to face weaker opposition in the first two rounds. Even a piece up versus Bruce Leaden (1502) in round one, Tomas seemed on the verge of skating into trouble; he was a much different player by tournament's end. Ryne Swift's tournament adventure began, like Tomas's, versus weaker opposition. Although Ryne (1768) had the benefit of Dave Ross's chess camp in early August, the rust hadn't completely disappeared by the weekend of the Yanofsky.

Besides Ryne, Tomas, and Kris, the end of round two saw Gary Campbell (1698) and Theo Wolchock (1683) also with perfect scores. There were still these five contenders and the comeback threat of Dave Milward; there was a long way to go.

Third round was pivotal, with some big changes. One of the most entertaining games of the event was Kris Trinidad's escape from the clutches Chuck Mousseau's Smith-Morra Gambit. Kris's win against a player who, at 1768, was (with Ryne Swift )highest rated in the event clearly established him as a candidate for top spot. But, glorious as this was for Kris, the MCA should ask itself some questions about this pairing. Chuck was a substitute, who would only play this one game in the Under 1800 section. If Kris had played one of the other contenders in round three, the event might have had a very different outcome. Also to be considered: what if Kris had lost to a "non-combatant" for first, who would play none of his competition?

Another critical third-round game was Campbell-Swift, with Gary achieving a classical attack in what is nowadays labeled the QGD/Semi-Slav. Gary was up a pawn and position in the middlegame when he hung a R, but he finished the event with two more wins, putting himself within reach of a share of first if 4 points proved to be enough. Ryne recovered from this fumble and "bit of luck" with a determined push in the last rounds.

Wolchock-Manicdao was also critical in the middle round. Theo built a fine positional advantage through move 27, only to have the thing crumble when he allowed the BQ to reach f3. The game was testimony to Tomas's resilience as a defender. Theo didn't come back from this disappointment, losing his next two games.

In round four Dave Milward was back--"He's back!"--with a win over Tomas Manicdao. They were now, with Gary Campbell, at 3 points, and the value of that would be determined by the really big game of the round, Swift-Trinidad. A win by either of these two would make the chances of the other three dependent upon the tournament leader's losing in round five; and, of course, either Ryne or Kris would be out of contention. Ryne showed a sound sense of tournament strategy by controlling the play, rather than by pressing for a win here. To this stage, Kris's play had been as sharp as anyone's and only a solid positional approach was likely to keep the balance. The players reached an ending with a B and 7 Ps each and concluded a draw.

In the fifth round the key games for determining first place were Trinidad-Manicdao and Milward-Swift, both hard-fought, interesting contests. Tomas picked up pawns here and there and had the endgame in hand, if the endgame could be reached; but the issue was in doubt for Black for a long while. The Milward-Swift game was even more closely fought, coming down to a B vs. N ending, with Black enjoying a convertible Q-side majority and the better K position. It was the best game of the tournament and showed that Ryne was in peak form to take sole possession of first, 4.5/5 points.

Monday, August 15, 2011

2011 AY Memorial Open Section Games Posted

At Chessmanitoba.com

Big thanks to Les Mundwiler for compiling, and for great cooperation from players Trevor Vincent, Jonathan Zaczek, Gustavo Melamedoff, Christopher Delos Santos, Steven de Groot, Michael Pang, and John Klokow for sending in their games from the Open Section

2011 Abe Yanofsky Memorial Photo Gallery


You are invited to view Greg Swift's photo album: Abe Yanofsky Memorial 2011

Gm Yermolinsky Simultaneous Photos - August 5, 2011

Photos by Tony Boron

GM Yermolinsky Simul - August 5, 2011



Photos by Greg Swift
You are invited to view Greg Swift's photo album: Yermolinsky Simul


Monday, August 8, 2011

Sunday, August 7, 2011

2011 Abe Yanofsky Memorial - Final Results

GM Alex Yermolinsky handled two of Manitoba's top players the last rounds and won clear first.
Trevor Vincent was held to a draw by Rolando Bince in round 4 which put him a half point off the pace.
That allowed Jeff Babb to tie Trevor as he defeated Rolando Bince in the last game to finish. Babb had lost to GM Yermolinsky in Round 2. Sam Cleto lost in Round 1 to GM Yermolinsky, but managed to score 3.5 to take top U2000.

In the U1800 section, Ryne Swift returned, after tuning up in the week-long Chess Camp, and took top prize with 4.5 points.  Tomas Manicdao and Gary Campbell shared 2nd-3rd. Kris Trinidad took U1600 (playing the top 5 rated players!), while Cody Baron and Devin Kasprick shared the U1400 prize.


2011 Abe Yanofsky Memorial: 

Open Section

#NameRtngRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5TotPrize
1Alex Yermolinsky2601W5W3D2W4W64.51000.00
2Trevor Vincent2347W15W9D1D10W84.0225.00
3Jeff Babb2151W16L1W19W9W104.0225.00
4Samuel Lipnowski2261W23W12D6L1W113.5
5Sam Cleto1906L1W16H---W17W143.5200.00
6Jonathon Zaczek2284D25W26D4W12L13.0
7Kevin Li2181W21D13D14L8W193.0
8Gustavo Melamedoff2124H---D19W15W7L23.0
9Nilo Moncal2102W24L2W23L3W203.0
10Rolando Bince2091H---W25W13D2L33.0
11Perfecto Joven2006D17W18W20H---L43.0
12Aaron Green2010W27L4W21L6D152.5
13Anthony Boron1996W22D7L10D14D162.520.00
14Jason Repa1991H---W17D7D13L52.520.00
15Carl Pottinger1883L2W24L8W28D122.520.00
16Christopher Delos Santos1823L3L5W27W25D132.520.00
17Steven De Groot1772D11L14W29L5W232.520.00
18Harley Greenberg1685D19L11D25D29W242.520.00
19Aron Kaptsan1978D18D8L3W21L72.0
20Jaroslaw Czypinski1964W29H---L11H---L92.0
21Michael Pang1829L7W22L12L19W292.0
22Wesley Penner1744L13L21L24W27W252.0
23Alex Lambruschini1843L4W27L9D24L171.5
24John Klokow1807L9L15W22D23L181.5
25Jim Green1851D6L10D18L16L221.0
26Stephen Lipic1851H---L6H---U---U---1.0
27Saul Magnusson1804L12L23L16L22W281.0
28Chuck Mousseau1768H---H---U---L15L271.0
29Damola Afolabi1550L20H---L17D18L211.0

U1800 Section
#NameRtngRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5TotPrize
1Ryne Swift1768W9W17W3D5W64.5250.00
2Tomas Manicdao1710W12W20W10L6W54.075.00
3Gary Campbell1698W13W14L1W10W94.075.00
4Roy Proulx1705W8L5D9W11W103.5
5Kris Trinidad1570W6W4W16D1L23.5200.00
6Dave Milward1746L5W8W7W2L13.0
7Keith Gannon1607L15W18L6W21W133.0
8Francis Trueman1447L4L6W14W12W113.0100.00
9John Remillard1574L1W19D4W17L32.5
10Theo Wolchock1683W18W15L2L3L42.0
11Bruce Reimer1669L14W13W12L4L82.0
12Bruce Leaden1502L2W21L11L8W142.0
13Alex Iomdina1410L3L11W19W22L72.0
14Cody Baron1327W11L3L8W20L122.025.00
15Devin Kasprickunr.W7L10W20U---U---2.025.00
16Chuck Mousseau1768H---H---L5H---U---1.5
17Clifford Goodman1638W19L1H---L9U---1.5
18Leah Schwartz1343L10L7L21D19W221.5
19Justin Villeneuve1206L17L9L13D18W211.5
20Richard Ott1629W21L2L15L14U---1.0
21Pierce Brysonunr.L20L12W18L7L191.0
22Charles Pang.unr.U---U---U---L13L180.0

Saturday, August 6, 2011

2011 Abe Yanofsky Memorial Results after 3 rounds and projected 4th Round Pairings.

As he has done twice before, Trevor Vincent has drawn with a visiting Grandmaster.  He and GM Yermolinsky can share 1st-2nd by each winning their last two games.  However, Sam Lipnowski and Rolando Bince also have 2.5, and may have something to say about that.  Perfecto Joven will likely fall one-half  point off the pace as he had scheduled a bye for the 4th round prior to the start of the tournament.
In the U1800 section, Ryne Swift, Thomas Manicdao, and Kris Trinidad lead with 3-0. 
#Name/Rtng/IDRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5
1Alex YermolinskyB 16W 6B 2W 4
2601 105626 1.02.02.5
2Trevor VincentW 17B 8W 1B 9
2347 125311 1.02.02.5
3Jonathon ZaczekB 18W 19B 4W 10
2284 135589 0.51.52.0
4Samuel LipnowskiW 20B 10W 3B 1
2261 105377 1.02.02.5
5Kevin LiB 21W 12W 13B 7
2181 152422 1.01.52.0
6Jeff BabbW 22B 1W 14B 8
2151 102141 1.01.02.0
7Gustavo Melamedoffbye B 14W 17W 5
2124 136900 0.51.02.0
8Nilo MoncalB 23W 2B 20W 6
2102 152424 1.01.02.0
9Rolando Bincebye W 18B 12W 2
2091 108289 0.51.52.5
10Aaron GreenW 24W 4B 21B 3
2010 142429 1.01.02.0
11Perfecto JovenB 25W 27W 15bye
2006 140950 0.51.52.5
12Anthony BoronW 26B 5W 9B 13
1996 101126 1.01.51.5
13Jason Repabye W 25B 5W 12
1991 109227 0.51.52.0
14Aron KaptsanB 27W 7B 6W 20
1978 112549 0.51.01.0
15Jaroslaw CzypinskiW 28bye B 11bye
1964 111806 1.01.51.5
16Sam CletoW 1B 22bye B 25
1906 111659 0.01.01.5
17Carl PottingerB 2W 23B 7W 21
1883 124202 0.01.01.0
18Jim GreenW 3B 9W 27B 22
1851 105246 0.50.51.0
19Stephen Lipicbye B 3bye W 23
1851 145479 0.50.51.0
20Alex LambruschiniB 4W 24W 8B 14
1843 127519 0.01.01.0
21Michael PangW 5B 26W 10B 17
1829 143100 0.01.01.0
22Christopher Delos SantosB 6W 16B 24W 18
1823 152934 0.00.01.0
23John KlokowW 8B 17W 26B 19
1807 108919 0.00.01.0
24Saul MagnussonB 10B 20W 22B 26
1804 125303 0.00.00.0
25Steven De GrootW 11B 13B 28W 16
1772 137876 0.50.51.5
26Wesley PennerB 12W 21B 23W 24
1744 112185 0.00.00.0
27Harley GreenbergW 14B 11B 18W 28
1685 107168 0.50.51.0
28Damola AfolabiB 15bye W 25B 27
1550 150773 0.00.50.5

SwissSys Wall Chart. 2011 Abe Yanofsky Memorial: 2011 AY U1800 Section

#Name/Rtng/IDRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5
1Chuck Mousseaubye bye W 13bye
1768 112822 0.51.01.0
2Ryne SwiftB 12W 9B 6W 13
1768 143093 1.02.03.0
3Dave MilwardW 13B 15W 11B 4
1746 123323 0.01.02.0
4Tomas ManicdaoB 14W 10B 7W 3
1710 148441 1.02.03.0
5Roy ProulxW 15B 13W 12B 9
1705 104122 1.01.01.5
6Gary CampbellB 16W 18W 2B 21
1698 146063 1.02.02.0
7Theo WolchockW 17B 21W 4B 8
1683 149820 1.02.02.0
8Bruce ReimerB 18W 16B 14W 7
1669 131407 0.01.02.0
9Clifford GoodmanW 19B 2bye W 5
1638 136888 1.01.01.5
10Richard OttB 20B 4W 21W 16
1629 108926 1.01.01.0
11Keith GannonW 21B 17B 3W 18
1607 105641 0.01.01.0
12John RemillardW 2B 19B 5W 14
1574 104699 0.01.01.5
13Kris TrinidadB 3W 5B 1B 2
1570 141963 1.02.03.0
14Bruce LeadenW 4B 20W 8B 12
1502 152654 0.01.01.0
15Francis TruemanB 5W 3B 18W 20
1447 103193 0.00.01.0
16Alex IomdinaW 6B 8W 19B 10
1410 149935 0.00.01.0
17Leah SchwartzB 7W 11W 20B 19
1343 152423 0.00.00.0
18Cody BaronW 8B 6W 15B 11
1327 152320 1.01.01.0
19Justin VilleneuveB 9W 12B 16W 17
1206 147727 0.00.00.0
20Pierce BrysonW 10W 14B 17B 15
unr. 0.00.01.0
21Devin KasprickB 11W 7B 10W 6
unr. 1.01.02.0

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2011 Abe Yanofsky Memorial Standings after 2nd round

SwissSys Wall Chart. 2011 Abe Yanofsky Memorial: 2011 Abe Yanofsky Memorial Open

#Name/Rtng/IDRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5
1Alex YermolinskyB 16W 6B 2


2601 105626 1.0 2.0


2Trevor VincentW 17B 8W 1


2347 125311 1.0 2.0


3Jonathon ZaczekB 18W 19B 4


2284 135589 0.5 1.5


4Samuel LipnowskiW 20B 10W 3


2261 105377 1.0 2.0


5Kevin LiB 21W 12W 13


2181 152422 1.0 1.5


6Jeff BabbW 22B 1W 14


2151 102141 1.0 1.0


7Gustavo Melamedoffbye B 14W 17


2124 136900 0.5 1.0


8Nilo MoncalB 23W 2B 20


2102 152424 1.0 1.0


9Rolando Bincebye W 18B 12


2091 108289 0.5 1.5


10Aaron GreenW 24W 4B 21


2010 142429 1.0 1.0


11Perfecto JovenB 25W 27W 15bye

2006 140950 0.5 1.5


12Anthony BoronW 26B 5W 9


1996 101126 1.0 1.5


13Jason Repabye W 25B 5


1991 109227 0.5 1.5


14Aron KaptsanB 27W 7B 6


1978 112549 0.5 1.0


15Jaroslaw CzypinskiW 28bye B 11bye

1964 111806 1.0 1.5


16Sam CletoW 1B 22bye


1906 111659 0.0 1.0


17Carl PottingerB 2W 23B 7


1883 124202 0.0 1.0


18Jim GreenW 3B 9W 27


1851 105246 0.5 0.5


19Stephen Lipicbye B 3bye


1851 145479 0.5 0.5


20Alex LambruschiniB 4W 24W 8


1843 127519 0.0 1.0


21Michael PangW 5B 26W 10


1829 143100 0.0 1.0


22Christopher Delos SantosB 6W 16B 24


1823 152934 0.0 0.0


23John KlokowW 8B 17W 26


1807 108919 0.0 0.0


24Saul MagnussonB 10B 20W 22


1804 125303 0.0 0.0


25Steven De GrootW 11B 13B 28


1772 137876 0.5 0.5


26Wesley PennerB 12W 21B 23


1744 112185 0.0 0.0


27Harley GreenbergW 14B 11B 18


1685 107168 0.5 0.5


28Damola AfolabiB 15bye W 25


1550 150773 0.0 0.5


Friday, August 5, 2011

2011 Abe Yanofsky Memorial - Standings after Round 1

SwissSys Wall Chart. 2011 Abe Yanofsky Memorial: 2011 Abe Yanofsky Memorial Open (standings)


#Name/Rtng/IDRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5
1Alex YermolinskyB 16




2601 105626 1.0



2Trevor VincentW 17




2347 125311 1.0



4Samuel LipnowskiW 20




2261 105377 1.0



5Kevin LiB 21




2181 152422 1.0



6Jeff BabbW 22




2151 102141 1.0



8Nilo MoncalB 23




2102 152424 1.0



10Aaron GreenW 24




2010 142429 1.0



12Anthony BoronW 26




1996 101126 1.0



15Jaroslaw CzypinskiW 28bye
bye

1964 111806 1.0



3Jonathon ZaczekB 18




2284 135589 0.5



7Gustavo Melamedoffbye




2124 136900 0.5



9Rolando Bincebye




2091 108289 0.5



11Perfecto JovenB 25

bye

2006 140950 0.5



13Jason Repabye




1991 109227 0.5



14Aron KaptsanB 27




1978 112549 0.5



18Jim GreenW 3




1851 105246 0.5



19Stephen Lipicbye




1851 145479 0.5



25Steven De GrootW 11




1772 137876 0.5



27Harley GreenbergW 14




1685 107168 0.5



16Sam CletoW 1
bye


1906 111659 0.0



17Carl PottingerB 2




1883 124202 0.0



20Alex LambruschiniB 4




1843 127519 0.0



21Michael PangW 5




1829 143100 0.0



22Christopher Delos SantosB 6




1823 152934 0.0



23John KlokowW 8




1807 108919 0.0



24Saul MagnussonB 10




1804 125303 0.0



26Wesley PennerB 12




1744 112185 0.0



28Damola AfolabiB 15bye



1550 150773 0.0




SwissSys Wall Chart. 2011 Abe Yanofsky Memorial: 2011 AY U1800 Section (standings)

#Name/Rtng/IDRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5
2Ryne SwiftB 12




1768 143093 1.0



4Tomas ManicdaoB 14




1710 148441 1.0



5Roy ProulxW 15




1705 104122 1.0



6Gary CampbellB 16




1698 146063 1.0



7Theo WolchockW 17




1683 149820 1.0



9Clifford GoodmanW 19




1638 136888 1.0



10Richard OttB 20




1629 108926 1.0



13Kris TrinidadB 3




1570 141963 1.0



18Cody BaronW 8




1327 152320 1.0



21Devin KasprickB 11




unr. 1.0



1Chuck Mousseaubye




1768 112822 0.5



3Dave MilwardW 13




1746 123323 0.0



8Bruce ReimerB 18




1669 131407 0.0



11Keith GannonW 21




1607 105641 0.0



12John RemillardW 2




1574 104699 0.0



14Bruce LeadenW 4




1502 152654 0.0



15Francis TruemanB 5




1447 103193 0.0



16Alex IomdinaW 6




1410 149935 0.0



17Leah SchwartzB 7




1343 152423 0.0



19Justin VilleneuveB 9




1206 147727 0.0



20Pierce BrysonW 10




unr. 0.0



2011 Abe Yanofsky Memorial - First Round Results


OPEN SECTION


Bd Res White
Black Res
1 0  Sam Cleto  (1906)
Alex Yermolinsky  (2601) 1 
2 1  Trevor Vincent  (2347)
Carl Pottinger  (1883) 0 
3 ½  Jim Green  (1851)
Jonathon Zaczek  (2284) ½ 
4 1  Samuel Lipnowski  (2261)
Alex Lambruschini  (1843) 0 
5 0  Michael Pang  (1829)
Kevin Li  (2181) 1 
6 1  Jeff Babb  (2151)
Christopher Delos Santos  (1823) 0 
7 0  John Klokow  (1807)
Nilo Moncal  (2102) 1 
8 1  Aaron Green  (2010)
Saul Magnusson  (1804) 0 
9 ½  Steven De Groot  (1772)
Perfecto Joven  (2006) ½ 
10 1  Anthony Boron  (1996)
Wesley Penner  (1744) 0 
11 ½  Harley Greenberg  (1685)
Aron Kaptsan  (1978) ½ 
12 1  Jaroslaw Czypinski  (1964)
Damola Afolabi  (1550) 0 

½  Gustavo Melamedoff  (2124)
BYE

½  Jason Repa  (1991)
BYE

½  Rolando Bince  (2091)
BYE

½  Stephen Lipic  (1851)
BYE







U1800 Section


Bd Res White
Black Res
13 0  John Remillard  (1574)
Ryne Swift  (1768) 1 
14 0  Dave Milward  (1746)
Kris Trinidad  (1570) 1 
15 0  Bruce Leaden  (1502)
Tomas Manicdao  (1710) 1 
16 1  Roy Proulx  (1705)
Francis Trueman  (1447) 0 
17 0  Alex Iomdina  (1410)
Gary Campbell  (1698) 1 
18 1  Theo Wolchock  (1683)
Leah Schwartz  (1343) 0 
19 1  Cody Baron  (1327)
Bruce Reimer  (1669) 0 
20 1  Clifford Goodman  (1638)
Justin Villeneuve  (1206) 0 
21 0  Pierce Bryson  (unr.)
Richard Ott  (1629) 1 
22 0  Keith Gannon  (1607)
Devin Kasprick  (unr.) 1 

½  Chuck Mousseau  (1768)
BYE

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Simultaneous Exhibition by Grandmaster Alex Yermolinsky - August 5

GM Alex Yermolinsky will play up to 30 players in a simultaneous exhibition at Portage Place mall - Edmonton Court - starting at noon on Friday, August 5

The fee is $10 per person, please contact Blair Rutter to register.