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September Active (September 14)


Dragoljub Milicevic and Roman Jiganchine tied for first in the September version of this monthly active event, organized by Luc Poitras at the Vancouver Bridge Centre.  The next edition will be on Sunday, October 19.


Report: http://wcjc.blogspot.com/2008/09/vancouver-september-active.html



Richmond Friday Night Swiss (August 8 - September 5)


This inaugural tournament of the Richmond Chess and Games Club attracted a total of nineteen players.  The fifteen-player rated section was won by Edward Tang with a perfect 5.0/5, ahead of Joe Soliven and John Gong on 3.5, while Ricky Wei and Hasara Smayawardhena took the four-player unrated section with 4.5 each.  The club has an active program under the leadership of Norm Conrad - check it out if you are in the neighbourhood (http://www.chesstribe.ca/).


Crosstables: http://www.trumppage.com/20_chess/event-20080808-swiss/event-swiss-result.GIF



Sean McLaren


Last issue we noted that Sean McLaren won a tournament at the Mechanic's Institute in San Francisco.  Sean continued his U.S. road trip by participating in the Oregon Open (August 30 - September 1) in Portland where he scored 2.5/6, followed by the Green Open (September 13-14) in Seattle.  In the latter event Sean also scored 2.5, but this was out of four games which left him in a tie for third behind Viktors Pupols (3.5) and Dereque Kelley (3.0).  Other B.C. participants in Seattle were Paul Leblanc and Hugh Long; the latter tied for first in the U1800 Section with 3.5/4.


Hugh Long


Oregon Open: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?200809012641

Green Open: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?200809146831





Paul has annotated his last-round gam from the Labour Day tournament - thanks Paul!

Burke, Paul - Campos, Eugenio [C26] Langley CC Labour Day op Langley (6), 01.09.2008

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 d6 5.Nge2 Be7 6.0-0 Bg4 7.h3 Bh5 8.g4 Bg6 9.f4 exf4 10.Nxf4 Qd7 11.g5 Ng8 12.h4 h6 13.Bh3 Qd8 14.Nxg6 fxg6 15.Be6 Bxg5 16.Bf7+ Kf8 17.Bxg6+ Bf6 18.d4 Nge7 19.Bh5 Kg8 20.Be3 Up to now, I sensed this has all been played before.  When, where, and by whom, I don't know. 20...Kh7 21.e5 dxe5 22.Qd3+ Kg8 23.Qc4+ Kh7 24.Rxf6 Rg8 25.Rf7 exd4 26.Ne4 dxe3 27.Nf6+ Kh8 28.Nxg8 Qxg8 29.Qe4 Game still seems familiar.  I wanted to play 29.Raf1, but ...Ne5 was threatened.  Also considered 29.Qe6, but 29...Nd8 exchanges down for Black. 29...g6 30.Qf4 gxh5+ Notables at the post game analysis liked 30...Nf5, but 31.Rf6 maintains White's pressure.  For example, 30...Nf5 31.Rf6 gxh5+ 32.Kh1! Qd5+ 33.Kh2! Qd2+ 34.Kh3! and Black can't play 34...Rg8 because it's mate on h6.  34...Nce7 35.Rxh6+ Nxh6 36.Qxh6+ Kg8 37.Rg1+ also leads to mate; 34...Qf2 35.Qxf2 exf2 36.Rxf5 followed by Rxf2. 31.Kh1 Qg6

32.Rf6 I think Eugenio expected 32.Rg1, and was so relieved I didn't he gave me his queen (for rook) on his next move. The monstrous looking 32.Rg1 gives Black a good chance after 32...Qe6 33.Rf8+ Kh7! 34.Rxa8 e2! 35.Qf2 Qe4+ 36.Kh2 Ne5! A la Harry Moore, Black's two knights are now worth more than White's two rooks.  [Except White is mating after 37.Rh8+ - ed.] The text 32.Rf6 leads to an uneven endgame after 32...Nd5 33.Qxh6+ Qxh6 34.Rxh6+ and then 35.Rxh5.  But with two minutes left for White to final time control to Black's fifteen minutes, he didn't want to simplify for me. 32...Rg8 Which perhaps explains this move, I guess Black thought he eliminated the mating material and could hold on defensively until my flag fell. 33.Rxg6 Rxg6 34.Qf8+ Ng8 35.Re1 Re6 36.Rg1 Nce7 37.Qg7# Black overlooked the obvious.  Eugenio told me after the game our last game was twenty-five years ago.  He said that after that game I told him I had prepared for his Orangutan. 1-0

Supplemental games:

Burke,Paul - Rex [C26] US op Portland, 08.1987

1.e4 Nf6 2.d3 e5 3.Nc3 Be7 4.g3 0-0 5.Bg2 d6 6.h3 b6 7.Be3 Bb7 8.f4 Nbd7 9.f5 Qe8 10.g4 h6 11.h4 Nc5 12.g5 hxg5 13.hxg5 1-0

Campos,Eugenio - Ellis,Steve [A00] UBC Easter op Vancouver (3), 06.04.1985

1.b4 e5 2.b5 a6 3.Bb2 f6 4.a4 d5 5.e3 Bd6 6.c4 c6 7.Qc2 Be6 8.c5 Be7 9.b6 Nd7 10.d4 e4 11.Nd2 f5 12.Be2 Ngf6 13.0-0-0 0-0 14.Nh3 Bf7 15.a5 h6 16.Rhg1 Kh7 17.f3 exf3 18.gxf3 g6 19.Rg2 Nh5 20.Rdg1 Rg8 21.Bd3 Ndf6 22.e4 fxe4 23.fxe4 dxe4 24.Nxe4 Nd5 25.Nd6 Bxd6 26.Bxg6+ 1-0




BCBASE is a database of games, currently numbering some 16,548, either played in British Columbia or by B.C. players elsewhere in the world.  These have been assembled from various sources: other databases, published sources (magazines, newspaper columns, books), and scoresheets, both recent (the latest Keres tournaments and B.C. Championships) and historical (with special thanks to Max Enke/the B.C. Archives, Miervaldis Jursevskis, the family of Lionel Joyner, Brian Potter, David Hladek, Fred Schulz, and Lynn Stringer).

Generally I have only included games by players while they were resident in B.C.; thus the games for Dave Ross and Gordon Taylor only cover the period when they actually lived here.  I have made exceptions for some stronger players when the additional games give a fuller perspective on their playing careers.  For example, included are games by Elod Macskasy and Miervaldis Jursevskis before they came to Canada, Lionel Joyner before he came to B.C., and Peter Biyiasas after he left the country.

The latest version of BCBASE, in two formats (Chessbase archive or PGN), is available via the BCCF website at http://chess.bc.ca/games.shtml; these files include and supercede all previous versions, including the Supplements.  A free PGN reader, ChessBase Light, is available from the ChessBase people:



This collection is not definitive, but is very much a work in progress - there are still many published games that have yet to be entered.  Supplements of new games will be provided on a regular basis (in conjunction with the games in the Bulletin), and the database itself will be periodically updated.  If readers notice errors, or would like to contribute their own games to the collection, please contact me, Stephen Wright (swright2@telus.net).




Our annual championship will be played at the Vancouver Bridge Centre on the Thanksgiving weekend, October 10-13; here are the participants (subject to change):


Jonathan Berry

Lucas Davies

Roman Jiganchine

Ian MacKay

Brian McLaren

Roger Patterson

Alfred Pechisker

Howard Wu


Spectators are welcome; the first round will be at 6 pm on the Friday, with two rounds a day thereafter.  There are also plans to hold a women's event at the same time.


Here is the biography of our first champion, John Ewing:


Principal of Queen Mary School, North Vancouver, 1922


Ewing, John Morton (June 24, 1889 - February 28, 1952)

Born in Nazareth, Palestine (his father was a missionary), of Scottish ancestory.  Received his initial education at Edinburgh University.  Emigrated to Canada in 1910.  Graduated from Queen's University (B.A. 1926) and University of Toronto (B.Paed. 1928, D.Paed. 1931).  Employed as a public school teacher in B.C. (1911-1929), instructor in educational psychology at Vancouver Normal School (1929-1944), and principal and professor of philosophy and psychology at Victoria College (now University of Victoria) (1944-1952).  Author of Reflections of a Dominie (1931) and Understanding Yourself and Your Society (1947), coauthor with D.L. McLaurin of Social and Educational Psychology (1937);  also wrote many essays and poems.

Ewing was taught chess at an early age, and "was the youngest entrant in the Richardson cup competition playing for Edinburgh.  Played in the Edinburgh team for three years without losing a game."  He won the inaugural B.C. championship in 1916, subsequently retaining the title for the years 1919-1923.  On entering the 1923 competition Ewing made an announcement "that he would do so for the last time, desiring to make his chess activities for the future a source of real pleasurable pastime rather than a serious and arduous task."  In recognition of his sequence of wins the B.C. championship trophy, the Bowser shield, was given to Ewing permanently; he responded by donating a new trophy, the Ewing cup, for the competition.  During this time Ewing was also active in team events, playing for North Vancouver, and also played first board for Vancouver in the Vancouver - Winnipeg telegraph match of 1924.  In August 1924 Ewing was the first ever B.C. participant in a Dominion (Canadian) championship, in Hamilton, ON; he finished with a respectable 8/15.  He seems to have retired from competitive play thereafter, but reappeared in the mid-1930s, winning the B.C. championship for a record seventh time in 1936.  Ewing also produced and edited a chess magazine (the British Columbia Chess Magazine, subsequently the Canadian Chess Magazine) during the years 1918-1920, but like so many early magazines there simply was not a large enough subscription base for it to survive.


Ewing,J - Barker,W [A83] BC ch Victoria, 1920

1.d4 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 e6 5.Nxe4 Be7 6.Bxf6 Bxf6 7.c3 00 8.Nf3 d6 9.Qc2 Qe7 10.Bd3 Nd7 11.000 g6 12.h4 Bg7 13.h5 Bh6+ 14.Kb1 g5 15.Rh3 Rf7 16.Nexg5 Rg7 17.Bxh7+ Rxh7 18.Nxh7 Qxh7 19.Qxh7+ Kxh7 20.g4 e5 21.g5 Nf8 22.Rg3 Bg7 23.h6 Bh8 24.dxe5 Bf5+ 25.Kc1 dxe5 26.Nh4 Bg6 27.Re1 Re8 28.Rge3 Bf7 29.f4 Ng6 30.Nxg6 Kxg6 31.fxe5 Kxg5 32.e6 Bg6 33.e7 Kxh6 34.Re6 Kg7 35.Rg1 Kf7 36.Rgxg6 Bg7 37.Kd2 Be5 38.Kd3 Bd6 39.Ke4 Rxe7 40.Rxe7+ Kxe7 41.Kd5 c6+ 42.Ke4 Kd7 43.Rg7+ Be7 44.Ke5 a5 45.b3 b6 46.c4 b5 47.cxb5 and White won 10

Morrison,J - Ewing,J [B01] CAN ch Hamilton (4), 19.08.1924

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd8 4.d4 Nf6 5.Bc4 Bf5 6.Nf3 e6 7.00 c6 8.Bg5 Be7 9.Re1 00 10.h3 h6 11.Bf4 Nbd7 12.Bd3 Bxd3 13.Qxd3 Nb6 14.Ne2 c5 15.Ne5 Nbd5 16.Bd2 Nd7 17.Nxd7 Qxd7 18.dxc5 Bxc5 19.Rad1 Qe7 20.Nc3 Rad8 21.Qg3 Nxc3 22.Bxc3 Qg5 23.Qxg5 hxg5 24.Kf1 Be7 25.Bd4 b6 26.Be5 Bf6 27.Bxf6 gxf6 28.c3 Rfe8 29.Ke2 Kf8 30.Ke3 e5 31.Ke4 Ke7 32.Kf5 Rxd1 33.Rxd1 Rc8 34.Rd3 Rc4 35.g3 Rc6 36.b3 Re6 37.Ke4 Rc6 38.Kf5 Re6 39.Ke4 Rc6 40.g4 Ke6 41.c4 Rc8 42.Rc3 Rd8 43.c5 bxc5 44.Rxc5 Rd2 45.Rc6+ Ke7 46.Rc7+ Ke6 47.Rxa7 Rxf2 48.Ra6+ Ke7 49.Ra7+ Ke6 50.Ra6+ Ke7 51.Ra7+ Ke6

Wilson,S - Ewing,J [B01] CAN ch Hamilton (6), 20.08.1924

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd8 4.Nf3 c6 5.b3 Nf6 6.Bb2 Bf5 7.Be2 e6 8.00 Bd6 9.Nh4 Bg6 10.h3 Nbd7 11.Rc1 Nd5 12.Nxd5 Qxh4 13.Ne3 00 14.d4 Nf6 15.Bf3 Nd5 16.Nxd5 exd5 17.c4 dxc4 18.bxc4 Be4 19.Bxe4 Qxe4 20.Re1 Qf4 21.g3 Qf5 22.Kg2 Rfe8 23.Qb3 b6 24.Re3 Rxe3 25.Qxe3 Qe6 26.Qf3 Rc8 27.d5 Qd7 28.dxc6 Qxc6 29.Qd5 Qxd5+ 30.cxd5 Rxc1 31.Bxc1 f5 32.Kf3 Kf7 33.Ke2 Ke7 34.Kd3 Bc5 35.Be3 Kd6 36.Kc4 Bxe3 37.fxe3 Ke5 38.a4 a6 39.a5 bxa5 40.Kc5 a4 41.d6 Ke6 42.Kc6 a3 43.d7 a2 44.d8Q a1Q 45.Qd5+ Ke7 46.Qd7+ Kf8 47.Qd6+ Kf7 48.Qd7+ Kg6 49.Qe8+ Kh6 50.Qe6+ g6 51.Kb6 Qa4 52.Qe5 a5 53.Qxa5 Qxa5+ 54.Kxa5 Kg5 55.Kb4 h5 56.Kc3 h4 57.gxh4+ Kxh4 58.Kd3 Kxh3 59.Ke2 Kg2 01

Ewing,J - Narraway,J [D00] CAN ch Hamilton (8), 21.08.1924

1.d4 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.Bd3 e6 4.Nd2 c5 5.c3 Nc6 6.f4 cxd4 7.exd4 Be7 8.Ngf3 Bd7 9.Ne5 Qc7 10.Ndf3 Nxe5 11.Nxe5 Bc6 12.0-0 Bd6 13.Qe2 g6 14.f5 gxf5 15.Bxf5 Bxe5 16.dxe5 Nd7 17.Bf4 0-0-0 18.Bh3 Rdg8 19.Bg3 Nc5 20.Qf2 Bb5 21.Rfd1 Kb8 22.Qe3 Ne4 23.Bf4 Ka8 24.a4 Bc4 25.g3 Qe7 26.Bg2 Nc5 27.b4 Nd7 28.Qd4 Nb8 29.b5 Rc8 30.Be3 b6 31.Rdb1 Rc5 32.Qd2 Rc7 33.a5 Kb7 34.axb6 axb6 35.Qc2 Nd7 36.Qa4 Nc5 37.Qa7+ 1-0


King's Challenge


Taking place at the Aberdeen Centre in Richmond this coming weekend (September 27-28), this event features four different games - chess, chinese chess, go, and backgammon:






October Open


The first junior event of the new season will take place on Saturday, October 4 - see http://www.bjdy.com/juniorchess/events.html


In conjunction an adult event is also being held that weekend:


Dates: October 4 and 5

Place: Sprott Shaw Community College, New Westminster

Format: 5 round Swiss

Round Times: Saturday 10:00, 1:30 and 5:00 or asap, Sunday 10:00 and 2:00
Half Point byes are available by request before the close of registration

Time Control: game/90 or game/60 + 30 second increment

Entry fee: $30

Prizes: $250 guaranteed first, rest based on entries.



October Active 


Date: Sunday Oct 19, 2008
Place: Vancouver Bridge Centre, 2776 East Broadway (at Kaslo), Vancouver
Rounds: 5
Starting Time: noon.
Type: Regular Swiss.
Time Controls: G/30.
Entry Fee: Adults $15, Masters/Seniors and Juniors $12 (strong and serious juniors welcome).
Prizes: $$BEN.
Registration: On site at 11:30am or contact Luc Poitras at (778) 846-0496 email queluc@lynx.net

Bring your chess set and clock if you have one (charge of $2 to borrow a clock and a chess set)





Junior events


September 28  Island Junior Open #1, UVic

October 4         Junior Open, New Westminster

October 19       Island Junior Open #2, UVic

November 2     Junior Open, Vancouver

November 7-9  BC Junior, New Westminster

November 23   Island Junior Open #3, UVic



UBC Thursday Night Swiss

6:30 pm, Thursdays, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre  room 191, 1961 East Mall, University of British Columbia

Contact Aaron Cosenza, xramis1@yahoo.ca



Aberdeen Centre King's Challenge


September 27-28, Aberdeen Centre, Richmond

Details: http://www.trumppage.com/20_chess/events-20080927-aberdeen/aberdeen.pdf



October Open


October 4-5, New Westminster

Details: http://www.bjdy.com/juniorchess/events.html



October Active


October 19, Vancouver Bridge Centre



Silver Star Classic


November 8-10, Vernon

Details: http://chess.bc.ca/events.shtml#Silver



Jack Taylor Memorial


November 15-16, Victoria

Details: http://victoriachessclub.pbwiki.com/Jack+Taylor+2008



Victoria Chess Festival


April 10-13, 2009, Victoria

Details: http://victoriachessclub.pbwiki.com/Victoria+Chess+Festival+2009