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News for 2004-2005

  • Inaugural Macskasy Memorial Tournament (July 30th - August 1st, 2005)

  • Thanks to the generous support of the Department of Mathematics, University of BC, the inaugural Macskasy Memorial chess tournament was held in the same building where Prof. Elod Macskasy worked. Thirty-two players joined the tournament, and 16 of them are junior players. The final results (5 founds) are listed below by players rating (* first place prize, ** second place prize. Names in blue are junior players). Also, games are now online, thanks to Stephen Wright and Marina Milner for imputing these 79 games. Photos available here.

    1 Berry, Jonathan 2311 (4.5*)
    2 Lee, Vicente 2305 (1)
    3 Pechisker, Alfred 2226 (4**)
    4 North, Robert 2150 (2)
    5 Ferguson, Jim 2127 (1)
    6 Hardy, Justin 2082 (2.5)
    13 Kostin, Andrey 1943 (3)
    14 Daswani, Ben 1938 (4.5*)
    15 Raymer, Evan 1653 (3.5**)
    16 Han, Yiming 1600 (0)
    17 Cheng, Jack 1597 (2.5)
    18 Milner, Aviv 1517 (1.5)
    25 Cosenza, Aaron 1304 (1.5)
    26 Enns, Edward 1284 (2)
    27 Sohal, Tanraj 1267 (4.5*)
    28 Hui, Christopher 1178 (3.5**)
    29 Sabaratnam, Alex 1111 (3)
    30 Zhao, Donovan 1093 (3.5**)
    31 Choi, David 992 (1)
    32 Chang, Allan 944 (0)
    7 Sladek, Vaclav 2058 (3)
    8 Ingram, Richard 2011 (1.5)
    9 Burke, Paul 2011 (4*)
    10 Tang, Edward 2001 (2)
    11 Jiang, Louie 1999 (3.5**)
    12 Lister, Curtis 1952 (1)
    19 Raymer, Elliot 1579 (5*)
    20 Milner, Arie 1511 (2.5)
    21 Han, Yifei 1500 (2)

    22 Paulson, Stewart 1472 (1.5)
    23 Kirk, Adam 1449 (3**)
    24 Chiang, Berthold 1428 (1)
    Format: 6-player round robin, except for the last group's 8 players, they played 5-round swiss.
  • BC players at World Youth Chess Championship (July 18th - 29th, 2005, Belfort, France)

    Eighty-two countries and more than 1100 players have joined WYCC2005. For the fist time ever Team Canada is represented by eight BC junior players shown in the table below. A table of all Canadian players at WYCC can be found here. Also listed below are tearm scores from top 10 scorers in each country (including BC's Alexandra Botez and Noam Davies) after 11 rounds.

    Name / Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total Country/Score
    Fanhao Meng (BU18) 1 0 1 0.5 0 0.5 1 0 0 0 1 5.0/11 1. RUS 85
    Lucas Davies (BU18) 0 0.5 0.5 0 1 0 1 0.5 0.5 0.5 0 4.5/11 2. POL 81
    Tiffany Tang (GU16) 0 0.5 0 1 0 0 0.5 0.5 1 1 0 4.5/11 3. IND 80.5
    Noam Davies (BU14) 1 0 0.5 1 0.5 1 0 0.5 0.5 0.5 1 6.5/11 4. GEO 80
    Vlad Gaciu (BU14) 0 0 0.5 1 0 1 1 0 0.5 1 0 5.0/11 5. CHN 77
    Chelsea Ruiter (GU14) 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 1 1 0 0 0 3.0/11 6. USA 75.5
    Alexandra Botez (GU10) 0.5 1 0 0 1 1 0.5 1 0 0.5 0.5 6.0/11 7. FRA 75
    Erika Ruiter (GU10) 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0.5 1 1 1 1 5.0/11 13. CAN 66
  • BC players at Canadian Open

  • BC junior players (Lucas Davies, Noam Davies, Louie Jiang, Kevin Goodman, Stefan Trandafir, Evan Raymer, Elliot Raymer, Kevin Breel and Farley Cannon etc.) played well at Canadian Open (Edmonton, Alberta). See results here.

  • The first ever Internet Scholastic Chess Championship concluded

    Canadian player Dan Kazmaier (Alberta) claimed the first prize in age 10-16 group, with $2000 cash, 10 year WCN membership and a champion chess set. In age 5-9 group, Christopher Knox (ON), Alexandra Botez (BC) and Donovan Zhao (BC) placed 4th, 6th and 8th respectively (photo). They received $300 cash, one year WCN membership and a chess set. See results and photo at WorldChessNetwork.

  • Little Mountain ChessFest 1 Winners (See final standings and cross table):

  • Dylan Parker, 1st Place trophy; Marco Mitrovic, 2nd Place trophy; Alejandro Torres-Lopez, 3rd Place trophy; Kyle Zheng, 4th Place trophy and Dennis Wang, 5th Place trophy. Also, Athony Hui, David Choi, Isaac Szijjarto, Frank Wang, Harrison Lee and Janak Awatramani won medals for their outstanding performance (photos at Golden Knights Chess Club). A short report here.

    In U1600 section, 9 out of 21 players were junior players. For total six
    games, Sam Churchill and Alexandra Botez were the top junior finishers
    with 4.0, followed by Aviv Milner and Michael Wee (3.5), Chelsea Ruiter
    and Ana Maria Luca (3.0), Donovan Zhao (2.5), Erika Ruiter and David
    Choi (2.0).

    In U2000 section, Tiffany Tang and Vlad Gaciu shared the top junior spots
    with 3.5/6, followed by Stefan Trandafir, Richard Huang, Kevin Breel
    (3.0), Peter Sum, Thomas Kaminski (Alberta), Arik Milner (2.5) and Danny
    Yu (2.0).

    In Open section, there were total 7 games. Fanhao Meng was the top
    junior finisher with 5.0, followed by Victor Kaminski (Alberta, 4.5),
    Lucas Davies (4.0), Noam Davies (3.5), Evan Raymer (3.0), and Louie Jiang (2.5).

    Our junior players won or drew many games against adult players
    rated a few hundreds points higher, e.g. Richard Huang (1499) vs
    Richard Pua (1853), Arik Milner (1492) vs Manuel Omana Escandor
    (1766) and Donovan Zhao (974) vs Adam Kirk (1495).

  • BC players won 6 trophies at 2005 Canadian Chess Challenge, up from 2 trophies last year. BC ranked third place after Ontario and Quebec, up from 4th place last year. See final standings in PDF format.

Alex Sabaratnam (Grade 2) National 2nd
Tanraj Sohal (Grade 3) National 1st
Jack Cheng (Grade 4) National 3rd
Joshu Wild (Grade 5) National 2nd
Elliot Raymer (Grade 6) National 3rd
Benedict Daswani (Grade 12) National 2nd

  • BC players won trophies at 2005 Washington State Elementary Chess Championship.

  • BC game supplement online (July, 1988- Feb., 2005, 460 games) compiled by Stephen Wright.  The pgn web viewer is from LT-PGN-VIEWER, thanks to Lutz Tautenhahn.

  • BC players performed brilliantly at Canadian Youth Chess Championship:

    • Noam Davies, Champion in U14 Boys group
    • Tiffany Tang, Champion in U16 Girls group
    • Arie Milner, second place in U10 Boys group
    • Alexandra Botez, second place in U10 Girls group
    • Fanhao Meng, second place in U18 Boys group
    • Erika Ruiter, third place in U10 Girls group
    • Chelsea Ruiter, third place in U14 Girls group
  • (See final standings, games and Photos)

  • BCCF Chess Camp a success. More than 50 players attended this 3-day event. You can find a photo album here.

  • Results of 2005 BC Interschool Tournament added.

  • Vancouver Regional Chess Challenge Standings (March 13, 2005) available.

  • Andrei Botez has kindly provided photos taken at BC-Washington Intermat, 2004. A new slide show created (50 photos!).

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