BCCF E-MAIL BULLETIN #15
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VANCOUVER REGIONAL CHESS CHALLENGE
153 students took part in this annual event at BCIT, each playing within
their own grade. After five rounds and playoffs where necessary, the trophy
winners for each grade were as follows:
Grade 1: Alex Sabaratnam, Owen Chen, Christopher Li
Grade 2: Jack Cheng, Alexandra Botez, Narek Bobloyan
Grade 3: Marko Mitrovic, David Choi/Diana Durbalau, Julian Katz
Grade 4: Duncan Dauvergne, Mihai Costea, Angelo Graffos
Grade 5: Bryan Young, Kyle King, Matthew Kwan
Garde 6: Noam Davies, Danny Yu, Charlie Yan
Grade 7: Brad Wong, Tiffany Tang, Laura Harper
Grade 8: Lara Heppenstall, Mihai Beschea, Robby Carlson
Grade 9: Lucas Davies, Andrey Kostin, Jamie Harper
Grade 10: Ilan Keshet, Gary Yip, Jervyn Ang
Grade 11: Alexey Lushchenko, Lawrence Bau, Glen Nogayev
Grade 12: Gavin Atkinson
The tournament also has a team element: the best five individual results for
each school were combined towards a school trophy. In the elementary
category Our Lady of Perpetual Help again came out on top with 18, but with
only a one-point margin over second place Florence Nightingale; other school
scores were Queen Mary - 14, Quilchena - 11.5 and Maple Grove - 11.
The secondary division was disappointingly lacking in entrants, but the
trophy was won by David Thompson Secondary with 14 points, ahead of Sir
Winston Churchill on 9 .
DEVIANT LEISURE INVITATIONAL (February 22-23)
This event came down to an exciting last round finish. Geoffrey Ruelland
disposed of George Kosinski to reach 3.5/5; and leader James Chan was forced
to play on against William Jung because Seid Hee and out-of-form
(distracted?) TD Vas Sladek were involved in an epic endgame. By the time
Vas Sladek blundered, James Chan's position was ruined, which left Geoffrey
Ruelland and Seid Hee tied for first at 3.5/5. Both George and William are
coming out of long retirements and I look forward to seeing more of them in
Thank you to Polaris Water for providing free refreshments and to Chess
First! Enterprises for providing CD prizes to all participants.
Look for more round robins later this year. Call Vas at 604-787-4553.
Crosstable: Deviant Leisure Invitational
William Jung - James Chan [C01], Deviant Leisure Inv'l (5), 23.02.2003
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Bb5+ c6 6.Bd3 Bd6 7.h3 Bh5 8.0-0 Ne7
9.Re1 Nd7 10.c3 Qc7 11.Be3 0-0-0 12.c4 dxc4 13.Bxc4 Nb6 14.Nbd2 h6 15.Qb3
Nbd5 16.Bxd5 Nxd5 17.a4 g5 18.Ne4 f5 19.Nc3 Nxc3 20.Qxc3 g4 21.hxg4 Bxg4
22.Ne5 Rhg8 23.Bf4 Kb8 24.b4 Rc8 25.Rac1 Qg7 26.Qg3 Ka8 27.Rc4 Qf8 28.Qc3 Qg7
29.Qg3 Qe7 30.Qc3 Qh4 31.Bg3 Qf6 32.b5 f4 33.bxc6 fxg3 34.cxb7+ Kxb7 35.Qb3+
Ka8 36.Rxc8+ Bxc8 37.Qd5+ Kb8 38.Rb1+ Bb4 39.Rxb4+ Kc7 40.Rc4+ Kb8 41.Nd7+
Bxd7 42.Qxg8+ Kb7 43.Qxg3 Bc6 44.Qb3+ Ka6 45.Qa3 Kb7 46.Rb4+ Ka8 47.Qg3 Qf8
48.Qb3 Qe8 49.Qd1 Qg8 50.f3 Qg5 51.d5 Bxd5 52.Rb5 Qe3+ 53.Kh1 1-0
Nick Beqo has updated his website with more annotated games: Nick Beqo's
CHESS AT THE B.C. ARCHIVES
A few years ago, as part of my research into B.C. chess history, I did a
keyword search on "chess" on the website of the B.C. Archives in Victoria.
The search retrieved several matches, one of which was a reference to the
personal papers of one Max Enke. Consultation of an online finding aid
revealed two relevent items:
Note books - chess, statistics, weather observations
Note books, four sheaves of papers in envelopes, one clipping
Well, thought I, they are probably worth looking at at some point, if I'm
lucky maybe there will be a game or two.
When I did finally visit Victoria some months later I was thrilled to
discover around 340 games of Mr. Enke!! There were two note books, one with
51 games played in Belgium in the 1930s, the other containing some 210 games
played while Enke was interred during World War Two. The "sheaves of papers
in envelopes" turned out to be scoresheets, 80 of them, neatly folded
vertically down the middle and inserted into envelopes. These were games
played by Enke in Victoria in the 1920s; these 80 are more B.C. games than I
have collected from all other sources combined for that time period. In
other words, the Max Enke papers are a veritable gold mine in terms of chess
Who was Max Enke? I will present a detailed biography in an upcoming
Bulletin, but basically he was a Victoria businessman who was B.C. champion
in 1925 and 1926. Below is probably his best game, which was instrumental in
helping him win the 1925 championship. The notes are by Enke himself
(original annotations in the B.C. Archives) and Thomas Piper (published in
Daily Colonist, June 28, 1925).
Barker, William - Enke, Max [B02] B.C. chp, Vancouver, 18.04.1925
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.c4 Nb6 4.Nc3
Piper: In the New York tourney 1924 Maroczy vs. Tartakower there occurred the
following: 4.d4 d6 5.exd6 exd6 6.Nc3 Bf5 7.Be2 Be7 8.Be3 N8d7 9.Nf3 O-O 10.
b3 Nf6 11.O-O Re8 12.h3 with White for choice.
4...d6 5.f4 dxe5 6.fxe5 Nc6 7.Nf3 Bg4 8.c5 Nd5 9.d4 Qd7
An immediate attack on the centre by b6 would seem the best here, if White
replies by 10.Qa4 then 10...Nxc3 and if 11.Qxc6+ Bd7 wins the queen and Black
has a better position after 12.Qxa8 Qxa8 13.bxc3 bxc5 14.dxc5 e6. An attack
by 11.bxc3 Bd7 12.Bb5 bxc5 13.e6 leads nowhere for White.
10.Bc4 e6 11.0-0 Be7 12.Nxd5
To protect his weak pawn on d4 by blocking the file for Black.
12...exd5 13.Bb3 0-0 14.Be3 Rad8
To protect his d-pawn before withdrawing Nb8 to prepare for an attack on the
kingside by f6 and then intending to bring the queen into the game along the
diagonal e8-h5. It however leaves White a chance to pin the knight on to the
queen. Na5 seems better than the text move.
15.Qe1 Both covering the square on his QR5 and threatening an attack
commencing by Qg3.
Piper: instead of 15...b6 Mr. Enke agrees that 15...f6 was stronger and if
16.cxb6 axb6 17.Qg3
If 17.Ba4 (with the intention of 18.Rac1) - then 17...Ra818.b3 Rfb8 and White
is forced to exchange bishop for knight.
Piper: White missed a chance here, 17.Ba4 gave him the better game, if Black
replies 17...Qe8 then 18.e6 and 19.Ne5.
17...Bh5 18.a3? Na5 19.Bd1 c5 20.Rc1 Nc4 21.Qf2 f6
21...Rc8 with threat of Bxf3, Nxe3, cxd4 and Bc5 with win of exchange could
be parried by 22.Kh1. The text move is a further attack on the centre and
brings the KR into play.
22.b3 Nxe3 23.Qxe3 Bxf3 24.Rxf3 fxe5
This leaves Black with a stronger centre than by playing 24...cxd4 to which
White could have answered 25.e6.
25.dxe5 Qe6 26.Bc2 c4 27.b4 Rde8 28.Rh3
This loses a move as White having to check the advance of the Black centre
has no time for a succesful attack on the king's wing. Black's reply parries
the attack and prepares a support for the B at g5.
28...h6 29.Re1 Bg5 30.Qc3 Rf4 31.Bb1 d4 32.Qc2 d3 33.Qc3 b5 34.Ba2 Ref8
Black being short of time overlooked the better line of 35...Qb6+ forcing
36.Kh1 (if 36.R(either)e3 Rf1+ 37.Q(or R)xf1 Bxe3+ 38.R(or Q)xe3 Qxe3+ 39.Kh1
Rxf1 mate) 36...Kh8 37.Qe2 Rf2 winning the bishop.
White also being short of time played a weak move. However there was already
no defence left, 36.Qd6 being met by 36...Qf7 37.Rf3 Rxf3 38.gxf3 Qxf3 39.Qd4
Rf4 40.Qb2 Rg4+ etc. (39.Qc5 or b6 39...Bh4 and if R leaves the rank Qf1
mates; if R leaves the file Bf2+ wins the queen.
36...Qb6+ 37.Qe3 Rf1+ 0-1
Piper: Mr. Enke's counterattack from move 18 is a skillful concentration upon
the opponent's most important line of operations and of the simultaneous
employment of this accumulated force. In game No. 44 of Chess of Today Em.
Lasker, 27-year world's champion, was outplayed in the opening by the chess
schoolmaster, Dr. Tarrasch. Mr. Enke modelled his development upon the game
[editor: Lasker-Tarrasch, Maehrisch-Ostrau 1923].
30 YEARS AGO . . . by Bruce Harper
Today's look back is from the preliminary round of the 1973 B.C.
Championship. The format used that year was to put the top 16 players in
four balanced groups of four players each, then play a double round-robin.
The top finisher from each of the four groups advanced to the finals, which
was also a double round-robin. The winner of the finals was the B.C.
With the B.C Championship having degenerated into a Swiss last year, I
recommend this format to the powers that be. If they can use the double
round-robin format at Linares (which I believe is considered to be a serious
tournament), why not here? Having 16 players in the B.C. Championship would
meet the 21st century test of "inclusiveness" (you could even give the
players who didn't qualify a participation medal), while the player who
finished first would have played all his or her main competitors. The
logistics aren't bad as well - most players would only play 6 games
(manageable on a long weekend), while the four finalists could play at the
same time as an open tournament.
Today's game was played in one of the semi-final events. Jonathan Berry,
playing White against Alex Wood, showed not only that he knows some main line
theory, but that on occasion he will actually play it!
Berry-Wood, 1973, B.C. Championship Semi-finals
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0
9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Qc7 12.Nbd2 Bd7?!
The first slip. It is too early to commit the bishop. Either Black should
exchange with 12...cxd4 or bring his knight back into the centre with
12...Nc6, depending on whether he likes open or closed positions.
White returns the favor. He should leave the centre unresolved and continue
13...dxe5 14.Nf1 Rac8?!
At this point it is clear that both players are faking it to a certain extent
(who doesn't?), and Black is faking it more than White. Black's a5-knight is
a problem and he should bring it into play via c4.
15.Ne3 Rfd8 16.Qe2 g6?
Here is where Black really goes off the rails. With 16...c4!, Black has play
on the queenside and White's attack on the kingside is a long way off.
Now Black's play on the queenside is shut down and White can cut loose on the
17...c4 18.b4 Nb7 19.Nh2 h5 20.g4
Not exactly subtle.
20...hxg4?! 21.hxg4 Bf8 22.g5 Nh5 23.Nd5 Qd6 24.Ng4 Bxg4?!
Every Black capture on g4 seems to make things worse.
25.Qxg4 Re8 26.Bd1! Be7 27.a4!
Opening a second front.
27...Ra8 28.Qh4 Kg7 29.Bxh5
White has things figured out.
29...Rh8 30.axb5 Rxh5 31.Qg4 Rah8 32.Rxa6 Rh1+ 33.Kg2 Rxe1 34.Rxd6 Bxd6 35.Bd2
This is the position White foresaw on move 29, when he exchanged his bishop.
White has a slight material advantage, but his real superiority lies in the
fact that his pieces coordinate well, especially his queen and knight, while
Black's remaining forces are separated and disorganized.
35...Ra1 36.Qd7! Rb8 37.Be3 Bf8 38.Nc7 Nd8 39.Ne8+ Kg8 40.Nf6+ Kg7 41.Qh3 1-0
Even though Black has two rooks and White has none, White's attack down the
open f-file decides the game. White's threat of 42.Qh7 mate cannot be
Individual Chess Matches
Players interested in participating in rated individual chess matches with
other players of comparable or dissimilar ratings can contact Luis E. Azmitia
Please make sure to include in the e-mail: your name, your rating, type of
game preferred (i.e. active), and the rating range of possible opponents.
Note that the games will be held in the Vancouver area.
Upcoming junior events:
April 5 Fraser Valley Secondary Regional Chess Challenge
April 13 Vancouver Grand Prix #7
April 13 Victoria Regional CYCC
April 19 Provincial Chess Challenge
May 3-4 Provincial CYCC
For details visit British Columbia Chess Federation or Greater Victoria
Empires Fall Invitational
Date: April 4-6, 2003
Place: Vancouver Bridge Centre, 2776 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC
Type: regular 6-player RR
Times: 6:30/10, 3/10, ASAP
TC: FIDE 90+30
Prizes: 1st $130 plus ChessBase magazine CD
Reg: interested players e-mail email@example.com
TD & Org: Vas Sladek, 604-982-0611
Misc: no smoking, CFC membership required
Sponsors: Polaris Water Company www.polariswater.com and Chess First!
Spring Saturday Chess Fever
Date: April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10
Location: at the Bridge Centre 2776 East Broadway, Vancouver
Type: Regular Swiss
Time: Games start at 1:00 p.m.
Time Control: 30/90 G/60
Entry Fee: $25, $20 for Juniors and Masters
Prizes: $$ BEN CFC Rated
Org: James Kerry 778-773-2761 and Luc Poitras 604-438-0496
English Bay FIDE Tournament
Date: April 25-27, 2003
Place: SPEC, 2150 Maple Street, Vancouver, BC
Type: Regular 6-player RR, CFC & FIDE rated
Times: 6:30pm/10am, 4pm/10am, ASAP
EF: $40 FIDE rated, $50 FIDE unrated
Prizes: 1st $140 plus FREE entry into Keres Open and Fritz 8 software, all
players receive CB CD prizes
Reg: interested FIDE rated players and ambitious unrated players please
e-mail: Vas Sladek, firstname.lastname@example.org
TD/Org: Vas Sladek, 604-982-0611
Misc: no smoking
Sponsors: Polaris Water Co. www.polariswater.com and Chess First! Enterprises
28th Paul Keres Memorial Tournament
Dates: Friday May, 16th to Monday, May 19th 2003
Location: Plaza 500 Hotel, 500 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Sections: Open, Under 2000, Under 1600
Time Control: 40/120, SD/60
Rated: Open: FIDE + CFC, Others: CFC
Rounds: Open: 7 Rounds, Others: 6 Rounds
Round Times: 5:30PM (Open only), 10,4/10,4/9,3 or ASAP
Prizes: 1st Open $1.200 Guaranteed
1st Under 2000, $1.100 Guaranteed
1st Under 1600, $1.000 Guaranteed
Top Unrated $ 200 Guaranteed
Additional Prizes dependant on Entries
Entry Fees: Prior to March 31st, 2003 $ 99
Prior to April 30th, 2003 $125
Prior to May 15th, 2003 $135
At Site $150
Note: $15 surcharge for players below 2000 CFC wanting to play in
The Open Section.
Born after June 1st 1983: 50%
Fide rated players w/o Titles 25%
Fide Titled Players FREE Entry
Registration: Mail cheques made payable to the BCCF, to: Lyle Craver,
PO Box 15548, Vancouver, BC V6B 5B3
At Site: Friday Noon to 6PM, Saturday 8:00AM to 9:30 AM
No cheques are accepted at site, cash only.
TDs: Ms. Lynn Stringer, Mr. Mark Barnes, Mr. Lyle Craver
Organizer: Peter Stockhausen for the BCCF
Misc: The BCCF Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday afternoon, May
18, between rounds.
For further Information: Peter Stockhausen (604 276 1111)
Lynn Stringer (250 658 5207) email@example.com
Kelowna Summer Fest
Dates: July. 5 & 6, 2003
Type: 5 Round Swiss
Times: 9/2/7; 9/asap
Place: Sandman Inn Kelowna B.C. 2130 Harvey Ave across from Orchard Park Mall
Entry: $25, $20 Seniors, $15 Juniors Non CFC pay entry + $12
TD & Org Lynn Stringer Wally Steinke & Ian Higgs firstname.lastname@example.org ph (250)