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The third junior Grand Prix tournament of the season took place at the Vancouver
Bridge Centre on November 23.  The event started quite late due to a misplaced
key - thank you to everyone for your understanding while you waited.  In Open
Section A Fanhao Meng repeated his first place finish from GP#2, while Travis
Lane and Noam Davies tied for second.  The U1900 prize was split three ways,
between Evgeni Goutor, Andrey Kostin, and Richard Reid.

Open Section B was won by Ivan Petrov, with Lane van Weerdhuizen and Ben
Daaswani coming second; Alexander Reid and Thomas Witecki took the U1500 prizes.
Brad Wong won the U1500 Section with a perfect score, Lo-Ching Chow placed
second; Vlad Gaciu claimed the U1300 prize.  In the Booster Section Jimmy He
edged out Kristof Juhasz and Stoyan Petrov for first place, while U700
medallions were won by Omar Jessa, Nivedha Raveinthiranathan, Jennifer Sine, and
David Choi.  A total of 48 players took part in the tournament.



The 2003 edition of the Jack Taylor Memorial attracted a total of twenty players
to the University of Victoria last weekend.  A disappointment was the lack of
local masters and experts in the field - the only Victoria player over 2000 was
Dan Scoones, who took first place with 4.5/5.  There was a three-way tie for
second between James Chan, veteran Gerhard Neufahrt, and the improving Stewart
Paulson, who managed this feat despite being 500-points lower rated than his
fellow prizewinners.  Lynn Stringer directed.

Crosstable: http://www.chess.ca/xtable.asp?TNum=200311046


Jack Taylor

JACK TAYLOR (11 July 1907 - 9 September 1974)

John Monteith ("Jack") Taylor was born in Glasgow, Scotland.  The Taylor family
immigrated to Canada when Jack was fourteen, arriving at Quebec aboard the S.S.
Cassandra on July 1, 1922.  They first lived in Regina, Saskatchewan, but
settled permanently in Vancouver a few years later.  After graduating from UBC
Jack worked as a traffic manager, initially for the David Spencer Department
Store (bought by Eatons in 1948), later for Forsts Ltd.

Jack Taylor did not learn to play chess until he came to Vancouver, but
progressed so rapidly that only five years later, in 1929, he won the B.C.

"The victory of Mr. J.M. Taylor by 5-0 proclaims the appearance of a new star in
the British Columbia chess firmament.  The new champion is a British Columbia
University man, twenty-one years of age, and is evidently modest and unassuming,
for he asks for explanatory notes to the game and helpful information.  His
opening is scholarly with considerable combinative power in the middle game, is
our verdict."  [Thomas Piper, Daily Colonist, 14 April 1929]

"Mr. J.M. Taylor gave us the pleasure of his company for a few days.  The new
champion is well versed in the learning of chess, plays over the classical
examples from memory, and has a sound position judgment with combinative powers
of a high order.  He is a most pleasant opponent, courteous and unassuming in
manner, and is a valuable acquisition to British Columbia in general and
Vancouver in particular."  [Thomas Piper, Daily Colonist, 4 August 1929]

Taylor repeated as B.C. Champion in 1930, 1938, and 1945, and tied for first in
1953; he was also Vancouver Champion on numerous occasions.  Jack never made
much of a mark nationally, always finishing in the lower half of the Canadian
Championships he played in (Saskatoon 1945, Vancouver 1951, Winnipeg 1953).
However, he did win a number of miniatures in these competitions due to his
sharp eye for tactics; he won games in 12 and 10 moves respectively in the 1945
and 1953 competitions.  Jack was a very popular player, and was instrumental in
the development of the City Chess Club when it was formed as an offshoot of the
Vancouver Chess Club in 1948.

The Jack Taylor Memorial Trophy was donated in 1974, and was originally given to
the winners of the BCCF Diamond Jubilee Tournaments; the trophy is now awarded
as part of the prizes for the Jack Taylor Memorial, held continuously since

Diamond Jubilee

  a.. 1973 Peter Biyiasas
  b.. 1974 Peter Biyiasas
  c.. 1975 Terry Wong, Alan Hill
  d.. 1976 Peter Biyiasas
  e.. 1977 Gordon Taylor
  f.. 1978 Gordon Taylor
Jack Taylor Memorial

  a.. 1984 Tony Berrocoso, Gerry Forbes, Nigel Fullbrook
  b.. 1987 Harry Moore
  c.. 1988 Harry Moore
  d.. 1989 Paul Leblanc
  e.. 1990 Howard Wu
  f.. 1991 Garry Basanta, Dave Herder
  g.. 1992 Dave Herder
  h.. 1993 Jack Lee
  i.. 1994 Howard Wu
  j.. 1995 Jack Lee
  k.. 1996 Manfrei Aquino
  l.. 1997 Dan Scoones
  m.. 1998 Toni Deline, Jim Ferguson
  n.. 1999 Jack Yoos
  o.. 2000 Harry Moore
  p.. 2001 Pascal Charbonneau
  q.. 2002 Jack Yoos
  r.. 2003 Dan Scoones
"We note with regret the passing of Jack Taylor.  Jack loved chess and played a
very good game.  In 1929, Jack won the B.C. Championship.  In his last
tournament, Jack came second in the  A  Section of the B.C. Class Championships
in April.  However Jack will be remembered most for his candour and
cheerfulness; whenever you wanted to see somebody enjoying himself, all you had
to do was go and watch Jack Taylor, the man with the smile." [CFC Bulletin,
January/February 1975]



This, the second fund-raising event for the 2005  Elod Macskasy Memorial
Tournament, took place at the Vancouver Bridge Centre on November 15.  A number
of masters donated their time, including Duncan Suttles, Oliver Schulte, Jack
Yoos, Bruce Harper, Fanhao Meng, Joe Oszvald, and Lucas Davies, but this time
they were not allowed to consult, and had to rotate boards every 15 minutes.
Out of 42 games played, the masters scored +25 =6 -11; the best results against
them were obtained by Andrey Kostin (3.5/4!) and Valentina Goutor (2.5/4).
A total of $181 was raised for the Macskasy Fund.

A selection of master losses follows; their names have been omitted to protect
the guilty . . .

Davies,N - Masters [C61] Multi-master simul 2 Vancouver, 15.11.2003
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Nxd4 exd4 5.0-0 Bc5 6.d3 c6 7.Bc4 Ne7 8.Bg5 d5
9.exd5 cxd5 10.Bb3 f6 11.Bf4 g5 12.Qh5+ Ng6 13.Re1+ Kf7 14.Bg3 Kg7 15.Nd2 Bf5
16.Re2 Qd7 17.h3 Bd6 18.Bxd6 Qxd6 19.Rae1 Nf4 20.Re7+ 1-0

Kostin,A - Masters [B06] Multi-master simul 2 Vancouver, 15.11.2003

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Be3 Nh6 5.Qd2 Ng4 6.Bg5 f6 7.Bh4 h5 8.f4 Nd7 9.h3
Nh6 10.Nf3 Nf8 11.0-0-0 Be6 12.d5 Bf7 13.Nd4 Rc8 14.Bb5+ Nd7 15.Ne6 Bxe6 16.dxe6
c6 17.exd7+ Qxd7 18.Bd3 Qc7 19.e5 f5 20.exd6 Qxd6 21.Bc4 Qxd2+ 22.Rxd2 Bxc3
23.bxc3 Rd8 24.Rxd8+ Kxd8 25.Be6 Kc7 26.Rd1 1-0

Masters - Kostin,A [A43] Multi-master simul 2 Vancouver, 15.11.2003

1.d4 c5 2.d5 Nf6 3.Nc3 d6 4.e4 g6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.a4 Bg7 7.Be2 0-0 8.0-0 a6 9.h3
Ne8 10.Re1 Nc7 11.Nh2 Rb8 12.Ng4 b5 13.Bh6 b4 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.Nb1 h5 16.Ne3 Nf6
17.Nc4 a5 18.Nxa5 Bd7 19.Nc4 Nxe4 20.Bxh5 Nxf2 21.Kxf2 gxh5 22.Qxh5 Rh8 23.Qg5+
Kf8 24.Ne3 e6 25.Qxd8+ Rxd8 26.c4 exd5 27.cxd5 Rh5 28.Rd1 Bc8 29.Nd2 Nxd5 30.Ne4
Nxe3 31.Kxe3 Re8 32.Rxd6 Rhe5 33.Rc1 Rxe4+ 34.Kf2 c4 35.a5 Re2+ 36.Kg3 Ke7
37.Rc6 Be6 38.Rd1 Rg8+ 39.Kf4 Rgxg2 40.a6 Rd2 41.Rxd2 Rxd2 42.a7 Rd8 43.Rb6 Ra8

Masters - Goutor,V [B79] Multi-master simul 2 Vancouver, 15.11.2003

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6
9.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Ne5 11.Bb3 Qa5 12.Kb1 Rfc8 13.h4 b5 14.Ncxb5 Qxd2 15.Bxd2
Rab8 16.Nc3 Nc4 17.Bc1 Na3+ 18.Ka1 Nb5 19.Ncxb5 Bxb5 20.g4 a5 21.a4 Bc4 22.Be3
Nd7 23.Ka2 Rb4 24.Ka3 Bxb3 25.cxb3 Nc5 26.Rh2 Bxd4 27.Bxd4 Rxb3+ 28.Ka2 Rb4
29.Rc2 Rxa4+ 30.Kb1 Rb4 31.Bc3 Rb5 32.e5 Na4 33.exd6 exd6 34.Ka2 Nxc3+ 35.Rxc3
Rxc3 36.bxc3 d5 37.Rd4 Kf8 38.Ka3 Ke7 39.Ka4 Rc5 40.f4 h5 41.gxh5 gxh5 42.Kb3
Ke6 43.Kc2 Rc4 0-1

Tang,T - Masters [C87] Multi-master simul 2 Vancouver, 15.11.2003

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 d6 6.Re1 Bd7 7.c3 Be7 8.d4 0-0 9.Nbd2
b5 10.Bc2 Re8 11.Nf1 Bf8 12.Ng3 g6 13.h3 h6 14.Be3 Qc8 15.Kh2 Bg7 16.Qd2 Kh7
17.Rad1 Qb7 18.Nh4 Rad8 19.f4 b4 20.Qf2 bxc3 21.bxc3 exd4 22.cxd4 Qb2 23.Bc1 Qb6
24.Nf3 Kg8 25.Qd2 Nb4 26.Bb3 Bc8 27.Qc3 c5 28.Bb2 Bb7 29.e5 Nfd5 30.Qc1 dxe5
31.dxe5 Nc7 32.Rxd8 Rxd8 33.Qe3 Nxa2 34.Ra1 Nb4 35.Ne4 a5 36.Rd1 Nc6 37.Rxd8+
Nxd8 38.Nfd2 Nde6 1-0



In your next issue, can you mention that I wish to thank all the beta testers
for there help in testing the online chess program for me!


THIRTY YEARS AGO by Bruce Harper

Here's another game from Peter Biyiasas, who at that time was Canadian Champion,
this time from the Olympia Capital City Open in Washington.  After 48 moves,
Peter reached the following position (as Black) against Randy Dean of Seattle:


White (Dean): Kc3, Bd6, Pb2, e5, f3, g3, h2
Black (Biyiasas): Kb5, Bg1, Pd5, e6, f7, g6, h5

At a glance one can see that Black has a better position, because all his pawns
are on the right colour, while White's e-pawn is stuck on the same colour as his
bishop.  Black also has a protected passed pawn on d5, although White has an
outside passed pawn on b2.  However, these position considerations are moot to
some extent, as White must lose a pawn.

49.h3 Bh2 50.Be7

After 50.g4 f6! 51.Kd4 Bf4!, White loses a pawn, as once he runs out of pawn
moves he must move his bishop off the h2-b8 diagonal (losing hi e5-pawn) or move
it off the a3-f8 diagonal, losing his b2-pawn after ...Kb4-b3.

50...Bxg3 51.Bf6 Bf4 52.Bg7 Bg3 53.b3

Now Black must find a way to invade with his king.

53...Be1+ 54.Kd3 Bb4 55.Bf6 Bf8 56.Kc3 Kc5 57.Kd3 Kb4 58.Kc2 d4!

This required careful calculation, all the way to the end, as White's king is
able to counterattack, although a step behind Black's king.

59.Kd3 Kxb3 60.Kxd4 Kc2 61.Kc4 Kd2 62.Kb5 Ke3 63.Kc6 Kxf3 64.Kd7 Kf4 65.Ke8 Bc5
66.Kxf7 Kf5 67.Kg7 h5 68.h4 Bd4 69.Kf7 Bxe5!

This works only because the queen vs. queen ending is winning.

70.Bxe5 Kxe5 71.Kxg6 Kf4 72.Kxh5 Kf5! 73.Kh6 e5 74.h5 e4 75.Kg7 e3 76.h6 e2
77.h7 q1=Q 78.h8=Q Qe7+ 79.Kh6

79.Kg8 is no better, because 79...Kg6! mates.

79...Qg5+ 80.Kh7 Qg6 mate.

Interestingly, a very similar position is discussed in "Pawn Endings" (Averbakh
and Maizelis), with the comment: "The most important of the endings we are
considering occurs after both sides have queened (as in one of Polerio's
positions, circa 1590)".  The authors then give a position which leads by force
to the same position as in Dean-Biyiasas.  Peter either knew or was able to
figure out this idea and actually apply it in a game - an impressive display of
chess technique!



To save space, from now on I will only give basic information for events - date,
place, and type.  Full details for all the events listed here may be found on
the BCCF site, www.chess.bc.ca.

Junior Events

Dec 6  BC - WA Match, BCIT
Dec 7  Greater Victoria Junior Championships
Dec 7  Vancouver chess party
Dec 10+17  3rd All Juniors U1500, Vancouver

For full details see www.chess.bc.ca or http://members.shaw.ca/victoriachess/

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 at
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.

Nick Beqo's Sunday Tournaments

Dates: Every Sunday (sunny or rainy), 12:00PM - 6:00PM
Location: Bear Creek Park, Surrey
Further details: www.nickbeqo.com/chess/id125.htm

UBC Tuesdy Night Swiss November/December

Dates: November 18, 25, December 2, 9, 16
Place: UBC Student Union Building, Room 215, Vancouver
Type: 5-round Swiss System (one round per week)

Abuse your illusions

Date: November 28-30, 2003
Place: Sprott-Shaw College, 2750 Rupert Street, Vancouver, BC
Type: Regular closed 6-player RR, FIDE & CFC rated

I want everything

Date: November 28-30, 2003
Place: Sprott-Shaw College, 2750 Rupert Street, Vancouver, BC
Type: Regular closed 6-player RR, CFC rated

6th. Little Mountain Active Chess Tournament (Stage 4 -final- of the Fall Grand-Prix)

Dates: Wednesdays December 10 & 17
Place: Little Mountain Neighbourhood House, 3981 Main St., Vancouver, BC (near King Edward Ave.)
Type: 6-round Active Swiss
Vancouver Active Chess Open
Date: December 14
Place: Little Mountain Neighbourhood House
Type: (Game 30 minutes), 6-7 Rounds. U2000, U1500, U1000.
Kamloops Grand Prix #1
Date: Jan. 24, 2004
Place: South Kamloops Secondary School Cafeteria, 821 Munro Street, Kamloops, B.C.
Type: 4-round Swiss

The Long And Winding Road
Date: January 24-25
Place: Fatima Church (315 Walker St. Coquitlam)
Type: Regular 4-round Swiss
Victoria Winter Open
Date: January 24-25, 2004
Place: UVic HSD Bldg., Victoria
Type: 5-round Swiss

Vancouver Class Championships

Date: January 30 - February 1
Place: Vancouver Bridge Centre
Type: 5-round Swiss

Kelowna Winter Fest

Date: February 14-15th 2004
Place: Sandman Inn, 2130 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna, B.C. Tel: 250-860-6409
Type: 5-round Swiss
Kamloops Grand Prix #2
Date: Feb. 21, 2004
Place: South Kamloops Secondary School Cafeteria, 821 Munro Street, Kamloops, B.C.
Format: 4-round Swiss
Love Me Tender Open
Date: Saturday, March 27, 2004
Place: Fatima Church (315 Walker St. Coquitlam)
Type: Regular 4-round Swiss

Kamloops Grand Prix #3
Date: April 9,10, 2004
Eligibility: for < 2200 only
Place: South Kamloops Secondary School Cafeteria, 821 Munro Street, Kamloops, B.C.
Type: 6-round Swiss

What a wonderful world

Date: Saturday April 24
Location: Fatima Church, Coquitlam (315 Walker st.)
Type: Regular 4-round Swiss

29th Paul Keres Memorial

Date: May 21-24 2004
Location: Croatian Community Centre, Vancouver
Type: 6 or 7-round Swiss
Western Canadian Open
Date: July 9-18 2004
Place: Vancouver Airport Conference Resort
Type: 10 round single section Swiss
Kamloops Grand Prix #4
Date: Sept. 18, 2004
Place: South Kamloops Secondary School Cafeteria, 821 Munro Street, Kamloops, B.C.
Type: 4-round Swiss
Kamloops Grand Prix #5
Date: Oct. 23, 2004
Place: South Kamloops Secondary School Cafeteria, 821 Munro Street, Kamloops, B.C.
Type: 4-round Swiss
Kamloops Grand Prix #6
Date: Nov. 20, 2004
Place: South Kamloops Secondary School Cafeteria, 821 Munro Street, Kamloops, B.C.
Type: 4-round Swiss

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