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There are a hundred and one tasks, large and small, to be completed before and
during the Western Canadian Open, to ensure that this year's premiere event is a
memorable one!  If you are willing to help out, please contact Bruce Harper at



Held on February 15th, the fifth Vancouver junior Grand Prix event of the season
attracted forty players to the Vancouver Bridge Centre.  Fanhao Meng again took
home prize money, but his time he had to be content with a share, as Valentina
Goutor and Ben Daswani managed to tie with Meng for first with 2.5/3.  Andrey
Kostin won the U1800 prize and Washington players Sterling Dietz and Dave van
Weerdhuizen split the U1600 prize.  Brad Wong and Vlad Gaciu tied for first in
the U1500 section, with Michael Wee taking the U1200 honours.  And three players
achieved 4/5 scores in the Booster Section, with Alexandra Botez, Saman
Fouladirad, and Omar Jessa taking home trophies.

With five events complete the top Grand Prix standings are as follows:

Fanhao Meng  11.5
Lucas Davies  10
Noam Davies  10
Ben Daswani  10
Ivan Petrov  8.5
Valentina Goutor  8
Luc Poitras  7
Alexander Reid  6.5
Andrey Kostin  6.5
Lane van Weerdhuizen  6


Stefan Trandafir  11
Brad Wong  10.875
Vlad Gaciu  8.125
Richard Huang  5.5
Lesley Cheng  5
Lo-Ching Chow  4.5
Kevin Au  4.125
Bryan Young  4

Contestants count their top six results from the possible eight events, so there
is still plenty of time for the standings to change.



Eight players played in a round robin qualifier for the BC U18 Bughouse
Championship.  The top three finishers would earn the right to play in the
Championship along with Graham Sadoway, BC's top rated junior bughouse player.

Each player would partner each of the seven other players.  The partnerships
were determined using round robin pairings for chess tournaments, but rather
than "1-8, 2-7, 3-6, 4-5" meaning "1 plays 8, 2 plays 7, etc", it means "1
partners 8, 2 partners 7, etc".  While partnered with a player, they would play
two games against each of the three other partnerships.  Thus, six games were
played with each of the seven partners, for 42 games in total.  After much
deliberation, rescheduling and alterations which spanned more than two months
(!) the three top players have been determined.  They are Ben Daswani (32/42),
Fanhao (Bobby) Meng (30.5/42) and Lucas Davies (26/42).  Interestingly, the
teams Daswani/Meng, Meng/Davies and Davies/Daswani were the only three teams to
score perfect scores.

Hence, the 2004 BC U18 Bughouse Championship will consist of Graham Sadoway, Ben
Daswani, Fanhao (Bobby) Meng and Lucas Davies.



The 7th Annual International Chess Jam took place Saturday, February 14, 2004 at
Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Washington.  101 students from Canada to
Seattle competed, with a few visitors from Oregon also thrown in for good
measure (31 players in the High School section, 70 in the Junior section).  In
all, 320 tournament games of chess were played and will be rated by the
Washington High School Chess Association. Jason Lee, 11th grader from Seaquam
Secondary School, Vancouver B.C., is the new Chess Jam Grand Champion, scoring 4
wins and 1 loss.

Lo-Ching Chow, 8th grader from Seaquam, Vancouver, is the Chess Jam 2004 Junior
Champion, scoring 6 wins and 1 draw in the 7-round Junior Division.

Other performances by B.C. players:

Richard Huang, 5th grader from Edmonds Community School in Burnaby, placed 2nd
Overall in the Junior division, losing only to Lo-Ching Chow in the semi-final

Thomas Chow, 5th grader from Cougar Canyon school, placed 6th overall in the
Junior Division, scoring five wins and two losses (to Grand Champion Lo-Ching
Chow and Paul Jackson of Bellevue, Washington.)

David Choi, 4th grader from St George's Junior School, scored 3 wins of 7.



1st:  Jason Lee, Seaquam HS, Vancouver BC, 11th grade, 4.0 wins
2nd:  Lane VanWeerdhuizen, Lynden HS, 9th grade, 3.5
3rd:  Sterling Dietz, Evergreen Christian (Bellingham), 7th grade, 3.5
4th:  Peter June, Sehome HS (Bellingham), 10th grade, 3.5
5th:  Alex Kurtis, Sehome HS (Bellingham), 10th grade, 3.5
6th:  Kamran Hughes, Stevenson ES (Bellevue), 5th grade, 3.5
7th:  Jordan Hunting, O'Dea HS (Seattle), 9th grade, 3.0


1st:  Lo-Ching Chow, Seaquam MS, Vancouver BC, 8th grade, 6.5 wins
2nd:  Richard Huang, Edmonds Community School, Burnaby BC, 5th grade, 6.0
3rd:  Jason Dibble, N. Whatcom Home School, 6th grade, 6.0
4th:  Thomas Witecki, Assumption (Bellingham), 5th grade, 5.5
5th:  Zach Blankers, Lynden Christian, 8th grade, 5.5
6th:  Thomas Chow, Cougar Canyon ES, Vancouver BC, 5th grade, 5.0
7th:  Conor VanAchte, Rose Hill JH (Bellevue), 7th grade, 5.0


1st:  Sehome HS (Bellingham), 16.0 wins
2nd:  Ferndale HS, 13.0
3rd:  Newport HS (Bellevue), 8.0


1st:  Assumption School (Bellingham), 18.5 points
2nd:  N. Whatcom Home School, 17.5
3rd:  Lynden MS, 16.5 points

The full International Chess Jam 2004 crosstable, along with results and news of
other scholastic events in Northwest Washington, can be found at the Northwest
Washington Scholastic Chess website at http://ourworld.cs.com/kaech5



On Feburary 14, 2004, Tyler Johnson and Valentina Goutor drew the final game of
their six-game match.  Tyler won the match 4.5-1.5 - a result predicted by only
two of the 40+ chessbc.com readers polled.

After losing an equal position on time in the first game, Tyler pulled himself
together (i.e., played faster) and won the second game by disorienting his
opponent, who at one point had an edge.  In the third game Tyler won a long,
hard technical game with an extra pawn, and in the fourth game outplayed
Valentina in a messy Rat.  The fifth game was Valentina's only bad game of the
match.  In the final game, Valentina obtained a promising position with White,
but was unable to make much of it.  [All the games may be found at

At one point Tyler was asked what he was going to play with White in one of the
games, and he relied "the same old garbage" (1.g3).  Tyler avoided main line
theory, and in so doing avoided one of his opponent's strengths.  Tyler should
be given some credit - in the positionally confused games which resulted, he
outplayed Valentina several times.  Valentina was never able to put serious
pressure on Tyler's openings until the final game, when it was too late.

Matches are a great way to improve, because they let you focus on a particular
opponent and a relatively small number of openings.  They can also be played in
an amiable, civilized setting at a mutually convenient time.  I heartily
recommend them.

Tyler's next match may be against Lucas Davies.  Does anyone really think he'd
have a chance against the guy who keeps forcing Fanhao to improve?  If that
match takes place, be sure to vote in the chessbc.com poll.



This column will examine the Laws of Chess, to remind and/or educate players and
tournament directors alike of some of their details.  The full Laws of Chess can
be found in the CFC Handbook at www.chess.ca, and should be consulted for the
exact wording of each Article mentioned.

If anyone has a specific question they would like answered in this column, just
e-mail me (swright2@telus.net).


A player may claim a draw under three possible circumstances - triple
repetition, the 50-move rule, or a quickplay finish.

Triple repetition: (Article 9.2) if a position has or is about to appear for at
least the third time, the player  HAVING THE MOVE may claim a draw.  Positions
are considered identical "if the same player has the move, pieces of the same
kind and colour occupy the same squares, and the possible moves of all the
pieces of both players are the same."  The latter is important - "Positions are
NOT the same if a pawn that could have been captured en passant can no longer be
captured or if the right to castle has been changed temporarily or permanently."
N.B. it is the POSITIONS that must repeat, not necessarily the MOVES between the

50-move rule: (Article 9.3) if 50 consecutive moves by each player elapse or are
about to elapse without a pawn move or capture, the player HAVING THE MOVE may
claim a draw.

Quickplay finish: this, the (notorious) Article 10.2, we will leave for the next


You may only claim a draw if it is YOUR turn to move.

If your opponent's last move fulfilled either of the conditions above (i.e.,
repeated the position for the third time or resulted in 50 moves elapsing
without a pawn move or capture), stop the clocks, summon the TD, and explain
under which rule you are claiming a draw.

If it is your move and the move you intend to make will fufill either of the
above conditions, DO NOT MAKE THE MOVE!  Write your intended move on your
scoresheet, stop the clocks, summon the TD, and declare you are claiming a draw
based on the move you are about to make.  If you actually play the move without
having claimed the draw, you LOSE THE RIGHT TO CLAIM on that move (Article 9.4).

In either of these cases YOU MUST CLAIM THE DRAW YOURSELF - the TD is NOT
allowed to step in and do it for you.

Please note that there are time awards/penalties for incorrect draw claims (your
opponent will receive an extra 3 minutes and you might lose time upto a maximum
of 3 minutes), so don't treat these claims frivolously.


A draw claim under any of the above three articles (9.2, 9.3, 10.2) is also
considered a draw offer (Article 9.1c).  If a player claims one of these draws,
you should first ask the opponent if they agree - if they do, the game is
immediately drawn and you needn't do anything more.  If the opponent disagrees,
then you must decide if the claim is valid, using the scoresheets or whatever
other evidence you have at your disposal.  You should be aware that time
awards/penalties exist (Article 9.5b), although personally I do not have these
memorized - incorrect claims are so rare that I would simply look up the article
as required.


THIRTY YEARS AGO by Bruce Harper

Thirty years ago the Vancouver Spring Open attracted 45 players, which
coincidentally was the same number who attended the recent Vancouver Class
Championships.  Since the 1970s are remembered as "the Golden Era of B.C.
Chess", I think this is a very good sign!  The key to attracting players to
tournaments seems simple - hold the tournaments.

One difference between the two events was that the 1974 tournament was six
rounds long, despite being crammed into only two days (March 16-17); somehow I
managed to come in clear first with 5.5.  Today's feature game is 15-year old
Jeff Reeve's win over second place finisher Les Vitanyi (who tied with Ben
Kruger at 5-1).  Reeve had, and I think still has, a classical, but attacking

Vitanyi,L - Reeve,J [A24] Spring op Vancouver, 03.1974

1.g3 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.e3 A solid, but a bit passive, system.
5...0-0 6.Nge2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.a3?! White would like to play 8.d3 Be6 9.h3 Qd7
10.Kh2, but Black could instead play 9...d5. Perhaps 8.Nd5 could be tried.
8...Be6 9.d3 Qd7 10.Re1 Ne8 Why not 10...Bh3? 11.Nd5 f5 12.Nec3 Here 12.f4 cries
out to be played. 12...Rb8 This is a matter of style. After 12...Nd8, followed
by ...c6, all the pieces stay on the board and Black switches to the kingside.
Of course this is better with the e6-bishop on h3, so Black's idea of trading
pieces on d5 has its good points. 13.Rb1 Ne7 14.Nxe7+ Qxe7 15.Qa4 a6 16.Nd5 Bxd5
17.Bxd5+ Kh8 18.b4 e4! Preventing the return of White's d5-bishop to the
kingside. The fact that White has lost control of e4 is a bad sign. 19.b5 axb5
20.cxb5 Nf6 21.dxe4 I didn't comment on this 30 years ago, but once the f-file
is opened, White's game goes downhill quickly. So I think the sad 21.Bb3 was
preferable. 21...fxe4 22.Qd1 Nxd5 23.Qxd5 Rf5 24.Qa2 Rbf8 Jeff has always played
very logically. He now gives a textbook demonstration of how to attack a
weakened and abandoned king position. 25.Rf1 Qd7 26.a4 Rh5 27.Bb2 Rf3 28.Bxg7+
Kxg7 29.Rfc1 Qh3 30.Qb2+ Kh6 31.Re1 Qxh2+ 32.Kf1 Qh1+ 33.Ke2 Rxf2+! 0-1



In a recent issue of the Bulletin the life and chess contributions of C.F.
Davie, founder of the first Canadian correspondence championship, were examined.
But correspondence chess has always been particularly well suited to bridging
the expansive distances and far-flung communities that make up British Columbia.
In fact one provincial body,  the British Columbia Correspondence Chess Club
(BCCCC), operated for twenty years on a fully independent basis before finally
merging with the Canadian Correspondence Chess Association in 1968.  Here is its

Fittingly enough, the BCCCC came into existence through a piece of
correspondence.  Dave Creemer (see Bulletin #31) began his chess column in the
Vancouver Province during the summer of 1947.  In November 1948 he published a
letter from Steve Jackson of Ladysmith, who suggested the setting up of a
provincial competition: "Correspondence chess is my reason for writing this
letter, as I have often thought that this branch of the game would be a great
method of chess promotion in B.C.  In your columns I see names of players from
all parts of the province, and I would welcome the opportunity to meeting them
in correspondence play.  Even clubs could play matches by correspondence.  In
fact I remember playing in a correspondence match, Vancouver vs. Powell River,
about ten years ago.  Just as a random suggestion - suppose you announce a B.C.
correspondence chess championship to commence Jan. 1, 1948 (rules as per CCCA)
sections of six each - winners of each section to play off.  I am sure you would
get many entries.  The fee could be arranged to cover prizes and membership in
the BCCF, etc."

The competition duly commenced on February 1, 1948, with a total of 77 players
in 11 sections; the sectional winners qualified for the final which determined
the provincial champion and possessor of the Vancouver Daily Province Trophy for
that year:

Vancouver - Daily Province Trophy

There were also other prizes, including books and at least one framed chess
photograph; in subsequent years the section winners had their choice of a
subscription to either Canadian Chess Chat or The British Chess Magazine.  The
entry fee was initially $1, which rose to $2 by 1955; participants had to join
the BCCF but were given a reduced membership rate (as long as they did not take
part in any OTB events).  [Although for the first few years a list of players
and finalists was published in the Vancouver Province, it is clear that the
BCCCC soon set up its own Bulletin; unfortunately I have not had access to any
copies of this publication, so the (incomplete) information I am presenting has
had to be drawn from other sources.]

By 1955 the competition had become so popular (and the finals so crowded) that
the tournament was split into two groups: winners from Group B moved into next
year's Group A, and only the Group A winners advanced to the finals.  In the
early years it appears the BCCCC only ran the provincial championship, but by
1959 its members were involved in a few other events: "The Director of the B.C.
Correspondence Chess Club reported that apart from the yearly Correspondent
[sic] Tournament a Team from his club was participating in a Canadian Inter-city
Tournament with Montreal, Toronto and Victoria, (the B.C. Team was leading 9 :
0), and in an International Correspondence Tournament in which [Gerry?] Neufahrt
was doing very well." [Minutes of BCCF AGM, September 25, 1959.]

Unfortunately this was also the year when misunderstandings led the BCCCC to
strike out on its own: "Mr. Russell read the report of the Editors of Canadian
Chess Chat to the Annual Meeting of the C.F.C.  A discussion ensued how to
increase the number of subscribers.  Mr. Schulz pointed out that the success of
Chess Review (the U.S. magazine) was to his mind partly due to the
Correspondence Chess Tournament, arranged by Chess Review.  Mr. Bryant reported
that co-operation between the Editors of Canadian Chess Chat and Mr. Tanner, the
Director of the B.C. Correspondence Chess Club, looked promising in the fall of
1959, but through a series of misunderstandings came to nothing.  This failure
was chiefly responsible for the withdrawal of the B.C. Correspondence Chess Club
[from the B.C.C.F.]."  [Minutes of BCCF AGM, September 30, 1960.]

Despite this administrative rift, the club continued independently until 1968,
when it was merged into the CCCA by Russ Isaac.  The provincial championship ran
continuously for the twenty years of the BCCCC's existence; here are the
champions (as listed on the trophy):

1948  J. Rist, Osoyoos
1949  Wm. Lott, Langley
1950  P. Tjebbes, Grand Forks
1951  Harold Ostrom, Saturna
1952  Erica White, Vancouver
1953  H. Christiansen, Vancouver
1954  Eric A. Cox, Victoria
1955  Eugene Butkov, Vancouver
1956  H. Christiansen and Fred Schulz, co-champions
1957  John Rist, Osoyoos
1958  Fred Schulz, Nanaimo
1959  Fred Schulz, Nanaimo
1960  Art Sproson, Vancouver
1961  H. Christiansen, Vancouver
1962  H. Christiansen, Vancouver
1963  H. Christiansen, Vancouver
1964  Fred Schulz, Nanaimo
1965  H. Christiansen, Vancouver
1966  H. Christiansen, Vancouver
1967  H. Christiansen, Vancouver
1968  Fred Schulz, Nanaimo

White,E - van Norden,D [D16] BC corres ch, 1952
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Nd5 6.e4 Nxc3 7.bxc3 b5 8.Ne5 e6 9.Qf3
Qe7 10.Be2 Bb7 11.0-0 Nd7 12.Nxd7 Qxd7 13.Rd1 a6 14.Qg3 f6 15.Bf4 Qf7 16.axb5
cxb5 17.d5 Qg6 18.Qh3 Qxe4 19.d6 Kd7 20.Bf3 Qxf4 21.Bxb7 Rb8 22.Bc6+ Kxc6
23.Qxe6 Qe5 24.Rxa6+ Kc5 25.Qd7 1-0



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

Feb 28  Elementary Finals and Secondary School Team Championship, Vancouver
Mar 6    South Fraser Valley Elementary Chess Challenge, Surrey
Mar 7    Grand Prix #6, Vancouver
Mar 7    Victoria Regional Chess Challenge
Mar 27  South Fraser Valley Secondary Chess Challenge, Surrey
Mar 28  Vancouver Regional Chess Challenge
Mar 28  Victoria Regional CYCC

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
azmitia@interchange.ubc.ca  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.

Vancouver Saturday Night Chess (1)
Dates: Saturdays February 7, 14, 21, 29 and March 6.
Place: Vancouver Bridge Centre, 2776 East Broadway (at Kaslo), Vancouver
Type: 5-round Swiss

Little Mountain's Regular Swiss - February
Dates: February 9, 16, 23 and March 1.
Place: Little Mountain Neighbourhood House, 3981 Main St., Vancouver, BC (near King Edward Ave.)
Type: 4-round Swiss

UBC Tuesday Night Chess February/March 2004
Dates: February 10th, 17th, 24th, March 2nd, 9th
Place: UBC Student Union Building, Room 211
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

Little Mountain's Regular Swiss - March

Dates: March 8, 15, 22 and 29.
Place: Little Mountain Neighbourhood House, 3981 Main St., Vancouver, BC (near King Edward Ave.)
Type: 4-round Swiss

Vancouver Saturday Night Chess (2)
Dates: Saturdays March 13, 20, 27, and April 3, and 17
Place: Vancouver Bridge Centre, 2776 East Broadway (at Kaslo), Vancouver
Type: 5-round Swiss

UBC Tuesday Night Chess March/April 2004
Dates: March 16th, 23rd, 30th, April 6th, 13th
Place: UBC Student Union Building, Room 211
Type: 5-round Swiss


Date: Saturday, March 27, 2004

Little Mountain's Regular Swiss - April

Dates: April 5, 12, 19 and 26.
Place: Little Mountain Neighbourhood House, 3981 Main St., Vancouver, BC (near King Edward Ave.)
Type: 4-round Swiss

B.C. Championship

Dates: April 9-12
Place: Vancouver Bridge Centre
Type: 8-player round robin

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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