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Organized by Micah Hughey and held over the April 1-3 weekend, this event consisted of ten six-player round robins.  The top section was won by B.C. Champion Jack Yoos:
                        perf  1  2  3  4  5  6
1 Yoos, Jack       2406 2549  *  =  1  =  1  1  4.0
2 Sasata, Robert   2313 2407  =  *  0  =  1  1  3.0
3 Lee, Vicente     2327 2404  0  1  *  =  =  1  3.0
4 Reeve, Jeff      2351 2400  =  =  =  *  =  1  3.0
5 Neven, Knut      2238 2182  0  0  =  =  *  =  1.5
6 Huber, Greg      2314 2007  0  0  0  0  =  *  0.5

Neven,K - Yoos,J [E33] Spring Sectional A Edmonton (1.2), 01.04.2005

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Qc2 d6 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.Qxc3 a5 8.g3 a4 9.Bg2 0–0 10.0–0 Qe7 11.Bg5 e5 12.d5 Na5 13.Nd2 h6 14.Bxf6 Qxf6 15.f4 Re8 16.f5 b6 17.Rac1 h5 18.Qe3 Kh7 19.g4 hxg4 20.h3 g3 21.Qxg3 Rh8 22.Ne4 Qh6 23.f6 g6 24.Ng5+ Kg8 25.Ne6 Bd7 26.Rc3 Re8 27.Be4 Bxe6 28.dxe6 Rxe6 29.Bd5 Re8 30.Qg4 Rd8 31.Rg3 Kf8 32.c5 dxc5 33.Qe4 Qh4 34.Qxe5 Qd4+ 35.Qxd4 cxd4 36.Ba2 Rh5 37.Rd3 c5 38.Rf4 Re8 39.Kf2 Rhe5 40.Rd2 Re3 41.h4 Nb3 42.Bxb3 axb3 43.h5 gxh5 44.Rf5 R8e5 45.Rxe5 Rxe5 46.Rd3 Re3 47.Rd1 Re6 48.Rd3 Re3 49.Rd1 Ke8 50.Rh1 Re5 51.Rh3 c4 52.Ke1 d3 0–1

Yoos,J - Lee,V [B15] Spring Sectional A Edmonton (2.2), 02.04.2005

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.h3 d5 5.e5 f6 6.f4 Nh6 7.Nf3 Nf5 8.Ne2 h5 9.g3 b6 10.Rg1 Kf7 11.Nc3 Nd7 12.g4 hxg4 13.hxg4 Nh4 14.Be3 b5 15.Nxh4 Rxh4 16.Qf3 Nb6 17.Bf2 Rh7 18.Bd3 Qh8 19.0–0–0 Rh3 20.Rg3 Rh2 21.Bg1 Rh4 22.Re1 e6 23.f5 gxf5 24.gxf5 exf5 25.Bxf5 Bxf5 26.Qxf5 Qh7 27.Qf3 Re8 28.b3 Re6 29.Be3 Bf8 30.Reg1 Rh2 31.Ne2 Nd7 32.Bd2 Ke8 33.Nf4 Ba3+ 34.Kb1 Re7 35.Qc3 fxe5 36.Rg8+ Kf7 37.R8g7+ Qxg7 38.Rxg7+ Kxg7 39.Qg3+ Kf7 40.Qxh2 exf4 41.Qxf4+ Nf6 42.b4 Re2 43.Qc7+ Kg6 44.Qg3+ Kf7 45.Qxa3 Rxd2 46.Qxa7+ Ke6 47.Qc7 Rxd4 48.Qxc6+ Ke5 49.Qxb5 Ne4 50.Qe8+ Kf4 51.Qf8+ Ke3 52.Kb2 Nd2 53.b5 Ra4 54.b6 Nc4+ 55.Ka1 1–0

Reeve,J - Yoos,J [B45] Spring Sectional A Edmonton (3.3), 02.04.2005

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Ndb5 Bc5 7.Bf4 0–0 8.Bc7 Qe7 9.Bd6 Bxd6 10.Qxd6 Ne8 11.Qxe7 Nxe7 12.0–0–0 f5 13.f3 fxe4 14.fxe4 Ng6 15.Be2 Ne5 16.Rhf1 Rxf1 17.Bxf1 Kf8 18.Be2 Ke7 19.Kd2 a6 20.Nd4 Nd6 21.b3 b5 22.Nf3 Ndf7 23.Nxe5 ½–½

Sasata,R - Yoos,J [E40] Spring Sectional A Edmonton (4.1), 03.04.2005

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 Nc6 5.Bd3 e5 6.Nge2 d5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.0–0 Nde7 9.a3 Bd6 10.d5 Nb8 11.e4 0–0 12.Ng3 a6 13.Be3 Nd7 14.Rc1 Nf6 15.Bg5 Ne8 16.Bb1 h6 17.Be3 Nf6 18.h3 Ng6 19.Nf5 Bxf5 20.exf5 Ne7 21.Qf3 c6 22.dxc6 Nxc6 23.Rfd1 Qe7 24.Ne4 Nd4 25.Bxd4 exd4 26.Nxd6 Qxd6 27.Rc4 Rad8 28.Qd3 Rfe8 29.Ba2 Qe5 30.Rxd4 Rxd4 31.Qxd4 Qxf5 32.Bb1 Qa5 33.Bd3 Re1+ 34.Rxe1 Qxe1+ 35.Kh2 Qe7 36.g3 g6 37.b4 Kg7 38.a4 Qd7 39.Qxd7 Nxd7 40.f4 Nf6 41.Bc4 b5 ½–½

Yoos,J - Huber,G [B67] Spring Sectional A Edmonton (5.3), 03.04.2005

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qc7 8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.Qd2 Nc6 10.0–0–0 Bd7 11.Kb1 h5 12.Bc4 0–0–0 13.Nxc6 Bxc6 14.Qd4 Rg8 15.Rd2 Rg4 16.Rf1 h4 17.h3 Rg3 18.f5 e5 19.Qa7 Rxc3 20.bxc3 Bxe4 21.Bd5 Bh6 22.Rdd1 Bxd5 23.Rxd5 Qxc3 24.Rd3 Qa5 25.Rb3 Qd5 26.a4 e4 27.Ka1 Qc6 28.Qd4 Kd7 29.Rc3 1–0


The 2005 Canadian Youth Chess Championships took place at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Victoria on the Easter long weekend.  The event attracted 155 players from all over Canada, including a large B.C. contingent.  The eventual trophy winners in the various age groups were as follows:
1 Aquino Inigo (ON)
2 Arie Milner (BC)
3 Nikita Gusev (ON)
1 Myriam Roy (QC)
2 Alexandra Botez (BC)
3 Erika Ruiter (BC)
1 Lloyd Mai (ON)
2 Karoly Szalay (ON)
3 Jerry Xiong (ON)
1 Yelizaveta Orlova (ON)
2 Catherine Frenette (NB)
3 Stephanie Smith (ON)
1 Noam Davies (BC)
2 Victor Kaminski (AB)
3 Eric Hansen (AB)
1 Hazel Smith (ON)
2 Sonja Xiong (ON)
3 Chelsea Ruiter (BC)
1 Jonathan Yu (ON)
2 David Wang (ON)
3 Ling Feng Ye (QC)
1 Tiffany Tang (BC)
2 Patricia Ho (ON)
3 Cornelia Dinca (AB) 
1 Mark Bluvshtein (ON)
2 Fanhao Meng (BC)
3 Lucas Davies (BC)
1 Anastasia Kazakevich (AB)
2 Dominik Mignault (ON)
3 Angθle Larocque (ON)
All these players now qualify for the World Youth Championships in Belfort, France in July; in addition those who lost playoffs for third place have also qualified, including B.C. players Vlad Gaciu and Louie Jiang.  Congratulations to all, and congratulations and thanks to Brian Raymer, Tim Bethell, the Victoria Junior Chess Society, and all the other sponsors and helpers for a first-class event.
Below is a sample of games played by B.C. players.  For complete results, photographs, games, and much more, see the event website: http://members.shaw.ca/cycc2005/index.htm

Milner,A - Bιlanger,M [B54] CYCC U10B Victoria (7.2), 27.03.2005

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nc6 7.f3 Qb6 8.Nd5 Qd8 9.Bb5 e6 10.Nc3 Nge7 11.Qd2 0–0 12.0–0 a6 13.Bxc6 Nxc6 14.Nxc6 bxc6 15.Rfd1 d5 16.Bh6 Qb6+ 17.Kh1 Qxb2 18.Bxg7 Kxg7 19.Qd4+ Kg8 20.Nxd5 Qxd4 21.Ne7+ Kg7 22.Rxd4 Bb7 23.Rb1 Rab8 24.Rdb4 Rfd8 25.Nxc6 Bxc6 26.Rxb8 Rxb8 27.Rxb8 Bb5 28.Rd8 Kf6 29.Kg1 Ke5 30.Kf2 f5 31.Ke3 f4+ 32.Kf2 h5 33.g3 fxg3+ 34.hxg3 g5 35.Rh8 g4 36.Rxh5+ Kd4 37.fxg4 Kxe4 38.Rh8 Ke5 39.Rf8 Bc4 40.g5 Bxa2 41.g6 Kd4 42.g7 e5 43.g8Q Bxg8 44.Rxg8 1–0

Botez,A - Greber,C [D20] CYCC U10G Victoria (6.2), 26.03.2005

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 Bb4 6.Nf3 Nf6 7.0–0 0–0 8.a3 Bxc3 9.bxc3 Ne4 10.Bb2 Nd6 11.Bd3 Nf5 12.e4 Nfe7 13.Qc2 e5 14.dxe5 Bg4 15.Nd4 Nxd4 16.cxd4 f6 17.exf6 gxf6 18.e5 Kf7 19.Bc4+ Ke8 20.exf6 Rxf6 21.d5 Rh6 22.Bb5+ c6 23.dxc6 Qd6 24.c7+ Kf8 25.g3 Qg6 26.Qxg6 Nxg6 27.f3 Bh3 28.Rfd1 Rc8 29.Rd8+ Rxd8 30.cxd8Q+ Kf7 31.Bc4+ 1–0

Davies,N - Kaminski,V [B12] CYCC U14B Victoria (4), 25.03.2005

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nc3 e6 5.g4 Bg6 6.Nge2 Nd7 7.h4 h5 8.Nf4 Ne7 9.gxh5 Bh7 10.Bd3 Bxd3 11.Nxd3 Nf5 12.Qg4 c5 13.Be3 Qb6 14.dxc5 Nxe3 15.fxe3 Nxc5 16.Nxc5 Bxc5 17.Qxg7 0–0–0 18.0–0–0 Bxe3+ 19.Kb1 Rxh5 20.Nxd5 Rxd5 21.Rxd5 exd5 22.Qg8+ Kc7 23.Qxf7+ Kb8 24.Qxh5 Bd4 25.Qe8+ Kc7 26.Qe7+ Kc8 27.Qa3 Bxe5 28.Qf8+ Kd7 29.Qf5+ Qe6 30.Qxe6+ Kxe6 31.Re1 Kf5 32.Rxe5+ Kxe5 33.Kc1 Kf4 34.Kd2 Kg4 35.Kd3 Kxh4 36.Kd4 Kg5 37.Kxd5 Kf6 38.Kd6 Kf7 39.Kc7 b6 40.Kb7 1–0

Davies,N - Me,K [B95] CYCC U14B Victoria (6.1), 26.03.2005

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd3 Be7 8.Be2 Nc6 9.0–0–0 Nxd4 10.Qxd4 Bd7 11.f4 Bc6 12.Qe3 Qc7 13.Bf3 Rc8 14.Kb1 h6 15.Bh4 Nxe4 16.Nxe4 Bxe4 17.Qxe4 Bxh4 18.f5 Bf6 19.fxe6 0–0 20.exf7+ Rxf7 21.Bg4 Qb6 22.b4 Qc7 23.Qd3 Re8 24.Bh5 Rff8 25.Bxe8 Rxe8 26.Rhf1 Be5 27.Qb3+ Kh7 28.h4 Qc6 29.g4 Rc8 30.Rf7 Qg2 31.Qd3+ Kg8 32.Rdf1 b6 33.Qf5 Qc6 34.g5 Bf6 35.Rxf6 gxf6 36.Qg6+ Kh8 37.Qxh6+ Kg8 38.Qg6+ Kh8 39.Qxf6+ Kg8 40.Qg6+ Kh8 41.Rf7 Qh1+ 42.Kb2 Rxc2+ 43.Qxc2 1–0

Luca,A - Ruiter,C [A22] CYCC U14G Victoria (1), 24.03.2005

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.e4 Bb4 4.Qc2 Bxc3 5.Qxc3 d6 6.d3 Be6 7.g3 Nbd7 8.Bg2 Qe7 9.Nf3 0–0–0 10.Bg5 h6 11.Bxf6 Qxf6 12.d4 exd4 13.Nxd4 c5 14.Nxe6 Qxc3+ 15.bxc3 fxe6 16.0–0 Nb6 17.Bh3 Rhe8 18.a4 Nxc4 19.f4 d5 20.Rfe1 d4 21.Bf1 d3 22.Red1 Ne3 23.Bxd3 Nxd1 24.Rxd1 c4 25.Be2 Rxd1+ 26.Bxd1 Re7 27.Bg4 Kc7 28.Be2 g5 29.Bxc4 gxf4 30.gxf4 Rg7+ 31.Kh1 Kd6 32.e5+ Ke7 33.a5 Rg4 34.Be2 Rxf4 35.a6 bxa6 36.Bxa6 Re4 37.c4 Rxe5 38.h4 Rc5 39.Kh2 e5 40.Kg2 Kf6 41.Kf3 Kf5 42.Ke3 Kg4 43.Ke4 Kxh4 44.Kd3 Kg3 45.Kc3 Kf3 46.Kb4 Rc6 47.c5 Rxa6 48.Kb5 Rg6 49.c6 Rxc6 50.Kxc6 e4 0–1

Dinca,C - Tang,T [B76] CYCC U16G Victoria (5), 26.03.2005

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 9.0–0–0 Nxd4 10.Bxd4 Be6 11.Kb1 Qc7 12.g4 Rfc8 13.h4 Qa5 14.h5 Rxc3 15.Qxc3 Qxa2+ 16.Kc1 Bxg4 17.Bc4 Bh6+ 18.Be3 Bxe3+ 19.Qxe3 Qxc4 20.hxg6 fxg6 21.fxg4 Nxg4 22.Qh3 Nf6 23.Rde1 Rf8 24.Kb1 Rf7 25.b3 Qc6 26.Qh4 Nd7 27.Reg1 Ne5 28.Rh3 Nf3 29.Rxg6+ Kf8 30.Qh6+ Ke8 31.Rg8+ Kd7 32.Qh5 Ne5 33.Re3 Qa6 34.Rg1 Rf1+ 35.Rxf1 Qxf1+ 36.Kb2 h6 37.Qxh6 Ng4 38.Qh3 Qxh3 39.Rxh3 Ke6 40.Rh4 Nf6 41.c4 Ke5 42.Rh8 Nxe4 43.Ra8 d5 44.Rxa7 dxc4 45.b4 Nd6 46.Kc2 e6 47.Ra5+ b5 48.Ra3 Kd4 49.Rh3 e5 50.Rh6 Kd5 51.Rh5 Ne4 52.Rh8 Nd6 53.Rd8 Kc6 54.Kd2 Nf5 55.Re8 Kd5 56.Kc3 Nd4 57.Rh8 Ke4 58.Rh4+ Ke3 59.Rh5 e4 60.Rd5 Ne2+ 61.Kb2 Nd4 62.Rh5 Kd3 63.Rc5 e3 64.Re5 e2 0–1

Meng,F - Tayar,J [B22] CYCC U18B Victoria (2.3), 24.03.2005

1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 Nf6 5.dxc5 Qxc5 6.Na3 Bd7 7.Be3 Qc7 8.Nf3 Nc6 9.Be2 Rd8 10.Qb3 e6 11.Nd4 Nd5 12.Nab5 Qb8 13.Bg5 Rc8 14.0–0 Bc5 15.Bf3 Nde7 16.Rad1 a6 17.Na3 b5 18.Nxc6 Bxc6 19.c4 b4 20.Nc2 a5 21.Rd2 0–0 22.Bxe7 a4 23.Qd3 Bxe7 24.Bxc6 Rxc6 25.Qe4 Rc7 26.b3 axb3 27.axb3 Bf6 28.Rfd1 Bc3 29.Rd7 Qa7 30.Rxc7 Qxc7 31.g3 Qa5 32.Ne3 Qa2 33.Qc2 Qa8 34.Rd7 h6 35.Qd3 Bf6 36.h4 Qc6 37.Ng4 Bc3 38.Rd8 Rxd8 39.Qxd8+ Kh7 40.Qd3+ Kg8 41.Ne3 Qf3 42.c5 Qc6 43.Qd8+ Kh7 44.Qd6 Qe4 45.c6 Be5 46.Qc5 f5 47.c7 Bxc7 48.Qxc7 Qb1+ 49.Kg2 Qxb3 50.Qc4 Qxc4 51.Nxc4 g5 52.hxg5 hxg5 53.Kf3 Kg6 54.Ke3 g4 55.Kd4 Kf6 56.Kc5 b3 57.Kb4 f4 58.Kxb3 Kf5 59.Nd2 e5 60.Kc4 e4 61.Kd4 e3 62.fxe3 fxg3 63.Ne4 g2 64.Ng3+ Kg5 65.Ne2 Kh4 66.e4 Kh3 67.e5 Kh2 68.e6 g1Q+ 69.Nxg1 Kxg1 70.e7 g3 71.e8Q g2 72.Ke3 Kh1 73.Qh5+ 1–0

Game Over, the full-length documentary film covering the events surrounding Garry Kasparov's 1997 monumental match against Deep Blue, will soon appear on general release in Vancouver.  Check local listings for details.

It's still possible to get in on the action at the current UBC Tuesday Night Swiss:
Contact: Aaron Cosenza    xramis1@yahoo.ca
Place: UBC student union building room 215, Vancouver, BC
Rds: 5
Type: Swiss
Times: 6:30pm sharp each round
TC: 1:45 minutes per player
EF: $15
Prizes: BEN. 10% of total entries for undefeated player per tourney if not collected will carry on to next tournament.
Reg: Register 15 minutes before round 1
Misc: For players to be eligable for the extra winning the player must be undefeated and the player can not have any byes. Please bring your own clocks and chess sets


There are two changes in format for final two legs of the Island Grand Prix (Daffodil Open and Island Open):
1) no half-point byes available
2) accelerated pairings only used if number of entries exceeds 32

When this year's Grand Prix was first organized and advertised, it was based on last year's Grand Prix, i.e., the best scores from six out of eight events with a $1250 prize fund.  However, circumstances have forced the modification of this schedule; due to the necessity of running early CYCC events this year, the two Grand Prix tournaments which should have occurred in February and March have been cancelled.  The Grand Prix is now going to be run as a six-event series (April 17 and May 15 are the last two events), with a player's best four results counting toward the Grand Prix prizes.  The overall prizes will also be reduced in quantity and size, due to the lesser number of tournaments and smaller event turnouts.
The current top 15 scores in the Grand Prix are as follows:

Noam Davies


Fanhao Meng


Lucas Davies


Ivan Petrov


Richard Huang


Stoyan Petrov


Sterling Dietz


Tiffany Tang


Louie Jiang


Vlad Gaciu


Andrey Kostin


Ben Daswani


Lane Van Weerdhuizen


Alexandra Botez


Imran Khan



The Annual General Meeting of the British Columbia Chess Federation will be held:
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2005
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Hungarian Cultural Centre, 728 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC
Note: The Keres Memorial Tournament rounds on May 21, 2005, will start at 11:30 am and 5:30 pm.
Come out and help make a difference to chess in B.C.!

Details of the 2005 Canadian Junior Championship have been released:
April 30th - May 4th, 2005

Days Inn, 460 Fairview Drive, Brantford, Ontario

9 Round Swiss - CFC and FIDE Rated.

Qualification: Provincial and Territorial champions automatically qualify.  Remaining spots will go to players who register, in rating order, up to a maximum total of 40 players.  Your date of birth must be later than January 1st, 1985.

Round Times: 10 am and 4 pm each day.  Time Controls: SD / 90 with 30 second increment.

TD: Christopher Mallon.  Assistant: Patrick McDonald

Entry Fees: $150, to be paid directly to the CFC no later than April 15th.
All players must be CFC members.

Registration: c/o CFC Business Office, E1-2212 Gladwin Cres. Ottawa, ON K1B 5N1 E-mail info@chess.ca Phone: (613) 733-2844.  For additional information about the event please contact Christopher Mallon, dcmallon@rogers.com or by phone (519) 720-0209.
Registration closes April 15th.

Prize Fund: 1st Place gets a free trip to the 2005 World Junior.

Equipment: All equipment is provided.  Top boards will be broadcast live on the internet.

Rooms and other info: Double rooms available for SPECIAL discounted rate of $79 per night plus tax if you mention the chess tournament.  Only 12 rooms are reserved so book ASAP.  Regular rate is $99 per night. Call (519) 759-2700 to book rooms.  There is also a Best Western quite close as well should more rooms be needed.  Days Inn is an easy 10 minute walk to over 30 restaurants, a mall, several large plazas, and is less than a minute s drive off the 403 on Wayne Gretzky Parkway.  There will be an awards banquet on thet Wednesday evening.


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
Apr 10 Provincial Chess Challenge, Vancouver
Apr 17 Grand Prix #5, Vancouver
May 1  Island Junior Open #5, Victoria
May 15 Grand Prix #5, Vancouver 
Daffodil Open
Dates: April 23-24
Place: University of Victoria
Type: 5-round Swiss 
Worker's Memorial Chess Tournament
Dates: April 23-24
Place: Village Square, 349 Tranquille Rd., Kamloops
Type: 6-round Swiss
Appleblossom Open
Dates: May 7, 8
Place: Best Western Vernon Lodge, 3914 32nd St., Vernon
Type: 5-round Swiss
Spring Open (Seasonal Grand Prix)
Dates: May 7, 8
Place: tba
Type: 4-round Swiss
Paul Keres Memorial
Dates: May 20-23
Place: Hungarian Cultural Centre, 728 Kingsway, Vancouver
Type: 6- or 7-round Swiss
Island Open
Dates: June 11-12
Place: University of Victoria
Type: 5-round Swiss
Summer Open (Seasonal Grand Prix)
Dates: June 25, 26
Place: tba
Type: 4-round Swiss