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required for 2017/18 school year

Roving ChessNuts has a growing number of opportunities to teach chess or supervise children with chess games.  Supervisors must be good chess players and able to supervise younger children as they learn legal moves and how to checkmate. Perfect well-paid parttime work for retired teachers and university students having noon hours and after school availability or weekday evenings.

Apply with resume or e-mail for further information: rovingchessnuts@shaw.ca

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November 5 Scholastic CHESS Blast Tournament

Several first time scholastic tournament players did quite well at this event held by The Roving ChessNuts.

Section A:  1. Sam Hoekman, 2. Alex Wang, 3. Ethan Chin.

Section B:  1. Andrew Xiao, 2. Noah Mok, 3. Tetyana Shelevach, 4. Aedan Lob.o

Section C:  1. Max Pankewitz, 2. Eric Jin, 3 - 5 tied: Anu Purevjamts, Toby Li and  

                    Rogan Eskow, 6. Haywood Huang.

Section D:  1. Terri Li, 2. Carter Brinkman, 3. Aike Saraki, 4. Michelle Enkhtaivan,

                    5. Caleb Menard, 6. Dehai Yu. 

Section E:  1. Shreyas Prasanna, 2. Pascal Lacroix, 3. Aywen Ko,  4. Jasmyn Lobo,

                    5. Leo Wang.

Section F:   1. Trustan Leeuw, 2. Armaan Patel,3. Caleb Casorso, 4. Isabelle Der,

                     5.  Syenne Ko.

Section G:   1. Kartik Jindal, 2. William Gao, 3. Owen Pankewitz, 4. Caleb Tauber,

                     May Li, 6. Roman Chudy.

Section H:  1. Frank Xia, 2 -3 tied: Corinth Klassen and Mason Pongar, 4. Liam Cerbas, 

                    5. Wangin Yu,  6. Elise Ogg,

More complete results with scores and photos will be in the next issue of Chess Teasers,

Edmonton's scholastic chess newsletter.  This event was directed by Derek Thomas and Bruce Thomas with assistance from Taya Van Dyke and Patricia Thomas. All players were eligible for a draw for door prizes.  Winners will also be listed in the tournament report.  Thanks to all players and parents who helped with set-up of the tournament room.  Special thanks to all players for putting in a good effort and showing good sportsmanship.


Registered Players for PRE-HOLIDAY CANDY CANE TOURNAMENT, December 10

Players rated over 1000: Andrew Xiao

Players rated 800 to 999: Carter Brinkman, Anu Purevjamts, Aedan Lobo,

             Shreyas Prasanna, Caleb Menard

Players rated 600 to 799: Trustan Vander-Leeuw, Jasmyn Lobo, Brianna Dayman,

              Dana Lee

Players rated under 600:  Aiden Lee, Kartik Jindal, Emerson Brinkman, Jie Xu,

              Liam Cerbas, Elise Ogg

Players will be divided into sections of play starting in late November.  For details

and to register online go to:  Pre-Holiday Candy Cane Chess 


FIRST SCHOOL TEAM MATCH:

Meyonohk beat Stratford on October 28, 10 to 5

See details in report below in News Archives

Speaking of Schools and School Chess Programs:  Almost all school program fall classes are filled, but if you attend the Ellerslie Campus and are any level of player (beginner or experienced) there are spots open for Grades 2 to 9 students on Wednesdays after-school (3:20 to 4:40 p.m. - two classes).  Stratford School also has just a few available seats for Thursday and Friday lunch period programs - you must have taken previous lessons or if new to the school and having chess experience you can join. 

E-mail rovingchessnuts@shaw.ca or phone 780-474-2318 for details and a registration form.


Roving ChessNuts' FALL 2017 Classes underway
Parents:  The best way to get your child involved and learning chess is to email: rovingchessnuts@shaw.ca and tell us: Your child(ren) name(s), school grade, name of school, where you live - what part of the city or even outside the city, and tell us what your child knows about chess - nothing, knows moves, plays on computer, has taken lessons, etc.  With this information we can advise you how we can help get your child involved.  First step is usually an evaluation ....

FREE Evaluations for children age 4+ to determine if they are ready to learn and play chess or enter into a chess competition!

Free Evaluations offered Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. at The Roving ChessNuts, 12019 76 Street

and also at other times during the week.  But call for an appointment, 780-474-2318.

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Why Chess?
Chess is a game of perfect information, nothing happens due to luck or random chance. The player is presented with all the information they need to make a decision. Every move the player must process the information they are given in a logical manner and come up with the most strategic solution to the problem. Often times this requires planning many moves in advance.

A single game of chess is comparable to solving dozens or even hundreds of logical problems. Repeated training of the brain in solving logical problems aids students in their real life problem-solving and planning skills. Not only does chess have these educational benefits, it is also a fun and competitive game which keeps students engaged and eager to learn.

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FIRST SCHOOL TEAM MATCH:  Meyonohk downs Stratford
On Saturday, October 28, at The Roving ChessNuts, the first two rounds of a three-round match between teams of five from Meyonohk and Stratford elementaries were close, but the third round belonged to Meyonohk and the final score was 10-5.   Meyonohk wins a school trophy and Brianna Dayman was the top point producer with a perfect record of three wins to claim an individual trophy while teammates will receive gold medals at a school presentation.  Other Meyonohk players were Leo Li, Terry Li, Owen Lee and Martin Lee.  Meyonohk also won the right to take on G.P. Nicholson in the next school match expected to be held during November.
For Stratford, Dana Lee captured the individual trophy by also winning her three games.  Other team members who will receive silver medals were Jasmyn Lobo, Matei Lupu, Isabelle Der and Arthur Jiang.

 

Richard Roberts Memorial Chess Tournament results
Sunday, October 15, at Greenfield Hall
SECTION A:  RATINGS OVER 800
ANNUAL TROPHY will bear name of JAMES WINDRAM and he also received an individual trophy for scoring a perfect 4.0
2nd place trophy: Nathan Thunder, 3 + tiebreak
3rd place trophy: Hastings Radbourne, 3 - tiebreak
Gold medalists with 3.0 points each:

Garrick Johnson and Alex Wang;
2.5 points each: Pranavan Mahendran, Tetyanna Shelevach
and Haywood Huang.
Silver Medalists with 2.0 points each and top tiebreak scores:
Michelle Enkhtaivan, Rogan Eskow, Nick Pkhovelishvli, Andrew Xiao, Jeff Weston and Anu Purevjamts.
Bronze Medalists with 2.0 points down to 0.0 and lower tiebreak scores:
Aedan Lobo, Terry Li, Eric Jin, Dehai Yu, Aywen Ko and Max Hiew.
SECTION B:  RATINGS UNDER 800
ANNUAL TROPHY will bear name of Caleb Menard and he also received an individual trophy for perfect score of 4 plus tiebreak
2nd place trophy: Pascal Lacroix, 4 - tiebreak
3rd place trophy: Harrison Doyle, 3 on tiebreak
Gold medalists with 3 points each:  Kylie Neth, Dana Lee, Caleb Carorso, Peter  Stretch, Carter Stokes, Matei Lupu and Shreyas Prasanna.
Silver Medalists with 2 points each and top tiebreak scores:
Jasmyn Lobo, Jotis Kung, Eric Johnson, Syenne Ko, Leo Wang, Jie Xu,
Victor Merritt, Jothymius Kung, Armaan Patel, Alex Qu and Preston Russell.
Bronze Medalists with 1.5 to 0.5 points each:
1.5 points: Arthur Jiang, May Li and Alexa Stewart; 1.0 points: Wangin Yu, Joshua Kung, William Gao, Liam Cerbas, Liam Dalton and Ryan Atkinson;
0.5 point: Tyler Atkinson, Eddie Shapka and Frank Xia.
Congratulations to all participants!  Richard Roberts lived by the motto that it is better to be a participant than to sit on the sidelines.  He definitely believed that whether you win, lose or draw, your enjoyment should come from participationand the improvements you make when you put forth your best efforts!
This tournament was directed by Derek Thomas, Prayus Shrestha and Taya Van Dyke.  Helping with other duties: Patricia Thomas, Michelle Carorso, Carol Windram.  Thanks to many players and parents for helping out with set-up and take-down.


BACK TO SCHOOL TOURNAMENT RESULTS
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 AT GREENFIELD HALL
Sect. A:  1. Alex Wang, 3.0; 2.  Sam Hoekman, 2.0;  3. Andrew Xiao, 1.0;
                4. Garrick Johnson, 0.0.
Sect. B:  1. Nick Pkhovelishvili, 2.0; 2 on tiebreak. Eric Qiu, 2.5
                3. on tiebreak. Toby Li; 1.5; 4. Eric Jin, 1.0.
Sect. C:   1. Tetyana Shelevach, 2.0; 2 tied. Max Pankewitz, and
                Jason Shen, 2.0 each; 4. Anu Purevjamts, 1.0.
Sect. D:   1. Ryan Chen, 2.0; 2 on tiebreak Aike Siraki, 2.5;
                 3 on tiebreak, Connor Dong, 1.5; 4. Michelle Enktaivan,1.0.
Sect. E:    1 on tiebreak. Caleb Menard, 4.0; 2 on tiebreak. Leo Wang 3.0;
                 3 on tiebreak. Timothy Nguyen, 2.0; 4. Kylie Neth, 0.0.
Sect. F:    1. Armaan Patel, 3.0; 2. Shreyas Prasana, 2.0; 3. Alex Qu, 1.0;
                 4. Dana Lee, 0.0.
Sect. G:   1. Peter Stretch, 3.0; 2 on tiebreak. Owen Pankewitz, 2.5;
                3 on tiebreak. William Gao, 2.0; 4 on tiebreak. Frank Xia, 1.5.


END OF SUMMER OPEN SCHOLASTIC TOURNAMENT

August 31, 2017 at Greenfield Hall, evening tournament
Congratulations to Jason Pan and Nick Pkhovelishvili for winning the door prizes of a chess book and box of chocolates at this tournament.  All players and younger spectators at the Greenfield Hall event enjoyed an ice cream treat after the awards of trophies and medals were presented.  Results:
Section A:  1. Sam Hoekman, 2. Andrew Xiao, 3. Nick Pkhovelishvili, 4. Toby Li
Section B:  1. Kaaden Rumancam, 2, Pranav Kathikeyan,  3. Jaden Kennedy
Section C:  1. Adam Wenzel, 2. Michelle Enkhtaivan, 3. Eric Johnson
Section D:  1. Jason Pan, 2. Armaan Patel, 3. Liam Cerbas


CHESS at VINTAGE DAY Sunday, June 25, 2017
at Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

Congratulations to Andrews  Xiao for winning gold
and Luke Siewert for taking the silver in the tournament


2017 Father's Day Tournament Results
Played Sunday afternoon, June 18 at Greenfield Hall
Officiated by Derek Thomas, Bruce Thomas, Prayus Shrestha
Section A:  1.  Paul Le, 4.5+; 2. James Windram, 3.5;
Tied 3-4-5: Steven Walter, Nathan Thunder, Alex Han, 1.0 each.
Section B:  1. Sam Hoekman, 4.0; 2, Ethan Chin, 3.5; 3. Garrick Johnson, 2.5;

Tied 4-5 Nick Pkhovelishvili, Andrew Xiao, 2.0 each; 6. Pranav Sabapathy, 1.0.
Section C:  1. Hastings Radbourne, 5.0;  2. Tobi Li, 3.5; 3. Dehai Yu, 2.5;
Tied 4-5 Eric Zin, Gabriel Toyhacao, 1.5 each; 6. Carter Brinkman, 1.0.          
Section D:  1. Anu Purevjamts, 4.0; 2. Terry Li, 4.0+; 3. Michelle Enkhtaivan, 3.0; 4. Pranav Karthikeyan, 3.0+; 5. Pranavan Mahendran, 2.0; 6. Simon Cui, 1.0.
Section E:  1. Blake Howells, 4.0; 2. Matei Lupu, 3.0+; 3. Brianna Dayman, 2.0; 4. Nicholas Do, 2.0+; 5. Viktor Merritt, 1.0; 6. Caleb Menard, 0.0. 
Section F:  1. Harrison Doyle, 4.0; 2. Ethan Do, 4.5+; 3. Eric Johnson, 3.5;
Tied 4-5 Seth Howells, Emerson Brinkman, 1.5 each; 6. Thomas Schwabe, 1.0. 
Section G:  1. Shreyas Prasana, 4.0; 2. Tied 4 ways after tiebreaks: 4.0 each+ Evan Spyracopoulos, Seth Brown, Armaan Patel; 5. Alexa Stewart, 1.5; 6. Marina Lalic, 0.5.
Section H:  1. Alex Qu, 3.5; 2. William Gao, 4.0+; 3. Peter Stretch, 3; 4. Liam Cerbas, 2.0; Tied 5-6: Dana Lee, Frank Xia, 1.5 each; 7. Wangxin Yu, 1.0; 8. Tobias Oliver-Poulsen. 0.5.
+ means player won a tiebreak game


Alberta finishes 4th at Canadian Chess Challenge in Toronto. May 21 & 22
     The nine rounds of games between the scholastic grade level champs of 10 provinces has ended and Ontario has again won the national Chess'n Math  competition. Final placement by outcome of each match against other provinces and scores from a possible total of 108 games (12 grades times 9 rounds) are:
1. Ontario, 9 match points - 97;  2. Quebec, 8 match points - 84.5;
3. British Columbia, 7 match points, 78; 4. Alberta, 6 match points, 64;
5. Manitoba, 4 match points, 45.5; 6. Prince Edward Island, 4 match points, 43;
7. Saskatchewan, 3 match points, 39; 8. Nova Scotia, 2 match points, 25;
9. New Brunswick, 1 match point, 34; 10. Newfoundland-Labrador, 1 match point, 30.


Girls Only Tournament Results - held Saturday, April 22 at Roving ChessNuts
Section A & Overall Winner:  Prisha Shrestha, 2. Michelle Enkhtaivan, 3. Ada Broughton  Section B:  1.Kylie Neth, 2. Ellas Sharples, 3. Alexa Stewart
Draw Prize Winners of books and free tournament entry were respectively: Alexa and Kylie.   Directed by Derek Thomas and Bruce Thomas.

Results ofWelcome Spring Tournament, March 19 at Greenfield Hall 
Each Section was battling for a first-place trophy and runners-up gold, silver and bronze medals.   See March 20 Chess Teasers for photos
Section A:  1. Ron Offengenden, James Windram and Nathan Thunder tied for first             place with with 2.0 points each; 4. Christopher Bai, 0.0.
Section B:  1. Alex Wang won on tiebreak with a total of 3.5 points; 2. Alex Han with
     tiebreak draws 3.0; 3. Huatong Zhang with tiebreak scored 2.5;  4. Paris Dorn, 0.0. 
Section C:  1. Garrick Johnson with perfect 3.0; 2 - 4 tied: Hastings Radbourne,
      Ethan Chin and Nick Pkhovelishvili with 1.0 each.
Section D:  1. Andrew Xiao on tiebreak with 3.0; 2. Max Pankewitz lost tiebreak, 2.0;
     3 -4. Sam Hoekman and Nathan Rao-Mailet , 1.0 each.

Section E:  1. Pranavan Mahendran on tiebreak with 3.0; 2. Daniel Wang lost tiebreak,
      2.0;  3. Max Serikov on tiebreak, 2.0; 4. Haywood Huang lost tiebreak, 1.0.
Section F:  1. Rogan Eskow, 3.0; 2. Eric Jin, 2.0; 3. Nolan Putz, 1.0;

      4. Anu Purevjamts, 0.0. 
Section G:  1. Michelle Enkhtaivan on tiebreak, 3.0;  2. Cheng Hua lost tiebreak, 2.0;
     3. Tobi Li on tiebreak, 2.0;  4. Mark Jorgenson, lost tiebreak, 1.0.
Section H:  1. Terri Li, perfect score 3.0; 2. Leo Li 2.0; 3. Vasily Melnikov, 1.0; 4. Melody Wang, 0.0.  
Section I:   1. Carter Brinkman, 3.0; 2. Caleb Menard; 3. Jotis Kung, 1.0; 4. Viktor Merritt

Section J:  1. Zidong Liu, 3.0; 2. Mehlysa Cetinkaya, 1.5;  3, Owen Pankewitz, 1.0; 4. Matei Lupu, 0.5.      
Section K:  1. Brianna Dayman, 2.5; 2. Anya Haas-Hollenback, 2,0;
     3. Liam Chalifoux, 1.0; 4. Andrew Guo, 0.5.
Section L:  1. Ella Sharples with perfect score 4.0; 2-3. Alexander Melnikov and Martin
     Lee,  2.0 each; 4. Johthymius Kung, 1.5; 5. Nathan York, 0.5.
Section M:  1. Arthur Jiang, 2.5; 2. Isabelle Der, 2.0, 3. Marina Lalic,  1.0; 4. Leo Wang, 0.5. 
Section N:  1. Owen Lee, 3.0;  2. Shreyas Prasanna, 2.0; 3. Ryan Atkinson,1.0;
      4. Aysu Centinkaya, 0.0.
Section O:  1. William Gao, 2.5; 2. Armaan Patel, 1.5 3-4 Jack Putz and Liam Cerbas with 1.0 each.
This event was organized by The Roving ChessNuts and directed by Bruce Thomas, Derek Thomas and Prayus Sherestha.  Watch for photos and more details in Chess Teasers.


Thunder wins training tournament:  A small tournament at The Roving ChessNuts on March 5 was won by Nathan Thunder on tiebreaks while Garrick Johnson and Nick Pkhovelishvili tied for second/third and Noah Mok finished fourth.


RESULTS OF SUPER SWEET VALENTINE'S TOURNAMENT
HELD SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, AT GREENFIELD HALL, EDMONTON
Section A:  1. James Windram, 2, Paul Le, 3. Alex Wang, 4. Aaron Zhu
Section B:  1.Christopher Bai, 2. Alex Han, 3. Huatong Zhang,  4. Sam Hoekman
Section C:  1. Nick Pkhovelishvili, 2. Eric Qiu, 3. Zachary Prongar, 4. Max Pankewitz
Section D:  1. Ethan Chin, 2. Nathan Rao-Maillett, 3. Nolan Putz,
     4. Aike Siraki, 5. Ryan Chen, 6. Jason Shen
Section E:  1. Haywood Huang, 2. Pranavan Mahendran,
     4-way tie for 3. Cheng Hua, Michelle Enkhtaivan, Terry Li, Simon Cui
Section F:  1. Anu Purevjamts, 2. Vasily Melnikov, 3. Caleb Menard,
     4. Matei Lupu, 5. Ella Sharples, 6. Isaac Hsung
Section G: 1. Leo Li, 2. Arwen Thang, 3. Owen Pankewitz,
     4. Liam Chalifoux, Tied 5-6 Armaan Josan, Jack Putz
Section H: 1. Gabriel Toyhacao, 2. Alexa Stewart, 3. Isabelle Der,
     4. Aikam Josan, 5. Alex Qu
Section I:  1. Leo Wang, 2. Dana Lee, 3. Ryan Atkinson, 4. Ariel Thang,
     5. William Gao, 6. Anureet Josan, 7. Gerry Liu

Tournament was organized and directed by Roving ChessNuts.  Officiating were

Derek Thomas, Prayus Shrestha and Bruce Thomas

Special congratulations for achieving top results and highest chess rating ever as a result of Super Sweet performances on February 12:  James Windram earned 68 rating points and went over 1200 for first time; he has played a total of 172 games rated by Chess'n Math Association. Paul Le also went over 1200.  Christopher Bai climbed to 1090 his highest rating.  Ethan Chin is rising quickly, having played only 43 games, he gained 120 points and is now over 900.  Nathan Rao-Maillet is now at his highest rating after 112 competitive games. Haywood Huang and Pranavan Mahendran both passed the 700 mark; Huang gained 86 points.  Anu Purevjamts was the top female in regards to both winning a sectional trophy and gaining the most rating points (98) among the 9 girls in the event.  Vasily Melnikov conquered the 600 rating mark by gaining 48 points.  Leo Li not only got a perfect score but also a gain of 138 rating points at his first tournament!


​​School Team Tournament and Individual Round Robins
Sunday Afternoon, January 29    Competing teams and their finishing place:
Section A:
1st:  Meyonohk A Team:  Brendan Tan, Alexander Tan, Haywood Huang
2nd: Earl Buxton A:  Dustin Zhang, Alex Han, Andrew Xiao, Veselin Panayotov, Georgy Panayotov
3rd: Windsor Park A:  Aaron Zhu, Max Pankewitz, Ryan Chen, Daniel Wang
4th: G.P. Nicholson A: Jason Shen, Pranavan Mahendran, Michelle Enkhtaivan, Freya Abrams
5th: Stratford A: Andi Superceanu, Lisa Kogan, Albert Zhu, Arthur Jiang
Section B:
1st: Meyonohk B Team: Brianna Dayman, Martin Lee, Jotis Kung, Owen Lee, Jothymus Kung
2nd: Windsor Park B: Melody Wang, Vasily Melinkov, Owen Pankewitz
3rd: G.P. Nicholson B: Evan Spyracopoulos, Anu Purevjamts, John Abrams,     
 Jie Xu, Ian Webb, Kyle Floden
4th: Frere Antoine B:  Brody Wallebeck, Keithlan O'Brien, Ryan Atkinson
Elementary Round Robins:
Section A: 1. Noah Mok, 2. Sam Hoekman, 3. Nick Pkhovelishvili, 4. Nathan Rao-Maillet
Section B: 1. Simon Cui, 2. Aike Siraki, 3, Jacob Langill, 4. Thorfinn Campbell
Section C: 1. Jack Langill, 2. Leo Wang, 3. Leif Campbell
Junior High Section: 1. Daniel Zhang, 2. Siddhartha Chitrakar, 3. Alex Wang,
     4. Nathan Thunder, 5. Jeff Yu


End of 2016 Scholastic Tournaments December 31 at Roving ChessNuts
Results of the Morning Tournament
Section A: Nathan Thunder, 5.5; Alex Wang, 3.0;  Nick Pkhovelishvili, 2.0; 
     Sam Hoekman, 1.5.
Section B: Hastings Radbourne, 4.5; Paris Dorn, 4.0; Noah Mok, 2.5,
     Jaden Kennedy, 1.0 .
Section C: Jason Shen, 6.0; Terry Li, 3.5; Thorfinn Campbell, 2.0;
     Jayden Connell, 0.5
Section D: Vasily Melnikov, 2.0;  Jie Xu, 1.0; Alexander Melnikov, 0.0

Results of the Afternoon Tournament after pizza was devoured
Section A: James Windram, 3.0 on tiebreak; Paul Le, 2.0 after tiebreak;
     Aaron Zhu, 2.0 on tiebreak; Nathan Thunder, 1.0 after tiebreak.
Section B: Alex Wang 2.0; Nick Pkhovelishvili, 1.0; Paris Dorn, 0.0.
Section C: Sam Hoekman, 5.5; Maxim Serikov, 2.5 but won tiebreaks;
     Tied: Jason Shen and Terry Li, 2.5 but lost tiebreaks.
Section D: Andrew Xiao, 6.0; Pranavan Mahendran, 4.0;
     Jacob O'Brien, 1.0; Taylor Henning, 0.0


Congratulations to the following December 11 Holiday Tournament players who gained rating points - some won awards for their scores, others placed out of the awards but managed to raise their national scholastic rating:
Mark Ivanescu, Paul Le, Dustin Zhang, James Windram, Huatong Zhang, Aaron Zhu,
Alex Han, Nick Pkhovelishvili, Noah Mok, Alex Wang, Luke Siewert, Ethan Chin,
Nathan Rao-Maillet,  Max Pankewitz, Veselin Panayotov, Daniel Wang, Joyce Lin
Toby Li, Matthew Ivanescu, Rogan Eskow, Jason Wang, Pranavan Mahendran,
Nolan Putz, Melody Wang, Dehai Yu, Lue Chen, Terry Li, Georgy Panayotov,
Connor Dong, Jotis Kung, Brian Han, Carter Stokes, Martin Lee, Mark Jorgensen,
Owen Pankewitz, William Gao, Eric Xu, Alexander Schlander and Benjamin Tombley.
Of the 70 players in the event, 39 managed to raise their ratings by a few or a lot of points!


Congratulations to the sectional winners of the Remembrance Day Afternoon Scholastic Chess Tournament at Edmonton's Greenfield Hall.  Over 60 players, Grades K to 10 participated, including students from Grande Prairie and Sherwood Park.   Sectional winners (A through I) were :  Andi Superceanu, Huatong Zhang, Alex Han, Nick Pkhovelishvili, Maxim Serikov, Andrew Xiao, Joyce Lin, Cheng Hua, Carter Brinkman and Brody Walleback.               FULL RESULTS AND PHOTOS


Roving ChessNuts Tournament Results
Saturday afternoon, October 22
Section A: 1st overall - Steven Walter, 5.0; 2d. Nathan Thunder, 4.0;

Huatong Zhang, 2.0;
1st overall lower section of A - Noah Mok, 2.0; 2nd. Nick Pkhovelishvila, 2.0;
6th. Samuel Hoekman, 0.0.
Section B:
1st. - Eric Qiu, 4.0; 2nd on Tiebreak, Jacky Kuang, 3.5; 3rd. Joyce Lin, 2.5;

4th. Brody Wallebeck, 0.0
Chess Medals and Subway gift cards were awarded as prizes.
Two Draw Prizes of Subway gift cards were won by Noah and Joyce
Tournament was directed by Bruce Thomas and Derek Thomas
Snacks provided by Roving ChessNuts


Greenfield Hall Evening Tournament on October 12, 2016
Although there were shorter time controls and back-to-back games for many participants, the good news was that even the less experienced players took their time and played better chess as they focused on the experimental school-night scholastic tournament at Greenfield Hall.  The bad news was that time did run out and some sections will see further games for tiebreak purposes.
Known results after the tournament ended about 7:45 p.m.: 
Section A:  Roving ChessNuts Junior Instructor Prayus Shrestha was by far the highest rated player and was undefeated, but graciously declined to be counted among the prize winners. Therefore, Paul Le took first place cash prize while Sam Hoekman and Nick Pkhovelishvili  will meet across the board in the near future to determine if they will split the second prize.
Section B:  Alex Han won his third consecutive tournament with three wins while Jaden Kennedy was second with 2 points.  Eric Qiu and Veselin Panayotov, finished third and fourth with respective scores of 1 and 0.
Section C:  Nathan Rao-Milliet beat Maxim Serikov in a blitz tiebreak game to claim the trophy; each had scored 3 points in the regular games. Toby Li,
Timothy Nguyen, Michelle Enkhtaivan and Miguel Johnson tied for third place with one victory each.
Section D:  Time ran out for this section to be completed, results of later finishing results will be in the news section.


TRAINING TOURNAMENT AT ROVING CHESSNUTS, September 25
Section A played for cash prizes in a round robin:
1. Mark Ivanescu, 3.0;
Tied and splitting 2nd cash prize: Olga Cadenilla, Aaron Zhu, Garrick Johnson, 1.0 each.
Section B played a round-robin and there was a 3-player tiebreak for trophy & medal:
1. Sam Hoekman,  4.0; 2. Nick Pkhovelishvili, 3.0; 3. Jaden Kennedy,  2.0;
4. Zachary Pongar , 0.0.
Section C played a double round-robin for trophy and runner-up medal:

1. Alex Han,  6.0;  2. Matthew Ivanescu, 4.0; 3. Zia Kuruvilla, 2.0; 4. Paulo Viloria, 0.0.
Draw prizes of books and tournament/classes vouchers were Jaden, Olga & Nick.
Tournament was directed by Bruce and Derek Thomas and held at The Roving ChessNuts.


RESULTS: Back to School Mini-Tournament on Sunday, September 11
at the Roving ChessNuts Training Facility, 12019 76 Street, Edmonton
Section A: 1. Ron Offengenden, Tied for Silver: Nathan Thunder and Aaron Zhu               
Section B: 1. Alex Wang, 2. Nick Pkhovelishvili, 3. Maxim Serikov, 4.  Andrew Xiao
Section C: 1. Alex Han, 2. Jacky Kuang, Tied 3-4: Daniel Chernihovsky and Zia Kuruvilla
Draw Prize winners of class/tournament vouchers, chocolates and book:
Nathan, Zia, Ron, Maxim and Andrew.

Tournament directed by Derek Thomas

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