Chess Teasers Newsletter published April 2018

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Results of the Pre-Holiday Treats Chess Tournament, December 9, 2018 at Greenfield Hall
Santa did not visit, but all the players got a bag of candy treats and then 25 of the 44 players got draw prizes ranging from chess books and a chess-t-shirt to big chocolate Santas on a stick to big boxes of chocolates and cookies.  There was a round-robin section and 8-player Swiss section filled with first-time tournament players as well as few lower rated young players.  A total of 13 trophies and 31 chess medals went home with the treats that were not consumed on site.  Photos and complete  results in the next issue of Chess Teasers, but here is the order of finishes:
Section A: 1. Anu Purevjamts, 2. Eric Jin, 3. Trustan Vander-Leeuw, 4. Alex Askenov, 5. Jerry Qui, 6. Max Pankewitz
Section B: 1. Terry Li, 2. Artie Murallidaran,  3-4 tied Kai Riley and Andrew Wang, 5. Jothymius Kung, 6. Dana Lee
Section C: 1. Daniel Strungura, 2. Ben Zhu, 3-4 tied Linus Jin and Jie Xu, tied 5-6 Eric Zheng and Jotis Kung.
Section D: 1. Glenn Bi, 2. Manny Perla, 3. Brayden Roberts-Kowalchuk, 4. Rajvansh Khanna, 5. Frank Xia, 6. Kieran Smith
Section E: 1. Jesse Bredin, 2. Matthew Wang, 3. Owen Pankewitz, Tied 4-5  Aiden Lee and Logan Hussey, 6. Ty Pollock
Section F: 1. Joshua Johnson, 2-3-4 tied Adian Kallis, Alex O'Keefe and Patrick Walker, 5. Liam Chalifoux, 6. Jayden McDermott
Section G: 1. Kipp Kallis, 2. Ryan Dompe, 3. Peyton Cooke, 4-5 tied Daniel Walker and Dan Xu, 6-7 tied Joshua Kung and Benjamin Wai, 8. Lucas O'Keefe.

This event was organized and directed by The Roving ChessNuts with Derek Thomas, Prayus Shrestha and Bruce Thomas officiating.  Many thanks to Patricia for all her help and those players and parents who helped with set-up, take-down and handing out the treat bags and draw prizes sponsored.  ​Congratulations to all Participants - You all put forth a good effort!

Go for 2 Tournament Results​ - Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 Greenfield Hall
Section A:  1. Shreyas Prassana, 2. Eric Jin, 3. Jeff Weston, 4. Nathan Thunder, 5.Trustan Vander-Leeuw, Anu Purevjamts
Section B:  1. Ryan Chen, 2, Max Pankewitz, 3. Caleb Casorso, 4.Kai Riley
Section C:  1. Michelle Enkhtaivan, 2-3 Tie: Terry Li and Nuno Gao, 4. Viktor Merritt, 5. Aike Siraki, 6. Arthithan Murallidaran,
Section D:  1. Jerry Qui, 2. Jothymius Kung, 3. Scott Tang, 4. Eric Zhang, 5. Jamal Virani, 6. Linus Jin
Section E:  1. Dana Lee, 2-4 Tie: Andrew Wang, Glenn Bi and Daniel Strungaru 5. Vanessa Rodriguez, 6. Owen Lee
Section F:  1. Jotis Kung, 2. Jay Xu, 3. Kartif Jindal, 4.Owen Pankewitz, 5. Alexander Schlender, 6. Aiden Lee
Section G:  1. Brayden Roberts-Kowalchuk, 2. Azaan Virani, 3. Martin Lee, 4. Ty Pollock, 5-6 Tie: Daniel Wang  

                   and Octavian Cairns-Illa
Section H:  1. Jay Lee, 2. Frank Xia, 3. Ethan Pelletier 4. Miles Zacharko, 5-6 Tie: Carter Lee and Alex O'Keefe
Section I:  1. Manny Perla,  2. Aiden Kallis, 3. Lucas O'Keefe, 4. Sophia Zhao, 5. Alton Lee, 6. Dan Xu 

Callingwood Rec Centre's First Tournament - November 10, 2018
Section A:  1. Shreyas Prasanna, 2. Eric Jin, 3. Tetyana Shelevach, 4. Jerry Qui
Section B:  1. on tiebreak Trustan Leeuw, 2. Ryan Chen, 3. on tiebreak Max Pankewitz, 4. Nikita Ishanov
Section C:  1. Tied: Alex Aksenov & Kai Riley, 3. Michelle Enkhtaivan,  4. Tied: Scott Tang and  Eric Zheng, 6. Alex Ishavov 
Section D:  1. Caleb Casorso, 2. Linus Jin, 3. Vanessa Rodriguez, 4. Brayden Roberts-Kowalchuk
Section E:  1. Vincent Yang, 2. Daniel Strungaru, 3.Neil Campbell, 4. Koyla Paramor, 5. Liam Dalton
Section F:  1. Owen Pankewitz, 2. Tied Jack Campbell and Sophia Zhao
This event was organized and directed by Roving ChessNuts.  Thanks to all players and parents who helped with set-up and take-down for this first tournament held at Callingwood Recreation Centre. Results with scores and photos of players are in November 19, 2018 Chess Teasers.

Results of the Fall & Pre-Halloween Scholastic Chess Event:
Section A:  1. Eric Jin, 2. Pascal Lacroix, 3. Max Pankewitz, 4. Tetyana Shelevach.
Section B:  1. Trustan Vander-Leeuw,  2. Ryan Chen, 3. Caleb Menard, 4. Michelle Enkhtaivan.
Section C:  1. Terry Li,   2. Kai Riley, Tied 3-4 Brody Wallebeck and Armaan Patel.
Section D:  1. Nuno Gao, 2. Jerry Qui, Tied 3-4 Caleb Casorso and Artie Muralldaran, 5. Dana Lee, 6. Ben Zhu.
Section E:  Tied 1-2 Devin MacDougal & Linus Jin, Tied 3-4 Andrew Wang and Jothymius Kung, 5.  Liam Dalton, 6. Jotis Kung.
Section F:  1. Daniel Strungaru, 2. Aiden Lee, 3. Owen Pankewitz, Tied 4-5 Miles Zacharko and  Aiden Lee, 6. Ivan Alboreggia.
Section G:  1. Koyla Paramor, 2. Daniel Wang, Tied 3-4 Victoria Kan and Aiden Van Dyke, 5. Vihaan Patel, 6. Winston Kan. 
This scholastic chess competition was organized and directed by The Roving ChessNuts.  Thanks to Tetyana, other players and for helping to set up, and special thanks to the Michelle Casorso and Boys for helping with take-down.  Congratulations to all participants!

Results of September 23 Back to School Tournament:
Section A:  1. Eric Jin, 2. Shreya Prasanna, 3. Anu Purevjamts, 4. Huatong Zhang
Section B:  1. Caleb Menard, 2. Pranavan Mahendran, 3. Michele Enkhtaivan, 4. Artie Murallidaran
Section C:  1. Kai Riley, 2-3 tied Scott Tang and Viktor Merritt, 4. Nuno Gao, 5. Caleb Casorso, 6. Andrew Wang
Section D:  1. Glenn Bi, 2. Nedavya Singla, 3. Daniel Nazarov,  4-5 tied Frank Xia and Daniel Strungaru, 6. Emerson Brinkman
Section E:  1. Linus Jin, 2. Liam Dalton, 3. Jamal Virani, 4. Manny Peria, 5 Miles Zacharko, 6. Daniel Wang

2018 Chess Olympiad Reports and Updates:
FINAL UPDATE:  Canada Open Team beats Finland in final round of Chess Olympiad, Finishes five positions above starting ranking after winning 6 matches
With a 2.5 to 1.5 victory over Finland, the Canadian Open Team in Round 11 climbed to a final 23rd place in the standings.   Based on the team's average rating, Canada was ranked 28th when the tournament started.
In the Open division, the top three teams ranked as favourites at the beginning all finished in the top three with China ranked third at the start, winning, followed by the U.S. which was initially ranked first, and then Russia which had been ranked second at the beginning.  All three had compiled match results of 8 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss and the final placement was determined by tiebreaking.  Other top finishes and their match results were teams from:  4. Poland 7-3-1; 5. England 8-1-2; and 6. India 7-2-2.
Canada Women's Team  also finished a bit higher than starting ranking by beating South Korea, 3.0 to 1.0.  Placing 38th after an initial ranking of 40th.  Canada had won 6 matches, drawn 1 and lost 4.  China's Women's Team took first place, followed by Ukraine, host country Georgia, Russia, Hungary and Armenia.

Thursday, October 4 Update:  After beating IPCA, 4-0, in Round 10, Canada's Open Team jumped to 36th place in the standings.  In the 10 matches, the open team has a record of five victories, three ties and two losses.  Point-wise, the team of five with four playing in each round has collected a total of 22.5 points.  In the 11th and last round on Friday, Canada will face Finland whose players have scored 26.0 points.
At the top of the 150-country Chess Olympiad, the top of the field on Friday will see the United States and China battling on Board 1, followed by France versus Russia and India versus Poland.
The Canadian Women in Thursday's Round 10, lost 3-1 to Israel and fell to 49th in the placings.  The team now has a match record of five wins, one tie and four losses.  In the final round, Canadian Women with 23.0 points will face South Korea whose players have gathered 22.5 points.  Playing on the first three boards of the women's competition will be Russia versus China, United States versus Ukraine and Vietnam versus Azerbaijan.

Wednesday, October 3 Update:  Round 9: Canadian Open Team picked up points with 3-1 score, but Women's Team went the opposite way, losing 3-1 to Slovenia   Canada's Open Team beat Malaysia, 3-1, Wednesday to bring its score to 18.5 points and in matches, 4 victories, 3 draws and 2 losses.  The Open Team is now in 54th place within the 150-team field.  In Round 10, the team faces the team from the federation of International Physically Disabled Chess Association (IPCA) which is much weaker than the Canadian team as it has only three International Masters and two untitled members. Canada has four Grand Masters and one International Master.The Canadian Women fell to Slovenia, 3-1, Wednesday and its lowest place yet in the standings: 36th on a record of winning 5 matches, having 1 drawn match and losing 3 matches.  In Round 10, the Canadian women face a higher-rated team from Israel.  Canada has 22 points from the first nine rounds while Israel has only earned 20.5, so the Canadian women are performing a bit better than expected (starting rank 40th) while Israel is under-performing (starting rank 21st).
Tuesday, October 2 Update: Round 7: Canadian Open Team shutout by Vietnam while women's team ties with Egypt
Round 8:  Open Team falls further in standings while Women's Team rises
Round 7 on Monday was not a great one for the Canadian Chess Olympiad teams.  The Open Team was beat, 4-0, in its match against Vietnam while the Women's Team tied 2-2 against a lower-rated team from Egypt.  The Open Team big loss dropped it to 54th place while the Women's Team's draw dropped it to 25th place.
Round 8 on Tuesday has finished and the Women's Team did better, beating Lithuania, 2.5-1.5, and raised the team to 19th place with a record of winning 5 matches, drawing 1, and losing 2.  The Open Team in Tuesday's Round 8 tied with Macedonia, 2-2, which meant it dropped further down the list to 63rd place.  The Canadian Open Team has  been victorious in 3 matches, tied three matches and lost the other two.  So going into Wednesday's 9th of 11 rounds, Canada is way off its starting ranking of 28th for the Open Team, but the Women's Team is way ahead of its starting ranking of 40th.  The Open Team has collected 15.5 points, averaging less than 2 per round.  The Women's Team has accumulated 21 points,  more than 2.5 per round.
MONDAY October 1 Update after Round 6:  Canada/Alberta GM Eric Hanson scores 2 points in six rounds; Women's IM Agnieszka Matras-Clement of Leduc scores 2.5 in 5 games.  After the finish on Sunday of the sixth of 11 rounds at the 2018 Chess Olympiad, Canada's Women's Team, ranked 40th among the 150 teams in the female competition, was performing above expectations and was in 22nd place after winning four matches and losing two.
In the Open division, the all-male Canadian Team had finally tied its placement with its starting rank of 28th out of 150 teams.
Playing Board 1 for the Canadian women, Matras-Clement had played five games and scored 2.5 with one win, three draws and one loss.
Top Canadian team member has  Maili-Jade Ouellet on Board 3; she has had four wins and one draw in her five games.
On the Open side,  Calgary GM Eric Hansen has played in all six of the team's matches and has one wins and two draws for a total of two points out of a possible six.  Hansen's tournament performance as a 2629-rated player is now only 2433 after losing to two higher-rated players including former World Champ Viswanathan Anand of India, and draws against one higher- and one lower-rated players.
Both Canadian teams have five players and all are getting an opportunity to participate in matches during the 11 rounds.
WEDNESDAY September 26 MORNING: Eric Hansen Alberta's only home-grown Grandmaster, rated 2629, will play white against former world champ V. Anand, 2771, as Canada's team of four players takes on India in the third round of competition.In Round 1, Hansen had a victory against a much lower-rated player from Nepal while in Round 2 against a higher-rated (by 7 points) GM representing Venezuela, he drew. Hansen's 1.5 in the first two rounds plus his four Canadian teammates (four of the five play each round) have accumulated score of 5.5 out of a possible 8.
AFTER ROUND 3 on WEDNESDAY: India beat Canada, 3.5 - 0.5 today with Hansen losing his game to Anand.  Canada is currently in 60th place out of 150 Open Teams.  Based on average rating of team, Canada is ranked 28th (today's opponent India is ranked 5th).  France, Israel and India are respectively holding first, second and third place while the ratings-favored, U.S.A. (1) and Russia (2) are currently tied for 16th place with the Czech Republic.   (The Hansen-Anand game was shown at the Roving ChessNuts Wednesday evening class at Greenfield Hall.)
After four rounds of matches at the 2018 Chess Olympiad in in Batumi, Georgia:  Canada is in 38th place in Open division and 14th place in Women's division.

The Canadian Women Team with Women's International Master Agnieszka Matras-Clement of Leduc, Alberta, playing First Board, is way ahead of its 40th place in average rating position among the 150 teams.  China is leading the women's competition, followed by United States, Ukraine, Mongolia, Armenia and Georgia Team 1.  These six countries have won all four of their matches. 
Canada's women's team has won three of its four matches, losing only to the American team, 2.5 to 1.5, in round 3.  The team beat Uganda in the first round with the interesting side note that Matras-Clement beat Phiona Mutesi, the player who became the subject of the chess movie, Queen of Katwe. After beating Uganda, 3.5 - 0.5, the Canadian females beat  Moldova, 3-1, and  shutout Syria, 4-0.


News from early 2018 and 2017

Girls Only Workshop generates enthusiasm
The Roving ChessNuts' Workshop for Girls Only featuring women's International Master Agnieszka Matras-Clement helped a group of younger female players understand the fun, challenges, excitement and opportunities that come with learning and playing chess.  The February 18 event at the Roving ChessNuts' northeast training facility started off with awards being given to three participants.  Tetyana Shelevach received a trophy for being the player gaining the most rating points at the Candy Cane Tournament in December while Michelle Enkhtaivan received a trophy for being the female player gaining the most rating points at the Dead of Winter tournament held in late January.  Anu Purevjamts received a certificate for reaching a higher rating level during the fall season.  Participants and parents then heard Matras-Clement tell her story about travelling to four continents to play chess in high level competitions and give advice on how to better learn and play chess.  Demonstration board lectures were then given and the workshop entered with participants playing one or two games.

Dead of Winter Chess Tournament    January 28, Greenfield Hall
Slippery streets and cold weather kept a few players away from this event at Greenfield Hall, but there was some hot action on the boards.  Scores and photos will appear in Chess Teasers dated January 29.
Section A:  1. Siddhartha Chitrakar, 2. Nathan Thunder, 3. Tetyana Shelevach, 4. Max Pankewitz.
Section B:  1. Michelle Enktaivan, 2. Nick Pkhovelishvili, 3. Eric Jin, 4. Anu Purevjamts
Section C:  1. Shreyas Prasanna, 2. Ryan Chen, 3. Terry Li, 4. Toby Li.
Section D:  1. on tiebreak Pascal Lacroix, 2. Pranavan Mahendran, 3. Gabriel Toyhacao, 4. Caleb Menard, 5. Aike Siraki, 6. Dana Lee.
Section E:   1. Alex Akenov, 2. Mark Jorgensen, Tied 3-4 Timothy Nguyen and Meshach Emke, 5. Vincent Yang, 6. Kartik Jindal.
Section F:   1. Liam Dalton, 2. Aiden Lee, 3. Tobias Trandur Oilver-Poulson, 4. Frank Xia, 5. Owen Pankewitz.
This Roving ChessNuts scholastic tournament was directed by Derek Thomas and Bruce Thomas with assistance from Patricia Thomas, Tetyana Shelevach, Siddhartha Chitrakar and helpful parents.  Trophies to first place players and medals to all other players plus victors in the top two highest rated sections won a cash prize.  Draw prizes of chess books were won by Vincent Yang and Kartif Jindal while Aiden Lee won a travelling magnetic tube set.    

held Saturday, January 13, by Roving ChessNuts
Prayus Shrestha and Bruce Thomas directed the event.  Newsletter report and photos
Section A:  1. Sam Hoekman, 2.Nick Pkhovelishvili, 3. Michelle Enkhtaivan, 4. Charlie Eaton
Section B:  1. Shreya Prasanna on tiebreak, 2. Jacob Eaton, 3. Pascal Lacroix, Tied for 4th Matthew Breton and Trustan Vander-Leeuw
Section C:  1. Owen Lee, 2. Brody Wallabeck, 3. Rylen Cahoon,  4. Albert Zhu
Section D:  1. Martin Lee, 2. Liam Cerbas
Section E:   1. Jake Maynes, 2. Carter Lee 
Congratulations to all players!  Everyone was a good sport in their games and each player went home with either a trophy or chess medal!Thanks to Beaumont Public Library for hosting this event for Beaumont and Edmonton scholastic players!

Candy Cane Tournament  December 10, 2017, Greenfield Hall
Over 50 players not only played chess for trophies, medals and cash prizes, over 20 of them went home with draw prizes and they all enjoyed a hot dog lunch, snacks and a bag of Christmas treats.  For the top rated players in Round-Robin Sections A, B, C and D there was $220 worth of prize money.  This event featured many first-time tournament players and a few unrated players - directors Derek Thomas, Bruce Thomas and Prayus Shrestha said all players played hard and showed good sportsmanship.  Thanks to Michelle Casorso, Patricia Thomas, Taya Van Dyke, players and parents who assisted with set up for the tournament and assisted with the lunches.
Results of Candy Cane Round Robin Sections:
Section A: 1. Garrick Johnson, 2.5; 2. Nathan Thunder, 2.0; 3. Ethan Chin, 1.5; 4. Andrew Xiao, 0.0.
Section B: 1. Tetyanan Shelevach, 3.0; 2. Max Pankewitz, 1.5;  3. Eric Jin, 1,0; 4. Nick Pkhovelishvili, 0.5.
Section C:  1. Anu Purevjamts, 3.0; 2. Terry Li, 2.0; 3. Aike Siraki, 1.0; 4. Shreyas Prasanna, 0.0.
Section D:  1. Michelle Enkhtaivan, 3.0; 2. Trustan Vander-Leeuw, 2.0; 3. Aedan Lobo, 1.0; Caleb Menard, 0.0.
Section E:  1. Pranavan Mahendran, 3.0; 2. Aywen Ko on tiebreak, 2.5; 3. Pascal Lacroix tiebreak, 2.0; 4. Armaan Patel tiebreak, 1.6;
                    5. Ashwin Shreekumar, 0.0.
Section F:  1. Jason Pan on tiebreak, 4.0; 2. Brianna Dayman tiebreak, 3.0;
                    3-4 tied. Timothy Nguyen and Jasmyn Lobo, 2.0 each; 5. Viktor Merritt, 0.0.
Section G:  1. Eric Johnson, 4.0; 2. Brody Walleback, 3.5; 3. 3. Caleb Casorso, 3.0; 4. Syenne Ko, 2.5; 5. Kartik Jindal, 1.5;
                    6. Lazarus Knorren, 0.5.
Section H:  1. Emerson Brinkman, 5.0; 2. Alex Qu, 4.0; 3-4 tied. Frank Xia and
                    Cindy Wu, 2.0 each; 5-6 tied. Owen Pankewitz and Isaac Hsung, 1.0  each.
Section I:   1. Dana Lee, 4.0; 2. Benjamin Zhu, 2.5; 3. Preston Russell, 1.5;
                    4-5 tied Alexa Stewart and Meshach Emke, 1.0 each; 6. Tushar Kalia, 0.0.
Section J:  1. Jie Xu, 4.0; 2. Grier Ferdinand on tiebreak, 3.5.
                    3. Liam Cerbas tiebreak, 2.5; 4. Alex Schlender, 1.0; 5. Aiden Lee, 0.0.
Section K:  1. Caleb Tauber, 3.5; 2. Zihan Dai, 3.0; 3. Zhakai Herdsman, 2.0; 4. Caleb Hsung, 1.5; 5. Elise Ogg, 0.0.
Congratulations to all players who participated!  Photos and more details in newsletters:
December 11 Chess Teasers           December 22 Chess Teasers

November 5, 2017 Scholastic CHESS Blast Tournament at Greenfield Hall
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,
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.

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, 2017 at Greenfield Hall
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.
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.

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.

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.

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 Thomasur paragraph here.e.