THE "Independent" Voice for Canadian Chess

The Toronto Chess News was founded on Sept. 1, 2012 and is an independent non-profit e- newsletter, published by Canadian Chess Consulting Service ( CCCS ), owned and operated by Bob Armstrong, Coordinator. CCCS provides Bob Armstrong, as the newsletter editor.

It is published twice monthly, on the 1st and 15th of each month.

For a free subscription to this newsletter, e-mail Canadian Chess Consulting Service (canadianchessconsultingservice@gmail.com).

You can find the most recent newsletter and archived Issues here on the website, but you will need the Adobe Reader ( which you can download for free from the Adobe website ), or some other equivalent pdf reader. As well, nearly all Issues are accompanied by a games database of all the games ( including annotatons ) in the Issue. TCN has a game viewer where all the games from each Issue can be played over - give it a visit - quick and convenient playing over of TCN games: http://torontochessnews.blogspot.ca/.

Lastly, TCN is a chess community based, volunteer run e-newsletter. No one is paid. TCN wants to thank all its volunteers who donate their time to chess promotion: Ken Kurkowski, full-time columnist (and also Scarborough CC TCN Liaison); Hans Jung, full-time columnist; Erik Malmsten, part-time columnist; Marcus Wilker, Annex CC TCN Liaison; Mike Ivanov, Willowdale CC TCN Liaison; Graeme Knight, Aurora CC TCN Liaison; David Ho, Ajax CC TCN Liaison; Kai Gauer, Kitchener-Waterloo CC TCN Liaison; Egis Zeromskis, GTCL TCN Liaison; Jessica Yared, Chess Institute of Canada TCN Liaison; Michel Vasquez, Hamilton City CC TCN Liaison; former TCN Liaisons: Bob Gillanders; various freelancers who have provided articles free: Phil Haley, Maurice Smith, Harmony Zhu, Yuanling Yuan, Zoltan Sarosy, Erwin Casareno, Andre Zybura, Hedi Stroempl, and others; Steve Karpik, technical support; another helpful technical maintainer who asks to remain anonymous; and your editor, Bob Armstrong (also Chess Federation of Canada TCN Liaison). Thanks to all for helping to promote chess and contributing to making TCN such a successful e-newsletter.

Latest Edition

Issue # 2_6, December 1, 2013

Issue # 2_5, November 15, 2013 - 58 pages

Articles, etc.

Tournament Chess: Playing Up 5
Interesting Canadian Chess Personalities – Vlad Drkulec 17 Teaching Classic Games of Chess - In and Out of the Outpost 42 Ken’s Chess Trivia 47
Malmsten’s Chess Pictures 51
TCN Readers’ Chess “Sightings” 51
TCN Readers Have Questions 51
TCN Readers’ Feedback 51 TCN’s “Readers’ Opinion” Column 52

Tournament Reports

2013 World Chess Championship, India 6
50 Years of Toronto Rapid Chess Tournament 22
Guelph Fall Pro-Am 32
University of Waterloo Simul 37
Prince Edward Island Chess Championship 41

Organizations with News Reports

Chess Federation of Canada (CFC) 17 Greater Toronto Chess League (GTCL) 26
Annex Chess Club (ACC) 28
Willowdale Chess Club (WCC) 30
Aurora Chess Club 31
Hamilton City Chess Club 39
Kitchener-Waterloo Chess Club 40

Tournament Notices

Campbellville Open 52
CYCC Qualifier – Toronto 53
Hart House Holidays Open 54
Greater Toronto Chess League 2014 55

Community Bulletin Board 57

Issue # 2_4, November 1, 2013 - 108 pages

Articles, etc.

The World Championship Cycle – The Last 20 Years (1993-2013) 5
2013 World Chess Championship – Upcoming 46
Kasparov Throws His Hat into the Ring 47
Upcoming World Seniors’ Championship 50
Upcoming World Youth Chess Championships (WYCC) 50
FIDE November 1, 2013 Regular Rating List (Open/Women) 51
Canadian Olympiad Team Selection Ratings – National 60
Canadian Olympiad Team Selection Ratings – Women’s 60
FIDE November 1, 2013 Regular Rating List – Can. Rankings (Open/Women) 62
The “Games of the Century” Series: The Kasparov Immortal Game 82
Teaching Classic Games of Chess – Nimzo-knights 84 Ken’s Chess Trivia 90 Neat Chess Photos 94 Chess Cartoons 94
TCN Readers’ Chess “Sightings” 95 TCN Readers Have Questions 95
TCN Readers’ Feedback 95 TCN’s “Readers’ Opinion” Column 95 Corrigenda 107

Tournament Reports

Barcelona Casino Masters, Spain 22
Unive Tournament – Crown Group, Netherlands 28
SPICE Cup, St. Louis, USA 28
2013 7th Kings Tournament, Romania 30 FIDE Grand Prix # 6, Paris, France 31
Oslo Chess International – GM Group, Norway 38
6th Bilbao Final Masters 2013, Spain 45
Aurora Falls Open 69

Organizations with News Reports

Chess Federation of Canada (CFC) 59 Greater Toronto Chess League (GTCL) 71
Annex Chess Club (ACC) 74
Willowdale Chess Club (WCC) 79
Aurora Chess Club 79
Ajax Chess Club 80
Hamilton City Chess Club 81
Kitchener-Waterloo Chess Club 81

Tournament Notices

Guelph Fall Pro-Am 103
Campbellville Open 103
CYCC Qualifier, Toronto 104
Hart House Holidays Open, Toronto 105

Community Bulletin Board 106

Issue # 2-3, October 1, 2013 - 81 pages

Articles, etc.

The Role of Junior Parents in Canadian Chess Clubs 5
Women's World Chess Championship Cycle – Broken? 30
A New FIDE Women's World Chess Championship Cycle 32
Promoting Women’s Chess 32
Attacking the 3000 Barrier 33
FIDE October 1, 2013 Regular Rating List ( Open/Women ) 33
Junior Girl Achieves Canadian National Master Title 42
Canadian Junior Achieving Notable Rating Rise 43
FIDE October 1, 2013 Regular Rating List – Can. Rankings ( Open/Women ) 43
The “Games of the Century” Series: A Great Kasparov Game 63
How to Learn Chess? 65
Teaching Classic Games of Chess - Tal’s Two Knight Dance 65 Ken’s Chess Trivia 70
TCN Readers’ Chess “Sightings” 73
TCN Readers Have Questions 74
TCN Readers’ Feedback 74 TCN’s “Readers’ Opinion” Column 74



Tournament Reports

Women’s World Chess Championship, China 8
Sinquefield Cup, USA 12
Association of Chess Professionals Cup, Riga, Latvia 17
FIDE 2013-4 Women’s Grand Prix # 3 (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) 19
World Junior (Open)/Junior Girls, Turkey 22
Campbellville Summer Active 51



Organizations with News Reports

Chess Federation of Canada ( CFC ) 42 Greater Toronto Chess League ( GTCL ) 52
Scarborough Chess Club ( SCC ) 53
Annex Chess Club ( ACC ) 57
Willowdale Chess Club ( WCC ) 60
Aurora Chess Club (AuCC) 60
Ajax Chess Club 61
Hamilton City Chess Club 62
Kitchener-Waterloo Chess Club 62

 


Tournament Notices

Kitchener-Waterloo October Quick 74
Toronto Thanksgiving Open 75
Toronto Senior Chess Championship 76
Aurora Fall Open 77
Toronto Junior Championship 78
Toronto Women’s Championship 78
Guelph Fall Pro-Am 78
Campbellville Open 78

 

Community Bulletin Board 79


Recent Issues

Issue # 2-2, September 15, 2013 - 36 pages

Articles, etc.

The Canadian Community-run, Volunteer, Local Chess Club 4
Teaching Classic Games of Chess - Two Knights and a Queen 22

Ken’s Chess Trivia 26
TCN Readers’ Chess “Sightings” 30
TCN Readers Have Questions 30
TCN Readers’ Feedback 30

TCN’s “Readers’ Opinion” Column 31


Tournament Reports

14th Karpov GM Poikovsky 2013 5
Women’s World Chess Championship 8


Organizations with News Reports

Chess Federation of Canada ( CFC ) 10

Greater Toronto Chess League ( GTCL ) 11

Scarborough Chess Club ( SCC ) 12
Annex Chess Club ( ACC ) 14
Willowdale Chess Club ( WCC ) 16
Aurora Chess Club 16
Hamilton City Chess Club 17
Kitchener-Waterloo Chess Club 18

Tournament Notices

Campbellville Summer Active 31
Toronto Thanksgiving Open 32
Aurora Fall Open 33
Toronto Junior Championship 34
Toronto Women’s Championship 34

Community Bulletin Board 34

Issue # 2-1, September 2, 2013 - 99 pages

Articles, etc.

TCN’s First Birthday! 4
FIDE Sept. 1, 2013 Regular Rating List ( Open/Women ) 33
Malmsten on Chess – Chess at the CNE Part 4: Levy–Computer Match 1978 42
Canadian Olympiad Team Selection Ratings – National 53
Canadian Olympiad Team Selection Ratings – Women’s 54
FIDE Sept. 1, 2013 Regular Rating List – Canadian Rankings ( Open/Women ) 54
The “Games of the Century” Series: The Botvinnik Immortal Game 84
Teaching Classic Games of Chess – Calculating a Forcing Line 85 Ken’s Chess Trivia 91
TCN Readers’ Chess “Sightings” 94
TCN Readers Have Questions 94
TCN Readers’ Feedback 94 TCN’s “Readers’ Opinion” Column 94

Tournament Reports

FIDE World Chess Cup 5
Barcelona Sants Tournament – Grp. A 17
North American Youth Chess Championships 19
U.S. Masters 31
Toronto Labour Day Open 62
Kitchener-Waterloo Labour Day Open 81

Organizations with News Reports

Chess Federation of Canada ( CFC ) 42 Greater Toronto Chess League ( GTCL ) 64
Scarborough Chess Club ( SCC ) 65
Aurora Chess Club 78
Hamilton City Chess Club 82
Kitchener-Waterloo Chess Club 83

 

Tournament Notices

Campbellville Summer Active 95

Aurora Fall Open 95
Battle of Toronto II 96

 

Community Bulletin Board 97

Issue # 1-23, August 15, 2013 - 111 pages

Articles, etc.

FIDE August 1, 2013 Regular Rating List – Open/Women 23
Can. Olympiad Selection Ratings - National 65
Can. Olympiad Selection Ratings – Women’s 66
Canadian Junior Players in Top 50 in the World 66
Canadian Girl Wins USA Chess Scholarship 68 Malmsten on Chess - Chess at the CNE Part 3: Spassky 1971 70
FIDE August 1, 2013 Regular Rating List – Canadian – Open/Women 77
Teaching Classic Games of Chess – Double Knight Sacrifice – Jung 98
Ken’s Chess Trivia 103
TCN Readers’ Lead Article Invitation 106
TCN Readers’ Chess “Sightings” 107 TCN Readers Have Questions 107
TCN Readers’ Feedback 107 TCN’s “Readers’ Opinion” Column – Smith 107

Tournament Reports

FIDE World Chess Cup, Norway 4 2012-3 FIDE Grand Prix # 5 (Beijing) 8
46th Biel Chess Festival, Switzerland 17
Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Dortmund, Germany 18
100th British Chess Championships 2013 21
USA Open, St. Louis 22
Canadian Open, Ottawa 35
Canadian Seniors’ Championship, Kitchener 49
Canadian Amateur Championships, Kitchener 53
2013 CYCC Tie-breaks, Ottawa 64
Quebec Open, Montreal 93
Maritime Open, PEI 97



Organizations with News Reports

Chess Federation of Canada ( CFC ) 31
Aurora Chess Club 89
Hamilton City Chess Club 91
Kitchener-Waterloo Chess Club 91

Tournament Notices

Mississauga Open 108
Toronto Labour Day Open 110

Community Bulletin Board 111

Issue # 1-22, July 15, 2013 - 65 pages

Articles, etc.

The FIDE Zero Tolerance Rule 4
2013 World Chess Cup 5
Canadians Set Up in Europe: Hansen/Hambleton 15

Malmsten on Chess – Chess at the CNE Part 2: circa 1950 16
Teaching Classic Games of Chess – Smothered Knightmare 46

Ken’s Chess Trivia 52
TCN Readers’ Chess “Sightings” 55
TCN Readers Have Questions 56
TCN Readers’ Feedback 56 TCN’s “Readers’ Opinion” Column 56

Tournament Reports

World Open, USA 12
Canadian Youth Chess Championships 25
Aurora Summer Open 30
Alberta Women’s Championship & Fort McMurray Open 46

Organizations with News Reports

Chess Federation of Canada ( CFC ) 14

Greater Toronto Chess League ( GTCL ) 35
Scarborough Chess Club ( SCC ) 37
Annex Chess Club ( ACC ) 38
Willowdale Chess Club (WCC) 42
Aurora Chess Club (Au CC) 42
Ajax Chess Club 44
Hamilton City Chess Club (HCCC) 44
Kitchener-Waterloo Chess Club (K-WCC) 45

 

Tournament Notices

Canadian Open 56
Quebec Open 58
Kitchener Chess Festival 58
Mississauga Open 61
Toronto Labour Day Open 63

Community Bulletin Board 64

 

Top Players in the World

 

Magnus Carlsen ( Norway ), rated # 1 player in the world; holds record for highest human rating ever.

Kramnik

Vladimir Kramnik ( Russia ) - 14th World Chess Champion ; rated # 2

Aronian

Levon Aronian ( Armenia ), rated # 3

Alexander Grischuk (Russia) - rated # 4.

Hikaru Nakamura (USA) - rated # 5

Fabiano Caruana (Italy) - rated # 6

Anand

Viswanathan Anand ( India ) - 15th and current World Chess Champion & rated # 7

Archived Older Issues of TCN

Issue # 1-21, July 1, 2013 - 106 pages

Articles, etc.

The World’s Youngest FM!! 19
FIDE July 1, 2013 Regular Rating List ( Open/Women ) 21
Canadian IM Bindi Cheng – Narrowly misses GM Norm! 30
Malmsten on Chess – Chess at the CNE Part 1: Canadian Championships 1930s 31
Canadian Olympiad Selection Ratings - National 40
Canadian Olympiad Selection Ratings – Women 41
FIDE July 1, 2013 Regular Rating List – Canadian Rankings ( Open/Women ) 42
BC Girls Chess Foundation 80
The “Games of the Century” Series – The Game of the Century (20th) 81
Teaching Classic Games of Chess - Hungarian Knights 88 Ken’s Chess Trivia 92
TCN Readers’ Lead Article Invitation 95
TCN Readers’ Chess “Sightings” 95
TCN Readers Have Questions 95
TCN Readers’ Feedback 95 TCN’s “Readers’ Opinion” Column 96

Tournament Reports

 

8th Tal Memorial, Russia 4
2013 IV Int. Chess Festival Forni di Sopra, Italy 12
2013-4 FIDE Women’s Grand Prix # 2 (Dilijan), Armenia 12
1st Geneva Masters, Switzerland 15
Geneva Open A 18
Kitchener-Waterloo Team Tournament 58
The University of Waterloo Weekend Summer Semester Open 67
Eastern Ontario Open, Ottawa 72
8th Annual Edmonton International 74
2013 New Brunswick Open, Campellton 81

Organizations with News Reports

Chess Federation of Canada ( CFC ) 29
Scarborough Chess Club ( SCC ) 51
Annex Chess Club ( ACC ) 55
Aurora Chess Club 56
Ajax Chess Club 58
Hamilton City Chess Club 69
Kitchener-Waterloo Chess Club 69

Tournament Notices

Aurora Summer Open 96
GM Elshan Moradiabadi (Iranian GM) Lecture & Simul 97 Canadian Youth Chess Championships 97 Canadian Open 98
Kitchener Chess Festival – Can. Amateur/Can. Seniors 100 Mississauga Open 103 Toronto Labour Day Open 104

Community Bulletin Board 104

Issue # 1-20, June 15, 2013 - 51 pages

Articles, etc.

More Chess Promotion? 4
Interesting Canadian Chess Personalities – IM Lawrence Day – Game 20 Teaching Classic Games of Chess – No game this Issue 40 Ken’s Chess Trivia 41
TCN Readers’ Chess “Sightings” 44
TCN Readers Have Questions 44
TCN Readers’ Feedback 44 TCN’s “Readers’ Opinion” Column 45

Tournament Reports

II Server24 Chess Festival Ortisei 2013 - Open A, Italy 7
2012-3 FIDE Grand Prix # 4 (Thessaloniki), Greece 10
FIDE World Rapid Championship 18
FIDE World Blitz Championship 18
Toronto Closed 23
Guelph Pre-summer Pro-Am 35
Outaouais Regional Open, Quebec 39

Organizations with News Reports

Chess Federation of Canada ( CFC ) 19 Greater Toronto Chess League ( GTCL ) 27
Scarborough Chess Club ( SCC ) 30
Annex Chess Club ( ACC ) 31
Aurora Chess Club 33
Hamilton City Chess Club 37
Kitchener-Waterloo Chess Club 38

Tournament Notices

Kitchener-Waterloo Team Challenge 45
Chess in the Library Annual Chess Festival 45
Aurora Summer Open 46 Canadian Youth Chess Championships 46 Canadian Open 47
Toronto Labour Day Open 49


Community Bulletin Board 49

Issue # 1-19, June 1, 2013 - 86 pages

Articles, etc.

FIDE July 1, 2013 Regular Rating List ( Open/Women ) 14
Canadian Olympiad Selection Rating List 24
Canadian Olympiad Selection Rating List – Women 25
FIDE July 1, 2013 Regular Rating List – Canadian Rankings ( Open/Women ) 26
The “Games of the Centuries” Series – The Evergreen Game 66
Malmsten on Chess – Chess Crossword 69
Teaching Classic Games of Chess - Use the King to Get the King 71 Ken’s Chess Trivia 76
TCN Readers’ Lead Article 79
TCN Readers’ Chess “Sightings” 79
TCN Readers Have Questions 79
TCN Readers’ Feedback 79 TCN’s “Readers’ Opinion” Column 80

Tournament ReportsSupreme Masters (Norway GM Tournament) 4
European Individual Championship 11
Sunningdale Open, England 13
Chicago Open, USA 13
CMA Chess Challenge Championship 22
Ontario Open, Ottawa 33
Toronto Closed 37
Keres Memorial, Vancouver 55
Calgary International 56

Organizations with News Reports

Chess Federation of Canada ( CFC ) 22 Greater Toronto Chess League ( GTCL ) 40
Scarborough Chess Club ( SCC ) 41
Annex Chess Club ( ACC ) 45 Aurora Chess Club 47
Ajax Chess Club 50
Hamilton City Chess Club 51
Kitchener-Waterloo Chess Club 51
British Columbia Chess Federation (BCCF) 56

Tournament Notices

Guelph Pre-summer Pro-Am 80
K-W Team Tournament 81
Aurora Summer Open 81
Canadian Youth Chess Championships 82
Canadian Open 83

Community Bulletin Board 84

Issue # 1-18, May 15, 2013 - 59 pages

Articles, etc.

Malmsten on Chess – Chess Crossword 40
Teaching Classic Games of Chess - Central Queen Force 43 Ken’s Chess Trivia 49
TCN Readers’ Chess “Sightings” 51
TCN Readers Have Questions 51
TCN Readers’ Feedback 51 TCN’s “Readers’ Opinion” Column 51

Tournament Reports

Americas Continental Championship 4
FIDE 2013-4 Fondation Neva Women’s Grand Prix # 1 (Geneva) 8
USA Championship 13
USA Women’s Championship 18
Ontario Girls Championships 23
Toronto Closed Championship 24

Organizations with News Reports

Chess Federation of Canada ( CFC ) 22 Scarborough Chess Club ( SCC ) 29
Willowdale Chess Club ( WCC ) 35
Aurora Chess Club 36
Ajax Chess Club 38
Hamilton City Chess Club 38
Kitchener-Waterloo Chess Club 39

Tournament Notices

2013 Toronto Youth Championship (CYCC Qualifier) 51
Mississauga Chess Club – Open Standard 52
Mississauga CC Open Actives 53
KW Team Challenge 54
2013 Aurora Summer Open 55
2013 Canadian Youth Chess Championships 55
Canadian Open 2013 56

Community Bulletin Board 58

Issue # 1-17, May 1, 2013 - 91 pages

Articles, etc.

The “Games of the Century” Series – The Immortal Game 4
FIDE May 1, 2013 Regular Rating List ( Open/Women ) 21
Canadian Olympiad Selection Ratings – National 31
Canadian Olympiad Selection Ratings – Women 32 FIDE May 1, 2013 Regular Rating List – Canadian Rankings ( Open/Women ) 32
Malmsten on Chess – Early OCA History and Ontario Championships 40
Teaching Classic Games of Chess - Greco’s Kingside Pawn Storm 73 Ken’s Chess Trivia 78
TCN Readers Have Questions 81
TCN’s “Readers’ Opinion” Column 81


Tournament Reports

FIDE Renova Grand Prix # 3 (Zug, Switzerland) 9
Alekhine Memorial 16
FIDE 2013-4 Women’s Grand Prix 20
Ontario Youth Chess Championships 47
Toronto Closed Chess Championship 51
Niagara Falls Open 68
Kitchener-Waterloo Spring Quick 70

Organizations with News Reports

Chess Federation of Canada ( CFC ) 30 Greater Toronto Chess League ( GTCL ) 54
Scarborough Chess Club ( SCC ) 56
Mississauga Chess Club (MCC) 63
Aurora Chess Club 66
Kitchener-Waterloo Chess Club 71

Tournament Notices

Ontario HS Chess Championship 81
Mississauga CC Open Actives 82
Ontario Girl’s Chess Championship 83
2013 Toronto Youth Championship (CYCC Qualifier) 84
Mississauga CC Open Standard 84
K-W Team Challenge 85
2103 Aurora Summer Open 86
2103 Canadian Youth Chess Championships 86
2013 Canadian Open 87

Community Bulletin Board 89

Issue # 1-16, April 15, 2013 - 61 pages

Articles, etc.

Anand on the 2013 Candidate’s Tournament 4
Anand – Carlsen : Nov. World Championship - Venue Posing Some Problems 7
The World Youth Chess Championships and Women’s Chess 8
Titled Players – World and Country Sampling 10
UN Watch to Honor Garry Kasparov 10
USA GM Robert Byrne – RIP 12
Canadian GM Eric Hansen to Go Professional 13
Women's Chess Promotion 13
Canadian Olympiad Team Selection Rating List 16
Canadian Women’s Olympiad Team Selection Rating List 17 Teaching Classic Games of Chess – The Art of Pawn Promotion 43 Ken’s Chess Trivia 54
TCN Readers’ Chess “Sightings” 56
TCN Readers Have Questions 56
TCN Readers’ Feedback 56 TCN’s “Readers’ Opinion” Column 56

Tournament Reports

GTCL Cup – Rapid Teams’ Tournament 18
Guelph Spring Pro-Am 34
Alberta Closed 39
Grand Pacific Open, BC. 40

Organizations with News Reports

Chess Federation of Canada ( CFC ) 14 Greater Toronto Chess League ( GTCL ) 23
Chess Institute of Canada ( CIC ) 24
Scarborough Chess Club ( SCC ) 25
Annex Chess Club ( ACC ) 29
Willowdale Chess Club ( WCC ) 30
Aurora Chess Club 32
Ajax Chess Club 33
Kitchener-Waterloo Chess Club 37

Tournament Notices

Toronto Closed Championship 56
Oriole Chess Club Simul – Hambleton 57
Ontario Girls Chess Championship 58
2013 Toronto Youth Championship (CYCC Qualifier) 58
2013 Aurora Summer Open 59

Community Bulletin Board 60

Issue # 1-15, April 1, 2013 - 63 pages

Articles, etc.

Visit to the Capablanca Chess Club in Havana 4
FIDE 2013-4 Women’s Grand Prix 19

FIDE April 1, 2013 Regular Rating List ( Open/Women ) 20
FIDE April 1, 2013 Regular Rating List – Canadian Rankings ( Open/Women ) 30
Teaching Classic Games of Chess – Philidor’s Passed Pawn Endgame 50 Ken’s Chess Trivia 58
TCN Readers’ Chess “Sightings” 59
TCN Readers Have Questions 59
TCN’s “Readers’ Opinion” Column 59


Tournament Reports

2013 Candidates’ Tournament, England 7
2013 Karpos Open, Macedonia 16
St. Clement Active, Toronto 37 Hamilton Winter Open 46


Organizations with News Reports

Chess Federation of Canada ( CFC ) 28

Greater Toronto Chess League ( GTCL ) 38
Scarborough Chess Club ( SCC ) 39
Annex Chess Club ( ACC ) 43
Aurora Chess Club 45

Tournament Notices

Guelph Spring Pro-Am 60
GTCL Cup 60
Toronto Closed Championship 60
Oriole Chess Club Simul 61
Toronto Youth Championship (CYCC Qualifier) 62

Community Bulletin Board 62

Issue # 1-14, March 15, 2013 - 59 pages

Articles, etc.

CFC – Executive Director – Outsourcing or Employee? 4 Interesting Canadian Chess Personalities – WIM Yuanling Yuan 21
Canadian Olympiad Team Selection 26
Canadian Women’s Olympiad Team Selection 26
Teaching Classic Games of Chess – Which Passer Has More Power? 47 Ken’s Chess Trivia 51 TCN Readers’ Chess “Sightings” 53
TCN Readers Have Questions 53
TCN’s “Readers’ Opinion” Column 53
Tournament Reports

Zurich Chess Challenge, Switzerland. 7
Cappelle La Grande International Chess Open, France. 9
UT Dallas Spring FIDE Open, USA 11
FIDE Women’s World Chess Team Championship, Kazakhstan 16
Candidates’ Tournament, England 18
K-W Riedstra Memorial Open 41
Gatineau Open 46

Organizations with News Reports

Chess Federation of Canada ( CFC ) 19 Greater Toronto Chess League ( GTCL ) 28
Scarborough Chess Club ( SCC ) 30
Annex Chess Club ( ACC ) 34
Burlington Chess Club 35
Mississauga Chess Club 36
Aurora Chess Club 40
Hamilton City Chess Club 43
Kitchener-Waterloo Chess Club 43

Tournament Notices

St. Clement Active 53
Hamilton Winter Open 54
2nd Annual “Chess In The Library” Spring Open 55
Canadian Youth Chess Championships – North York Qualifier 2013 55
Guelph Spring Pro-Am 56
GTCL Rapid Teams Championship 57
Toronto Closed 57

Community Bulletin Board 58

Issue # 1-13, March 1, 2013 - 70 pages

Articles, etc.

Malmsten on Chess: New FIDE-Rated Local Players 4
FIDE January 1, 2013 Regular Rating List ( Open/Women ) 18
FIDE Jan. 1, 2013 Regular Rating List – Canadian Rankings ( Open/Women ) 27
Teaching Classic Games of Chess 59 Ken’s Chess Trivia 63 TCN Readers Have Questions 65
TCN Readers’ Feedback 65 TCN’s “Readers’ Opinion” Column 65


Tournament Reports

Grenke Chess Classic, Germany 8
Aeroflot Rapid and Blitz Open 12
Reykjavik Open, Iceland 12
Hart House Reading Week Open, Toronto 35
GTCL Premier League 39



Organizations with News Reports

Chess Federation of Canada ( CFC ) 26 Greater Toronto Chess League ( GTCL ) 42
Chess Institute of Canada ( CIC ) 43
Scarborough Chess Club ( SCC ) 44
Annex Chess Club ( ACC ) 52
Willowdale Chess Club ( WCC ) 53
Aurora Chess Club 55
Ajax Chess Club 56
Kitchener-Waterloo Chess Club 56

Tournament Notices

St. Clement Active 65
Hamilton Winter Open 2013 66
Canadian Youth Chess Championships – North York Qualifier 2013 67
Toronto Closed 68

Community Bulletin Board 69

 

Issue # 1-12, February 15, 2013 - 65 pages

Articles, etc.

A Bit of History: 2012 Mississauga Chess Club Championship 4
Canadian Chess Player of the Year – Hansen 11
Interesting Canadian Chess Personalities – Maurice Smith 13
RIP – John W. Chidley-Hill 22

Teaching Classic Games of Chess – Morphy’s Noble Checkmate 54

Ken’s Chess Trivia 60

TCN Readers Have Questions 62
TCN’s “Readers’ Opinion” Column 62

Tournaments

Moscow Open, Russia 7
Guelph Winter Pro-Am 23
GTCL Premier League 26
British Columbia Open 54

Organizations with News Reports

Chess Federation of Canada ( CFC ) 12
Greater Toronto Chess League (GTCL) 30
Scarborough Chess Club ( SCC ) 31
Annex Chess Club ( ACC ) 39
Burlington Chess Club 42
Mississauga Chess Club 43
Aurora Chess Club 49
Hamilton City Chess Club 50
Kitchener-Waterloo Chess Club 52

 

Tournament Notices

Hart House Reading Week Open 62
Willowdale Chess Club Championship 64

Community Bulletin Board 64

 

Issue # 1-11, February 1, 2013 - 74 pages

Articles, etc.

Engagement: A Pre-requisite for Chess Reform
FIDE January 1, 2013 Regular Rating List ( Open/Women )
FIDE Jan. 1, 2013 Regular Rating List – Canadian Rankings ( Open/Women )
Teaching Classic Games of Chess: The Power of the Pin
Ken’s Chess Trivia
TCN Readers Have Questions
TCN Readers’ Feedback
TCN’s “Readers’ Opinion” Column

Tournaments

Tata Steel GM A
Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival
Candidates’ Double Round-Robin Tournament – Upcoming
GTCL Premier League

Organizations with News Reports

Chess Federation of Canada ( CFC )
Greater Toronto Chess League ( GTCL )
Chess Institute of Canada ( CIC )
Scarborough Chess Club ( SCC )
Annex Chess Club ( ACC )
Willowdale Chess Club ( WCC )
Burlington Chess Club
Mississauga Chess Club
Aurora Chess Club
Hamilton City Chess Club
Kitchener-Waterloo Chess Club

 

Tournament Notices

Guelph Winter Pro-Am
East Toronto Family Day YCC
Hart House Winter Open

Issue # 1-10, January 15, 2013 - 62 pages

Articles,etc.

Computer Value in Chess?
Interesting Canadian Chess Personalities: Phil Haley
Teaching Classic Games of Chess: Game One – Knight Forks
Ken’s Chess Trivia
TCN Readers Have Questions
TCN Readers’ Feedback
TCN’s “Readers’ Opinion” Column

Tournaments

Hilton Basel Chess Festival, Switzerland
2012 Erfurt Chess Festival, Germany
Vandoeuvre International Open, France
Hastings International ( Masters ) Chess Congress, England
Canadian Universities Chess Championship
Hart House Winter Open, Toronto
GTCL Premier League, GTA
BC Senior Championship

Organizations with News Reports

Chess Federation of Canada ( CFC )
Greater Toronto Chess League ( GTCL )
Chess Institute of Canada ( CIC )
Scarborough Chess Club ( SCC )
Annex Chess Club ( ACC )
Burlington Chess Club
Mississauga Chess Club
Aurora Chess Club
Hamilton City Chess Club
Kitchener-Waterloo Chess Club

Tournament Notices

Hart House Reading Week Open
2013 Toronto Closed Championship – Advance Notice

Corrigenda

Issue # 1-9, January 1, 2013 - 68 pages

Articles, etc.

Youth/Junior Chess in Canada 4
FIDE January 1, 2013 Regular Rating List ( Open/Women ) 11
FIDE Jan. 1, 2013 Regular Rating List – Canadian Rankings ( Open/Women ) 13
Malmsten on Chess – Chess History at Hart House 35
Editor’s Notebook: Year-End Stock-taking 61
Ken’s Chess Trivia 62
TCN Readers Have Questions 64
TCN Readers’ Feedback 64 TCN’s “Readers’ Opinion” Column 64

Tournaments

World Mind Games – Chess 6
Groningen Chess Festival, Netherlands 12
Canadian Junior Chess Championship 22
The Battle of Toronto Invitational 40
Toronto Junior Championship 49
GTCL Premier League 51

Organizations with News Reports

Chess Federation of Canada ( CFC ) 21 Chess ‘n Math Association ( CMA ) 22 Greater Toronto Chess League ( GTCL ) 52
Chess Institute of Canada ( CIC ) 52
Scarborough Chess Club ( SCC ) 54
Annex Chess Club ( ACC ) 54
Willowdale Chess Club ( WCC ) 55
Burlington Chess Club 56
Mississauga Chess Club 56
Aurora Chess Club 58
Ajax Chess Club 59
Hamilton City Chess Club 59
Kitchener-Waterloo Chess Club 60

 

Tournament Notices

Hart House Winter Open 65
GTCL League Cup 66
2013 Toronto Closed Championship – Advance Notice 66

Issue # 1-8, December 15, 2012 - 68 pages:

Articles, etc.

Women’s World Chess Championship – An Alternative Format? 4
Interesting Canadian Chess Personalities – Harmony Zhu 31
Malmsten on Chess – Chess Club Websites by part-time columnist Erik Malmsten 58
Ken’s Chess Trivia by columnist Ken Kurkowski 63
TCN Readers Have Questions 64
TCN’s “Readers’ Opinion” Column 64
Corrigenda 67

Tournament Reports

Women’s World Chess Championship, Russia 7
Panama Chess Open II 11
FIDE 2012-3 Grand Prix # 2 ( Tashkent ), Uzbekistan 12
London Chess Classic, England 18
22nd World Senior Chess Championship, Kamena Vourla, Greece by Andre Zybura 27
The Battle of Toronto Invitational 34
Toronto Junior Championship 36
Toronto Women’s Championship 37
Toronto Seniors’ Championship 39

Organizations with News Reports

Chess Federation of Canada ( CFC ) by Bob Armstrong 30
Greater Toronto Chess League ( GTCL ) by Egis Zeromskis 39
Scarborough Chess Club ( SCC ) by Ken Kurkowski 40
Annex Chess Club ( ACC ) by Marcus Wilker 48
Willowdale Chess Club ( WCC ) by Michael Barron 49
Burlington Chess Club by Bob Gillanders 50
Mississauga Chess Club by Bob Gillanders 51
Aurora Chess Club by Graeme Knight 52
Ajax Chess Club by David Ho 54
Hamilton City Chess Club by Bob Gillanders 54
Kitchener-Waterloo Chess Club by Kai Gauer 55

 

Tournament Notices

Hart House Winter Open 65
GTCL League Cup 66
2013 Toronto Closed Championship – Advance Notice 66

 

Issue # 1-7, December 1, 2012 - 76 pages

Articles

The Quick Chess Rating System
FIDE December 1, 2012 Regular Rating List - Open/Women
FIDE December 1, 2012 Regular Rating List - Canadian Rankings - Open / Women
Malmsten on Chess - Rank and File: the Toronto Chess Club Newsletter, by part-time Columnist, Erik Malmsten
The War of the Chess Men - by Daryl Marcelino, Scarborough CC member
TCN Readers Have Questions
TCN Readers' Opinion Column: Zoltan Sarosy Follow-Up, by Ed., material from Pino Verde, Canadian Correspondence Chess Champion, and Scarborough CC member

Tournaments

Women's World Chess Championship, Russia
World Youth Chess Championships, Slovenia
FIDE World Seniors/Women's Seniors Chess Championships, Greece
Mexico UNAM II Open, Mexico
The Battle of Toronto Invitational
The Toronto Juniors Championship
The Toronto Women's Championship
The Toronto Seniors' Championship

Organizations with News Reports

Chess Federation of Canada ( CFC ), by Bob Armstrong, Public Relations Coordinator
Chess Institute of Canada ( CIC ), by Jessica Yared
Scarborough CC ( SCC ), by Ken Kurkowski
Annex CC ( ACC ), by Marcus Wilker
Willowdale CC ( WCC ), by Michael Barron
Burlington CC, by Bob Gillanders
Mississauga CC, by Bob Gillanders
Aurora CC, by Graeme Knight
Ajax CC, by Ed., material from David Ho
Hamilton City CC, by Bob Gillanders

Tournament Notices

Hart House Winter Open - 1st weekend of January, 2013

Issue # 1-6, November 15, 2012 - 38 pages

Articles

The Future of Chess, by Abbey Alo

Interesting Canadian Chess Personalities - Zoltan Sarosy

Malmsten on Chess, by volunteer part-time columnist, Erik Malmsten: Top Toronto Area Players of 1980 Compared with Today

Best Black Defences to 1.e4?, by Bob Armstrong

Rick's Chess Trivia, by volunteer columnist, Rick Garel

TCN Readers Have Questions

The Women's Chess System - A Response, by Maurice Smith, Scarborough CC President

Tournaments

Women's World Chess Championship, Russia

World Youth Chess Championships, Slovenia

6th Kings Tournament, Romania

The Battle of Toronto Invitational

The Toronto Junior Championship

The Toronto Women's Championship

The Toronto Seniors Championship

Organizations with News Reports

Chess Federation of Canada, by Bob Armstrong, Public Relations Coordinator

Scarborough CC - by Ken Kurkowski

Annex CC - by Marcus Wilker

Willowdale CC - by Michael Barron

Burlington CC - by Bob Gillanders

Mississauga CC - by Bob Gillanders

Aurora CC - by Graeme Knight

Ajax CC - by David Ho

Hamilton City CC - by Bob Gillanders

Issue # 1-5, November 1, 2012 - 56 pages

Articles

The Women's Chess System - Finally Time to Abolish It?

FIDE November 1, 2012 Regular Rating List - Open/Women

Biggest Tournament of the Year, by Erik Malmsten

FIDE November 1, 2012 Regular Rating List - Canadian Ranking ( National/Women )

Rick's Chess Trivia, by columnist Rick Garel

TCN Readers Have Questions

TCN's " Readers' Opinion " Column, with opinion by Ken Kurkowski

Tournaments

Americas Continental Championship, Argentina

6th SPICE Cup GM Tournament, St. Louis

SPICE Cup Open, St. Louis

Unive Chess Festival, Netherlands

Battle of Toronto Invitational

Toronto Junior Championship

Toronto Women's Championship

Toronto Seniors' Championship

Organizations with News Reports

CFC by TCN Liaison Bob Armstrong, CFC Public Relations Coordinator

GTCL by TCN Liaison Egis Zeromskis

Chess Institute of Canada by TCN Liaison Jessica Yared

Scarborough CC by TCN Liaison Ken Kurkowski

Annex CC by TCN Liaison Marcus Wilker

Willowdale CC by Interim TCN Liaison Michael Barron

Burlington CC by TCN Liaison Bob Gillanders

Mississauga CC by TCN Liaison Bob Gillanders

Aurora CC by TCN Liaison Graeme Knight

Ajax CC by TCN Liaison David Ho

Hamilton City CCC by TCN Liaison Bob Gillanders

Tournament Notices

Guelph Fall Pro-Am

Issue # 1-4, October 15, 2012 - 42 pages

Articles:

TCN Launches New Website!
Interesting Canadian Chess Personalities - Howard Ridout - by freelancer, Erik Malmsten
Rick's Chess Trivia, by columnist Rick Garel
TCN Readers' Questions
TCN's " Readers' Opinion " Column, with comment by Scarborough CC President, Maurice Smith

Tournament Reports

Grand Slam Masters Final, Brazil/Spain
2012-3 FIDE Grand Prix # 1 ( London )
13th Karpov Poikovsky Tournament, Russia

Organizations with News Reports

CFC - by Bob Armstrong, CFC Public Relations Coordinator and TCN Liaison
Scarborough CC - by interim TCN Liaison, Bob Armstrong
Annex CC - by TCN Liaison, Marcus Wilker
Willowdale CC - by interim TCN Liaison, Michael Barron
Burlington CC - by TCN Liaison, Bob Gillanders
Mississauga CC - by TCN Liaison, Bob Gillanders
Aurora CC - by TCN Liaison, Graeme Knight
Ajax CC - by editor, Bob Armstrong, Material from TCN Liaison, David Ho
Hamilton City CC - by TCN Liaison, Bob Gillanders

Tournament Notices

Guelph Pro-AM

Issue # 1-3, October 1, 2012 - 51 pages

Articles:

Status of TCN - Apology; Chess Promotion and the Cooperative Chess Coalition ( CCC ); FIDE Rule Change - " Adjust "; Women's FIDE 2011-2 Grand Prix Raises " Political " Issue; October 1, 2012 FIDE Regular Rating List; WYCC - Canadian Team Information; October 1, 2012 FIDE Regular Rating List - Canadian Rankings; Rick's Chess Trivia, by columnist Rick Garel; TCN Readers' Have Questions; and TCN's Readers' Opinion Column.

Tournament Reports:

The FIDE Women's 2011-2 Grand Prix # 6 ( Ankara ). Some tournaments are covered as well in the reports from some of our participating organizations.

Organizations with News Sections:

CFC; GTCL; CIC; Scarborough CC; Annex CC; Willowdale CC; Burlington CC; Mississauga CC; Aurora CC; Ajax CC; and Hamilton CC.

Tournament Notices:

three Toronto tournaments coming up - Toronto Women's Championship; Toronto Junior Championship; and Toronto Seniors Championship.

Issue # 1-2, September 15, 2012 - 51 pages

Articles:

Olympiad Side-Issue Boils Over; Sept. 1, 2012 FIDE Regular Rating List - Open/Women; Sept. 1, 2012 FIDE Regular Rating List - Canadian Rankings - Open/Women; Chess Website Activity by Freelancer Erik Malmsten; Rick's Chess Trivia, by columnist Rick Garel; TCN Readers Have Questions; TCN's Readers' Opinion Column; Thanks to Volunteers.

Tournament Reports:

World Chess Olympiad - National - A Canadian Perspective; World Chess Olympiad - Women's - A Canadian Perspective; Montreal Open; Toronto Labour Day Open.

Organizations with News Sections:

CFC; GTCL; Scarborough CC; Annex CC; Willowdale CC; Burlington CC; Mississauga CC; Aurora CC; Ajax CC; Hamilton CC.

Tournament Notices:

three Toronto tournaments coming up - Toronto Women's Championship; Toronto Junior Championship; and Toronto Seniors Championship.

Issue # 1-1, September 1, 2012 - 18 pages. This is the inaugural Issue of TCN.

Articles:

TCN - A New Kid on the Block!; IM Eric Hansen - 1st GM Norm; Sept. 1, 2012 FIDE Regular Rating List; Rick's Chess Trivia, by columnist Rick Garel; TCN Readers Have Questions; TCN Readers' Opinions.

Tournament Reports:

World Junior Chess Championship, Greece; World Junior Girls Chess Championship, Greece; World Chess Olympiad - Open Section, Turkey; World Chess Olympiad - Women's Section, Turkey; French Championships

Organizations with News Sections:

GTCL; Scarborough CC; Annex CC; Willowdale CC.

Tournament Notices:

Toronto Labour Day Open; The Battle of Toronto Invitational.

Scarborough Community of Toronto Chess News & Views Archive

The SCTCN&V was the official newsletter of the Scarborough Chess Club in Toronto, Canada and was published from Sept. 1, 1999 ( Volume 1 ) to June 15, 2012 ( Volume 13 ).

Bob Armstrong was the founder and sole editor.

( Full set of Issues yet to be added ).