McGill 2nd at the Canadian Universities Chess Champs!

The 2018 Canadian Universities Chess Championships were held at the University of Ottawa. From Jan 13-14, with a blitz tournament Friday the 12th. McGill’s presence was made clear from the start, with Board 1 NM Maroun Tomb placing 1st in the blitz with 7.5/10 and Board 4 Houji Yao 4th with 7/10.

Day 1 is always the toughest, with 3 rounds of nail-biting chess. With games beginning at 10:30 am, the last game went until 12:30 am the next day. But the A and C team toughed it out, scoring 2.5/3 in the Open and U1800 sections respectively, in prime position to strike. On Day 2, the A team drew twice, securing second. Seeded 4th, they drew the top 3 teams, 1/2 a point away from first place Waterloo A. Team C scored another 1.5/2, securing silver. Not bad for the 6th seeds!

Next year: McMaster. 9th-seeded Team B placed 8th in the Open section.

The Club is grateful for the Students’ Society of McGill’s University’s (SSMU) continuous generosity in funding us through the Ambassador Fund, without which this trip would neither be possible nor successful.

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Congratulations to the 12 players were part of the roster!


A-team


Maroun Tomb, Oscar Sprumont, Bassel Charaf, Hou Ji Yao

B-team


Andy Caen, Ata Mandanchi, Indy Ma, Archit Gupta

C-team

Andreas Loken, Abdullatif Hassan, Weijia Huang, Marek Adamowicz

Ratings

Open section

Under 1800

McGill 2018 CUCC Delegation


This weekend, the 2018 Canadian Universities Chess Championships will be held at the University of Ottawa. McGill is sending three teams, two of which are Competing in the Open section

The Club is grateful for the Students’ Society of McGill’s University’s (SSMU) generosity in funding us through the Ambassador Fund, without which this trip would not be possible.

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Congratulations to the 12 players who will be making the trip!


A-team


Maroun Tomb, Oscar Sprumont, Bassel Charaf, Hou Ji Yao

B-team


Andy Caen, Ata Mandanchi, Indy Ma, Archit Gupta

C-team

Andreas Loken, Abdullatif Hassan, Weijia Huang, Marek Adamowicz

Follow their progress on Twitter and Facebook!

End of Fall 2017

From left to right: Myself, Andreas (2nd), Laurent (1st) and Houji. Absent from the picture: Nader (3rd).

Dear all,

Our Fall 2017 semester wrapped up with pizza and our traditional end-of-term blitz tournament. We are proud to present you the winners of our blitz tournament: 1st Laurent, 2nd Andreas and 3rd Nader. Congratulations and a big thank you to all who participated!

Moreover, we want to thank everyone for supporting the club, whether it is by showing up to our weekly meetings, by giving us your input on how to improve it or by solving puzzles on our Facebook group. We are also glad to see that many of you showed interest in participating in the Canadian Universities Chess Championships (CUCC) to be hosted in January by the University of Ottawa. We will soon announce the teams that will be representing us (Applicants, some of you might not have received an email yet regarding our decision, it will be sent out eventually!!).

With just a few days left to 2017, I hope each of you take the time to reflect on the wonderful chess games you have played this year and that each wrong move has strengthen your play. May 2018 be filled with even better games and new experiences! Hence, we encourage you guys to try out new time controls and participate in a few tournaments (perhaps, your first one!). Note that there are plenty of tournaments in the area with different time controls. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself! Chances are you will perform better than you think you would.

We hope you are enjoying your well-deserved break and wish you a happy new year! See you all in January!

Sincerely,
Indy Ma
Co-President
McGill Students’ Chess Club

Co-President Indy Ma's letter

Letter from Co-President Indy Ma

Hey guys!

Another year, another letter from the incoming president of the McGill Students’ Chess Club! As a matter a fact, this year, the chess club will be having two co-presidents. We are excited for the year to come and are looking forward to continuously improving it. First of all, we hope you guys all had a wonderful and productive summer! For all the new students here, welcome to McGill! We hope you enjoy the next couple of years in the vibrant city of Montreal. For returning students, welcome back and we hope you didn’t miss McGill too much during the summer!

We would like to thank everyone who came by Activities Night and hope you enjoyed playing against one of our execs! Similarly to the previous years, we will be holding weekly meetings at the Trottier Cafeteria from 5:30 – 7:30 pm on Thursdays. As a matter of fact, our first meeting will be Thursday, September 21st. We provide chess sets and clocks so you only need to bring yourself, your love for chess and a smile! Don’t know any friends interested in playing with you? Don’t worry, you will definitely find an opponent (worthy to play against you) of similar strength to play against at our meetings. Furthermore, our much anticipated Gerts Night will take place on Tuesday, September 26th! Mark the date, as it will be an evening full of chess and beer! We’ll keep you updated of all upcoming events through our mail list so make sure you are subscribed. Be prepared for blitz tournaments, the Canadian Universities Chess Championship (CUCC), the McGill Open and MORE Gerts Nights!

Keeping our letter short and sweet, we would like to end by wishing you an incredible year. We hope to see you around at the Trottier Cafeteria!

Sincerely,

Indy Ma
Co-President
McGill Students’ Chess Club



Our Champion WGM Zhou. By Phi-Khanh Photography

McGill Rapid 2017 Post-Mortem

Dear all,

Ah, another McGill Open in the books. As I look back on this event, I am especially appreciative of your continued and unwavering support. There have been difficult times at the club, and as a result, we weren’t able to host a classical McGill Open. However, the turnout of 83 people really expressed your confidence in the McGill event as well your enthusiasm for chess, both aspects that will help this summer event survive moving on.

As well as the players, I would also like to thank my team for its full support and efforts to make sure that we do the best we can. The Organization, which I can proudly claim to be a part of, was superb, from the Photograher (Phi-Khanh Hoang, whom these pictures are attributed to), to the Tournament Director, to our Arbiter in Chief. Of course, I thank our sponsor, the Students’ Society of McGill University for its contribution to our expanded prize fund.

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Originally, we planned $1000 as the prize fund, but we were able to expand it to $1130 due to registrations in the B section. Accordingly, the B section benefitted from an increase of $105, while the A increased by $25. Congratulations to all our prizewinners.

Both sections were extremely competitive, with the Open section having 14 titled players, consisting of half the section, and an Under 1800 section that contained 55(!) players, many of whom are playing their first ever tourney.

Looking forward, I am very optimistic about the successes of our future events. Again, I thank you for your continued support, without which a McGill summer event would not have been possible over these past few years. As co-presidents next year, Indy and I look forward to hosting you again next year!

More about standings and prize distribution below.

Best regards,

Houji Yao

Houji Yao

President

McGill Students’ Chess Club 2016-2017

Research Follow Alessandro Ricottone By Phi-Khanh Hoang
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The prize winners are as follows:

If you have won a prize, please email houji.yao@mail.mcgill.ca ASAP with your address, to prevent delay of receipt of your cheque.

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Youth vs. Experience
Youth vs experience. By Phi-Khanh Hoang