Maritime Chess Festival - Oct 11-14, Summerside, PE

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Maritime Chess Festival - Oct 11-14, Summerside, PE

    I was talking to Nova Scotia NM Sriram Sarja this morning and he indicated he is planning to come to the Maritime Open. Sriram moved to the Halifax area last year and has been doing well in both local events and online events.

    Register Now ! Pay later ! Maritime Open or any of the side events.
    https://mcc.devastation.ca/mcf24.html

    Maritime Top 25 CFC Classical Ratings
    https://mcc.devastation.ca/mar25.html

    Maritime Top 15 CFC Quick Ratings (includes online CFC Rated events).
    https://mcc.devastation.ca/mar10qck.html

    Maritime Calendar of Events
    https://mcc.devastation.ca/maritime.html

    Last year, we were sable to bring in GM Aman Hambleton. If you are IM level or above and would like to attend this year, drop me a line (fredmckim at gmail.com)

  • #2
    Hard to believe, but we're coming up on the 5th Maritime Chess Festival, this Thanksgiving in Summerside, PE, at Credit Union Place.
    https://mcc.devastation.ca/mcf24.html

    We will be following the same tournament schedule as the last couple of years, with five distinct events.

    Maritime Open Championship - Oct 12-14
    https://mcc.devastation.ca/marop24.html
    Two Sections (Championship: FIDE and CFC Regular Rated and Challengers: CFC Regular Rated for Under 2000)
    Six Round Swiss
    Game / 90 minutes with a 30 second increment

    Maritime Rapid Open - Fri, Oct 11
    https://mcc.devastation.ca/marrpdop24.html
    Five Round Swiss
    CFC Quick Chess Rated
    Game / 20 minutes with a 5 second increment

    Maritime Amateur Open - Sat, Oct 12
    https://mcc.devastation.ca/maramop24.html
    Two Sections (Under 1700 and Junior Under 1200)
    Five Round Swiss
    CFC Quick Chess Rated and CMA Rated (Junior)
    Game / 20 minutes with a 5 second increment

    Maritime Junior Open - Sun, Oct 13
    https://mcc.devastation.ca/marjrop24.html
    Three Sections (Open, Under 1400 and Under 1000)
    Six Round Swiss
    CFC Quick Chess Rated and CMA Rated
    Game / 15 minutes with a 5 second increment

    Maritime Blitz Open - Sun, Oct 13
    https://mcc.devastation.ca/marblop24.html
    Seven Round Double Swiss (14 games)
    Maritime Blitz Rated
    Game / 3 minutes with a 2 second increment

    There is both a snack bar and restaurant on site.

    The featured hotel is the Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham, which is attached to Credit Union Place. Staying there includes a hot breakfast, and use of the pool and gym.
    https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/microt...de-pe/overview

    Early bird payment deadline is Sunday, August 25. However, you can help with promotion, by sending me a note, now that you are planning to come (and a list of events you're playing) and paying by that date.

    Fred

    Comment


    • #3
      O6/07 --- No sooner do I get an anonymous donor for a special $500 prize to the winner of the PEI Open, then I get an offer of $300 from another donor who wishes to remain anonymous. This time it's $200 to the Top Junior Player and $100 to the Most Improved Player at the Maritime Open.

      Comment


      • #4
        Wow, what nice people down there!

        Comment


        • #5
          2024 MCF Featured Player: IM Rohan Talukdar


          Twenty-one year old, Rohan Talukdar just completed his 3rd year of Neuroscience at the University of Windsor, located in his hometown, Windsor, ON. Entering his final year, he is planning to go on and pursue a medical degree.

          His last CFC tournament was the 2022 Canadian Open, where he tied for 8th in a strong field. Since then, he has turned away from tournament chess to concentrate on his University studies.

          Rohan started playing chess at the age of 4, and it has been his lifelong goal to achieve the GM title, which he still aspires to, and hopes to find some time, soon, to resume some degree of tournament chess. As an IM, the minimum requirement for the GM title would be 3 GM norm performances and achieving a FIDE rating of 2500 (his current FIDE rating is 2359).

          Rohan writes:

          “I was born in 2003, one of the strongest years for Canadian chess. Many strong players were born between 2002 and 2004, such as GM Shawn Rodrigue-Lemieux, WGM Maili-Jade Ouellet, IM Nicholas Vettese, WIM Svitlana Demchenko, FM Eugene Hua, FM Sergey Noritsyn, FM Joshua Doknjas, and others. From 2017 to 2019, I was the highest-rated player in my age group in Canada, winning the CYCC three consecutive times. At 15 years old, I surpassed a FIDE rating of 2400. In 2019, I also won the NAYCC U16.

          However, the chess scene in Canada changed dramatically after the pandemic started. During COVID, the lack of tournaments due to social distancing rules posed significant challenges, but players like Shawn Rodrigue-Lemieux showed remarkable dedication and perseverance, with Shawn later achieving the prestigious title of World Junior Chess Champion. Meanwhile, many other players, including myself, experienced slowed progress due to various challenges, such as an increased focus on university. Despite this, I still fully plan on becoming both a GM and a medical doctor in the future.

          Interestingly, the current generation of Canadians born in 2008-2009 represents the next chess boom. I predict that these kids will produce more strong titles players than the 2002-2004 generation, making Canadian chess rather exciting.”


          Personal hobbies include playing the guitar and piano. His favourite sport to participate in is Soccer, but he rather enjoys watching Olympic Skeleton and Snow Boarding. Pizza is his go to food, and his favourite travel destination, to date, has been Greece.

          Rohan has registered for the Maritime Open, Rapid and Blitz.

          ===========

          Chess Resume

          National+ Youth Tournaments Won
          2017 CYCC U14 Champion
          2018 CYCC U16 Champion
          2019 CYCC U16 Champion
          2019 North American YCC U16 Champion
          2019 CMA Grade 10 Champion

          Representing Canada Internationally
          World Youth Championship (5 times)
          World U-16 Olympiad (2 times)
          World Online Olympiad (2 times)

          International Titles
          1) International Master awarded 2022
          IM Norm: LA Norm Invitational 2022
          IM Norm: World Open 2022
          IM Norm: Ottawa GM Norm Invitational 2022
          IM Norm: 1st at North American Youth Chess Championships U16 2019
          IM Norm: Philadelphia International 2019
          Achieved 2400 FIDE Rating 2018
          2) FIDE Master awarded 2018
          3) FIDE Candidate Master awarded 2013
          Last edited by Fred McKim; Sunday, 9th June, 2024, 02:58 AM.

          Comment


          • #6
            Nice to see Rohan get publicity. Great player. I wish him all the best.

            Comment


            • #7
              Four months away



              Only by coincidence, I just now realized that the 2024 Maritime Chess Festival starts 4 months from today. It's going to be another long weekend for me, shuffling around from room to room with my gimpy knees - although I did sign up for surgery and 2025 should see a whole new me (well at least one out of two knees).

              We will be following the same tournament schedule as the last couple of years, with five distinct events.

              Maritime Open Championship - Oct 12-14
              https://mcc.devastation.ca/marop24.html
              Six Round Swiss
              Game / 90 minutes with a 30 second increment
              NEW FOR 2024 --- Two Sections: 1) Championship: FIDE and CFC Regular Rated, and 2) Challengers Under 2000 CFC: Only CFC Regular Rated

              Maritime Rapid Open - Fri, Oct 11
              https://mcc.devastation.ca/marrpdop24.html
              Five Round Swiss
              CFC Quick Chess Rated
              Game / 20 minutes with a 5 second increment

              Maritime Amateur Open - Sat, Oct 12
              https://mcc.devastation.ca/maramop24.html
              Two Sections (Under 1700 and Junior Under 1200)
              Five Round Swiss
              CFC Quick Chess Rated and CMA Rated (Junior)
              Game / 20 minutes with a 5 second increment

              Maritime Junior Open - Sun, Oct 13
              https://mcc.devastation.ca/marjrop24.html
              Three Sections (Open, Under 1400 and Under 1000)
              Six Round Swiss
              CFC Quick Chess Rated and CMA Rated
              Game / 15 minutes with a 5 second increment

              Maritime Blitz Open - Sun, Oct 13
              https://mcc.devastation.ca/marblop24.html
              Seven Round Double Swiss (14 games)
              Maritime Blitz Rated
              Game / 3 minutes with a 2 second increment

              There is both a snack bar and restaurant on site.

              The featured hotel is the Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham,
              https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/microt...de-pe/overview
              which is attached to Credit Union Place. Never have to go outside all weekend !
              Staying there includes a hot breakfast at the hotel, and use of the Credit Union Place Pool and Gym. We have a block of rooms, with a discount, set aside for MCF. The link (Click: Online Booking) containing the discount code, is on the MCF main page.
              https://mcc.devastation.ca/mcf24.html

              Our FIRST featured player is IM Rohan Talukdar from Windsor, ON. Rohan, 21, received his IM Title in 2022, but has since been focused on his University studies, where he's entering 4th year Neuroscience. at the University of Windsor. He won the CYCC three times in a row as well as a NAYCC Title.

              Early bird payment deadline is Sunday, August 25. However, you can help with promotion, by sending me a note, now, saying that you are planning to come (and a list of events you're playing in) and then paying by that date in August for the Early Bird Entry Fee.

              Fred (06/11)

              Comment


              • #8
                Things are going well for our 2024 event ....... I'd still love to bring another IM level player to the Island for the weekend.

                Comment


                • #9
                  Only Three & one half months away




                  A number of the MCF pre-registered and/or regular players were in action, two weekends ago In Halifax, as the NS Open had more than 70 players come out and broke up into 3 sections with rating bands at 1600 and 1300. Sriram Sarja, who I'm pretty excited to meet this fall, won the event, scoring 4.5/5 (and the 0.5 he lost was a round 2 bye).There was a massive tie for second with 3.5, and that included another Master level player coming to the MCF, Calix Marchand. Also in that 3.5 group was Louis Fillmore, whose stock seems to rising every time out, andactually played on Board 1 in the last round. Jason Manley, who is an MCF regular, also was in that tie for 2nd.

                  While the pre-registered numbers aren't up much this week, a few MCF players (or possible players) were in action in Fredericton at the NB Open. Defending champion, Calix Marchand lost a couple of games an had to settle for a tie for 7th. Ian Martinovsky, who was the big MCF Winner in 2022, took 1st place and we hope he can make it again this year. Tied for 2nd was Jason Manley. MCF Regular, Josh MacRitchie tied for 5th. Louis Fillmore continued his good play, losing to only two of the top finishers. Saint John Junior, Han Zhang, who is also coming to the MCF was also part of that big tie for 7th.

                  Another interesting tidbit, I picked up on recently, is than IM Rohan Talukdar was given the nod to be Canada's Official Representative at the RIDEF Tournament, this August, in Quebec City. So, he will have a little less rust on him than we might have expected, at Thanksgiving.

                  I am open to the idea of trying to squeeze in another IM / 2400 CFC type player to the event. Drop me a line if you're interested in coming.

                  Fred (06/29)

                  ================

                  We will be following the same tournament schedule as the last couple of years, with five distinct events.

                  Maritime Open Championship - Oct 12-14
                  https://mcc.devastation.ca/marop24.html
                  Six Round Swiss
                  Game / 90 minutes with a 30 second increment
                  NEW FOR 2024 --- Two Sections:
                  1) Championship: FIDE and CFC Regular Rated
                  2) Challengers Under 2000 CFC: Only CFC Regular Rated

                  Maritime Rapid Open - Fri, Oct 11
                  https://mcc.devastation.ca/marrpdop24.html
                  Five Round Swiss
                  CFC Quick Chess Rated
                  Game / 20 minutes with a 5 second increment

                  Maritime Amateur Open - Sat, Oct 12
                  https://mcc.devastation.ca/maramop24.html
                  Two Sections (Under 1700 and Junior Under 1200)
                  Five Round Swiss
                  CFC Quick Chess Rated and CMA Rated (Junior)
                  Game / 20 minutes with a 5 second increment

                  Maritime Junior Open - Sun, Oct 13
                  https://mcc.devastation.ca/marjrop24.html
                  Three Sections (Open, Under 1400 and Under 1000)
                  Six Round Swiss
                  CFC Quick Chess Rated and CMA Rated
                  Game / 15 minutes with a 5 second increment

                  Maritime Blitz Open - Sun, Oct 13
                  https://mcc.devastation.ca/marblop24.html
                  Seven Round Double Swiss (14 games)
                  Maritime Blitz Rated
                  Game / 3 minutes with a 2 second increment

                  There is both a snack bar and restaurant on site.

                  The featured hotel is the Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham,
                  https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/microt...de-pe/overview
                  which is attached to Credit Union Place. Never have to go outside all weekend !
                  Staying there includes a hot breakfast at the hotel, and use of the Credit Union Place Pool and Gym. We have a block of rooms, with a discount, set aside for MCF. The link (Click: Online Booking) containing the discount code, is on the MCF main page.
                  https://mcc.devastation.ca/mcf24.html

                  Our FIRST featured player is IM Rohan Talukdar from Windsor, ON. Rohan, 21, received his IM Title in 2022, but has since been focused on his University studies, where he's entering 4th year Neuroscience. at the University of Windsor. He won the CYCC three times in a row as well as a NAYCC Title.

                  Early bird payment deadline is Sunday, August 25. However, you can help with promotion, by sending me a note, now, saying that you are planning to come (and a list of events you're playing in) and then paying by that date in August for the Early Bird Entry Fee.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Once again this year, there is some interest in attending the MCF, coming from the other side of the world, as I've been exchanging e-mails with a couple of gentlemen from Uganda. Let me preface this conversation with the statistical fact that only on one out of maybe 10 occasions has an interested player from Africa or Asia been able to secure the Visa they needed to attend. So, I'll keep you in the loop on this one, as they are hoping to send a contingent of 4-5 players.

                    We are still 7 weeks away from the Early Bird Entry fee deadline, as entries come in each week. IM Rohan Talukdar is still top seed in the Open and NS Open Champion, Sriram Sarja is still the Top Maritime player. Newly registered today, is the 2022 winner of the MCF Open, Maritime Rapid, and Maritime Blitz, Ian Martinovsky, who also won the NB Open a couple of weeks ago.

                    I am hoping that we can provide shuttle service to any players who travel here by plane, as they have the 50 minute ride from Charlottetown to Summerside and back..

                    Fred (07/08)

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      I may still have some funding available for a 2400+ player. Contact me.

                      Comment

                      Working...
                      X