Chess Pro Takes on Court



WINNIPEG, MB—Chess pro Ella Iomdina will take on as many chess players as step forward for the launch of the Downtown BIZ’s weekly Chess in the Court on Thursday, February 26, noon to 1:30pm.

Iomdina, who immigrated to Canada from Russia in 1996, is a veteran chess player and the top female competitor in Winnipeg. She will conduct a simultaneous exhibition, taking on likely a dozen Chess Club members as well as any walk-ups.

Chess in the Court tournaments run on Thursdays until April 23 at Portage Place either in Edmonton Court (main floor) or Kennedy Court (second level). Prizes donated by businesses in the surrounding area are awarded weekly to the top three chess champions.

Here are the date locations for Chess in the Court, all Thursdays:

Feb 26             Edmonton Court
March 5           Kennedy Court
Mar 12             Kennedy Court
Mar 19             Edmonton Court
Mar 26             Kennedy Court
April 2              Edmonton Court
April 9              Kennedy Court
April 16            Kennedy Court
April 23            Edmonton Court

Tournaments are hosted by the Downtown BIZ and the Manitoba Chess Association, who provide a chess playing coordinator to run the tournament. Chess in the Court is the indoor winter edition of the summer Chess in the Park series held outdoors.

Bella Iomdina – BIO

Bella Iomdina is a veteran chess player and the top female competitor in Winnipeg.

Bella learned chess from her father at the age of six in her native city of Ufa, in Russia. She began playing competitively at 11, and in the next few years traveled across Russia playing in numerous tournaments. She became women’s champion in Crimea in 1990, and has won championships in several Russian republics over the years. By her late teens she had attained the rank of candidate master.

Bella immigrated to Canada in 1996 at the age of 20. She put her active chess career on hold while she completed her studies and established a career in Canada. Bella has her Master’s degree in nursing and has specialized in neonatology and obstetrics. She has worked as an instructor at the University of Manitoba’s nursing faculty. She will soon begin a new position as director of care with the Poseidon Care Centre.

Recently Bella has begun competing actively again in chess tournaments, and has already emerged as a leading competitor in local events.