ACC Strawberry Season Swiss

June is the Strawberry Moon – Dewmin-Giizis (or Ode’min-Giizis) in the local Nishnaabe language. It’s strawberry season in Ontario, and farms outside the city will soon have pick-your-own available. Meanwhile, downtown Toronto chess players are playing in the ACC Strawberry Season Swiss.

ACC Strawberry Season Swiss is a five-round CFC-rated tournament in three sections, Crown, U1800, and U1400. Time control is 90 min/side with a 30-s increment. The round starts at 7:30 pm on Monday nights June 11 to July 23. (Off June 18 for the GTCL Cup and July 2 for Canada Day.) Register on site each round by 7 pm. Email registration or bye requests before 6pm.

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Round One – June 11

See full results below…

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Off-week – June 18

Don’t miss the GTCL Cup, Toronto’s Rapid Team Chess Championship. $20 per team, or $5 per player – free for ACC players. Put your team together and email it in, or we’ll put teams together between 6 pm and 7 pm on site.

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Round Two – June 25

Join us in Round Two! New players are always welcome. Please email before 6:00, or register on site before 7:00 pm to sign up. You need both CFC and club membership, but both can be purchased from us, and we have a variety of club membership options available. If you’re already signed up, but you can’t make it, again please email before 6:00 pm to let us know so we don’t put you in the pairings.

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Off-week – July 2

It’s a Canada Day long weekend! The club will be closed.

Round Three – July 9

We’re back up and running on July 9.

Round Four – July 16

Round Four.

Round Five – July 23

Final round.


Ranking cross-tables after Round 1

ACC Strawberry Season Swiss – Crown section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd Pts.
1 Noritsyn Sergey 2284 CAN 5b1 1
2 Malakhovets Sergey 2122 CAN 6b1 1
3 Tavana Joseph 1739 CAN 4b½ 0.5
4 Southam David 2176 CAN 3w½ 0.5
5 Fines John 1907 CAN 1w0 0
6 Bitton Michael 1726 CAN 2w0 0

Updated results are also available on the Chess-Results server.

ACC Strawberry Season Swiss – U1800 section

Late update: Michael vs. Toy Chack 0-1

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd Pts.
1 Li Yun Hong (kevin) 1741 CAN 18b1 1
2 Ramesh Bharath 1591 CAN 16b1 1
3 Wagner Robert 1568 CAN 19b1 1
4 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1545 CAN 17b1 1
5 Armstrong Robert J. 1529 CAN 13b1 1
6 Schwartz Lorne 1542 CAN 11w1 1
7 Terra Arthur Schneider 1518 BRA 12w1 1
8 Kalmanson Evgeny 1447 CAN 9b½ 0.5
9 Gao Lucy 1576 CAN 8w½ 0.5
10 Guo Haotong Hazel 1462 CAN 0.5
11 Daldal Erdem 1705 CAN 6b0 0
12 Jevtic Dragan 1630 CAN 7b0 0
13 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1689 CAN 5w0 0
14 Saltat Michael 1626 CAN 15w 0
15 Kwan Toy Chack 1505 CAN 14b 0
16 Dixon Javier 1483 CAN 2w0 0
17 Supol George 1331 CAN 4w0 0
18 Stefanovich-Thomson Alexis 1329 CAN 1w0 0
19 Belanger Colton 1281 CAN 3w0 0

Updated results are also available on the Chess-Results server.

ACC Strawberry Season Swiss – U1400 section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd Pts.
1 Davies Philip 1298 CAN 12b1 1
2 Stroganov Victor 1297 CAN 10w1 1
3 Lambert Peter 1185 CAN 11w1 1
4 Souchko Larissa 963 CAN 9w1 1
5 Noritsyn Ivan 969 CAN 7b½ 0.5
6 Wadhwa Rymn 902 CAN 8b½ 0.5
7 Grisar Charlie 1232 CAN 5w½ 0.5
8 Teram Eli 989 CAN 6w½ 0.5
9 Patton Mark A. 1192 CAN 4b0 0
10 Kamnitzer Benjamin 1003 CAN 2b0 0
11 Brent-Hurst Liam 0 CAN 3b0 0
12 Moiseev Alex 1182 CAN 1w0 0

Updated results are also available on the Chess-Results server.

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2018 Toronto Blitz Chess Championship – June 10

The 2018 Toronto Blitz Championship is Sunday June 10, 1:00 to 5:00 pm – part of Harbourfront Centre Chessfest

Round 6 games on the top boards (photo: John Upper)

This Year’s Winner

Artiom Samsonkin is 2018 Toronto Blitz Champion (photo: John Upper)

Photos

See the tournament album by John Upper.

Flyer

A promotional flyer (PDF) is available to download here.

Details

Style: 7 double-round Swiss, FIDE and CFC-rated
Time Control: 3 minutes each, plus 2 seconds per move
Registration: https://guestli.st/563637 – late entry tickets are still available, or register on site.
Entry Fees: $50 before June 4 / $60 after or on site
Junior/Senior: Less $10 for 18 & under or 60+ (as of June 1)
Membership: Up-to-date CFC membership required
Chief Arbiter: Alex Ferreira

Final Standings

Rk. SNo Name FED Rtg Club/City Pts.
1 3 Samsonkin Artiom CAN 2553 ON 12
2 2 Noritsyn Nikolay CAN 2604 ON 10.5
  5 Vavrak Peter SVK 2484 FO 10.5
  7 Tayar Jonathan CAN 2462 ON 10.5
5 14 Plotkin Mark CAN 2327 ON 10
6 6 Yang Kaiqi CAN 2467 ON 10
7 1 Preotu Razvan CAN 2623 ON 10
8 18 Dougherty Michael CAN 2238 ON 10
9 9 Plotkin Victor CAN 2393 ON 9.5
10 8 Cummings David CAN 2406 ON 9
  11 Rek Viatcheslav (slava) CAN 2344 ON 9
12 4 Krnan Tomas CAN 2503 ON 8.5
  13 Vettese Nicholas CAN 2330 ON 8.5
  26 Asadov Jabrayll AZE 1994   8.5
15 28 Rivera Pimentel Francisco MEX 1981   8.5
16 16 Barron Michael CAN 2318 ON 8
  22 Munro Allan TTO 2169   8
  23 Tonakanian Stephan CAN 2090 ON 8
  25 England Max CAN 2061 ON 8
  30 Huang Youhe CAN 1942 ON 8
  34 Calvelo Jelvis PHI 1927 ON 8
  50 Nguyen John CAN 1388 ON 8
23 17 Dukic Zachary CAN 2258 ON 8
24 27 Atanasov Anthony CAN 1982 ON 8
25 12 Milicevic Goran CAN 2340 ON 7.5
  20 Upper John CAN 2206 ON 7.5
  21 Birarov Vladimir CAN 2182 ON 7.5
  32 Nazareno Merlin CAN 1938 ON 7.5
29 15 Puri Vinny CAN 2320 ON 7
  39 Li Yun Hong (kevin) CAN 1741 ON 7
31 36 Nitu Vlad CAN 1778 ON 7
32 33 Khachaturov Vadim CAN 1932 ON 6.5
  38 Gao Raymond CAN 1762 ON 6.5
34 42 Liu Harry CAN 1651 ON 6.5
35 35 Zhao Jeffrey R. CAN 1833 ON 6
  37 Manchester Justin CAN 1771 ON 6
  40 Ali Shafkat CAN 1667 ON 6
  43 Odorcic Zelko CAN 1603 ON 6
  46 Mao Fengxi CAN 1523 ON 6
  54 Verma Bhavuk IND 1206   6
41 10 Sapozhnikov Roman CAN 2366 ON 6
42 41 Belcadi Salim CAN 1653 ON 5.5
  45 Sarker Koushik CAN 1535 ON 5.5
  59 Fatemi Amir CAN 0   5.5
45 24 Fiedler Brian CAN 2078 ON 5.5
46 29 Streegan Michael CAN 1968 ON 5
  31 Malmsten Erik CAN 1938 ON 5
  44 Schwartz Lorne CAN 1542 ON 5
  55 Hu Alex CAN 1423 ON 5
50 49 Cater Brendan CAN 1469 ON 5
51 53 Dong Yiwei CAN 1345 ON 4.5
  56 Jeyakumar Bhavatharshan CAN 1509   4.5
53 61 Puri Dylan CAN 0 ON 4.5
54 47 Terra Arthur Schneider BRA 1518   4.5
55 60 Liang Thomas Mingen CAN 0 ON 4
56 51 Lim Carl CAN 1387 ON 4
57 52 Terra Enzo Schneider BRA 1350   2.5
58 48 Ai Amy CAN 1477 ON 2

See full results on Chess-Results.

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2018 GTCL Cup – Toronto Rapid Team Chess Championship – June 18

Thank you

Thanks to all who attended. We had a great turnout, with 19 teams taking part.

Results

Team results are posted on the Chess-results server. Individual game results to follow.

Registration List

Championship Category
Chess Stars (~2200 CFC)
1. Nicholas Vettese (2330)
2. Michael Barron (2318)
3. Michael Kimelman (2244)
4. Sasha Starr (2146)

Willowdale CC (2122 CFC)
1. Vladimir Birarov (2182) CFC #145968
2. (C) Dmitry Chernik (2101) CFC #149932
3. Stephan Tonakanian (2090) CFC #150629
4. Dennis Ryadnov (2114) CFC #162130

Annex A Team (~2200 CFC)
1. William Li
2. Sergey Malakhovets (2122) CFC #158413
3.
4.
* Team list still to be finalized

Hart House A (~2300 CFC)
1. IM Peter Vavrak (2484)
2. FM Mike Ivanov (2357)
3. Lali Agbabishvili (2296)
4. Joseph Bellissimo (2280)
* Team lists still to be finalized

Hart House B (~2100 CFC)
5. Jim Zhao (2262)
6. Jonathan Yu (2200)
7. Alex Ferreira (2090)
8. Jurgen Aliaz (1521)

Aurora Chess Club (~2200 CFC)
1. David Cummings
2. Michael Dougherty
3. Egidijus Zeromskis
4. David MacLeod

Pinoy Chess Club of Canada (~2250 CFC)
1. Eduardo Teodoro (2398) CFC #112698
2. Ryan Franco (2272) CFC #165112
3. —
4. Jelvis Calvelo (2247) CFC #162161
5. (alt) Joey Orozco (1725) CFC #148825

London Fire (1680 CFC)
1. Tony Bao (2024) CFC #149351
2. Brendan Adamo (1290) CFC #164074
3. Matthew Blake (1724) CFC #144032
4. Tony Huang (1680) CFC #140897

U1800 Category

Ryerson Chess Club (~1400 CFC)
1. (C) Michael Saltat (1656) CFC #158633
2. Tony Yueh (1590) CFC #165085
3. Jonathan Grande (1159) CFC #155586
4. Rymn Wadhwa (1040) CFC #166112
5. Ryan Tuchow (1168) CFC #158636

Hart House C (~1500 CFC)
1. Atakan Bakiskan (1505 FIDE)
2. Jonathan Moore (1495)
3. Vignesh Kumar (1482)
4. Ranmal Bandara (1360)
* Team lists still to be finalized

Hart House D (~1100 CFC)
5. Sahan Karunaratne (1337)
6. Vikram Venkataramanan (1099)
7. Jennifer Ugodnikov (1031)
8. Dylan Yakobovits (1005)

Hart House E (~1000 CFC)
17. Japvinit Kour (-)

CCYC Team A
1. Shuhan Zhang
2. Eric Li
3. Zachary Li
4. Marie Guan

CCYC Team B
1. Owen Lee
2. Matthew Tan
3. Sherwin Ji
4. Carina Feng

Cool Cats (~1100 CFC)
1. Yunpeng Liang (1550)
2. Rahul Shah (UNR)
3. Raj Shah (UNR)
4. Pratic Panchal (UNR)

Team Maddy
1. Lorne Schwartz
2. Richard Pell
3. Thomas Liang
4 . ??

Team captains, please hand in a proper paper copy of your team list. There will be blank copies of the entry form on site if you need them.

Entry Form

GTCL Cup Team entry form – 2018

Hart House wins the 2015 GTCL Cup!
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ACC Smash Crash Swiss

As summer comes to Toronto, we have fond memories of summer street chess from the past. The spot in the 1970s and 80s used to be beside Sam the Record Man on Yonge, and one of the celebrities from those days was Josef Smolij. His favourite opening was the “Smash-Crash Gambit.” So our current club tournament is named Smash Crash in his honour.

ACC Smash Crash Swiss is a five-round CFC-rated tournament in two sections, Top and U1400. (We usually have three sections, but many of our top players are currently participating in the concurrent Toronto Closed Chess Championship.) Time control is 90 min/side with a 30-s increment. The round starts at 7:30 pm on Monday nights April 30 to Jun 4. Register on site each round by 7 pm. Email registration or bye requests before 6pm.

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Round One – April 30

Round One players include a four-player contingent from Ryerson Chess Club, and Ryerson’s Tony Yueh (1390) scores an upset victory over Bharath Ramesh (1638) to join the U1800 lead group at 1.0/1.

In U1400 action, father-son team Valery Stroganov and Victor Stroganov are both victorious, joining the 5-way tie for first with 1.0/1.

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Round Two – May 7

The leader group in the Top section is down to four players as Arkadiy Ugodnikov, Dragan Jevtic, Salim Belcadi, and Erdem Daldal all win their games.

In U1400, only two players are still perfect. Dennis Tran and Valery Stroganov have 2.0/2.

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Round Three – May 14

In the Top section, just two players are perfect through 3 rounds, Salim Belcadi and Dragan Jevtic.

In U1400, Dennis Tran wins the playoff on Board 1 to take sole possession of the lead at 3.0/3. Six players trail him at 2.0/3.

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Off week – May 21

The tournament is taking a break for the Victoria Day long weekend – but don’t miss the 2018 Ontario Open.

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Round Four – May 28

As the U1400 leader takes the night off, Alex Moiseev climbs to a share of first place with 3.0/4.

Meanwhile, in the Top section show-down, it’s the “young up-and-coming player,” Dragan Jevtic over Salim Belcadi to take sole first at 4.0/4.

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Round Five – June 4

In the final round, Dragan Jevtic loses his game, but he still finishes with 4.0/5, and with the best tie-break, to take the tournament. Congratulations, Dragan! In U1400, it’s Alex Moiseev with the win, to take clear first with 4.0/5. Congratulations, Alex!

See full results below.


Ranking cross-tables after Round 5

ACC Smash Crash Swiss – Top section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Jevtic Dragan 1442 CAN 13b1 14w1 4b1 3w1 2b0 4
2 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1720 CAN 27b1 11w1 3b0 17w1 1w1 4
3 Belcadi Salim 1388 CAN 15b1 20w1 2w1 1b0 9w1 4
4 Daldal Erdem 1764 CAN -1 10b1 1w0 5b+ 8b1 4
5 Liao Run Ming 1671 CAN -1 21b1 4w- 10w1 3.5
6 Ramesh Bharath 1638 CAN 25b0 7w1 8b0 11w1 14b1 3
7 Kalmanson Evgeny 1368 CAN 21w0 6b0 24w1 22b1 13b1 3
8 Belanger Colton 1113 CAN 10w0 24b1 6w1 21b1 4w0 3
9 Bitton Michael 0 CAN 14b1 13w1 3b0 3
10 Kwan Toy Chack 1556 CAN 8b1 4w0 11b½ 20w1 5b0 2.5
11 Wagner Robert 1544 CAN 24w1 2b0 10w½ 6b0 23w1 2.5
12 Stefanovich-Thomson Alexis 1285 CAN 14b0 15w½ 23b½ 21w1 2.5
13 Saltat Michael 1656 CAN 1w0 27b1 23w1 9b0 7w0 2
14 Schwartz Lorne 1564 CAN 12w1 1b0 9w0 15b1 6w0 2
15 Armstrong Robert J. 1605 CAN 3w0 12b½ 14w0 20b1 2
16 McSherry Peter 1831 CAN 22b1 0 0 2
17 Hanratty Brian 1683 CAN 27w1 2b0 0 2
18 Li Yun Hong (kevin) 1730 CAN 0 0 24w1 2
19 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1670 CAN 0 0 26w1 2
20 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1598 CAN 3b0 22w1 10b0 15w0 1.5
21 Guo Haotong Hazel 1569 CAN 7b1 5w0 8w0 12b0 1.5
22 Stroganov Victor 1319 CAN 16w0 20b0 7w0 27b1 1.5
23 Supol George 1343 CAN 13b0 12w½ 11b0 1.5
24 Chen Sihao 1597 CAN 11b0 8w0 7b0 27w1 18b0 1
25 Yueh Tony 1390 CAN 6w1 0 0 0 0 1
26 Lambert Peter 1160 CAN 0 0 19b0 1
27 Dixon Javier 1517 CAN 2w0 13w0 17b0 24b0 22w0 0

Updated results are also available on the Chess-Results server.

ACC Smash Crash Swiss – U1400 section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Moiseev Alex 1119 CAN 5b½ 12w1 7b½ 3w1 9b1 4
2 Tran Dennis 1265 CAN 14b1 10w1 6b1 0 0 3
3 Tuchow Ryan 1168 CAN 7w0 14b1 5w1 1b0 13w1 3
4 Lambert Peter 1160 CAN 13b1 0 -1 3
5 Souchko Larissa 954 CAN 1w½ 6b0 3b0 8w1 7w1 2.5
6 Stroganov Valery 1064 CAN 8b1 5w1 2w0 0 2.5
7 Noritsyn Ivan 955 CAN 3b1 1w½ 5b0 2.5
8 Kalniev Stefan 1166 CAN 6w0 9b0 14w1 5b0 15b1 2
9 Kamnitzer Benjamin 965 CAN 11b0 8w1 10b0 14w1 1w0 2
10 Bar-Natan Itai 1285 CAN 15w1 2b0 9w1 0 0 2
11 Stroganov Victor 1319 CAN 9w1 0 0 0 0 1
12 Spahic Matthew 1296 CAN 1b0 0 0 1
13 Patton Mark A. 1228 CAN 4w0 0 3b0 1
14 Wadhwa Rymn 1040 CAN 2w0 3w0 8b0 9b0 0 0
15 Pancer Jeff 1062 CAN 10b0 0 0 0 8w0 0

Updated results are also available on the Chess-Results server.

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The feature image is from a photograph of Joe “Kill as you Go!” Smolij by Norman A Bolduc. Click the link to see the original and more of his work.

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