ACC is Closed August 3

Reminder: Annex Chess Club is closed August 3 for Simcoe Day.

See the events page for upcoming club activities on following weeks.

What is Simcoe Day? The civic holiday in August goes by a number of names across the province of Ontario. In Toronto, it’s named for John Graves Simcoe. The first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada (now Ontario), Simcoe is remembered as an abolitionist who saw the Act Against Slavery pass in 1793 – the first such act to be passed anywhere in the British Empire.

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Caribana celebrates emancipation the same weekend.

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ACC “Let the Games Begin” Swiss

Image: CIBC Pan Am Park is ready for the 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games!

Let the Games Begin!

The Pan Am Games run July 10 to 26. The Parapan Am Games run August 7 to 15. Tickets are still available for many events.

In honour of the Toronto 2015 Games, Annex Chess Club is launching a “Let the Games Begin” chess tournament, running July 6 to August 10.

The tournament is divided into just two sections (Crown and U1700) as several of our members are away. Of note: Michael Humphreys, our Club Champion, is representing ACC in the Quebec Open and the Canadian Zonal, and Daniel Wiebe is representing Annex in Europe, playing in the Biel Masters and then in Barcelona.

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Round 1 – July 6

Round 1 features a couple of upsets as Richard Morrison (1375) defeats Daniel Pirri (1553) and Bruce MacInnis (1146) defeats George Supol (1420).

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Round 2 – July 13

Round 2 sees Dave Southam in sole possession of first place with 2.0/2. And there’s a big upset as Michael Sutton, “Mister 960,” takes down the top-rated player in the tournament, Josh Guo.

In the U1700 section, there’s a three-way tie for the lead as Hooshang Abbarin, Qi Zhou, and Tigran Ghazarian all have 2.0/2.

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Round 3 – July 20

In the Crown section, Alex Ferreira and Jon Yu, two Hart House players who drew their head-to-head game in Round 2, win their Round 3 games against Sutton and Southam to tie for the lead with 2.5/3. Southam, Malakhovets, Zotkin, and Siddeley are just a half point out at 2.0/3.

In the U1700, Hooshang Abbarin and Qi Zhou are tied for the lead with perfect 3.0/3 records. Ghazarian falls to Abbarin to drop behind by a point, while Mark Patton trails the leaders by just half a point with 2.5/3.

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Round 4 – July 27

Atop the Crown section, Alex Ferreira gets a draw against Dave Southam, Jon Yu takes a half-point bye to go camping, and Hugh Siddeley joins the leaders by scoring a win against Sergey Malakhovets after he drops his queen in zeitnot. The three leaders all have 3.0/4, but with three wins Siddeley has the best tie-break, so the tournament could be his for the taking.

In the U1700 section, Qi Zhou is in clear first with 4.0/4 after a win against Hooshang Abbarin. Abbarin, MacInnis, Patton, and Supol are a point behind at 3.0/4.

The last round is in two weeks on August 10, and a new tournament starts August 17.

See complete results below.

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*Reminder: No round August 3*

The club will be CLOSED on August 3 for Simcoe Day.

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Round 5 – August 10

Come join us! New players are welcome. Please arrive before 7:00 pm to register.


Results after Round Four

SwissSys Standings. Let the Games Begin Swiss: Crown

# Name CFC ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Tot
1 Hugh Siddeley 120619 2072 L4 W11 W12 W8 3.0
2 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2088 W5 D3 W10 D4 3.0
3 Jonathan Yu 126131 2220 W12 D2 W4 H— 3.0
4 David Southam 102535 2234 W1 W7 L3 D2 2.5
5 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1830 L2 H— W7 W10 2.5
6 Daniel Zotkin 146857 2041 H— W13 D8 H— 2.5
7 Kamran Amirirad 158329 1675 B— L4 L5 W13 2.0
8 Sergey Malakhovets 158413 2114 H— W9 D6 L1 2.0
9 Pepin Manalo 112277 1760 H— L8 H— W14 2.0
10 Michael Sutton 151225 1780 H— W15 L2 L5 1.5
11 Cindy Qiao 155864 1647 H— L1 D13 H— 1.5
12 Armand Jess Mendoza 156958 1964 L3 B— L1 U— 1.0
13 Marcus Wilker 102713 1659 H— L6 D11 L7 1.0
14 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1662 H— H— U— L9 1.0
15 Josh Guo 105318 2272 H— L10 H— U— 1.0

SwissSys Standings. Let the Games Begin Swiss: U1700

# Name CFC ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Tot
1 Qi Zhou 158050 1522 W22 W9 W7 W2 4.0
2 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1657 W8 W13 W6 L1 3.0
3 Bruce MacInnis 149569 1146 W5 L6 W21 W15 3.0
4 Mark A. Patton 104721 1490 H— W23 W16 H— 3.0
5 George Supol 152286 1420 L3 W20 W15 W10 3.0
6 Tigran Ghazarian 155438 1511 W17 W3 L2 H— 2.5
7 Max England 155135 1583 H— W14 L1 W16 2.5
8 Mark A. Gelowitz 126627 1382 L2 W27 W9 H— 2.5
9 Richard Morrison 135889 1375 W21 L1 L8 W20 2.0
10 James Mourgelas 108540 1437 H— W26 H— L5 2.0
11 Nick Jafari unr. H— L16 W27 H— 2.0
12 Antonio Morquez unr. H— H— U— W19 2.0
13 Bill Thornton 131181 1498 W20 L2 H— H— 2.0
14 Vicknan Harichandrabose 158191 1139 H— L7 L20 W27 1.5
15 Joshua Allen 105802 1507 H— W19 L5 L3 1.5
16 Cuinn Chowdhury 154703 1250 H— W11 L4 L7 1.5
17 Adam Goldfarb 153496 1325 L6 H— X25 U— 1.5
18 Brendan Grady 158392 1403 W27 H— U— U— 1.5
19 Howard Halim 153419 1102 H— L15 W22 L12 1.5
20 Christopher Field 108098 1249 L13 L5 W14 L9 1.0
21 Daniele Pirri 132983 1553 L9 W25 L3 U— 1.0
22 Michael Saltat 158633 1339 L1 H— L19 H— 1.0
23 Michael Finkelstein 158620 1013 H— L4 H— U— 1.0
24 Eli Teram 107314 1154 H— H— U— U— 1.0
25 Alex Moisseev 160217 416 H— L21 F17 U— 0.5
26 Rahul Gangolli 156023 903 H— L10 U— U— 0.5
27 Larissa Souchko 145490 995 L18 L8 L11 L14 0.0

Legend

W = win (e.g., W9 means a win against player 9 – worth 1 point)
L = loss (0 pt)
D = draw (½ pt)
H = ½-pt bye (requested in advance or assigned on registration, max 2 per player, not in final round)
B = 1-pt bye (“forced bye” – e.g., odd number of players)
U = 0-pt bye (e.g., when max ½-pt byes previously awarded, or in final round)
F = forfeit loss (0 pt)
X = forfeit win (1 pt)

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“United We Play!”

~ PACHI, 2015

Let the Games Begin!

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2015 Toronto Team Rapid Chess Championship

Hart House wins the 2015 GTCL Cup!
Hart House wins the 2015 GTCL Cup!

Thanks to all who attended. Congratulations to the Hart House Chess Club who took the Cup this year, and “Vi the North” who took the U1800 prize.

Egis Zeromskis took some nice photos of the event.

Full results are posted on chess-results.

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Registered Teams

Pinoy Chess Club
1. Dante Zuniga
2. Mauel Balboa
3. Joey Orozco
4. Armand Jess Mendoza
5. (captain) Erwin Casareno
6. Rulix Batistil

Willowdale Chess Club A
1. (captain) Michael Barron (2281)
2. Michael Kimelman (2232)
3. Sasha Starr (2140)
4. Nava Starr (2112)

Willowdale Chess Club B
1. Stephan Tonakanian (2203)
2. (captain) Dmitry Chernik (2039)
3. Benjamin Fradkin (2105)
4. Alexander Strugatch (2084)

The Golden Gaels
1. Simon Gladstone (2152)
2. Jonathan Farine (2033)
3. Tyler Longo (2025)
4. Nicholas Gellner (1947)

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ACC Growing Gardens Swiss

In honour of all the people cultivating their gardens across the city, Annex Chess Club’s “Growing Gardens” Swiss chess tournament runs May 11 to June 29.

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Round 1 – May 11

First-round upsets include Arkadiy Ugodnikov (1854) with a win over Alex Ferreira (2098) in the Crown section, and Brendan Grady (1288) with a win over Daniel Pirri (1570) in the U1700 section. See complete results below.

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Round 2 – May 25

Our AGM runs from 6:45 to 7:15 pm, and the games begin at 7:30 pm.

At the end of the night, there is a two-way tie for the lead in the Crown section as Josh Guo (with a win over Armand Jess Mendoza) and Bill Evans (with a win over Arkadiy Ugodnikov) each come through two rounds with perfect 2.0/2 records.

In the U1700 section, there is a three-way tie for first, as Ulli Diemer, Brendan Grady, and Richard Morrison all have perfect 2.0/2 scores.

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Round 3 – June 1

There is an undisputed leader in each section now as Bill Evans leads the Crown section and Ulli Diemer leads the U1700 section. Both players have perfect 3.0/3 records.

Note that our regular tournament is taking a break June 8, but come play in the GTCL Cup!

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Round 4 – June 15

Players come to help set up and start playing some casual games. Then, at 6:50 Omar Shah presents a chess lecture, “How and Why to Study Chess Classics”.

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Free lecture by Omar Shah: “How and Why to Study Chess Classics” 6:50 to 7:20 pm

At 7:30, the tournament games begin.

At the end of the night, Ulli Diemer is holding onto his lead in the U1700 section (he now has 4.0/4), while Hugh Siddeley takes over the lead in the Crown section with a win over Bill Evans. (Hugh now has 3.5/4.) One more round to go! The final round is in two weeks, on June 29.

Note: The weekend of June 20-21, we’re hosting Chessfest at Harbourfront Centre!

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Round 5 – June 29

At 6:50 we’re treated to another free lecture by Omar Shah! Then at 7:30 the tournament games begin!

When the dust settles the winner in the Crown Section is Dave Southam, with 4.0/5, taking the tournament with a better tiebreak than Sergey Malakhovets, who also finished with 4.0/5.

David Southam
David Southam

The U1700 section is taken by Daniele Pirri, with 4.0/5, winning on tiebreak by beating Ulli Diemer in the last round.

Congratulations Dave and Daniel! See complete results below.


Final Results after Round Five

SwissSys Standings. ACC Growing Gardens Swiss: Crown

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 David Southam 102535 2198 W18 D3 H— W13 W4 4.0
2 Sergey Malakhovets 158413 2028 H— W16 H— W10 W3 4.0
3 Hugh Siddeley 120619 2080 W17 D1 W7 W4 L2 3.5
4 Bill Evans 103309 2129 W9 W14 W10 L3 L1 3.0
5 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2098 L14 W18 H— D16 W13 3.0
6 Michael Humphreys 131628 2352 H— W11 H— W8 U— 3.0
7 Armand Jess Mendoza 156958 2068 W11 L10 L3 D14 W15 2.5
8 Daniel Zotkin 146857 2071 H— W15 H— L6 D9 2.5
9 Jacob Stein 108627 1883 L4 H— W15 H— D8 2.5
10 Josh Guo 105318 2315 W13 W7 L4 L2 U— 2.0
11 Kamran Amirirad 158329 1632 L7 L6 W17 H— D14 2.0
12 Qi Zhou 158050 1497 H— H— U— U— W17 2.0
13 Fernando Marshal 104895 1980 L10 W17 W14 L1 L5 2.0
14 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1854 W5 L4 L13 D7 D11 2.0
15 Pepin Manalo 112277 1867 H— L8 L9 W18 L7 1.5
16 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1637 H— L2 D18 D5 U— 1.5
17 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1710 L3 L13 L11 B— L12 1.0
18 Barry Nash 120160 1975 L1 L5 D16 L15 U— 0.5

SwissSys Standings. ACC Growing Gardens Swiss: U1700

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Daniele Pirri 132983 1570 L3 W16 W9 W4 W2 4.0
2 Ulli Diemer 153538 1556 W15 W7 W4 W6 L1 4.0
3 Brendan Grady 158392 1288 W1 W17 L6 H— W12 3.5
4 Richard Morrison 135889 1398 W19 W5 L2 L1 W9 3.0
5 Nicholas Wu 154991 1584 W9 L4 W10 W11 U— 3.0
6 Tigran Ghazarian 155438 1572 W11 H— W3 L2 L10 2.5
7 Mark A. Gelowitz 126627 1375 W26 L2 U— H— W15 2.5
8 Howard Halim 153419 1081 D18 H— H— W16 U— 2.5
9 Jean-Marc David 151900 1368 L5 W24 L1 W19 L4 2.0
10 Michael Saltat 158633 1265 L21 W19 L5 U— W6 2.0
11 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1291 L6 W26 W15 L5 U— 2.0
12 Max England 155135 1611 H— H— U— W17 L3 2.0
13 Rose Tuong 158024 816 H— H— U— W22 U— 2.0
14 Vicknan Harichandrabose 158191 1016 H— H— U— U— W26 2.0
15 Christopher Field 108098 1275 L2 H— L11 W26 L7 1.5
16 Voytek Skoczylas 159527 627 H— L1 W24 L8 U— 1.5
17 Rahul Gangolli 156023 895 B— L3 H— L12 U— 1.5
18 Guillermo Mansilla 154509 1457 D8 H— H— U— U— 1.5
19 Alex Geddie 155388 1050 L4 L10 W26 L9 U— 1.0
20 Mark A. Patton 104721 1486 W24 U— U— U— U— 1.0
21 Joshua Allen 105802 1500 W10 U— U— U— U— 1.0
22 Alex Moisseev unr. H— H— U— L13 U— 1.0
23 Michael Finkelstein 158620 1013 H— F25 H— U— U— 1.0
24 Bruce MacInnis 149569 1242 L20 L9 L16 H— U— 0.5
25 Martin Pitt-Bradley 158457 927 H— F23 U— U— U— 0.5
26 Larissa Souchko 145490 1012 L7 L11 L19 L15 L14 0.0

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Cela est bien dit, répondit Candide,
mais il faut cultiver notre jardin.

~ Voltaire, Candide, 1759

il faut cultiver nortre jardin

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