ACC Snow Squall Swiss

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Toronto weather can whip up quickly. Winter snow squalls cause low visibility on the highways and bring big accumulations overnight. But then all that snow can vanish just as quickly!

The ACC Snow Squall Swiss is our first tournament of the new year. A 5-round Swiss in three sections, it starts January 5 and will be all wrapped up on Groundhog Day, February 2.

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Round 1 – January 5

Round One sees 34 players in action, battling in three sections, with a number of upsets recorded at the end of the night. In the Crown section, Sergey Malakhovets (1937) beats Alex Ferreira (2044). In U1900, young Tigran Ghazarian (1500) takes down Nicholas Wu (1632) while Daniel Pirri (1525) defeats veteran Bob Armstrong (1641). And in U1500, Howard Halim (1066) pulls off a win against Richard Morrison (1332).

We are also pleased to welcome to our club two new players, Michael Finkelstein and Marc Flores. And both are victorious on their first outing! Welcome and congratulations, Michael and Marc!

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Round 2 – January 12

Winners from the last round play winners, and the leading group starts to dwindle. In the Crown section, the few, the proud, include just two players, Michael Humphreys and Sergey Malakhovets, both with 2.0/2.

In U1900, it’s down to Kamran Amirirad and Marc Flores, both with 2.0/2.

And in U1500, the leader group includes the usual suspects, Jean-Marc David, Mark Gelowitz, and Milan Cvetkovic.

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Round 3 – January 19

With a win over Sergey Malakhovets, Michael Humphreys emerges as the sole leader in the Crown section with a perfect 3-0 record. Wajdy Shebetah, victorious over Daniel Wiebe, is in second place with 2.5/3.

In U1900, co-leaders Kamran Amirirad and Marc Flores draw their game, while Michael Sutton, with a win over Greg Beal, catches up to the lead group – all three now with 2.5/3. A tight race is heating up in this section!

In U1500, Mark Gelowitz takes sole possession of first place with a win over Jean-Marc David, as Raymond Lin takes out Milan Cvetkovic.

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Round 4 – January 26

Crown section leader Michael Humphreys takes a bye in Round 4. Still, with 3.5/4, Humphreys remains ahead of Wajdy Shebetah, Sergey Malakhovets, and Ismail Ibrahim, all with 3.0/4.

In U1900, co-leaders Kamran Amirirad and Marc Flores are both victorious, while Michael Sutton falls to young Tigran Ghazarian. Amirirad and Flores have 3.5/4 going into the last round.

In U1500, Mark Gelowitz wins again! Ahead by a full point in his section, Gelowitz is the only player in the tournament with a perfect 4.0/4 record. Can he make it 5.0/5 with another win in Round Five?

See complete results below.

Round Five is Monday February 2 at 7:30 pm – and by then we should know whether spring is just around the corner or whether we have six more weeks of winter to look forward to!

New players are welcome. Arrive before 7:00 pm to register.

When this one’s over, don’t miss our 2015 Annex Chess Club Championship: two sections, six rounds, starting February 9!


Results after Round Four

SwissSys Standings. Snow Squall Swiss: Crown

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Total
1 Michael Humphreys 131628 2362 W4 W8 W2 H— 3.5
2 Sergey Malakhovets 158413 1937 W9 W11 L1 W6 3.0
3 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 1983 H— W9 W10 H— 3.0
4 Ismail Ibrahim 105228 2000 L1 W17 W12 W7 3.0
5 Robert Bzikot 132541 2055 D14 L6 W15 W10 2.5
6 Jacob Stein 108627 1800 D12 W5 D7 L2 2.0
7 Barry Nash 120160 2059 H— W14 D6 L4 2.0
8 David Southam 102535 2184 W17 L1 H— H— 2.0
9 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2044 L2 L3 W17 W11 2.0
10 Daniel Wiebe 132137 2035 H— W16 L3 L5 1.5
11 Armand Jess Mendoza 156958 1986 D16 L2 W14 L9 1.5
12 Miroslav Stefanovic 154500 2002 D6 D13 L4 H— 1.5
13 Bill Evans 103309 2077 H— D12 H— U— 1.5
14 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1955 D5 L7 L11 W17 1.5
15 Ian Mahoney 149124 1808 H— H— L5 U— 1.0
16 Jonathan Yu 126131 2223 D11 L10 U— U— 0.5
17 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1976 L8 L4 L9 L14 0.0

SwissSys Standings. Snow Squall Swiss: U1900

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Total
1 Kamran Amirirad 158329 1463 W14 W16 D2 W7 3.5
2 Marc Flores unr. W5 W6 D1 W4 3.5
3 Tigran Ghazarian 155438 1500 W15 D4 D5 W6 3.0
4 Michael Sutton 151225 1808 W11 D3 W8 L2 2.5
5 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1602 L2 W14 D3 W13 2.5
6 Daniele Pirri 132983 1525 W13 L2 W11 L3 2.0
7 Michael D. Sharpe 100280 1556 H— H— W10 L1 2.0
8 Greg Beal 101490 1701 H— D12 L4 W14 2.0
9 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1604 H— H— U— W11 2.0
10 Jack Maguire 144604 1590 H— D13 L7 W15 2.0
11 Mark A. Patton 104721 1578 L4 W15 L6 L9 1.0
12 Joshua Harmon 158489 unr. H— D8 U— U— 1.0
13 Robert J. Armstrong 100034 1641 L6 D10 H— L5 1.0
14 Ulli Diemer 153538 1603 L1 L5 B— L8 1.0
15 Nicholas Wu 154991 1632 L3 L11 W16 L10 1.0
16 Heimo C. Haikala 107606 1788 H— L1 L15 U— 0.5

SwissSys Standings. Snow Squall Swiss: U1500

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Total
1 Mark A. Gelowitz 126627 1363 W9 W3 W2 W8 4.0
2 Jean-Marc David 151900 1397 W15 W11 L1 W6 3.0
3 Brendan Grady 158392 1222 W5 L1 H— W11 2.5
4 Dylan Xiong 152060 1140 H— H— D12 W5 2.5
5 Henry XianRui Zhang 156492 785 L3 W13 W9 L4 2.0
6 Raymond Lin 150193 1311 H— H— W8 L2 2.0
7 Rahul Gangolli 156023 1053 H— H— W14 U— 2.0
8 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1261 W12 W14 L6 L1 2.0
9 Derek Chen 156690 1078 L1 W10 L5 W14 2.0
10 Alex Geddie 155388 1141 L14 L9 W15 W12 2.0
11 Howard Halim 153419 1066 W13 L2 H— L3 1.5
12 Larissa Souchko 145490 1004 L8 W15 D4 L10 1.5
13 Richard Morrison 135889 1332 L11 L5 H— W15 1.5
14 Michael Finkelstein unr. W10 L8 L7 L9 1.0
15 Teresa Lee 154501 1091 L2 L12 L10 L13 0.0
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