Welcome Spring Swiss

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Welcome, Spring!

It’s finally here! Spring flowers are poking up, TIFF is up and running, and the weather is starting to get nice enough to sit on a patio – maybe even without a winter coat.

At Annex, we’re launching our ACC Welcome Spring Swiss. Five rounds. Three sections (by CFC rating):

  • Crown (minimum 1700* to qualify)
  • Reserve A / U1800* (minimum 1300*)
  • Reserve B / U1400*

* The rating floors/ceilings are 100 points lower than usual, because we’ve temporarily lost a number of our top players to the Toronto Closed – running concurrently with the regular club tournament. Lower cut-offs help to even out the sections.

All club tournament games are CFC-rated. “Welcome Spring” rounds are on Monday nights, April 7 to May 12. We’re closed April 21 for Easter Monday – but don’t miss the Toronto Open on Easter weekend, April 18-20.

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Round One – April 7

The first round gets started with 42 players sitting down to 21 David-versus-Goliath match-ups. It’s the way the first round is always paired in a Swiss tournament.

At the end of the night, the Goliaths have won most of their games, as they usually do in chess, but there are a few draws – and even some upsets. Top- and middle-section Goliaths mostly walk away unscathed – other than Hooshang Abbarin, who falls to Bill Thornton. But the U1400 section is rife with David-over-Goliath triumphs as Larissa Souchko, Kaizen Liu, Tigran Ghazarian, and Howard Halim all emerge victorious from their battles against much higher-rated opponents!

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Round Two – April 14

In the Crown section, young Nicholas Vettese, already rated 1974 and top on the Canadian Under-10 list, may soon have his rating over 2000. At least he’s 2-0 in this tournament after defeating Harmony Zhu last round and now Adie Todd this round. Nicholas will enter Round Three in a two-way tie for the lead with Hart House player, Jonathan Yu.

In the U1800 section, Bill Thornton is a giant killer, rolling through the top-rated players in the section. He follows up his Round-One victory over Hooshang Abbarin by knocking off Ulli Diemer. Bill is now in a three-way tie for the lead with Jack Maguire and Marcus Wilker.

Bill "Giant Killer" Thornton

Bill “Giant Killer” Thornton

In the U1400 section, there’s still a big group at the top as Richard Morrison, Raymond Lin, Nick Mourtos, and Alex Geddie are in a four-way tie for the lead at 2.0/2.

See full results below. (Hopefully, the new “Swiss Manager” format is not too confusing.)

Round Three is Monday April 28 at 7:30 pm

Note that we’re closed Easter Monday April 21, but don’t miss the Toronto Open, Friday April 18 to Sunday April 20.


Round Two Results

Welcome Spring Swiss Crown

Ranking Crosstable after Round 2

Rank SNo. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd. 2.Rd. Pts.
1 1 Yu Jonathan 2092 CAN 7 w 1 5 b 1 2
6 Vettese Nicholas 1974 CAN 13 w 1 10 b 1 2
3 3 Bellissimo Joseph 2051 CAN 9 w 1 - - ½
5 Shah Omaray M. 2030 CAN 12 b 1 - - ½
5 2 Siddeley Hugh 2076 CAN 8 b 1 1 w 0 1
4 Longo Tyler 2039 CAN - - ½ - - ½ 1
7 Zotkin Daniel 1973 CAN 1 b 0 11 w 1 1
8 Bergenstam Olof 1932 CAN 5 w 0 13 b 1 1
9 Gellner Nicholas 1837 CAN 3 b 0 12 w 1 1
10 12 Todd Adie 1718 CAN - - ½ 2 w 0 ½
13 Surya Benito 1703 CAN - - ½ 7 b 0 ½
12 10 Cheryachukin Yury 1813 CAN 4 w 0 9 b 0 0
11 Zhu Harmony 1792 CAN 2 b 0 8 w 0 0

Welcome Spring Swiss U1800

Ranking Crosstable after Round 2

Rank SNo. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd. 2.Rd. Pts
1 3 Maguire Jack 1646 CAN 18 b 1 7 w 1 2
5 Wilker Marcus 1623 CAN 12 b 1 9 w 1 2
11 Thornton Bill 1509 CAN 14 b 1 6 w 1 2
4 1 Sirkovich Daniel 1788 CAN 17 b 1 - - ½
6 Armstrong Robert J. 1603 CAN 13 w ½ 17 b 1
6 4 Diemer Ulli 1643 CAN 11 w 1 3 b 0 1
7 Patton Mark A. 1595 CAN 15 b 1 1 b 0 1
8 Renteria Manuela 1569 CAN - - ½ - - ½ 1
9 Mendoza Armand Jess 1553 CAN 16 w 1 2 b 0 1
13 Sottile Claudio 1454 CAN - - ½ 13 b ½ 1
14 Gelowitz Mark A. 1434 CAN 6 b 0 18 w 1 1
15 Radpey Abdolreza 1377 CAN 2 w 0 - - 1 1
16 Supol George 1373 CAN 5 b ½ 10 w ½ 1
14 2 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1699 CAN 3 w 0 - - ½ ½
17 Goldfarb Adam 1367 CAN 7 w 0 - - ½ ½
18 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1332 CAN 9 b 0 - - ½ ½
17 10 Allen Joshua 1541 CAN 4 w 0 5 w 0 0
12 Pirri Daniele 1472 CAN 1 w 0 11 b 0 0

Welcome Spring Swiss U1400

Ranking Crosstable after Round 2

Rank SNo. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd. 2.Rd. Pts.
1 2 Morrison Richard 1305 CAN 17 w 1 8 b 1 2
6 Lin Raymond 1183 CAN 9 b 1 6 w 1 2
8 Mourtos Nick 1139 CAN 15 b 1 7 w 1 2
9 Geddie Alex 1095 CAN 11 w 1 10 b 1 2
5 1 David Jean-Marc 1360 CAN 6 b 0 13 w 1 1
10 Souchko Larissa 1080 CAN 5 w 1 2 b 0 1
12 Liu Kaizen 1059 CAN 16 w 1 3 b 0 1
13 Ghazarian Tigran 987 CAN 12 b 1 1 w 0 1
14 Rashid Jian 953 CAN 2 w 0 16 b 1 1
15 Halim Howard 916 CAN 14 b 1 4 w 0 1
17 Gangolli Rahul 897 CAN 4 b 0 17 b 1 1
12 4 Teram Eli 1258 CAN 8 w 0 - - ½ ½
5 Li Dennis 1214 CAN - - ½ 5 b 0 ½
7 Hillel Alexander 1177 CAN 10 w 0 - - ½ ½
16 Schneider Mitchell 908 CAN 3 w 0 - - ½ ½
16 3 Cvetkovic Milan 1286 CAN 7 b 0 9 w 0 0
11 Pamwar Manish 1075 CAN 1 b 0 11 w 0 0

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