Toronto Open – Sept 2-4

2017 Toronto Open Chess Championship – September 2-4

Play in Toronto’s Fall Classic – All are welcome to join!

The Toronto Open Chess Championship is Greater Toronto’s marquee Open event of the year, sanctioned by the Greater Toronto Chess League.

The six-round chess tournament takes place over Labour Day weekend, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, with two rounds each day at 10:00am and 4:00pm. Games are played at 90 minutes per side, with a 30-second increment each move. Sets, boards, and clocks are provided.

Players will be sorted by rating into four sections: Crown, U2200, U1800, and U1400. Players within 100 points of the rating cut-off may elect to play in the next higher section.

Please note this is a CFC-rated tournament and CFC membership is required. Top two sections are also FIDE-rated. (CFC membership may be purchased on site at the tournament if necessary.)

Please note: Registrations after Thursday August 31 will not be paired for Round 1.

Tickets: https://guestli.st/472953
Flyer: 2017 Toronto Open Flyer

Featured Players

IM Nikolay Noritsyn
FIDE: 2473
CFC: 2633
Nikolay Noritsyn was born in Kaliningrad, Russia, and moved to Canada when he was 9 years old. He earned his International Master title by winning the 2007 Canadian Closed, and represented Canada in the 2008, 2010, and 2012 Chess Olympiads. A frequent top finisher in Toronto events, he won the 2015 Toronto Blitz Championship and the 2016 Ontario Open. This year, he came second in the 2017 Canadian Closed after a controversial rapid play-off. He is currently the second highest CFC-rated player in the country.
WIM Natalia Khoudgarian
FIDE: 2100
CFC: 2248
Natalia Khoudgarian was born in Moscow. She earned her WIM title in 1996 and represented Canada in 2006 and 2012 at the Women’s World Championship and played on the Canadian Women’s Olympiad team in 1996, 2006, 2008, and 2012. She was the top-rated Canadian woman every year 1996 to 2007 and was 2011 Canadian Women’s Champion.

2017 Tournament Registration

https://guestli.st/472953

Save $10 before August 28. Advance Tickets on sale at $90. After Monday August 28, the price is $100. Discounts for Juniors under 18, Seniors 60 and better, and members of Annex Chess Club.

Register today!


Registration List

Last update: August 12, 2017, 10:00 am

Title First Name Last Name Rating Fed
1 IM Nikolay Noritsyn 2633  
2 IM Artiom Samsonkin 2524  
3 FM Mike Ivanov 2394  
4   Ochuko Emuakpeje 2384 NGR
5 FM Victor Plotkin 2375  
6   Mark Plotkin 2361  
7 FM Goran Milicevic 2333  
8   Eugene Hua 2317  
9   Jason Cai 2297  
10   Viatcheslav ( Slava ) Rek 2283  
11   Avinaash Sundar 2256  
12 WIM Natalia Khoudgarian 2248  
13   Sergey Noritsyn 2232  
14   Hairan Liang 2231  
15   Liam Henry 2227  
16   Zehn Nasir 2221  
17   David Southam 2201  
18   Jelvis Calvelo 2160 PHI
19   Kevin Yie 2146  
20   Jeffrey Xu 2110  
21   Ranel Lauron 2033  
22   Bobby R. Palacios 2033  
23   John Fines 1985  
24   Jonathan Hay 1971  
25   Dorian Kang 1951  
26   Richard Feng 1941  
27   Chakkoli Shiva 1886  
28 WFM Cindy Qiao 1877  
29   Kevin Zheng 1874  
30   Omar Shah 1868  
31   Mario Moran-Venegas 1864  
32   Emma He 1856  
33   Penelope González Diaz 1855 CUB
34   Brian Jiang 1839  
35   Jeffrey Renfei Zhao 1838  
36   ALEXANDER R.Z. CHANG 1805  
37   Shafkat Ali 1775  
38   Mihai Ganea 1747  
39   Ferdinand Supsup 1739  
40   Marco Greco 1711  
41   Joseph Liao 1678  
42   Patrick Xie 1659  
43   Jeffrey R. Zhao 1639  
44   YOUHE HUANG 1638  
45   Richard Wing 1627  
46   Henry Liu 1603  
47   Undriadi Benggawan 1588  
48   Austin Xie 1505  
49   Jeremy Sztuka 1455  
50   Joey Qiao 1446  
51   raymond gao 1436  
52   Yue Ran Ma 1436  
53   Wing Li 1399  
54   Michelle Hua 1383  
55   Doug Gillis 1379  
56   Colin B. Archibald 1352  
57   Lucas (YunKun) Lu 1351  
58   Isabelle Wang 1337  
59   Andrew Ma 1324  
60   SAVIO JOSEPH BENHER 1322  
61   Evgeny Kalmanson 1322  
62   Derek Chen 1314  
63   william gao 1313  
64   Noah Nathaniel Yuen 1312  
65   Henry Xianrui Zhang 1310  
66   William Xu 1286  
67   Henry Vu 1274  
68   Lucy gao 1225  
69   Neal Li 1200  
70   Amy Ai 1190  
71   Dennis Li 1174  
72   Jerry Li 1158  
73   James Qiu 1150  
74   Andrew Wang 1145  
75   Alex Zhao 1126  
76   Chakkoli Anirud 1122  
77   Ethan Zhang 1110  
78   Julia Plotkin 1090  
79   Larissa Souchko 1026  
80   Michael (Han Yang) Yu 1025  
81   Alex Xu 975  
82   Justin Greco 957  
83   Xinge Xu 955  
84   Richard Wang 933  
85   Vaamanan Mugunthan 913  
86   Edison Qu 910  
87   Sophia Wang 882  
88   Jodie Liao 879  
89   Shukun He 871  
90   Arnav Mane 870  
91   Helena Jin 810  
92   Sven COAT 806  
93   An Cheng Wang 751  
94   Dailiang chen 740  
95   Sarah Chi 740  
96   Alina Chen 692  
97   Adit Joshi UNR  
98   Anna Boyce UNR  
99   Yugpal Singh UNR  
100   Zi Liu UNR

A Little History

The Labour Day Open chess tournament in Toronto has been the one not-to-miss event of the year for quite some time. Many will remember Bryan Lamb’s tournaments at the Macedonian Chess Club of St. Clement of Ohrid. Here are Bryan Lamb and Randy Moysoski from 2013.

This year, Annex Chess Club is starting a new chapter in this tradition. We’re very pleased to announce the 2017 Toronto Open on Labour Day weekend, September 2-4. This also revives the Toronto Open, which has not run since 2014, and before that not since the PWC Toronto Open of 2009.

Thank you

We appreciate GTCL support making this the region’s marquee Open event of the year, and we have a great team with Alex Ferreira working with Annex Chess Club organizers to make it happen. We also appreciate the help of Omar Shah promoting the event. Finally, we would like to thank all the players and chess moms and dads who are helping us out by registering early for the tournament!

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ACC Summer in the City Swiss

It’s summer in T.O. Check out 50 things to do in Toronto in the summer, and I hope one of them is to play in this chess tournament on Monday nights in the Annex!

The Summer in the City Swiss is five rounds on Monday nights from July 24 to August 28. It’s in four sections by CFC rating: the new Masters section (for those rated 2100+), Under-2200 (for 1700-2199), Under-1800 (1300-1799), and Under-1400 (0-1399).

Rounds start at 7:30 pm. New players are welcome to join in any round with byes, but must register before 7:00 pm to be paired.

Players who join the tournament will automatically be paired for subsequent rounds. Please email before 6:00 pm on Monday to request a bye if you cannot attend. Up to two ½-point byes are available in rounds 1-4 and zero-point byes after.

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Round One – July 24

Some members are away and some new players join or rejoin Annex. All told, 34 players play Round One, and tight sections lead to tense battles, including hard fought draws – William Li against Josh Guo, Evgeny Kalmanson against Harry Chen, Javier Dixon against Bob Armstrong – and more than a few upsets – Ivan Noritsyn over Bill Randle, Sihao Chen over Amy Ai, Abbas Babikir over John Fines, Hooshang Abbarin over Peter McSherry, and Dave Southam over Michael Humphreys.

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Round Two – July 31

In the Masters, Dave Southam defeats Lidong Wang to take clear first in the section with 2.0/2.
In U2200, Abbas Babikir and Arkadiy Ugodnikov win their games to lead the section with 2.0/2.
In U1800, Dragan Jevtic defeats Salim Belcadi to take clear first in the section with 2.0/2.
And in U1400, Sihao Chen and James Qiu win their games to lead the section at 2.0/2.

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Off-week – August 7

We’re closed for Simcoe Day. Whether you’re heading to the Kitchener Chess Festival, celebrating Caribana weekend in Toronto, or enjoying the Civic Holiday at the cottage … however you celebrate it, have a great long weekend!

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Round Three – August 14

There’s a clear leader in U2200, U1800, and U1400. In U2200 the top board sees leaders Abbas Babikir and Arkadiy Ugodnikov face off, and Abbas takes it to lead the section with a perfect 3.0/3. In U1800 Dragan Jevtic holds his lead with another win for a perfect 3.0/3. And in U1400, the face-off between Sihao Chen and James Qiu sees Sihao take it for a perfect 3.0/3.
The Masters section sees a late game between Dave Southam and Sergey Malakhovets.
See full results below.

Round Four – August 21

The round starts at 7:30 pm. All are welcome, including new players! Please register on site before 7:00 pm if you would like to play, or email in advance before 6:00 pm. CFC membership is required ($48 per year; $32 for juniors) but you can purchase it from us, and we offer a variety of club membership options including a drop-in membership ($15 per night or $10 for juniors) to play in one round of the tournament.


Ranking cross-tables after Round 3

ACC Summer in the City Swiss – Masters

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd Pts.
1 Malakhovets Sergey 2126 CAN 2b½ 8w1 3b1 2.5
2 Noritsyn Sergey 2248 CAN 1w½ 7b1 8w1 2.5
3 Southam David 2201 CAN 5w1 4b1 1w0 2
4 Wang Lidong 2132 CAN 9b1 3w0 1.5
5 Humphreys Michael 2361 CAN 3b0 -1 1.5
6 Guo Josh 2231 CAN 8b½ 1.5
7 Zotkin Daniel 2137 CAN 2w0 1
8 Li William 2125 CAN 6w½ 1b0 2b0 0.5
9 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1711 CAN 4w0 0 0 0

Check updated results on chess-results.

ACC Summer in the City Swiss – U2200

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd Pts.
1 Babikir Abbas 1891 SUD 9b1 8w1 3b1 3
2 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1731 CAN 6b1 7w1 2.5
3 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1711 CAN -1 5b1 1w0 2
4 Talsma Shawn 1938 CAN -1 2
5 Kang Dorian 1951 CAN 7b1 3w0 1.5
6 Mcsherry Peter 1911 CAN 2w0 7b0 9w1 1
7 Ali Shafkat 1775 CAN 5w0 6w1 2b0 1
8 Bergeron Matthew 1834 CAN 1b0 1
9 Fines John 1985 CAN 1w0 6b0 0.5

Check updated results on chess-results.

ACC Summer in the City Swiss – U1800

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd Pts.
1 Jevtic Dragan 1421 CAN 11b1 9w1 5b1 3
2 Kalmanson Evgeny 1322 CAN 15b½ 11w1 9b1 2.5
3 Diemer Ulli 1631 CAN 6w1 2
4 Seshadri Akshay 1371 CAN 13w1 2
5 Schwartz Lorne 1633 CAN 14b1 1w0 1.5
6 Dixon Javier 1374 CAN 7w½ 3b0 14w1 1.5
7 Armstrong Robert J. 1553 CAN 6b½ 1.5
8 Chertkow Matthew 1416 CAN 10b½ 1.5
9 Belcadi Salim 1574 CAN 10w1 1b0 2w0 1
10 Supol George 1383 CAN 9b0 8w½ 1
11 Patton Mark A. 1303 CAN 1w0 2b0 -1 1
12 Shogilev Santon 0 CAN 0 1
13 Abbarin Shabnam 1476 CAN 4b0 0 0.5
14 Pell Richard 1395 CAN 5w0 6b0 0.5
15 Chen Harry (siqi) 1501 CAN 2w½ 0 0 0.5

Check updated results on chess-results.

ACC Summer in the City Swiss – U1400

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd Pts.
1 Chen Sihao 0 CAN 15b1 11w1 3w1 3
2 Li Dennis 1174 CAN 18b1 14w1 2.5
3 Qiu James 1111 CAN 19b1 4w1 1b0 2
4 Noritsyn Ivan 895 CAN 5w1 3b0 9w1 2
5 Randle Bill 1233 CAN 4b0 17w1 1.5
6 Teram Eli 1020 CAN 10w0 16b1 1.5
7 Anghaie Reza 905 CAN 12b0 19w1 1.5
8 Matetski Kanstanstin 1132 CAN 16w1 0 1.5
9 Souchko Larissa 1026 CAN 13b0 19w1 4b0 1
10 Seshadri Akshay 1371 CAN 6b1 0 0 1
11 Vaz Jake 1254 CAN 12w1 1b0 0 1
12 Ellis Cody 895 CAN 11b0 7w1 0 1
13 Dong Yiwei 1230 CAN 9w1 0 0 1
14 Patton Mark A. 1303 CAN 2b0 1
15 Ai Amy 1214 CAN 1w0 1
16 Hibbard Linda 1331 CAN 8b0 6w0 0.5
17 Noftle Madisin 752 CAN 5b0 0 0.5
18 Pancer Jeff 1018 CAN 2w0 0 0.5
19 Zuo Roger 0 CAN 3w0 9b0 7b0 0

Check updated results on chess-results.

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Special Event – Aryan Chopra – July 17

Enjoy a wonderful evening with Aryan Chopra following the ups and downs of his journey to his final grandmaster norm when he was just 14.

  • 6:30 Doors open
  • 6:45 Intro talk and Q&A with Aryan Chopra and Tal Granite
  • 7:30 Play a simul game against the world’s youngest grandmaster ($45 or $50 at the door)
  • 8:00 Attend a special seminar with his mom, Mamta Chopra, on recognizing and motivating your child’s unique talents ($20 or $25 at the door)

The simul game would be an amazing experience for the young chess player in your family, and the seminar is ideal for the parents and educators of talented children.

Get a copy of the flyer:

Tickets are available online at guestlist.co

  • GM Aryan Chopra Lecture and Simul: $50 at the door / $45 advance
  • Mamta Chopra Seminar for Parents and Educators: $25 at the door / $20 advance
  • ACC Members: $10 off
  • New – in collaboration with Pub Chess Toronto – play 2 GMs for a special price of $80 (includes the simul against GM Vovk on July 19)

Questions?
Email info@annexchessclub.com

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Lecture July 17 – Discover and motivate your child’s unique abilities

Mamta Chopra is a news anchor with India’s public broadcaster, Doordarshan, and the mother of India’s new chess superstar, child prodigy Aryan Chopra.

Ms. Chopra is coming to Toronto from New Delhi, and we are pleased to present her talk on recognizing a child’s talent and motivating children to achieve their potential. For parents and educators.

Mamta Chopra seminar – July 17

Discover and motivate your child’s genius

  • Monday July 17
  • 8:00-9:00 pm
  • 918 Bathurst St.
  • Doors open at 6:30 pm
  • Tickets are $20 in advance – https://guestli.st/470262
  • $25 at the door
  • Save your spot today!
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