ACC August Swiss

Muggy weather, heat alerts, local peaches and corn in the supermarket, the Perseid meteor shower: it must be August!

Named in honour of Caesar Augustus in 8 BCE, August was formerly called Sextilis (the sixth month of a year that started in March). In Toronto, aka “the 6ix,” August is the month when many of us celebrate an end-of-summer ritual called the CNE, the largest annual fair in Canada and a Toronto tradition since 1879.

Celebrating August

Celebrating all things August, our current club tournament is the ACC August Swiss. It runs on five Monday nights – August 8 to September 12 – in three sections: Crown, U1900, U1400. (Check the club page for more on how our regular tournaments work.)

Rounds in the club tournament start at 7:30 pm each Monday, and new players are welcome to join in any round – or even to drop in for just one round – but please register by 7:00 pm to make sure you’re paired.

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Round One – August 8

In the Crown section, William Li (2117) manages a draw against top-seed Michael Humphreys (2336). Armand Mendoza and Miroslav Stefanovic enter Round 2 with a full point.

In U1900 the favourites take 6/8, underdogs 2/8, as Ramesh Bharath (1399) defeats Harry Chen (1507) and Salim Belcadi (1423) defeats Glenn Giffen (1557). With no draws, an 8-player leader group goes into Round 2 with 1.0/1.

In U1400, unrated newcomer Josh Calderon from the Philippines defeats Eli Teram (1119) – but it shouldn’t be considered an upset; apparently, Calderon is in the wrong section. Five players enter Round 2 tied for first.

Game of the Week

Miroslav Stefanovic wins an exciting game against Sergey Malakhovets in the Crown section from the black side of a Sicilian Reversed.

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Round Two – August 15

Miroslav Stefanovic-Armand Mendoza is a draw on Board 1, while Dave Southam and William Li win their games to catch the leaders at 1.5/2, so it’s a four-way tie going into Round 3.

In U1900, Hooshang Ab-Barin, Salim Belcadi, and Bharath Ramesh win their games, so they’re in a three-way tie at 2.0/2.

In U1400, Eric Pei wins again to take sole possession of first place at 2.0/2.

Check complete results on the standings tables below.

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Round Three – August 22

New players are welcome! Games start at 7:30 pm, but please register by 7:00 to make sure you’re paired.


Ranking cross-tables after Round 2

ACC August Swiss Crown

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd Pts.
1 Mendoza Armand Jess 1863 CAN 9b1 3b½ 1.5
2 Southam David 2215 CAN 8b1 1.5
3 Stefanovic Miroslav 2184 CAN 10b1 1w½ 1.5
4 Li William 2117 CAN 5b½ 10w1 1.5
5 Humphreys Michael 2336 CAN 4w½ 7b½ 1
6 Calvelo Jelvis 2156 CAN 1
7 Zotkin Daniel 2154 CAN 5w½ 1
8 Calderon Andrei Joshua 1850 CAN 2w0 0.5
9 Cliff Scott 1885 CAN 1w0 0.5
10 Malakhovets Sergey 2045 CAN 3w0 4b0 0

Check latest results on the chess-results server.

ACC August Swiss U1900

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd Pts.
1 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1605 CAN 16b1 7w1 2
2 Belcadi Salim 1423 CAN 13w1 15b1 2
3 Ramesh Bharath 1399 CAN 17b1 8w1 2
4 Amirirad Kamran 1785 CAN 12w1 6b½ 1.5
5 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1722 CAN 18b1 1.5
6 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1631 CAN 10w1 4w½ 1.5
7 Nadj Pal 1690 CAN 11w1 1b0 1
8 Hanratty Brian 1680 CAN 9w1 3b0 1
9 Diemer Ulli 1638 CAN 8b0 14w1 1
10 Gelowitz Mark A. 1502 CAN 6b0 18w1 1
11 Jevtic Dragan 1395 CAN 7b0 17w1 1
12 Abbarin Shabnam 1491 CAN 4b0 13b½ 0.5
13 Giffen Glenn 1557 CAN 2b0 12w½ 0.5
14 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1315 CAN 9b0 0.5
15 David Jean-Marc 1373 CAN 2w0 0.5
16 Goldfarb Adam 1384 CAN 1w0 0.5
17 Chen Harry (siqi) 1507 CAN 3w0 11b0 0
18 Patton Mark A. 1335 CAN 5w0 10b0 0

Check latest results on the chess-results server.

ACC August Swiss U1400

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd Pts.
1 Pei Eric 1137 CAN 9w1 8b1 2
2 Li Yun Hong (kevin) 1097 CAN 6b1 3w½ 1.5
3 Ma Yue Ran 1139 CAN 12w1 2b½ 1.5
4 Guo Roger 1183 CAN 10w1 1.5
5 Calderon Andrei Joshua 0 CAN 7b1 0 1
6 Souchko Larissa 1111 CAN 2w0 11b1 1
7 Teram Eli 1119 CAN 5w0 12b1 1
8 Moiseev Alex 697 CAN -1 1w0 1
9 Supol George 1369 CAN 1b0 0.5
10 Guo Haotong Hazel 1291 CAN 4b0 0.5
11 Pancer Jeff 1087 CAN 6w0 0.5
12 Kalmanson Evgeny 1055 CAN 3b0 7w0 0

Check latest results on the chess-results server.

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Thank you, Tyler!

Tyler Longo
Tyler Longo

If you’ve played chess at Annex or at many other events around Toronto, you’ve no doubt seen Tyler Longo behind the desk keeping the tournament running smoothly. We want to thank Tyler for his years of dedication as Tournament Arbiter (since 2013) and also as President (since 2015) of Annex Chess Club.

The 2016 Summer Swiss will be Tyler’s last gig as Arbiter at ACC. We are currently putting together a roster of people to take his place directing our club tournaments, since no one person can do what he’s been doing.

Thank you, Tyler!

Tyler will continue as a member of the club and a director on the Board, and hopefully he’ll soon be back playing in our club tournaments.

Tyler Longo and Alex Ferreira
Tyler Longo and Alex Ferreira
George Supol and Tyler Longo at Harbourfront Centre
George Supol and Tyler Longo at Harbourfront Centre
Good luck, Tyler!
Good luck, Tyler!
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ACC Summer Swiss

It’s summer!

Our current club tournament is the ACC Summer Swiss, running on five Monday nights, June 27 to July 25, in Crown and U1700 sections. (Check the club page for more on how our regular tournaments work.)

Rounds in the club tournament start at 7:30 pm each Monday. New players are welcome to join in any round, or even to drop in for just one round, but please register by 7:00 pm to make sure you’re paired.

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Round One – June 27

Chess at the Annex seems to be picking up over the summer! Thirty-three players started the tournament in Round One, and we expect more to join mid-tournament.

In typical heavily mismatched first-round games, the favourites chalk up five wins to sweep the underdogs in the Crown section.

In the under-1700 section, the favourites take six, one game is drawn, and the underdogs take two: Hazel Guo (1276) upsets Glenn Giffen (1527), and her brother Roger Guo (1113) upsets Mark Patton (1436). Good night for the Guo family!

Game of the Week

In the game of the week, Salim Belcadi (1309) plays his Blackmar-Diemer (1.d4 d5 2.e4) against Harry Chen (1529). Belcadi goes on a K-side attack, and there’s an interesting material imbalance after Chen loses his Q but gets R, N, and several Ps in the process.

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Round Two – July 4

After two rounds, Dave Southam has clear first in the Crown section with 2.0/2. Another five players are half a point behind at 1.5/2.

In the U1700 section, Shabnam Abbarin and her dad, Hooshang Abbarin, along with Brian Hanratty are in a three-way tie for first with 2.0/2. Another four players trail by half a point at 1.5/2.

Game of the Week

In the game of the week, Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy (1606), on board one against Dave Southam (2207), takes the poisoned pawn in a Winawer, plays an interesting line, then misses a tactic on move 17 and gets miniatured.

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Round Three – July 11

Through three rounds, Dave Southam holds onto clear first in the Crown section with a win over William Li and a perfect score of 3.0/3.

In the U1700 section, Brian Hanratty takes clear first at 3.0/3, with a win over Hooshang Abbarin.

Game of the Week

In the game of the week, tournament leader Dave Southam (2207) plays a Ne2 Rubinstein variation in the Nimzo to fend off a challenge by William Li (2075) on the top board. White picks up two pawns, gives one back, and it’s the last game to finish as Southam grinds out a 68-move win.

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Round Four – July 18

With four rounds in the books, the leaders stay strong: Dave Southam draws Jelvis Calvelo to hold onto clear first in the Crown section with 3.5/4. England and Calvelo are within half a point.

And Brian Hanratty in U1700 holds clear first at 4.0/4 with a win over Harry Chen. Shabnam Abbarin has 3.5/4 and clear second.

Game of the Week

Dave Southam is on a game-of-the-week streak! This time it’s a 93-move draw with Jelvis Calvelo. Calvelo plays the Advance against Southam’s French, and after Black plays …c4 on move 5, the central pawns stay locked for 40 moves. Then White sacs two pieces to turn two locked pawns into connected passers on the seventh. There are barrages of Q checks by both sides, but eventually Black sacs B and Q on the pawns, still managing to reach a drawn P/c2 vs. Q ending. Definitely game-of-the-week material!


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Round Five – July 25

Dave Southam wins to take the Crown with 4.5/5. In U1700, Brian Hanratty needs only a draw to take the section with 4.5/5. Congratulations, Dave and Brian!

We’re closed August 1 for Simcoe Day, but there’s a new club tournament starting up August 8. New players are welcome! Please register by 7:00 pm to make sure you’re paired.

Game of the Week

Dave Southam has a close call against Scott Cliff yet still manages to end up in a winning line in the ending.  (I’m reminded of Alekhine’s boast: “To win against me, you must beat me three times: first in the opening, then in the middlegame, and then again in the endgame.”)

The spotlight this week, though, is on Hanratty-Abbarin on the top board of the U1700 section. Black plays a 6.e6 Najdorf and tries an interesting B sac on move 22. She dodges a bullet or two on her way to winning back the piece to enter a winning-looking ending with 2 extra Ps. But then she allows a perp and the game ends in a draw – all Brian Hanratty needs for clear first in the section!


Final ranking cross-tables after Round 5

ACC Summer Swiss Crown

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd Pts.
1 Southam David 2206 CAN 14w1 8b1 3w1 2b½ 5b1 4.5
2 Calvelo Jelvis 2080 CAN 18w1 3b½ 5w1 1w½ 9b1 4
3 Li William 2119 CAN 12b1 2w½ 1b0 6w1 8w1 3.5
4 England Max 1938 CAN 15b1 10w1 0 3
5 Cliff Scott 1918 CAN 17w1 2b0 8b1 1w0 2.5
6 Amirirad Kamran 1755 CAN 7w0 18b1 3b0 14w+ 2.5
7 Ostertag Ralph 0 CAN 6b1 0 0 2
8 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1604 CAN -1 1w0 14b1 5w0 3b0 2
9 Stefanovic Miroslav 2202 CAN 0 17b1 2w0 2
10 Malakhovets Sergey 2064 CAN 17w1 4b0 0 2
11 Paganini Xavier 2000 US 0 0 16b1 2
12 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1730 CAN 3w0 17b0 -1 15w½ 13b½ 2
13 Longo Tyler 2025 CAN 0 0 12w½ 1.5
14 Mendoza Armand Jess 1917 CAN 1b0 18w+ 8w0 6b- 1.5
15 Armstrong Robert J. 1607 CAN 4w0 12b½ 0 1.5
16 Huczek George 1939 CAN 0 0 11w0 1
17 Wilker Marcus 1606 CAN 5b0 12w1 10b0 9w0 0 1
18 Nadj Pal 1706 CAN 2b0 14b- 6w0 -1 0 1

Full results, round-by-round standings, etc. are available on the Chess-Results server.

ACC Summer Swiss U1700

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd Pts.
1 Hanratty Brian 1421 CAN 25w1 5b1 2b1 9w1 3w½ 4.5
2 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1581 CAN 6w1 15b1 1w0 8b1 7w1 4
3 Abbarin Shabnam 1445 CAN 29w1 13b1 10w1 1b½ 4
4 Gelowitz Mark A. 1409 CAN 24w½ 17b1 12w1 9b1 4
5 Morrison Richard 1424 CAN 30b1 1w0 12b0 28w1 26b1 3
6 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1375 CAN 2b0 26w1 30w1 7b0 15w1 3
7 Zhao Zhong 1662 CAN 24b½ 18w1 6w1 2b0 3
8 Ramesh Bharath 1313 CAN 14b1 2w0 18b1 3
9 Chen Harry (siqi) 1529 CAN 20b1 16w1 1b0 4w0 2.5
10 Goldfarb Adam 1375 CAN 28b1 19w1 3b0 0 2.5
11 Giffen Glenn 1527 CAN 15w0 29b1 13w1 0 2.5
12 Gao William 1077 CAN 5w1 4b0 16b½ 2.5
13 Teram Eli 1088 CAN -1 3w0 11b0 23w1 2.5
14 Jevtic Dragan 1427 CAN 27w0 25b1 8w0 16b1 0 2
15 Guo Haotong Hazel 1276 CAN 11b1 2w0 6b0 2
16 He Emma 1474 CAN 26b1 9b0 14w0 12w½ 2
17 Yong David 966 CAN 4w0 22b0 29w1 2
18 Guo Roger 1113 CAN 23w1 7b0 8w0 2
19 Mcroberts Julian 1430 CAN 10b0 26w1 0 2
20 Belcadi Salim 1309 CAN 9w0 23b1 0 2
21 Li Yun Hong (Kevin) 0 CAN 0 25b0 28w1 2
22 Allen Joshua 1385 CAN 0 17w1 0 2
23 Patton Mark A. 1436 CAN 18b0 20w0 29b½ 30w1 13b0 1.5
24 David Jean-Marc 1384 CAN 7w½ 4b½ 0 0 1.5
25 Ma Yue Ran 0 CAN 1b0 14w0 26b0 21w1 0 1
26 Souchko Larissa 1183 CAN 16w0 6b0 25w1 19b0 5w0 1
27 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1604 CAN 14b1 0 0 0 0 1
28 Kalmanson Evgeny 1161 CAN 10w0 5b0 21b0 1
29 Jafari Nick 1174 CAN 3b0 11w0 23w½ 17b0 1
30 Geddie Alex 1074 CAN 5w0 6b0 23b0 0 0.5

Full results, round-by-round standings, etc. are available on the Chess-Results server.

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Summer 2016 officially started on June 20 at 6:34 p.m. EDT, and summer solstice this year coincided with the full moon. See the Farmer’s Almanac.

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End of year celebration for chess classes!

All kids and adults who have attended chess classes with us this year September 2015 to June 2016 are invited to an end-of-year celebration on Monday June 20.

  • Just-for-fun unrated tournament
  • Pizza
  • Starts at 6:00 pm

Help spread the word!

Celebrate a great year of chess at Annex Chess Club!

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