As the city endures a heat wave, downtown Toronto players set fire to the board in the ACC Summer Heat Swiss.
The tournament runs on Monday nights in the summer from July 8 to August 12. (No round on August 5.) New players can register on site each round by 7 pm. Email registration or bye requests before 6 pm.
Round One – July 8
A number of new players – some new to the club, some new to competitive chess – join in on Round One. Welcome, all!
When our club tournament games wrap up for the night, Lucy Gao making a cameo in the Crown section, wins her game and ends up in a four-way tie for the lead with John Fines, Syed Ibrahim Ahmed, and Michael Bitton, all at 1.5/2.
In U1400 it’s a tie for first in U-1400 between Mark Patton and Richard Guo with 2.0/2.
And in U1800, Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy is the last one to finish, but he comes up with a victory to take sole first in his section with 2.0/2.
See full results below.
Round Three – July 22
New players are always welcome to join! The round starts at 7:30 pm. Register on site by 7 pm. Email registration or bye requests before 6 pm.
Style: 7 double-round Swiss, FIDE and CFC-rated
Time Control: 3 minutes each, plus 2 seconds per move
Registration: https://guestli.st/607161 – register early and save!
Entry Fees: $50 before May 27 / $60 after or on site
Junior/Senior: Less $10 for 18 & under or 60+ (as of June 1)
Prize fund: $1000 top prize guaranteed, other prizes based on registration
Membership: Up-to-date CFC membership required, or pay $12 CFC tournament fee
Chief Arbiter: Alex Ferreira
Starting on May 13, 2019, and having had a mix of spring weather this month, we’ll take it as it comes and carry on come what may.
ACC Come What May Swiss is a five-round CFC-rated tournament in three sections, Crown, U1800, and U1400, running on Monday nights in May and June. Time control is 90 min/side with a 30-s increment. The round starts at 7:30 pm May 13 to June 17. New players can register on site each round by 7 pm. Email registration or bye requests before 6 pm.
Round One – May 13
See results below.
Off-week – May 20
The club is closed for Victoria Day.
Round Two – May 27
In the Crown Section, an odd number of players allows 10-year-old Lucy Gao to play up and take out 2010-rated Michael Bitton. As Andrea La Manna takes a bye, Dave Southam heads into the lead with 2.0/2.
In U1400, Larissa Souchko and Benjamin Kamnitzer are tied for the lead at 2.0/2.
And in U1800, a late game between Michael Da Silva and Dragan Jevtic ends in draw, leaving just a two-way tie for the lead at 2.0/2 between Sihao Chen and Lorne Schwartz.
Celebrate everything chess at Harbourfront Centre!
Round Three – June 3
In the Crown, Robert Bzikot wins to catch up with Dave Southam. The two are now tied for the lead at 2.5/3. In U1800, the co-leaders draw, leaving Lorne Schwartz and Sihao Chen tied for the lead at 2.5/3, and Michael Da Silva wins to catch up with them. And in U1400, there’s another three-way tie at 2.5/3 as Alexis Stefanovic-Thompson and Carina D’Souza both win, to catch up with Benjamin Kamnitzer.
Round Four – June 10
As the Raptors take the NBA finals back to Toronto needing only one more win to take the Championship, attendance suffers a little. But the die-hard chess heads are still out.
In the Crown, there is just one game, which ends in a draw, as Dave Southam pulls into the lead at 3.0/4 with his ½-point bye. In U1800, Lorne Schwartz wins quickly, so he takes the lead at 3.5/4 and still has time to watch the Raptors game. And in U1400, Carina D’Souza wins to take the lead at 3.5/4.
As the last game wraps up, the Raps still trail by 6 in the third. Go Raptors!
Round Five – June 17
It’s the day of the Raptors victory parade, after they lose game 5 in Toronto by a point, but win game 6 in Oakland to take the NBA Championship! Let’s go Raptors!
As the final round begins, one game in the Crown ends quickly.
Then Dave Southam finishes with a less dramatic draw to finish with 3.5/5, good enough for first place as John Fines holds Peter McSherry to a draw.
In U1800, Lorne Schwartz wins his game to take the section with 4.5/5.
In U1400, Carina D’Souza needs just a half point to take first and she does it with a draw on board 1 to take the section with 4.0/5.
Congratulations, Dave, Lorne, and Carina!
Don’t forget to submit a team for the GTCL Cup, coming next week. $20 per team. Free for ACC full-year members. Please email your teams in beforehand if possible. If you don’t have a team, you can submit your name as a free agent.