ACC New Year Swiss

The last tournament of the year is also the first tournament of the new year. It runs on December 12, 19, January 9, 16, and 23 (or December 12, January 9, 16, 23, and 30 – with the idea of a blitz event on our last night of the year, December 19). This 5-round Swiss is divided in three sections, Crown, U1900, and U1500. Rounds start at 7:30 each Monday night. New players are welcome any round, but please complete registration by 7:00 pm to ensure you’re paired. Please email us to request a bye if you’re not able to attend a round.

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ACC Sub-Zero Swiss

It’s been a warm October, but with the end of daylight savings time the nights are suddenly darker and soon the city will start to freeze over.

Toronto chess players are celebrating the dark nights and sub-zero temperatures by playing in the ACC Sub-Zero Swiss. This club tournament runs on five Monday nights – November 7 to December 5 – in three sections: Crown, U1900, U1500. (Check the club page for more on how our regular tournaments work.)

Rounds in the 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 – November 7

Thirty-two players are signed up for Round One, and more will probably join by Round Two. New players are welcome to join in any round!

In the Crown section, Michael Humphreys, William Li, and Jelvis Calvelo are victorious, and will enter Rd 2 with a full 1.0/1.

In U1900, Nika Akophyan, Hooshang Ab-Barin, Bharath Ramesh, and Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy earn the full point, and enter Rd 2 in a four-way tie.

And in U1500, Dragan Jevtic, Mark Patton, Kevin Li and Tal Zisckind are the four victors who will battle for the lead in Rd 2.

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Round Two – November 14

Under a full moon and with the World Chess Championship in full swing, half a dozen new players join in Round 2, including three new players in the Crown section. On top board, Michael Humphreys beats William Li, while Jelvis Calvelo beats Peter McSherry. Humphreys and Calvelo enter Rd 3 tied for the lead at 2.0/2.

In U1900, Nika Akophyan beats Hoosang Ab-Barin, while Vigneswaramoorthy and Ramesh take byes, so Akophyan is alone in first with the only perfect 2-0 record.

And in U1500, Dragan Jevtic and Kevin Li earn a full point to head into Rd 3 tied at 2.0/2.

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Round Three – November 21

Sunday is the Toronto Santa Claus parade, our first snow is perfect for the occasion, and the Sub-Zero Swiss finally lives up to its name! Only three players in the tournament are still perfect through three rounds, and they lead each of the three sections.

In the Crown, Michael Humphreys defeats Lambert Liu to make it a perfect 3.0/3, pulling ahead of Jelvis Calvelo, who takes a bye.

In U1900 play, Nika Akophyan beats Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy to maintain a perfect 3.0/3 and hold sole possession of first place.

And in U1500, it’s Kevin Li, with a win over co-leader Dragan Jevtic, who takes sole first with a perfect 3.0/3.

Two more rounds to go. Will the leaders take it all the way? Will they stay perfect through two more games?

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Round Four – November 28

In the Crown, Michael Humphreys draws, but it’s still enough to stay in clear first at 3.5/4 as William Li stands alone in second with 3.0/4

In U1900, Bharath Ramesh takes out leader, Nika Akophyan, while Hooshang Ab-Barin defeats Bob Armstrong, so there is now a 3-way tie for first at 3.0/4.

Finally, in U1500, Kevin Li is mistakenly paired with a player who had withdrawn, so he takes a full-point bye to stay in first at 4.0/4. He earns it the hard way, though, by winning his game in the middle section, where he makes a cameo appearance.

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Round Five – December 5

Round 5 is the last round! See final results below.

Games of the Week

A new tournament starts next week – the ACC New Year Swiss


Final ranking cross-tables after Round 5

ACC Sub-Zero Swiss Crown

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Humphreys Michael 2329 CAN 4b1 2w1 13b1 5w½ 3b½ 4
2 Li William 2155 CAN 15w1 1b0 11w1 10b1 6w1 4
3 Calvelo Jelvis 2188 CAN 11b1 14w1 1w½ 3.5
4 Malakhovets Sergey 2032 CAN 1w0 15b1 7w1 6b0 10w1 3
5 Noritsyn Sergey 2152 CAN 10b½ 8w1 1b½ 7w½ 3
6 England Max 2024 CAN 7b½ 10w½ 14b½ 4w1 2b0 2.5
7 Southam David 2201 CAN 6w½ 4b0 13w1 5b½ 2.5
8 Washimkar Arhant 1931 CAN 9w½ 5b0 11b½ 14w1 2.5
9 Zotkin Daniel 2188 CAN 8b½ 0 13w1 2.5
10 Qiao Cindy 1864 CAN 5w½ 6b½ 12w1 2w0 4b0 2
11 Fines John 2013 CAN 3w0 -1 2b0 8w½ 12b½ 2
12 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1825 CAN 14b½ 13w0 10b0 -1 11w½ 2
13 Liu Zhanhe (lambert) 1959 CAN 12b1 1w0 7b0 9b0 1.5
14 Mcsherry Peter 2135 CAN 12w½ 3b0 6w½ 8b0 1.5
15 Mendoza Armand Jess 1923 CAN 2b0 4w0 0 0 0 0

Check latest results on the chess-results server.

ACC Sub-Zero Swiss U1900

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Akophyan Nika 1751 CAN 5w1 2b1 7w1 3b0 6w1 4
2 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1592 CAN 11w1 1w0 12b1 6b1 10w1 4
3 Ramesh Bharath 1675 CAN 4w1 1w1 0 3
4 Giffen Glenn 1538 CAN 3b0 5b1 7w½ 2.5
5 Diemer Ulli 1626 CAN 1b0 4w0 11b1 8w0 12b1 2
6 Armstrong Robert J. 1646 CAN 12b½ 13w1 2w0 1b0 2
7 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1644 CAN 10w1 1b0 9w0 4b½ 2
8 David Jean-Marc 1417 CAN 0 5b1 0 2
9 Li Yun Hong (kevin) 1292 CAN 0 7b1 0 2
10 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1325 CAN 7b0 -1 12w½ 2b0 2
11 Belcadi Salim 1715 CAN 2b0 12w½ 5w0 -1 2
12 Qiao Joey 1446 CAN 6w½ 11b½ 2w0 10b½ 5w0 1.5
13 Chen Harry (siqi) 1463 CAN 6b0 0 0 1

Check latest results on the chess-results server.

ACC Sub-Zero Swiss U1500

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Li Yun Hong (kevin) 1292 CAN 10w1 -1 2b1 -1 6b1 5
2 Jevtic Dragan 1336 CAN 11b1 12w1 1w0 3b1 4b0 3
3 Geddie Alex 1045 CAN 13b0 14w1 12b1 2w0 7b1 3
4 Supol George 1376 CAN 0 5b1 2w1 3
5 Kalmanson Evgeny 1045 CAN 12b0 11w1 8b0 4w0 10w1 2
6 Goldfarb Adam 1398 CAN 7b1 0 1w0 2
7 Teram Eli 1100 CAN 6w0 11b1 3w0 2
8 Ma Yue Ran 1263 CAN 5w1 0 0 2
9 Finkelstein Michael 1165 CAN 0 0 11w1 2
10 Noritsyn Ivan 941 CAN 1b0 11w0 12w1 5b0 1.5
11 Souchko Larissa 979 CAN 2w0 5b0 10b1 7w0 9b0 1
12 Patton Mark A. 1390 CAN 5w1 2b0 3w0 10b0 0 1
13 Zisckind Tal 1367 CAN 3w1 0 0 0 0 1
14 Pancer Jeff 1072 CAN 3b0 0 0 0 0.5

Check latest results on the chess-results server.

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Step up your game!

New sessions of adult and kids’ classes are starting next Monday!

November-December classes run each Monday night, November 7 to December 19. We have adult intermediate classes and kids’ beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes.

Our popular instructors will show you how to take your game to the next level!

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Hallowe’en Rapid Swiss – Oct 31

Special event – October 31

In lieu of our regular slow-chess tournament, the Hallowe’en Rapid is a one-night six-round tournament – in one big section, at a time control of 9 min each with a 3-sec increment.

ACC regulars are joined by a few guests, including Goran Milicevic. In all, twenty-four players take part in the CFC quick-rated event.

Moises Cornelio faces Goran Milicevic in Rd 4
Moises Cornelio faces Goran Milicevic in Rd 4

The tournament winner is unrated Moises Cornelio with 5.5/6, and the U1700 prize goes to Shafkat Ali with 3.5/6. Congratulations, Moises and Shafkat!

Winners of $10 Tim Horton’s gift cards for best costume are Michael Humphreys, Shahla Jalali, and Ulli Diemer. Thanks to all!

Complete results are posted on the Chess-Results server

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ACC Back to the Grind Swiss

Summer vacation’s over, and Toronto players are back to the grind!

Back to the Grind

Chess is not an easy game; playing is hard work! Our current club tournament is the ACC “Back to the Grind” Swiss. It runs on five Monday nights – September 19 to October 24 – 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 – September 19

The Crown section sees the most upsets in Round One, as the top two seeds are defeated: William Li (2126) beats number two, Jonathan Yu (2223); and Nameer Issani (2092) topples top seed and club champion, FM Michael Humphreys (2332). A little further down the pairings chart, new club member Sergey Noritsyn “crushes” Miroslav Stefanovic (in Miroslav’s words). Bharath Ramesh, making a special appearance in the Crown section after finishing first in U1900 last tournament, also joins the lead group with a TD bye.

In U1900, the largest section of the tournament, favourites are victorious on almost all boards, except that Jean-Marc David (1377) manages to defeat a possibly rusty Kevin Gaffney (1590), returning after a break.

The U1400 section has suddenly become quite small and sees only three games in Round One. (We may have to adjust section cut-offs.) All three favourites are victorious, as Mark Patton, Larissa Souchko, and Eli Teram head into Round Two with a full point.

Games of the Week

In this week’s first featured game, William Li sacs the exchange in his game against Jonathan Yu and continues aggressively to win it back and then win the game, upsetting the number-two seed.

In the second featured game, Dave Southam stems the tide of toppling top seeds in his characteristically solid style by grinding out the full point against Sergey Malakhovets – it’s an instructive endgame.

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Round Two – September 26

In the Crown section, the leader group is down to two after Dave Southam finds himself down material and is lucky to get a draw against Nameer Issani. Meanwhile Jelvis Calvelo defeats Sergey Noritsyn and William Li defeats Bharath Ramesh to enter Round 3 with perfect 2.0/2 scores.

In U1900, Kamran Amirirad and Arkadiy Udodnikov stay in the leader group with Round-Two wins and are joined by Mysha Gilani (1467) as she upsets Brian Hanratty (1688) after he blunders in a won position. All three head into Rd. 3 with 2.0/2.

In U1400, Eli Teram takes a bye, allowing Yue Ran Ma and Alex Moisseev to catch up to him at 1.5/2.

Games of the Week

Two featured games this week from the top section show the stronger player as black getting an advantage out of the opening and converting it to a win.

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Round Three – October 3

Through three rounds, William Li leads the crown section. Mysha Gilani and Kamran Amirirad lead the U1900 section. And Alex Moisseev leads the U1400.

William Li
William Li
Mysha Gilani
Mysha Gilani
Kamran Amirirad
Kamran Amirirad

Game of the Week

On the top board, there’s another exciting William Li game as Li plays aggressively through complications to defeat Jelvis Calvelo.

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Off Week – October 10

The club is closed for Thanksgiving.

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Round Four – October 17

Through four rounds, William Li leads the Crown section with 3.5/4. Kamran Amirirad leads the U1900 with a perfect score of 4.0/4. And Eli Teram leads the U1400 with 3.0/4. One more round to go!

Game of the Week

On the top board, William Li gets a draw against David Southam.

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Round Five – October 24

Last round! FM Michael Humphreys, with a win over William Li, takes first place in the Crown section with 4.0/5, beating Dave Southam on tiebreak (greater number of wins).

In U1900, Kamran Amirirad scores a default win over Glen Giffen to finish in clear first with a perfect 5.0/5. Can’t get better than that!

Finally, in the small and closely fought U1400, Eli Teram loses to Larissa Soushko in the last round, but still holds onto first place with 3.0/5, beating George Supol on tiebreak (greater number of games with black).

Congratulations, Michael, Kamran, and Eli!

Upcoming …

Next week, don’t miss the Hallowe’en Rapid – 6 rounds in one night at 9′ + 3″. And don’t forget to wear a costume! The round starts at 7:30 pm. New players are welcome. Please register by 7:00 pm to make sure you’re paired.

Then, the following week (November 7) there’s a new regular club tournament, the ACC Sub-Zero Swiss!


Final Ranking cross-tables after Round 5

ACC Back to the Grind Swiss Crown

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Humphreys Michael 2332 CAN 10w0 9b1 14w1 6b1 3w1 4
2 Southam David 2212 CAN 7w1 10b½ 5w1 3b½ 4w1 4
3 Li William 2126 CAN 15w1 14b1 4b1 2w½ 1b0 3.5
4 Calvelo Jelvis 2199 CAN 9w1 5b1 3w0 7b1 2b0 3
5 Noritsyn Sergey 2034 CAN 12w1 4w0 2b0 14b1 11w1 3
6 Zotkin Daniel 2171 CAN 11b1 10w1 1w0 0 2.5
7 Malakhovets Sergey 2043 CAN 2b0 13w1 8b½ 4w0 -1 2.5
8 England Max 2008 CAN 7w½ 11b1 0 2.5
9 Mendoza Armand Jess 1986 CAN 4b0 1w0 11w0 -1 -1 2
10 Issani Nameer 2092 CAN 1b1 2w½ 6b0 0 0 1.5
11 Liu Zhanhe (lambert) 1958 CAN 6w0 9b1 8w0 5b0 1.5
12 Stefanovic Miroslav 2174 CAN 5b0 0 0 1
13 Sivapathasundaram Manojh 1883 CAN 7b0 0 0 1
14 Ramesh Bharath 1632 CAN -1 3w0 1b0 5w0 0 1
15 Yu Jonathan 2223 CAN 3b0 0 0 0 0.5

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ACC Back to the Grind Swiss U1900

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Amirirad Kamran 1764 CAN 12w1 4b1 2w1 7b1 10w+ 5
2 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1713 CAN 6b1 8w1 1b0 5w1 4b½ 3.5
3 Gilani Mysha 1467 CAN 11b1 21w1 16b1 0 0 3
4 Armstrong Robert J. 1611 CAN 17w1 1w0 8b½ 9b1 2w½ 3
5 Chen Harry (siqi) 1496 CAN 13w0 24b+ 22b1 2b0 11w1 3
6 Belcadi Salim 1627 CAN 2w0 20b1 9w0 11b½ 19w1 2.5
7 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1647 CAN 20b1 13w1 1w0 0 2.5
8 David Jean-Marc 1377 CAN 19w1 2b0 4w½ 9b½ 2.5
9 Patton Mark A. 1317 CAN 22w½ 6b1 4w0 8w½ 2.5
10 Giffen Glenn 1508 CAN 14w1 1b- 2.5
11 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1357 CAN 3w0 19b½ 24b1 6w½ 5b0 2
12 Gelowitz Mark A. 1502 CAN 1b0 14b0 24w1 2
13 Pei Eric 1235 CAN 5b1 16w½ 7b0 0 2
14 Sutton Michael 1733 CAN 10b0 12w1 0 2
15 Sharpe Michael D. 1677 CAN 0 23b1 0 2
16 Wilker Marcus 1621 CAN 25w1 13b½ 3w0 0 2
17 Supol George 1347 CAN 4b0 19w1 0 2
18 Fines John 0 CAN 0 0 22b1 2
19 Gaffney Kevin 1590 CAN 8b0 11w½ 17b0 22w1 6b0 1.5
20 Goldfarb Adam 1391 CAN 7w0 6w0 24b1 0 1.5
21 Hanratty Brian 1688 CAN 24w1 3b0 0 0 0 1
22 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1613 CAN 9b½ 5w0 19b0 18w0 1
23 Allen Joshua 1414 CAN 0 15w0 0 1
24 Jevtic Dragan 1388 CAN 21b0 5w- 11w0 20w0 12b0 0
25 Morrison Richard 1380 CAN 16b0 0 0 0 0 0

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ACC Back to the Grind Swiss U1400

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Teram Eli 1093 CAN 3w1 6b1 5b0 3
2 Supol George 1347 CAN 0 8w1 3b1 3
3 Kalmanson Evgeny 1016 CAN 1b0 6w½ 8b1 5w1 2w0 2.5
4 Moiseev Alex 699 CAN 8w1 -1 0 0 2.5
5 Souchko Larissa 1106 CAN 8b1 7w0 6b0 3b0 1w1 2
6 Geddie Alex 1078 CAN 9w0 3b½ 5w1 1w0 8b0 1.5
7 Ma Yue Ran 1189 CAN 5b1 0 0 0 1.5
8 Noritsyn Ivan 1016 CAN 5w0 4b0 3w0 2b0 6w1 1
9 Patton Mark A. 1317 CAN 6b1 0 0 0 0 1

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