This Monday at ACC – Sept. 26, 2022

This week, Round #3 of the Toronto Closed will be taking place in The Great Hall along with the players from our regular 5-week tournament (Back to the Grind, Round 4).

Below is a tentative seating plan for The Great Hall this coming Monday. The numbers represent the # of boards per table. We will be using our red table cards for the TC players and our white ones for the 5-week tournament players. Click on the image to see a larger version of the seating plan.

Combining both tournaments in The Great Hall will allow us to reduce setup and tear-down time for the evening. Nevertheless, after this Monday’s play is completed, we will be seeking feedback from all players as to which configuration (that we have recently tried) works best. Factors such as temperature, social distancing, lighting and noise are all important considerations for the players.

For the Toronto Closed, we have now added to our website Ranking Crosstables, which will be updated after each round. You can find them under our menu item SPECIAL EVENTS – 2022 Toronto Closed (In Process). Make-up games are also identified there so that one can project the potential impact of those games on the current standings. We have also added identification of the opening/variation used in each published TC game.

Casual chess will be back in the upstairs Sun Room this week, while chess classes will continue downstairs at our 918B rented facility. The upstairs Star Room may be used as a waiting area for parents and other visitors.

Note: For any players and/or accompanying guests attending Monday evening, who would like to help us as volunteers, please try to be onsite for 5:00 p.m. (or earlier). We can really use your help setting up tables, lights and chess equipment!

Back To The Grind, Round 3

Here are the results of round three of our regular tournament.

Results for Round 3: Crown

1140April Yunwei Zhong61Tony Bohan Bao
2131Ryan Yunhui Zhong90Albion Kolndreu
380Omaray M. Shah111John Fines
 12½Arkadiy Ugodnikov  BYE
½Erik MalmstenBYE

Results for Round 3: U1800

63½J. Armstrong Robert15½Glib Dunikov
751Toy Chack Kwan170Umid Allahverdi
880Jim Sadden261Sebastien Daniels
911Adie Todd240Robert Joy
10131Jose Escobar20Shafkat Ali
11220Kris Todi121Dania Surya
12191Leon Noel Merse270James Taylor
14250Johan Todi201Anna Gavrileva
15281Samuel Ulrich40Ulli Diemer
16231Alexander Wagner110Julian McCutcheon
 6½Michael Saltat  BYE
 9½George Supol  BYE
 21½Yazan Abusaleh  BYE

Results for Round 3: U1400

17110Richard Kang11David Dunikov
18131George Flagg60Justin Ryan
199½Yeeshuen Li16½Abdullah Caglayon
21150John Zabbal171Maxim Bondarev
2212½Henry Prickett-Morgan4½Benjamin Kamnitzer
2350Pete Aspros141Anoush Avakian
24180Jonathan Kravtchenko231Joshua Bakradze
25250Christian Manco211Tsing Yee [Tina] Hui
27201Melanie Directo270Preston Rehdner
 7½Eli Teram  BYE
 8½Charlie Bain  BYE
 10½Jordan Burge  BYE
 22½Dominick Monteleone  BYE

And here are the standings after round three.

Standings. Back To The Grind: Crown

#PlaceNameRatingRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Total
11Tony Bohan Bao1938H—W6W32.5
22-3Ryan Yunhui Zhong1601L8W14W92.0
3 April Yunwei Zhong1528W12W9L12.0
44John Fines1741L5H—W131.5
55-10Merlin Nazareno2009W4U—U—1.0
6 Erik Malmsten2001H—L1H—1.0
7 Eric Qian1975W10U—U—1.0
8 Nader Hadji Ghanbari1952W2U—U—1.0
9 Albion Kolndreu1763W11L3L21.0
10 Arkadiy Ugodnikov1715L7H—H—1.0
1111-14Richard Douglas2017L9U—U—0.0
12 Charlie Grisar1911L3U—U—0.0
13 Omaray M. Shah1856U—U—L40.0
14 Lorne Schwartz1749U—L2U—0.0

Standings. Back To The Grind: U1800

#PlaceNameRatingRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Total
11-3Toy Chack Kwan1553W21H—W82.5
2 Glib Dunikov1452W20W4D52.5
3 Sebastien Danielsunr.W27H—W92.5
44-8Adie Todd1569W28L2W192.0
5 J. Armstrong Robert1558H—W15D22.0
6 Dania Surya1475U—W18W172.0
7 Jose Escobar1471W19L8W142.0
8 Umid Allahverdi1433W24W7L12.0
99-13Jim Sadden1506W22H—L31.5
10 George Supol1495H—H—H—1.5
11 Leon Noel Merse1395D15L14W201.5
12 Anna Gavrileva1338L16D13W231.5
13 Samuel Ulrichunr.U—D12W241.5
1414-20Shafkat Ali1564U—W11L71.0
15 Michael Saltat1547D11L5H—1.0
16 Elliot Tseng1525W12U—U—1.0
17 Kris Todi1132U—W24L61.0
18 Alexander Wagner1101U—L6W261.0
19 Robert Joy994L7W25L41.0
20 James Taylorunr.L2W22L111.0
2121-23Adam Comer1401L1D23U—0.5
22 Yazan Abusaleh1272L9L20H—0.5
23 Johan Todi867U—D21L120.5
2424-28Ulli Diemer1553L8L17L130.0
25 Claudio Sottile1494U—L19U—0.0
26 Julian McCutcheon1476U—U—L180.0
27 Ashley Qian1453L3U—U—0.0
28 Neil Goel1452L4U—U—0.0

Standings. Back To The Grind: U1400

#PlaceNameRatingRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Total
11David Dunikov1277W11W10W33.0
22Charlie Bain1040W17W4H—2.5
33-6Richard Kang987W27W18L12.0
4 George Flagg968W16L2W82.0
5 Abdullah Caglayon808W6D8D92.0
6 Maxim Bondarev734L5W20W162.0
77-12Keith Denning1146W14H—U—1.5
8 Justin Ryan1071W12D5L41.5
9 Yeeshuen Li1040U—W22D51.5
10 Jordan Burge1011W21L1H—1.5
11 Anoush Avakian946L1D15W221.5
12 Melanie Directo644L8H—W271.5
1313-19Justin Lim1125W24U—U—1.0
14 Eli Teram1045L7H—H—1.0
15 Henry Prickett-Morgan974U—D11D201.0
16 John Zabbal825L4W25L61.0
17 Tsing Yee [Tina] Hui609L2U—W251.0
18 Joshua Bakradzeunr.U—L3W231.0
19 Aekaay Buppulaunr.U—W27U—1.0
2020-21Benjamin Kamnitzer1116U—L6D150.5
21 Dominick Monteleone476L10U—H—0.5
2222-27Pete Aspros1110U—L9L110.0
23 Jonathan Kravtchenko733U—U—L180.0
24 Andrew Monteleone698L13U—U—0.0
25 Christian Mancounr.U—L16L170.0
26 Stephen Papadatosunr.U—U—U—0.0
27 Preston Rehdnerunr.L3L19L120.0

ACC in St. Louis

Hi, Keith Denning here, ACC’s Tournament Director. I’ve been having a lot of fun over the past six months learning the ropes for my TD position. Based on my experience directing tournaments for both Annex Chess Club and Chess Institute of Canada, I was recently accredited as a licensed National Arbiter (NA) for Canada by both CFC and FIDE.

ACC recently sent me to St. Louis, Missouri to attend a three-day seminar and earn a FIDE Arbiter (FA) norm. I’m very grateful to ACC for this wonderful opportunity and decided to write about my experience.

St. Louis is one of the most important cities in the world for chess. Five games of the 1896 World Chess Championship between Steinitz and Zukertort were played in St. Louis, but in recent years St. Louis was put on the map for chess by Rex Sinquefield, whose ongoing support has made the St. Louis Chess Club, the World Chess Hall of Fame, and various important chess tournaments possible.

This was my first trip to St. Louis, and I wasn’t prepared for the chess adventure that awaited me! On the day of my arrival, the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz tournament concluded. After checking in at my B&B, I decided to familiarize myself with the neighbourhood, and as I was walking towards the St. Louis Chess Club, Fabiano Caruana passed me on the street!

I checked out the beautiful St. Louis Chess Club and, after watching a few games played on the chess tables outside, I looked across the street to the World Chess Hall of Fame only to see Alireza Firouzja being photographed in front of the world’s largest chess piece, hoisting his trophy for having won the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz. The World Chess Hall of Fame was entirely dedicated to the fiftieth anniversary of the legendary Fischer-Spassky World Championship Match of 1972.

To put your minds at ease, this wasn’t just a sightseeing trip. The seminar and exam involved three eight-hour days of work. I also took in two evening classes at STLCC, one with GM Elshan Moradiabadi, who did a simul at ACC in 2013.

The seminar was conducted by Aris Marghetis, a Canadian International Arbiter (IA) and FIDE Lecturer. Among the other attendees were IAs David Hater and Chris Bird. All three had recently been in Chennai as part of the huge arbiter team for the 2022 Chess Olympiad. Chris would go on to have a very interesting time as the Chief Arbiter of the Sinquefield Cup. The seminar was incredibly enlightening. We had breakfast each morning at the Kingside Diner across the street from the club, and our seminar and exam were conducted in a meeting room in a nearby hotel.

After our Thursday session, we were all invited to attend the opening ceremonies of the Sinquefield Cup, held on the beautiful grounds that hosted the 1904 World’s Fair, Forest Park. As the Sinquefield Cup is one of the strongest chess tournaments in the world, it attracted many strong players, each of whom participated in a simul. Perhaps the most notable game in the simul was a matchup between Canadian IM Eric Rosen and Magnus Carlsen. The other participants in the tournament were Ian Nepomniachtchi, Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana, Alireza Firouzja, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Lenier Dominguez, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Legrave and last-minute addition Hans Niemann, who replaced Hungarian GM Richard Rapport when COVID restrictions made it impossible for Rapport to travel.

Some of our long-standing club members may remember when Wesley So played at the Toronto International (hosted by ACC) back in 2012, winning with 6.0/7.

It was quite wonderful to watch all of these top GMs playing in the simul. Other luminaries at the opening ceremonies were Jennifer Shahade, Yasser Sereiwan and Peter Svidler, as well as Rex Sinquefield himself. Jennifer visited ACC and did a lecture in 2017.

Ultimately, Alireza Firouzja won the Sinquefield Cup, which is the last event in the Grand Chess Tour. Firouzja also won the tour overall.

And, for those of you who were wondering, yes, I passed my exam, and now I’m working towards earning my other FIDE Arbiter norms.

Here’s a photo collage of my trip to St. Louis.

Toronto Closed Round #1 – Postings

The results and games for the Toronto Closed are now posted on ACC’s website here. The TC Postings page is also listed under our MAIN MENU as:



2022 TC – RD #1

There are actually 4 linked pages for Rd #1, one for each of the four sections. You can go straight to the section that interests you, using the links below.

Page 1 – Championship Section

Page 2 – Reserve Section

Page 3 – Development Section

Page 4 – Annex Section

In addition, we now have added separate pages for the latest list of Makeup Games and the Prize Fund breakdown. These are also easier to get to under the same category of Special Events – 2022 Toronto Closed (In Process).

Enjoy the games!

Back To The Grind, Round Two

Our regular tournament continues, and the Toronto Closed has begun. Below are the current standings after two rounds of “Back To The Grind.” Round three takes place this Monday, September 19 at 7:30 sharp.

Standings. Back To The Grind: Crown

#PlaceNameRatingRd 1Rd 2Total
11April Yunwei Zhong1528W12W62.0
22Tony Bohan Bao1938H—W111.5
33-7Merlin Nazareno **2009W8U—1.0
4 Eric Qian1975W9U—1.0
5 Nader Hadji Ghanbari **1952W7U—1.0
6 Albion Kolndreu1763W10L11.0
7 Ryan Yunhui Zhong1601L5W131.0
88-9John Fines1741L3H—0.5
9 Arkadiy Ugodnikov1715L4H—0.5
1010-13Richard Douglas **2017L6U—0.0
11 Erik Malmsten2001U—L20.0
12 Charlie Grisar **1911L1U—0.0
13 Lorne Schwartz1749U—L70.0

** Players who are playing in the Toronto Closed after Rd #1 of this weekly tournament.

Standings. Back To The Grind: U1800

#PlaceNameRatingRd 1Rd 2Total
11-2Glib Dunikov1452W15W72.0
2 Umid Allahverdi1433W22W122.0
33-6J. Armstrong Robert1595H—W161.5
4 Toy Chack Kwan1553W17H—1.5
5 Jim Sadden1506W26H—1.5
6 Sebastien Danielsunr.W24H—1.5
77-15Adie Todd1569W25L11.0
8 Shafkat Ali1564U—W181.0
9 Elliot Tseng1525W19U—1.0
10 George Supol1495H—H—1.0
11 Dania Surya1475U—W271.0
12 Jose Escobar1471W14L21.0
13 Kris Todi1132U—W221.0
14 Robert Joy994L12W231.0
15 James Taylorunr.L1W261.0
1616-21Michael Saltat1547D18L30.5
17 Adam Comer1401L4D200.5
18 Leon Noel Merse1395D16L80.5
19 Anna Gavrileva1338L9D210.5
20 Johan Todi867U—D170.5
21 Samuel Ulrichunr.U—D190.5
2222-27Ulli Diemer1553L2L130.0
23 Claudio Sottile1494U—L140.0
24 Ashley Qian1453L6U—0.0
25 Neil Goel1452L7U—0.0
26 Yazan Abusaleh1272L5L150.0
27 Alexander Wagner1101U—L110.0

Standings. Back To The Grind: U1400

#PlaceNameRatingRd 1Rd 2Total
11-3David Dunikov1277W16W92.0
2 Charlie Bain1040W21W102.0
3 Richard Kang987W26W232.0
44-6Keith Denning1146W14H—1.5
5 Justin Ryan1071W17D61.5
6 Abdullah Caglayon808W12D51.5
77-13Justin Lim1125W20U—1.0
8 Yeeshuen Li1040U—W191.0
9 Jordan Burge1011W22L11.0
10 George Flagg968W11L21.0
11 John Zabbal825L10W241.0
12 Maxim Bondarev734L6W181.0
13 Aekaay Buppulaunr.U—W261.0
1414-17Eli Teram1045L4H—0.5
15 Henry Prickett-Morgan974U—D160.5
16 Anoush Avakian946L1D150.5
17 Melanie Directo644L5H—0.5
1818-26Benjamin Kamnitzer1116U—L120.0
19 Pete Aspros1110U—L80.0
20 Andrew Monteleone698L7U—0.0
21 Tsing Yee [Tina] Hui609L2U—0.0
22 Dominick Monteleone476L9U—0.0
23 Joshua Backradzeunr.U—L30.0
24 Christian Mancounr.U—L110.0
25 Stephen Papadatosunr.U—U—0.0
26 Preston Rehdnerunr.L3L130.0

Chess for everyone