2017 Toronto Team Rapid Chess Championship – June 19

Annex Chess Club is proud to host the 2017 GTCL Cup, Toronto’s Rapid Team Chess Championship.

big crowd watching a game from the GTCL Cup

Chess is a team sport!

Chess players and chess clubs around the GTA are putting together teams of four to compete in team-versus-team match play on Monday, June 19, at 918 Bathurst, Toronto, home of Annex Chess Club. Send us your four players and your team name!

Results

Michael Barron’s Chess Stars took home the GTCL Cup for 2017, and the winning U1800 team was Pinoy Chess Club led by Jay De La Cerna. Championship and U1800 winning teams both receive individual trophies provided by GTCL. Congratulations to the winning teams and thank you to all the players and teams who attended!

Don’t miss the KW teams event this Saturday!

Individual Results

Individual results are posted on Chess-Results.

In my hurry to get the results in for rating this week, it seems there are a number of errors in the results. Please email info@annexchessclub.com if I got something wrong and I’ll submit all corrections to CFC for next week.

Team Results – Final Ranking Crosstable

Rk. Name Rtg 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts. Game
1 Chess Stars 2242 2w½ 13b1 11w1 9b1 3w1 4.5 16
2 Hart House A 2306 1b½ 4w1 10b1 5w1 7b1 4.5 14.5
3 Starks 2302 4b1 10w1 5b1 7w1 1b0 4 15.5
4 Aurora Chess Club 2195 3w0 2b0 12w1 11b1 8w1 3 14
5 Willowdale 2128 -1 9b1 3w0 2b0 12w1 3 12.5
6 Pinoy Chess Club 1786 9w0 17b1 16w1 8b0 10w1 3 12.5
7 Hart House B 2128 12w1 11b1 8w1 3b0 2w0 3 10.5
8 Annex A 2065 16b1 15w1 7b0 6w1 4b0 3 11
9 London Fire 1742 6b1 5w0 15b1 1w0 14b1 3 9
10 Manila Chess Club 2052 14b1 3b0 2w0 15w1 6b0 2 9.5
11 Drawmasters 1985 13b1 7w0 1b0 4w0 15b1 2 8
12 Vi the North 1336 7b0 14w1 4b0 13w1 5b0 2 7.5
13 Strange Wonder Dragons 1824 11w0 1w0 14b½ 12b0 16w+ 1.5 7.5
14 Annex Powerhouse 1282 10w0 12b0 13w½ 16b1 9w0 1.5 7
15 Annex Jets 1686 17w1 8b0 9w0 10b0 11w0 1 7.5
16 Kamnitzers 1193 8w0 -1 6b0 14w0 13b- 1 5
17 The Dragons 1106 15b0 6w0 0 0 0 0 0.5
Team Composition
1. Hart House A (RtgAvg:2306)
Bo. Name Rtg
1 Ivanov Mike 2381
2 Derraugh Geordie 2341
3 Bellissimo Joseph 2291
4 Nasir Zehn 2210
2. Starks (RtgAvg:2302)
Bo. Name Rtg
1 Noritsyn Nikolay 2598
2 Plotkin Victor 2380
3 Vettese Nicholas 2231
4 Chen Max 2000
3. Chess Stars (RtgAvg:2242)
Bo. Name Rtg
1 Rek Viatcheslav (slava) 2286
2 Barron Michael 2292
3 Kimelman Michael 2251
4 Starr Sasha 2139
5 Starr Nava 2112
4. Aurora Chess Club (RtgAvg:2195)
Bo. Name Rtg
1 Cummings David 2341
2 Dougherty Michael 2236
3 Zeromskis Egidijus 2183
4 MacLeod David 2018
5. Willowdale Chess Club (RtgAvg:2128)
Bo. Name Rtg
1 Birarov Vladimir 2206
2 Tonakanian Stephan 2127
3 Chernik Dmitry 2041
4 Strugach Alexander 2137
6. Hart House B (RtgAvg:2128)
Bo. Name Rtg
1 Agbabishvili Lali 2251
2 Yu Jonathan 2166
3 Ng Kit-Sun 2216
4 Qiao Cindy 1877
5 Qiao Joey 1460
7. Annex A (RtgAvg:2065)
Bo. Name Rtg
1 Noritsyn Sergey 2241
2 Malakhovets Sergey 2103
3 Fines John 1961
4 McSherry Peter 1953
8. Manila Chess Club (RtgAvg:2052)
Bo. Name Rtg
1 Calvelo Jelvis 2187
2 Lauron Ranel 2033
3 Palacios Bobby 1979
4 Frilles Ruperto 2008
9. Drawmasters (RtgAvg:1985)
Bo. Name Rtg
1 Li William 2142
2 Liu Zhanhe (lambert) 2188
3 Lei Sean 2125
4 Gao Raymond 1483
10. Strange Wonder (RtgAvg:1824)
Bo. Name Rtg
1 Ryadnov Denis 2145
2 Siddeley Hugh 2121
3 Bzikot Robert 2030
4 Seshadri Akshay 0
11. Pinoy Chess Club (RtgAvg:1786)
Bo. Name Rtg
1 De La Cerna Jay 1913
2 Mendoza Armand Jess 1881
3 Orozco Joey 1740
4 Orozco Joseph 693
5 Cabioc Jose 1609
12. London Fire (RtgAvg:1742)
Bo. Name Rtg
1 Bao Tony Bohan 2032
2 Blake Matthew 1701
3 Huang Tony 1722
4 Liang Yunpeng 1512
13. Annex Jets (RtgAvg:1686)
Bo. Name Rtg
1 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1695
2 Belcadi Salim 1589
3 Ali Shafkat 1786
4 Hanratty Brian 1674
5 Pei Eric 1559
14. Vi the North (RtgAvg:1336)
Bo. Name Rtg
1 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1689
2 Stevelic Marko 1401
3 Ai Amy 1191
4 Dong Yiwei 1064
15. Annex Powerhouse (RtgAvg:1282)
Bo. Name Rtg
1 McMillan Alan 1227
2 Kalmanson Evgeny 1271
3 Diemer Ulli 1631
4 Souchko Larissa 995
16. Kamnitzers (RtgAvg:1193)
Bo. Name Rtg
1 Kamnitzer Benjamin 0
2 Kamnitzer David 0
3 Kamnitzer Stephen 1004
4 Oppenheimer Harold 1766
17. The Dragons (RtgAvg:1106)
Bo. Name Rtg
1 Knight James 0
2 Jevtic Dragan 1425
3 Miraj Umair 0
4 Huang Bo 0

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2017 Toronto Blitz Chess Championship – June 4

The 2017 Toronto Blitz Championship is Sunday June 4 – part of Harbourfront Centre Chessfest

Round 3 games on the top boards (photo: John Upper)

Winners

Mark Plotkin and Artiom Samsonkin are 2017 Toronto Blitz Champions (photo: John Upper)

Photos

John Upper was in attendance and has photos posted on the CFC Newsletter page on Facebook.

Results

Rk. SNo Name FED Rtg Club/City Pts.
1 2 Samsonkin Artiom CAN 2559 ON 11.5
  8 Plotkin Mark CAN 2350 ON 11.5
3 3 Krnan Tomas CAN 2527 ON 10
  4 Yang Kaiqi CAN 2503 ON 10
  5 Calugar Arthur CAN 2422 ON 10
6 1 Noritsyn Nikolay CAN 2598 ON 9.5
7 11 Rek Viatcheslav (slava) CAN 2274 ON 9
  13 Vettese Nicholas CAN 2231 ON 9
9 6 Plotkin Victor CAN 2387 ON 8.5
  9 Puri Vinny CAN 2320 ON 8.5
  16 Liang Hairan CAN 2186 ON 8.5
  21 Lauron Ranel CAN 2033 ON 8.5
  46 Lozano Carlos CAN 0   8.5
14 7 Emuakpeje Ochuko CAN 2384 ON 8
  17 Xu Jeffrey CAN 2125 ON 8
  18 Ishoo Younan CAN 2120 FO 8
  19 Zotkin Daniel CAN 2117 ON 8
  26 Jiang Brian CAN 1800 ON 8
19 12 Dougherty Michael CAN 2236 ON 7.5
  20 Upper John CAN 2102 QC 7.5
  25 Hay Jonathan CAN 1940 ON 7.5
  42 De La Cerna Jay CAN 0   7.5
23 15 Calvelo Jelvis CAN 2187 ON 7
  22 England Max CAN 2030 ON 7
  29 Dagan Alfred CAN 1732 ON 7
  41 Andes Aldrin CAN 0   7
27 10 Barron Michael CAN 2290 ON 6.5
  14 Filipovich David CAN 2205 ON 6.5
  23 Chernik Dmitry CAN 2023 ON 6.5
  35 Zhao Jeffrey R. CAN 1537 ON 6.5
31 31 Liu Henry CAN 1592 ON 6
  32 Belcadi Salim CAN 1589 ON 6
  43 Dhawan Sahil CAN 0   6
34 24 Gunapalan David CAN 2010 QC 5.5
  28 Ganea Mihai CAN 1747 ON 5.5
  34 Pei Eric CAN 1559 ON 5.5
37 27 Ali Shafkat CAN 1776 ON 5
  37 Guo Haotong Hazel CAN 1345 ON 5
  38 Xu William CAN 1295 ON 5
  40 Ai Amy CAN 1180 ON 5
41 30 Liu Harry CAN 1730 ON 4.5
  36 Huang Youhe CAN 1492 ON 4.5
  39 Guo Roger CAN 1280 ON 4.5
44 33 Fletcher David CAN 1559 ON 3.5
45 45 Hoyda Paul CAN 0   2.5
46 44 Emnace Segurdino CAN 0   1

See complete details on the Chess Results server

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The tournament is rated by CFC.

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ACC June Bug Swiss

Our latest chess tournament is named for the big brown beetles that seem to show up out of nowhere in June. Part of the scarab family, June bugs are usually considered a pest. Personally, I’ve always found them humorously clumsy; they always seem to be flying into walls, getting stuck on their back, or moving slowly and awkwardly across the ground, dragging their big belly with scrabbling legs.

Running through June from May 29 to July 10, the ACC June Bug Swiss is a 5-round club tournament in three sections, Masters, U2200, and U1600. Yes, those cut-offs are a little different than normal – partly because it’s nice to mix up the sections to give people some new opponents, but mostly because we’re trying an experiment with this tournament, making the Masters section a little more exclusive in the hopes of attracting some new strong players.

Accordingly, our three sections are the new Masters section, then U2200, and then U1600. As always, those within 100 points of the cut-off may request to play up in the next higher section. E.g., a 2120 would naturally be in the U2200 section, but could request to play in the Masters. Similarly a 1530 would naturally be placed in U1600, but could request to play in U2200.

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Round One – May 29

The tournament starts with 31 players in three sections. The Masters section has a very low turn-out with just one player. We already have some additional entries for Round Two!

In U2200, there are some big rating differences in the first round, and at the end of the night the results on the pairing sheet show a zig-zag pattern indicating a sweep by the rating favourites. In U1600, two unrated players play their first standard CFC-rated tournament game, Benjamin Kamnizer, who loses to Evgeny Kalmanson, and Akshay Seshadri, who wins against Reza Anghaie. Otherwise, the section is also a sweep for the rating favourites. See full results below.

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Round Two – June 5

The Masters section doubles in the second round with two players now registered. William Li defeats Dave Southam to stay in first with 2.0/2.

In U2200, four 1900s face off on the top boards. Shawn Talsma and John Fines are victorious and now tied for the lead at 2.0/2.

In U1600, both unrated players are on the board as Benjamin Kamnitzer wins his game. Tied for the lead with 2.0/2 are Shabnam Abbarin, Gregory Szucs, and George Supol.

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Round Three – June 12

See results below.

Off-week – June 19

ACC is hosting the GTCL Cup. Free for Annex members. Make a team or we’ll put you on one for this one-night four-on-four rapid teams event. Our regular club tournament takes a break to allow players to participate.

Round Four – June 26

The tournament resumes. The round starts at 7:30 pm. Please register on site before 7:00 if you would like to play, or email in advance. All are welcome, including new players! 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.

Off-week – July 3

It’s Canada Day weekend and ACC is closed.

Round Five – July 10

Final round.


Ranking cross-tables after Round 3

ACC June Bug Swiss – Masters

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd Pts.
1 Noritsyn Sergey 2248 CAN 2b1 2
2 Li William 2142 CAN -1 3b1 1w0 2
3 Southam David 2263 CAN 2w0 1

Check updated results on chess-results.

ACC June Bug Swiss – U2200

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd Pts.
1 Fines John 1961 CAN 8w1 3b1 2w1 3
2 Talsma Shawn 1937 CAN 10w1 5b1 1b0 2
3 Malmsten Erik 1922 CAN 7b1 1w0 6b1 2
4 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1722 CAN 9b1 2
5 Mcsherry Peter 1953 CAN 6b1 2w0 8b½ 1.5
6 Pei Eric 1559 CAN 5w0 7b1 3w0 1
7 Chen Harry (siqi) 1525 CAN 3w0 6w0 9b1 1
8 Hanratty Brian 1674 CAN 1b0 5w½ 1
9 Belcadi Salim 1589 CAN 4w0 7w0 0.5
10 Armstrong Robert J. 1527 CAN 2b0 0 0 0

Check updated results on chess-results.

ACC June Bug Swiss – U1600

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd Pts.
1 Abbarin Shabnam 1442 CAN 16w1 6b1 5w1 3
2 Szucs Gregory 1415 CAN 17w1 7b1 2.5
3 Randle Bill 1233 CAN 23b1 -1 2.5
4 Gelowitz Mark A. 1412 CAN 12b1 15w0 11b1 2
5 Supol George 1368 CAN 13w1 9b1 1b0 2
6 Dixon Javier 1314 CAN 24b1 1w0 16b1 2
7 Kalmanson Evgeny 1211 CAN 18b1 2w0 22b1 2
8 Mcmillan Alan 1227 CAN 19w1 0 18b1 2
9 Seshadri Akshay 0 CAN 14b1 5w0 23w1 2
10 Jevtic Dragan 1425 CAN 21b1 11w½ 0 1.5
11 Patton Mark A. 1285 CAN 25w1 10b½ 4w0 1.5
12 Souchko Larissa 983 CAN 4w0 20b1 1.5
13 Bahry Timothy 943 CAN 5b0 18w0 25b1 1
14 Anghaie Reza 891 CAN 9w0 17b0 24b1 1
15 Wilker Marcus 1601 CAN 0 4b1 0 1
16 Dong Yiwei 1064 CAN 1b0 24w1 6w0 1
17 Pancer Jeff 1002 CAN 2b0 14w1 0 1
18 Kamnitzer Benjamin 0 CAN 7w0 13b1 8w0 1
19 Noftle Madisin 776 CAN 8b0 0 -1 1
20 Ai Amy 1180 CAN 12w0 1
21 Teram Eli 1011 CAN 10w0 1
22 Matetski Konstantin 0 CAN 7w0 1
23 David Jean-Marc 1440 CAN 3w0 9b0 0.5
24 Noritsyn Ivan 933 CAN 6w0 16b0 14w0 0
25 Ellis Cody 900 CAN 11b0 0 13w0 0

Check updated results on chess-results.

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For more on June bugs, also known as June beetles, May bugs, etc., see the Encyclopedia Brittanica article.

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ACC April Flurries Swiss

April showers bring May flowers, but living in Toronto it’s not unusual to have snow flurries in April.

The ACC April Flurries Swiss runs from April 10 to May 29. This CFC-rated five-round tournament is broken into three sections, Crown, U1800, and U1400, and runs concurrently with the annual city championship, the 2017 Toronto Closed.

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Round One – April 10

The tournament starts with 25 players in three sections. As in Round 1 of almost any Swiss, there are a number of David-versus-Goliath matchups and a few surprise upsets. In the Crown, Matthew Bergeron (1749) scores an upset win over the young giant, Max England (2056). In U1800, Dragan Jevtic (1388) upsets Kevin Li (1624) and Gregory Szucs (1302) defeats Brett Kingsbury (1504). Finally in U1400, Ivan Noritsyn (885) upsets Cody Ellis (1191).

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Round Two – April 24

Twelve new players join the tournament in Round 2.

In the Crown section, Matthew Bergeron wins again, this time over Peter McSherry. He is now tied for the lead with Ochuko Emuakpeje, who defeats William Li. Bergeron and Emuakpeje both have 2.0/2.

In the middle section, which gains 7 new players and is now up to 16, Dragan Jevtic beats Joey Qiao and Gregory Szuchs beats Bob Armstrong, so it’s a couple of 1300s who are tied for the lead in the U1800 section, at 2.0/2.

And in the U1400 section, which now has 14 players, it’s David Chodoriwsky alone in first at 2.0/2 with a win over Ivan Noritsyn.

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Round Three – May 1

In the Crown section, Alex Ferreira makes a cameo appearance and beats Shawn Talsma, while Peter McSherry and John Fines – both oh-for thus far – play to a draw. Leaders Ochuko Emuakpeje and Matthew Bergeron both take byes and still lead the section with 2.5/3.

In U1800, Gregory Szuchs wins the playoff in the top point group to hold sole possession of the lead with a perfect 3.0/3. Trailing by half a point are Brian Hanratty, reaching 2.5 with a win over Shabnam Abbarin, and Harry Chen, with an upset over Ulli Diemer.

Finally in the closely fought U1400, David Chodoriwsky still holds the lead as Evgeny Kalmanson draws him to rise to 2.0/3 along with four other players half a point behind Chodoriwsky’s 2.5.

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Round Four – May 8

Jeremy D’Souza visits Annex with free cookies to promote the Etobicoke Chess Club at the Second Cup at 265 Wincott Drive on Thursday nights.

In the delayed showdown between Bergeron and Emuakpeje, Ochuko Emuakpeje wins again to take sole possession of first place going into the last round with 3.5/4. In U1800, Brian Hanratty and Harry Chen move up from tied for second at 3.5 to tied for first at 4.5 as Hanratty beats first place Gregory Szuchs. Finally in U1400, Alan McMillan beats leader David Chodoriwsky to rise to first along with Evgeny Kalmanson and Javier Dixon at 3.0/4.

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Round Five – May 15

See final results below

Please note – We’re closed May 22

But there’s a new tournament starting up with Round One on May 29.
Each Monday the round starts at 7:30 pm. Please register on site before 7:00 if you would like to play, or email in advance. All are welcome, including new players! 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 4

ACC April Flurries Swiss – Crown

Rk. Name ELO FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd Pts.
1 Emuakpeje Ochuko 2414 CAN 9b1 6w1 2b1 3.5
2 Bergeron Matthew 1749 CAN 10b1 9w1 1w0 2.5
3 Ferreira Alex T. 2086 CAN 4b1 0 2
4 Talsma Shawn 1894 CAN 6w0 5b1 3w0 9b1 2
5 Fines John 1960 CAN 7b0 4w0 9b½ 8w1 1.5
6 Li William 2176 CAN 4b1 1b0 0 0 1
7 Barron Michael 2288 CAN 5w1 0 0 0 1
8 Akophyan Nika 1885 CAN 0 5b0 1
9 McSherry Peter 2005 CAN 1w0 2b0 5w½ 4w0 0.5
10 England Max 2056 CAN 2w0 0 0 0.5

Check updated results on chess-results.

ACC April Flurries Swiss – U1800

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd Pts.
1 Hanratty Brian 1675 CAN 11b1 10w1 7b1 3.5
2 Chen Harry (siqi) 1419 CAN 17w1 6b1 5w1 3.5
3 Li Kevin Yunhong 1624 CAN 7w0 16b1 14w1 8b1 3
4 Qiao Joey 1449 CAN 18w1 7b0 12w1 10b1 3
5 Szucs Gregory 1302 CAN 13w1 12b1 7w1 2b0 3
6 Diemer Ulli 1672 CAN 17b1 2w0 11b1 2.5
7 Jevtic Dragan 1388 CAN 3b1 4w1 5b0 1w0 2
8 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1740 CAN 9b1 3w0 2
9 Supol George 1332 CAN 13b1 8w0 2
10 Abbarin Shabnam 1455 CAN 15b1 1b0 4w0 1.5
11 Gelowitz Mark A. 1434 CAN 1w0 15b1 6w0 1.5
12 Armstrong Robert J. 1599 CAN -1 5w0 4b0 1.5
13 Kingsbury Brett 1504 CAN 5b0 9w0 17b+ 1.5
14 Goldfarb Adam 1387 CAN 3b0 1.5
15 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1337 CAN 10w0 11w0 1
16 Mcmillan Alan 1123 CAN 3w0 0 0 0.5
17 Chapin Sasha 1418 CAN 6w0 2b0 13w- 0 0
18 Abdi Liban 0 CAN 4b0 0 0 0 0

Check updated results on chess-results.

ACC April Flurries Swiss – U1400

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd Pts.
1 Kalmanson Evgeny 1188 CAN 14w1 7b½ 4b½ 6w1 3
2 Dixon Javier 1308 CAN 6w½ 8b1 7w1 3
3 Mcmillan Alan 1123 CAN 7w0 -1 13b1 4w1 3
4 Chodoriwsky David 1266 CAN 13w1 5b1 1w½ 3b0 2.5
5 Noritsyn Ivan 885 CAN 15w1 4w0 10b0 13b1 2
6 Patton Mark A. 1295 CAN 2b½ 9w1 1b0 2
7 Randle Bill 1288 CAN 3b1 1w½ 2b0 2
8 Ai Amy 1003 CAN 12b1 2w0 10w½ 2
9 Dong Yiwei 1000 CAN 6b0 12w1 2
10 Teram Eli 999 CAN 11w0 5w1 8b½ 2
11 Goldfarb Adam 1387 CAN 10b1 0 0 1.5
12 Noftle Madisin 866 CAN 8w0 -1 9b0 1.5
13 Souchko Larissa 992 CAN 4b0 15b1 3w0 5w0 1
14 Anghaie Reza 863 CAN 1b0 0 0 15w1 1
15 Ellis Cody 1191 CAN 5b0 13w0 0 14b0 0

Check updated results on chess-results.

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