ACC Holiday Rapid – Dec 18

In lieu of our regular slow-chess tournament, on our last club night of the year, December 18, the Holiday 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.

Cost: FREE for ACC members, $15 for non-members ($10 for juniors). Add $12 for CFC ($6 for juniors) if you’re not a CFC member.

Round One starts at 7:30 pm. Please register on site by 7:00 or by email before 6:00 pm. The last round should finish by 10:30 pm, with a brief awards ceremony at the end.

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Study the Openings with a top Canadian Master!

ACC is proud to announce a new Openings Crash Course by IM Artiom Samsonkin, starting in the new year on Monday January 15.

Strengthen your play in the opening phase of the game. Learn the concepts behind some of the most popular contemporary openings. Learn how to choose an opening repertoire, and how to study openings properly. Transition smoothly from your opening to a solid middle game. Many players try to figure out openings on their own from books and videos, but this course will allow you to have a live conversation and really get to understand what is going on in these positions from both sides.

This is an amazing chance to gain a solid foundation in practical opening study and execution from one of Canada’s top players.

This 4-week course, Jan 15 to Feb 5 at 8:15 is just $96. Or take a single class for $35. Come register at the club any Monday!

  • Week One: The Italian Game (Jan 15)
  • Week Two: The French Defence (Jan 22)
  • Week Three: The Sicilian Defence (Jan 29)
  • Week Four: The Queen’s Gambit (Feb 5)

Check our complete adult and kids’ course offerings this term and next.

The Man Ray chess set in the featured image is among the quality chess sets available from Regency Chess Canada.

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ACC Get Your Skates On Swiss

From the rink in your neighbourhood to Nathan Phillips Square, get your skates on and enjoy the frosty air – See a list of Toronto outdoor rinks here, and check the photo essay by Bea Labikova at juliekinnear.com to get inspired!

ACC Get Your Skates On Swiss is a five-round CFC-rated tournament in three sections, Crown, U1800, and U1400. Time control is 90 min/side with a 30-s increment. The round starts at 7:30 pm on Monday nights Dec 4 and 11, then a break for the holidays, and then Jan 8, 15, and 22. (We’ll have a special rapid event on Dec 18.) Register on site each round by 7 pm. Email registration or bye requests before 6pm.

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Round One – Dec 4

The tournament begins with 38 players in three sections. The first round of a Swiss always pits favourites against underdogs, and there are always a few dogs who pull off an upset. In the Crown, Max England (2071) defeats Sergey Malakhovets (2237). In U1800, Dragan Jevtic (1475) holds against Bob Armstrong (1711) and Evgeny Kalmanson (1346) gets a promising position against Michael Saltat (1503), but only manages to draw. And in U1400 Ambarish Chandra (731) scores an upset win from the black side of a Sicilian against Rose Tuong (1046).

Round One Games

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Round Two – Dec 11

See results below

Don’t miss the Hart House Holidays Open next weekend – December 15-17.

Next week, Dec 18 is a special rapid tournament night, and then we’re off for two weeks.

Round Three – Jan 8

The round starts at 7:30 pm. New players are welcome! Please register on site before 7:00 pm if you would like to play, or email in advance before 6:00 pm. 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 2

ACC Get Your Skates On Swiss – Crown

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd Pts. TB1
1 Humphreys Michael 2351 CAN 5w1 7b1 2 0
2 Noritsyn Sergey 2186 CAN 10w1 1.5 0
3 Yu Jonathan 2150 CAN 9w1 1.5 0
4 England Max 2071 CAN 8w1 1.5 0
5 Wiebe Daniel 2086 CAN 1b0 10w1 1 0
6 Guo Josh 2236 CAN 8b½ 1 0
7 Mcsherry Peter 1841 CAN -1 1w0 1 0
8 Malakhovets Sergey 2237 CAN 4b0 6w½ 0.5 0
9 Ferreira Alex T. 2078 CAN 3b0 0.5 0
10 Alakov Sergey 2064 CAN 2b0 5b0 0 0

Check full results on the Chess-Results server.

ACC Get Your Skates On Swiss – U1800

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd Pts.
1 Chen Sihao 1586 CAN 9b1 6w1 2
2 Li Kevin Yunhong 1565 CAN 10w1 7b1 2
3 Schwartz Lorne 1517 CAN 16b1 8w1 2
4 Armstrong Robert J. 1711 CAN 5b½ 13w1 1.5
5 Jevtic Dragan 1475 CAN 4w½ 12b1 1.5
6 Ramesh Bharath 1627 CAN 17w1 1b0 1
7 Gryn Maksym 1609 CAN 14b1 2w0 1
8 Diemer Ulli 1606 CAN 15w1 3b0 1
9 David Jean-Marc 1396 CAN 1w0 17b1 1
10 Supol George 1356 CAN 2b0 -1 1
11 Kalmanson Evgeny 1346 CAN 12w½ 1
12 Saltat Michael 1503 CAN 11b½ 5w0 0.5
13 Guntoori Bhargava 1495 CAN 4b0 0.5
14 Mansilla Guillermo 1429 CAN 7w0 15b½ 0.5
15 Guo Haotong Hazel 1419 CAN 8b0 14w½ 0.5
16 Matetski Konstanstin 1208 CAN 3w0 0.5
17 Dixon Javier 1448 CAN 6b0 9w0 0

Check full results on the Chess-Results server.

ACC Get Your Skates On Swiss – U1400

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd Pts.
1 Kalniev Stefan 1209 CAN 7w1 6b1 2
2 Moiseev Alex 945 CAN 11w1 14b1 2
3 Dong Yiwei 1138 CAN 9b½ 10w1 1.5
4 Noritsyn Ivan 1029 CAN 12b1 1.5
5 Chandra Ambarish 731 CAN 14b1 9w½ 1.5
6 Teram Eli 936 CAN 13b1 1w0 1
7 Kamnitzer Benjamin 875 CAN 1b0 13w1 1
8 Pancer Jeff 1050 CAN 10b½ 1
9 Stefanovich-Thomson Alexis 0 CAN 3w½ 5b½ 1
10 Souchko Larissa 932 CAN 8w½ 3b0 0.5
11 Hibbard Linda 640 CAN 2b0 0.5
12 Zuo Roger 710 CAN 4w0 0.5
13 Cvetkovic Nikola 361 CAN 6w0 7b0 0
14 Tuong Rose 1046 CAN 5w0 2w0 0

Check full results on the Chess-Results server.

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Jennifer Shahade speaks at ACC – Nov 20

Shahade presents Ding Liren’s Game of the Year!

American chess and poker player WGM Jennifer Shahade will be giving a talk at Annex Chess Club next Monday night. Her talk will present the Game of the Year, the immortal Ding Liren game!

  • Location: Annex Chess Club, 918 Bathurst St., Toronto
  • Date: Monday November 20, 2017
  • Doors open at 6:00 pm
  • Talk starts at 6:15 pm with Q&A to follow at 7:00 pm
  • Cost: Free for ACC members; $15 for non-members

Here’s the game:

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Plus – see WGM Shahade again in Toronto on Tuesday!
Shahade will still be in Toronto the following evening for the book launch of Irresponsible Mediums: the Chess Games of Marcel Duchamp. Everyone is welcome to attend the event at the Arts & Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, on Tuesday Nov 21, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The free event promises a surprise chess-themed performance – see event details on Facebook.

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ACC “No Snow Please” Swiss

As October ends and November approaches, we know it’s coming, but we’re not ready for winter yet. No snow, please! (Thanks to Bob Armstrong for the name.)

This is a five-round CFC-rated tournament orginally in four sections, Masters, U2200, U1800, and U1400, but later changed to three sections with the top two sections merged. Time control is 90 min/side with a 30-s increment. The round starts at 7:30 pm every Monday night Oct 23 to Nov 27, except Mon Oct 30, when we’re having a special rapid event. Register on site each round by 7 pm. Email registration or bye requests before 6pm.

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Round One – Oct 23

In the Masters, William Li wins his Round-One game to take an early lead, as Humphreys and Sergey Noritsyn draw, while Southam takes a bye. In U2200, Arkadiy Ugodnikov starts off strong with a win over last tournament’s section winner Shawn Talsma, while John Fines scores a full point against newcomer Sergey Alakov. In U1800, the favourites dominate, except for Michael Saltat, who continues his streak from last tournament with an upset win over Dragan Jevtic, and Evgeny Kalmanson, who holds against Maksym Gryn. In U1400, the results sheet is unusually one-sided as the white side wins almost every game, including upset wins by Rose Tuong and Valery Stroganov; only youngster Victor Stroganov and top seed Mark Patton score with black.

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Off-week – Oct 30

We’re taking a week off from our regular club tournament to run a special rapid tournament.

Round Two – Nov 6

As the games go late in the Masters, …
In U2200, Peter McSherry re-joins the section and his game with Sergey Alakov ends in a draw, so Arkadiy Ugodnikov holds the lead with a bye at 1.5/2. In U1800, Michael Saltat and Bob Armstrong are now tied for the lead at 2.0/2. And in U1400, Mark Patton and Konstantin Matetski are tied for the lead at 2.0/2.

With only 3 players remaining in the U2200 section, we will be forced to end the “Masters Section experiment” and go back to a combined Crown section for Rounds 3-5. While the Masters section failed to attract new players, which was the hope of the venture in the first place, it’s interesting that it was the dwindling U2200 section that finally finished it. New players are welcome to join the combined Crown section with ½-point byes in Rounds 1 and 2.

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Round Three – Nov 13

In the Crown section, Dave Southam scores a win over William Li to lead the section at 2.5/3. In U1800, Bob Armstrong puts an end to Michael Saltat’s streak with his third win of the tournament to take sole first at 3.0/3. And in U1400, it’s Konstantin Matetski with his third win for a perfect 3.0/3.

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Round Four – Nov 20

In U1400, Rose Tuong knocks off leader Konstantin Matetski to take first place in the section with 3.5/4. In U1800, leader Bob Armstrong takes a bye, allowing Bhargava Guntoori to catch him at 3.5/4 with a win over Ulli Diemer. And in the Crown section, and the last game to finish, Michael Humphreys eventually defeated Dave Southam with an extra pawn in a rook and pawn endgame to take the lead at 3.0/4 (see game below).

Round Four Games

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Round Five – Nov 27

In the Crown section, Michael Humphreys defeats Sergey Malakhovets on the top board to take the tournament with 4.0/5.
In U1800, Bob Armstrong defeats Bhargava Guntooni to take the section with 4.5/5, an especially good result considering the ½-point was a bye!
In U1400, Konstantin Matetski and Stefan Kalniev both win their last round games to tie for the lead at 4.0/5.

Congratulations, Michael, Bob, Konstantin, and Stefan!

See full results on the cross-tables below, and don’t miss our next club tournament, the ACC Get Your Skates On Swiss, starting next week, Dec 4.

Round Five Games


Final Ranking cross-tables after Round 5

ACC No Snow Please Swiss – Crown

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Humphreys Michael 2343 CAN 4w½ 7b1 5w1 6b1 4
2 Alakov Sergey 2000 CAN 11b0 12w½ 4w1 6b½ 7w1 3
3 England Max 2040 CAN 0 12w1 5b1 3
4 Noritsyn Sergey 2207 CAN 1b½ 5w0 2b0 13w1 12b1 2.5
5 Southam David 2203 CAN 4b1 10w1 1b0 3w0 2.5
6 Malakhovets Sergey 2246 CAN 10w½ 12b1 2w½ 1w0 2.5
7 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1742 CAN 14b1 1w0 2b0 2
8 Ferreira Alex T. 2074 CAN 0 0 13b1 2
9 Zotkin Daniel 2232 CAN 10b0 -1 0 2
10 Li William 2205 CAN 9w1 6b½ 5b0 0 0 1.5
11 Fines John 1883 CAN 2w1 0 0 0 0 1
12 Mcsherry Peter 1846 CAN 2b½ 6w0 3b0 4w0 1
13 Ali Shafkat 1769 CAN 0 4b0 8w0 1
14 Talsma Shawn 1965 CAN 7w0 0 0 0 0 0

Check full results on the Chess-Results server.

ACC No Snow Please Swiss – U1800

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Armstrong Robert J. 1657 CAN 5w1 15w1 6b1 4b1 4.5
2 Ramesh Bharath 1608 CAN 22b1 12w½ 5b1 6w1 4
3 Gryn Maksym 1604 CAN 21w½ 13b1 9w1 3.5
4 Guntoori Bhargava 1480 CAN 21b1 -1 10w1 1w0 3.5
5 Li Kevin Yunhong 1521 CAN 1b0 16w1 15b1 2w0 10b1 3
6 Saltat Michael 1374 CAN 20w1 10b1 1w0 12b1 2b0 3
7 Sutton Michael 1692 CAN 9w1 0 8b1 0 2.5
8 Chen Sihao 1555 CAN 15b0 22w1 17b½ 7w0 16b1 2.5
9 Guo Haotong Hazel 1365 CAN 18w1 7b0 20w1 3b0 2.5
10 Diemer Ulli 1664 CAN 16b1 6w0 18b1 4b0 5w0 2
11 Ogunlana Ayo 1564 CAN 12b0 21w1 15w½ 0 2
12 Dixon Javier 1450 CAN 11w1 2b½ 6w0 0 2
13 Mansilla Guillermo 1420 CAN 3w0 0 19b1 2
14 Pell Richard 1363 CAN 0 0 20b1 2
15 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1678 CAN 8w1 1b0 5w0 11b½ 0 1.5
16 Schwartz Lorne 1553 CAN 10w0 5b0 20w½ 21b1 8w0 1.5
17 Babaoglu Doruk 1702 CAN 8w½ 0 0 1.5
18 Supol George 1348 CAN 9b0 20b1 10w0 0 0 1
19 Belcadi Salim 1456 CAN 0 0 13w0 1
20 Jevtic Dragan 1573 CAN 6b0 18w0 16b½ 9b0 14w0 0.5
21 Kalmanson Evgeny 1431 CAN 3b½ 4w0 11b0 16w0 0 0.5
22 Yueh Tony 1439 CAN 2w0 8b0 0 0 0 0

Check full results on the Chess-Results server.

ACC No Snow Please Swiss – U1400

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Matetski Konstanstin 1237 CAN 9w1 15b1 13w1 3b0 7w1 4
2 Kalniev Stefan 0 CAN 8b0 23w1 10b1 18w1 3w1 4
3 Tuong Rose 862 CAN 20w1 5b1 1w1 2b0 3.5
4 Dong Yiwei 1179 CAN 12w0 9b0 23w1 13b1 8b1 3
5 Lambert Peter 1227 CAN 15b0 -1 3w0 19b1 11w1 3
6 Randle Bill 1154 CAN 19w0 21b1 14b+ 3
7 Patton Mark A. 1240 CAN 23b1 18w1 0 1b0 2.5
8 Pancer Jeff 1035 CAN 2w1 0 19b½ 9b1 4w0 2.5
9 Moiseev Alex 869 CAN 1b0 4w1 18b½ 8w0 19w1 2.5
10 Teram Eli 919 CAN 2w0 18b1 2.5
11 Chandra Ambarish 0 CAN 0 22b1 5b0 2
12 Stroganov Victor 1057 CAN 4b1 0 0 2
13 Zuo Roger 694 CAN 1b0 4w0 22w1 2
14 Libman Nathaniel 0 CAN 0 23b1 6w- 2
15 Stroganov Valery 830 CAN 5w1 1w0 -1 0 0 2
16 Ellis Cody 881 CAN 0 0 21w1 2
17 Supol George 1348 CAN 0 0 23w1 2
18 Noritsyn Ivan 1071 CAN 19w1 7b0 9w½ 2b0 10w0 1.5
19 Kamnitzer Benjamin 852 CAN 18b0 6b1 8w½ 5w0 9b0 1.5
20 Shogilev Sandon 1195 CAN 3b0 0 0 1
21 Hibbard Linda 643 CAN 0 6w0 16b0 1
22 Cvetkovic Nikola 0 CAN 0 11w0 13b0 1
23 Souchko Larissa 970 CAN 7w0 2b0 4b0 14w0 17b0 0

Check full results on the Chess-Results server.

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