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 but not as honoured as their Egyptian relative (Khepri is a Kemetic solar deity who symbolizes becoming), June bugs are usually considered a pest especially in the white grub stage (their genus Phyllophaga means leaf-eater). 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 3, 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. It’s nice to mix up the sections a little to give people some new opponents, but we’re also 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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For more on June bugs, also known as June beetles, May bugs, etc., see the Encylopedia 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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2017 Toronto Closed Chess Championship

It’s time again for the annual City Chess Championship, sanctioned by the Greater Toronto Chess League.

April 10 to June 12, 2017

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# Player Rtg. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts.
1 FM Michael Humphreys 2364 × ½ ½ 1.0
2 Lali Agbabishvili 2260 ½ × ½ 0 1.0
3 Sergey Noritsyn 2253 ½ × 1 ½ 2.0
4 IM Michael Barron 2288 × ½ 0 0 0.5
5 FM Victor Plotkin 2387 ½ × 1 1.5
6 Dave Southam 2263 0 1 0 × 1.0
7 Slava Rek 2274 ½ ½ 1 × 2.0
8 FM Mike Ivanov 2369 1 × 1.0
# Player Rtg. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts.
1 Dmitry Chernik 2023 × 0 ½ 1 1.5
2 WFM Cindy Qiao 1877 1 × 0 ½ 1.5
3 Sergey Malakhovets 2092 ½ × 0 1 1.5
4 Daniel Wiebe 2072 × ½ 1 1.5
5 Daniel Zotkin 2172 × 1 1.0
6 Hugh Siddeley 2117 1 ½ 0 × 1.5
7 Miroslav Stefanovic 2115 1 0 0 × 1.0
8 Shafkat Ali 1776 0 ½ × 0.5

The event consists of two eight-player Round Robins. Championship and Reserve pairings are according to the Berger table:

Rd 1: 1-8, 2-7, 3-6, 4-5.
Rd 2: 8-5, 6-4, 7-3, 1-2.
Rd 3: 2-8, 3-1, 4-7, 5-6.
Rd 4: 8-6, 7-5, 1-4, 2-3.
Rd 5: 3-8, 4-2, 5-1, 6-7.
Rd 6: 8-7, 1-6, 2-5, 3-4.
Rd 7: 4-8, 5-3, 6-2, 7-1.

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Round One – April 10

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Bd. White Black
1 Michael Humphreys Mike Ivanov
2 Lali Agbabishvili ½ ½ Slava Rek
3 Sergey Noritsyn 1 0 Dave Southam
4 Michael Barron ½ ½ Victor Plotkin
5 Dmitry Chernik 1 0 Shafkat Ali
6 Cindy Qiao 0 1 Miroslav Stefanovic
7 Sergey Malakhovets 0 1 Hugh Siddeley
8 Daniel Wiebe Daniel Zotkin

Games from Round One



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Round Two – April 24

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Bd. White Black
1 Mike Ivanov ½ ½ Victor Plotkin
2 Dave Southam 1 0 Michael Barron
3 Slava Rek ½ ½ Sergey Noritsyn
4 Michael Humphreys ½ ½ Lali Agbabishvili
5 Shafkat Ali Daniel Zotkin
6 Hugh Siddeley ½ ½ Daniel Wiebe
7 Miroslav Stefanovic 0 1 Sergey Malakhovets
8 Dmitry Chernik 0 1 Cindy Qiao

Games from Round Two





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Round Three – May 1

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Bd. White Black
1 Lali Agbabishvili 0 1 Mike Ivanov
2 Sergey Noritsyn ½ ½ Michael Humphreys
3 Michael Barron 0 1 Slava Rek
4 Victor Plotkin 1 0 Dave Southam
5 Cindy Qiao ½ ½ Shafkat Ali
6 Sergey Malakhovets ½ ½ Dmitry Chernik
7 Daniel Wiebe 1 0 Miroslav Stefanovic
8 Daniel Zotkin 1 0 Hugh Siddeley

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Round Four – May 8

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Bd. White Black
1 Mike Ivanov ½ ½ Dave Southam
2 Slava Rek 1 0 Victor Plotkin
3 Michael Humphreys 1 0 Michael Barron
4 Lali Agbabishvili 1 0 Sergey Noritsyn
5 Shafkat Ali 0 1 Hugh Siddeley
6 Miroslav Stefanovic 1 0 Daniel Zotkin
7 Dmitry Chernik ½ ½ Daniel Wiebe
8 Cindy Qiao 0 1 Sergey Malakhovets

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Round Five – May 15

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Bd. White Black
1 Sergey Noritsyn 0 1 Mike Ivanov
2 Michael Barron 1 0 Lali Agbabishvili
3 Victor Plotkin 1 0 Michael Humphreys
4 Dave Southam 0 1 Slava Rek
5 Sergey Malakhovets 1 0 Shafkat Ali
6 Daniel Wiebe ½ ½ Cindy Qiao
7 Daniel Zotkin 1 0 Dmitry Chernik
8 Hugh Siddeley 1 0 Miroslav Stefanovic

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Round Six – May 29

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Rd 6: 8-7, 1-6, 2-5, 3-4.

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Make-up Week – June 5

For any remaining unplayed games.

Final Round – June 12

For all inquiries and requests, email: info@annexchessclub.com

Rd 7: 4-8, 5-3, 6-2, 7-1.

Details:

Previous Winners

2016 Mike Ivanov
2015 Geordie Derraugh
2014 Victor Plotkin
2013 Michael Song
2012 Artiom Samsonkin
2011 Victor Plotkin
2010 Victor Plotkin
2009 Michael Barron
2008 Nikolay Noritsyn
2007 Michael Barron
2006 Leonid Gerzhoy
2005 Sami Ademi
2004 Tomas Krnan, Yaaqov Vaingorten
2003 Goran Prpic
2002 Isai Berengolts
2001 Brett Campbell

This city championship is older than Canada, with known winners dating back to 1854.

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