ACC “Hit the Books” Swiss

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When Toronto chess players feel that end-of-summer nip in the air, it means only one thing: not that the malls are in back-to-school mode, nor that the CNE is in full swing, but that the Toronto Labour Day Open is just around the corner. In other words, it’s time to hit the books and prepare for the 2014-2015 chess season.

The ACC Hit the Books Swiss is a five-round regular club tournament, divided in three sections by CFC rating – Crown (minimum 1800), Reserve A (under-1900; minimum 1400), and Reserve B (under-1500). Tournament games are CFC-rated, and games in the Crown section are FIDE-rated.

Rounds are every Monday night, August 18 to September 22 (except September 1, Labour Day).

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Round 1 – August 18

The tournament starts with only 40 players – I hope the name didn’t scare anyone! As in every Swiss, Round One sees David-versus-Goliath matchups – and it’s fun to report the upsets.

In the Crown section, Hugh Siddeley scores an upset win over SCC Champion Dave Southam, Hanyuan Ye defeats 100-point favourite Daniel Wiebe, and Miroslav Stefanovic does well to draw Rodrigo Oliveira, the winner of our last club tournament.

In U1900, newcomer Nicholas Wu scores an upset win over Daniel Sirkovich, the highest-rated player in the section.

Finally, while U1500 is free of major upsets, we’re happy to welcome to the club unrated newcomers Jimmy Fitzgerald, Leon Gagarin, and Kamran Amirirad.

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Round 2 – August 25

Before the round starts, players are treated to a lecture by Omar Shah, “Musings from Canadian Open: Montreal 2014.”

The lecture focuses on an interesting moment from one of Shah’s games at this year’s COCC, and uses the audience’s thinking about the position to mine gems of insight about the process of chess analysis.

Reflecting on the analytic process has been a preoccupation of Shah’s for the past year. For those interested in following him on this journey, he recommends starting with Soltis’ The Inner Game of Chess. Shah’s lecture also includes some advice on attending an out-of-town Canadian Open: don’t do it alone. The lecture is lively and interactive, with plenty of audience participation throughout. Thank you, Omar!

The round gets started at 7:30 pm.

Both Tigran Ghazarian and Jack Maguire, winners of last tournament’s U1500 and U1900 sections, are taking advantage of the opportunity to play in a higher section in this event, but both received full-point byes in the first round because of odd numbers. Now entering round two with a full 1.0/1, they each face tough veteran opponents in their sections. Amazingly, Tigran Ghazarian manages to take down Hooshang Abbarin, and now has a 2-0 record in U1900! Maguire, however, is not so lucky against Bill Evans in the Crown section.

Along with Bill Evans, the crème de la crème atop the Crown section includes Jonathan Yu and Club Champion Michael Humphreys, all with 2.0/2.

In U1900, Tigran Ghazarian is joined at the top by Ulli Diemer and Vlad Nitu, all with 2.0/2. U1900 play also sees newcomer Irina Saneblidze, who hasn’t played chess since she was young, start her triumphant return in fine style with a win against young Arhant Washimkar. Congratulations, Irina!

In U1500, two players are still perfect: Jean-Marc David and Qi Zhou stand atop the section with 2.0/2.

See full results below:

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Round 3 – September 8

We’re closed September 1 for Labour Day – don’t miss the Toronto Labour Day Open!

Next round starts at 7:30 pm on Monday September 8. New players are welcome. Arrive by 7:00 if you’re not already registered!


Results after Round Two

SwissSys Standings. Hit the Books: Crown

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Total
1 Bill Evans 103309 2027 W17 W7 2.0
2 Michael Humphreys 131628 2307 W19 W5 2.0
3 Jonathan Yu 126131 2076 W18 W6 2.0
4 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1947 H— W16 1.5
5 Hugh Siddeley 120619 1987 W14 L2 1.0
6 Hanyuan Ye 144844 1954 W15 L3 1.0
7 Jack Maguire 144604 1608 B— L1 1.0
8 Rodrigo Oliveira 152923 2216 D9 D11 1.0
9 Miroslav Stefanovic 154500 1996 D8 D10 1.0
10 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2048 H— D9 1.0
11 Nicholas Vettese 154199 1950 H— D8 1.0
12 Daniel Zotkin 146857 2061 H— H— 1.0
13 Omaray M. Shah 121329 1999 H— H— 1.0
14 David Southam 102535 2178 L5 W19 1.0
15 Daniel Wiebe 132137 2064 L6 W18 1.0
16 Ismail Ibrahim 105228 2027 H— L4 0.5
17 Pepin Manalo 112277 1824 L1 H— 0.5
18 Antonios Valkanas 158189 1957 L3 L15 0.0
19 Armand Jess Mendoza 156958 2001 L2 L14 0.0

SwissSys Standings. Hit the Books: U1900

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Total
1 Ulli Diemer 153538 1552 W13 W6 2.0
2 Vlad Nitu 154215 1731 W14 W7 2.0
3 Tigran Ghazarian 155438 1288 B— W9 2.0
4 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1599 H— W8 1.5
5 Irina Saneblidze unr. H— W14 1.5
6 Atharva Washimkar 153285 1725 W10 L1 1.0
7 Mark A. Patton 104721 1601 W11 L2 1.0
8 Nicholas Wu 154991 1541 W12 L4 1.0
9 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1659 W15 L3 1.0
10 Daniele Pirri 132983 1442 L6 W15 1.0
11 Mark A. Gelowitz 126627 1433 L7 B— 1.0
12 Daniel Sirkovich 145096 1759 L8 H— 0.5
13 George Supol 152286 1430 L1 H— 0.5
14 Arhant Washimkar 153286 1507 L2 L5 0.0
15 Marc Ben-Avraham 145628 1439 L9 L10 0.0

SwissSys Standings. Hit the Books: U1500

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Total
1 Jean-Marc David 151900 1336 W7 W14 2.0
2 Qi Zhou 158050 1314 W15 W6 2.0
3 Kamran Amirirad unr. D9 W13 1.5
4 Raymond Lin 150193 1199 W16 D8 1.5
5 Adam Goldfarb 153496 1326 W11 U— 1.0
6 Richard Morrison 135889 1408 W12 L2 1.0
7 Rahul Gangolli 156023 966 L1 W16 1.0
8 Dennis Li 153129 1213 D13 D4 1.0
9 Dylan Xiong 152060 1046 D3 H— 1.0
10 Eli Teram 107314 1201 H— D12 1.0
11 Jeffrey Wang Zhu 154492 900 L5 W15 1.0
12 Howard Halim 153419 1124 L6 D10 0.5
13 Jimmy Fitzgerald unr. D8 L3 0.5
14 Mark A. Gelowitz 126627 1442 H— L1 0.5
15 Vicknam Harichandrabose 158191 611 L2 L11 0.0
16 Leon Gagarin unr. L4 L7 0.0

 

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“I started by just sitting by the chessboard exploring things. I didn’t even have books at first, and I just played by myself. I learnt a lot from that, and I feel that it is a big reason why I now have a good intuitive understanding of chess.”

~ Magnus Carlsen

 


The title picture features Tal’s Life and Games of Mikhail Tal (1997) and Sheerer’s Blackmar Diemer Gambit: A modern guide (2011) – both available from Everyman Chess (formerly Cadogan Chess).

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