2016 Annex Chess Club Championship

Club Championship starts February 9

It’s time for another edition of our annual Club Championship! (Check out the club championship tag for past editions!)

Instead of the three sections we have for our other tournaments, this one is in just two, larger sections, so hopefully everyone has a chance to play some new opponents.

The Championship section is for the top players at our club, and the winner will be our new 2016 Club Champion! Michael Humphreys has held this honour for quite some time – four years in a row! – but this could be the year he’s unseated! The Championship section will be FIDE-rated, and the minimum rating to enter this section is 1700.

The Reserve section is for players rated under 1800, and the winner will be our 2016 Reserve Champion! The reigning (2015) Reserve winner is Greg Beal! (Note that players from 1700 to 1799 will normally be placed in the Reserve section, but can opt to play up in the Championship section.)

All are welcome!

All are welcome to join in the event, but only full-year members are eligible to win the Club Champion and Reserve Champion titles. Winners’ names will be engraved on permanent trophies at the club.

Rounds are at 7:30 on six consecutive Mondays, starting February 9, and running to March 21. (Note, however, there is no round on February 15, Family Day.) New players are asked to please register by 7:00 to make sure you’re paired.

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Round One – February 9

With larger sections, there are even greater mismatches in Round 1, but some of the underdogs still manage to come out on top!

In the Championship section, Fernando Marshall (1995) scores an upset victory over Sergey Malakhovets (2176).

And in the Reserve section, there’s even more turmoil as Zhong Zhao (1399) takes out Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy (1664), Howard Halim (1068) is victorious over Dragan Jevtic (1555), and newcomer Gregory Szucs (unr.) defeats George Supol (1447)

Winners will face winners in Rd 2, February 22. (There is no round on February 15, as the club is CLOSED for Family Day.)


Standings after Round One

SwissSys Standings. Annex Chess Club Championship 2016: Championship section

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Tot
1 David Southam 2221 W15 (b) 1.0
2 Fernando Marshall 1995 W14 (b) 1.0
3 Michael Humphreys 2349 W11 (w) 1.0
4 Jonathan Yu 2237 W12 (w) 1.0
5 Hugh Siddeley 2085 W13 (w) 1.0
6 Joseph Bellissimo 2257 D8 (b) 0.5
7 Daniel Zotkin 2094 D9 (b) 0.5
8 Daniel Wiebe 2064 D6 (w) 0.5
9 William Li 1960 D7 (w) 0.5
10 Alex T. Ferreira 2126 H— (-) 0.5
11 Armand Jess Mendoza 2076 L3 (b) 0.0
12 Miroslav Stefanovic 2029 L4 (b) 0.0
13 Tigran Ghazarian 1718 L5 (b) 0.0
14 Sergey Malakhovets 2176 L2 (w) 0.0
15 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 2000 L1 (w) 0.0

SwissSys Standings. Annex Chess Club Championship 2016: Reserve section

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Tot
1 Max England 1667 W20 (b) 1.0
2 Greg Beal 1643 W21 (b) 1.0
3 Richard Morrison 1500 W22 (b) 1.0
4 Zhong Zhao 1399 W19 (b) 1.0
5 Kamran Amirirad 1798 W15 (w) 1.0
6 Ulli Diemer 1557 W16 (w) 1.0
7 Robert J. Armstrong 1526 W17 (w) 1.0
8 Akop Tozlian 1500 W18 (w) 1.0
9 Howard Halim 1068 W13 (w) 1.0
10 Gregory Szucs unr. W14 (w) 1.0
11 Harry [Siqi] Chen 1437 H— (-) 0.5
12 Henry XianRui Zhang 1189 H— (-) 0.5
13 Dragan Jevtic 1555 L9 (b) 0.0
14 George Supol 1447 L10 (b) 0.0
15 Volkan Eryildir 1420 L5 (b) 0.0
16 Christopher Field 1195 L6 (b) 0.0
17 Larissa Souchko 999 L7 (b) 0.0
18 Larry Tobin 694 L8 (b) 0.0
19 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 1664 L4 (w) 0.0
20 Joshua Allen 1406 L1 (w) 0.0
21 Mark A. Gelowitz 1394 L2 (w) 0.0
22 Jacob Tobin 873 L3 (w) 0.0

Legend

W = win (e.g., W9 means a win against player 9 – worth 1 point)
L = loss (0 pt)
D = draw (½ pt)
H = ½-pt bye (requested in advance or assigned on registration, max 2 per player, not in final round)
B = 1-pt bye (“forced bye” – e.g., odd number of players)
U = 0-pt bye (e.g., when max ½-pt byes previously awarded, or in final round)
F = forfeit loss (0 pt)
X = forfeit win (1 pt)
(b) = game played with black pieces
(w) = game played with white pieces

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ACC Make or Break Swiss

It’s the time of year for making – or breaking – New Year’s resolutions. At the same time, our first tournament of the year honours the risky “make-or-break” move that puts the game on the line.

The Make or Break Swiss is a five-round event on Monday nights starting January 4, in three sections: Crown (min. 1800 CFC), U1900 (min. 1300), and U1400. It will be followed by our 2016 Club Championship.

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Round One – January 4

In Rd 1 David-versus-Goliath matchups, the rating Goliaths win most of the games. However, a couple of Davids pull off upsets: Alex Ferreira (2057) defeats fellow Hart House alumnus Jon Yu (2257) in the Crown section, while Volkan Eryildir (1376) scores an upset victory over Hooshang Abbarin (1631) in U1900.

Winners will face winners in Rd 2.

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Round Two – January 11

In the Crown section, draws on the top boards leave a huge leader group at 1.5/2 and a seven-way tie for first.

It’s the same story in U1400, with a draw on board one and a few byes resulting in a five-way tie for first at 1.5/2.

Only in U1900 is there a clear leader, as Tigran Ghazarian scores a second win and takes sole possession of first place at 2.0/2.

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Round Three – January 18

The lead group is down to a two-way tie in all sections.

In the Crown section, Michael Humphreys and Alex Ferreira both win their games to stand at 2.5/3. In U1900, Tigran Ghazarian is held to a draw by Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy, allowing Dragan Jevtic to catch up to him at 2.5/3. And finally, in U1400, Zhong Zhao and Nick Jafari both win their games to stay in the lead group with 2.5/3.

All of these players should have a chance to take sole lead next round!

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Round Four – January 25

A sole leader emerges in every section!

In the Crown section, Michael Humphreys defeats Alex Ferreira, to take sole first at 3.5/4.

In U1900, it’s Tigran Ghazarian with a win over Richard Morrison to take sole first at 3.5/4 a full point ahead of the competition.

And in U1400, it’s Zhong Zhao over Nick Jafari for 3.5/4 and a full-point lead.

For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
Our toils obscure an’ a’ that,
The rank is but the guinea’s stamp,
The man’s the gowd for a’ that.

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Round Five – February 1

See final results below.

Join us for our upcoming Club Championship, starting February 8! New players are always welcome to join ongoing events with up to two half-point byes for rounds missed. Rd-1 games start at 7:30 pm on February 8, but new players must register before 7:00 in order to be paired.


Final Standings after Round Five

SwissSys Standings. ACC Make or Break Swiss: Crown

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Michael Humphreys 2343 W10 (w) D2 (b) W8 (w) W3 (b) W7 (w) 4.5
2 Sergey Malakhovets 2139 W14 (b) D1 (w) D6 (b) W9 (w) D5 (b) 3.5
3 Alex T. Ferreira 2057 W11 (w) D6 (w) W12 (b) L1 (w) D8 (b) 3.0
4 Josh Guo 2249 H— (-) W13 (w) D5 (b) W6 (w) U— (-) 3.0
5 Miroslav Stefanovic 1959 H— (-) W10 (b) D4 (w) D7 (b) D2 (w) 3.0
6 David Southam 2222 W7 (w) D3 (b) D2 (w) L4 (b) W11 (b) 3.0
7 William Li 1959 L6 (b) W14 (w) B— (-) D5 (w) L1 (b) 2.5
8 Daniel Zotkin 2086 H— (-) W9 (w) L1 (b) D12 (w) D3 (w) 2.5
9 Fernando Marshall 1974 H— (-) L8 (b) W10 (w) L2 (b) W12 (w) 2.5
10 Armand Jess Mendoza 2124 L1 (b) L5 (w) L9 (b) B— (-) W14 (w) 2.0
11 Jonathan Yu 2257 L3 (b) H— (-) H— (-) W14 (b) L6 (w) 2.0
12 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 2030 H— (-) H— (-) L3 (w) D8 (b) L9 (b) 1.5
13 Daniel Wiebe 2073 H— (-) L4 (b) H— (-) U— (-) U— (-) 1.0
14 Kamran Amirirad 1818 L2 (w) L7 (b) H— (-) L11 (w) L10 (b) 0.5

SwissSys Standings. ACC Make or Break Swiss: U1900

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Tigran Ghazarian 1666 W5 (w) W4 (b) D3 (b) W7 (w) U— (-) 3.5
2 Dragan Jevtic 985 H— (-) W15 (b) W12 (b) L5 (w) W6 (w) 3.5
3 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 1646 W13 (b) H— (-) D1 (w) H— (-) W5 (b) 3.5
4 Ulli Diemer 1550 B— (-) L1 (w) L9 (b) W10 (w) W11 (b) 3.0
5 Robert J. Armstrong 1523 L1 (b) W13 (w) D10 (b) W2 (b) L3 (w) 2.5
6 Michael D. Sharpe 1577 D10 (b) H— (-) W14 (w) H— (-) L2 (b) 2.5
7 Richard Morrison 1486 H— (-) H— (-) W11 (w) L1 (b) U— (-) 2.0
8 Volkan Eryildir 1376 W11 (b) L12 (w) H— (-) H— (-) U— (-) 2.0
9 Max England 1655 H— (-) H— (-) W4 (w) U— (-) U— (-) 2.0
10 Harry [Siqi] Chen 1370 D6 (w) L11 (b) D5 (w) L4 (b) W12 (w) 2.0
11 Hooshang Ab-barin 1631 L8 (w) W10 (w) L7 (b) W12 (b) L4 (w) 2.0
12 George Supol 1475 H— (-) W8 (b) L2 (w) L11 (w) L10 (b) 1.5
13 Mark A. Gelowitz 1412 L3 (w) L5 (b) B— (-) H— (-) U— (-) 1.5
14 Michael Sutton 1756 H— (-) H— (-) L6 (b) U— (-) U— (-) 1.0
15 Joshua Allen 1416 H— (-) L2 (w) H— (-) U— (-) U— (-) 1.0

SwissSys Standings. ACC Make or Break Swiss: U1400

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Zhong Zhao 1386 W2 (w) D6 (b) W7 (w) W5 (b) W8 (w) 4.5
2 Henry XianRui Zhang 1087 L1 (b) W11 (w) D4 (b) W6 (w) X5 (-) 3.5
3 Larissa Souchko 989 L6 (b) L4 (w) W13 (w) W11 (b) W7 (w) 3.0
4 Howard Halim 1048 L9 (w) W3 (b) D2 (w) W8 (b) U— (-) 2.5
5 Nick Jafari 1191 W11 (b) H— (-) W6 (w) L1 (w) F2 (-) 2.5
6 Christopher Field 1217 W3 (w) D1 (w) L5 (b) L2 (b) W13 (w) 2.5
7 Michael Finkelstein 1090 H— (-) H— (-) L1 (b) W13 (w) L3 (b) 2.0
8 Jacob Tobin 858 H— (-) W13 (b) H— (-) L4 (w) L1 (b) 2.0
9 Michael Saltat 1286 W4 (b) H— (-) H— (-) U— (-) U— (-) 2.0
10 Akop Tozlian unr. H— (-) H— (-) U— (-) W12 (b) U— (-) 2.0
11 Alex Moiseev 669 L5 (w) L2 (b) B— (-) L3 (w) U— (-) 1.0
12 Jeff Pancer 1100 H— (-) H— (-) U— (-) L10 (w) U— (-) 1.0
13 Larry Tobin 718 H— (-) L8 (w) L3 (b) L7 (b) L6 (b) 0.5

Legend

W = win (e.g., W9 means a win against player 9 – worth 1 point)
L = loss (0 pt)
D = draw (½ pt)
H = ½-pt bye (requested in advance or assigned on registration, max 2 per player, not in final round)
B = 1-pt bye (“forced bye” – e.g., odd number of players)
U = 0-pt bye (e.g., when max ½-pt byes previously awarded, or in final round)
F = forfeit loss (0 pt)
X = forfeit win (1 pt)
(b) = game played with black pieces
(w) = game played with white pieces

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Fireworks at Toronto's City Hall mark the start of a new year
Fireworks at Toronto’s City Hall mark the start of a new year

Did you make or break any new year’s resolutions this year? Leave a comment below – especially if it’s chess-related!

Graham Abbey as Iago and Dion Johnstone as Othello in the 2013 Stratford Festival production of Othello
Graham Abbey as Iago and Dion Johnstone as Othello in the 2013 Stratford Festival production of Othello

“This is the night
That either makes me, or fordoes me quite.”

~ Iago in Shakespeare’s Othello Act V Scene i

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Lecture, Blitz Tournament, and Pub Night!

December 21 is a special event night at Annex Chess Club

Pawn Sacrifice – DVD Release

Online Poster Art

In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, Pawn Sacrifice chronicles Fischer’s terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.

Many of us saw the film in theatres. (See trailer.) Now it’s set for release on DVD/VOD December 22 – a great Christmas gift for a chess player!

Chess Lecture

Omar Shah: “Gain Elo by Kilo” 6:30 to 7:20 pm

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Asking the audience to identify the most important chess skill for the club player (1500-1800) to develop, Omar proposed calculation.

Visualization is an important component, since players must be able to calculate lines over the board without changing the position. (“Don’t move the #@%$& pieces!” was a memorable line from a group of players Omar used to analyze with every week.)

But this time, Omar stressed training with studies (realistic situations requiring analysis, not tactics problems with an obvious tactical theme); training with friends (not computers, since only friends can make fun of you if you can’t find the move); and working on your own games (never decline an offer for post mortem analysis, and wait at least a week before putting your game into the computer).

He also discussed nutrition, hydration (always have a water bottle with you, and don’t drink coffee), and the fascinating topic of how players actually think at the chess board.

For illustration, Omar showed one of his own games and a study. At the important moment in his game, Omar gave the audience 3 minutes to find a concrete short-term plan.

The study was:
White Kf2,Rh7,Bh8 & g6
Black Kg8,Rf8,f7
White to move and win.

Can you solve it? We’ll post the solution in a week.

ACC Pawn Sacrifice Blitz Tournament

  • Time control: 4m + 2s
  • 5 double rounds
  • 1 open section
  • Games start at 7:30
  • FIDE and CFC rated.

Celebrating the release of Pawn Sacrifice on DVD/VOD December 22, overall and class winners will receive a Pawn Sacrifice DVD prize compliments of Elevation Pictures!

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Prize Winners

Thanks to all who came out, and apologies to a group of 3 or 4 players who showed up for the tournament but found CFC membership too big an added cost.

At the end of the night, the winner of the tournament was Joseph Bellissimo. Class winners were Miroslav Stefanovic and Marko Stevelic. Congratulations, Joseph, Miroslav, and Marko. Enjoy your DVDs!

Pub Night

After the tournament (around 10:30 pm) a group of chess players headed over to Pauper’s Pub for a night of food and drink and conversation!

paupers

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The girl in the featured picture is of course the young Canadian chess celebrity Ashley Tapp – playing some charity blitz with Santa.

Is Santa a strong player? Check out one of his games from 1908.

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