2019 GTCL Cup – Toronto Rapid Team Chess Championship – June 24

Four-on-four team chess competition!

Download the flyer / entry form for full details.

Submit your team of 4, or your own name to attend as a free agent – we’ll find a team for you.

Registered teams:

CIC Teachers
Bd Name Rating CFC# Exp
1 Daniel Wiebe 2126 132137 2018*
2 Ian Mahoney 1745 149124 2017*
3 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 1699 153938  
4 Cameron James    
Chess Stars
Bd Name Rating CFC# Exp
1 Alex Rabinovich 2439 154313  
2 Michael Barron 2316 134840  
3 Michael Kimelman 2242 137889  
4 Vadim Khachaturov 2041 162814
Willowdale
Bd Name Rating CFC# Exp
1 Vladimir Birarov 2124 145968  
2 Isai Berengoltz 2162 125667  
3 Dmitry Chernik (C) 1879 145968  
4 Benjamin Fradkin 1868 158858
I’ll Chuck Your King (1878)
Bd Name Rating CFC# Exp
1 William Li 2293 154677  
2 Jeffrey R. Zhao 2202 157007  
3 Eric Ning 2133 158233  
4 Jaden Wang 882 164581

(C) Captain

Free agents
  Venci Ivanov 1825    
  Victor Stroganov 1430    
  Alexis Stefanovich-Thomson 1290  
  Arthur Phillips 1713  
  Alex Moisseev 1155  
  Nameer Issani 464 166328
       
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2019 Toronto Blitz Championship June 2

The 2019 Toronto Blitz Championship is Sunday June 2, 1:00 to 5:00 pm – part of Harbourfront Centre Chessfest

Winner

This year’s winner with 12/14 is Nikolay Noritsyn. Second place with 11½ is Artiom Samsonkin. And third with 11 is Shiyam Thavandiran. Congratulations, Nikolay, Artiom, and Shiyam!

Annex Cup presented to Nikolay Noritsyn by Kailyn Winick

Full Results

Full results are posted on the Chess-Results server.

FIDE Rated

The tournament will be rated by CFC and FIDE.

Final Standings

Rk. SNo Name Rtg Pts.
1 2 Noritsyn Nikolay 2625 12
2 3 Samsonkin Artiom 2526 11.5
3 5 Thavandiran Shiyam 2501 11
4 8 Plotkin Victor 2384 10
5 14 Zomorrodian Eilia 2299 10
6 4 Plotkin Mark 2510 9.5
7 6 Yang Kaiqi 2476 9
8 7 Cummings David 2403 9
9 10 Rek Viatcheslav (slava) 2342 9
10 18 Abrahams Daniel 2202 9
11 15 Li William 2293 9
12 1 Preotu Razvan 2629 8.5
13 23 Atanasov Anthony 2102 8.5
14 22 Mao Fengxi 2115 8.5
15 13 Barron Michael 2316 8
16 27 England Max 2038 8
17 21 Ning Eric 2133 8
18 12 Puri Vinny 2320 8
19 39 Moon Ethan 1470 8
20 25 Tonakanian Stephan 2054 8
21 17 Dougherty Michael 2217 8
22 16 Bailey Doug 2268 7.5
23 11 Milicevic Goran 2340 7.5
24 9 Derraugh Geordie 2354 7.5
25 26 Khachaturov Vadim 2041 7
26 50 Dai Wenzhi 0 7
27 28 Huang Youhe 2021 7
28 33 Lazarev Shon 1619 7
29 32 Desikan Ajith 1845 6.5
30 47 Pham Alex 936 6.5
31 36 Schwartz Lorne 1577 6.5
32 31 Wilderman Igor 1865 6.5
33 24 Florea Alexandru 2081 6.5
34 29 Chernik Dmitry 1995 6.5
35 46 Do Nhi 975 6.5
36 20 Upper John 2138 6
37 19 Nazareno Merlin 2166 6
38 30 Gunapalan David 1874 6
39 37 Fletcher David 1559 6
40 34 Belcadi Salim 1592 6
41 40 Hu Alex 1425 6
42 45 Velasquez Noah 1039 6
43 42 Tuchow Ryan 1413 5
44 44 Ajith Aarush 1103 4.5
45 53 Naumov Stepan 0 4.5
46 35 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1583 4.5
47 41 Pell Richard 1414 4
48 43 Lillico Margarita 1189 4
49 51 Harsh Vikram 0 4
50 38 Adulfo Vincent Angel 1523 3
51 52 Maynard John 0 2
52 48 Chan Mitchell 0 2
53 49 Coulas Josh 0 1

Photos

See the 2019 tournament album by John Upper, and the Chessfest 2019 album by Eileen O’Sullivan.

Flyer

A promotional flyer (PDF) is available to download here: 2019 Toronto Blitz tournament.

Details

Style: 7 double-round Swiss, FIDE and CFC-rated
Time Control: 3 minutes each, plus 2 seconds per move
Registration: https://guestli.st/607161 – register early and save!
Entry Fees: $50 before May 27 / $60 after or on site
Junior/Senior: Less $10 for 18 & under or 60+ (as of June 1)
Prize fund: $1000 top prize guaranteed, other prizes based on registration
Membership: Up-to-date CFC membership required, or pay $12 CFC tournament fee
Chief Arbiter: Alex Ferreira

See last year’s full results on Chess-Results.

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ACC Come What May Swiss

Starting on May 13, 2019, and having had a mix of spring weather this month, we’ll take it as it comes and carry on come what may.

ACC Come What May Swiss is a five-round CFC-rated tournament in three sections, Crown, U1800, and U1400, running on Monday nights in May and June. Time control is 90 min/side with a 30-s increment. The round starts at 7:30 pm May 13 to June 17. New players can register on site each round by 7 pm. Email registration or bye requests before 6 pm.

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Round One – May 13

See results below.

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Off-week – May 20

The club is closed for Victoria Day.

Round Two – May 27

In the Crown Section, an odd number of players allows 10-year-old Lucy Gao to play up and take out 2010-rated Michael Bitton. As Andrea La Manna takes a bye, Dave Southam heads into the lead with 2.0/2.

In U1400, Larissa Souchko and Benjamin Kamnitzer are tied for the lead at 2.0/2.

And in U1800, a late game between Michael Da Silva and Dragan Jevtic ends in draw, leaving just a two-way tie for the lead at 2.0/2 between Sihao Chen and Lorne Schwartz.

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Don’t miss Chessfest – June 1-2

Celebrate everything chess at Harbourfront Centre!

Round Three – June 3

In the Crown, Robert Bzikot wins to catch up with Dave Southam. The two are now tied for the lead at 2.5/3. In U1800, the co-leaders draw, leaving Lorne Schwartz and Sihao Chen tied for the lead at 2.5/3, and Michael Da Silva wins to catch up with them. And in U1400, there’s another three-way tie at 2.5/3 as Alexis Stefanovic-Thompson and Carina D’Souza both win, to catch up with Benjamin Kamnitzer.

Round Four – June 10

As the Raptors take the NBA finals back to Toronto needing only one more win to take the Championship, attendance suffers a little. But the die-hard chess heads are still out.

In the Crown, there is just one game, which ends in a draw, as Dave Southam pulls into the lead at 3.0/4 with his ½-point bye. In U1800, Lorne Schwartz wins quickly, so he takes the lead at 3.5/4 and still has time to watch the Raptors game. And in U1400, Carina D’Souza wins to take the lead at 3.5/4.

As the last game wraps up, the Raps still trail by 6 in the third. Go Raptors!

Round Five – June 17

It’s the day of the Raptors victory parade, after they lose game 5 in Toronto by a point, but win game 6 in Oakland to take the NBA Championship! Let’s go Raptors!

As the final round begins, one game in the Crown ends quickly.

Then Dave Southam finishes with a less dramatic draw to finish with 3.5/5, good enough for first place as John Fines holds Peter McSherry to a draw.
In U1800, Lorne Schwartz wins his game to take the section with 4.5/5.
In U1400, Carina D’Souza needs just a half point to take first and she does it with a draw on board 1 to take the section with 4.0/5.

Congratulations, Dave, Lorne, and Carina!

Don’t forget to submit a team for the GTCL Cup, coming next week. $20 per team. Free for ACC full-year members. Please email your teams in beforehand if possible. If you don’t have a team, you can submit your name as a free agent.


Final Ranking Cross-tables after Round 5

ACC Come What May Swiss – Crown section

Rk.   Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1   Southam David 2145 CAN 6b1 2w1 4b½ 3.5
2   Mcsherry Peter 1797 CAN 7w1 1b0 11w1 6b½ 5w½ 3
3 FM La Manna Andrea 2313 ITA 12w1 0 8b1 3
4   Bzikot Robert 2015 CAN 8w1 5b1 0 1w½ 3
5   Fines John 1813 CAN 13b½ 10w1 4w0 0 2b½ 2
6   Furrow Matthew 1730 CAN 1w0 7b0 2w½ 11b1 2
7   Malakhovets Sergey 2092 CAN 2b0 6w1 0 2
8   Talsma Shawn 1904 CAN 4b0 12w1 0 3w0 1.5
9   Gao Lucy 1680 CAN 12b1 0 0 0 1.5
10   Gao Raymond 1877 CAN 5b0 0 0 1
11   Phillips Arthur 1713 CAN 2b0 0 6w0 1
12   Bitton Michael 2010 CAN 3b0 9w0 8b0 0 0.5
13   Dohani Tales 2000 BRA 5w½ 0 0 0 0 0.5

See full Crown results on Chess-Results.

ACC Come What May Swiss – U1800 section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Schwartz Lorne 1577 CAN 20w1 6b1 2w½ 4w1 10b1 4.5
2 Chen Sihao 1632 CAN 5b1 11w1 1b½ 8w1 4
3 Saltat Michael 1609 CAN 11b0 6w½ 14b1 5w1 3
4 Da Silva Michael 1600 CAN 15w1 13b½ 17w1 1b0 0 2.5
5 Belanger Colton 1556 CAN 2w0 16b1 19w1 3b0 2.5
6 Patton Mark A. 1278 CAN 9w1 1w0 3b½ 7b0 18w1 2.5
7 Armstrong Robert J. 1569 CAN 10b0 22w1 6w1 0 2.5
8 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1573 CAN 21b1 10w½ 2b0 2.5
9 Wang Eric 1566 CAN 6b0 16w1 -1 12b0 2.5
10 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1699 CAN 7w1 8b½ 13w½ 1w0 2.5
11 Lambert Peter 1490 CAN 3w1 2b0 -1 0 2.5
12 Grisar Charlie 1487 CAN 19b½ 22w½ 0 9w1 2.5
13 Jevtic Dragan 1534 CAN 22b1 4w½ 10b½ 0 0 2
14 Faqir Yassine 1662 CAN 0 3w0 16b1 2
15 Stroganov Victor 1434 CAN 4b0 0 22w1 2
16 Dixon Javier 1484 CAN 5w0 9b0 22b1 14w0 1.5
17 Gao Lucy 1589 CAN 4b0 0 1.5
18 Shepherd Zach 1500 CAN 0 0 6b0 1
19 Liu Tony 1400 CAN 12w½ 5b0 0 0 1
20 Supol George 1389 CAN 1b0 0 0 1
21 Stroganov Valery 1381 CAN 8w0 0 0 1
22 Tuchow Ryan 1431 CAN 13w0 7b0 12b½ 16w0 15b0 0.5

See full U1800 results on Chess-Results.

ACC Come What May Swiss – U1400 section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 D’Souza Carina 1193 CAN 10b1 8w1 5b1 4w½ 4
2 Guo Richard 1180 CAN 7w0 15b1 11b1 5w1 3.5
3 Moiseev Alex 1150 CAN 9b1 5w0 12b1 6w1 3.5
4 Stefanovich-Thomson Alexis 1285 CAN 16b1 6w1 1b½ 3.5
5 Kamnitzer Benjamin 1037 CAN 15b1 3b1 1w0 2b0 2.5
6 Souchko Larissa 881 CAN 14b1 12w1 4b0 8w½ 3b0 2.5
7 Lau Joshua 994 CAN 2b1 0 0 8b1 2.5
8 Kar Anindya 0 CAN 11w1 1b0 6b½ 7w0 2
9 Guo Rainyee 928 CAN 3w0 10w0 -1 2
10 Teram Eli 1021 CAN 1w0 9b1 0 0 1.5
11 Lillico Margarita 1189 CAN 8b0 2w0 0 1
12 Chandrasiri Dilum 865 CAN 6b0 3w0 0 1
13 Kalmanson Evgeny 1264 CAN 0 0 0 1
14 Tuong Rose 1149 CAN 6w0 0 0 1
15 Yin Lucas 965 CAN 5w0 2w0 0 0 0.5
16 Dolan Patrick 0 CAN 4w0 0 0 0 0.5

See full U1400 results on Chess-Results.

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ACC April Fools Swiss

Starting on April 1, 2019, our latest club tournament is the April Fools Swiss.

ACC April Fools 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 April 1 to May 6. New players can register on site each round by 7 pm. Email registration or bye requests before 6 pm.

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Round One – April 1

There are 38 players facing off in Round One on April Fools’ Day.

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Round Two – April 8

A few new players join our ship of fools. When the games are done, it’s Michael Bitton in the lead in the Crown with 2.0/2. In U1800 it’s a three-way tie between Arkadiy Ugodnikov, Lorne Schwartz, and Bob Armstrong with 2.0/2. And in U1400, it’s Richard Guo and Roger Zuo tied with 2.0/2.

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Round Three – April 15

Through three rounds, Dave Southam and Michael Bitton are tied for the lead in the Crown with 2.5/3. Arkadiy Ugodnikov has sole first in U1800 with a perfect 3.0/3. And Roger Zuo has sole first in U1400 with a perfect 3.0/3.

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Off-week – April 22

The club is closed for Easter Monday.

Round Four – April 29

Computer issues force us to pair by hand – Thanks to everyone for your patience. See results on the cross-table below or on Chess-Results.

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Round Five – May 6

In the Crown section, Erik Malmsten scores an upset win over Dave Southam, as Michael Bitton takes down Peter McSherry to take the tournament with 4.0/5. In U1800, William Gao wins on tiebreak over Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy, with 4.0/5. And in U1400, there’s a four-way tie for first among Alexis Stefanovich-Thomson, Mark Patton, Roger Zuo, and Evgeny Kalmanson, all with 3.5/5.

Congratulations, Michael, William, and all the first-place finishers in U1400 – Alexis, Mark, Roger, and Evgeny!

A new club tournament, starting May 13, our “Come What May” Swiss, starts next week, May 13! Sign up before 6 pm by email, or before 7:00 on site. Games start at 7:30 pm.


Final Ranking Cross-tables after Round 5

ACC April Fools Swiss – Crown section

Rk.   Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1   Bitton Michael 1892 CAN 7b1 11w1 3b½ 2b½ 10w1 4
2   Southam David 2163 CAN 5b1 3w½ 7b1 1w½ 4b0 3
3   Malakhovets Sergey 2077 CAN 10w1 2b½ 1w½ 9w1 5b0 3
4   Malmsten Erik 1926 CAN 9b1 0 2w1 3
5   Gao Raymond 1878 CAN 2w0 9b0 7b1 3w1 2.5
6   Guo Josh 2259 CAN 0 13b1 0 2
7   Fines John 1830 CAN 1w0 10b1 2w0 5w0 -1 2
8 FM La Manna Andrea 2312 ITA 10w1 0 0 2
9   Furrow Matthew 1719 CAN 4w0 5w1 3b0 0 1.5
10   Mcsherry Peter 1832 CAN 3b0 7w0 8b0 12w1 1b0 1
11   Phillips Arthur 1744 CAN 1b0 0 0 1
12   Stroganov Victor 1481 CAN 0 10b0 0 1
13   Talsma Shawn 1907 CAN 0 6w0 0 1

See full Crown results on Chess-Results.

ACC April Fools Swiss – U1800 section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Gao William (zhimao) 1617 CAN 20b1 4w1 3b1 4
2 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1671 CAN 21w1 13b1 7w1 4
3 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1568 CAN 17w1 5b1 6w1 7b½ 1w0 3.5
4 Schwartz Lorne 1557 CAN 21b1 18w1 1b0 5w1 3.5
5 Chandra Ambarish 1307 CAN 26b1 3w0 15b1 17w1 4b0 3
6 Armstrong Robert J. 1447 CAN 25w1 8b1 3b0 14w1 0 3
7 Gao Lucy 1578 CAN 23b1 9w1 3w½ 2b0 3
8 Chen Sihao 1663 CAN 13b½ 6w0 25b1 12w½ 11b½ 2.5
9 Saltat Michael 1620 CAN 7b0 19w½ 17b1 2.5
10 Ogunlana Ayo 1752 CAN 0 24w1 12b½ 2.5
11 Yueh Tony 1463 CAN 0 22b1 8w½ 2.5
12 Belanger Colton 1550 CAN 23w½ 8b½ 10w½ 2.5
13 Jevtic Dragan 1538 CAN 8w½ 25b1 2w0 15b0 2
14 Deol Gagan Deep 1615 CAN 22w1 6b0 0 2
15 Lambert Peter 1508 CAN 18b0 5w0 13w1 2
16 Orlovskii Konstantin 0 CAN 0 23w1 0 2
17 Tuchow Ryan 1443 CAN 3b0 20w1 5b0 9w0 1.5
18 Belcadi Salim 1621 CAN 15w1 4b0 22w0 0 1.5
19 Wang Eric 1582 CAN 0 9b½ 0 1.5
20 Stroganov Victor 1481 CAN 1w0 17b0 -1 0 1.5
21 Supol George 1404 CAN 4w0 22b+ 2b0 0 1.5
22 Dixon Javier 1475 CAN 14b0 21w- 18b1 11w0 0 1
23 Stroganov Valery 1393 CAN 12b½ 7w0 16b0 0 1
24 Teram Eli 1058 CAN 0 10b0 0 1
25 Wagner Robert 1578 CAN 6b0 13w0 8w0 0 0.5
26 Moiseev Alex 1169 CAN 5w0 0 0 0 0.5

See full U1800 results on Chess-Results.

ACC April Fools Swiss – U1400 section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Stefanovich-Thomson Alexis 1296 CAN 7w1 3b0 9w1 6b½ 8w1 3.5
2 Patton Mark A. 1262 CAN 12w1 4b0 5w1 3b1 3.5
3 Zuo Zichen (roger) 1021 CAN 15b1 1w1 6w1 4b½ 2w0 3.5
4 Kalmanson Evgeny 1249 CAN 12b½ 5w1 2w1 3w½ 6b½ 3.5
5 D’souza Carina 1158 CAN 9w1 4b0 10w1 2b0 11b1 3
6 Guo Richard 1162 CAN 8b1 14w1 3b0 1w½ 4w½ 3
7 Tuong Rose 1137 CAN 1b0 15w1 13b1 0 2.5
8 Guo Rainyee 925 CAN 6w0 12b+ 9b1 1b0 2.5
9 Souchko Larissa 812 CAN 5b0 13w1 1b0 8w0 12b1 2
10 Lillico Margarita 1191 CAN 5b0 0 15w1 2
11 Moiseev Alex 1169 CAN 15b1 0 5w0 2
12 Kamnitzer Benjamin 1048 CAN 4w½ 2b0 8w- 15b1 9w0 1.5
13 Teram Eli 1058 CAN 9b0 7w0 -1 0 1.5
14 Davies Philip 1167 CAN 6b0 0 0 1
15 Yin Lucas 1177 CAN 3w0 7b0 11w0 12w0 10b0 0

See full U1400 results on Chess-Results.

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New adult course prepares students for tournament play

Tournament Prep Course starts March 18

Monday nights, 7:15-8:15pm, 459 Bloor Street West, March 18 to May 6

$168 for 7 weeks – all materials provided

Have you thought about getting into tournament chess? Here’s a new course that gets you ready to do just that!

Taught by professional chess instructor, Cameron Robertson, this 7-week course covers all the basic elements of tournament chess and gives you the tools to continue to learn on your own.

Here’s an outline of what you’ll learn, or download the PDF.

Week 1 – Starting Line
– Notation Review
– Tournament Play + Clock Play – Expectations
– Setting goals
– Understanding Classes of Openings

Material: Starting Opening List

Week 2 – Openings
– Basics – review for both white and black – first several moves for each of French, Italian, Ruy Lopez, Sicilian, Queen’s Gambit, King’s Gambit
– Concept of variations
– Developing a style over time

Material: Opening List Continued

After week 2 we will have the Tools to continue to explore openings on our own.

Week 3 – Middle Game: Position
– Continuing from Openings to understanding Position
– Strengths and Weaknesses in Position
– Defence and Attack

Material: Positions Worksheet

Week 4 – Middle Game: Tactics
– Understanding Tactics – Tools of Attack
– Calculating Thoroughly – Examining all the Possibilities

Material: Tactics Compilation 1

After week 4 we will have positional vision and understand how to use tactics to our advantage.

Week 5 – End Game: Strategies
– Understanding the Endgame
– Toolbox for Endgame

Material: Endgame Tactics

Week 6 – End Game: Bringing it Together
– How the Middle Game transitions into the Endgame
– Setting yourself up for a strong End Game

Material: Tactics Compilation 2

After Week 6 you should feel comfortable in all stages of a chess game.

Week 7 – Analysis and Regimen
– Computer Analysis (chess engines)
– Online play and time control (avoid blitz)
– Setting goals (reinforce)
– Further Notation
– Setting yourself up for Success – Tactics, Practice and Theory

Material: Tactics Compilation 3 and Games List

After the Program you will be prepared for tournament play and have all the tools to further your chess game.

Come to Annex Chess Club on Monday night to register on site. See you there!

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