2018 Toronto Blitz Chess Championship – June 10

The 2018 Toronto Blitz Championship is Sunday June 10 – part of Harbourfront Centre Chessfest

Round 3 games on the top boards (photo: John Upper)

Last Year’s Winners

Mark Plotkin and Artiom Samsonkin were 2017 Toronto Blitz Champions (photo: John Upper)


The tournament is rated by CFC and FIDE.


Style: 7 double-round Swiss, FIDE and CFC-rated
Time Control: 3 minutes each, plus 2 seconds per move
Registration: https://guestli.st/563637
Entry Fees: $50 before June 4 / $60 after or on site
Junior/Senior: Less $10 for 18 & under or 60+ (as of June 1)
Membership: Up-to-date CFC membership required
Chief Arbiter: Alex Ferreira

FIRST PRIZE: $1000 Guaranteed
(Remaining prizes based on entries)

Equipment: Chess sets and clocks are provided
Organizer: Annex Chess Club

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ACC Smash Crash Swiss

As summer comes to Toronto, we have fond memories of summer street chess from the past. The spot in the 1970s and 80s used to be beside Sam the Record Man on Yonge, and one of the celebrities from those days was Josef Smolij. His favourite opening was the “Smash-Crash Gambit.” So our current club tournament is named Smash Crash in his honour.

ACC Smash Crash Swiss is a five-round CFC-rated tournament in two sections, Top and U1400. (We usually have three sections, but many of our top players are currently participating in the concurrent Toronto Closed Chess Championship.) Time control is 90 min/side with a 30-s increment. The round starts at 7:30 pm on Monday nights April 30 to Jun 4. Register on site each round by 7 pm. Email registration or bye requests before 6pm.

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Round One – April 30

Round One players include a four-player contingent from Ryerson Chess Club, and Ryerson’s Tony Yueh (1390) scores an upset victory over Bharath Ramesh (1638) to join the U1800 lead group at 1.0/1.

In U1400 action, father-son team Valery Stroganov and Victor Stroganov are both victorious, joining the 5-way tie for first with 1.0/1.

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Round Two – May 7

The leader group in the Top Section is down to four players as Arkadiy Ugodnikov, Dragan Jevtic, Salim Belcadi, and Erdem Daldal all win their games.

In U1400, only two players are still perfect. Dennis Tran and Valery Stroganov have 2.0/2.

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Round Three – May 14

In U1400, Dennis Tran wins the playoff on Board 1 to take sole possession of the lead at 3.0/3. Six players trail him at 2.0/3.

See full results below.

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Off week – May 21

The tournament is taking a break for the Victoria Day long weekend – but don’t miss the 2018 Ontario Open.

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Round Four – May 28

Join us in Round Four! New players are always welcome. Please email before 6:00, or register on site before 7:00 pm to sign up. You need both CFC and club membership, but both can be purchased from us, and we have a variety of club membership options available. If you’re already signed up, but you can’t make it, again please email before 6:00 pm to let us know so we don’t put you in the pairings.

Ranking cross-tables after Round 3

ACC Smash Crash Swiss – Top section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd Pts.
1 Jevtic Dragan 1442 CAN 5b1 16w1 8b1 3
2 Belcadi Salim 1388 CAN 19b1 12w1 4w1 3
3 Liao Run Ming 1671 CAN -1 13b1 2.5
4 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1720 CAN 24b1 14w1 2b0 2
5 Saltat Michael 1656 CAN 1w0 24b1 20w1 2
6 Belanger Colton 1113 CAN 11w0 23b1 15w1 2
7 McSherry Peter 1831 CAN 22b1 2
8 Daldal Erdem 1764 CAN -1 11b1 1w0 2
9 Bitton Michael 0 CAN 16b1 2
10 Hanratty Brian 1683 CAN 24w1 2
11 Kwan Toy Chack 1556 CAN 6b1 8w0 14b½ 1.5
12 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1598 CAN 2b0 22w1 1.5
13 Guo Haotong Hazel 1569 CAN 17b1 3w0 1.5
14 Wagner Robert 1544 CAN 23w1 4b0 11w½ 1.5
15 Ramesh Bharath 1638 CAN 18b0 17w1 6b0 1
16 Schwartz Lorne 1564 CAN 21w1 1b0 9w0 1
17 Kalmanson Evgeny 1368 CAN 13w0 15b0 23w1 1
18 Yueh Tony 1390 CAN 15w1 0 0 1
19 Armstrong Robert J. 1605 CAN 2w0 21b½ 1
20 Supol George 1343 CAN 5b0 1
21 Stefanovich-Thomson Alexis 1285 CAN 16b0 19w½ 1
22 Stroganov Victor 1319 CAN 7w0 12b0 0.5
23 Chen Sihao 1597 CAN 14b0 6w0 17b0 0
24 Dixon Javier 1517 CAN 4w0 5w0 10b0 0

Updated results are also available on the Chess-Results server.

ACC Smash Crash Swiss – U1400 section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd Pts.
1 Tran Dennis 1265 CAN 15b1 2w1 4b1 3
2 Bar-Natan Itai 1285 CAN 14w1 1b0 8w1 2
3 Tuchow Ryan 1168 CAN 6w0 15b1 13w1 2
4 Stroganov Valery 1064 CAN 9b1 13w1 1w0 2
5 Moiseev Alex 1119 CAN 13b½ 11w1 6b½ 2
6 Noritsyn Ivan 955 CAN 3b1 5w½ 2
7 Lambert Peter 1160 CAN 12b1 2
8 Kamnitzer Benjamin 965 CAN 10b0 9w1 2b0 1
9 Kalniev Stefan 1166 CAN 4w0 8b0 15w1 1
10 Stroganov Victor 1319 CAN 8w1 0 0 1
11 Spahic Matthew 1296 CAN 5b0 1
12 Patton Mark A. 1228 CAN 7w0 1
13 Souchko Larissa 954 CAN 5w½ 4b0 3b0 0.5
14 Pancer Jeff 1062 CAN 2b0 0 0 0
15 Wadhwa Rymn 1040 CAN 1w0 3w0 9b0 0

Updated results are also available on the Chess-Results server.

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The feature image is from a photograph of Joe “Kill as you Go!” Smolij by Norman A Bolduc. Click the link to see the original and more of his work.

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Representing ACC in Germany

Daniel Wiebe is in Germany, representing ACC in the Grenke Chess Open.

Here’s his report:

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March 29-30 – Rounds 1-3

It’s been an insanely busy schedule. This is probably the most impressive tournament I’ve ever played in. There’s almost 1500 players in total and over 700 in my section (the top section) alone.

I had a rough start, losing to an FM from a winning position in a time scramble, then I slept right through the second round. But things are looking up. I managed to draw a lost position against a player elo 2160.

Looking forward to tomorrow when Magnus, Caruana, Anand, Hou Yifan, Aronian, MVL and the rest will be joining us. I believe Caruana plays Carlsen Tomorrow which will be an interesting prelude to their world championship match.

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March 31 – Rounds 4-5

Hi guys!

So far, between watching the chess elite up close and getting to browse an insane amount of chess books, this tournament is a chess player’s playground. Now if only I could remember how to play….

I battled two players with FIDE ratings of just over 2100 today, drawing the first and losing to the second. Unfortunately I made one-move blunders in both games, which I’m blaming on sleep deprivation. Hopefully after a good night’s rest I’ll start finding more interesting ways to blunder.

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April 1-2 – Rounds 6-9

Hi guys! Here’s the finish to the tournament.

Days 4 and 5 were interesting. I finally managed to win an extremely messy game in round 6 against a player rated around 1860. I then lost in round 7. On day 5 I managed a solid win against Cristiano Quaranta rated around 2160 FIDE. It was probably my most consistent game of the tournament and I’ve posted it here. Because of the win I was in the running for the U2000 prize but lost the critical last round game.

Other then that, I couldn’t help but buy a few books from the fantastic selection they had. I had a cool experience just standing in the store area browsing through a book for a little while before looking up to see Levon Aronian (World number 4 for those unfamiliar) standing next to me doing the same thing. Shows that chess books are still very relevant in the digital age.

Overall it was a very busy, but still very inpiring tournament experience that I recommend highly for any Europe travellers. But do give yourselves at least a few extra days to fully recover from jet lag first.

I hope you all enjoyed the posts and I look forward to reporting on any future international tournaments!

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