Thank you, Tyler!

Tyler Longo
Tyler Longo

If you’ve played chess at Annex or at many other events around Toronto, you’ve no doubt seen Tyler Longo behind the desk keeping the tournament running smoothly. We want to thank Tyler for his years of dedication as Tournament Arbiter (since 2013) and also as President (since 2015) of Annex Chess Club.

The 2016 Summer Swiss will be Tyler’s last gig as Arbiter at ACC. We are currently putting together a roster of people to take his place directing our club tournaments, since no one person can do what he’s been doing.

Thank you, Tyler!

Tyler will continue as a member of the club and a director on the Board, and hopefully he’ll soon be back playing in our club tournaments.

Tyler Longo and Alex Ferreira
Tyler Longo and Alex Ferreira
George Supol and Tyler Longo at Harbourfront Centre
George Supol and Tyler Longo at Harbourfront Centre
Good luck, Tyler!
Good luck, Tyler!
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ACC Summer Swiss

It’s summer!

Our current club tournament is the ACC Summer Swiss, running on five Monday nights, June 27 to July 25, in Crown and U1700 sections. (Check the club page for more on how our regular tournaments work.)

Rounds in the club tournament start at 7:30 pm each Monday. New players are welcome to join in any round, or even to drop in for just one round, but please register by 7:00 pm to make sure you’re paired.

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Round One – June 27

Chess at the Annex seems to be picking up over the summer! Thirty-three players started the tournament in Round One, and we expect more to join mid-tournament.

In typical heavily mismatched first-round games, the favourites chalk up five wins to sweep the underdogs in the Crown section.

In the under-1700 section, the favourites take six, one game is drawn, and the underdogs take two: Hazel Guo (1276) upsets Glenn Giffen (1527), and her brother Roger Guo (1113) upsets Mark Patton (1436). Good night for the Guo family!

Game of the Week

In the game of the week, Salim Belcadi (1309) plays his Blackmar-Diemer (1.d4 d5 2.e4) against Harry Chen (1529). Belcadi goes on a K-side attack, and there’s an interesting material imbalance after Chen loses his Q but gets R, N, and several Ps in the process.

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Round Two – July 4

After two rounds, Dave Southam has clear first in the Crown section with 2.0/2. Another five players are half a point behind at 1.5/2.

In the U1700 section, Shabnam Abbarin and her dad, Hooshang Abbarin, along with Brian Hanratty are in a three-way tie for first with 2.0/2. Another four players trail by half a point at 1.5/2.

Game of the Week

In the game of the week, Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy (1606), on board one against Dave Southam (2207), takes the poisoned pawn in a Winawer, plays an interesting line, then misses a tactic on move 17 and gets miniatured.

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Round Three – July 11

Through three rounds, Dave Southam holds onto clear first in the Crown section with a win over William Li and a perfect score of 3.0/3.

In the U1700 section, Brian Hanratty takes clear first at 3.0/3, with a win over Hooshang Abbarin.

Game of the Week

In the game of the week, tournament leader Dave Southam (2207) plays a Ne2 Rubinstein variation in the Nimzo to fend off a challenge by William Li (2075) on the top board. White picks up two pawns, gives one back, and it’s the last game to finish as Southam grinds out a 68-move win.

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Round Four – July 18

With four rounds in the books, the leaders stay strong: Dave Southam draws Jelvis Calvelo to hold onto clear first in the Crown section with 3.5/4. England and Calvelo are within half a point.

And Brian Hanratty in U1700 holds clear first at 4.0/4 with a win over Harry Chen. Shabnam Abbarin has 3.5/4 and clear second.

Game of the Week

Dave Southam is on a game-of-the-week streak! This time it’s a 93-move draw with Jelvis Calvelo. Calvelo plays the Advance against Southam’s French, and after Black plays …c4 on move 5, the central pawns stay locked for 40 moves. Then White sacs two pieces to turn two locked pawns into connected passers on the seventh. There are barrages of Q checks by both sides, but eventually Black sacs B and Q on the pawns, still managing to reach a drawn P/c2 vs. Q ending. Definitely game-of-the-week material!


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Round Five – July 25

New players are welcome! Please register by 7:00 pm to make sure you’re paired.


Ranking cross-tables after Round 4

ACC Summer Swiss Crown

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd Pts.
1 Southam David 2206 CAN 11w1 7b1 4w1 2b½ 3.5
2 Calvelo Jelvis 2080 CAN 15w1 4b½ 5w1 1w½ 3
3 England Max 1938 CAN 12b1 8w1 3
4 Li William 2119 CAN 13b1 2w½ 1b0 10w1 2.5
5 Cliff Scott 1918 CAN 14w1 2b0 7b1 2.5
6 Ostertag Ralph 0 CAN 10b1 0 2
7 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1604 CAN -1 1w0 11b1 5w0 2
8 Malakhovets Sergey 2064 CAN 14w1 3b0 2
9 Stefanovic Miroslav 2202 CAN 0 14b1 2
10 Amirirad Kamran 1755 CAN 6w0 15b1 4b0 1.5
11 Mendoza Armand Jess 1917 CAN 1b0 15w+ 7w0 1.5
12 Armstrong Robert J. 1607 CAN 3w0 13b½ 1.5
13 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1730 CAN 4w0 14b0 -1 12w½ 1.5
14 Wilker Marcus 1606 CAN 5b0 13w1 8b0 9w0 1
15 Nadj Pal 1706 CAN 2b0 11b- 10w0 -1 1

Latest results are posted on the Chess-Results server.

ACC Summer Swiss U1700

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd Pts.
1 Hanratty Brian 1421 CAN 23w1 9b1 3b1 6w1 4
2 Abbarin Shabnam 1445 CAN 27w1 22b1 7w1 3.5
3 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1581 CAN 10w1 12b1 1w0 13b1 3
4 Zhao Zhong 1662 CAN 21b½ 15w1 10w1 3
5 Gelowitz Mark A. 1409 CAN 21w½ 26b1 14w1 3
6 Chen Harry (siqi) 1529 CAN 16b1 19w1 1b0 2.5
7 Goldfarb Adam 1375 CAN 28b1 17w1 2b0 2.5
8 Giffen Glenn 1527 CAN 12w0 27b1 22w1 2.5
9 Morrison Richard 1424 CAN 30b1 1w0 14b0 28w1 2
10 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1375 CAN 3b0 24w1 30w1 4b0 2
11 Jevtic Dragan 1427 CAN 25w0 23b1 13w0 19b1 2
12 Guo Haotong Hazel 1276 CAN 8b1 3w0 2
13 Ramesh Bharath 1313 CAN 11b1 3w0 2
14 Gao William 1077 CAN 9w1 5b0 2
15 Guo Roger 1113 CAN 20w1 4b0 2
16 Belcadi Salim 1309 CAN 6w0 20b1 2
17 Mcroberts Julian 1430 CAN 7b0 24w1 2
18 Allen Joshua 1385 CAN 0 26w1 2
19 He Emma 1474 CAN 24b1 6b0 11w0 1.5
20 Patton Mark A. 1436 CAN 15b0 16w0 27b½ 30w1 1.5
21 David Jean-Marc 1384 CAN 4w½ 5b½ 0 1.5
22 Teram Eli 1088 CAN -1 2w0 8b0 1.5
23 Ma Yue Ran 0 CAN 1b0 11w0 24b0 29w1 1
24 Souchko Larissa 1183 CAN 19w0 10b0 23w1 17b0 1
25 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1604 CAN 11b1 0 0 0 1
26 Yong David 966 CAN 5w0 18b0 1
27 Jafari Nick 1174 CAN 2b0 8w0 20w½ 1
28 Kalmanson Evgeny 1161 CAN 7w0 9b0 1
29 Li Yun Hong (Kevin) 0 CAN 0 23b0 1
30 Geddie Alex 1074 CAN 9w0 10b0 20b0 0.5

Latest results are posted on the Chess-Results server.

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Summer 2016 officially started on June 20 at 6:34 p.m. EDT, and summer solstice this year coincided with the full moon. See the Farmer’s Almanac.

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End of year celebration for chess classes!

All kids and adults who have attended chess classes with us this year September 2015 to June 2016 are invited to an end-of-year celebration on Monday June 20.

  • Just-for-fun unrated tournament
  • Pizza
  • Starts at 6:00 pm

Help spread the word!

Celebrate a great year of chess at Annex Chess Club!

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Chessfest is back June 25-26

The annual Harbourfront Centre Chessfest returns to Toronto’s waterfront on Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26.
beautiful weather on the north exhibition common at harbourfront

Come learn the game. Play on a giant chess board. Sit down with a friend at one of the open tables. Dress up. Meet the chess queen. Lots of free fun for the whole family all weekend!

Also featuring the 3rd annual Children’s Championship on Saturday and the 2016 Toronto Blitz Championship on Sunday.

See full details on the Chessfest page.

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Chess for everyone