ACC Bobby Fischer Celebration Swiss

Pawn Sacrifice (see trailer) is coming to theatres September 25.

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.

At Annex Chess Club, we’re marking the movie release with our Bobby Fischer Celebration Swiss. Running from August 17 to September 21 – just before the release – this regular club tournament is in three sections by CFC rating: Crown, Under-1900, and Under-1500.


Thanks to Elevation Pictures and the House of Staunton, we have some great tournament prizes for this event!

The winner of the tournament (Crown section) will receive a beautiful luxury set that is a replica of the pieces used in the 1972 World Champonship.

Winners and runners up in all three sections will also receive double passes to the advance screening of the film at the Varsity theatre on Wednesday September 23, at 7:30 pm.

Please be aware that the advance screening will be oversold so ticket-holders must arrive an hour to 45 mintues in advance of the screening time to be admitted with the chance of getting a good seat.

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Round One – August 17

In Round One action, the Crown section sees a number of draws. (Quite an achievement for the “David” in those David-versus-Goliath matchups!) As a result, Jon Yu with the only decisive game in the round is now in sole possession of first place with 1.0/1.

In U1900, Marcus Wilker, Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy, and George Supol are in a three-way tie for the lead with 1.0/1.

And in U1500, there’s a seven-way tie for first, with Rahul Gangolli scoring an upset win to join the other six leaders at 1.0/1.

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Round Two – August 24

Famous for his unprecedented (and unduplicated) domination of the game in his era, Bobby Fischer won the 1963–64 US Chess Championship with a perfect score of 11/11. We’re only two rounds into our tournament but only three players still have perfect scores.

In the Crown section, there’s a four-tie for first as Jon Yu takes a bye, while Aahil Noorali, Dave Southam, and Michael Humphreys win their games to join him at 1.5/2.

In the U1900 section, George Supol, with a win over Marcus Wilker, has a perfect 2.0/2 score and sole possession of the lead. Hooshang Abbarin, with a win over Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy, is half a point behind with 1.5/2.

In the U1500 section, there’s a two-way tie for first as Michael Saltat and Richard Morrison have perfect 2.0/2 scores. Another five players are half a point behind with 1.5/2, including Mysha Gilani, one of the few female players in the tournament, and Justin Tanasijczuk, one of four unrated players playing their first ever CFC-rated tournament.

Games From Round Two

Here’s the game from the top board in the U1900 section. (Players are encouraged to submit .pgn files for their games for inclusion on the website!)

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Round Three – August 31

In the Crown section, the games on the top two boards end in draws, resulting in a six-way tie for first. Michael Humphreys, Aahil Noorali, Dave Southam, Jon Yu, Sergey Malakhovets, and Joseph Bellissimo all have 2.0/3. It will be an exciting final two rounds to see who can take this event!

In the U1900 section, the battle between the top two players also ended in a draw. So George Supol remains in the lead with 2.5/3, while Hooshang Abbarin trails by half a point along with Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy and Max England at 2.0/3.

In the U1500, Michael Saltat takes a bye, while Mysha Gilani wins her game against Richard Morrison. First place in the section is split with two more players as Rahul Gangolli and Mark Gelowitz win their games to join the lead group at 2.5/3.

See complete results on the standings tables below:

* Please note that we’ll be closed for Labour Day on Monday September 7. Rounds 4 and 5 are on September 14 and 21.

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Round Four – September 14

The tournament continues with Round Four on Monday September 14, starting at 7:30 pm. New players are welcome to join, but please arrive before 7:00 to register.

Results after Round Three

SwissSys Standings. ACC Bobby Fischer Celebration Swiss: Crown

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot
1 Michael Humphreys 131628 2373 D9 W12 D3 2.0
2 Aahil Noorali 155015 1797 D5 W8 D4 2.0
3 David Southam 102535 2228 D12 W9 D1 2.0
4 Jonathan Yu 126131 2243 W8 H— D2 2.0
5 Sergey Malakhovets 158413 2098 D2 H— W11 2.0
6 Joseph Bellissimo 147544 2224 H— H— W10 2.0
7 Daniel Zotkin 146857 2038 H— H— D9 1.5
8 Armand Jess Mendoza 156958 1947 L4 L2 W12 1.0
9 Nameer Issani 154796 2044 D1 L3 D7 1.0
10 Bill Evans 103309 2131 H— H— L6 1.0
11 Brett Campbell 101324 2216 H— H— L5 1.0
12 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1847 D3 L1 L8 0.5

SwissSys Standings. ACC Bobby Fischer Celebration Swiss: U1900

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot
1 George Supol 152286 1431 B— W8 D2 2.5
2 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1660 H— W4 D1 2.0
3 Max England 155135 1636 H— H— W10 2.0
4 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1635 W5 L2 W9 2.0
5 Joshua Allen 105802 1443 L4 D6 B— 1.5
6 Jean-Marc David 151900 1347 H— D5 H— 1.5
7 Claudio Sottile 148499 1490 H— H— D11 1.5
8 Marcus Wilker 102713 1641 W10 L1 U— 1.0
9 Daniele Pirri 132983 1505 H— H— L4 1.0
10 Mark A. Patton 104721 1472 L8 W11 L3 1.0
11 Ulli Diemer 153538 1575 D12 L10 D7 1.0
12 Michael Sutton 151225 1792 D11 U— U— 0.5

SwissSys Standings. ACC Bobby Fischer Celebration Swiss: U1500

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot
1 Mysha Gilani 155004 1247 W6 D2 W5 2.5
2 Mark A. Gelowitz 126627 1389 W14 D1 W10 2.5
3 Michael Saltat 158633 1227 W13 W21 H— 2.5
4 Rahul Gangolli 156023 921 W12 H— W15 2.5
5 Richard Morrison 135889 1407 W19 W9 L1 2.0
6 Benjamin Thalman unr. L1 W12 W14 2.0
7 Bruce MacInnis 149569 1294 W17 H— H— 2.0
8 Martin Pitt-Bradley 158457 927 H— H— W13 2.0
9 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1303 W20 L5 W16 2.0
10 Justin Tanasijczuk unr. H— W11 L2 1.5
11 Paul Panayotou unr. H— L10 W18 1.5
12 Christopher Field 108098 1250 L4 L6 W20 1.0
13 Todd Westcott unr. L3 W19 L8 1.0
14 Nick Jafari 160405 1056 L2 W18 L6 1.0
15 Adam Goldfarb 153496 1328 H— H— L4 1.0
16 Keira Cuthbert unr. H— H— L9 1.0
17 Larissa Souchko 145490 939 L7 H— H— 1.0
18 Howard Halim 153419 1108 D21 L14 L11 0.5
19 Eli Teram 107314 1142 L5 L13 H— 0.5
20 Henry XianRui Zhang 156492 1001 L9 H— L12 0.5
21 James Mourgelas 108540 1396 D18 L3 U— 0.5


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)

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Online Poster Art

Pawn Sacrifice: in theatres September 25

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ACC is Open August 10

We were closed August 3 for Simcoe Day, but we’re open again this Monday August 10. See the events page for club activities on this and following weeks.

What is Simcoe Day? The civic holiday in August goes by a number of names across the province of Ontario. In Toronto, it’s named for John Graves Simcoe. The first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada (now Ontario), Simcoe is remembered as an abolitionist who saw the Act Against Slavery pass in 1793 – the first such act to be passed anywhere in the British Empire.


Caribana celebrates emancipation the same weekend.

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ACC “Let the Games Begin” Swiss

Image: CIBC Pan Am Park is ready for the 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games!

Let the Games Begin!

The Pan Am Games run July 10 to 26. The Parapan Am Games run August 7 to 15. Tickets are still available for many events.

In honour of the Toronto 2015 Games, Annex Chess Club is launching a “Let the Games Begin” chess tournament, running July 6 to August 10.

The tournament is divided into just two sections (Crown and U1700) as several of our members are away. Of note: Michael Humphreys, our Club Champion, is representing ACC in the Quebec Open and the Canadian Zonal, and Daniel Wiebe is representing Annex in Europe, playing in the Biel Masters and then in Barcelona.

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Round 1 – July 6

Round 1 features a couple of upsets as Richard Morrison (1375) defeats Daniel Pirri (1553) and Bruce MacInnis (1146) defeats George Supol (1420).

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Round 2 – July 13

Round 2 sees Dave Southam in sole possession of first place with 2.0/2. And there’s a big upset as Michael Sutton, “Mister 960,” takes down the top-rated player in the tournament, Josh Guo.

In the U1700 section, there’s a three-way tie for the lead as Hooshang Abbarin, Qi Zhou, and Tigran Ghazarian all have 2.0/2.

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Round 3 – July 20

In the Crown section, Alex Ferreira and Jon Yu, two Hart House players who drew their head-to-head game in Round 2, win their Round 3 games against Sutton and Southam to tie for the lead with 2.5/3. Southam, Malakhovets, Zotkin, and Siddeley are just a half point out at 2.0/3.

In the U1700, Hooshang Abbarin and Qi Zhou are tied for the lead with perfect 3.0/3 records. Ghazarian falls to Abbarin to drop behind by a point, while Mark Patton trails the leaders by just half a point with 2.5/3.

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Round 4 – July 27

Atop the Crown section, Alex Ferreira gets a draw against Dave Southam, Jon Yu takes a half-point bye to go camping, and Hugh Siddeley joins the leaders by scoring a win against Sergey Malakhovets after he drops his queen in zeitnot. The three leaders all have 3.0/4, but with three wins Siddeley has the best tie-break, so the tournament could be his for the taking.

In the U1700 section, Qi Zhou is in clear first with 4.0/4 after a win against Hooshang Abbarin. Abbarin, MacInnis, Patton, and Supol are a point behind at 3.0/4.

The last round is in two weeks on August 10, and a new tournament starts August 17.

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Round 5 – August 10

Our players return after a week off for Simcoe Day – some after playing in tournaments at the Kitchener Chess Festival. Notably, Max England placed first in the Canadian Amateur Over 1200, while Cindy Qiao placed 12th in the North American Junior Girls Championship.

Back at Annex, in the Crown section Jonathan Yu defeats Hugh Siddeley to take first place with 4.0/5, while Alex Ferreira draws Daniel Zotkin to take second with 3.5/5.

Meanwhile, in U1700, Qi Zhou finishes first with a perfect 5.0/5 record, while Bruce MacInnis also wins his game to finish clear second with 4.0/5.

Congratulations to Jon Yu for winning the tournament and Qi Zhou for winning the U1700 section!

Jon Yu playing at a Pub Chess event
Jon Yu playing Hugh Siddeley at a Pub Chess event

See complete results below.

Our next club tournament is the ACC Bobby Fischer Celebration Swiss, starting August 17. New players are welcome. Please arrive before 7:00 pm to register.

Final Results after Round Five

SwissSys Standings. Let the Games Begin Swiss: Crown

# Name CFC ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Jonathan Yu 126131 2220 W13 D2 W3 H— W5 4.0
2 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2088 W8 D1 W12 D3 D4 3.5
3 David Southam 102535 2234 W5 W10 L1 D2 H— 3.0
4 Daniel Zotkin 146857 2041 H— W11 D6 H— D2 3.0
5 Hugh Siddeley 120619 2072 L3 W9 W13 W6 L1 3.0
6 Sergey Malakhovets 158413 2114 H— W7 D4 L5 W10 3.0
7 Pepin Manalo 112277 1760 H— L6 H— W14 B— 3.0
8 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1830 L2 H— W10 W12 U— 2.5
9 Cindy Qiao 155864 1647 H— L5 D11 H— W14 2.5
10 Kamran Amirirad 158329 1675 B— L3 L8 W11 L6 2.0
11 Marcus Wilker 102713 1659 H— L4 D9 L10 B— 2.0
12 Michael Sutton 151225 1780 H— W15 L2 L8 U— 1.5
13 Armand Jess Mendoza 156958 1964 L1 B— L5 U— U— 1.0
14 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1662 H— H— U— L7 L9 1.0
15 Josh Guo 105318 2272 H— L12 H— U— U— 1.0

SwissSys Standings. Let the Games Begin Swiss: U1700

# Name CFC ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Qi Zhou 158050 1522 W23 W5 W3 W6 W4 5.0
2 Bruce MacInnis 149569 1146 W4 L9 W13 W19 W7 4.0
3 Max England 155135 1583 H— W11 L1 W20 W10 3.5
4 George Supol 152286 1420 L2 W18 W19 W8 L1 3.0
5 Richard Morrison 135889 1375 W13 L1 L10 W18 W19 3.0
6 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1657 W10 W17 W9 L1 U— 3.0
7 Mark A. Patton 104721 1490 H— W24 W20 H— L2 3.0
8 James Mourgelas 108540 1437 H— W26 H— L4 W14 3.0
9 Tigran Ghazarian 155438 1511 W12 W2 L6 H— U— 2.5
10 Mark A. Gelowitz 126627 1382 L6 W27 W5 H— L3 2.5
11 Vicknan Harichandrabose 158191 1139 H— L3 L18 W27 W20 2.5
12 Adam Goldfarb 153496 1325 L9 H— X25 U— W15 2.5
13 Daniele Pirri 132983 1553 L5 W25 L2 U— W22 2.0
14 Nick Jafari unr. H— L20 W27 H— L8 2.0
15 Antonio Marquez unr. H— H— U— W22 L12 2.0
16 Eli Teram 107314 1154 H— H— U— U— W27 2.0
17 Bill Thornton 131181 1498 W18 L6 H— H— U— 2.0
18 Christopher Field 108098 1249 L17 L4 W11 L5 W23 2.0
19 Joshua Allen 105802 1507 H— W22 L4 L2 L5 1.5
20 Cuinn Chowdhury 154703 1250 H— W14 L7 L3 L11 1.5
21 Brendan Grady 158392 1403 W27 H— U— U— U— 1.5
22 Howard Halim 153419 1102 H— L19 W23 L15 L13 1.5
23 Michael Saltat 158633 1339 L1 H— L22 H— L18 1.0
24 Michael Finkelstein 158620 1013 H— L7 H— U— U— 1.0
25 Alex Moisseev 160217 416 H— L13 F12 U— U— 0.5
26 Rahul Gangolli 156023 903 H— L8 U— U— U— 0.5
27 Larissa Souchko 145490 995 L21 L10 L14 L11 L16 0.0


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)

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“United We Play!”

~ PACHI, 2015

Let the Games Begin!

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2015 Toronto Team Rapid Chess Championship

Hart House wins the 2015 GTCL Cup!
Hart House wins the 2015 GTCL Cup!

Thanks to all who attended. Congratulations to the Hart House Chess Club who took the Cup this year, and “Vi the North” who took the U1800 prize.

Egis Zeromskis took some nice photos of the event.

Full results are posted on chess-results.

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Registered Teams

Hart House A (RtgAvg: 2342)
1. Vavrak Peter
2. Derraugh Geordie
3. Ivanov Mike
4. Yu Jonathan
5. Ding Jack

Nikolay’s Students (RtgAvg: 2260)
1. Plotkin Victor
2. Plotkin Mark
3. Vettese Nicholas
4. Zotkin Daniel

Aurora Chess Club (RtgAvg:2208)
1. Cummings David
2. Zeromskis Egidijus
3. Noritsyn Sergey
4. Macleod David

Willowdale Chess Club A (RtgAvg:2188)
1. Barron Michael
2. Kimelman Michael
3. Starr Sasha
4. Starr Nava

Annex Chess Club (RtgAvg:2125)
1. Humphreys Michael
2. Evans Bill
3. Stefanovic Miroslav
4. Wiebe Daniel

Hart House Chess Club B (RtgAvg:2115)
1. Du Digeng
2. Agbabishvili Lali
3. Perelman Leon
4. Kitaygorodsky Alex
5. Stein Jacob

Kitchener (RtgAvg:2106)
1. Peredun Andrew
2. Aniunoh Chike (jude)
3. Goldstein Rhys
4. Li Hongyi

Willowdale Chess Club B (RtgAvg:2098)
1. Tonakanian Stephan
2. Chernik Dmitry
3. Fradkin Benjamin
4. Strugach Alexander

Pinoy (RtgAvg:2050)
1. Zuniga Dante
2. Manalo Pepin
3. Orozco Joey
4. Mendoza Armand Jess
5. Batistil Rulix
6. Casareno Erwin

The Golden Gaels (RtgAvg:2039)
1. Gladstone Simon
2. Farine Jonathan
3. Gellner Nicholas
4. Longo Tyler

Commandos (RtgAvg:1882)
1. Siddeley Hugh
2. Ibrahim Ismail
3. Sirkovich Daniel
4. Armstrong Robert J.

Rolling Pawns (RtgAvg:1782)
1. Roller Robert
2. Marshal Fernando
3. Ugodnikov Arkadiy
4. Souchko Larissa

East to West (RtgAvg:1564)
1. Ab-Barin Hooshang
2. Amirirad Kamran
3. Diemer Ulli
4. Radpey Abdolreza

Vi The North (RtgAvg:1429)
1. Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth
2. Pirri Daniele
3. Stevelic Marko
4. Saltat Michael

Annex Juniors (RtgAvg:1390)
1. Wu Nicholas
2. Ghazarian Tigran
4. Yu Ryan

Bad Bishops (RtgAvg:1291)
1. Murray Michael
2. DeCelles Taylor
3. Macinnis Bruce
4. Kosick Allison Jennifer

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