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

Round 6 games on the top boards (photo: John Upper)

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Save $10 by signing up before May 27.
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Last Year’s Winner

Artiom Samsonkin is 2018 Toronto Blitz Champion (photo: John Upper)

Photos

See the tournament album by John Upper.

Flyer

A promotional flyer (PDF) will be available to download soon.

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

New players are welcome! Sign up before 6 pm by email, or before 7:00 on site. Games start at 7:30 pm.


Ranking Cross-tables after Round 1

ACC Come What May Swiss – Crown section

Rk.   Name Rtg FED 1.Rd Pts.
1   Southam David 2163 CAN 9b1 1
2 FM La Manna Andrea 2313 ITA 8w1 1
3   Mcsherry Peter 1797 CAN 7w1 1
4   Fines John 1813 CAN 5b½ 0.5
5   Dohani Tales 2000 BRA 4w½ 0.5
6   Gao Raymond 1850 CAN 0.5
7   Malakhovets Sergey 2058 CAN 3b0 0
8   Bitton Michael 1892 CAN 2b0 0
9   Furrow Matthew 1730 CAN 1w0 0

See full Crown results on Chess-Results.

ACC Come What May Swiss – U1800 section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd Pts.
1 Chen Sihao 1632 CAN 16b1 1
2 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1573 CAN 18b1 1
3 Jevtic Dragan 1534 CAN 17b1 1
4 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1699 CAN 12w1 1
5 Da Silva Michael 1600 CAN 13w1 1
6 Schwartz Lorne 1577 CAN 14w1 1
7 Lambert Peter 1490 CAN 11w1 1
8 Patton Mark A. 1278 CAN 15w1 1
9 Gao William (zhimao) 1622 CAN 0.5
10 Gao Lucy 1589 CAN 0.5
11 Saltat Michael 1609 CAN 7b0 0
12 Armstrong Robert J. 1569 CAN 4b0 0
13 Stroganov Victor 1434 CAN 5b0 0
14 Supol George 1389 CAN 6b0 0
15 Wang Eric 1566 CAN 8b0 0
16 Belanger Colton 1556 CAN 1w0 0
17 Tuchow Ryan 1431 CAN 3w0 0
18 Stroganov Valery 1381 CAN 2w0 0

See full U1800 results on Chess-Results.

ACC Come What May Swiss – U1400 section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd Pts.
1 D’souza Carina 1193 CAN 10b1 1
2 Moiseev Alex 1150 CAN 11b1 1
3 Kamnitzer Benjamin 1037 CAN 12b1 1
4 Lau Joshua 994 CAN 8b1 1
5 Souchko Larissa 881 CAN 9b1 1
6 Stefanovich-Thomson Alexis 1285 CAN 0.5
7 Kalmanson Evgeny 1264 CAN 0.5
8 Guo Richard 1180 CAN 4w0 0
9 Tuong Rose 1149 CAN 5w0 0
10 Teram Eli 1021 CAN 1w0 0
11 Guo Rainyee 928 CAN 2w0 0
12 Yin Lucas 965 CAN 3w0 0

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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ACC Club Championship 2019

It’s that time of year again!

Club Championship starts February 11

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

The format for the Club Championship is a little different than our regular Swisses: six rounds and just two sections, Championship and Reserve.

Club Championship trophies

The Championship section sees the top players at our club vie for the title of 2019 Club Champion! Sergey Noritsyn is the defending champion. The minimum rating to enter the section is 1700.

The Reserve section sees players rated under 1800 compete for the title of 2019 Reserve Champion. Last year it was Michael Saltat.

All are welcome!

All are welcome to join us for 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 pm on six Monday evenings, starting February 11 and running to March 25 (no round on Family Day, February 18). Registered players may request a bye by email before 6:00 pm. New players are asked to please register on site by 7:00 to make sure that you’re paired for the night’s round.

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Round One – February 11

The tournament gets under way with 9 players in the Championship section and 28 in the Reserves. We’re off next week for Family Day, but new players are welcome to join in Round Two.

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CLOSED – February 18

We’re closed for Family Day, so it’s an off-week for the tournament, but don’t miss the Hart House Reading Week Open!

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Round Two – February 25

After two rounds, Josh Guo leads the Championship with a perfect 2.0/2. Dave Southam, Sergey Malakhovets, Shawn Talsma, and Michael Bitton are just a half point behind with 1.5/2. In the Reserve section, there’s still a big tie with five players tied for the lead at 2.0/2.

Here’s a game from the top section.

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Round Three – March 4

After three rounds, there’s a tie for the lead in the Championship section as Josh Guo and Sergey Malkhovets each have 2.5/3. In the Reserves, only two players are still perfect as Lucy Gao and Colton Belanger share the lead at 3.0/3.
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Round Four – March 11

After four rounds, Josh Guo is alone again in first with 3.5/4 in the Championship section. With two rounds to go, can anyone catch him? In the Reserves, Colton Belanger is still perfect with 4.0/4. Can he make it a perfect 6.0/6?

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Round Five – March 18

Josh Guo is still in the lead with 4.5/5 going into the last round. It looks like a new Club Champion will be crowned this year!
In the Reserves, Colton Belanger is held to a draw, but still leads with 4.5/5.

One more round to go…

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Round Six – March 25

The final round! When the dust settles, it’s Matthew Furrow taking clear first in the Reserve section with 5.0/6. Congratulations, Matthew!

And our new club champion is Josh Guo, with 5.5/6. Congratulations, Josh!


Check full details at chess-results.


Final Ranking Cross-tables after Round 6

ACC Club Championship – Championship section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd 6.Rd Pts.
1 Guo Josh 2253 CAN 6b1 10w1 2b½ 3w1 -1 4b1 5.5
2 Southam David 2216 CAN 3w½ 11b1 1w½ 8b1 6w1 5b1 5
3 Bitton Michael 1841 CAN 2b½ 5w1 1b0 -1 11w1 4
4 Malakhovets Sergey 2070 CAN 5b1 7w1 0 1w0 3
5 Fines John 1834 CAN 4w0 3b0 11w1 12b1 2w0 2.5
6 Gao Raymond 1985 CAN 1w0 11b1 2b0 0 2
7 Talsma Shawn 1893 CAN 8b1 4b0 0 0 2
8 England Max 2044 CAN 9b½ 7w0 10b+ 2w0 0 2
9 Humphreys Michael 2338 CAN 8w½ 0 0 0 1.5
10 Saucedo Jorge 1926 MEX 11w1 1b0 8w- 0 0 0 1
11 Chen Sihao 1700 CAN 10b0 2w0 5b0 6w0 -1 3b0 1
12 Ogunlana Ayo 1765 CAN 0 5w0 0 0 1

ACC Club Championship – Reserve section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd 6.Rd Pts.
1 Furrow Matthew 1659 CAN 32b1 26w½ 13b1 15w1 2b1 5
2 Belanger Colton 1499 CAN 34b1 28b1 13w1 7w1 4b½ 1w0 4.5
3 Ivanov Venci 1785 CAN 10w½ 31b1 4b½ 8w1 7b½ 14w1 4.5
4 Belcadi Salim 1583 CAN 19w1 6b1 3w½ 20b1 2w½ 7b½ 4.5
5 Gao William (zhimao) 1665 CAN 21b1 23w1 7b0 15b½ 19w½ 36w1 4
6 Tuchow Ryan 1325 CAN 32b1 4w0 8b½ 26w1 19b1 4
7 Gao Lucy 1543 CAN 12w+ 27b1 5w1 2b0 3w½ 4w½ 4
8 Dixon Javier 1330 CAN 28w1 26b½ 6w½ 3b0 25w1 13b+ 4
9 Phillips Arthur 1585 CAN 17b1 0 26b1 20w1 0 3.5
10 Stefanovich-Thomson Alexis 1229 CAN 3b½ 15w0 31b1 22w1 3.5
11 D’souza Carina 1051 CAN 15b½ 20w0 24b1 21w1 3.5
12 Kamnitzer Benjamin 1003 CAN 7b- 21w½ 28b1 20b1 3.5
13 Lambert Peter 1553 CAN 25b1 22w1 2b0 1w0 16b1 8w- 3
14 Wagner Robert 1598 CAN 33b1 15w0 21b1 3b0 3
15 Saltat Michael 1574 CAN 11w½ 10b1 14b1 5w½ 1b0 0 3
16 Patton Mark A. 1228 CAN 29w0 36b1 13w0 30b1 3
17 Stroganov Victor 1481 CAN 9w0 31b1 0 25w1 3
18 Deol Gagan Deep 1638 CAN 37w1 25w1 0 0 3
19 Supol George 1424 CAN 4b0 38w+ -1 5b½ 6w0 3
20 Jevtic Dragan 1597 CAN 31w½ 11b1 29b1 4w0 9b0 12w0 2.5
21 Guo Richard 1211 CAN 5w0 12b½ 35w1 22b1 14w0 11b0 2.5
22 Lee Tommy 1000 CAN 24b1 13b0 21w0 23w1 10b0 2.5
23 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1660 CAN 5b0 31w0 32w1 22b0 34w1 2.5
24 Kalmanson Evgeny 1313 CAN 22w0 25b0 11w0 28b1 31w1 2.5
25 Zuo Zichen (roger) 1021 CAN 13w0 24w1 18b0 27w1 8b0 17b0 2
26 Schwartz Lorne 1593 CAN 38b1 8w½ 1b½ 9w0 6b0 0 2
27 Armstrong Robert J. 1527 CAN 7w0 25b0 32b1 0 2
28 Souchko Larissa 854 CAN 8b0 2w0 12w0 34b1 24w0 32b+ 2
29 Giffen Glenn 1529 CAN 16b1 20w0 0 0 2
30 Lillico Margarita 1244 CAN 33w0 35b- 35b+ 16w0 2
31 Tuong Rose 1068 CAN 20b½ 3w0 23b1 17w0 10w0 24b0 1.5
32 Yin Lucas 200 CAN 6w0 1w0 34b1 23b0 27w0 28w- 1
33 Moiseev Alex 1153 CAN 14w0 0 30b1 0 0 0 1
34 Guo Rainyee 945 CAN 2w0 37b½ 32w0 28w0 23b0 1
35 Zhao Samuel 1224 CAN 21b0 30w- 30w- 0 1
36 Stroganov Valery 1425 CAN 0 16w0 0 5b0 1
37 Rogers John A 1191 CAN 18b0 34w½ 0 0 0 0 0.5
38 Teram Eli 1059 CAN 26w0 19b- 0 0 0 0 0
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