ACC is proud to announce a new Openings Crash Course by IM Artiom Samsonkin, starting in the new year on Monday January 15.
Strengthen your play in the opening phase of the game. Learn the concepts behind some of the most popular contemporary openings. Learn how to choose an opening repertoire, and how to study openings properly. Transition smoothly from your opening to a solid middle game. Many players try to figure out openings on their own from books and videos, but this course will allow you to have a live conversation and really get to understand what is going on in these positions from both sides.
This is an amazing chance to gain a solid foundation in practical opening study and execution from one of Canada’s top players.
This 4-week course, Jan 15 to Feb 5 at 8:15 is just $96. Or take a single class for $35. Come register at the club any Monday!
Week One: The Italian Game (Jan 15)
Week Two: The French Defence (Jan 22)
Week Three: The Sicilian Defence (Jan 29)
Week Four: The Queen’s Gambit (Feb 5)
Check our complete adult and kids’ course offerings this term and next.
The Man Ray chess set in the featured image is among the quality chess sets available from Regency Chess Canada.
In lieu of our regular slow-chess tournament, on our last club night of the year, December 18, the Holiday Rapid is a one-night six-round tournament – in one big section, at a time control of 9 min each with a 3-sec increment.
Cost: FREE for ACC members, $15 for non-members ($10 for juniors). Add $12 for CFC ($6 for juniors) if you’re not a CFC member.
Round One starts at 7:30 pm with 32 players joining in.
The overall winner is Max England in clear first with 5.5/6. Second place goes to William Li with 5.0/6.
Top U1800 is Shafkat Ali with 4.5/6. And top U1400 is tied at 3.0/6 between George Supol and Yiwei Dong.
Winners receive $10 Tim’s gift cards.
Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone for joining in. We’re off for the next two Mondays, and back on January 8. (Classes resume January 15.)
From the rink in your neighbourhood to Nathan Phillips Square, get your skates on and enjoy the frosty air – See a list of Toronto outdoor rinks here, and check the photo essay by Bea Labikova at juliekinnear.com to get inspired!
ACC Get Your Skates On 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 Dec 4 and 11, then a break for the holidays, and then Jan 8, 15, and 22. (We’ll have a special rapid event on Dec 18.) Register on site each round by 7 pm. Email registration or bye requests before 6pm.
Round One – Dec 4
The tournament begins with 38 players in three sections. The first round of a Swiss always pits favourites against underdogs, and there are always a few dogs who pull off an upset. In the Crown, Max England (2071) defeats Sergey Malakhovets (2237). In U1800, Dragan Jevtic (1475) holds against Bob Armstrong (1711) and Evgeny Kalmanson (1346) gets a promising position against Michael Saltat (1503), but only manages to draw. And in U1400 Ambarish Chandra (731) scores an upset win from the black side of a Sicilian against Rose Tuong (1046).
Round One Games
Round Two – Dec 11
See results below
Don’t miss the Hart House Holidays Open next weekend – December 15-17.
Some players are still on holiday, but many are back at it with the third round of this tournament. (Who got their skates on over the break? – For those interested, there’s a new skating rink just opened up, under the highway down at Fort York.)
In third-round action, Guillermo Mansilla is without an opponent, so he makes a cameo appearance in U1400 to knock out number one, Alex Moiseev, and Ambarish Chandra now leads the section with 2.5/3. In U1800, Sihao Chen wins on top board to lead the section with a perfect 3.0/3. And in the Crown section, Michael Humphreys is held to a draw by Sergey Noritsyn, but he still leads the section with 2.5/3.
Round Four – Jan 15
The round starts at 7:30 pm. New players are welcome! Please register on site before 7:00 pm if you would like to play, or email in advance before 6:00 pm. CFC membership is required ($48 per year; $32 for juniors) but you can purchase it from us, and we offer a variety of club membership options including a drop-in membership ($15 per night or $10 for juniors) to play in one round of the tournament. If you’ve joined the tournament, but you can’t make the round, please email to request a bye!
American chess and poker player WGM Jennifer Shahade will be giving a talk at Annex Chess Club next Monday night. Her talk will present the Game of the Year, the immortal Ding Liren game!
Location: Annex Chess Club, 918 Bathurst St., Toronto
Date: Monday November 20, 2017
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Talk starts at 6:15 pm with Q&A to follow at 7:00 pm
Cost: Free for ACC members; $15 for non-members
Here’s the game:
Plus – see WGM Shahade again in Toronto on Tuesday!
Shahade will still be in Toronto the following evening for the book launch of Irresponsible Mediums: the Chess Games of Marcel Duchamp. Everyone is welcome to attend the event at the Arts & Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, on Tuesday Nov 21, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The free event promises a surprise chess-themed performance – see event details on Facebook.
As October ends and November approaches, we know it’s coming, but we’re not ready for winter yet. No snow, please! (Thanks to Bob Armstrong for the name.)
This is a five-round CFC-rated tournament orginally in four sections, Masters, U2200, U1800, and U1400, but later changed to three sections with the top two sections merged. Time control is 90 min/side with a 30-s increment. The round starts at 7:30 pm every Monday night Oct 23 to Nov 27, except Mon Oct 30, when we’re having a special rapid event. Register on site each round by 7 pm. Email registration or bye requests before 6pm.
Round One – Oct 23
In the Masters, William Li wins his Round-One game to take an early lead, as Humphreys and Sergey Noritsyn draw, while Southam takes a bye. In U2200, Arkadiy Ugodnikov starts off strong with a win over last tournament’s section winner Shawn Talsma, while John Fines scores a full point against newcomer Sergey Alakov. In U1800, the favourites dominate, except for Michael Saltat, who continues his streak from last tournament with an upset win over Dragan Jevtic, and Evgeny Kalmanson, who holds against Maksym Gryn. In U1400, the results sheet is unusually one-sided as the white side wins almost every game, including upset wins by Rose Tuong and Valery Stroganov; only youngster Victor Stroganov and top seed Mark Patton score with black.
Off-week – Oct 30
We’re taking a week off from our regular club tournament to run a special rapid tournament.
Round Two – Nov 6
As the games go late in the Masters, …
In U2200, Peter McSherry re-joins the section and his game with Sergey Alakov ends in a draw, so Arkadiy Ugodnikov holds the lead with a bye at 1.5/2. In U1800, Michael Saltat and Bob Armstrong are now tied for the lead at 2.0/2. And in U1400, Mark Patton and Konstantin Matetski are tied for the lead at 2.0/2.
With only 3 players remaining in the U2200 section, we will be forced to end the “Masters Section experiment” and go back to a combined Crown section for Rounds 3-5. While the Masters section failed to attract new players, which was the hope of the venture in the first place, it’s interesting that it was the dwindling U2200 section that finally finished it. New players are welcome to join the combined Crown section with ½-point byes in Rounds 1 and 2.
Round Three – Nov 13
In the Crown section, Dave Southam scores a win over William Li to lead the section at 2.5/3. In U1800, Bob Armstrong puts an end to Michael Saltat’s streak with his third win of the tournament to take sole first at 3.0/3. And in U1400, it’s Konstantin Matetski with his third win for a perfect 3.0/3.
Round Four – Nov 20
In U1400, Rose Tuong knocks off leader Konstantin Matetski to take first place in the section with 3.5/4. In U1800, leader Bob Armstrong takes a bye, allowing Bhargava Guntoori to catch him at 3.5/4 with a win over Ulli Diemer. And in the Crown section, and the last game to finish, Michael Humphreys eventually defeated Dave Southam with an extra pawn in a rook and pawn endgame to take the lead at 3.0/4 (see game below).
Round Four Games
Round Five – Nov 27
In the Crown section, Michael Humphreys defeats Sergey Malakhovets on the top board to take the tournament with 4.0/5.
In U1800, Bob Armstrong defeats Bhargava Guntooni to take the section with 4.5/5, an especially good result considering the ½-point was a bye!
In U1400, Konstantin Matetski and Stefan Kalniev both win their last round games to tie for the lead at 4.0/5.
Congratulations, Michael, Bob, Konstantin, and Stefan!
See full results on the cross-tables below, and don’t miss our next club tournament, the ACC Get Your Skates On Swiss, starting next week, Dec 4.