2011 Toronto Thanksgiving Open

2011 Toronto Thanksgiving Open – Oct. 8 to 10

Annex Chess Club presents the 2011 Toronto Thanksgiving Open.

Once again, legendary TD Bryan Lamb is bringing this popular fall chess tournament to Toronto.

The tournament is under way! – check the results page.


2011 Toronto Thanksgiving Open

Saturday October 8 to Monday October 10

Tournament Director:

  • Bryan Lamb

Organized by:

  • Annex Chess Club

Location:

  • 918 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5R 3G5
    (near Bathurst Station)

Schedule:

  • registration – Saturday @ 9 am
    Round 1 – Saturday @ 10 am
    Round 2 – Saturday @ 4 pm
    Round 3 – Sunday @ 10 am
    Round 4 – Sunday @ 4 pm
    Round 5 – Monday @ 10 am
    Round 6 – Monday @ 4 pm

Format:

  • 6-round Swiss (no player is ever eliminated)

Sections:

  • Open (CFC rated 2000 and over)
    U2000 (CFC rated 1600 to 1999)
    U1600 (CFC rated under 1599)

Time Control:

  • 40 moves/90 minutes; remaining moves/30 minutes; 30-s increment from move 1

Entry Fee:

  • $95 by Thursday October 6
    • Cash or cheque to Annex Chess Club, 918 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5R 3G5
    • Pre-register at Strategy Games (701 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto)
    • Or pay online (by VISA, MC, Amex, or PayPal) through our Guestlist registration page – See below
  • $110 cash only at the door
  • $10 extra to play up a section if not rated within 100 points of section floor
  • family discount: second family member pays $15 less; third and following $45 less
  • ACC member discount: $10 less – cannot be combined with family discount

Filming Notice:

  • A Chess Institute of Canada camera crew will be on site, Monday October 10, filming for a video on chess in Toronto. By registering for the tournament, you are giving permission to appear in this film unless you indicate otherwise on your registration. If you do not wish to take part in the film, please inform the organizers on your registration form, and you will be seated so your game is not on camera.

CFC/FIDE:

  • All players must be up-to-date CFC members. The top section will be FIDE rated.

Byes:

  • Up to two ½-pt byes are available in rounds 1 to 4 if requested in advance. Include bye requests with mailed-in entry or email info@annexchessclub.com

Forfeited games:

  • If a player does not show up within one hour of any round’s start, then the player will lose the game by forfeit; lose the CFC rating points for the game; not lose the FIDE rating points for the game (if FIDE rated); and be removed from the tournament.

Parking:

Take the TTC:

  • The Annex Chess Club is a very short walk from Bathurst Station. Check the TTC trip planner to figure out how to get to Bathurst Station from wherever you are.

Accommodation:

  • Holiday Inn (single/double $130, triple/quad $140)
  • Annex Quest House (single $89, double $99) Please mention the chess tournament
  • Global Guest House (single $66, double $76) Please mention the chess tournament
  • see also comments at the bottom of this page

Chess Books and DVDs:


  • Strategy Games has a wide selection of chess books, DVDs, and software at their Toronto store (open Thanksgiving weekend 10 am to 7 pm Saturday; noon to 6 pm Sunday).

    Browse through their collection and take advantage of a 10% discount for players registered for the tournament.

Equipment:

  • chess sets and chess boards will be provided – please bring digital chess clocks

Prize Fund:

  • projected prizes, based on 100 entries
Section Prize Value
Tournament winner $2000
Open section 2nd $700
3rd $300
top U2200 $150
U2000 section 1st $700
2nd $300
3rd $100
top U1800 $150
U1600 section 1st $700
2nd $300
3rd $100
top U1400 $150
top UNR $100
Total $5750
  • Anti-sandbagging rule: Players are ineligible for class prizes if rated 100 points over prize ceiling in the past two years
  • Unrated players are eligible for only the unrated prize in the U1600 section – or for top prizes in the open section
  • A player cannot win more than one cash prize

Sponsors:


  • Kaspersky Lab is emerging as the world’s largest privately held anti-malware company. It has central offices in Moscow, Russia, and regional headquarters overseeing five global regions.

    Kaspersky Lab will be offering 3 one-year licenses of Kaspersky Internet Security in the 2011 Toronto Thanksgiving Open. The prize will be awarded to 3 players who lock down their games, neutralize their opponent’s threats, and secure one of the tournament’s toughest draws (tournament games drawn against the largest rating differential).

  • If your company is interested in sponsoring the 2011 Toronto Thanksgiving Open, please contact us: info@annexchessclub.com

Concurrent event:

More information:


Guestlist Online Registration

Pay by VISA, MC, Amex, or PayPal:

2011 Thanksgiving Open Chess Tournament
$95 before Thursday October 6 ($85 for ACC members)

Register Now!

Hosting an awesome event? Guestlist makes event registration easy!


Note that the organizer reserves the right to refuse a registration. Your registration is not complete until you receive your registration number from the organizer.

Pre-registered list:

71 players pre-registered as of October 7

Open

# Name CFC# Expiry CFC Rating FIDE# FIDE Rating FIDE Title FIDE Country Byes Film
4 Nikolay Noritsyn 132534 OK 2634 2604922 2455 IM CAN
67 Artiom Samsonkin 146305 OK 2556 13503111 2398 IM CAN
1 Bindi Cheng 141968 OK 2531 2682249 2385 FM CAN
35 Roman Sapozhnikov 138609 OK 2434 2601842 2301 FM CAN
63 Victor Plotkin 142063 OK 2387 2606674 2263 CAN
10 Michael Kleinman 132631 OK 2385 2609479 2269 FM CAN
6 Arthur Calugar 130889 OK 2376 2606933 2254 IM CAN
45 Nikita Gusev 128168 OK 2230 2602334 2109 CAN
9 Lawrence Day 101024 OK 2212 2600137 2224 IM CAN 1, 3
19 Konstantin Semianiuk 144290 OK 2204 2607603 2039 CAN
15 Dale McTavish 104887 OK 2183 2615894 2080 CAN
20 Mike Ivanov 140557 OK 2178 2613158 1977 CAN
23 David Itkin 140216 OK 2156 2611813 2052 CAN
32 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 OK 2124 11500131 2035 PLE w/d rd.5
25 David Southam 102535 OK 2102 2601044 2086 CAN
30 Razvan Preotu 146124 OK 2071 2613280 1978 CAN
33 Alex Ferreira 127516 OK 2048 2606763 2047 CAN
17 Dmitry Chernik 149932 renewed* 2039 2613530 2038 CAN
26 Lali Agbabishvili 150778 OK 2036 2613433 2036 CAN 4 no
36 Yuanchen Zhang 148449 OK 2013 2611902 1751 CAN
69 Daniel Wiebe 132137 OK 1996 2612275 1949 CAN
66 Ian Finlay 101866 OK 1933 2604302 0 CAN
62 Mark Plotkin 141086 OK 1906 2611651 1788 CAN
49 Zehn Nasir 148198 OK 1841 2613239 0 CAN 2
16 Juliaan Posaratnanathan 145059 OK 1820 2612259 1804 CAN
50 Pi Nasir 148197 OK 1770 2615886 0 CAN 2
70 Bryant Yang 141088 OK 1669 2610361 0 CAN 1, 2
# Name CFC# Expiry Rating FIDE# Rating Title Country Byes Film

U2000

# Name CFC# Expiry CFC Rating Highest Byes
11 Stephan Tonakanian 150629 OK 1989 1989
7 Stephen Ye 149965 OK 1970 1970
8 Paul Leblanc 104186 OK 1911 2136
59 Joseph Bellissimo 147544 OK 1895 2026
14 Greg Stavropoulos 108628 expired 1850 2220
44 Lin (Xin) Song 146772 OK 1837 1923
40 Mohammad Zaki Uddin 152024 OK 1778 /14
18 Yimang Yang 144916 OK 1772 1789
38 Patrick Yu 143209 OK 1754 1796
12 Shafkat Ali 149142 OK 1742 1823 2
60 Pierre Maheux 105147 renewed* 1750 2050
22 Jaime Solis 102297 OK 1723 2011
56 John Zhang 150339 OK 1700 1707
28 Daniel Zotkin 146857 OK 1690 1757 2
52 Marcus Wilker 102713 renewed* 1689 1875 4
51 Genadi Medvedev 144164 OK 1682 1733
3 Edward Chan 145594 renewed* 1678 1678
34 Hanyuan Ye 144844 OK 1674 1709
53 Joey Orozco 148825 OK (pf) 1668 /24
68 Richard Wing 103265 renewed* 1660 1978 4
21 Zhanna Sametova 145911 OK 1629 1647
47 Owen Qian 148880 OK 1610 1615
48 Sergey Noritsyn 146893 expired 1595 1595
64 Jose Cabioc 146261 OK 1523 1738 1
24 Mark Bercovici 148103 OK 1437 1578
39 Jeffrey Lee 146793 OK 1407 1424
# Name CFC# Expiry Rating Highest Byes

U1600

# Name CFC# Expiry CFC Rating Highest Byes
29 Alexandre Johnson 109239 renewed* 1527 1580
37 Sam Selmani 148383 renewed* 1440 /14
5 Chris Wehrfritz 151679 OK 1419 /23 w/d rd. 3
46 Jeffrey Xu 148513 OK 1414 1440
13 Eric Wang 149398 OK 1398 1398
65 Rina Plotkin 140662 OK 1381 1433
2 Hayk Oganesyan 152587 renewed 1332 /4
27 Josep Sobrepere 152976 renewed* 1223 /5
31 Lakes Liang 149333 OK 1374 1374
55 Constance Wang 149748 OK 1373 1373
42 Daniel Molev 146800 OK 1369 1372
71 Brian Zhang 143701 OK 1359 1371
43 Chris Field 108098 OK 1346 1636
61 Daniel Sirkovich 145096 OK 1290 1327
54 Richard Guo 148117 OK 1129 1162
58 WCM Mathanhe Kaneshalingam 149319 OK 956 956
57 Varshini Paraparan 150463 OK 927 931
41 Daniel denBok 150003 expired 867 /3
# Name CFC# Expiry Rating Highest Byes
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6 thoughts on “2011 Toronto Thanksgiving Open”

  1. Hi Paul,

    I have a suggestion for you. I did this a couple of times when i used to pay in out of town tournaments as it can save you on some money and is a really change up from the Hotel scene.

    Why not try a nice “Bed and Breakfast” – they have some really nice ones in Toronto all over the city with some decent rates ranging from $50 – Up. It includes in most cases breakfast, parking, wifi and various other things of comfort. Usually they are very nice and you get the added benefit of meeting other travelers for a change of pace.

    I toke the liberty to doing some quick research of locations for you. If you want to be really close to event location – look at locations in the “Annex” which is the local areas name around “Bathurst – Spadina” areas just above and below Bloor St.

    Here are a couple of website addresses to get you started.

    http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/toronto-ontario.html
    http://www.bbcanada.com/ontario/greater_toronto_area/toronto

    A note to organizers: Maybe this is a good idea for out of town players and a good way to attract players to come on out to the events. Someone if a pre arranged pricing plan could be established for – chess players. If you would like on my spare time I could call a bunch of locations in the area of annex chess club and ask them if they would be willing to offer a special 10%-20% discount rate to “CFC members” who are in an event on weekend and a pre approved list could be posted on the website before events so people can call and book. For the discount they would give their CFC number. If a good 10 locations will work with the Annex club like this – it could really help attract out of town players to come – possibly can book a weekend Bed and Breakfast at a location for all chess players even :-) Anyways i don’t mind calling or visiting the locations and asking them if a nice little set up/deal could be arrnaged for tournaments like this.

    Good luck Paul!

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