Toronto Premier League

Club versus club – four on four

Matches start January 9, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

Final Results (Jan 23)

Chess Academy +2-0=1 (5 points)
Knights of Chess +2-1=0 (4 points)
Willowdale Chess Club +1-1=1 (3 points)
Annex Club +0-3=0 (0 points)

Congratulations to the Chess Academy of Canada! – view photos

Round One (Jan 9)

Academy – Willowdale 2:2
Roman Sapozhnikov – Michael Barron 1:0
Konstantin Semianiuk – Michael Kimelman 0:1
Michael Song – Dmitry Chernik 1/2
David Itkin – Alexander Strugach 1/2

Knights – Annex 3:1
Victor Plotkin – Michael Humphreys 1:0
Vladimir Birarov – Rolando Renteria 1/2
Mike Ivanov – David Southam 1/2
Mark Plotkin – Pavel Peev 1:0

With Pavel Peev’s game looking lost, David Southam’s drawn, and Rolando’s game looking drawish, we were all hoping for a win on board one to even the score. Michael Humphreys looked like he had an edge on the board and he certainly had a huge edge on the clock. But in the end, Victor Plotkin prevailed.

White: Plotkin, Victor (2374)
Black: Humphreys, Michael (2322)

GTCL Toronto Premier League (1)
Toronto, ON

B09 Pirc Defence: Austrian Attack

Round Two (Jan 16)

Annex – Academy 1:3
Michael Humphreys – Roman Sapozhnikov 0:1
Rolando Renteria – Konstantin Semianiuk 0:1
David Southam – James Fu 1:0
Wajdy Shebetah – David Itkin 0:1

Knights – Willowdale 3:1
David Cummings – Michael Kleinman 1/2
Vladimir Birarov – Michael Barron 1/2
Razvan Preotu – Michael Kimelman 1:0
Mike Ivanov – Dmitry Chernik 1:0

Michael Humphreys had an interesting game with Roman Sapozhnikov, and he must have been winning at some point. It stayed complicated as both players faced time trouble, and in the end Roman won. So Annex suffered a second team loss.

Team records (after 2 rounds)

Knights of Chess +2-0=0 (4 points)
Chess Academy +1-0=1 (3)
Willowdale Chess Club +0-1=1 (1)
Annex Chess Club +0-2=0 (0)

But let’s focus on the positive: here’s Dave Southam’s win over James Fu.

White: Southam, David (2205)
Black: Fu, James (2178)

GTCL Toronto Premier League (2)
Toronto, ON

D35 Queen’s Gambit Declined: Exchange Variation

Round 3 (Jan 23)

Academy – Knights 3:1
Roman Sapozhnikov – Victor Plotkin 1:0
Konstantin Semianiuk – Vladimir Birarov 1:0
Michael Song – Egidijus Zeromskis 1/2
David Itkin – Mark Plotkin 1/2

Willowdale – Annex 2.5:1.5
Michael Kleinman – Michael Humphreys 1/2
Michael Barron – Rolando Renteria 1/2
Michael Kimelman – David Southam 1/2
Dmitry Chernik – Hugh Siddeley 1:0

These were exciting last-round matches! Academy beat the Knights to take over the lead in the final round. And Annex needed a win over Willowdale to climb out of the basement, and almost had it, too – until ACC team captain Hugh Siddely flagged in a winning position.

Here are the Final Team records (after 3 rounds):

Chess Academy +2-0=1 (5 points)
Knights of Chess +2-1=0 (4 points)
Willowdale Chess Club +1-1=1 (3 points)
Annex Club +0-3=0 (0 points)

Congratulations to the Chess Academy of Canada!

And here are the full team lists…

Greater Toronto Chess Clubs

Annex Chess Club

(from downtown)
Michael Humphreys, 2322
Rolando Renteria, 2273
David Southam, 2205
Pavel Peev, 2134
Wajdy Shebetah, 2073
Hugh Siddeley, 1955 *

Willowdale Chess Club

(from North York)
Michael Kleinman, 2408
(Leonid Strugach, 2293)
Michael Barron, 2266
Michael Kimelman, 2220
Dmitry Chernik, 2011 *
Alexander Strugach, 1964
(Evgeni Tobolovsky, 1808)

Knights of Chess

(from North York)
David Cummings, 2440
Victor Plotkin, 2378
Vladimir Birarov, 2259 *
Egidijus Zeromskis, 2248
Razvan Preotu, 2194
Mike Ivanov, 2156
Mark Plotkin, 1985

Chess Academy of Canada

(from Thornhill)
(Nikolay Noritsyn, 2639) *
Roman Sapozhnikov, 2514
(Nikita Gusev, 2270)
Konstantin Semianiuk, 2207
Michael Song, 2184
James Fu, 2163
David Itkin, 2141
(Sergey Noritsyn, 1714)

* – captain
() – never played

Contact GTCL Tournament Coordinator, Vlad Birarov – – for more information.

Check for updates. Vlad is posting all the latest info on ChessTalk.


[Event “GTCL Toronto Premier League”]
[Site “Toronto, CAN”]
[Date “2012.01.09”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Plotkin, Victor”]
[Black “Humphreys, Michael”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “B09”]
[WhiteElo “2374”]
[BlackElo “2322”]
[PlyCount “105”]

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 c5 6.Bb5+ Bd7 7.e5 Ng4 8.e6 fxe6 9.Ng5 Bxb5 10.Nxb5 Qa5+ 11.c3 Qxb5 12.Qxg4 cxd4 13.Qxe6 Qf5 14.Qxf5 gxf5 15.Ne6 Kf7 16.Nxg7 Kxg7 17.cxd4 Nd7 18.Bd2 Nf6 19.Rc1 Nd5 20.Ke2 Rac8 21.h3 h5 22.Kf3 Kf7 23.Rhe1 Rcg8 24. Re2 Rc8 25.Ree1 Nf6 26.Red1 Ke6 27. Be1 Rc6 28.Rxc6 bxc6 29.Rc1 Kd5 30.Bh4 Rb8 31.b3 Rb4 32.Bf2 Ne4 33.Be3 Rb8 34.Bf2 Nxf2 35.Kxf2 Rb4 36.Kg3 Rxd4 37.Kh4 Rd2 38.Rg1 e5 39.Kxh5 e4 40.g4 fxg4 41.hxg4 e3 42.g5 Rh2+ 43.Kg6 Ke4 44.f5 d5 45.f6 d4 46.Kf7 e2 47.g6 d3 48.g7 Rh7 49.Kg6 d2 50.g8=Q Rh1 51.Qe6+ Kd3 52.Rxh1 d1=Q 53.Rxd1+ resigns. 1-0

[Event “GTCL Toronto Premier League”]
[Site “Toronto CAN”]
[Date “2012.01.16”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Southam, David”]
[Black “Fu, James”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “D35”]
[WhiteElo “2205”]
[BlackElo “2178”]
[PlyCount “81”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bg5 Be7 6. e3 c6 7. Bd3 Bg4 8. Qc2
Nbd7 9. Nge2 Rc8 10. f3 Bh5 11. Ng3 Bg6 12. Nf5 Bxf5 13. Bxf5 Nh5 14. Bxe7 Qxe7
15. O-O-O g6 16. Nxd5 Qg5 17. g4 Kd8 18. Bxd7 Kxd7 19. Nc3 Qxe3+ 20. Kb1 Nf6
21. Qb3 Rhf8 22. Rhe1 Qf4 23. Qxb7+ Rc7 24. Qb4 Qd6 25. Qa4 Nd5 26. Nxd5 Qxd5
27. Qa3 Qd6 28. Qe3 Kc8 29. Qe5 Rd8 30. h4 Qb4 31. Re3 Rb7 32. Rb3 Qe7 33. Rxb7
Qxb7 34. Rc1 Qd7 35. a3 Kb7 36. Rc4 Re8 37. Qa5 Re3 38. Qb4+ Ka8 39. Rc3 Re1+
40. Ka2 Qd5+ 41. Rb3 1-0

One thought on “Toronto Premier League”

  1. This may well have been Michael Humphreys inaugural loss at the ACC albeit I think you can place an asterisk next to it. I believe the Rook/6 Pawn endgame with Victor Plotkin was likely an easy draw but Michael was forced to complicate matters and play for a win since the ACC team was down 2 to 1 with only this game remaining. A draw for Michael was thus a loss for ACC and I believe Michael may have placed ACC’s interest ahead of his own. I’d love to see this game posted to ascertain whether the engines agree.

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