Dave Southam wins the ACC Summer Love!

Susan Polgar asks, “What movie is this chess scene from?”

“Summer lovin’, had me a blast. Summer lovin’, happened so fast!”

Annex Chess Club – Summer Love Swiss Tournament

To celebrate the end of a fantastic summer in Toronto – and before the summer days drift away – we’re launching another CFC-rated club tournament on August 20 (the week after the last round of our Beach Blanket Swiss). As per usual, it’s a 5-round Swiss in 3 sections: Premier (>1900), Reserve A (1500-1900), and Reserve B (U1500). And as per usual, the Premier section is also FIDE-rated.

Complete results are on the table below.

“Tell me more, tell me more…”

Round Five – September 24

In the Premier section, Dave Southam, with the better tie-break, needed only a draw against rival Pavel Peev in the last round to secure first place. Dave did just that and finished first with 4.0/5. Congratulations, Dave!

Dave Southam

In the U1900 section, Arkadiy Ugodnikov, with a last-round win over Zaki Uddin, finished alone in first with 4.0/5. Congratulations, Arkadiy!

Arkadiy Ugodnikov

Finally, in the U1500 section, six-year-old Harmony Zhu, with a win against Shabnam Abbarin, took first place, finishing undefeated at 4.5/5. Harmony will be playing in the U1900 section next tournament. Way to go, Harmony!

Harmony Zhu, analysing her final-round game with her dad and her opponent

Next week, Monday October 1, we’ll be starting a new tournament, the Autumn Colours Swiss. The first round starts at 7:30 pm, but please arrive by 7:00 pm to register if you haven’t already.

Final Results

SwissSys Standings. Summer Love: Premier

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 David Southam 102535 2176 W8 W9 W13 D3 D2 4.0
2 Pavel Peev 122223 2209 W7 B— W3 H— D1 4.0
3 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2132 W18 W6 L2 D1 W5 3.5
4 Daniel Wiebe 132137 2012 W5 H— H— U— W7 3.0
5 Hayk Oganesyan 152587 1827 L4 D8 W18 W12 L3 2.5
6 Rolando Renteria 152626 2249 H— L3 L8 W18 W16 2.5
7 David Cohen 100234 1812 L2 W18 L11 W17 L4 2.0
8 Zehn Nasir 148198 1878 L1 D5 W6 D14 U— 2.0
9 Geordie Derraugh 132393 2242 W15 L1 H— H— U— 2.0
10 Melissa Greeff 153598 2112 W19 H— H— U— U— 2.0
11 Morgon Mills 127517 2206 H— H— W7 U— U— 2.0
12 Adrian David Valencia 153521 1967 H— W15 U— L5 U— 1.5
13 Pepin Manalo 112277 1845 H— H— L1 U— D18 1.5
14 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2051 H— H— U— D8 U— 1.5
15 Andrew Pastor 127521 1926 L9 L12 H— H— U— 1.0
16 Scott Cliff 137007 1989 H— H— U— U— L6 1.0
17 David Krupka 102648 1943 H— H— U— L7 U— 1.0
18 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1920 L3 L7 L5 L6 D13 0.5
19 Adie Todd 125156 1718 L10 U— U— U— U— 0.0

SwissSys Standings. Summer Love: U1900

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1679 D13 H— W11 W2 W4 4.0
2 Ulli Diemer 153538 1576 W4 W10 W3 L1 D5 3.5
3 Manuela Renteria 152627 1654 H— W13 L2 W7 W11 3.5
4 Mohammad Zaki Uddin 152024 1631 L2 W20 W15 W10 L1 3.0
5 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1669 L12 W19 D7 W8 D2 3.0
6 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1503 H— H— U— W14 W10 3.0
7 Jack Maguire 144604 1514 W8 L9 D5 L3 W19 2.5
8 Marcus Wilker 102713 1667 L7 H— W13 L5 W14 2.5
9 Adie Todd 125156 1726 B— W7 H— U— U— 2.5
10 Abdolreza Radpey 149018 1424 W19 L2 W14 L4 L6 2.0
11 Daniel Sirkovich 145096 1541 H— H— L1 B— L3 2.0
12 Chris Wehrfritz 151679 1660 W5 L16 H— H— U— 2.0
13 Kevin Gaffney 102701 1596 D1 L3 L8 W19 U— 1.5
14 Peter McNelly 106141 1645 H— H— L10 L6 L8 1.0
15 Nicholas O'Bumsawin 151261 1756 H— H— L4 U— U— 1.0
16 Ian Prittie 153588 1135 U— W12 U— U— U— 1.0
17 David Tolnai 126875 1571 W20 F— U— U— U— 1.0
18 George Supol 152286 1393 U— U— W19 U— U— 1.0
19 Bill Thornton 131181 1641 L10 L5 L18 L13 L7 0.0
20 Edmond Jodhi 150171 1679 L17 L4 U— U— U— 0.0

SwissSys Standings. Summer Love: U1500

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Harmony Zhu 151635 948 D10 W16 W14 W9 W4 4.5
2 Ian Prittie 153588 1135 L9 B— W17 W11 W8 4.0
3 Kuhan Jeyapragasan 147906 1467 H— H— W10 W14 W5 4.0
4 Shabnam Abbarin 151181 1385 W22 W11 D9 W6 L1 3.5
5 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1349 W18 L9 W15 W7 L3 3.0
6 George Supol 152286 1393 W7 L14 B— L4 W10 3.0
7 Jean-Marc David 151900 1203 L6 W12 W16 L5 W14 3.0
8 Alejandro Renteria 152628 1379 H— H— W19 W13 L2 3.0
9 Yanfeng Zhao 154318 unr. W2 W5 D4 L1 U— 2.5
10 James Mourgelas 108540 1393 D1 W15 L3 W19 L6 2.5
11 Marc Antonio Nunes 154427 1034 W19 L4 H— L2 W20 2.5
12 Enrique Rodriguez 154428 1433 L14 L7 W18 W15 D13 2.5
13 Nick Harding 154309 1234 H— W21 H— L8 D12 2.5
14 Christopher Field 108098 1244 W12 W6 L1 L3 L7 2.0
15 Raymond Lin 150193 960 X23 L10 L5 L12 D17 1.5
16 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1286 H— L1 L7 W18 U— 1.5
17 Eli Teram 107314 1287 H— H— L2 U— D15 1.5
18 Dennis Li 153129 982 L5 L19 L12 L16 W21 1.0
19 Jeffrey Zhu unr. L11 W18 L8 L10 U— 1.0
20 Michael Vermont 151783 1474 H— H— U— U— L11 1.0
21 Stone Hu 153507 653 H— L13 U— U— L18 0.5
22 Brian Groat 153518 634 L4 H— U— U— U— 0.5
23 Lawrence Garcia 106367 1438 F15 U— U— U— U— 0.0

Round One – Aug 20

Almost forty players came out for the start of the tournament – including three masters and a WGM!

With just one round in the books, it’s too early to announce tournament leaders, but with so many mismatched games on opening night, there are, as usual, a few nice (or painful, depending on your perspective) upsets to announce. In the top section, there were no surprises: the favourites won every game. In the bottom section, there was one upset draw (Harmony Zhu against Jim Mourgelas). But in the middle section, every single winner was a rating underdog! Special congratulations to Abdolreza Radpey, Jack Maguire, and David Tolnai, whose opponents out-rated them by over 100 points!

Chess Lecture

Before the tournament started, players were treated to a chess lecture by Rhys Goldstein: “Safety Behind Enemy Lines,” 6:50 to 7:20 pm. If you missed the lecture, you can check Rhys’s lecture notes. (Even if you saw the lecture, you’ll enjoy the bonus material in the notes.)

It would be great to have chess lectures more regularly. You don’t have to be a master. If you have an interesting game to analyse, or an opening line to explain, or a few examples of a middle-game or endgame theme to share, or any other aspect of chess culture or history you’d like to delve into, let us know and we’ll find you a slot in the schedule.

A couple of games from Round 1

Featured games this week include father-and-son games in the same opening: Jack Maguire was victorious (finally!) in what must be his fourth essay of the Budapest Gambit against Marcus Wilker, while his son Zehn (in the top section) was not so lucky with 2…e5 and 3…Ng4 against David Southam.

Round Two – Aug 27

After two rounds of play, there is a three-way tie for the lead in the top section, as David Southam, Pavel Peev, Wajdy Shebetah all have two points. In the middle section, there are just two leaders: Ulli Diemer and Adie Todd, with two points apiece. And finally, in the bottom section, unrated Yanfeng Zhao is tied for the lead with Shabnam Abbarin and Chris Field.

Labour Day – Sept 3

We were closed Monday September 3, but a number of our players played in the Labour Day Open, September 1, 2, and 3 at Hart House. Results are now posted on the CFC site.

Round Three – Sept 10

After three rounds of play, David Southam is leading the Premier section, with three wins and a 3.0/3 record. Pavel Peev is tied for first with two wins and a full-point bye. The two are due to face off in Round 4.

In the middle section, Ulli Diemer is alone in first, perfect at 3.0/3. George Supol, who was re-paired to the middle section after his opponent didn’t show, debuted in fine style with an upset win over Bill Thornton.

In the bottom section, unrated Yanfeng Zhao is tearing it up with 2.5/3 after a draw with co-leader, Shabnam Abbarin. Young Harmony Zhu, with a Round-three win over Chris Field, is tied for the lead.

Finally, in the casual section, Yakos Spiliotopoulos was proud finally to win a game against Brian Fiedler, after years of unsuccessful attempts.

A couple of games from Round 3

Featured games this week include George Supol’s debut upset win in the middle section, and Dave Southam’s third win in the top section. Dave gave a great demonstration of how to go for the kill in a relatively level-looking position.

Round Four – Sept 17

Six-year-old Harmony Zhu is on a rampage. She entered the bottom section with a 948 rating, but mid-tournament she scored 5.0/6 (+4 =2 -0) in the Toronto Labour Day Open, so her rating is actually now sitting at 1330. She’s continuing her unbeaten streak in the ACC Summer Love, with a 3.5/4 score, winning her last game in only ten moves. Shabnam Abbarin, who also won her Round-4 game, is still tied for the lead with Harmony.

In the middle section, Arkadiy Ugodnikov beat previously undefeated Ulli Diemer, to catch him at 3.0/4. Zaki Uddin also won his Round-4 game, joining the two leaders in a three-way tie for first.

In the top section, Dave Southam ended his winning streak but held onto his lead with a draw against Wajdy Shebetah; Dave now has 3.5/4. Pavel Peev, with a bye, is tied for the lead at 3.5/4.

Chess Lecture

We started off the night with a lecture by Michael Sutton, “Chess 960: Is this the future of chess?” 6:50 to 7:20 pm.

Michael says he quit playing “Classic Chess” four years ago and never looked back. A self-confessed Chess-960 evangelist, Michael argues that 960 saves the game from the computers and gives it back to human players.

If you missed the lecture, check out Michael Sutton’s lecture notes, and the 960 demo game, below:

Round-4 Games

Here are a few games from Round 4, including two 10-move wins by Harmony Zhu and Hayk Oganesyan, and the Shebetah-Southam draw from board one.

Round Five – September 24

In the Premier section, Dave Southam, with the better tie-break, needed only a draw against rival Pavel Peev in the last round to secure first place. Dave did just that and finished first with 4.0/5. Congratulations, Dave!

In the U1900 section, Arkadiy Ugodnikov, with a last-round win over Zaki Uddin, finished alone in first with 4.0/5. Congratulations, Arkadiy!

Finally, in the U1500 section, six-year-old Harmony Zhu, with a win against Shabnam Abbarin, took first place, finishing undefeated at 4.5/5. Harmony will be playing in the U1900 section next tournament. Way to go, Harmony!

“Uh, well-a, well-a, well-a, uh!”


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6 thoughts on “Dave Southam wins the ACC Summer Love!”

  1. Perhaps Lasker wasn’t too far off the mark in his ‘advice’ that it’s best to get a slightly inferior position out of the opening, since that keeps you the most mentally alert. It certainly worked for him (often erroneously accused of purposely playing the opening sub optimally) since he is the longest reigning World Champion (27 years), a record that will very likely never be broken in our life time.
    In my 3 previous Budapest encounters with Marcus, I obtained a clearly winning position out of the opening – yet couldn’t win any of the 3 ‘won’ games, giving a little too much weight to Lasker’s more famous quote, “The hardest game to win is a won game.”
    In this game I was never better than a 1/4 of a pawn according to Frtiz, and generally slightly worse, never once having a ‘won’ game until the blunder on move 50. In Marcus’s defence he was in a spot of time trouble. The one advantage that the Budapest invariably gives me is a significant time time advantage (by move 10 I had used up negative time with an early 1/2 hour time advantage and ended with close to a 3/4 hour time advantage when Marcus resigned).

    1. I should also add, that had I played 50. …Kxa2??, the move Marcus had foreseen in his zeitnot, then Marcus would have had a trivial win.

  2. Canada’s top rated GM, Kevin Spraggett, echoes Lasker at his blog today (after winning a totally ‘lost’ game against Irish IM Sam Collins, who not only lost the game but also squandered away his 3rd and final GM norm):

    MORAL OF THE STORY:

    IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO HAVE A WON GAME…YOU ALSO MUST WIN IT!

  3. You shortchanged our six-year-old phenom, Harmony Zhu, in your commentary. She scored 4.5, not 4.0.

    Coupled with her amazing Hart House Labour Day performance, 5/6, and a 1726 TPR, that makes Harmony +8 -0 =3 this month!

    While she’s not likely to remain undefeated in the U1900 section (yet!), I’m sure she’ll continue to make Caissa proud.

    1. You’re right, Jack. Thanks. She gave up two draws in the Labour Day Open, but only one in the ACC Summer Love, giving her in fact the highest score in the whole tournament! I’ll make the correction.

      ~ Marcus

  4. Harmony Zhu has now picked up 524 CFC points this month, 382 for her 5/6 Hart House performance and another 142 for her 4.5/5 ACC performance. I feel sorry for those Hart House players who lost to a 948 Harmony earlier this month. I’m not going to feel quite so bad losing to a 1472 Harmony. My immediate goal in chess now is to stay ahead of Harmony in rating until at least her 7th birthday.

    I have one other accolade for Harmony. At 6 years of age she is already the highest rated U8 in the entire country, male or female. The top 5 U8 players in the country are:

    1. Harmony Zhu 1472
    2. Benjamin Lin 1410
    3. Neil Doknjas 1245
    4. Arhant Washimkar 1146
    5. Ian Zhao 1103

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