ACC Roasted Chestnuts Swiss

ACC Roasted Chestnuts Swiss Tournament – starting November 19

As another Santa Claus parade comes to town, Torontonians may remember the downtown street vendors who used to sell hot, freshly roasted chestnuts – as well as popcorn and cotton candy – in winters past. With their chestnut fires burning, the vendors’ familiar red carts were a welcome sight when the weather was cold.

While chestnut vendors have been harder to find on the city’s sidewalks for the past few years, Annex Chess Club is carrying on the tradition by bringing Toronto “chess nuts” in from the cold every Monday night!

Our last club tournament of 2012 remembers the warm winter treat of yesteryear. The ACC Roasted Chestnuts Swiss is divided into three sections, by playing strength – Premier (over 1900), Reserve A (under 1900), and Reserve B (under 1500). It’s a five-rounder, and it runs to December 17. The top section is FIDE-rated.

The tournament winner is Geordie Derraugh, with Ulli Diemer and Jim Mourgelas taking the U1900 and U1500 prizes.

Round reports follow. Check final standings, below.


Round One – November 19

A strong top section saw five masters, two experts, and three A-class players vying for the crown. After one round there’s a four-way tie for first, including Dave Southam, who has won the last two club tournaments at ACC, and Michael Humphreys, who is the reigning club champion. Liam Henry and Geordie Derraugh round out the leading group.

The topsy-turvy middle section saw an amazing number of upsets. Kuhan Jeyapragasan (1592) beat Greg Beal (1771), Yanfeng Zhao (1425) beat Jack Maguire (1627), and Abdolreza Radpey (1434) beat Daniel Sirkovich (1617). Bill Thornton (1493) also did well to draw Arkadiy Ugodnikov (1754). In fact, Ulli Diemer was the only pairing-favourite in the section who managed to get his full point.

In the bottom section, there’s a five-way tie for first place: Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy, Jim Mourgelas, Jean-Marc David, and Milan Cvetkovic were pairing favourites, while Stone Hu (738) upset Eli Teram (1254) to join the leaders.


Round Two – November 26

Chess Lecture by Rhys Goldstein “All in One Endgame”

Before the round, we were treated to a lecture by Rhys Goldstein, who used to be an active player at the club, but is currently busy at home with a new baby. The lecture featured a single, highly rich endgame position from one of his own games.

As Rhys put it, “Analyzing this position, we will encounter a blockade, a pawn race, a skewer, a fork, and a perpetual check. We will see common endgame tactics, like hanging pieces on the sixth rank with a pawn on the seventh. We will see common endgame principles, like placing one’s pawns on the opposite color as one’s bishop. We will witness how saving time can be all-important in some cases, while in other cases one must lose a move to win the game. All of this in one endgame!”

If you didn’t pick up his lecture notes, they’re available here.

The round began more or less on time at 7:30 pm; we are continuing a renewed attempt to have games start on time.

After beginning the round with a lecture about a minor-piece endgame, it was interesting that the final game of the night, on Board 1, featured a minor-piece endgame. In the end, Michael Humphreys lost to Liam Henry. Liam is joined at the top with a perfect 2.0/2 by Geordie Derraugh, who beat fellow arbiter, Alex Ferreira (Luckily there was no dispute in Geordie and Alex’s game!).

In the middle section, Kuhan Jeyapragasan is alone in first with 2.0/2. And in the bottom section, it’s Jim Mourgelas who is alone in first with 2.0/2. Can these leaders keep their lead through three more rounds? Only time will tell…


Round Three – December 3

After taking out Club Champion Michael Humphreys in Round Two, Liam Henry went down to Geordie Derraugh in Round Three. So it’s Geordie now leading the section, perfect with 3.0/3. There is close competition among our top players!

In the middle section, Kuhan Jeyapragasan lost to Arkadiy Ugodnikov, and Ulli Diemer also won; Arkadiy and Ulli are now co-leaders with 2.5/3.

Finally, in the bottom section, Jim Mourgelas is holding his lead, still perfect at 3.0/3.


Round Four – December 10

Chess Lecture by Omar Shaw “Modes of Thinking – Part One”

omar shawBefore the round, we were treated to a lecture by Omar Shaw: “Modes of Thinking – Part One.” The lecture was well received, with Omar praised as “an engaging speaker,” and his lecture as “very informative.”

The lecture focussed on the thinking process that leads to the solutions in several chess problems. Omar showed concretely and from personal experience how in-depth study of one position can allow a player to solve other problems more quickly: he concluded that whenever hard work is put into chess study, the time is never wasted. The most effective thinking process, he taught, is to look at a position and see “the idea,” rather than starting automatically to calculate variations – or, as he put it, “going nuts on moves.”

If you didn’t pick up his lecture notes, they’re available here.

In the bottom section, Jim Mourgelas took a bye, allowing Chris Field to catch him. The two are now tied for first with 3.5/4.

In the middle section, Arkadiy took a bye, and Ulli Diemer won again! He’s now in sole possession of first place at 3.5/4.

And in the top section, Geordie Derraugh beat Tyler Longo. At 4.0/4, Geordie stands a point and a half ahead of the pack going into the last round!


Round Five – December 17

In the top section, with a draw against David Southam, Geordie Derraugh not only wins the tournament with 4.5/5, but earns his National Master title. Congratulations, Geordie!

In the middle section, Ulli Diemer beat Abdolreza Radpey to take first place with 4.5/5, and qualifies to play in the top section of the upcoming Polar Bear Swiss. Congratulations, Ulli! Tied for second place in the middle section are two youngsters, Atharva Washimkar and 7-year-old Wunderkind, Harmony Zhu, with 3.5/5.

Finally, in the bottom section, Jim Mourgelas beat Chris Field in the final round to take first place wit 4.5/5. Congratulations, Jim!


Standings after Round Five

SwissSys Standings. Roasted Chestnuts: Crown

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Geordie Derraugh 132393 2221 W8 W13 W4 W11 D2 4.5
2 David Southam 102535 2233 W7 H— L5 W6 D1 3.0
3 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2155 H— H— H— D9 W7 3.0
4 Liam Henry 127769 2263 W9 W10 L1 D5 U— 2.5
5 Pavel Peev 122223 2213 L10 W8 W2 D4 U— 2.5
6 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1865 H— H— H— L2 B— 2.5
7 Hayk Oganesyan 152587 1873 L2 L9 W8 W12 L3 2.0
8 Pi Nasir 148197 1825 L1 L5 L7 B— W9 2.0
9 Daniel Wiebe 132137 2097 L4 W7 H— D3 L8 2.0
10 Michael Humphreys 131628 2270 W5 L4 H— H— U— 2.0
11 Tyler Longo 135360 2065 H— H— W12 L1 U— 2.0
12 Pepin Manalo 112277 1897 H— H— L11 L7 U— 1.0
13 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2081 H— L1 H— U— U— 1.0

SwissSys Standings. Roasted Chestnuts: U1900

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Ulli Diemer 153538 1611 W6 H— W13 W7 W4 4.5
2 Harmony Zhu 151635 1472 H— H— D3 W15 W9 3.5
3 Atharva Washimkar 153285 1356 H— H— D2 W14 W13 3.5
4 Abdolreza Radpey 149018 1434 W8 L7 W10 W13 L1 3.0
5 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1754 D14 W16 W7 H— U— 3.0
6 George Supol 152286 1418 L1 W17 D15 L11 W16 2.5
7 Kuhan Jeyapragasan 147906 1592 W15 W4 L5 L1 U— 2.0
8 Daniel Sirkovich 145096 1617 L4 L15 W17 L9 W18 2.0
9 Mohammad Zaki Uddin 152024 1647 H— H— U— W8 L2 2.0
10 Manuela Renteria 152627 1682 H— H— L4 H— H— 2.0
11 Nicholas O'Bumsawin 151261 1735 H— H— U— W6 U— 2.0
12 Yanfeng Zhao 154318 1465 W17 H— H— U— U— 2.0
13 Jamie Murphy 153736 1662 H— W14 L1 L4 L3 1.5
14 Bill Thornton 131181 1493 D5 L13 W16 L3 L17 1.5
15 Greg Beal 101490 1771 L7 W8 D6 L2 U— 1.5
16 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1538 H— L5 L14 W17 L6 1.5
17 Jack Maguire 144604 1627 L12 L6 L8 L16 W14 1.0
18 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1669 H— H— U— U— L8 1.0

SwissSys Standings. Roasted Chestnuts: U1500

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 James Mourgelas 108540 1318 W12 W4 W5 H— W2 4.5
2 Christopher Field 108098 1221 H— W13 W14 W7 L1 3.5
3 Raymond Lin 150193 958 L4 W12 W16 D6 W10 3.5
4 Jean-Marc David 151900 1287 W3 L1 W13 W14 L5 3.0
5 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1328 W10 D6 L1 H— W4 3.0
6 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1257 W18 D5 L7 D3 W11 3.0
7 Nick Harding 154309 1195 H— W9 W6 L2 H— 3.0
8 Arhant Washimkar 153286 1146 H— H— W10 U— W12 3.0
9 Jeremy Wichrowski unr. H— L7 W18 L10 W14 2.5
10 Ian Prittie 153588 1195 L5 W18 L8 W9 L3 2.0
11 Vlad Nitu 154215 1146 H— H— U— W13 L6 2.0
12 Teresa Lee 154501 1010 L1 L3 H— W18 L8 1.5
13 Stone Hu 153507 738 W15 L2 L4 L11 D18 1.5
14 Larissa Souchko 145490 1084 H— W15 L2 L4 L9 1.5
15 Eli Teram 107314 1254 L13 L14 H— H— U— 1.0
16 Jeffrey Zhu 150847 1204 H— H— L3 U— U— 1.0
17 Shabnam Abbarin 1390 H— H— U— U— U— 1.0
18 Dennis Li 153129 952 L6 L10 L9 L12 D13 0.5

The chestnut vendors have not completely disappeared from the city. Here’s a photo essay, featuring “George,” who was selling chestnuts in High Park last November.

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2 thoughts on “ACC Roasted Chestnuts Swiss”

  1. Good job Geordie! Question: how do you officially get a national master title? Is it based on staying over 2200 for some consecutive number of games?

    1. Thanks Pavel… to ‘officially’ get the title you need three 2300+ tournament performances, each one based on 5 or more games. Also your cfc rating has to have gone over 2200 at some point.

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