ACC Polar Bear Swiss


The Polar Bear Swiss

Named in honour of the iconic inhabitant of Canada’s north, this is our first club tournament of the new year. All our club tournaments are rated by the Chess Federation of Canada, so participants are members of CFC as well as of our club.

To ensure competitive play, we group players by CFC rating. Accordingly, we have Crown, U1900, and U1500 sections. The Crown section is also rated by the World Chess Federation, FIDE.

Tournament games are played on successive Monday nights at 7:30 pm. Each player has 90 minutes for all her or his moves, with a time increment: an extra 30 seconds is added before each move.

Complete final results are posted below the round-by-round reports.

Round 1 – January 7

After a brief AGM, the tournament got started at around 8:00 pm. Welcome to all the new members in our organizational team!

Thirty-four players joined in Round 1, a somewhat lower number compared to previous tournaments – perhaps some of our regulars were “chessed out” after the Hart House Winter Open last weekend. The casual section, however, featured quite a few new faces – getting into chess shape seems to have been on a few folks’ lists of new year’s resolutions!

Round 1 is really too early to announce leaders, but NM Geordie Derraugh (one of our club’s arbiters and the winner of our last club tournament) currently stands atop the leader group. In the U1900 section, Ulli Diemer, who declined the promotion to the top section, lost his Round-1 game to George Supol (our new club treasurer). In the U1500 section, Shabnam Abbarin (who has been tirelessly keeping our books in order for the past several months) lost her Round-1 game in an upset win by Eli Teram. Complete standings are on the cross-tables below.

Round 2 – January 14

Arbiter Alex Ferreira got the tournament started pretty much on time, shortly after 7:30 pm. There were a few latecomers, but everyone showed up. A few new players joined in, but some Round-1 players took byes, so our tournament numbers were pretty steady. Meanwhile, our casual section was jam-packed – and extra-strong. Pretty soon, the casual section’s going to take up the length of the hall!

With a few byes among the leading group in the top section, David Southam has emerged in clear first with 2.0/2. In the middle section, Atharva Washimkar and Miroslav Stefanovic are tied for the lead with 2.0/2. And the bottom section, Arhant Washimkar and Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy (our new marketing director) are tied for the lead with 2.0/2. It’s a good tournament so far for the brothers Washimkar!

Games from Round 2

Here are some of our most recent games. In the U1500 section, Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy scores a win against Milan Cvetkovic; in the U1900, Atharva Wishimkar beats George Supol; and in the Crown section, Michael Sutton defeats a younger, higher-rated Hayk Oganesyan – score one for us old guys! (For some practical tactics, check out Atharva’s finish – or try to find a shot Vinorth missed on move 20.)

Round 3 – January 21

Once again, we got our games started on time, thanks to Alex. And we tried, for the first time, extending the casual section down the length of the hall. (Let us know how that worked for you in the comments section at the bottom of the page.)

Current section leaders are David Southam in the Crown section, Miroslav Stefanovic in the U1900, and Arhant Washimkar in the U1500.

Round 4 – January 28

Before the round, we had a raffle for a pair of Leafs tickets. Thanks to all who participated; we raised $260 for the club!

Tournament section leaders stayed strong, with David Southam (Crown), Miroslav Stefanovic (U1900), and Arhant Washimkar (U1500) all holding their leads going into the last round. See complete standings, below.

Games from Round 4

Everybody loves to watch Harmony’s games. Her game against me (which I was lucky enough to win) was the object of some extensive analysis at the Pump (our ACC clubhouse) after Round 4.

Round 5 – February 4

In the top section, club champion FM Michael Humphreys pulled off a come-from-behind sprint to the finish to win clear first with 4.0/5 – while Pavel Peev played a supporting “spoiler” role by holding leader David Southam to second place with 3.5/5.

In the bottom two sections, both leaders finished perfect with 5.0/5. Congratulations, Miroslav Stefanovic (U1900) and Arhant Washimkar (U1500)!

Honourable mention goes to Josep Sobrepere for a second-place finish in the U1900 with 4.0/5, and to Eli Teram for a second-place finish in the U1500 with 3.5/5. See complete standings, below.

Final Standings after Round 5

SwissSys Standings. Polar Bear Swiss: Crown

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Michael Humphreys 131628 2269 H— W4 D2 W8 W6 4.0
2 David Southam 102535 2222 W12 W8 D1 W6 L3 3.5
3 Pavel Peev 122223 2227 H— H— U— W11 W2 3.0
4 Zehn Nasir 148198 2059 W11 L1 D5 W7 U— 2.5
5 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1960 L9 H— D4 H— W12 2.5
6 Pi Nasir 148197 1852 L10 W12 W11 L2 L1 2.0
7 Hayk Oganesyan 152587 1907 L8 L11 B— L4 W13 2.0
8 Tyler Longo 135360 2095 W7 L2 H— L1 U— 1.5
9 Geordie Derraugh 132393 2248 W5 H— U— U— U— 1.5
10 Jonathan Yu 126131 2046 W6 H— U— U— U— 1.5
11 Michael Sutton 151225 1755 L4 W7 L6 L3 U— 1.0
12 Erik Malmsten 100196 1931 L2 L6 U— B— L5 1.0
13 David Cohen 100234 1833 H— H— U— U— L7 1.0

SwissSys Standings. Polar Bear Swiss: U1900

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Miroslav Stefanovic 154500 unr. W10 W9 W3 W4 W8 5.0
2 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1511 W11 D7 W5 H— W3 4.0
3 Atharva Washimkar 153285 1454 W12 W14 L1 W9 L2 3.0
4 Alexandre Michelashvili 149568 1565 H— D5 W11 L1 W15 3.0
5 Marcus Wilker 102713 1628 H— D4 L2 W10 W13 3.0
6 Kuhan Jeyapragasan 147906 1616 H— D8 W16 W14 U— 3.0
7 Greg Beal 101490 1719 W17 D2 D8 H— U— 2.5
8 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1734 H— D6 D7 D13 L1 2.0
9 Daniel Sirkovich 145096 1612 W13 L1 W12 L3 U— 2.0
10 Harmony Zhu 151635 1538 L1 L11 W15 L5 W17 2.0
11 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1651 L2 W10 L4 W12 U— 2.0
12 Jack Maguire 144604 1557 L3 W17 L9 L11 W14 2.0
13 Bill Thornton 131181 1481 L9 D15 W17 D8 L5 2.0
14 George Supol 152286 1514 W15 L3 H— L6 L12 1.5
15 Ulli Diemer 153538 1715 L14 D13 L10 W17 L4 1.5
16 Jamie Murphy 153736 1555 H— H— L6 U— U— 1.0
17 Abdolreza Radpey 149018 1526 L7 L12 L13 L15 L10 0.0

SwissSys Standings. Polar Bear Swiss: U1500

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Arhant Washimkar 153286 1250 W15 W2 W4 W3 W5 5.0
2 Eli Teram 107314 1198 W17 L1 W16 W8 D3 3.5
3 Christopher Field 108098 1220 W10 D9 W6 L1 D2 3.0
4 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1321 W14 W7 L1 W11 U— 3.0
5 Ian Prittie 153588 1163 H— W18 D9 W13 L1 3.0
6 Bradley Yee 125441 1321 H— H— L3 W16 W7 3.0
7 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1222 W13 L4 W8 H— L6 2.5
8 Larissa Souchko 145490 1089 L9 W15 L7 L2 W13 2.0
9 Jean-Marc David 151900 1273 W8 D3 D5 U— U— 2.0
10 Stone Hu 153507 842 L3 B— L11 L14 W18 2.0
11 Michael Vermont 151783 1194 H— H— W10 L4 U— 2.0
12 Miles J. Hershberg 134614 unr. H— H— U— U— W14 2.0
13 Dennis Li 153129 917 L7 D14 W18 L5 L8 1.5
14 Raymond Lin 150193 1117 L4 D13 U— W10 L12 1.5
15 Teresa Lee 154501 974 L1 L8 H— W18 U— 1.5
16 Ben Chan 130822 1012 H— H— L2 L6 U— 1.0
17 Shabnam Abbarin 151181 1395 L2 H— H— U— U— 1.0
18 Brian Groat 153518 648 H— L5 L13 L15 L10 0.5

The Polar Bear Dip


It’s a New Year’s tradition for Canadian “polar bears” to wade into freezing waters on the first day of the year. Check the CBC article for more pictures and details.

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