ACC Ghosts and Gobbling Swiss

ghosts and gobbling

Our October club chess tournament spans Thanksgiving and Hallowe’en – and, as players of one of the world’s oldest games, we are not too proud to recognize the modest 33rd anniversary of a certain ghost-gobbling maze game released in North America in October 1980.

Divided in three by CFC rating, players are competing in “Crown,” “Under-1900,” and “Under-1500″ sections. All sections are CFC-rated.

Round 1 starts at 7:30 pm on Monday October 7. Then there’s a week off on Thanksgiving Monday – don’t miss the Toronto Thanksgiving Open October 12 to 14 at the Macedonian Community Centre – and the final four rounds are Mondays October 21 through November 11.

Good luck to all competitors!

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Round One – October 7

Round One sees 46 players join, with the largest number – 20 players – in the U1500 section. It’s great to see some ex-casual players, like Sean Korzeniewski, and ex-kids’ club players, like Kaizen Liu, playing in the main event! One side effect is a somewhat depleted casual section, which means we need to do more recruiting: let’s get some posters out!

The Crown section has some tough fights, including Hugh Siddeley taking down master Jonathan Yu from the white side of a French Defence Classical Variation. In the U1900 section, wunderkind Harmony Zhu crushes Marcus Wilker from the black side of a Queen’s Gambit Semi-Slav. Theirs are the games of the week (see below). Finally, in the U1500 section, last tournament’s winner, Jean-Marc David, has a topsy-turvy game against Teresa Lee, but comes out on top.

Hugh Siddeley
Hugh Siddeley
Harmony Zhu
Harmony Zhu

Round One Games of the Week

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Round Two – October 21

There are many close battles in Round Two, with more than half the games in the top section ending in draws! Michael Humphreys wins his game and takes an early lead with 2.0/2, but six players are just half a point behind at 1.5/2.

Post mortem - Wajdy and Rodrigo look over their game
Post mortem – Michael lends a hand as Wajdy and Rodrigo look over their game

In the middle section, two young female players are tied for the lead: Harmony Zhu and Jiaxin Liu each have 2.0/2. Shown below are Harmony with her parents at the 2012 World Youth Championship, and Jiaxin playing at the 2012 Canadian Closed.

Jiaxin Liu
Jiaxin Liu
Harmony Zhu
Harmony Zhu

Finally, in the bottom section, three players are tied for the lead: Mark Gelowitz, Bradley Yee, and our friendly club greeter, Richard Morrison, each have 2.0/2.

Round Two Game of the Week

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Round Three – October 28

In the Crown section, Michael Humphreys wins again (this time against David Southam) to stay in first with 3.0/3, while Rodrigo Oliveira, beating Pavel Peev, is now the only player half a point behind at 2.5/3.

In the middle section, it’s a showdown between the two girls leading the section. Harmony Zhu, victorious over Jiaxin Liu, is now alone in first with 3.0/3; she is followed by Arkadiy Ugodnikov and Nicholas Vettese, both at 2.5/3.

Finally, in the U1500 section, Bradley Yee (with a win over Richard Morrison) and Mark Gelowitz (with a win over Max England) are tied for the lead with 3.0/3. Jean-Marc David trails by half a point, at 2.5/3.

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Round Four – November 4

In the Crown section, Michael Humphreys gets an easy round as a computer error leads to his being mis-paired with Rodrigo (who requested a bye) and arbiter Tyler Longo is unable to re-pair him. Michael now leads with a perfect 4.0/4. Rodrigo, with the bye, is half a point behind at 3.5/4, and Alexandre Michelashvili and Allan Munro, both winners this round, are a full point behind at 3.0/4. Rodrigo has a chance for first, but only if he beats Michael on board one in the final round!

In the U1900 section, Arkadiy Ugodnikov finally puts a stop to young Harmony Zhu’s win streak. Arkadiy is now tied for the lead with Nicholas Vettese at 3.5/4, so he’ll have to take on another youngster in the final round! Harmony trails the two leaders by half a point at 3.0/4.

In the U1500 section, Jean-Marc David takes out Bradley Yee, one of the co-leaders in the section, and he now joins Mark Gelowitz for the lead at 3.5/4 (Mark Gelowitz took a bye). Mark and Jean-Marc are due to face off in the final round!

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Round Five – November 11

The final round takes place on the evening of Remembrance Day. In the Crown section, Michael Humphreys beats Rodrigo Oliveira to win the tournament with a perfect 5.0/5. Our 2013 Club Champion is in fine form! Alexandre Michelashvili and Allan Munro, with a draw, tie for second at 3.5/5.

 Michael Humphreys wins with 5.0/5
Michael Humphreys wins
with 5.0/5

In the U1900 section, Arkadiy Ugodnikov does it again! Taking out another youngster, Nicholas Vettese, in the final round, Arkadiy finishes with 4.5/5. (Chalk one up for us old guys!) All the other games in the section (perhaps inspired by the World Championship!) end in draws – Harmony and Nicholas finish tied for second with 3.5/5.

In the U1500 section, Mark Gelowitz beats Jean-Marc David in the final round to finish first with 4.5/5. Bradley Yee and Richard Morrison both win their final-round games to finish tied for second with 4.0/5.

Complete results are on the standings table below.

A new club tournament starts next week. Round One of the ACC “Scarf Weather” Swiss is Monday November 18 at 7:30 pm. New players are welcome; register on site before 7:00 pm.


Final Results

SwissSys Standings. Ghosts and Gobbling: Crown

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Michael Humphreys 131628 2289 W10 W19 W4 B— W6 5.0
2 Allan Munro 140841 2096 W20 H— H— W17 D3 3.5
3 Alexandre Michelashvili 149568 1861 H— D5 W18 W11 D2 3.5
4 David Southam 102535 2215 D5 W16 L1 W19 D8 3.0
5 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1950 D4 D3 D11 D10 W15 3.0
6 Rodrigo Oliveira 152923 1908 W15 D7 W8 H— L1 3.0
7 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2172 W17 D6 H— H— U— 2.5
8 Pavel Peev 122223 2166 W12 D11 L6 H— D4 2.5
9 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2057 H— H— U— W12 U— 2.0
10 Miroslav Stefanovic 154500 1953 L1 D12 D16 D5 D13 2.0
11 Hugh Siddeley 120619 1941 W14 D8 D5 L3 U— 2.0
12 Chris Udrea 155000 1917 L8 D10 D14 L9 W17 2.0
13 Daniel S Smith 155529 2271 H— H— U— U— D10 1.5
14 Jonathan Yu 126131 2214 L11 H— D12 H— U— 1.5
15 Bill Evans 103309 2097 L6 L17 H— B— L5 1.5
16 Omaray M. Shah 121329 1949 H— L4 D10 H— U— 1.5
17 Daniel Wiebe 132137 1922 L7 W15 H— L2 L12 1.5
18 Morgon Mills 127517 2224 H— H— L3 U— U— 1.0
19 Tyler Longo 135360 2054 H— L1 H— L4 U— 1.0
20 Kuhan Jeyapragasan 147906 1824 L2 H— U— U— U— 0.5

SwissSys Standings. Ghosts and Gobbling: U1900

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1761 H— W6 W9 W2 W3 4.5
2 Harmony Zhu 151635 1722 W12 W10 W4 L1 D5 3.5
3 Nicholas Vettese 154199 1619 D14 W11 W7 W10 L1 3.5
4 Jiaxin Liu 149747 1590 W13 W15 L2 D5 D6 3.0
5 Jack Maguire 144604 1587 L7 W14 W12 D4 D2 3.0
6 David Fletcher 105301 1434 D11 L1 W15 W9 D4 3.0
7 Daniel Sirkovich 145096 1750 W5 H— L3 W11 U— 2.5
8 Nicolas Vasiljevic 1537 H— H— L10 D12 X15 2.5
9 Mark A. Patton 104721 1705 H— W13 L1 L6 D12 2.0
10 Ulli Diemer 153538 1679 W16 L2 W8 L3 U— 2.0
11 Manuela Renteria 152627 1602 D6 L3 W14 L7 D13 2.0
12 Marcus Wilker 102713 1577 L2 W16 L5 D8 D9 2.0
13 Abdolreza Radpey 149018 1403 L4 L9 D16 W15 D11 2.0
14 Bill Thornton 131181 1452 D3 L5 L11 W16 U— 1.5
15 Adrian Chin 155527 1871 H— L4 L6 L13 F8 0.5
16 Ian Prittie 153588 1522 L10 L12 D13 L14 U— 0.5

SwissSys Standings. Ghosts and Gobbling: U1500

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Mark A. Gelowitz 126627 1180 W21 W17 W20 H— W5 4.5
2 Bradley Yee 125441 1326 W13 W9 W3 L5 W6 4.0
3 Richard Morrison 135889 1274 W23 W4 L2 W11 W14 4.0
4 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1397 W19 L3 D14 W15 W9 3.5
5 Jean-Marc David 151900 1299 W22 H— W16 W2 L1 3.5
6 Daniele Pirri 132983 1098 H— H— W12 W17 L2 3.0
7 George Supol 152286 1418 L12 D11 L15 W24 W19 2.5
8 Jeff Pancer 107543 1197 H— L24 W21 D13 D12 2.5
9 Eli Teram 107314 1186 W24 L2 H— W20 L4 2.5
10 John Heisey 156203 1182 H— H— U— D19 W20 2.5
11 Kaizen Liu 152053 1062 D18 D7 W24 L3 D13 2.5
12 Ben Chan 130822 1047 W7 L16 L6 W23 D8 2.5
13 Dennis Li 153129 971 L2 D21 W18 D8 D11 2.5
14 Stone Hu 153507 931 H— H— D4 W16 L3 2.5
15 Alex Geddie 155388 816 L17 H— W7 L4 W24 2.5
16 Raymond Lin 150193 1295 D20 W12 L5 L14 D18 2.0
17 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1287 W15 L1 W19 L6 U— 2.0
18 Nick Mourtos unr. D11 L20 L13 W21 D16 2.0
19 Larissa Souchko 145490 1028 L4 W23 L17 D10 L7 1.5
20 Max England 155135 876 D16 W18 L1 L9 L10 1.5
21 Sean Korzeniewski 156385 unr. L1 D13 L8 L18 W23 1.5
22 Teresa Lee 154501 889 L5 H— H— U— U— 1.0
23 Arno Lowi 155277 724 L3 L19 B— L12 L21 1.0
24 Howard Halim 153419 687 L9 W8 L11 L7 L15 1.0
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