Welcome Spring Swiss

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Welcome, Spring!

It’s finally here! Spring flowers are poking up, TIFF is up and running, and the weather is starting to get nice enough to sit on a patio – maybe even without a winter coat.

At Annex, we’re launching our ACC Welcome Spring Swiss. Five rounds. Three sections (by CFC rating):

  • Crown (minimum 1700* to qualify)
  • Reserve A / U1800* (minimum 1300*)
  • Reserve B / U1400*

* The rating floors/ceilings are 100 points lower than usual, because we’ve temporarily lost a number of our top players to the Toronto Closed – running concurrently with the regular club tournament. Lower cut-offs help to even out the sections.

All club tournament games are CFC-rated. “Welcome Spring” rounds are on Monday nights, April 7 to May 12. We’re closed April 21 for Easter Monday – but don’t miss the Toronto Open on Easter weekend, April 18-20.

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Round One – April 7

The first round gets started with 42 players sitting down to 21 David-versus-Goliath match-ups. It’s the way the first round is always paired in a Swiss tournament.

At the end of the night, the Goliaths have won most of their games, as they usually do in chess, but there are a few draws – and even some upsets. Top- and middle-section Goliaths mostly walk away unscathed – other than Hooshang Abbarin, who falls to Bill Thornton. But the U1400 section is rife with David-over-Goliath triumphs as Larissa Souchko, Kaizen Liu, Tigran Ghazarian, and Howard Halim all emerge victorious from their battles against much higher-rated opponents!

Larissa Souchko
Larissa Souchko

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Round Two – April 14

In the Crown section, young Nicholas Vettese, already rated 1974 and top on the Canadian Under-10 list, may soon have his rating over 2000. At least he’s 2-0 in this tournament after defeating Harmony Zhu last round and now Adie Todd this round. Nicholas will enter Round Three in a two-way tie for the lead with Hart House player, Jonathan Yu.

In the U1800 section, Bill Thornton is a giant killer, rolling through the top-rated players in the section. He follows up his Round-One victory over Hooshang Abbarin by knocking off Ulli Diemer. Bill is now in a three-way tie for the lead with Jack Maguire and Marcus Wilker.

Bill "Giant Killer" Thornton
Bill “Giant Killer” Thornton

In the U1400 section, there’s still a big group at the top as Richard Morrison, Raymond Lin, Nick Mourtos, and Alex Geddie are in a four-way tie for the lead at 2.0/2.

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Round Three – April 28

In the Crown section, young Nicholas Vettese, second-place finisher in the Toronto High School Chess Championship at UTS last week – and he’s only in grade 4 – is in the lead with 3.0/3 after a win against Jonathan Yu. Joseph Bellissimo is half a point behind at 2.5/3.

Nicholas Vettese
Nicholas Vettese

In U1800, Jack Maguire is in the lead with 3.0/3 after a win against Bill Thornton. Marcus Wilker is half a point behind at 2.5/3.

In U1400, Richard Morrison has a perfect 3.0/3 and sole possession of the lead after a win against Nick Mourtos. There’s a two-way tie for second place as both Alex Geddie and Raymond Lin have 2.5/3.

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Round Four – May 5

New leaders emerge in the Crown and U1800 section, going into the last round.

In the Crown section, Joseph Bellissimo takes over first place, with a win over Nicholas Vettese. Joseph now has 3.5/4. Hugh Siddeley, with a win over Daniel Zotkin, joins the 3.0-point group and is Joseph’s probable opponent in the final round.

In U1800 action, Marcus Wilker manages to hold on for a win against Jack Maguire’s sharp Alapin-Diemer gambit. Marcus now leads the section with 3.5/4. Ulli Diemer, recovered from his Round-Two loss to Bill Thornton, wins his game against Hooshang Abbarin to join the 3.0-point group. Ulli is now due to face Marcus (for the first time!) in the final round.

Ulli Diemer
Ulli Diemer

In U1400 play, Richard Morrison continues to dominate the section. This round he adds Raymond Lin to his list of defeated opponents as he posts a perfect 4.0/4 record through four rounds. Can Richard win the section with a perfect 5.0/5? Alex Geddie, with 3.5/4, is his likely opponent in the last round.

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Round Five – May 12

Joseph Bellissimo wins the tournament with a last-round draw against Hugh Siddeley to finish with 4.0/5. Siddeley finishes tied for second with Nicholas Gellner at 3.5/5.

Joseph Bellissimo
Joseph Bellissimo

In U1800, Marcus Wilker is held to a draw by Ulli Diemer and finishes with 4.0/5. Armand Mendoza ties for the lead by points with a last-round win over Jack Maguire, but Wilker wins the tie break, based on their Round-2 game.

In U1400, Richard Morrison is perfect with 5.0/5, winning his last-round game against Alex Geddie. Jean-Marc David finishes second with 4.0/5.

See full results below – also available at Chess-Results.com.

Note that the club is closed on Monday May 19. Then, May 26, we’re hosting the GTCL Cup! And June 2, we’re launching another regular club tournament, the “Celebrate Summer” Swiss, played on five Mondays in June.

Games from Round 4

Ulli Diemer, who has lost to Jack Maguire’s Blackmar-Diemer Gambit many times, asked me to post my Round-Four win over Jack. He also thought that the final position in his own game was interesting – he wasn’t sure Hooshang should have resigned. What do you think?

Final Results

Welcome Spring Swiss Crown

Ranking Crosstable after Round 5

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Bellissimo Joseph 2051 CAN 3w1 5b1 6b1 2w½ 4
2 Siddeley Hugh 2076 CAN 17b1 7w0 9b1 11w1 1b½ 3.5
3 Gellner Nicholas 1837 CAN 1b0 19w1 8b½ 15w1 7w1 3.5
4 Ferreira Alex T. 2069 CAN 16b1 0 11b1 3
5 Shah Omaray M. 2030 CAN 19b1 1w0 12b1 3
6 Vettese Nicholas 1974 CAN 14w1 18b1 7b1 1w0 0 3
7 Yu Jonathan 2092 CAN 11w1 2b1 6w0 3b0 2.5
8 Longo Tyler 2039 CAN 3w½ 0 2
9 Mahoney Ian 1751 CAN 2w0 14b½ 2
10 Sobrepere Josep 1746 CAN 0 0 15b1 2
11 Zotkin Daniel 1973 CAN 7b0 15w1 17b1 2b0 4w0 2
12 Chen Jianqiu 0 CAN 0 18b1 5w0 2
13 Humphreys Michael 2307 CAN 0 19w1 0 2
14 Zhu Harmony 1792 CAN 6b0 17w0 19b1 9w½ 2
15 Surya Benito 1703 CAN 11b0 18w1 3b0 10w0 1.5
16 Shebetah Wajdy 2120 CAN 4w0 0 0 1
17 Bergenstam Olof 1932 CAN 2w0 14b1 11w0 0 0 1
18 Todd Adie 1718 CAN 6w0 15b0 12w0 19b½ 1
19 Cheryachukin Yury 1813 CAN 5w0 3b0 14w0 13b0 18w½ 0.5

Welcome Spring Swiss U1800

Ranking Crosstable after Round 5

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Wilker Marcus 1623 CAN 13b1 2w1 5b1 4w½ 4
2 Mendoza Armand Jess 1553 CAN 19w1 1b0 20w1 9b1 5w1 4
3 Thornton Bill 1509 CAN 11b1 4w1 5w0 9b1 3.5
4 Diemer Ulli 1643 CAN 9w1 3b0 13w1 11b1 1b½ 3.5
5 Maguire Jack 1646 CAN 16b1 6w1 3b1 1w0 2b0 3
6 Patton Mark A. 1595 CAN 17b1 5b0 9w0 15w1 13b1 3
7 Chin Adrian 1558 CAN 18b1 0 2.5
8 Supol George 1373 CAN 15b½ 18w½ 11w0 17b1 2.5
9 Gelowitz Mark A. 1434 CAN 4b0 16w1 6b1 2w0 3w0 2
10 O’bumsawin Nicholas 1734 CAN 15b1 0 0 2
11 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1699 CAN 3w0 8b1 4w0 15b½ 2
12 Sirkovich Daniel 1788 CAN 20b1 0 0 2
13 Radpey Abdolreza 1377 CAN 1w0 -1 4b0 16w1 6w0 2
14 Renteria Manuela 1569 CAN 0 0 -1 2
15 Armstrong Robert J. 1603 CAN 8w½ 20b1 10w0 6b0 11w½ 2
16 Pirri Daniele 1472 CAN 5w0 9b0 17w1 13b0 20w1 2
17 Goldfarb Adam 1367 CAN 6w0 16b0 18w+ 8w0 1.5
18 Sottile Claudio 1454 CAN 8b½ 7w0 17b- 0 1
19 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1332 CAN 2b0 0 0 1
20 Allen Joshua 1541 CAN 12w0 15w0 2b0 -1 16b0 1

Welcome Spring Swiss U1400

Ranking Crosstable after Round 5

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Morrison Richard 1305 CAN 15w1 5b1 11w1 4b1 3w1 5
2 David Jean-Marc 1360 CAN 10b0 9w1 12b1 8w1 6w1 4
3 Geddie Alex 1095 CAN 6w1 8b1 4w½ 11b1 1b0 3.5
4 Lin Raymond 1183 CAN 12b1 10w1 3b½ 1w0 9b½ 3
5 Ghazarian Tigran 987 CAN 7b1 1w0 6b0 12w1 10b1 3
6 Gangolli Rahul 897 CAN 3b0 15b1 5w1 13w1 2b0 3
7 Teram Eli 1258 CAN 5w0 17b1 9w½ 13b1 3
8 Halim Howard 916 CAN 17b1 3w0 10b1 2b0 11w1 3
9 Li Dennis 1214 CAN 2b0 18w1 7b½ 4w½ 2.5
10 Souchko Larissa 1080 CAN 2w1 4b0 8w0 19b1 5w0 2
11 Mourtos Nick 1139 CAN 18b1 13w1 1b0 3w0 8b0 2
12 Rashid Jian 953 CAN 4w0 14b1 2w0 5b0 17w1 2
13 Liu Kaizen 1059 CAN 14w1 11b0 19w1 6b0 7w0 2
14 Cvetkovic Milan 1286 CAN 13b0 12w0 15b1 16w1 0 2
15 Pamwar Manish 1075 CAN 1b0 6w0 14w0 -1 19b1 2
16 Zhu Jeffrey Wang 901 CAN 14b0 0 1.5
17 Hillel Alexander 1177 CAN 8w0 7w0 18b+ 12b0 1.5
18 Schneider Mitchell 908 CAN 11w0 9b0 17w- -1 1.5
19 Smith Cedric 874 CAN 13b0 10w0 15w0 1

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Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) are one of the first flowers to appear in Ontario each year. The header image is from a 2014 photo by Ali Sauer.

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7 thoughts on “Welcome Spring Swiss”

    1. We’re still working out the kinks in this new software (Swiss-Manager instead of SwissSys) but I’ll ask Tyler about post rating.

  1. I love the fact that one’s prior opponent and colour are now displayed. Tangentially, I have a query concerning your new software (Swiss-Manager). Are colours a priority in a R2 game (I know they would be in R3 when someone might have a “must have” colour)? The natural Swiss pairings in my own U1800 Section would be #1 vs #4, #2 vs #5, #3 vs #6, and #7 vs #8; however, due to the preponderance of Black wins in R1, none of those first 3 pairings match up colour wise. Assuming all 7 R1 winners appear this coming Monday, what pairings would Swiss-Manager generate?

      1. Hi Jack. I don’t usually read these comments, so I’m sorry I missed your question. Considering we now have round 2 posted, I can’t really answer your question without seeing the standings to which you are referring. Feel free to talk to me about this in person next week. However, to clarify: The fact we are using different pairing software has no effect on the pairings, which are still made using the Swiss System. The pairings should be the same whether I used Swiss-Manager, SwissSys, or if I did them by hand.

    1. Jack, it’s interesting: In the Toronto Open, Alex and Tyler are using both Swiss-Manager and SwissSys in parallel – and they’ve found slight discrepancies along the lines you’re asking about. Swiss-Manager does a better job of giving correct colours, even if it’s just a matter of proper alternation, totally disregarding seed numbers in a point group if necessary. SwissSys is more conservative, and doesn’t try as hard to improve on the natural Swiss pairing by seed numbers, just for the sake of proper colour.

      See Alex’s remarks on ChessTalk

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