ACC Celebrate Summer Swiss


It’s summer in Toronto and there are a thousand ways to celebrate! Summer starts officially in the Annex neighbourhood on Sunday June 8 with the Annex Festival on Bloor.


Then, Sunday June 15, Harbourfront Centre hosts Chessfest, presented by Scotiabank. Enter the blitz tournament, try your luck against the blindfold master, or just show up for free family fun: face painting, chess lessons, casual games, and more! (Chessfest returns August 10.)

giant chess with a little coaching

Meanwhile, at 918 Bathurst, Annex Chess Club is celebrating summer every Monday night in June. The Celebrate Summer Swiss runs June 2 to June 30. It’s a five-round tournament in 3 sections: Crown, under 1900, and under 1500.

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Round One – June 2

The tournament gets started at 7:30 pm with forty-two players paired. Before the round starts, Ted Winick celebrates our Annex A team (who won the GTCL Cup last week): Michael Humphreys, Pavel Peev, Zehn Nasir, and Bill Evans. Showing off our new trophy, Ted remarks that Annex Chess Club is “not just a pretty face” on the Toronto chess scene. The winners share a round of applause with all participants as Ted thanks all the Annex players who came out for the event.

When the round gets underway, it’s David-versus-Goliath chess as players wrestle with typically lopsided Round-One Swiss pairings. In the Crown section, Goliaths dominate, but at the end of the night the biggest Goliath of them all, Club Champion FM Michael Humphreys is held to a draw on Board One by Nicholas Gellner.

Things are much more topsy-turvy in the U1900 section. Rife with upsets, the section sees Adrian Chin, Cindy Qiao, George Supol, and Richard Morrison all take down higher-rated opponents. Ulli Diemer calculates after the round that the average rating of the five losers in the section is 1624, while the average rating of the five winners is 1469. Wow!

In U1500, Goliaths return to their rightful dominance, and David is defeated on every board but one. On that one board, it’s young Tigran Ghazarian, Canadian Chess Challenge Grade One Champion, who takes down Daniele Pirri.

Tigran Ghazarian
Tigran Ghazarian

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Round Two – June 9

In the Crown section, there is a huge upset as Omar Shah defeats Club Champion Michael Humphreys. Shah joins Hugh Siddeley and Bill Evans in a three-way tie for first at 2.0/2.

In U1900, Adrian Chin and Greg Beal are tied for first with 2.0/2. Both prevail against tough opponents as George Supol and Cindy Qiao make the leaders work hard for their round-two wins. (Good luck to Cindy Qiao and Nicholas Vettese at the North American Youth Chess Championships in New York this week!)

In U1500, Raymond Lin and Max England are tied for first with 2.0/2.

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Round Three – June 16

Not everyone can be perfect all the time. Round Three features a number of mini-playoffs between players with perfect records through two rounds.

In the Crown section, Hugh Siddeley prevails against Bill Evans, while Omar Shah takes a bye. Siddeley is now alone in first with 3.0/3.

Hugh Siddeley
Hugh Siddeley

In U1900 action, Adrian Chin and Greg Beal battle to a draw. Chin and Beal are now tied for the lead in the section with 2.5/3. Having played each other, they’ll now face challengers from the 2-point group.

In the U1500 section, Max England defeats Raymond Lin. England is now alone in first with 3.0/3.

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Round Four – June 23

Round Four we welcome back Cindy Qiao and Nicholas Vettese from the NAYCC in New York. Nicholas Vettese won 2nd place in U10 (and earned a new CM title):

In the Crown section, Danny Zotkin defeats leader Hugh Siddeley to take over first place, with 3.5/4.

Daniel Zotkin
Daniel Zotkin

In U1900, Adrian Chin defeats Ulli Diemer while co-leader Greg Beal is held to a draw by Hooshang Abbarin, allowing Chin to pull into first with 3.5/4.

In U1500, Mark Gelowitz defeats leader Max England to take over first place, with 3.5/4.

The three new leaders will face a final challenger in Round 5 as they fight to hold their first-place positions.

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Round Five – June 30

The final round of the tournament sees tournament leader Daniel Zotkin hold his half-point lead as he defeats Bill Evans to finish clear first in the Crown section with 4.5/5. Keeping the pressure on the leader, Hugh Siddeley wins his game against Chris Udrea to finishes second with 4.0/5. In third, Jianqiu Chen wins three in a row to finish with 3.5/5.

In U1900 last-round action, Claudio Sottile plays spoiler, knocking leader Adrian Chin down to second place, as Greg Beal, from half a point behind, wins his game against Ulli Diemer to takes clear first with 4.0/5.

In the 1500 section, Max England holds tough, defeating Howard Halim to take clear first with 4.0/5. Behind him, Mark Gelowitz and Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy tie for second with 3.5/5.

Congratulations to Daniel Zotkin for taking the tournament, and to Greg Beal and Max England for winning their sections!

A new club tournament, the Drum and Dance Swiss, starts next Monday July 7, with Round One games starting at 7:30 pm. Arrive before 7:00 if you’re not pre-registered.

Final Results after Round Five

SwissSys Standings. Celebrate Summer Swiss: Crown

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Daniel Zotkin 146857 2104 D7 W3 W15 W2 W5 4.5
2 Hugh Siddeley 120619 2011 W19 W11 W5 L1 W7 4.0
3 Jianqiu Chen 157842 1874 H— L1 W14 W16 W10 3.5
4 Omaray M. Shah 121329 1965 W14 W9 H— H— U— 3.0
5 Bill Evans 103309 2013 W13 W15 L2 D8 L1 2.5
6 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1802 H— L18 L9 B— W19 2.5
7 Chris Udrea 155000 1911 D1 D8 D16 W18 L2 2.5
8 David Southam 102535 2220 H— D7 W19 D5 U— 2.5
9 Michael Humphreys 131628 2288 D16 L4 W6 H— U— 2.0
10 Daniel Wiebe 132137 2041 H— H— U— W13 L3 2.0
11 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2072 W17 L2 H— H— U— 2.0
12 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2022 H— H— U— W19 U— 2.0
13 Armand Jess Mendoza 156958 1854 L5 L19 W17 L10 X15 2.0
14 Marcus Wilker 102713 1710 L4 W17 L3 H— U— 1.5
15 Rodrigo Oliveira 152923 2113 W18 L5 L1 H— F13 1.5
16 Nicholas Gellner 132628 1949 D9 H— D7 L3 U— 1.5
17 Pepin Manalo 112277 1897 L11 L14 L13 H— B— 1.5
18 Nicholas Vettese 154199 1943 L15 W6 H— L7 U— 1.5
19 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1816 L2 W13 L8 L12 L6 1.0

SwissSys Standings. Celebrate Summer Swiss: U1900

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Greg Beal 101490 1673 W10 W7 D2 D3 W8 4.0
2 Adrian Chin 155527 1570 W3 W6 D1 W8 L5 3.5
3 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1656 L2 W13 W12 D1 D7 3.0
4 Richard Morrison 135889 1303 W12 L9 H— D7 W11 3.0
5 Claudio Sottile 148499 1440 H— H— U— W14 W2 3.0
6 George Supol 152286 1395 W8 L2 L10 D11 X12 2.5
7 Cindy Qiao 155864 1405 W11 L1 H— D4 D3 2.5
8 Ulli Diemer 153538 1651 L6 W11 B— L2 L1 2.0
9 Hugh McNeil 108257 1798 H— W4 H— U— U— 2.0
10 Bill Thornton 131181 1575 L1 H— W6 H— U— 2.0
11 Jack Maguire 144604 1653 L7 L8 W13 D6 L4 1.5
12 Mark A. Patton 104721 1586 L4 B— L3 H— F6 1.5
13 Julian Pulgarin 140527 1495 H— L3 L11 B— U— 1.5
14 Adie Todd 125156 1689 H— H— U— L5 U— 1.0

SwissSys Standings. Celebrate Summer Swiss: U1500

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Max England 155135 1396 W11 W17 W10 L2 W15 4.0
2 Mark A. Gelowitz 126627 1424 W16 D12 W13 W1 U— 3.5
3 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1353 W24 U— W20 W4 D18 3.5
4 Daniele Pirri 132983 1454 L13 W11 W12 L3 W10 3.0
5 Julian Csik 133774 1358 W7 L10 U— W17 W12 3.0
6 Eli Teram 107314 1250 H— H— L11 W22 W7 3.0
7 Rahul Gangolli 156023 1044 L5 H— W9 W13 L6 2.5
8 Jean-Marc David 151900 1351 H— D13 H— W16 U— 2.5
9 Larissa Souchko 145490 996 L17 D16 L7 W23 W21 2.5
10 Raymond Lin 150193 1206 W19 W5 L1 U— L4 2.0
11 Nick Mourtos 156384 1107 L1 L4 W6 X20 U— 2.0
12 Dennis Li 153129 1209 W21 D2 L4 D15 L5 2.0
13 Tigran Ghazarian 155438 1191 W4 D8 L2 L7 D19 2.0
14 Abdolreza Radpey 149018 1362 W15 H— H— U— U— 2.0
15 Howard Halim 153419 1056 L14 H— W21 D12 L1 2.0
16 Alex Geddie 155388 1158 L2 D9 W19 L8 U— 1.5
17 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1258 W9 L1 H— L5 U— 1.5
18 George Supol 152286 1395 H— H— U— U— D3 1.5
19 Zaynah Bhanji 155866 895 L10 H— L16 H— D13 1.5
20 Kaizen Liu 152053 1052 H— H— L3 F11 U— 1.0
21 Areez Bhanji 156144 904 L12 H— L15 H— L9 1.0
22 Luka Svirac unr. H— H— U— L6 U— 1.0
23 Jeffrey Wang Zhu 154705 unr. H— H— U— L9 U— 1.0
24 Michael Vermont 151783 1002 L3 H— H— U— U— 1.0

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