ACC Norway Swiss

“November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.”

emily dickinson norway

“November always seemed to me the Norway of the year,” wrote Emily Dickinson (in perfect iambic heptameter). This is a Norway November for sure, as Norway’s Magnus Carlsen defends his World Champion title in Sochi, Russia, November 7 to 28. His challenger is the previous World Champion, India’s Vishwanathan Anand, whom Carlsen defeated in a title match last November. Since then, Norway has run the No Logo Norway Chess supertournament and hosted the Tromsø 2014 Chess Olympiad. The whole country seems to have caught the chess bug, as media outlets now vie for broadcast rights, chess coverage enjoys high ratings, and Carlsen was even featured in a November issue of Donald Duck.

Norway's Magnus Carlsen
Norway’s Magnus Carlsen

Meanwhile in Tøronto, the ACC Norway Swiss takes place November 10 to December 8. It’s a five-round regular club Swiss tournament, divided in three sections by CFC rating: Crown (minimum 1800), Under-1900 (minimum 1400), and Under-1500. The time cøntrol is game in 90 minutes with a 30-second increment each move from move 1, which makes for a 3- or 4-hour game. Games are CFC-rated, and the Crown section is also FIDE-rated. Rounds are Monday nights at 7:30 at the ACC clubhouse, 918 Bathurst.

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Round 1 – November 10

Forty-five players came out for the start of the tournament. Round One of a Swiss-paired event sees many David-vs-Goliath matchups, with underdogs having a chance for a big upset.

The night, as it turns out, is relatively free of such upsets, but it does see Kevin Gaffney (1599) victorious over Chris Udrea (1883) in the U1900 section.

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Round 2 – November 17

After the night’s bouts, the leader group in each section is down to two or three. In the Crown section, Daniel Wiebe (with a win over Barry Nash) and Robert Bzikot (with a win over Armand Jess Mendoza) are in a two-way tie for first with 2.0/2.

In the U1900 section, there’s another two-way tie for the lead, as Heimo Haikala (with a win over Ulli Diemer) and Sergey Malakhovets (with a win over Kevin Gaffney) share the honours.

In U1500, it’s a three-way tie for first among Mark A. Gelowitz, Richard Morrison, and Raymond Lin, all with 2.0/2. Only time will tell.

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Round 3 – November 24

In the Crown section, the bout between Bzikot and Wiebe ends with victory for Robert Bzikot, now in clear first with 3.0/3.

In U1900, top board sees Sergey Malakhovets against Heimo Haikala, and the game ends in a draw. Meanwhile Kamran Amirirad, with a victory over Daniel Pirri, joins a three-way tie for first at 2.5/3

In U1500, Mark Gelowitz has top honours after defeating Richard Morrison. Gelowitz stands in clear first with 3.0/3.

Games from Round 3


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Round 4 – December 1

Round 4 sees Joseph Bellissimo take over first place in the Crown section, with a victory over leader, Rob Bzikot. Bellissimo has 3.5/4 with 3 straight victories after a Rd-1 bye.

In U1900, co-leaders, Heimo Haikala and Sergey Malakhovets remain neck and neck after Rd-4 victories. Both have 3.5/4, with 3 wins and a draw against each other.

In U1500, Jean-Marc David takes over first place by defeating leader Mark Gelowitz. David has 3.5/4, with 3 wins after a Rd-1 draw.

One more round to go!

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Round 5 – December 8

Last round sees Crown section leader Joseph Bellissimo, at 3.5/4, face club champion Michael Humphreys, at 3.0/4. With a win, Humphreys would be tied by points and have a better tiebreak on head-to-head. As it turns out, Bellissimo holds onto first place with a draw against Humphreys, so 4.0/5, and a better tiebreak than Robert Bzikot, having defeated him in Round 4. Congratulations, Joseph Bellissimo!

In U1900, Sergey Malakhovets finally pulls out of the tie with Heimo Haikala, after the latter is defeated by Chris Udrea. Malakhovets finishes in sole first with 4.5/5 after a victory over Hooshang Abbarin. Congratulations, Sergey Malkhovets!

In U1500, Jean-Marc David holds onto sole first place by defeating Richard Morrison. David finishes with 4.5/5. Congratulations, Jean-Marc David!

Next week, December 15, we’re running a one-night, one-section, six-round Year End Rapid tournament, at a time control of 10’+5″. New players are welcome! Register by 7:00. Round 1 starts at 7:30 pm!

After that, we’re closed for two weeks! The club re-opens in the new year on January 5. Hope everyone has a great holiday!


Final Results after Round Five

SwissSys Standings. Norway Swiss: Crown

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Joseph Bellissimo 147544 2206 H— W10 W5 W2 D4 4.0
2 Robert Bzikot 132541 1897 W9 W12 W3 L1 W6 4.0
3 Daniel Wiebe 132137 2042 W21 W14 L2 D8 W11 3.5
4 Michael Humphreys 131628 2270 H— W7 D13 W12 D1 3.5
5 David Southam 102535 2177 W22 D11 L1 D7 W8 3.0
6 Bill Evans 103309 2024 H— D8 W14 W13 L2 3.0
7 Hugh Siddeley 120619 2085 D19 L4 W10 D5 W12 3.0
8 David Filipovich 103521 2194 D10 D6 W11 D3 L5 2.5
9 Matthew Struthers 110170 2074 L2 D16 H— H— W17 2.5
10 Daniel Zotkin 146857 2035 D8 L1 L7 B— B— 2.5
11 Ismail Ibrahim 105228 1984 W20 D5 L8 W16 L3 2.5
12 Armand Jess Mendoza 156958 2069 W18 L2 W17 L4 L7 2.0
13 Jonathan Yu 126131 2172 H— W19 D4 L6 U— 2.0
14 Barry Nash 120160 2105 W17 L3 L6 D19 D16 2.0
15 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2048 H— H— U— W21 U— 2.0
16 Ian Mahoney 149124 1747 H— D9 H— L11 D14 2.0
17 Miroslav Stefanovic 154500 1994 L14 W18 L12 W20 L9 2.0
18 Jacob Stein 108627 1805 L12 L17 H— H— W21 2.0
19 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1924 D7 L13 D20 D14 U— 1.5
20 Rodrigo Oliveira 152923 2104 L11 H— D19 L17 U— 1.0
21 Max England 155135 1639 L3 H— H— L15 L18 1.0
22 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2013 L5 H— H— U— U— 1.0

SwissSys Standings. Norway Swiss: U1900

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 5 Total
1 Sergey Malakhovets unr. W17 W11 D3 W7 W9 4.5
2 Chris Udrea 155000 1883 L11 W17 W14 W5 W3 4.0
3 Heimo C. Haikala 107606 1767 W10 W8 D1 W4 L2 3.5
4 Robert J. Armstrong 100034 1621 L14 W18 W10 L3 W7 3.0
5 Qi Zhou 158050 1485 H— H— W16 L2 W11 3.0
6 Tigran Ghazarian 155438 1562 L9 W15 H— W12 H— 3.0
7 Kamran Amirirad 158329 1410 B— D9 W13 L1 L4 2.5
8 Ulli Diemer 153538 1563 W12 L3 D11 W13 U— 2.5
9 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1642 W6 D7 H— H— L1 2.5
10 Mark A. Patton 104721 1576 L3 W12 L4 D15 W18 2.5
11 Kevin Gaffney 102701 1599 W2 L1 D8 D18 L5 2.0
12 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1646 L8 L10 W18 L6 W13 2.0
13 Daniele Pirri 132983 1605 W18 D14 L7 L8 L12 1.5
14 Marc Ben-Avraham 145628 1529 W4 D13 L2 U— U— 1.5
15 Bill Thornton 131181 1698 H— L6 H— D10 U— 1.5
16 Antonios Valkanas 158189 1565 H— U— L5 H— U— 1.0
17 Jack Maguire 144604 1616 L1 L2 H— H— U— 1.0
18 Marko Stevelic 157957 unr. L13 L4 L12 D11 L10 0.5

SwissSys Standings. Norway Swiss: U1500

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Jean-Marc David 151900 1332 D6 W15 W4 W2 W3 4.5
2 Mark A. Gelowitz 126627 1370 W13 W9 W3 L1 W4 4.0
3 Richard Morrison 135889 1367 W10 W8 L2 W6 L1 3.0
4 Raymond Lin 150193 1316 W11 W7 L1 W8 L2 3.0
5 Eli Teram 107314 1129 H— D6 H— D11 W7 3.0
6 Rahul Gangolli 156023 1107 D1 D5 W14 L3 W12 3.0
7 Larissa Souchko 145490 1039 W14 L4 W9 W13 L5 3.0
8 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1276 W16 L3 W12 L4 U— 2.0
9 Brendan Grady 158392 1227 W12 L2 L7 H— D11 2.0
10 Dylan Xiong 152060 1124 L3 U— U— W15 W13 2.0
11 Howard Halim 153419 1077 L4 L12 W16 D5 D9 2.0
12 Derek Chen 156690 987 L9 W11 L8 B— L6 2.0
13 Teresa Lee 154501 1129 L2 H— W15 L7 L10 1.5
14 Rose Tuong 158024 619 L7 W16 L6 H— L15 1.5
15 Martin Pitt-Bradley unr. H— L1 L13 L10 W14 1.5
16 Kaizen Liu 152053 990 L8 L14 L11 H— B— 1.5

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– Um…now look…now look, mate, I’ve definitely ’ad enough of this. That parrot is definitely deceased, and when I purchased it not ’alf an hour ago, you assured me that its total lack of movement was due to it bein’ tired and shagged out following a prolonged squawk.

– Well, he’s…he’s, ah…probably pining for the fjords.

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2 thoughts on “ACC Norway Swiss”

  1. Hi guys – Just wondering who’s job it is to input the results from the Monday games. I’m not being unduly critical, as I know it’s an unpaid gig. It just seems to be taking longer and longer ….

    1. That’s been my job, Mark. I just noticed your comment three weeks later, and I’m a week behind on updating the Year End Rapid, so I definitely think it’s fair criticism. I’m ready to pass on the responsibility if there’s a volunteer.

      ~ Marcus

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