ACC “Let the Games Begin” Swiss

Image: CIBC Pan Am Park is ready for the 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games!

Let the Games Begin!

The Pan Am Games run July 10 to 26. The Parapan Am Games run August 7 to 15. Tickets are still available for many events.

In honour of the Toronto 2015 Games, Annex Chess Club is launching a “Let the Games Begin” chess tournament, running July 6 to August 10.

The tournament is divided into just two sections (Crown and U1700) as several of our members are away. Of note: Michael Humphreys, our Club Champion, is representing ACC in the Quebec Open and the Canadian Zonal, and Daniel Wiebe is representing Annex in Europe, playing in the Biel Masters and then in Barcelona.

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Round 1 – July 6

Round 1 features a couple of upsets as Richard Morrison (1375) defeats Daniel Pirri (1553) and Bruce MacInnis (1146) defeats George Supol (1420).

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Round 2 – July 13

Round 2 sees Dave Southam in sole possession of first place with 2.0/2. And there’s a big upset as Michael Sutton, “Mister 960,” takes down the top-rated player in the tournament, Josh Guo.

In the U1700 section, there’s a three-way tie for the lead as Hooshang Abbarin, Qi Zhou, and Tigran Ghazarian all have 2.0/2.

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Round 3 – July 20

In the Crown section, Alex Ferreira and Jon Yu, two Hart House players who drew their head-to-head game in Round 2, win their Round 3 games against Sutton and Southam to tie for the lead with 2.5/3. Southam, Malakhovets, Zotkin, and Siddeley are just a half point out at 2.0/3.

In the U1700, Hooshang Abbarin and Qi Zhou are tied for the lead with perfect 3.0/3 records. Ghazarian falls to Abbarin to drop behind by a point, while Mark Patton trails the leaders by just half a point with 2.5/3.

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Round 4 – July 27

Atop the Crown section, Alex Ferreira gets a draw against Dave Southam, Jon Yu takes a half-point bye to go camping, and Hugh Siddeley joins the leaders by scoring a win against Sergey Malakhovets after he drops his queen in zeitnot. The three leaders all have 3.0/4, but with three wins Siddeley has the best tie-break, so the tournament could be his for the taking.

In the U1700 section, Qi Zhou is in clear first with 4.0/4 after a win against Hooshang Abbarin. Abbarin, MacInnis, Patton, and Supol are a point behind at 3.0/4.

The last round is in two weeks on August 10, and a new tournament starts August 17.

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Round 5 – August 10

Our players return after a week off for Simcoe Day – some after playing in tournaments at the Kitchener Chess Festival. Notably, Max England placed first in the Canadian Amateur Over 1200, while Cindy Qiao placed 12th in the North American Junior Girls Championship.

Back at Annex, in the Crown section Jonathan Yu defeats Hugh Siddeley to take first place with 4.0/5, while Alex Ferreira draws Daniel Zotkin to take second with 3.5/5.

Meanwhile, in U1700, Qi Zhou finishes first with a perfect 5.0/5 record, while Bruce MacInnis also wins his game to finish clear second with 4.0/5.

Congratulations to Jon Yu for winning the tournament and Qi Zhou for winning the U1700 section!

Jon Yu playing at a Pub Chess event
Jon Yu playing Hugh Siddeley at a Pub Chess event

See complete results below.

Our next club tournament is the ACC Bobby Fischer Celebration Swiss, starting August 17. New players are welcome. Please arrive before 7:00 pm to register.


Final Results after Round Five

SwissSys Standings. Let the Games Begin Swiss: Crown

# Name CFC ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Jonathan Yu 126131 2220 W13 D2 W3 H— W5 4.0
2 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2088 W8 D1 W12 D3 D4 3.5
3 David Southam 102535 2234 W5 W10 L1 D2 H— 3.0
4 Daniel Zotkin 146857 2041 H— W11 D6 H— D2 3.0
5 Hugh Siddeley 120619 2072 L3 W9 W13 W6 L1 3.0
6 Sergey Malakhovets 158413 2114 H— W7 D4 L5 W10 3.0
7 Pepin Manalo 112277 1760 H— L6 H— W14 B— 3.0
8 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1830 L2 H— W10 W12 U— 2.5
9 Cindy Qiao 155864 1647 H— L5 D11 H— W14 2.5
10 Kamran Amirirad 158329 1675 B— L3 L8 W11 L6 2.0
11 Marcus Wilker 102713 1659 H— L4 D9 L10 B— 2.0
12 Michael Sutton 151225 1780 H— W15 L2 L8 U— 1.5
13 Armand Jess Mendoza 156958 1964 L1 B— L5 U— U— 1.0
14 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1662 H— H— U— L7 L9 1.0
15 Josh Guo 105318 2272 H— L12 H— U— U— 1.0

SwissSys Standings. Let the Games Begin Swiss: U1700

# Name CFC ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Qi Zhou 158050 1522 W23 W5 W3 W6 W4 5.0
2 Bruce MacInnis 149569 1146 W4 L9 W13 W19 W7 4.0
3 Max England 155135 1583 H— W11 L1 W20 W10 3.5
4 George Supol 152286 1420 L2 W18 W19 W8 L1 3.0
5 Richard Morrison 135889 1375 W13 L1 L10 W18 W19 3.0
6 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1657 W10 W17 W9 L1 U— 3.0
7 Mark A. Patton 104721 1490 H— W24 W20 H— L2 3.0
8 James Mourgelas 108540 1437 H— W26 H— L4 W14 3.0
9 Tigran Ghazarian 155438 1511 W12 W2 L6 H— U— 2.5
10 Mark A. Gelowitz 126627 1382 L6 W27 W5 H— L3 2.5
11 Vicknan Harichandrabose 158191 1139 H— L3 L18 W27 W20 2.5
12 Adam Goldfarb 153496 1325 L9 H— X25 U— W15 2.5
13 Daniele Pirri 132983 1553 L5 W25 L2 U— W22 2.0
14 Nick Jafari unr. H— L20 W27 H— L8 2.0
15 Antonio Marquez unr. H— H— U— W22 L12 2.0
16 Eli Teram 107314 1154 H— H— U— U— W27 2.0
17 Bill Thornton 131181 1498 W18 L6 H— H— U— 2.0
18 Christopher Field 108098 1249 L17 L4 W11 L5 W23 2.0
19 Joshua Allen 105802 1507 H— W22 L4 L2 L5 1.5
20 Cuinn Chowdhury 154703 1250 H— W14 L7 L3 L11 1.5
21 Brendan Grady 158392 1403 W27 H— U— U— U— 1.5
22 Howard Halim 153419 1102 H— L19 W23 L15 L13 1.5
23 Michael Saltat 158633 1339 L1 H— L22 H— L18 1.0
24 Michael Finkelstein 158620 1013 H— L7 H— U— U— 1.0
25 Alex Moisseev 160217 416 H— L13 F12 U— U— 0.5
26 Rahul Gangolli 156023 903 H— L8 U— U— U— 0.5
27 Larissa Souchko 145490 995 L21 L10 L14 L11 L16 0.0

Legend

W = win (e.g., W9 means a win against player 9 – worth 1 point)
L = loss (0 pt)
D = draw (½ pt)
H = ½-pt bye (requested in advance or assigned on registration, max 2 per player, not in final round)
B = 1-pt bye (“forced bye” – e.g., odd number of players)
U = 0-pt bye (e.g., when max ½-pt byes previously awarded, or in final round)
F = forfeit loss (0 pt)
X = forfeit win (1 pt)

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“United We Play!”

~ PACHI, 2015

Let the Games Begin!

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