ACC 5th Anniversary Swiss

We’re turning five!

On Monday October 18, 2010, Canadian GM Mark Bluvshtein helped us launch our club with a chess lecture and simultaneous exhibition. The following Monday, our first-ever club tournament started with 8 players. It’s fall 2015 now, and we’re celebrating five fantastic years of downtown Toronto chess!

Running from September 28 to November 2, the ACC 5th Anniversary Swiss is a five-round regular club tournament in three sections by CFC rating: Crown, Under-1900, and Under-1500.

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Round One – September 28

Compared to the first-ever tournament at ACC, which had 8 players in the first round, 40 players play Round One in this event! And two of the original eight are still here: Alex Ferreira and Daniel Wiebe!

In the unevenly matched first round of a Swiss, it’s always fun to look for upsets: this time, Nameer Issani (2025) scores an upset win over Dave Southam (2238) in the Crown section; Tigran Ghazarian (1544) defeats Hooshang Abbarin (1670) in the U1900 section; and Jeff Pancer (1112) beats Brendan Grady (1379) in the U1500 section.

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Round Two – October 5

New players have joined for Round Two, and the tournament is now over 50 strong – including five new, unrated players!

After two rounds, the leader group in each section has already gotten quite small. In the Crown (FIDE-rated) section, only two players have perfect scores: Joseph Bellissimo and Michael Humphreys.

In the U1900 section, Bob Armstrong and Kamran Amirirad are the only two with 2.0/2.

And in the U1500 section, there’s a four-way tie for the lead: Michael Saltat, Benjamin Thalman, Richard Morrison, and Chris Field have 2.0/2.

Games from Round 2

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Round Three – October 19

The third round sees battles of titans end in draws on the top boards.

In the Crown section, leaders Joseph Bellissimo and Michael Humphreys fight to a draw and remain half a point ahead of their closest rivals at 2.5/3.

In the U1900 section, Bob Armstrong and Kamran Amirirad battle to a draw on the top board – allowing Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy, with a win over Hooshang Abbarin, to join them at 2.5/3.

But in the U1500 section, Richard Morrison is victorious over Chris Field to take sole possession of first place with a perfect 3.0/3.

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Round Four – October 26

In the Crown section, Joseph Bellissimo scores a full point against Sergey Malakhovets to take sole possession of first place with 3.5/4, while Erik Malmsten holds Michael Humphreys to a draw.

In U1900 Kamran Amirirad defeats Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy to take first place with 3.5/4.

And in U1500, Richard Morrison is still perfect after a victory over Benjamin Thalman, leading the section with 4.0/4.

Games from Round 4

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Round Five – November 2

The leaders stay strong in the final round! In the Crown section, Joseph Bellissimo scores another victory, this time over Dave Southam, to take the tournament with 4.5/5. Congratulations, Joseph!

In U1900, Kamran Amirirad defeats George Supol to take the section with 4.5/5! Congratulations, Kamran!

And in U1500, it’s another win by Richard Morrison, this time over Milan Cvetkovic, to finish with a perfect 5.0/5! Congratulations, Richard!

See complete results on the standings table below.

A big thank-you to all for helping us celebrate five wonderful years of downtown Toronto chess at Annex Chess Club!

A new club tournament starts next week, Monday November 9, with the round starting at 7:30 pm. New players are welcome to join! Please arrive before 7:00 pm to register.

Club members, please stop in at the front desk and check your club membership renewal date. Then make a note to remind yourself to renew on time!


Final Standings after Round 5

SwissSys Standings. ACC 5th Anniversary Swiss: Crown section

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Joseph Bellissimo 147544 2225 W6 W10 D2 W7 W3 4.5
2 Michael Humphreys 131628 2350 W8 W7 D1 D4 D5 3.5
3 David Southam 102535 2238 L13 W14 W10 W6 L1 3.0
4 Erik Malmsten 100196 1949 H— W12 H— D2 D7 3.0
5 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2107 D14 H— H— W11 D2 3.0
6 Daniel Wiebe 132137 2024 L1 W8 W11 L3 B— 3.0
7 Sergey Malakhovets 158413 2094 W12 L2 W13 L1 D4 2.5
8 Daniel Zotkin 146857 2077 L2 L6 W14 H— W10 2.5
9 Jonathan Yu 126131 2238 H— H— U— U— W11 2.0
10 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1824 B— L1 L3 D12 L8 1.5
11 William Li 154677 1940 H— W13 L6 L5 L9 1.5
12 Armand Jess Mendoza 156958 1918 L7 L4 B— D10 U— 1.5
13 Nameer Issani 154796 2025 W3 L11 L7 H— U— 1.5
14 Aahil Noorali 155015 1940 D5 L3 L8 H— U— 1.0

SwissSys Standings. ACC 5th Anniversary Swiss: U1900 section

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Kamran Amirirad 158329 1698 W9 W4 D3 W2 W7 4.5
2 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1636 W6 H— W5 L1 W3 3.5
3 Robert J. Armstrong 100034 1590 W10 W8 D1 D4 L2 3.0
4 Tigran Ghazarian 155438 1544 W5 L1 H— D3 W10 3.0
5 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1670 L4 W7 L2 B— W9 3.0
6 Mysha Gilani 155004 1476 L2 W9 W10 H— U— 2.5
7 George Supol 152286 1482 H— L5 B— H— L1 2.0
8 Max England 155135 1671 W11 L3 H— H— U— 2.0
9 Ulli Diemer 153538 1567 L1 L6 H— W10 L5 1.5
10 Mark A. Patton 104721 1469 L3 X11 L6 L9 L4 1.0
11 Marc Ben-Avraham 145628 1549 L8 F10 U— U— U— 0.0

SwissSys Standings. ACC 5th Anniversary Swiss: U1500 section

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Richard Morrison 135889 1359 W2 W15 W14 W10 W5 5.0
2 Joey Qiao 156764 1096 L1 H— W22 W14 W6 3.5
3 Larissa Souchko 145490 935 L12 W27 W15 W18 L21 3.0
4 Jean-Marc David 151900 1351 L13 H— W11 H— W10 3.0
5 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1286 H— W26 W24 H— L1 3.0
6 Rahul Gangolli 156023 994 H— W30 H— W16 L2 3.0
7 Joshua Allen 105802 1421 W16 H— H— W12 U— 3.0
8 Harry [Siqi] Chen 159391 975 H— H— L16 W21 W25 3.0
9 Paul Panayotou 160475 1032 H— W25 H— U— W14 3.0
10 Benjamin Thalman 160474 1375 W22 W19 H— L1 L4 2.5
11 Henry XianRui Zhang 156492 975 D23 L20 L4 W25 W18 2.5
12 Michael Saltat 158633 1289 W3 W13 H— L7 U— 2.5
13 Alex Geddie 155388 1051 W4 L12 H— W15 U— 2.5
14 Christopher Field 108098 1229 W29 W24 L1 L2 L9 2.0
15 Ryan Guo 154346 1169 W21 L1 L3 L13 W30 2.0
16 Eli Teram 107314 1117 L7 W21 W8 L6 U— 2.0
17 Justin Tanasijczuk 160476 1309 H— W18 U— H— U— 2.0
18 Jeff Pancer 107543 1112 W20 L17 W19 L3 L11 2.0
19 Nick Jafari 160405 1160 W28 L10 L18 W24 U— 2.0
20 Brendan Grady 158392 1379 L18 W11 H— H— U— 2.0
21 Piotr Jucha   unr. L15 L16 W30 L8 W3 2.0
22 Howard Halim 153419 1101 L10 H— L2 W30 U— 1.5
23 Adam Goldfarb 153496 1299 D11 H— H— U— U— 1.5
24 Alex Moiseev 160217 771 B— L14 L5 L19 U— 1.0
25 Jacob Tobin   unr. H— L9 H— L11 L8 1.0
26 Martin Pitt-Bradley 158457 960 H— L5 H— U— U— 1.0
27 Dylan Hickson   unr. H— L3 H— U— U— 1.0
28 Abdalla Seddik   unr. L19 H— H— U— U— 1.0
29 Keira Cuthbert 160468 903 L14 H— H— U— U— 1.0
30 Larry Tobin   unr. H— L6 L21 L22 L15 0.5

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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