ACC Make or Break Swiss

It’s the time of year for making – or breaking – New Year’s resolutions. At the same time, our first tournament of the year honours the risky “make-or-break” move that puts the game on the line.

The Make or Break Swiss is a five-round event on Monday nights starting January 4, in three sections: Crown (min. 1800 CFC), U1900 (min. 1300), and U1400. It will be followed by our 2016 Club Championship.

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Round One – January 4

In Rd 1 David-versus-Goliath matchups, the rating Goliaths win most of the games. However, a couple of Davids pull off upsets: Alex Ferreira (2057) defeats fellow Hart House alumnus Jon Yu (2257) in the Crown section, while Volkan Eryildir (1376) scores an upset victory over Hooshang Abbarin (1631) in U1900.

Winners will face winners in Rd 2.

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Round Two – January 11

In the Crown section, draws on the top boards leave a huge leader group at 1.5/2 and a seven-way tie for first.

It’s the same story in U1400, with a draw on board one and a few byes resulting in a five-way tie for first at 1.5/2.

Only in U1900 is there a clear leader, as Tigran Ghazarian scores a second win and takes sole possession of first place at 2.0/2.

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Round Three – January 18

The lead group is down to a two-way tie in all sections.

In the Crown section, Michael Humphreys and Alex Ferreira both win their games to stand at 2.5/3. In U1900, Tigran Ghazarian is held to a draw by Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy, allowing Dragan Jevtic to catch up to him at 2.5/3. And finally, in U1400, Zhong Zhao and Nick Jafari both win their games to stay in the lead group with 2.5/3.

All of these players should have a chance to take sole lead next round!


Round Four – January 25

A sole leader emerges in every section!

In the Crown section, Michael Humphreys defeats Alex Ferreira, to take sole first at 3.5/4.

In U1900, it’s Tigran Ghazarian with a win over Richard Morrison to take sole first at 3.5/4 a full point ahead of the competition.

And in U1400, it’s Zhong Zhao over Nick Jafari for 3.5/4 and a full-point lead.

For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
Our toils obscure an’ a’ that,
The rank is but the guinea’s stamp,
The man’s the gowd for a’ that.

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Round Five – February 1

See final results below.

Join us for our upcoming Club Championship, starting February 8! New players are always welcome to join ongoing events with up to two half-point byes for rounds missed. Rd-1 games start at 7:30 pm on February 8, but new players must register before 7:00 in order to be paired.

Final Standings after Round Five

SwissSys Standings. ACC Make or Break Swiss: Crown

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Michael Humphreys 2343 W10 (w) D2 (b) W8 (w) W3 (b) W7 (w) 4.5
2 Sergey Malakhovets 2139 W14 (b) D1 (w) D6 (b) W9 (w) D5 (b) 3.5
3 Alex T. Ferreira 2057 W11 (w) D6 (w) W12 (b) L1 (w) D8 (b) 3.0
4 Josh Guo 2249 H— (-) W13 (w) D5 (b) W6 (w) U— (-) 3.0
5 Miroslav Stefanovic 1959 H— (-) W10 (b) D4 (w) D7 (b) D2 (w) 3.0
6 David Southam 2222 W7 (w) D3 (b) D2 (w) L4 (b) W11 (b) 3.0
7 William Li 1959 L6 (b) W14 (w) B— (-) D5 (w) L1 (b) 2.5
8 Daniel Zotkin 2086 H— (-) W9 (w) L1 (b) D12 (w) D3 (w) 2.5
9 Fernando Marshall 1974 H— (-) L8 (b) W10 (w) L2 (b) W12 (w) 2.5
10 Armand Jess Mendoza 2124 L1 (b) L5 (w) L9 (b) B— (-) W14 (w) 2.0
11 Jonathan Yu 2257 L3 (b) H— (-) H— (-) W14 (b) L6 (w) 2.0
12 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 2030 H— (-) H— (-) L3 (w) D8 (b) L9 (b) 1.5
13 Daniel Wiebe 2073 H— (-) L4 (b) H— (-) U— (-) U— (-) 1.0
14 Kamran Amirirad 1818 L2 (w) L7 (b) H— (-) L11 (w) L10 (b) 0.5

SwissSys Standings. ACC Make or Break Swiss: U1900

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Tigran Ghazarian 1666 W5 (w) W4 (b) D3 (b) W7 (w) U— (-) 3.5
2 Dragan Jevtic 985 H— (-) W15 (b) W12 (b) L5 (w) W6 (w) 3.5
3 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 1646 W13 (b) H— (-) D1 (w) H— (-) W5 (b) 3.5
4 Ulli Diemer 1550 B— (-) L1 (w) L9 (b) W10 (w) W11 (b) 3.0
5 Robert J. Armstrong 1523 L1 (b) W13 (w) D10 (b) W2 (b) L3 (w) 2.5
6 Michael D. Sharpe 1577 D10 (b) H— (-) W14 (w) H— (-) L2 (b) 2.5
7 Richard Morrison 1486 H— (-) H— (-) W11 (w) L1 (b) U— (-) 2.0
8 Volkan Eryildir 1376 W11 (b) L12 (w) H— (-) H— (-) U— (-) 2.0
9 Max England 1655 H— (-) H— (-) W4 (w) U— (-) U— (-) 2.0
10 Harry [Siqi] Chen 1370 D6 (w) L11 (b) D5 (w) L4 (b) W12 (w) 2.0
11 Hooshang Ab-barin 1631 L8 (w) W10 (w) L7 (b) W12 (b) L4 (w) 2.0
12 George Supol 1475 H— (-) W8 (b) L2 (w) L11 (w) L10 (b) 1.5
13 Mark A. Gelowitz 1412 L3 (w) L5 (b) B— (-) H— (-) U— (-) 1.5
14 Michael Sutton 1756 H— (-) H— (-) L6 (b) U— (-) U— (-) 1.0
15 Joshua Allen 1416 H— (-) L2 (w) H— (-) U— (-) U— (-) 1.0

SwissSys Standings. ACC Make or Break Swiss: U1400

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Zhong Zhao 1386 W2 (w) D6 (b) W7 (w) W5 (b) W8 (w) 4.5
2 Henry XianRui Zhang 1087 L1 (b) W11 (w) D4 (b) W6 (w) X5 (-) 3.5
3 Larissa Souchko 989 L6 (b) L4 (w) W13 (w) W11 (b) W7 (w) 3.0
4 Howard Halim 1048 L9 (w) W3 (b) D2 (w) W8 (b) U— (-) 2.5
5 Nick Jafari 1191 W11 (b) H— (-) W6 (w) L1 (w) F2 (-) 2.5
6 Christopher Field 1217 W3 (w) D1 (w) L5 (b) L2 (b) W13 (w) 2.5
7 Michael Finkelstein 1090 H— (-) H— (-) L1 (b) W13 (w) L3 (b) 2.0
8 Jacob Tobin 858 H— (-) W13 (b) H— (-) L4 (w) L1 (b) 2.0
9 Michael Saltat 1286 W4 (b) H— (-) H— (-) U— (-) U— (-) 2.0
10 Akop Tozlian unr. H— (-) H— (-) U— (-) W12 (b) U— (-) 2.0
11 Alex Moiseev 669 L5 (w) L2 (b) B— (-) L3 (w) U— (-) 1.0
12 Jeff Pancer 1100 H— (-) H— (-) U— (-) L10 (w) U— (-) 1.0
13 Larry Tobin 718 H— (-) L8 (w) L3 (b) L7 (b) L6 (b) 0.5


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)
(b) = game played with black pieces
(w) = game played with white pieces

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Fireworks at Toronto's City Hall mark the start of a new year
Fireworks at Toronto’s City Hall mark the start of a new year

Did you make or break any new year’s resolutions this year? Leave a comment below – especially if it’s chess-related!

Graham Abbey as Iago and Dion Johnstone as Othello in the 2013 Stratford Festival production of Othello
Graham Abbey as Iago and Dion Johnstone as Othello in the 2013 Stratford Festival production of Othello

“This is the night
That either makes me, or fordoes me quite.”

~ Iago in Shakespeare’s Othello Act V Scene i

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2 thoughts on “ACC Make or Break Swiss”

    1. Hi, William. I think we’ve discussed before that while we do collect many of the games (yellow carbon copies), we don’t actually have a volunteer to enter them in pgn format so they can be posted to the site, nor to make a selection of games for the site. It would be lovely if we had a volunteer to do so. (If anyone has the time and inclination for this sort of work, please speak to Tyler.)

      On the other hand, nearly everyone eventually enters their own games each week, so an easy fix is just to have players send in their own games with or without commentary when they feel there’s something worth sharing.

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