Club Championship starts February 9
It’s time for another edition of our annual Club Championship! (Check out the club championship tag for past editions!)
Instead of the three sections our tournaments usually have, this one has just two larger sections, so hopefully everyone has a chance to play some new opponents – even if some of the games will be more mismatched!
The Championship section sees the top players at our club vie for the title of 2016 Club Champion! Michael Humphreys has held the honour for quite some time now – four years in a row! – but this could be the year he’s unseated! The Championship section will be FIDE-rated, and the minimum rating to enter the section is 1700.
The Reserve section sees players rated under 1800 compete for the title of 2016 Reserve Champion, as defending 2015 winner Greg Beal seeks to reclaim the title for another year! (Note that players rated 1700 to 1799 are normally placed in the Reserve section, but they can also opt to play up in the Championship section.)
All are welcome!
All are welcome to join us for the event, but only full-year members are eligible to win the Club Champion and Reserve Champion titles. Winners’ names will be engraved on permanent trophies at the club.
Rounds are at 7:30 pm on six consecutive Monday evenings, starting February 9 and running to March 21. (Note, however, there is no round on Family Day, February 15.) New players are asked to please register by 7:00 to make sure that you’re paired for the night’s round.
Round One – February 9
With larger sections, there are even greater mismatches in Round 1, but some of the underdogs still manage to come out on top!
In the Championship section, Fernando Marshall (1995) scores an upset victory over Sergey Malakhovets (2176).
And in the Reserve section, there’s even more turmoil as Zhong Zhao (1399) takes out Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy (1664), Howard Halim (1068) is victorious over Dragan Jevtic (1555), and newcomer Gregory Szucs (unr.) defeats George Supol (1447)
Winners will face winners in Rd 2, February 22. (There is no round on February 15, as the club is CLOSED for Family Day.)
Round Two – February 22
In the Championship section, it’s down to a two-way tie for the lead as only Dave Southam stays even with defending Club Champion Michael Humphreys after second-seed Joseph Bellissimo is upset by William Li and third-seed Jon Yu takes a bye. Humphreys and Southam both have 2.0/2.
In the Reserve section, it’s a four-way tie at the top as Bob Armstrong, Ulli Diemer, and Max England keep pace with defending 2015 Reserve winner Greg Beal at 2.0/2.
Round Three – February 29
2016 is a leap year, and yes, we’re spending that extra day playing chess!
In the Championship, Michael Humphreys defeats Dave Southam to take sole possession of first place with 3.0/3. Five players are hot on his heels, a point behind at 2.0/3. Anything can happen in three more rounds.
In the Reserve section, Max England and Bob Armstrong are tied for the lead with 3.0/3. Marko Stevelic is a half point at 2.5/3, and another eight players are waiting in the wings with 2.0/2. That makes a lot of contenders not ruled out!
Round Four – March 7
Out of nowhere, Hugh Siddeley scores a win over Michael Humphreys to take equal first at 3.0/4 – with a better tie break based on the head-to-head result. Wow, this just got a lot more interesting!
Before this defeat, Humphreys had an unbeaten run of +22 =5 (including 3 wins against Siddeley)!! Of course, for many, he’s still a big favourite to win his 5th in a row!
In the U1800 section, Max England defeats Bob Armstrong to take sole first with a perfect 4.0/4. Can he survive another two rounds?
Round Five – March 14
He’s back in the lead! On the top boards of the Championship section, Michael Humphreys squeezes a win from a rook ending against Alex Ferreira (see game below) while Hugh Siddeley draws Armand Jess Mendoza.
So Humphreys goes into the final round with 4.0/5 and a half-point lead over Siddeley, who stands at 3.5. Among the 3.0 group, William Li and Daniel Wiebe are the only players in the top six who have not yet faced Humphreys, so one of them is likely to get his chance in the final round.
In the Reserves, Max England draws his game against top seed Kamran Amirirad to hold sole possession of first. England enters the last round with 4.5/5 and a half-point lead over Zhong Zhao, who has 4.0. The two have not yet played, so they will likely face off in the final round.
Game of the Week
Round Six – March 21
Michael Humphreys wins his game to hold sole first place at 5.0/6, so he earns the title of Club Champion once again – five times in a row! Congratulations, Michael!
Also winning their last round games are Dave Southam and William Li (see game below) who finish second and third with 4.0/6.
And the Reserve winner, with another victory in Round 6, is 10-year-old Max England, finishing undefeated with 5.5/6. He’s a junior who’s been playing at Annex for a few years now, starting out in the under-1500 section. Congratulations, Max! What a great accomplishment!
Finishing in second and third with 4.5/6 are Bob Armstrong and Kamran Amirirad.
See complete results below.
Game of the Week
The club is closed March 28, but a new regular club tournament starts April 4, alongside the Toronto Closed – games start at 7:30 pm. New players are always welcome: register by 7:00 to make sure you’re paired!
Final Standings after Round Six
SwissSys Standings. Annex Chess Club Championship 2016: Championship section
|#||Name||Rtng||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Rd 5||Rd 6||Tot|
|1||Michael Humphreys||2349||W6 (w)||W9 (b)||W2 (w)||L4 (b)||W10 (w)||W8 (b)||5.0|
|2||David Southam||2221||W16 (b)||W4 (w)||L1 (b)||D8 (w)||D5 (b)||W6 (w)||4.0|
|3||William Li||1960||D14 (w)||W5 (b)||D15 (w)||L10 (b)||W9 (w)||W4 (b)||4.0|
|4||Hugh Siddeley||2085||W11 (w)||L2 (b)||W14 (b)||W1 (w)||D6 (b)||L3 (w)||3.5|
|5||Joseph Bellissimo||2257||D8 (b)||L3 (w)||W12 (b)||H— (-)||D2 (w)||W11 (w)||3.5|
|6||Armand Jess Mendoza||2076||L1 (b)||D12 (w)||B— (-)||W9 (b)||D4 (w)||L2 (b)||3.0|
|7||Miroslav Stefanovic||2029||L13 (b)||H— (-)||L10 (w)||W12 (w)||H— (-)||W14 (b)||3.0|
|8||Daniel Wiebe||2064||D5 (w)||W10 (b)||H— (-)||D2 (b)||H— (-)||L1 (w)||3.0|
|9||Fernando Marshall||1995||W12 (b)||L1 (w)||D11 (b)||L6 (w)||L3 (b)||W16 (w)||2.5|
|10||Alex T. Ferreira||2126||H— (-)||L8 (w)||W7 (b)||W3 (w)||L1 (b)||U— (-)||2.5|
|11||Tigran Ghazarian||1718||L4 (b)||B— (-)||D9 (w)||D16 (w)||H— (-)||L5 (b)||2.5|
|12||Sergey Malakhovets||2176||L9 (w)||D6 (b)||L5 (w)||L7 (b)||W16 (b)||W17 (w)||2.5|
|13||Jonathan Yu||2237||W7 (w)||H— (-)||H— (-)||U— (-)||U— (-)||U— (-)||2.0|
|14||Daniel Zotkin||2094||D3 (b)||H— (-)||L4 (w)||H— (-)||D15 (b)||L7 (w)||2.0|
|15||Josh Guo||2250||H— (-)||H— (-)||D3 (b)||U— (-)||D14 (w)||U— (-)||2.0|
|16||Arkadiy Ugodnikov||2000||L2 (w)||H— (-)||H— (-)||D11 (b)||L12 (w)||L9 (b)||1.5|
|17||Jacob Stein||1894||H— (-)||H— (-)||U— (-)||U— (-)||U— (-)||L12 (b)||1.0|
SwissSys Standings. Annex Chess Club Championship 2016: Reserve section
|#||Name||Rtng||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Rd 5||Rd 6||Tot|
|1||Max England||1667||W15 (b)||W22 (w)||W7 (b)||W2 (w)||D3 (b)||W4 (w)||5.5|
|2||Robert J. Armstrong||1526||W11 (w)||W3 (w)||W16 (b)||L1 (b)||D7 (w)||W8 (b)||4.5|
|3||Kamran Amirirad||1798||W30 (w)||L2 (b)||W12 (w)||W8 (b)||D1 (w)||W7 (b)||4.5|
|4||Zhong Zhao||1399||W10 (b)||L7 (w)||W19 (b)||W12 (w)||W5 (w)||L1 (b)||4.0|
|5||Harry [Siqi] Chen||1437||H— (-)||H— (-)||W25 (w)||W16 (w)||L4 (b)||W10 (b)||4.0|
|6||Howard Halim||1068||W14 (w)||L12 (b)||H— (-)||W9 (b)||L10 (w)||W13 (b)||3.5|
|7||Ulli Diemer||1557||W29 (w)||W4 (b)||L1 (w)||W10 (w)||D2 (b)||L3 (w)||3.5|
|8||Marko Stevelic||1321||H— (-)||W11 (b)||W9 (w)||L3 (w)||W14 (b)||L2 (w)||3.5|
|9||Richard Morrison||1500||W24 (b)||H— (-)||L8 (b)||L6 (w)||W17 (w)||W14 (b)||3.5|
|10||Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy||1664||L4 (w)||W29 (b)||W20 (w)||L7 (b)||W6 (b)||L5 (w)||3.0|
|11||Larissa Souchko||999||L2 (b)||L8 (w)||L15 (b)||W28 (w)||B— (-)||W27 (b)||3.0|
|12||Henry XianRui Zhang||1189||H— (-)||W6 (w)||L3 (b)||L4 (b)||H— (-)||W19 (w)||3.0|
|13||Mark A. Gelowitz||1394||L16 (w)||W23 (b)||H— (-)||H— (-)||W19 (b)||L6 (w)||3.0|
|14||Dragan Jevtic||1555||L6 (b)||W15 (w)||W26 (b)||H— (-)||L8 (w)||L9 (w)||2.5|
|15||Joshua Allen||1406||L1 (w)||L14 (b)||W11 (w)||H— (-)||U— (-)||W20 (b)||2.5|
|16||Greg Beal||1643||W13 (b)||W19 (w)||L2 (w)||L5 (b)||U— (-)||U— (-)||2.0|
|17||Adam Goldfarb||1338||H— (-)||H— (-)||U— (-)||W24 (w)||L9 (b)||U— (-)||2.0|
|18||Michael Finkelstein||1067||H— (-)||H— (-)||X22 (-)||U— (-)||U— (-)||U— (-)||2.0|
|19||Gregory Szucs||unr.||W23 (w)||L16 (b)||L4 (w)||W20 (b)||L13 (w)||L12 (b)||2.0|
|20||Benjamin Thalman||1331||H— (-)||H— (-)||L10 (b)||L19 (w)||W21 (b)||L15 (w)||2.0|
|21||Marcus Wilker||1625||H— (-)||H— (-)||U— (-)||U— (-)||L20 (w)||W23 (b)||2.0|
|22||Akop Tozlian||1500||W28 (w)||L1 (b)||F18 (-)||U— (-)||U— (-)||U— (-)||1.0|
|23||George Supol||1447||L19 (b)||L13 (w)||H— (-)||H— (-)||U— (-)||L21 (w)||1.0|
|24||Jacob Tobin||873||L9 (w)||H— (-)||H— (-)||L17 (b)||U— (-)||U— (-)||1.0|
|25||Alex Moiseev||677||H— (-)||H— (-)||L5 (b)||U— (-)||U— (-)||U— (-)||1.0|
|26||Jeff Pancer||1097||H— (-)||H— (-)||L14 (w)||U— (-)||U— (-)||U— (-)||1.0|
|27||Salim Belcadi||unr.||H— (-)||H— (-)||U— (-)||U— (-)||U— (-)||L11 (w)||1.0|
|28||Larry Tobin||694||L22 (b)||H— (-)||H— (-)||L11 (b)||U— (-)||U— (-)||1.0|
|29||Christopher Field||1195||L7 (b)||L10 (w)||U— (-)||U— (-)||U— (-)||U— (-)||0.0|
|30||Volkan Eryildir||1420||L3 (b)||U— (-)||U— (-)||U— (-)||U— (-)||U— (-)||0.0|
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