ACC Spring Training Swiss

It’s time to get in shape for the season!

The Spring Training Swiss, a 5-round regular club tournament, runs on Monday nights, April 4 to May 2, with games starting at 7:30 pm.

Since quite a few of our top players are participating in the Toronto Closed Chess Championship on Monday nights in April and May, this concurrent club event will be pared down to just two sections, Crown (minimum 1600) and Under-1700, to accommodate a smaller number of players.

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Round One – April 4

The tournament gets started with some of the new players in the Crown section scoring first-round upsets. Young Max England (1840), fresh from taking the Club Championship Reserve section, defeats William Li (2122), while another strong young player, Tigran Ghazarian (1754), who won the U1800 section in the previous event, defeats Armand Jess Mendoza (1917).

There are a number of upsets in the U1700 section as well. Adam Goldfarb (1333) defeats Bob Armstrong (1571), Gregory Szucs (1312) defeats Paul Muskat (1519), and Salim Belcadi (701) defeats Eli Teram (1123).

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Round Two – April 11

Both sections are now down to two-way ties!

In the Crown section, Tigran Ghazarian and Zhong Zhao have perfect 2.0/2 scores.

In the U1700 section, it’s Ulli Diemer and Adam Goldfarb with perfect 2.0/2 records.

Leaders will face off in Round 3!

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Round Three – April 18

A draw on the top board between Tigran Ghazarian and Zhong Zhao allows Alex Ferreiera, with a win over William Li, to join the leaders at 2.5/3.

Meanwhile, in U1700 action, Ulli Diemer takes his third win in a row to lead the section with 3.0/3, while Adam Goldfarb and Mark Patton trail by just half a point at 2.5/3.

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Round Four – April 25

Zhong Zhao defeats Armand Jess Mendoza to hold onto first with 3.5/4, while Arkadiy Ugodnikov plays spoiler and knocks out Tigran Ghazarian. Alex Ferreira, shown with a TD bye, has actually withdrawn from the tournament; Daniel Wiebe, however, with a win over William Li is within reach of first at 3.0/4.

In the U1700 group, Ulli Diemer scores yet another victory, this time over Adam Goldfarb, to maintain a perfect 4.0/4 record. His closest competitors, Glenn Giffen, Mark Patton, and Salim Belcadi, are now a full point behind at 3.0/4.

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Round Five – May 2

Daniel Wiebe takes the tournament with a final-round win over Tigran Ghazarian. Once again, Arkadiy Ugodnikov plays spoiler by knocking first-place Zhong Zhao down to second place.

Meanwhile, Ulli Diemer takes the U1700 handily with a perfect 5.0/5 record. Newcomer Glenn Giffen, who joined only in Round 3, takes second with a 3-for-3 performance in rounds played.

Daniel Wiebe
Daniel Wiebe
Ulli Diemer
Ulli Diemer

See complete results below.

A new club tournament starts next week. New players are welcome! Please register before 7:00 pm to make sure you’re paired for the first round.

Final Ranking crosstables after Round 5

ACC Spring Training Swiss: Crown section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Wiebe Daniel 2096 CAN 11w1 2b0 6w1 8b1 5b1 4
2 Zhao Zhong 1671 CAN -1 1w1 5w½ 7b1 4b0 3.5
3 Ferreira Alex T. 2127 CAN 4w1 6b½ 8w1 -1 0 3.5
4 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1903 CAN 3b0 7b0 9w½ 5w1 2w1 2.5
5 Ghazarian Tigran 1754 CAN 7w1 12b+ 2b½ 4b0 1w0 2.5
6 England Max 1840 CAN 8w1 3w½ 1b0 11b1 0 2.5
7 Mendoza Armand Jess 1917 CAN 5b0 4w1 11b1 2w0 9b0 2
8 Li William 2122 CAN 6b0 9w1 3b0 1w0 11w1 2
9 Stein Jacob 1905 CAN 10w0 8b0 4b½ 7w1 2
10 Stefanovic Miroslav 2199 CAN 9b1 0 0 0 1.5
11 Amirirad Kamran 1784 CAN 1b0 -1 7w0 6w0 8b0 1
12 Marshall Fernando 1991 CAN 5w- 0 0 0 0.5

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ACC Spring Training Swiss: U1700 section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Diemer Ulli 1585 CAN 4b1 11w1 8b1 9w1 7w1 5
2 Giffen Glenn 0 CAN 15b1 11w1 5b1 4
3 Gelowitz Mark A. 1391 CAN 21w1 7w0 17b1 11b1 3.5
4 Jevtic Dragan 1381 CAN 1w0 22b1 6b0 10w1 16w1 3
5 Belcadi Salim 701 CAN 22w1 7b0 10w1 13b1 2w0 3
6 Armstrong Robert J. 1571 CAN 9w0 14b1 4w1 7b½ 8w½ 3
7 Patton Mark A. 1417 CAN 5w1 3b1 6w½ 1b0 3
8 Chen Harry (siqi) 1483 CAN 12b1 1w0 18b+ 6b½ 3
9 Goldfarb Adam 1333 CAN 6b1 15w1 1b0 0 2.5
10 Muskat Paul 1519 CAN 11b0 12w1 5b0 4b0 22w1 2
11 Szucs Gregory 1312 CAN 10w1 1b0 19w1 2b0 3w0 2
12 Souchko Larissa 1146 CAN 8w0 10b0 13w0 22b1 20w1 2
13 Tobin Jacob 897 CAN 12b1 5w0 0 2
14 Halim Howard 1249 CAN 15b0 6w0 19b1 0 1.5
15 Morrison Richard 1490 CAN 14w1 9b0 2w0 0 1.5
16 Supol George 1398 CAN 17w½ 0 4b0 1.5
17 Allen Joshua 1401 CAN 16b½ 3w0 0 1.5
18 Finkelstein Michael 1165 CAN 8w- 0 1.5
19 Tobin Larry 714 CAN 11b0 14w0 0 1
20 Hanratty Brian 1442 CAN 0 0 12b0 1
21 Pancer Jeff 1092 CAN 3b0 0 0 1
22 Teram Eli 1123 CAN 5b0 4w0 12w0 10b0 0.5

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carlsen anand physical training

Physical fitness is a big part of chess, especially at the top levels. Shown in the feature image are current world champion, Magnus Carlsen, and former World Champion, Viswanathan Anand.

4 thoughts on “ACC Spring Training Swiss”

  1. I believe Round 5 has already gone? It’s been around 6 days, and it would be best if you updated the site now :D. By the way, what is the next tournament?

    1. The next event, ACC Get on Board Swiss, starts May 9, immediately following the current event, as normal. Sections will again be Crown and U1700.

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