ACC August Swiss

Muggy weather, heat alerts, local peaches and corn in the supermarket, the Perseid meteor shower: it must be August!

Named in honour of Caesar Augustus in 8 BCE, August was formerly called Sextilis (the sixth month of a year that started in March). In Toronto, aka “the 6ix,” August is the month when many of us celebrate an end-of-summer ritual called the CNE, the largest annual fair in Canada and a Toronto tradition since 1879.

Celebrating August

Celebrating all things August, our current club tournament is the ACC August Swiss. It runs on five Monday nights – August 8 to September 12 – in three sections: Crown, U1900, U1400. (Check the club page for more on how our regular tournaments work.)

Rounds in the club tournament start at 7:30 pm each Monday, and new players are welcome to join in any round – or even to drop in for just one round – but please register by 7:00 pm to make sure you’re paired.

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Round One – August 8

In the Crown section, William Li (2117) manages a draw against top-seed Michael Humphreys (2336). Armand Mendoza and Miroslav Stefanovic enter Round 2 with a full point.

In U1900 the favourites take 6/8, underdogs 2/8, as Ramesh Bharath (1399) defeats Harry Chen (1507) and Salim Belcadi (1423) defeats Glenn Giffen (1557). With no draws, an 8-player leader group goes into Round 2 with 1.0/1.

In U1400, unrated newcomer Josh Calderon from the Philippines defeats Eli Teram (1119) – but it shouldn’t be considered an upset; apparently, Calderon is in the wrong section. Five players enter Round 2 tied for first.

Game of the Week

Miroslav Stefanovic wins an exciting game against Sergey Malakhovets in the Crown section from the black side of a Sicilian Reversed.

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Round Two – August 15

Miroslav Stefanovic-Armand Mendoza is a draw on Board 1, while Dave Southam and William Li win their games to catch the leaders at 1.5/2, so it’s a four-way tie going into Round 3.

In U1900, Hooshang Ab-Barin, Salim Belcadi, and Bharath Ramesh win their games, so they’re in a three-way tie at 2.0/2.

In U1400, Eric Pei wins again to take sole possession of first place at 2.0/2.

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Round Three – August 22

In the Crown section, Dave Southam defeats Miroslav Stefanovic while Armand Mendoza defeats William Li, and the leader group is down to a two-way tie for first at 2.5/3.

In U1900, Salim Belcadi defeats Hooshang Ab-Barin while Bharath Ramesh wins his game against Kamran Amirirad, and it’s also down to a two-way tie for first at 3.0/3.

In U1400, Eric Pei wins yet again, this time against Yue Ran Ma, to hold clear first at 3.0/3.

Game of the Week

Here’s Eric Pei’s miniature on the top board of the U1400 section. Pei plays 3.c3 against Yue Ren Ma’s Sicilian and nine moves later sacs a B on h7 to launch a mating attack!

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Round Four – August 29

Draws on the top boards leave ties for the lead. In the Crown section, Armand Mendoza – Dave Southam is a draw, leaving Mendoza and Southam tied for the lead at 3.0/4.

And in U1900, Bharath Ramesh – Salim Belcadi is a draw, leaving Belcadi and Ramesh tied for the lead at 3.5/4.

In U1400, Yun Hong Li defeats Eric Pei and overtakes him for the lead at 3.5/4 as Pei falls to 3.0/4.

Next week, we’re off for Labour Day, and then the final round is September 12.

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Off week – September 5

ACC is CLOSED on September 5, Labour Day.

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Round Five – September 12

Last round. A topsy-turvy tournament in a small Crown section still ends with the top two seeds battling on Board 1 in the last round. Dave Southam plays a Colle, allowing Michael Humphreys to get an edge in the opening. Claiming he didn’t find the right plan and sacked the wrong piece, Humphreys still gets the full point in the end.

Armand Mendoza might have blundered, but one way or another Daniel Zotkin wins quickly to tie Humphreys at 3.5/4.

Tied on points, tied on head-to-head (a draw in Rd 2), tied on number of wins (two each), Michael Humphreys finally takes the tournament over Daniel Zotkin on the third tie break: greater number of games with black. Congratulations, Michael!

In U1900, leaders Bharath Ramesh and Salim Belcadi both win their final-round games to finish with 4.5/5 – a perfect result except for a draw against each other!

Again it comes down to the third tie break, but Bharath Ramesh takes the section. Rated 1399 coming into the tournament, Ramesh would have qualified for U1400 but instead wins U1900. Congratulations, Bharath!

In U1400 Eric Pei comes from behind to take the section as a win over Larissa Souchko gives him 4.0/5, while Roger Guo plays spoiler, holding leader Yun Hong Li at 3.5. Congratulations, Eric!

See full final results on the standings tables below.

The tournament has now been rated – check the CFC site.

A new tournament starts next week. New players are always welcome! Games start at 7:30 pm, but please register by 7:00 to make sure you’re paired.


Final ranking cross-tables after Round 5

ACC August Swiss Crown

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Humphreys Michael 2336 CAN 6w½ 2b½ 9w1 7b½ 4b1 3.5
2 Zotkin Daniel 2154 CAN 1w½ 10b1 6b½ 3w1 3.5
3 Mendoza Armand Jess 1863 CAN 10b1 7b½ 6w1 4w½ 2b0 3
4 Southam David 2215 CAN 12b1 7w1 3b½ 1w0 3
5 Malakhovets Sergey 2045 CAN 7w0 6b0 12w1 9b1 -1 3
6 Li William 2117 CAN 1b½ 5w1 3b0 2w½ 9b½ 2.5
7 Stefanovic Miroslav 2184 CAN 5b1 3w½ 4b0 1w½ 0 2
8 Yu Jonathan 2222 CAN 0 12b1 0 2
9 England Max 1982 CAN 1b0 5w0 6w½ 1.5
10 Cliff Scott 1885 CAN 3w0 2w0 -1 0 1.5
11 Calvelo Jelvis 2156 CAN 0 0 0 1
12 Calderon Andrei Joshua 1850 CAN 4w0 5b0 8w0 0 0.5

Check latest results on the chess-results server.

ACC August Swiss U1900

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Ramesh Bharath 1399 CAN 15b1 11w1 7b1 2w½ 6b1 4.5
2 Belcadi Salim 1423 CAN 16w1 13b1 3w1 1b½ 5w1 4.5
3 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1605 CAN 10b1 4w1 2b0 11w1 8b0 3
4 Nadj Pal 1690 CAN 20w1 3b0 9w1 5b0 13w1 3
5 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1631 CAN 9w1 7w½ 6b½ 4w1 2b0 3
6 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1722 CAN 17b1 5w½ 12b1 1w0 3
7 Amirirad Kamran 1785 CAN 14w1 5b½ 1w0 16b½ 11w1 3
8 Armstrong Robert J. 1586 CAN 0 20b1 3w1 3
9 Gelowitz Mark A. 1502 CAN 5b0 17w1 4b0 18w1 2.5
10 Goldfarb Adam 1384 CAN 3w0 17b1 2.5
11 Hanratty Brian 1680 CAN 12w1 1b0 20w1 3b0 7b0 2
12 Diemer Ulli 1638 CAN 11b0 18w1 19b1 6w0 0 2
13 David Jean-Marc 1373 CAN 2w0 14b1 4b0 2
14 Abbarin Shabnam 1491 CAN 7b0 16b½ 13w0 20w1 2
15 Chen Harry (siqi) 1507 CAN 1w0 20b0 17w½ 16b1 2
16 Giffen Glenn 1557 CAN 2b0 14w½ 18b½ 7w½ 15w0 1.5
17 Patton Mark A. 1335 CAN 6w0 9b0 15b½ -1 10w0 1.5
18 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1315 CAN 12b0 16w½ 9b0 1.5
19 Allen Joshua 1421 CAN 12w0 0 1.5
20 Jevtic Dragan 1395 CAN 4b0 15w1 11b0 8w0 14b0 1

Check latest results on the chess-results server.

ACC August Swiss U1400

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Pei Eric 1137 CAN 6w1 9b1 2w1 3b0 5w1 4
2 Ma Yue Ran 1139 CAN 8w1 3b½ 1b0 12w1 9b1 3.5
3 Li Yun Hong (kevin) 1097 CAN 5b1 2w½ 12b1 1w1 4w0 3.5
4 Guo Roger 1183 CAN 10w1 0 3b1 3
5 Souchko Larissa 1111 CAN 3w0 13b1 1b0 2
6 Supol George 1369 CAN 1b0 8w1 0 2
7 Geddie Alex 1059 CAN 0 0 12b1 2
8 Kalmanson Evgeny 1055 CAN 2b0 12w0 6b0 9w1 10b½ 1.5
9 Moiseev Alex 697 CAN -1 1w0 8b0 2w0 1.5
10 Guo Haotong Hazel 1291 CAN 4b0 0 8w½ 1.5
11 Calderon Andrei Joshua 0 CAN 12b1 0 0 0 0 1
12 Teram Eli 1119 CAN 11w0 8b1 3w0 2b0 7w0 1
13 Pancer Jeff 1087 CAN 5w0 0 0 0 0.5

Check latest results on the chess-results server.

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10 thoughts on “ACC August Swiss”

    1. No, Tyler was nationally certified, but we do not now have a nationally or FIDE-certified arbiter. The process of obtaining certification requires first more experience as an arbiter than anyone in the club now has. We may be able to restore FIDE rating in the future, but for now unfortunately it’s not possible.

  1. Just wanted to tell you that only the U1400 section is updated on chess-results at the moment. Please updated the 2 higher ones. Thanks.

    1. I don’t think any of the sections is updated on chess-results. Apparently, there were some difficulties entering results at the end of the night.

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