ACC Back to the Grind Swiss

Summer vacation’s over, and Toronto players are back to the grind!

Back to the Grind

Chess is not an easy game; playing is hard work! Our current club tournament is the ACC “Back to the Grind” Swiss. It runs on five Monday nights – September 19 to October 24 – 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 – September 19

The Crown section sees the most upsets in Round One, as the top two seeds are defeated: William Li (2126) beats number two, Jonathan Yu (2223); and Nameer Issani (2092) topples top seed and club champion, FM Michael Humphreys (2332). A little further down the pairings chart, new club member Sergey Noritsyn “crushes” Miroslav Stefanovic (in Miroslav’s words). Bharath Ramesh, making a special appearance in the Crown section after finishing first in U1900 last tournament, also joins the lead group with a TD bye.

In U1900, the largest section of the tournament, favourites are victorious on almost all boards, except that Jean-Marc David (1377) manages to defeat a possibly rusty Kevin Gaffney (1590), returning after a break.

The U1400 section has suddenly become quite small and sees only three games in Round One. (We may have to adjust section cut-offs.) All three favourites are victorious, as Mark Patton, Larissa Souchko, and Eli Teram head into Round Two with a full point.

Games of the Week

In this week’s first featured game, William Li sacs the exchange in his game against Jonathan Yu and continues aggressively to win it back and then win the game, upsetting the number-two seed.

In the second featured game, Dave Southam stems the tide of toppling top seeds in his characteristically solid style by grinding out the full point against Sergey Malakhovets – it’s an instructive endgame.

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Round Two – September 26

In the Crown section, the leader group is down to two after Dave Southam finds himself down material and is lucky to get a draw against Nameer Issani. Meanwhile Jelvis Calvelo defeats Sergey Noritsyn and William Li defeats Bharath Ramesh to enter Round 3 with perfect 2.0/2 scores.

In U1900, Kamran Amirirad and Arkadiy Udodnikov stay in the leader group with Round-Two wins and are joined by Mysha Gilani (1467) as she upsets Brian Hanratty (1688) after he blunders in a won position. All three head into Rd. 3 with 2.0/2.

In U1400, Eli Teram takes a bye, allowing Yue Ran Ma and Alex Moisseev to catch up to him at 1.5/2.

Games of the Week

Two featured games this week from the top section show the stronger player as black getting an advantage out of the opening and converting it to a win.

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Round Three – October 3

Through three rounds, William Li leads the crown section. Mysha Gilani and Kamran Amirirad lead the U1900 section. And Alex Moisseev leads the U1400.

William Li
William Li
Mysha Gilani
Mysha Gilani
Kamran Amirirad
Kamran Amirirad

Game of the Week

On the top board, there’s another exciting William Li game as Li plays aggressively through complications to defeat Jelvis Calvelo.

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Off Week – October 10

The club is closed for Thanksgiving.


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Round Four – October 17

Through four rounds, William Li leads the Crown section with 3.5/4. Kamran Amirirad leads the U1900 with a perfect score of 4.0/4. And Eli Teram leads the U1400 with 3.0/4. One more round to go!

Game of the Week

On the top board, William Li gets a draw against David Southam.

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Round Five – October 24

Last round! FM Michael Humphreys, with a win over William Li, takes first place in the Crown section with 4.0/5, beating Dave Southam on tiebreak (greater number of wins).

In U1900, Kamran Amirirad scores a default win over Glen Giffen to finish in clear first with a perfect 5.0/5. Can’t get better than that!

Finally, in the small and closely fought U1400, Eli Teram loses to Larissa Soushko in the last round, but still holds onto first place with 3.0/5, beating George Supol on tiebreak (greater number of games with black).

Congratulations, Michael, Kamran, and Eli!

Upcoming …

Next week, don’t miss the Hallowe’en Rapid – 6 rounds in one night at 9′ + 3″. And don’t forget to wear a costume! The round starts at 7:30 pm. New players are welcome. Please register by 7:00 pm to make sure you’re paired.

Then, the following week (November 7) there’s a new regular club tournament, the ACC Sub-Zero Swiss!

Final Ranking cross-tables after Round 5

ACC Back to the Grind Swiss Crown

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Humphreys Michael 2332 CAN 10w0 9b1 14w1 6b1 3w1 4
2 Southam David 2212 CAN 7w1 10b½ 5w1 3b½ 4w1 4
3 Li William 2126 CAN 15w1 14b1 4b1 2w½ 1b0 3.5
4 Calvelo Jelvis 2199 CAN 9w1 5b1 3w0 7b1 2b0 3
5 Noritsyn Sergey 2034 CAN 12w1 4w0 2b0 14b1 11w1 3
6 Zotkin Daniel 2171 CAN 11b1 10w1 1w0 0 2.5
7 Malakhovets Sergey 2043 CAN 2b0 13w1 8b½ 4w0 -1 2.5
8 England Max 2008 CAN 7w½ 11b1 0 2.5
9 Mendoza Armand Jess 1986 CAN 4b0 1w0 11w0 -1 -1 2
10 Issani Nameer 2092 CAN 1b1 2w½ 6b0 0 0 1.5
11 Liu Zhanhe (lambert) 1958 CAN 6w0 9b1 8w0 5b0 1.5
12 Stefanovic Miroslav 2174 CAN 5b0 0 0 1
13 Sivapathasundaram Manojh 1883 CAN 7b0 0 0 1
14 Ramesh Bharath 1632 CAN -1 3w0 1b0 5w0 0 1
15 Yu Jonathan 2223 CAN 3b0 0 0 0 0.5

Check full details on the chess-results server.

ACC Back to the Grind Swiss U1900

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Amirirad Kamran 1764 CAN 12w1 4b1 2w1 7b1 10w+ 5
2 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1713 CAN 6b1 8w1 1b0 5w1 4b½ 3.5
3 Gilani Mysha 1467 CAN 11b1 21w1 16b1 0 0 3
4 Armstrong Robert J. 1611 CAN 17w1 1w0 8b½ 9b1 2w½ 3
5 Chen Harry (siqi) 1496 CAN 13w0 24b+ 22b1 2b0 11w1 3
6 Belcadi Salim 1627 CAN 2w0 20b1 9w0 11b½ 19w1 2.5
7 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1647 CAN 20b1 13w1 1w0 0 2.5
8 David Jean-Marc 1377 CAN 19w1 2b0 4w½ 9b½ 2.5
9 Patton Mark A. 1317 CAN 22w½ 6b1 4w0 8w½ 2.5
10 Giffen Glenn 1508 CAN 14w1 1b- 2.5
11 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1357 CAN 3w0 19b½ 24b1 6w½ 5b0 2
12 Gelowitz Mark A. 1502 CAN 1b0 14b0 24w1 2
13 Pei Eric 1235 CAN 5b1 16w½ 7b0 0 2
14 Sutton Michael 1733 CAN 10b0 12w1 0 2
15 Sharpe Michael D. 1677 CAN 0 23b1 0 2
16 Wilker Marcus 1621 CAN 25w1 13b½ 3w0 0 2
17 Supol George 1347 CAN 4b0 19w1 0 2
18 Fines John 0 CAN 0 0 22b1 2
19 Gaffney Kevin 1590 CAN 8b0 11w½ 17b0 22w1 6b0 1.5
20 Goldfarb Adam 1391 CAN 7w0 6w0 24b1 0 1.5
21 Hanratty Brian 1688 CAN 24w1 3b0 0 0 0 1
22 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1613 CAN 9b½ 5w0 19b0 18w0 1
23 Allen Joshua 1414 CAN 0 15w0 0 1
24 Jevtic Dragan 1388 CAN 21b0 5w- 11w0 20w0 12b0 0
25 Morrison Richard 1380 CAN 16b0 0 0 0 0 0

Check full details on the chess-results server.

ACC Back to the Grind Swiss U1400

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Teram Eli 1093 CAN 3w1 6b1 5b0 3
2 Supol George 1347 CAN 0 8w1 3b1 3
3 Kalmanson Evgeny 1016 CAN 1b0 6w½ 8b1 5w1 2w0 2.5
4 Moiseev Alex 699 CAN 8w1 -1 0 0 2.5
5 Souchko Larissa 1106 CAN 8b1 7w0 6b0 3b0 1w1 2
6 Geddie Alex 1078 CAN 9w0 3b½ 5w1 1w0 8b0 1.5
7 Ma Yue Ran 1189 CAN 5b1 0 0 0 1.5
8 Noritsyn Ivan 1016 CAN 5w0 4b0 3w0 2b0 6w1 1
9 Patton Mark A. 1317 CAN 6b1 0 0 0 0 1

Check full details on the chess-results server.

18 thoughts on “ACC Back to the Grind Swiss”

  1. Hi, I am just wondering whether or not you update the ratings throughout the tournament. For example, I will have a new rating this Wednesday (fact), but would my new rating apply to the tournament or would my rating before the tournament apply?

    1. Thanks for your question, William. We update CFC ratings the week the tournament starts, but then we keep those ratings throughout the event for pairing purposes. For rating purposes, I believe CFC rates tournaments in order according to when they finish.

      E.g., if you start an Annex club tournament at 2100, then mid-tournament you play in a weekend Swiss and your rating goes up to 2150, CFC will rate the whole Annex tournament (even the rounds that came before the weekend Swiss) using 2150 as your rating.

      FIDE might do something different, actually basing calculations on the date of each round, but I believe CFC lumps the whole tournament together as if it happened on the date of the final round.

  2. I played at a weekend tournament BEFORE the Monday the ACC tournament started. But the weekend tournament was also before the next update. Is my rating going to be updated in the ACC tournament in this case?

  3. Hi, this is Eric Pei. I noticed an error with the results and I would like to confirm that I won my game against Harry Chen. Thank you in advance.

  4. Hi, I have a little question. On the first round Nameer (whose rating is lower than mine) got to play 1st seed. Speaking of that, why did he get to play 1st seed and I got to play 2nd seed?

    1. The rating update before the round didn’t work, so I paired with old ratings. Then I did the rating update after, and re-paired manually.

  5. Also there’s always a dumb problem with the software I use to put my games in. The rating of the white player automatically becomes the rating of the black player when the game saves. My actual rating is 2085 lol

  6. Hi, this is Eric Pei. I will not be coming for the 5th round nor will I be participating in the next tournament. Please do not pair me against an opponent. Thanks in advance

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