ACC Sub-Zero Swiss

It’s been a warm October, but with the end of daylight savings time the nights are suddenly darker and soon the city will start to freeze over.

Toronto chess players are celebrating the dark nights and sub-zero temperatures by playing in the ACC Sub-Zero Swiss. This club tournament runs on five Monday nights – November 7 to December 5 – in three sections: Crown, U1900, U1500. (Check the club page for more on how our regular tournaments work.)

Rounds in the 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 – November 7

Thirty-two players are signed up for Round One, and more will probably join by Round Two. New players are welcome to join in any round!

In the Crown section, Michael Humphreys, William Li, and Jelvis Calvelo are victorious, and will enter Rd 2 with a full 1.0/1.

In U1900, Nika Akophyan, Hooshang Ab-Barin, Bharath Ramesh, and Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy earn the full point, and enter Rd 2 in a four-way tie.

And in U1500, Dragan Jevtic, Mark Patton, Kevin Li and Tal Zisckind are the four victors who will battle for the lead in Rd 2.

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Round Two – November 14

Under a full moon and with the World Chess Championship in full swing, half a dozen new players join in Round 2, including three new players in the Crown section. On top board, Michael Humphreys beats William Li, while Jelvis Calvelo beats Peter McSherry. Humphreys and Calvelo enter Rd 3 tied for the lead at 2.0/2.

In U1900, Nika Akophyan beats Hoosang Ab-Barin, while Vigneswaramoorthy and Ramesh take byes, so Akophyan is alone in first with the only perfect 2-0 record.

And in U1500, Dragan Jevtic and Kevin Li earn a full point to head into Rd 3 tied at 2.0/2.

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Round Three – November 21

Sunday is the Toronto Santa Claus parade, our first snow is perfect for the occasion, and the Sub-Zero Swiss finally lives up to its name! Only three players in the tournament are still perfect through three rounds, and they lead each of the three sections.

In the Crown, Michael Humphreys defeats Lambert Liu to make it a perfect 3.0/3, pulling ahead of Jelvis Calvelo, who takes a bye.

In U1900 play, Nika Akophyan beats Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy to maintain a perfect 3.0/3 and hold sole possession of first place.

And in U1500, it’s Kevin Li, with a win over co-leader Dragan Jevtic, who takes sole first with a perfect 3.0/3.

Two more rounds to go. Will the leaders take it all the way? Will they stay perfect through two more games?

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Round Four – November 28

In the Crown, Michael Humphreys draws, but it’s still enough to stay in clear first at 3.5/4 as William Li stands alone in second with 3.0/4

In U1900, Bharath Ramesh takes out leader, Nika Akophyan, while Hooshang Ab-Barin defeats Bob Armstrong, so there is now a 3-way tie for first at 3.0/4.

Finally, in U1500, Kevin Li is mistakenly paired with a player who had withdrawn, so he takes a full-point bye to stay in first at 4.0/4. He earns it the hard way, though, by winning his game in the middle section, where he makes a cameo appearance.

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Round Five – December 5

Round 5 is the last round! See final results below.

Games of the Week

A new tournament starts next week – the ACC New Year Swiss


Final ranking cross-tables after Round 5

ACC Sub-Zero Swiss Crown

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Humphreys Michael 2329 CAN 4b1 2w1 13b1 5w½ 3b½ 4
2 Li William 2155 CAN 15w1 1b0 11w1 10b1 6w1 4
3 Calvelo Jelvis 2188 CAN 11b1 14w1 1w½ 3.5
4 Malakhovets Sergey 2032 CAN 1w0 15b1 7w1 6b0 10w1 3
5 Noritsyn Sergey 2152 CAN 10b½ 8w1 1b½ 7w½ 3
6 England Max 2024 CAN 7b½ 10w½ 14b½ 4w1 2b0 2.5
7 Southam David 2201 CAN 6w½ 4b0 13w1 5b½ 2.5
8 Washimkar Arhant 1931 CAN 9w½ 5b0 11b½ 14w1 2.5
9 Zotkin Daniel 2188 CAN 8b½ 0 13w1 2.5
10 Qiao Cindy 1864 CAN 5w½ 6b½ 12w1 2w0 4b0 2
11 Fines John 2013 CAN 3w0 -1 2b0 8w½ 12b½ 2
12 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1825 CAN 14b½ 13w0 10b0 -1 11w½ 2
13 Liu Zhanhe (lambert) 1959 CAN 12b1 1w0 7b0 9b0 1.5
14 Mcsherry Peter 2135 CAN 12w½ 3b0 6w½ 8b0 1.5
15 Mendoza Armand Jess 1923 CAN 2b0 4w0 0 0 0 0

Check latest results on the chess-results server.

ACC Sub-Zero Swiss U1900

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Akophyan Nika 1751 CAN 5w1 2b1 7w1 3b0 6w1 4
2 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1592 CAN 11w1 1w0 12b1 6b1 10w1 4
3 Ramesh Bharath 1675 CAN 4w1 1w1 0 3
4 Giffen Glenn 1538 CAN 3b0 5b1 7w½ 2.5
5 Diemer Ulli 1626 CAN 1b0 4w0 11b1 8w0 12b1 2
6 Armstrong Robert J. 1646 CAN 12b½ 13w1 2w0 1b0 2
7 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1644 CAN 10w1 1b0 9w0 4b½ 2
8 David Jean-Marc 1417 CAN 0 5b1 0 2
9 Li Yun Hong (kevin) 1292 CAN 0 7b1 0 2
10 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1325 CAN 7b0 -1 12w½ 2b0 2
11 Belcadi Salim 1715 CAN 2b0 12w½ 5w0 -1 2
12 Qiao Joey 1446 CAN 6w½ 11b½ 2w0 10b½ 5w0 1.5
13 Chen Harry (siqi) 1463 CAN 6b0 0 0 1

Check latest results on the chess-results server.

ACC Sub-Zero Swiss U1500

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Li Yun Hong (kevin) 1292 CAN 10w1 -1 2b1 -1 6b1 5
2 Jevtic Dragan 1336 CAN 11b1 12w1 1w0 3b1 4b0 3
3 Geddie Alex 1045 CAN 13b0 14w1 12b1 2w0 7b1 3
4 Supol George 1376 CAN 0 5b1 2w1 3
5 Kalmanson Evgeny 1045 CAN 12b0 11w1 8b0 4w0 10w1 2
6 Goldfarb Adam 1398 CAN 7b1 0 1w0 2
7 Teram Eli 1100 CAN 6w0 11b1 3w0 2
8 Ma Yue Ran 1263 CAN 5w1 0 0 2
9 Finkelstein Michael 1165 CAN 0 0 11w1 2
10 Noritsyn Ivan 941 CAN 1b0 11w0 12w1 5b0 1.5
11 Souchko Larissa 979 CAN 2w0 5b0 10b1 7w0 9b0 1
12 Patton Mark A. 1390 CAN 5w1 2b0 3w0 10b0 0 1
13 Zisckind Tal 1367 CAN 3w1 0 0 0 0 1
14 Pancer Jeff 1072 CAN 3b0 0 0 0 0.5

Check latest results on the chess-results server.

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