2017 ACC Club Championship

Club Championship starts February 27

It’s time for another edition of our annual Club Championship! (Check out the club championship tag for past editions!)

The format for the Club Championship is a little different than our regular Swisses: six rounds and just two sections, Championship and Reserve.

Club Championship trophies

The Championship section sees the top players at our club vie for the title of 2017 Club Champion! Michael Humphreys has held the honour for quite some time now – five years in a row! – but this could be the year he’s unseated. The minimum rating to enter the section is 1700.

Michael Humphreys, 2012-2016 Club Champion (photo by John Upper)

The Reserve section sees players rated under 1800 compete for the title of 2017 Reserve Champion. Last year it was Max England. (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 Monday evenings, starting February 27 and running to April 3. New players are asked to please register by 7:00 to make sure that you’re paired for the night’s round.

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Round One – February 27

The Club Championship starts with just 15 players in the Championship section – and 28 players in the Reserve.

First-round David vs. Goliath upsets include Max England (2066) defeating Daniel Zotkin (2202) and John Fines (1903) scoring a draw against William Li (2179). In the last game to finish, Miroslav Stefanovic (2136) stubbornly defends to score a draw against top seed and five-time Club Champion Michael Humphreys (2318).

In the Reserve Sasha Chapin (1172) defeats Harry Chen (1465), Dragan Jevtic (1363) defeats Michael Sharpe (1662) and Evgeny Kalmanson (1141) defeats Shabnam Abbarin (1458).

Rd 1 Games of the Week

Here are a few select games – thanks to Keith Denning for entering them!

And finally, a game from the reserve section.

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Round Two – March 6

A few new players join the tournament, including some brand new unrated players in the Reserve section who just finished a session of Artiom’s adult chess classes: Bill Randle, Alan McMillan, and Doug Caplan. Meanwhile the Championship section gets a bit tougher as a couple new 2200+ players join: Joseph Bellissimo (2291) and Ochuko Emuakpeje (2211 FIDE). And at the end of the night, Bill Randle, Joseph Bellissimo, and Ochuko Emuakpeje are victorious!

Early leaders with perfect scores through two rounds are Sergey Noritsyn and Dave Southam in the Championship section and five players in the Reserve section: Ulli Diemer, Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy, Salim Belcadi, Kevin Li, and Mark Gelowitz!

Rd 2 Games of the Week

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Round Three – March 13

It’s the halfway point. Through three rounds, the leader – with a perfect 3.0/3 score – is Dave Southam. Half a point behind with 2.5/3 are Ochuko Emuakpeje and Michael Humphreys.

Rd 3 Games of the Week

Reserve Section

In the Reserve section, there’s a two-way tie for first: Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy and Ulli Diemer both have perfect 3.0/3 scores through three rounds. Another five players are tied for third with 2.5/3.

Here are the games from the top two boards:

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Round Four – March 20

Through four rounds, there is a clear leader in each section. In the Championship section, with a perfect 4.0/4 score, Dave Southam has sole possession of first place. Trailing by just half a point with 3.5/4 is defending champion, Michael Humphreys.

In the Reserve section, it’s Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy with a perfect 4.0/4 score and sole possession of first. Javier Dixon trails by half a point with 3.5/4.

There will be showdowns next week as each second-place player will have their chance to take the lead with a win over the leader.

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Round Five – March 27

In the Reserve section, Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy is a juggernaut, as he takes out his fifth opponent in a row to post a 5-0 record through five rounds. Ulli Diemer, Kevin Li, and Eric Pei are a point behind at 4.0.

In the Championship section, things get interesting as defending champion Michael Humphreys defeats leader Dave Southam, to rise to 4.5/5, half a point ahead of Southam, who falls to 4.0/5, as Noritsyn and Emuakpeje stay within a point at 3.5.

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Round Six – April 3

There are big dramatics in the final round as Ochuko Emuakpeje takes out Humphreys, holding him to 4.5/6 while rising to 4.5 himself. Meanwhile, Sergey Noritsyn beats Malakhovets to join them at 4.5. At this point, Dave Southam, coming into the round with 4.0, can take a clear lead and the 2017 Championship title with a win over Stefanovic. Here’s the game – with commentary by Stefanovic (Southam is black):

So the tournament ends with four players at 4.5, and it comes down to tiebreaks. With four players tied, nobody can win head-to-head. Number of wins and number of blacks eliminate Humphreys and Noritsyn, and finally Southam has a better Buchholz Cut 1 score than Emuakpeje. So Dave Southam wins it in the end on the fourth tiebreak, and ACC has a new Club Champion. Congratulations, Dave!

Dave Southam

An interesting twist arises in the Reserves when leader Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy, ahead by a full point, decides to coast to the finish with a zero-point bye in the last round, counting on better tie breaks against Diemer (head-to-head), Li (more blacks), and Pei (more wins) if any of them should get a full point in the final round.

In probably the worst case scenario for Vigneswaramoorthy, Ulli Diemer defeats Eric Pei and Kevin Li pulls off a 150-rating-point upset win over Salim Belcadi – with black! Vigneswaramoorthy had the head-to-head tiebreak secured over just Diemer, but it doesn’t help in a three-way tie with Diemer and Li. And all three now have 5 wins and 3 blacks, so it comes down to the fourth tiebreak, Buchholz Cut 1 scores – and Vigneswaramoorthy has 20.5, half a point ahead of Diemer’s 20. So Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy gets his name on the trophy and goes down in ACC history with the most impressive finish of all time in the Club Championship Reserve, winning the section with a round to spare. Congratulations, Vinorth!


Ranking cross-tables after Round 5

ACC Club Championship

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Humphreys Michael 2318 CAN 6w½ 10b1 -1 5w1 2b1 4.5
2 Southam David 2233 CAN 5b1 14w1 3b1 4w1 1w0 4
3 Noritsyn Sergey 2265 CAN 19w1 8b1 2w0 9b1 3.5
4 Emuakpeje Ochuko 2211 NGR 18b1 6w1 2b0 7w1 3.5
5 Malakhovets Sergey 2067 CAN 2w0 19b1 12w1 1b0 13w1 3
6 Stefanovic Miroslav 2136 CAN 1b½ 15w1 4b0 8w½ 11b1 3
7 Bellissimo Joseph 2291 CAN 11b1 10w1 4b0 3
8 Liu Zhanhe (lambert) 2185 CAN 12b1 3w0 6b½ 10w1 3
9 Zotkin Daniel 2202 CAN 10w0 17w1 11b0 15b1 3w0 2
10 England Max 2066 CAN 9b1 1w0 14b+ 7b0 8b0 2
11 Fines John 1903 CAN 17b½ 7w0 9w1 12b½ 6w0 2
12 Mcsherry Peter 2041 CAN 8w0 -1 5b0 11w½ 14b½ 2
13 Talsma Shawn 1925 CAN 0 -1 5b0 2
14 Akophyan Nika 1810 CAN -1 2b0 10w- 16w½ 12w½ 2
15 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1777 CAN 6b0 9w0 -1 2
16 Guo Josh 2232 CAN 0 14b½ 0 1.5
17 Li William 2179 CAN 11w½ 9b0 0 1.5
18 Qiao Cindy 1885 CAN 4w0 19b½ 0 1.5
19 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1722 CAN 3b0 5w0 18w½ 0 0 0.5
20 Calvelo Jelvis 2155 PHI 0 0 0 0 0 0

Check updated results on chess-results.

ACC Club Championship – Reserve Section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1635 CAN 35b1 10w1 13b1 2w1 7b1 5
2 Diemer Ulli 1648 CAN 18w1 22b1 5w1 1b0 8w1 4
3 Li Kevin Yunhong 1448 CAN 39w1 20b1 14w0 15b1 12w1 4
4 Pei Eric 1562 CAN 29b1 23w1 9b1 4
5 Belcadi Salim 1617 CAN 19w1 31b1 2b0 17w1 3.5
6 Abbarin Shabnam 1458 CAN 22w0 19b1 36w1 10b1 3.5
7 Dixon Javier 1195 CAN 28b1 24w1 14b1 1w0 3.5
8 Kingsbury Brett 1406 CAN 12b0 35w1 27b1 13w1 2b0 3
9 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1424 CAN 20w0 37b1 31w1 11b1 4w0 3
10 Jevtic Dragan 1363 CAN 33w1 1b0 25w1 17b1 6w0 3
11 Chapin Sasha 1172 CAN 16w1 13b- 34b1 9w0 25b1 3
12 Hanratty Brian 1686 CAN 8w1 17b½ 20w1 3b0 3
13 Gelowitz Mark A. 1450 CAN 21b1 11w+ 1w0 8b0 23w1 3
14 Sutton Michael 1716 CAN 32w1 3b1 7w0 3
15 Denning Keith 1298 CAN 38b1 3w0 21w1 3
16 Chen Harry (siqi) 1465 CAN 11b0 30w0 19b½ 32w1 31b1 2.5
17 David Jean-Marc 1438 CAN 40b1 12w½ 30b1 10w0 5b0 2.5
18 Patton Mark A. 1319 CAN 2b0 21w0 37b1 29w1 22b½ 2.5
19 Chodoriwsky David 1212 CAN 5b0 6w0 16w½ 34b1 29b1 2.5
20 Armstrong Robert J. 1715 CAN 9b1 3w0 12b0 28w1 2.5
21 Geddie Alex 1121 CAN 13w0 18b1 30w1 15b0 2.5
22 Kalmanson Evgeny 1141 CAN 6b1 2w0 23b½ 18w½ 2.5
23 Ai Amy 1049 CAN 34w1 4b0 22w½ 13b0 2
24 Ramesh Bharath 1660 CAN 27w1 7b0 0 2
25 Ellis Cody 0 CAN 10b0 27w1 11w0 2
26 Ali Shafkat 1668 CAN 0 0 30b1 2
27 Souchko Larissa 1006 CAN 37w1 24b0 8w0 25b0 32b½ 1.5
28 Caplan Doug 0 CAN 7w0 0 20b0 39b1 1.5
29 McMillan Alan 0 CAN 4w0 32b1 18b0 19w0 1.5
30 Randle Bill 0 CAN 16b1 17w0 21b0 26w0 1.5
31 Teram Eli 1005 CAN -1 5w0 9b0 16w0 1.5
32 Anghaie Reza 712 CAN 14b0 29w0 16b0 27w½ 1
33 Sharpe Michael D. 1662 CAN 10b0 0 0 1
34 Supol George 1398 CAN 23b0 11w0 19w0 1
35 Finkelstein Michael 1301 CAN 1w0 8b0 0 1
36 Vaz Jake 1175 CAN 6b0 0 0 1
37 Noritsyn Ivan 933 CAN 27b0 9w0 18w0 1
38 Noftle Madisin 0 CAN 15w0 0 0 1
39 Pancer Jeff 1016 CAN 3b0 0 0 0 28w0 0
40 Stahlbrand Kevin 983 CAN 17w0 0 0 0 0 0

Check updated results on chess-results.

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23 thoughts on “2017 ACC Club Championship”

  1. Hi Marcus, same here. I’d also like a round 4 bye, but with different reasons. I don’t want to spend a whole night playing a really low rated player. Thanks. :)

  2. Oh my GOD!!!!!! I just went over my game with Stockfish…I was completely winning because his tactic on move 31 was ILLEGAL!!! His knight fork didn’t work because it was PINNED against his King! Then he would have had to resign immediately as he was down a Queen!!! What happens now? Is it too late to claim a win??

    1. Hi Dave,
      The penalty for making an illegal move is not loss of the game, except when rapidplay rules apply, and even then it needs to be claimed immediately. (See A.4 in the FIDE laws of chess.) Under normal competition rules, the illegal move would be withdrawn and the game would be re-played from the position where it was made. (See 7.5.) However this can only be done if the illegal move comes to the attention of the arbiter during the game. At this point, after the game, the game result has to stand.
      https://www.fide.com/fide/handbook.html?id=171&view=article

  3. Please note that we have six tie breaks.

    Tie-break: In the case of ties, we will use the following tie-break systems in order (updated March 2014):
    1. Direct encounter
    2. The greater number of wins
    3. The greater number of games with Black
    4. Buchholz Cut 1
    5. Buchholz
    6. Sonneborn-Berger

    1. Buchholz Cut 1 calculations.
      Championship: DS has 20; OE has 18.5 – Dave wins on tie-break.
      Reserve: UD has 20; VV has 20.5; KL has 16 – Vinorth wins on tie-break

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