ACC June Bug Swiss

Our latest chess tournament is named for the big brown beetles that seem to show up out of nowhere in June. Part of the scarab family, June bugs are usually considered a pest. Personally, I’ve always found them humorously clumsy; they always seem to be flying into walls, getting stuck on their back, or moving slowly and awkwardly across the ground, dragging their big belly with scrabbling legs.

Running through June from May 29 to July 10, the ACC June Bug Swiss is a 5-round club tournament in three sections, Masters, U2200, and U1600. Yes, those cut-offs are a little different than normal – partly because it’s nice to mix up the sections to give people some new opponents, but mostly because we’re trying an experiment with this tournament, making the Masters section a little more exclusive in the hopes of attracting some new strong players.

Accordingly, our three sections are the new Masters section, then U2200, and then U1600. As always, those within 100 points of the cut-off may request to play up in the next higher section. E.g., a 2120 would naturally be in the U2200 section, but could request to play in the Masters. Similarly a 1530 would naturally be placed in U1600, but could request to play in U2200.

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Round One – May 29

The tournament starts with 31 players in three sections. The Masters section has a very low turn-out with just one player. We already have some additional entries for Round Two!

In U2200, there are some big rating differences in the first round, and at the end of the night the results on the pairing sheet show a zig-zag pattern indicating a sweep by the rating favourites. In U1600, two unrated players play their first standard CFC-rated tournament game, Benjamin Kamnizer, who loses to Evgeny Kalmanson, and Akshay Seshadri, who wins against Reza Anghaie. Otherwise, the section is also a sweep for the rating favourites. See full results below.

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Round Two – June 5

The Masters section doubles in the second round with two players now registered. William Li defeats Dave Southam to stay in first with 2.0/2.

In U2200, four 1900s face off on the top boards. Shawn Talsma and John Fines are victorious and now tied for the lead at 2.0/2.

In U1600, both unrated players are on the board as Benjamin Kamnitzer wins his game. Tied for the lead with 2.0/2 are Shabnam Abbarin, Gregory Szucs, and George Supol.

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Round Three – June 12

See results below.

Off-week – June 19

ACC is hosting the GTCL Cup. Free for Annex members. Make a team or we’ll put you on one for this one-night four-on-four rapid teams event. Our regular club tournament takes a break to allow players to participate.

Round Four – June 26

The tournament resumes. The round starts at 7:30 pm. Please register on site before 7:00 if you would like to play, or email in advance. All are welcome, including new players! CFC membership is required ($48 per year; $32 for juniors) but you can purchase it from us, and we offer a variety of club membership options including a drop-in membership ($15 per night or $10 for juniors) to play in one round of the tournament.

Off-week – July 3

It’s Canada Day weekend and ACC is closed.

Round Five – July 10

Final round.


Ranking cross-tables after Round 3

ACC June Bug Swiss – Masters

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd Pts.
1 Noritsyn Sergey 2248 CAN 2b1 2
2 Li William 2142 CAN -1 3b1 1w0 2
3 Southam David 2263 CAN 2w0 1

Check updated results on chess-results.

ACC June Bug Swiss – U2200

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd Pts.
1 Fines John 1961 CAN 8w1 3b1 2w1 3
2 Talsma Shawn 1937 CAN 10w1 5b1 1b0 2
3 Malmsten Erik 1922 CAN 7b1 1w0 6b1 2
4 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1722 CAN 9b1 2
5 Mcsherry Peter 1953 CAN 6b1 2w0 8b½ 1.5
6 Pei Eric 1559 CAN 5w0 7b1 3w0 1
7 Chen Harry (siqi) 1525 CAN 3w0 6w0 9b1 1
8 Hanratty Brian 1674 CAN 1b0 5w½ 1
9 Belcadi Salim 1589 CAN 4w0 7w0 0.5
10 Armstrong Robert J. 1527 CAN 2b0 0 0 0

Check updated results on chess-results.

ACC June Bug Swiss – U1600

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd Pts.
1 Abbarin Shabnam 1442 CAN 16w1 6b1 5w1 3
2 Szucs Gregory 1415 CAN 17w1 7b1 2.5
3 Randle Bill 1233 CAN 23b1 -1 2.5
4 Gelowitz Mark A. 1412 CAN 12b1 15w0 11b1 2
5 Supol George 1368 CAN 13w1 9b1 1b0 2
6 Dixon Javier 1314 CAN 24b1 1w0 16b1 2
7 Kalmanson Evgeny 1211 CAN 18b1 2w0 22b1 2
8 Mcmillan Alan 1227 CAN 19w1 0 18b1 2
9 Seshadri Akshay 0 CAN 14b1 5w0 23w1 2
10 Jevtic Dragan 1425 CAN 21b1 11w½ 0 1.5
11 Patton Mark A. 1285 CAN 25w1 10b½ 4w0 1.5
12 Souchko Larissa 983 CAN 4w0 20b1 1.5
13 Bahry Timothy 943 CAN 5b0 18w0 25b1 1
14 Anghaie Reza 891 CAN 9w0 17b0 24b1 1
15 Wilker Marcus 1601 CAN 0 4b1 0 1
16 Dong Yiwei 1064 CAN 1b0 24w1 6w0 1
17 Pancer Jeff 1002 CAN 2b0 14w1 0 1
18 Kamnitzer Benjamin 0 CAN 7w0 13b1 8w0 1
19 Noftle Madisin 776 CAN 8b0 0 -1 1
20 Ai Amy 1180 CAN 12w0 1
21 Teram Eli 1011 CAN 10w0 1
22 Matetski Konstantin 0 CAN 7w0 1
23 David Jean-Marc 1440 CAN 3w0 9b0 0.5
24 Noritsyn Ivan 933 CAN 6w0 16b0 14w0 0
25 Ellis Cody 900 CAN 11b0 0 13w0 0

Check updated results on chess-results.

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For more on June bugs, also known as June beetles, May bugs, etc., see the Encyclopedia Brittanica article.

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4 thoughts on “ACC June Bug Swiss”

    1. Thanks Dave, I fixed the date. I’m going to see if I can grab the ACC computer before Monday to fix your ½-pt bye, because there’s also an incorrect result in U1600 – Shabnam won her game against George.

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