ACC Chess on Film Swiss

TIFF is under way, all the stars are in Toronto, and ACC is launching our Chess on Film tournament to celebrate the many times our royal game has graced the silver screen.

Share your favourite chess movie moment in the comments below.

This is a five-round CFC-rated tournament in four sections, Masters, U2200, U1800, and U1400. Time control is 90 min/side with a 30-s increment. The round starts at 7:30 pm every Monday night Sept 11 to Oct 16, except Thanksgiving Mon Oct 9. Register on site by 7 pm. Email registration or bye requests before 6.

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Round One – Sept 11

In the Crown, Sergey Malakhovets beats Sergey Noritsyn to take a share of the lead, while Daniel Zotkin eventually converts in a long battle with Dave Southam to join him at 1.0/1. In U2200, with two draws and a bye, the whole section is tied up at 0.5/1. In U1800, all the results are decisive, including some rating upsets as Salim Belcadi, Tony Yueh, and Sihao Chen join the winners. In U1400, there are no upsets, but Anna Boyce and Alex Moiseev manage to hold against higher rated opponents.

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Round Two – Sept 18

Sergey Noritsyn is playing in the WYCC in Uruguay – Good luck, Sergey!

Meanwhile, Michael Humphreys makes a cameo appearance in the Masters and ends up tied for the lead at 1.5/2 as Sergey Malakhovets and Lidong Wang draw. In U2200, Shawn Talsma and Shafkat Ali break away from the tie to lead the section with 1.5/2. In U1800, Hooshang Ab-Barin, Bob Armstrong, and Tony Yueh all win to take a three-way tie at 2.0/2. Finally, in U1400, Michael Saltat and Bill Randle both win to share the lead at 2.0/2.

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Round Three – Sept 25

In U1400, a couple of relatively new tournament players win their first ever tournament games. Congratulations on your victories tonight, Linda Hibbard and Anna Boyce! Meanwhile, leading the section with a perfect 3.0/3 is Michael Saltat.

Bob Armstrong wins his third straight to take sole first in the U1800 section at 3.0/3. In U2200, it is Shawn Talsma, with a win to lead the section at 2.5/3. And in the Masters, Michael Humphreys takes the starring role with a victory on Board 1 to lead the tournament with 2.5/3.

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Round Four – Oct 2

In the Masters, a long battle on Board 1 finally results in a draw, leaving Michael Humphreys still in the lead by half a point at 3.0/4. In U2200, Shawn Talsma wins again to keep a full point lead at 3.5/4. Meanwhile, Bob Armstrong and Michael Saltat stay perfect to lead with 4.0/4 in the U1800 and U1400, respectively.

See full results below and on the Chess-Results server.

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Off-week – Oct 9

The club is CLOSED for Thanksgiving. All club activities are cancelled, to resume Oct 16.

Round Five – Oct 16

In the Masters section, a number of byes in the last round leave only Sergey Noritsyn and Dave Southam playing. With the win, Sergey keeps Dave at 2.0/5, allowing Michael Humphreys to win the tournament with 3.0/5. Congratulations, Michael!

In U2200, pairing becomes difficult in the last round and leader Shawn Talsma, up by a full point already is forced to take the TD Bye, to finish with 4.5/5. Congratulations, Shawn!

In U1800, leader Bob Armstrong is upset by Lorne Schwartz, allowing Hooshang Ab-Barin to finish tied for the lead at 4.0/5. Congratulations, Bob and Hooshang!

Finally, in U1400, Michael Saltat finishes a perfect tournament with yet another win, to take the section with 5.0/5. Nicely done, Michael!

Our next club tournament is the ACC “No Snow Please” Swiss, starting October 23.


Final Ranking cross-tables after Round 5

ACC Chess on Film Swiss – Masters

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Humphreys Michael 2337 CAN 8w1 3b1 2w½ 0 3
2 Li William 2128 CAN 4w1 1b½ 0 2.5
3 Malakhovets Sergey 2248 CAN 5b1 7w½ 1w0 4b½ 0 2
4 Zotkin Daniel 2233 CAN 6w1 2b0 3w½ 0 2
5 Noritsyn Sergey 2220 CAN 3w0 0 0 8b+ 6b1 2
6 Southam David 2214 CAN 4b0 8w1 5w0 2
7 Wang Lidong 2110 CAN 3b½ 0 2
8 Calvelo Jelvis 2128 CAN 1b0 6b0 5w- 0 0.5

Check full results on the Chess-Results server.

ACC Chess on Film Swiss – U2200

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Talsma Shawn 1923 CAN 5b½ 2w1 3b1 4w1 -1 4.5
2 Liu Harry 1705 CAN 4w½ 1b0 6w½ -1 3b1 3
3 Ali Shafkat 1744 CAN 4b1 1w0 7b1 2w0 2.5
4 Fines John 1926 CAN 2b½ 3w0 -1 1b0 5w1 2.5
5 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1718 CAN 1w½ 6b1 4b0 2.5
6 McSherry Peter 1877 CAN 2b½ 5w0 0 1.5
7 Ferreira Alex T. 2096 CAN 0 3w0 0 1

Check full results on the Chess-Results server.

ACC Chess on Film Swiss – U1800

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Armstrong Robert J. 1546 CAN 20b1 3w1 2w1 10b1 11w0 4
2 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1675 CAN 14b1 13w1 1b0 7w1 9w+ 4
3 Chen Sihao 1422 CAN 11w1 1b0 9b½ 6w1 7b1 3.5
4 Diemer Ulli 1634 CAN 0 11b1 12w1 3
5 Chertkow Matthew 1424 CAN 6b1 11w1 0 3
6 Jevtic Dragan 1602 CAN 5w0 14b1 13w½ 3b0 16w1 2.5
7 Yueh Tony 1410 CAN 9b1 21w1 2b0 3w0 2.5
8 Liao Run Ming 0 CAN 12w1 10b0 16b1 0 2.5
9 Ogunlana Ayo 1584 CAN 7w0 16b1 3w½ 21w1 2b- 2.5
10 Belcadi Salim 1424 CAN 17b1 8w1 1w0 0 2.5
11 Schwartz Lorne 1591 CAN 3b0 20w1 5b0 4w0 1b1 2
12 Ramesh Bharath 1632 CAN 8b0 18w1 4b0 2
13 Abbarin Shabnam 1460 CAN 19w1 2b0 6b½ 0 14w½ 2
14 Kalmanson Evgeny 1439 CAN 2w0 6w0 20b1 13b½ 2
15 Gryn Maksym 1597 CAN 0 0 18b1 2
16 Li Kevin Yunhong 1563 CAN 9w0 21b1 8w0 6b0 1.5
17 Pell Richard 1356 CAN 10w0 0 0 0 20w1 1
18 Guo Haotong Hazel 1378 CAN 0 12b0 15w0 1
19 Supol George 1360 CAN 13b0 0 0 1
20 Shogilev Sandon 1370 CAN 1w0 11b0 14w0 17b0 0.5
21 Patton Mark A. 1303 CAN 7b0 16w0 9b0 0 0.5

Check full results on the Chess-Results server.

ACC Chess on Film Swiss – U1400

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Saltat Michael 1293 CAN 6w1 11b1 5b1 2w1 4b1 5
2 Lambert Peter 1171 CAN 13w½ 16b1 15w1 1b0 7w1 3.5
3 Moiseev Alex 769 CAN 16w½ 7b1 9w0 18b1 5w½ 3
4 Panayotou Paul 1195 CAN 11w1 9b1 1w0 3
5 Randle Bill 1183 CAN 22b1 20w+ 1w0 3b½ 3
6 Souchko Larissa 988 CAN 1b0 22w½ 18b0 19w1 17b1 2.5
7 Dong Yiwei 1237 CAN 3w0 12b1 17w1 2b0 2.5
8 Stroganov Victor 1193 CAN 15b0 21w1 0 11w1 2.5
9 Ai Amy 1181 CAN 17w1 3b1 4w0 0 2.5
10 Pancer Jeff 1014 CAN 13b1 0 0 16w1 2.5
11 Noritsyn Ivan 1053 CAN 19b1 1w0 4b0 20w+ 8b0 2
12 Tuong Rose 871 CAN 19b0 7w0 21b1 2
13 Boyce Anna 847 CAN 2b½ 10w0 22b1 0 2
14 Matetski Konstanstin 1246 CAN 0 21b1 0 2
15 Denning Keith 1220 CAN 8w1 2b0 0 2
16 Kamnitzer Benjamin 1029 CAN 3b½ 2w0 17b0 22w1 10b0 1.5
17 Zuo Roger 708 CAN 9b0 16w1 7b0 6w0 1.5
18 Hibbard Linda 595 CAN 20b0 6w1 3w0 0 1.5
19 Ellis Cody 887 CAN 11w0 12w1 0 6b0 0 1
20 Mavroidis George 991 CAN 18w1 5b- 0 11b- 0 1
21 Lau Joshua 743 CAN 8b0 14w0 12w0 1
22 Teram Eli 966 CAN 5w0 6b½ 13w0 16b0 0 0.5

Check full results on the Chess-Results server.

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One thought on “ACC Chess on Film Swiss”

  1. My five cents. The Soviet film “Grandmaster” was shot in 1972. After watching the movie I went to study in a chess school. Later the movie was banned by Soviet censors. Why? The role of the coach of the fictional grandmaster was played by Viktor Korchnoi who later emigrated from the Soviet Union. Perhaps under the influence of the film, Korchnoi remains my model player up to now.

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