ACC Spring Thaw Swiss

Despite a few flurries, the snow pack in Toronto has melted and the days are getting longer. The birds are coming back home, Toronto residents are coming out of hibernation, and we’d love to see you come out to play on Monday nights at ACC – your friendly neighbourhood chess club!

ACC Spring Thaw Swiss is a five-round CFC-rated tournament in three sections, Crown, U1800, and U1400. Time control is 90 min/side with a 30-s increment. The round starts at 7:30 pm on Monday nights Mar 19 to Apr 23. Register on site each round by 7 pm. Email registration or bye requests before 6pm.

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Round One – Mar 19

The tournament gets started with 36 players in three sections. See full results below.

Round One Games

In the Crown, Max England scores an upset win over Dave Southam in a Queen’s Pawn Game. While in U1800, Sihao Chen and Jean-Marc David play to a draw in a Scotch, but it’s a wild game with big evaluation swings, and there are still shots in the final position…


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Round Two – Mar 26

Notching up second wins, Allan Munro and Sergey Noritsyn are now tied for the lead in the top section, but its future is uncertain as almost everyone in it is registered for the upcoming Toronto Closed, starting next week on April 9.

In U1800, Arkadiy Ugodnikov and Bharath Ramesh are tied for the lead at 2.0/2. And in U1400, it’s Victor Stroganov and Alexis Stefanovich-Thomson in the lead at 2.0/2. We’re off Monday April 2, and looking forward to seeing everyone on April 9!

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Off-week – Apr 2

The club is closed for the holiday.

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Round Three – Apr 9

The Crown section has joined the Toronto Closed en masse, leaving just two sections. In the new Top/U1800 section, Arkadiy Ugodnikov scores his third straight victory to hold sole first with 3.0/3. Meanwhile, in U1400, it’s Victor Stroganov, who is still perfect at 3.0/3.

Round Three Games

I hope no one minds if I share my own game. It was highly enjoyable as it’s a kind of fantasy outcome for the white side of a KID (similar to what you want when you’re white against the Dragon, for all you e4-heads).

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Round Four – Apr 16

In U1800, Arkadiy Ugodnikov draws Bharath Ramesh, but still holds his lead with 3.5/4 going into the final round. Ramesh, Wilker, and McSherry trail by half a point at 3.0/4. In U1400 action, Dennis Tran defeats Victor Stroganov to take over the lead in the section with 3.5/4. Four players with 3.0/4 trail by just half a point: Stroganov, Stefanovich-Thompson, Moiseev, and Chandra.

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Round Five – Apr 23

See results below.

A new tournament starts next week at 7:30 pm on April 30! New players are welcome to join. Please email before 6:00, or register on site before 7:00 pm to sign up. You need both CFC and club membership, but both can be purchased from us, and we have a variety of club membership options available. If you’re already signed up, but you can’t make it, again please email before 6:00 pm to let us know so we don’t put you in the pairings.


Final ranking cross-tables after Round 5

ACC Spring Thaw Swiss – Crown section

(Most of these players are now participating in the Toronto Closed)

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd Pts.
1 Noritsyn Sergey 2232 CAN 10b1 7w1 2
2 Munro Allan 2165 CAN 9w1 5b1 2
3 Humphreys Michael 2350 CAN 6w1 1.5
4 Southam David 2208 CAN 5w0 8b1 1
5 England Max 2050 CAN 4b1 2w0 1
6 Malakhovets Sergey 2138 CAN 3b0 11w+ 1
7 Daldal Erdem 1752 CAN -1 1b0 1
8 Zotkin Daniel 2207 CAN 11b½ 4w0 0.5
9 McSherry Peter 1832 CAN 2b0 0.5
10 Wiebe Daniel 2138 CAN 1w0 0.5
11 Boles Fadi 1932 EGY 8w½ 6b- 0.5

Updated results are also available on the Chess-Results server.

ACC Spring Thaw Swiss – Top/U1800 section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd Pts.
1 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1679 CAN 10b1 9w1 14b1 3w½ 3.5
2 Daldal Erdem 1752 CAN 24b1 0 18w1 9w1 3
3 Ramesh Bharath 1619 CAN 22b1 8w1 1b½ 3
4 Mcsherry Peter 1832 CAN 15b1 7w1 3
5 Wilker Marcus 1597 CAN 21b1 11w1 3
6 Chen Sihao 1631 CAN 17w½ 20b1 7b0 13w1 2.5
7 Armstrong Robert J. 1557 CAN 23b1 6w1 4b0 2.5
8 Wagner Robert 1495 CAN 18b1 3b0 21w1 2.5
9 Schwartz Lorne 1527 CAN 13w1 1b0 19w1 2b0 2
10 Dixon Javier 1460 CAN 1w0 23b½ 16w½ 14b1 2
11 Saltat Michael 1692 CAN 20w1 5b0 2
12 Lambert Peter 1154 CAN 20b1 0 2
13 Supol George 1318 CAN 9b0 24w1 6b0 1.5
14 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1635 CAN 16b1 1w0 10w0 1.5
15 Szucs Gregory 1442 CAN 4w0 21b½ 1.5
16 Guo Haotong Hazel 1440 CAN 14w0 10b½ 1.5
17 David Jean-Marc 1429 CAN 6b½ 0 1.5
18 Finkelstein Michael 1306 CAN 8w0 -1 2b0 1.5
19 Kwan Toy Chack 1593 CAN 9b0 0 1
20 Jevtic Dragan 1473 CAN 11b0 6w0 12w0 -1 1
21 Spahic Matthew 1327 CAN 5w0 8b0 15w½ 1
22 Kalmanson Evgeny 1410 CAN 3w0 0 1
23 Dong Yiwei 1378 CAN 7w0 10w½ 0 1
24 Ballkaniku Darlen 1400 CAN 2w0 13b0 0 0 0

Updated results are also available on the Chess-Results server.

ACC Spring Thaw Swiss – U1400 section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Stefanovich-Thomson Alexis 1237 CAN 10w1 2b1 4b0 9w1 3w1 4
2 Chandra Ambarish 930 CAN 5b1 1w0 13b1 14w1 4b1 4
3 Tran Dennis 1239 CAN 15b½ 17w1 6b1 4w1 1b0 3.5
4 Stroganov Victor 1276 CAN 19w1 9b1 1w1 3b0 2w0 3
5 Moiseev Alex 1054 CAN 2w0 10b1 9w1 12b1 0 3
6 Chodoriwsky David 1262 CAN 3w0 17b1 12w1 3
7 Tuchow Ryan 1094 CAN 0 19b1 8w1 3
8 Weng David 1178 CAN 15w1 14b1 0 7b0 2.5
9 Kalniev Stefan 1233 CAN 11b1 4w0 5b0 1b0 16w1 2
10 Noritsyn Ivan 981 CAN 1b0 5w0 12w0 16b1 19w1 2
11 Teram Eli 971 CAN 9w0 19b1 16w1 0 0 2
12 Kamnitzer Benjamin 966 CAN 10b1 5w0 6b0 2
13 Patton Mark A. 1248 CAN 2w0 0 -1 2
14 Randle Bill 1113 CAN 18w1 8w0 2b0 0 1.5
15 Stroganov Valery 995 CAN 3w½ 8b0 19w1 0 0 1.5
16 Zuo Roger 761 CAN 11b0 10w0 9b0 1
17 Lambert Peter 1154 CAN 3b0 6w0 0 1
18 Matetski Konstanstin 1203 CAN 14b0 0 0 0 0.5
19 Souchko Larissa 1049 CAN 4b0 11w0 15b0 7w0 10b0 0
20 Cvetkovic Nikola 835 CAN 0 0 0 0 0 0

Updated results are also available on the Chess-Results server.

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For more on the red-winged blackbird, a sure sign of spring in Toronto, and more photos (including this one by Jacques C. Pelletier) see Hinterland Who’s Who.

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