It’s that time of year again!
Club Championship starts February 11
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.
The Championship section sees the top players at our club vie for the title of 2019 Club Champion! Sergey Noritsyn is the defending champion. The minimum rating to enter the section is 1700.
The Reserve section sees players rated under 1800 compete for the title of 2019 Reserve Champion. Last year it was Michael Saltat.
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 11 and running to March 25 (no round on Family Day, February 18). Registered players may request a bye by email before 6:00 pm. New players are asked to please register on site by 7:00 to make sure that you’re paired for the night’s round.
Round One – February 11
The tournament gets under way with 9 players in the Championship section and 28 in the Reserves. We’re off next week for Family Day, but new players are welcome to join in Round Two.
CLOSED – February 18
We’re closed for Family Day, so it’s an off-week for the tournament, but don’t miss the Hart House Reading Week Open!
Round Two – February 25
After two rounds, Josh Guo leads the Championship with a perfect 2.0/2. Dave Southam, Sergey Malakhovets, Shawn Talsma, and Michael Bitton are just a half point behind with 1.5/2. In the Reserve section, there’s still a big tie with five players tied for the lead at 2.0/2.
Here’s a game from the top section.
Round Three – March 4
After three rounds, there’s a tie for the lead in the Championship section as Josh Guo and Sergey Malkhovets each have 2.5/3. In the Reserves, only two players are still perfect as Lucy Gao and Colton Belanger share the lead at 3.0/3.
Round Four – March 11
After four rounds, Josh Guo is alone again in first with 3.5/4 in the Championship section. With two rounds to go, can anyone catch him? In the Reserves, Colton Belanger is still perfect with 4.0/4. Can he make it a perfect 6.0/6?
Round Five – March 18
Josh Guo now has a commanding lead with 4.5/5 going into the last round. It looks like a new Club Champion will be crowned this year!
In the Reserves, Colton Belanger is held to a draw, but still leads with 4.5/5.
See results below. Or check full details at chess-results.
One more round to go…
Round Six – March 25
The final round!
Ranking cross-tables after Round 5
ACC Club Championship – Championship section
ACC Club Championship – Reserve section
|8||Gao William (zhimao)||1665||CAN||16b1||29w1||6b0||9b½||14w½||3|
|13||Deol Gagan Deep||1638||CAN||36w1||-½||21w1||-½||0||3|
|21||Zuo Zichen (roger)||1021||CAN||7w0||30w1||13b0||23w1||11b0||2|
|23||Armstrong Robert J.||1527||CAN||-½||6w0||-½||21b0||32b1||2|
|26||Patton Mark A.||1228||CAN||-½||24w0||-½||35b1||7w0||2|
|36||Rogers John A||1191||CAN||13b0||27w½||0||0||0||0.5|