ACC Club Championship 2019

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.

Club Championship trophies

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.
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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?

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Round Five – March 18

Josh Guo is still in the 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.

One more round to go…

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Round Six – March 25

The final round! When the dust settles, it’s Matthew Furrow taking clear first in the Reserve section with 5.0/6. Congratulations, Matthew!

And our new club champion is Josh Guo, with 5.5/6. Congratulations, Josh!


Check full details at chess-results.


Final Ranking Cross-tables after Round 6

ACC Club Championship – Championship section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd 6.Rd Pts.
1 Guo Josh 2253 CAN 6b1 10w1 2b½ 3w1 -1 4b1 5.5
2 Southam David 2216 CAN 3w½ 11b1 1w½ 8b1 6w1 5b1 5
3 Bitton Michael 1841 CAN 2b½ 5w1 1b0 -1 11w1 4
4 Malakhovets Sergey 2070 CAN 5b1 7w1 0 1w0 3
5 Fines John 1834 CAN 4w0 3b0 11w1 12b1 2w0 2.5
6 Gao Raymond 1985 CAN 1w0 11b1 2b0 0 2
7 Talsma Shawn 1893 CAN 8b1 4b0 0 0 2
8 England Max 2044 CAN 9b½ 7w0 10b+ 2w0 0 2
9 Humphreys Michael 2338 CAN 8w½ 0 0 0 1.5
10 Saucedo Jorge 1926 MEX 11w1 1b0 8w- 0 0 0 1
11 Chen Sihao 1700 CAN 10b0 2w0 5b0 6w0 -1 3b0 1
12 Ogunlana Ayo 1765 CAN 0 5w0 0 0 1

ACC Club Championship – Reserve section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd 6.Rd Pts.
1 Furrow Matthew 1659 CAN 32b1 26w½ 13b1 15w1 2b1 5
2 Belanger Colton 1499 CAN 34b1 28b1 13w1 7w1 4b½ 1w0 4.5
3 Ivanov Venci 1785 CAN 10w½ 31b1 4b½ 8w1 7b½ 14w1 4.5
4 Belcadi Salim 1583 CAN 19w1 6b1 3w½ 20b1 2w½ 7b½ 4.5
5 Gao William (zhimao) 1665 CAN 21b1 23w1 7b0 15b½ 19w½ 36w1 4
6 Tuchow Ryan 1325 CAN 32b1 4w0 8b½ 26w1 19b1 4
7 Gao Lucy 1543 CAN 12w+ 27b1 5w1 2b0 3w½ 4w½ 4
8 Dixon Javier 1330 CAN 28w1 26b½ 6w½ 3b0 25w1 13b+ 4
9 Phillips Arthur 1585 CAN 17b1 0 26b1 20w1 0 3.5
10 Stefanovich-Thomson Alexis 1229 CAN 3b½ 15w0 31b1 22w1 3.5
11 D’souza Carina 1051 CAN 15b½ 20w0 24b1 21w1 3.5
12 Kamnitzer Benjamin 1003 CAN 7b- 21w½ 28b1 20b1 3.5
13 Lambert Peter 1553 CAN 25b1 22w1 2b0 1w0 16b1 8w- 3
14 Wagner Robert 1598 CAN 33b1 15w0 21b1 3b0 3
15 Saltat Michael 1574 CAN 11w½ 10b1 14b1 5w½ 1b0 0 3
16 Patton Mark A. 1228 CAN 29w0 36b1 13w0 30b1 3
17 Stroganov Victor 1481 CAN 9w0 31b1 0 25w1 3
18 Deol Gagan Deep 1638 CAN 37w1 25w1 0 0 3
19 Supol George 1424 CAN 4b0 38w+ -1 5b½ 6w0 3
20 Jevtic Dragan 1597 CAN 31w½ 11b1 29b1 4w0 9b0 12w0 2.5
21 Guo Richard 1211 CAN 5w0 12b½ 35w1 22b1 14w0 11b0 2.5
22 Lee Tommy 1000 CAN 24b1 13b0 21w0 23w1 10b0 2.5
23 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1660 CAN 5b0 31w0 32w1 22b0 34w1 2.5
24 Kalmanson Evgeny 1313 CAN 22w0 25b0 11w0 28b1 31w1 2.5
25 Zuo Zichen (roger) 1021 CAN 13w0 24w1 18b0 27w1 8b0 17b0 2
26 Schwartz Lorne 1593 CAN 38b1 8w½ 1b½ 9w0 6b0 0 2
27 Armstrong Robert J. 1527 CAN 7w0 25b0 32b1 0 2
28 Souchko Larissa 854 CAN 8b0 2w0 12w0 34b1 24w0 32b+ 2
29 Giffen Glenn 1529 CAN 16b1 20w0 0 0 2
30 Lillico Margarita 1244 CAN 33w0 35b- 35b+ 16w0 2
31 Tuong Rose 1068 CAN 20b½ 3w0 23b1 17w0 10w0 24b0 1.5
32 Yin Lucas 200 CAN 6w0 1w0 34b1 23b0 27w0 28w- 1
33 Moiseev Alex 1153 CAN 14w0 0 30b1 0 0 0 1
34 Guo Rainyee 945 CAN 2w0 37b½ 32w0 28w0 23b0 1
35 Zhao Samuel 1224 CAN 21b0 30w- 30w- 0 1
36 Stroganov Valery 1425 CAN 0 16w0 0 5b0 1
37 Rogers John A 1191 CAN 18b0 34w½ 0 0 0 0 0.5
38 Teram Eli 1059 CAN 26w0 19b- 0 0 0 0 0
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8 thoughts on “ACC Club Championship 2019”

  1. Sorry for the bad/unwise use of wording; what I meant was: despite being in charge of bids, I was wondering if ACC would like to host it again this year. Please prepare a bid ASAP if interested. Thanks!

    That did sound a bit naive though :)

        1. Hi, I took over the role of organizer after I wrote that comment. I was going to have Seneca Hill Chess have complete responsibility over the whole thing, before realizing they have their own weekly plans on the same days as the rounds, to which I then figured it would be better if I took over this role. Anyways, thanks for advertising! Hope the club is running well.

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