Latest updates are as follows (as of Aug 5):
A) ACC Closed August 1, 2022
Annex Chess Club will be closed this Monday, August 1, 2022 due to the Civic Holiday.
The Club will reopen on Monday, August 8, 2022 at 6:30 P.M., at which time chess classes, casual play and our Midsummer Madness Tournament (Round #4 of 5) will continue.
B) Upcoming ACC Events
The Toronto Blitz Championship is scheduled for Monday, August 22, 2022. At present 80 players have registered for the event. A waiting list was made available effective Monday, August 1 at 9:00 A.M. on our registration page. A limited number of spots may be available prior to the start of the tournament.
The Toronto Closed Championship is scheduled for September 12 to November 21, 2022. Pre-registrations are currently open until August 23, 2022. While only 20 final spots are available in two sections, pre-registrations beyond that level will be accepted. As of August 8, twenty-nine (29) pre-registrations have been received. A list of pre-registered players and their ratings may be found on our registration page.
C) New Membership Policy and AGM
At present, ACC has implemented a new working policy that an annual free membership may be granted by the Club to any FIDE-rated player (CM/WCM and higher) that requests one. This policy will be formalized and ratified at the Club’s next Annual General Meeting (AGM) which will be held this fall.
Details of the AGM date will be provided in upcoming weeks.
D) Chess Olympiad
The 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad 2022 is currently being held in Chennai, India. This team event runs for the period July 28 to August 10, 2022. Approximately 2,000 players from 200+ countries are participating.
The Canadian Olympiad Men’s Team (Open Section) consists of the following players, presented with their board #’s and current FIDE ratings:
- Eric Hansen, GM (2606)
- Panjwani Raja, IM (2450)
- Nikolay Noritsyn, IM (2482)
- Razvan Preotu, GM (2445)
- Artiom Samsonkin, IM (2434)
The Men’s Team Captain is Victor Plotkin. The Men’s Team started ranked 44th in the Olympiad and stands 49th after 11 rounds, with 26.0 pts.
Nikolay, Razvan and Victor all played in ACC’s Ontario Open tournament held in May 2022. Both Nikolay and Victor have also signed up for ACC’s Toronto Blitz Championship.
The Canadian Olympiad Women’s team (Women’s Section) consists of the following players, also presented with their board #’s and current FIDE ratings:
- Maili-Jade Ouellet, WGM (2239)
- Svitlana Demchenko, WIM (2122)
- Morgen Mills (1993)
- Yu Han Guo (1630)
The Women’s Team Captain is Shiyam Thavandiran. The Women’s team started ranked 56th in the Olympiad and stands 54th after 11 rounds, with 27.5 pts.
Maili-Jade, Svitlana and Shiyam all played in ACC’s Ontario Open tournament held in May 2022.
You can track the Canadian Teams’ performance throughout this event using the following two links to the Chess-Results Server:
Finally, two Canadian Arbiters, Aris Marghetis and Omar Shah, are working as International Arbiters at the Olympiad. We congratulate and thank both men for supporting this important event.
Good luck to the Canadian teams!