Annex Chess Club Update – Nov 21, 2022

A) 2022 Maplewood Invitational Ends

The 2022 Maplewood Invitational, a GM-norm, round-robin chess tournament being held at the beautiful Manoir Maplewood in Waterloo, Quebec, was completed on Saturday, Nov 19. The final Ranking Crosstable results after 9 rounds of play is presented below:

Rk. NameFED12345678910Total
1IMLiang, Jason  (1st Place – $1,000 + GM Norm)USA*½1½111½½17
2GMBosiočić, Marin (2nd Place – $500)CRO½*1½11101½6.5
3GMOrtiz Suarez, Isan Reynaldo CUB00*11½1½105
 IMNoritsyn, Nikolay CAN½½0*0½11½15
5IMSamsonkin, Artiom CAN0001*11½½½4.5
6IMRodrigue-Lemieux, Shawn CAN00½½0*01114
 IMPlotkin, Mark CAN000001*1114
8GMKantans, Toms LAT½1½0½00*013.5
 GMSambuev, Bator CAN½00½½001*13.5
10IMSai, Krishna G V IND0½10½0000*2

We congratulate U.S. International Master (IM), Jason Liang, for winning his second GM norm by finishing with a score of 7/9. This is a fantastic accomplishment given he played against 4 Grandmasters (GMs) and 5 other International Masters (IMs), and his score exceeded the minimum 6.5/9 threshold for the norm.

Congratulations also to the 2022 Maplewood Invitational’s organizers, Charles Lesperance and Salim Belcadi, the arbiters and players, and the staff at the Manoir Maplewood, for making this inaugural event truly special. Thanks also to the Event’s sponsors and facilitators including Annex Chess Club and Fédération québécoise des échecs (FQE).

Here is our previous link to the start of the 2022 Maplewood Invitational, including links to the games, players and other information.

B) Maplewood Chess Club of Montreal

The new Maplewood Chess Club of Montreal (Club d’Échec Maplewood de Montréal), which was recently created as a Federal non-profit corporation, is holding its first rated chess tournament, a Rapid event on Monday, November 21. Here is a link to the bilingual Registration Site for this event.

Three GMs and two IMs who participated in the 2022 Maplewood Invitational will also be participating in the Maplewood Rapid Tournament (Tourney Rapid Maplewood).

The initial directors and officers for this new chess club include Charles Lesperance and Salim Belcadi. The Club’s name was drawn from both the Maplewood Invitational Event and the Manoir Maplewood. Annex Chess Club is providing logistical support to Maplewood Chess Club to help it get off the ground. Fédération québécoise des échecs (FQE) is also assisting.

C) Grandmaster Marin Bosiočić Visits ACC

GM Marin Bosiočić from Croatia will be visiting Annex Chess Club this Monday, November 21, and will hold a 4-player blitz simul in our Casual Section at 8:00 P.M. This event is free for ACC Members and guests who pay the $10 nightly casual play fee.

Marin played in the 2022 Maplewood Invitational (see above) and took second place. He was the top GM in the tournament and had a final score of 6.5/9. His FIDE classical chess rating is currently 2536 and he is the 9th highest rated GM in Croatia which has about two dozen GM’s. By comparison, Canada has 8 GM’s.

GM Marin Bosiočić

You can learn more about Marin here.

D) Toronto Closed Championship Winds Down

The 9-round Toronto Closed Championship is winding down. There is one round to go and it will be held this Monday, November 21 at Annex Chess Club at 7:30 PM. There is a $2,500 prize fund on the line, spread across 4 sections for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place in each section including ties. The Championship started with 40 players in 4 sections back on September 12, 2022, and due to withdrawals for medical and other reasons, we are now down to 37 players.

It should also be noted, that American Chess Magazine will be providing each of the 4 Toronto Closed section winners with a one-year ACM subscription as supplementary prizes. In the case of ties on points, a tie-break will be used to award these bonus prizes.

In the Championship Section, 4 of the 10 players have a chance to finish in the money. They are Roman Gavrilin (6.5/8), Max Rusonik (6/8), ACC’s own Koosha Jaferian (5.5/8) and Youhe Huang (5.5/8).

In the Reserve Section, 5 of the 9 remaining players have a chance to finish in the money. They are Eric Ning (6.5/8), Noah Kim (5.5/8), Benjamin Fradkin (5.5/9), David Southam (5/8) and Eddie Xu (4.5/8).

In the Development Section, 2 of the 8 remaining players are tied at 7/7 with only 1 round to go. They are Abhinandan Mohan and Nader Ghanbari, both members of ACC. Due to the withdrawal of a player not meeting the minimum requisite of five games, this section has been reduced to 8 rounds. Charlie Grisar has completed all 8 of his games and currently holds 3rd place with 4/8. David Gauthier and Brian Hanratty, stand tied at 3/7 and can potentially grab a share of 3rd place with a final win.

In the Annex Section, 2 of the 10 players are tied for the top spot with 6/8—Carina D’souza and Kamila Kolpashnikova. Daniel Sirkovich has 5/8 and can potentially steal a share of second 2nd or 3rd place outright with a win. Three other players could potentially end up in a tie for 3rd place if Daniel loses his final game.

So, there is still lots of drama coming right down to the wire!

(Note: A couple of makeup games will be played on November 28, though they are not expected to significantly affect the final standings.)

Here is a link to our original story about this longstanding Toronto event. Good luck to the Toronto Closed players with their final games!

E) Fall Leaves Tournament Continues

The final round (#5) of the Falling Leaves Tournament will be held this Monday, November 21 at 7:30 PM in the Great Hall at 918 Bathurst Centre. Currently, 77 players are registered in this 5-week tournament.

Tony Bohan Bao (Crown), Toy Chack Kwan (U1800) and Maxim Bondarev (U1400) each lead their resepective sections after 4 rounds. Here are the complete results after 4 rounds of play.

Players are welcome to join even if they have not played in the previous 4 rounds. A fully-paid CFC membership is required in all instances to join the tournament.

Please send emails to concerning registrations or byes. Keith Denning, ACC’s Arbiter, will respond to player requests.

F) Toronto Women’s Chess Club

Toronto Women’s Chess Club (TWCC) had its first meeting last Monday, November 14 and by all accounts, it was a great success. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 12 at 6:00 PM at ACC. The Club is open to all women chess players (or “wannabes”) in the GTA and attendance is free!

G) GTCL Cup Coming Soon

The GTCL Cup Team Rapid Championship is scheduled for the evening of Monday, December 5 at ACC. So far, 14 teams have registered including 8 ACC teams. Here are the ACC teams:

  • 1 FIDE-titled team (Championship) – “ACC Masters”
  • 1 team consisting of ACC Board members (U1800) – “The Bored Ones”
  • 1 women’s team (U1800) – “The Amazon’s”
  • 1 senior’s team (U1800) – “Grey Lightning”
  • 4 kid’s teams (U1800) – “Whiz Kids”, “The Cool Ones”, “Smooth as Glass” and “Chess Pirates”

ACC’s Board challenges the other GTA clubs to put forward at least one competing team.

There is currently room for another dozen teams, so please register your non-ACC team as soon as possible. A team may be registered online by its Registration Captain even if not all other team members (including the Team Captain) have been confirmed. However, the $40 registration fee must be paid at time of registration and the named team must be identified as either Championship or U1800. Only teams that register online are guaranteed a spot in the event.

(Note: There is typically a one-day delay between registering a team and seeing it show up on our Registration Summary.

H) Updated ACC Fall 2022 Schedule and FAQ’s

An updated ACC Fall Schedule is now presented here. This goes to the end of calendar 2022.

We’ve also started to add some new FAQ’s here.

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