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Representing ACC in Germany

Daniel Wiebe is in Germany, representing ACC in the Grenke Chess Open.

Here’s his report:

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March 29-30 – Rounds 1-3

It’s been an insanely busy schedule. This is probably the most impressive tournament I’ve ever played in. There’s almost 1500 players in total and over 700 in my section (the top section) alone.

I had a rough start, losing to an FM from a winning position in a time scramble, then I slept right through the second round. But things are looking up. I managed to draw a lost position against a player elo 2160.

Looking forward to tomorrow when Magnus, Caruana, Anand, Hou Yifan, Aronian, MVL and the rest will be joining us. I believe Caruana plays Carlsen Tomorrow which will be an interesting prelude to their world championship match.

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March 31 – Rounds 4-5

Hi guys!

So far, between watching the chess elite up close and getting to browse an insane amount of chess books, this tournament is a chess player’s playground. Now if only I could remember how to play….

I battled two players with FIDE ratings of just over 2100 today, drawing the first and losing to the second. Unfortunately I made one-move blunders in both games, which I’m blaming on sleep deprivation. Hopefully after a good night’s rest I’ll start finding more interesting ways to blunder.

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April 1-2 – Rounds 6-9

Hi guys! Here’s the finish to the tournament.

Days 4 and 5 were interesting. I finally managed to win an extremely messy game in round 6 against a player rated around 1860. I then lost in round 7. On day 5 I managed a solid win against Cristiano Quaranta rated around 2160 FIDE. It was probably my most consistent game of the tournament and I’ve posted it here. Because of the win I was in the running for the U2000 prize but lost the critical last round game.

Other then that, I couldn’t help but buy a few books from the fantastic selection they had. I had a cool experience just standing in the store area browsing through a book for a little while before looking up to see Levon Aronian (World number 4 for those unfamiliar) standing next to me doing the same thing. Shows that chess books are still very relevant in the digital age.

Overall it was a very busy, but still very inpiring tournament experience that I recommend highly for any Europe travellers. But do give yourselves at least a few extra days to fully recover from jet lag first.

I hope you all enjoyed the posts and I look forward to reporting on any future international tournaments!

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2018 Toronto Closed

2018 Toronto Chess Championship

Flyer: 2018 Toronto Closed
Full Pairings and Results: Chess-Results


Date Rd.
Apr 9 Round 1
Apr 16 Round 2
Apr 23 Round 3
Apr 30 Round 4
May 7 Round 5
May 14 Round 6
May 21 Off (Ontario Open)
May 28 Make-up games
Jun 4 Round 7

See previous years’ events: #toronto-closed

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Ranking Cross-tables

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts.
1 Ivanov Mike 2354 CAN *     1 1     2
2 Plotkin Victor 2396 CAN   * ½ 1         1.5
3 Barron Michael 2216 CAN   ½ *     1   1.5
4 Zotkin Daniel 2207 CAN   0 *       1 1
  Humphreys Michael 2350 CAN 0       *   1 1
  Noritsyn Sergey 2229 CAN 0       * 1   1
7 Li William 2227 CAN     0     0 *   0
  Southam David 2174 CAN       0 0   * 0
Rk. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts.
1 Munro Allan 2165 CAN *   1       1 2
2 Siddeley Hugh 2121 CAN   *       1 1   2
3 Malakhovets Sergey 2138 CAN 0   *     1   1
  Ning Eric 2076 CAN     *       1 1
5 Wiebe Daniel 2138 CAN         *     0
  Cheryachukin Yury 2035 CAN   0     *     0
  England Max 2050 CAN   0 0     *   0
  Gao Raymond 1714 CAN 0     0     * 0

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Pairings and Results

Round One – April 9

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Bd. White Black
1 William Li 0 1 Sergey Noritsyn
2 Michael Barron ½ ½ Victor Plotkin
3 Daniel Zotkin 1 0 Dave Southam
4 Michael Humphreys 0 1 Mike Ivanov
5 BYE Eric Ning
6 Yury Cheryachukin 0 1 Hugh Siddeley
7 Max England 0 1 Sergey Malakhovets
8 Allan Munro 1 0 Raymond Gao

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Round Two – April 16

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Bd. White Black
1 Sergey Noritsyn 0 1 Mike Ivanov
2 Dave Southam 0 1 Michael Humphreys
3 Victor Plotkin 1 0 Daniel Zotkin
4 William Li 0 1 Michael Barron
5 Eric Ning 1 0 Raymond Gao
6 Sergey Malakhovets 0 1 Allan Munro
7 Hugh Siddeley 1 0 Max England
8 BYE Yury Cheryachukin

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Round Three – April 23

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Bd. White Black
1 Michael Barron Sergey Noritsyn
2 Daniel Zotkin William Li
3 Michael Humphreys Victor Plotkin
4 Mike Ivanov Dave Southam
5 Yury Cheryachukin Eric Ning
6 Max England BYE
7 Allan Munro Hugh Siddeley
8 Raymond Gao Sergey Malakhovets

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Round Four – April 30

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Bd. White Black
1 Sergey Noritsyn Dave Southam
2 Victor Plotkin Ivanov Mike
3 William Li Michael Humphreys
4 Michael Barron Daniel Zotkin
5 Eric Ning Sergey Malakhovets
6 Hugh Siddeley Raymond Gao
7 BYE Allan Munro
8 Yury Cheryachukin Max England
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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

See results below

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Round Five – Apr 23

It’s not too late to sign up! New players are still welcome to join us in Round 5 with a couple byes. 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.

Ranking cross-tables after Round 4

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 Pts.
1 Tran Dennis 1239 CAN 12b½ 15w1 8b1 2w1 3.5
2 Stroganov Victor 1276 CAN 19w1 13b1 3w1 1b0 3
3 Stefanovich-Thomson Alexis 1237 CAN 14w1 5b1 2b0 13w1 3
4 Moiseev Alex 1054 CAN 5w0 14b1 13w1 10b1 3
5 Chandra Ambarish 930 CAN 4b1 3w0 17b1 11w1 3
6 Weng David 1178 CAN 12w1 11b1 0 2.5
7 Teram Eli 971 CAN 13w0 19b1 16w1 0 2
8 Chodoriwsky David 1262 CAN 1w0 15b1 2
9 Tuchow Ryan 1094 CAN 0 19b1 2
10 Kamnitzer Benjamin 966 CAN 14b1 4w0 2
11 Randle Bill 1113 CAN 18w1 6w0 5b0 1.5
12 Stroganov Valery 995 CAN 1w½ 6b0 19w1 0 1.5
13 Kalniev Stefan 1233 CAN 7b1 2w0 4b0 3b0 1
14 Noritsyn Ivan 981 CAN 3b0 4w0 10w0 16b1 1
15 Lambert Peter 1154 CAN 1b0 8w0 1
16 Zuo Roger 761 CAN 7b0 14w0 1
17 Patton Mark A. 1248 CAN 5w0 0 1
18 Matetski Konstanstin 1203 CAN 11b0 0 0 0.5
19 Souchko Larissa 1049 CAN 2b0 7w0 12b0 9w0 0
20 Cvetkovic Nikola 835 CAN 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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ACC Club Championship 2018

It’s that time of year again!

Club Championship starts January 29

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 2018 Club Champion! Dave Southam is the defending champion, after breaking a five-year streak by Michael Humphreys. The minimum rating to enter the section is 1700.

The Reserve section sees players rated under 1800 compete for the title of 2018 Reserve Champion. Last year it was Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy.

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 January 29 and running to March 12 (no round on Family Day, February 19). 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 – January 29

The first round sees 10 players in the Championship section, and 32 players in the Reserve section. New players are welcome to join next week in Rd 2!

In Round-One David-versus-Goliath match-ups, there are always a few upsets. In the Reserve section, Benjamin Kamnitzer (885) defeats Salim Belcadi (1438) and Valery Stroganov (975) defeats Dragan Jevtic (1511). And in the Championship section, Jonathan Yu (2149) defeats Sergey Malakhovets (2211), while Brett Campbell (2192) holds against Michael Humphreys (2361).

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Round Two – February 5

After two rounds of play, it’s Sergey Noritsyn alone in first in the Championship section with 2.0/2. And in the Reserve, it’s down to two players with a perfect score as Hooshang Ab-Barin and Ayo Ogunlana are tied for the lead with 2.0/2. Four rounds remain, and anything can happen…

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Round Three – February 12

With a few new additions, 47 players are now competing in the tournament (five took byes this round).

In the Reserve section, the two co-leaders, both with 2.0/2 scores, clash on top board, and only Hooshang Ab-Barin walks away with a perfect 3.0/3 score. He still has three rounds left to defend challenges from a long list of players who trail him by only half a point, including Michael Saltat, who grinds out a full point in a rook-and-pawn ending against last year’s Reserve Champion Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy.

In the Championship section, sole leader Sergey Noritsyn, the only player with a perfect 2.0/2 score, is defeated on board one by Dave Southam, who now shares the lead, at 2.5/3, with Jonathan Yu.

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OFF WEEK – February 19

There’s no club this week for Family Day, but don’t miss the Hart House Reading Week Open (Feb 17-19) at U of T.

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Round Four – February 26

In the Championship section, Dave Southam is alone in first with 3.5/4. And in the Reserves, Hooshang Ab-Barin is still perfect at 4.0/4. See full results below.

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Round Five – March 5

In the penultimate round, Michael Saltat wins on top board to take over the lead in the Reserve Section at 4.5/5. And in the Championship section, Michael Humphreys defeats Dave Southam on top board to tie him at 3.5/5, while Sergey Noritsyn takes over the lead at 4.0/5. See complete results below.

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Round Six – March 12

Congratulations to Sergey Noritsyn, 2018 Club Champion with 5.0/6, and to Michael Saltat, the Reserve winner with 5.5/6.

2018 ACC Club Champion, Sergey Noritsyn

Second place in the Championship section goes to Dave Southam with 4.0/6, and second place in the Reserve section is a four-way tie among Hooshang Ab-Barin, Ulli Diemer, Lorne Schwartz, and Bob Armstrong with 4.5/6. All first and second-place winners received Tim’s gift cards. And winners’ names will be engraved on our Club Trophies for posterity. Congratulations to the winners!

Next week (March 19) is the start of our ACC Spring Thaw Swiss – New players are most welcome to join in Round 1, or later. Please email before 6:00, or register on site before 7:00 pm. You need both CFC and club membership, but both can be purchased from us, and we have a variety of club membership options available.

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 Noritsyn Sergey 2214 CAN 5b1 9w1 2b0 8w1 6b1 4w1 5
2 Southam David 2152 CAN 6w1 8b½ 1w1 5b1 3w0 7b½ 4
3 Humphreys Michael 2361 CAN 4b½ 12w1 8b0 9w1 2b1 0 3.5
4 Campbell Brett 2192 CAN 3w½ 6b½ 10w1 11b1 1b0 3.5
5 Wiebe Daniel 2080 CAN 1w0 -1 9b1 2w0 10b1 6w½ 3.5
6 England Max 2020 CAN 2b0 4w½ -1 7b1 1w0 5b½ 3
7 Malakhovets Sergey 2211 CAN 8w0 12b1 6w0 14b1 2w½ 3
8 Yu Jonathan 2149 CAN 7b1 2w½ 3w1 1b0 0 0 2.5
9 Li Yun Hong (kevin) 1774 CAN -1 1b0 5w0 3b0 12w½ 10w1 2.5
10 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1710 CAN 4b0 12w1 5w0 9b0 2
11 Munro Allan 2189 CAN 0 14w1 4w0 0 2
12 Daldal Erdem 1762 CAN 3b0 7w0 10b0 9b½ 13w½ 1.5
13 Boles Fadi 1940 EGY 0 0 0 12b½ 1.5
14 Mcsherry Peter 1840 CAN 0 11b0 7w0 0 1

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

ACC Club Championship – Reserve section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd 6.Rd Pts.
1 Saltat Michael 1458 CAN 36b1 5w½ 29b1 8w1 2b1 6b1 5.5
2 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1630 CAN 12w1 24b1 7w1 3b1 1w0 5b½ 4.5
3 Diemer Ulli 1616 CAN 27b½ 22w1 17b1 2w0 14b1 10w1 4.5
4 Schwartz Lorne 1534 CAN 31w½ 32b1 23w1 9b1 6w0 12b1 4.5
5 Armstrong Robert J. 1644 CAN 10w1 1b½ 30w1 18b1 2w½ 4.5
6 Chen Sihao 1651 CAN 19w1 9b½ 14b½ 16w1 4b1 1w0 4
7 Ogunlana Ayo 1612 CAN 25b1 11w1 2b0 18w0 19b1 3.5
8 Jevtic Dragan 1511 CAN 24w0 19b1 15w1 1b0 22w½ 21b1 3.5
9 Dixon Javier 1466 CAN 26b1 6w½ 13b1 4w0 10b0 23w1 3.5
10 David Jean-Marc 1400 CAN 5b0 26w1 25b1 14w½ 9w1 3b0 3.5
11 Guo Haotong Hazel 1469 CAN 37w1 7b0 24w1 13b1 0 3.5
12 Finkelstein Michael 1229 CAN 2b0 31w1 20w1 16b1 4w0 3.5
13 Spahic Matt 0 CAN 15b1 9w0 23b1 11w0 35w1 3.5
14 Mansilla Guillermo 1439 CAN 33b1 6w½ 10b½ 3w0 17b1 3.5
15 Stroganov Victor 1106 CAN 34w0 13w0 8b0 36b1 26w1 31b1 3
16 Supol George 1337 CAN 32w1 6b0 12w0 28b1 3
17 Stefanovich-Thomson Alexis 1165 CAN 31b1 3w0 21b½ 28w1 14w0 3
18 Lambert Peter 1076 CAN 36w1 7b1 5w0 0 3
19 Kalniev Stefan 1237 CAN 6b0 8w0 26b1 32w½ 30b1 7w0 2.5
20 Belcadi Salim 1438 CAN 32w0 36b1 28w1 12b0 0 2.5
21 Kalmanson Evgeny 1332 CAN 29w0 33b½ 17w½ 32b1 8w0 2.5
22 Shogilev Sandon 1090 CAN 3b0 33w1 8b½ 0 2.5
23 Cvetkovic Nikola 605 CAN -1 4b0 13w0 31w1 9b0 2.5
24 Stroganov Valery 975 CAN 8b1 2w0 11b0 27w0 25b0 33w1 2
25 Dong Yiwei 1244 CAN 7w0 37b1 10w0 28b0 24w1 0 2
26 Souchko Larissa 975 CAN 9w0 10b0 19w0 33b1 15b0 36w+ 2
27 Patton Mark A. 1255 CAN 3w½ 30b0 24b1 0 0 2
28 Teram Eli 950 CAN 20b0 25w1 17b0 16w0 2
29 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1689 CAN 21b1 1w0 0 0 2
30 Pancer Jeff 1047 CAN 27w1 5b0 19w0 0 2
31 Noritsyn Ivan 1001 CAN 4b½ 17w0 12b0 37w1 23b0 15w0 1.5
32 Kamnitzer Benjamin 885 CAN 20b1 4w0 16b0 19b½ 21w0 0 1.5
33 England Derek 820 CAN 14w0 21w½ 22b0 26w0 37b1 24b0 1.5
34 Li Yun Hong (kevin) 1774 CAN 15b1 0 0 0 0 0 1
35 Tran Dennis 1215 CAN 0 0 0 13b0 1
36 Moiseev Alex 1082 CAN 1w0 20w0 18b0 15w0 -1 26b- 1
37 Zuo Roger 761 CAN 11b0 25w0 31b0 33w0 0 0.5

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

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