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PA Day Children’s Tournament

One-day children’s tournament at the ACC – Friday November 19

PA Day chess in Toronto

Children from local schools spent their PA Day on Friday playing in a chess tournament at 918 Bathurst. Ted Winick ran another successful event, featuring medals and ribbons, snacks, pizza lunch, and a variety of alternate activities, including improv theatre with Lauren Stein

The overall winner in grades 4-6 was Qiyu Zhou, and top place in grades 1-3 went to Joshua Feld. Congratulations to all participants!

See the cross-table for complete results

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PA Day Children’s Tournament – Final Results

Final Results (Grades 4-6):

# Name Rating New Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Qiyu Zhou unr. 0 W17 W3 W2 W4 W5 5.0
2 Rayleigh Becker 812 835 W14 W11 L1 W12 W4 4.0
3 Georgiea Drummond 636 678 W13 L1 W17 W6 W11 4.0
4 Wyeth Robertson 669 687 W15 W5 W6 L1 L2 3.0
5 Karl Westerholm 785 785 W12 L4 W9 W10 L1 3.0
6 Hongjian Zhao 363 445 W8 W10 L4 L3 W13 3.0
7 Christian Matta 385 409 L10 W8 L14 W15 W12 3.0
8 Grant Westerholm 431 431 L6 L7 B— W17 W10 3.0
9 Anton Pirisi unr. 0 H— W14 L5 L11 W16 2.5
10 Rory Moldovsky 538 538 W7 L6 W11 L5 L8 2.0
11 Eli Harris 655 655 W16 L2 L10 W9 L3 2.0
12 Rafael Faria-Lopes 541 541 L5 W15 W13 L2 L7 2.0
13 Jacob Mayo 500 500 L3 W16 L12 W14 L6 2.0
14 Max Steer unr. 0 L2 L9 W7 L13 W17 2.0
15 Carl Greenbaum unr. 0 L4 L12 D16 L7 B— 1.5
16 Zev Turner unr. 0 L11 L13 D15 B— L9 1.5
17 Mateo Harris unr. 0 L1 B— L3 L8 L14 1.0

Final Results (Grades 1-3):

# Name Rating New Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Joshua Feld 740 778 W4 W2 W6 W11 D3 4.5
2 Sergiu Moruzanu 503 579 W16 L1 W5 W7 W6 4.0
3 Jacob Stocking 592 646 W17 W7 D11 W8 D1 4.0
4 David Hua unr. 0 L1 W16 D9 W15 W11 3.5
5 Gil Moldovsky 330 359 B— D8 L2 W18 W13 3.5
6 Elan Stecklov 585 585 W10 W14 L1 W13 L2 3.0
7 William Culligan unr. 409 W12 L3 W10 L2 W14 3.0
8 Colin Monahgan unr. 0 W18 D5 W15 L3 D9 3.0
9 Hana Mitsui Hotz unr. 0 W21 L11 D4 W12 D8 3.0
10 Arbel Groshaus unr. 0 L6 W22 L7 W17 W16 3.0
11 Ben Rothschild 568 574 W20 W9 D3 L1 L4 2.5
12 Julian Matta unr. 0 L7 D17 W19 L9 W18 2.5
13 Mateo Faria-Lopes 318 318 D19 D18 W14 L6 L5 2.0
14 Jackson Tsang unr. 0 W22 L6 L13 W20 L7 2.0
15 Adrian Pirisi unr. 0 H— W19 L8 L4 D17 2.0
16 Laurel Wells 358 358 L2 L4 W22 D19 L10 1.5
17 Kate Jakaitis unr. 0 L3 D12 D20 L10 D15 1.5
18 Erik Ellefson unr. 0 L8 D13 W21 L5 L12 1.5
19 Elmurat Akhmetzhanov 334 334 D13 L15 L12 D16 D21 1.5
20 Diya Ajwani unr. 0 L11 D21 D17 L14 D22 1.5
21 Alisa Miniovich unr. 0 L9 D20 L18 D22 D19 1.5
22 Vedin Schimmach unr. 445 L14 L10 L16 D21 D20 1.0
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Canadians on the World Stage

Mark Bluvshtein update

Canadian GM Mark Bluvshtein finished the Corsica Masters event in Bastia with 5/7. This qualified him for the knock-out, where he lost to GM Gawain Jones’s Benko Gambit. He is now in Israel, training with GM Huzman. When he comes back to Toronto, he’ll be preparing for the tournament in Groningen, the Netherlands, at the end of December.

Mark helped open the Annex Chess Club this October, and his many fans at the club are following his professional chess career closely.

For photos, analysis, and updates, check out his blog.

Here is his Round 6 victory over Russian GM Mikhail M. Ivanov in Corsica:

White: Mark Bluvshtein (2583)
Black: Mikhail M. Ivanov (2438)

A00 King’s Indian

Jason Cao wins World Under-10

Jason Cao
Canadian, Jason Cao, wins World Under-10 in Greece

Nine-year-old Jason Cao won a gold medal for Canada in the World Youth Chess Championship in Greece. A grade 5 student from Victoria, Jason is now a FIDE master. He is the first Canadian World Under-10 Champion since 1986.

For more details, see the CFC press release, “Canadian Jason Cao – New U 10 World Chess Champion.”

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Annex Chess Club in Toronto Star

Lawrence Day’s weekly column features our club’s opening night

In the weekly chess column in the Puzzles and Comics section of the Saturday Star, Canadian IM Lawrence Day discusses the “tranquil space” at our clubhouse at 918 Bathurst, and the “dramatic details” from the Olympiad related by GM Mark Bluvshtein. Day was in attendance at our opening night celebration, featuring Bluvshtein’s talk. If you can’t get a copy of the Star from October 30, we will be posting the article at the club soon.

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Annex Chess Club Opens With a Blast

Grandmaster lecture opens Toronto’s newest chess club

Mark Bluvshtein's Lecture
GM Mark Bluvshtein at the ACC
©2010 by the photographer, David Cohen

Canadian GM Mark Bluvshtein gave a chess lecture on Monday October 18 to open the Annex Chess Club.  Having recently returned from the Olympiad in Russia, where he played board one for Canada, Mark shared his two biggest games from the tournament.

His thought-provoking lecture included insights into everything from at-home preparation to over-the-board thinking, and from the emotional aspects to the political aspects of chess in the upper echelons.  Mark has earned himself many new supporters in Toronto, and we at the Annex Chess Club wish him well in his “year off” devoted to playing chess professionally!

After the lecture, we were honoured to have two of Mark’s fellow Canadian olympic players, IM Nikolay Noritsyn and Liza Orlova join him in cutting the cermonial cake to open the Annex Chess Club. We ended the night with some casual and speed games.

A big thank-you to one and all in attendance at the event — especially our new club members!

Our next event, the ACC Fall Swiss, starts next Monday, October 25.

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