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Study the Openings with a top Canadian Master!

ACC is proud to announce a new Openings Crash Course by IM Artiom Samsonkin, starting in the new year on Monday January 15.

Strengthen your play in the opening phase of the game. Learn the concepts behind some of the most popular contemporary openings. Learn how to choose an opening repertoire, and how to study openings properly. Transition smoothly from your opening to a solid middle game. Many players try to figure out openings on their own from books and videos, but this course will allow you to have a live conversation and really get to understand what is going on in these positions from both sides.

This is an amazing chance to gain a solid foundation in practical opening study and execution from one of Canada’s top players.

This 4-week course, Jan 15 to Feb 5 at 8:15 is just $96. Or take a single class for $35. Come register at the club any Monday!

  • Week One: The Italian Game (Jan 15)
  • Week Two: The French Defence (Jan 22)
  • Week Three: The Sicilian Defence (Jan 29)
  • Week Four: The Queen’s Gambit (Feb 5)

Check our complete adult and kids’ course offerings this term and next.

The Man Ray chess set in the featured image is among the quality chess sets available from Regency Chess Canada.

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ACC Holiday Rapid – Dec 18

In lieu of our regular slow-chess tournament, on our last club night of the year, December 18, the Holiday Rapid is a one-night six-round tournament – in one big section, at a time control of 9 min each with a 3-sec increment.

Cost: FREE for ACC members, $15 for non-members ($10 for juniors). Add $12 for CFC ($6 for juniors) if you’re not a CFC member.

Round One starts at 7:30 pm with 32 players joining in.

The overall winner is Max England in clear first with 5.5/6. Second place goes to William Li with 5.0/6.

Top U1800 is Shafkat Ali with 4.5/6. And top U1400 is tied at 3.0/6 between George Supol and Yiwei Dong.

Winners receive $10 Tim’s gift cards.

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone for joining in. We’re off for the next two Mondays, and back on January 8. (Classes resume January 15.)

Complete results are below:

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd 6.Rd Pts.
1 England Max 2071 CAN 14w1 7b1 9w½ 5b1 6w1 3w1 5.5
2 Li William 2209 CAN 17b1 12w1 6b1 4w1 3b0 7w1 5
3 Humphreys Michael 2351 CAN 20w½ 18b1 10w1 9b1 2w1 1b0 4.5
4 Ali Shafkat 1763 CAN 29w1 30b1 20w1 2b0 8w1 10b½ 4.5
5 Akophyan Nika 1877 CAN 8b1 13w1 28b1 1w0 7b0 12w1 4
6 Manalo Pepin 1870 CAN 15w1 27b1 2w0 24b1 1b0 17w1 4
7 Chen Sihao 1586 CAN 26w1 1w0 16b1 14b1 5w1 2b0 4
8 Guo Haotong Hazel 1419 CAN 5w0 26b1 19w1 20b1 4b0 21w1 4
9 Mcsherry Peter 1841 CAN 16b1 21w1 1b½ 3w0 17b½ 13w1 4
10 Evans Bill 2120 CAN 13b0 15w1 3b0 16w1 14b1 4w½ 3.5
11 Ramesh Bharath 1627 CAN 21b0 29w1 13b1 17w½ 18b0 19w1 3.5
12 Diemer Ulli 1606 CAN 23w1 2b0 14w0 30b1 15w1 5b0 3
13 Belcadi Salim 1438 CAN 10w1 5b0 11w0 26b1 24w1 9b0 3
14 Mansilla Guillermo 1429 CAN 1b0 31w1 12b1 7w0 10w0 27b1 3
15 Supol George 1356 CAN 6b0 10b0 23w1 27w1 12b0 25w1 3
16 Dong Yiwei 1216 CAN 9w0 32b1 7w0 10b0 20w1 24b1 3
17 Saltat Michael 1503 CAN 2w0 23b1 27w1 11b½ 9w½ 6b0 3
18 Wilker Marcus 1609 CAN 3w0 29b1 11w1 0 3
19 Tripathi Ishan 1600 CAN 31b1 28w0 8b0 22w1 21b½ 11b0 2.5
20 Li Kevin Yunhong 1565 CAN 3b½ 22w1 4b0 8w0 16b0 29w1 2.5
21 Chandra Ambarish 731 CAN 11w1 9b0 24w0 23b1 19w½ 8b0 2.5
22 Kalniev Stefan 1209 CAN 20b0 30w1 19b0 26w1 0 2.5
23 Cvetkovic Nikola 361 CAN 12b0 17w0 15b0 21w0 31b1 30b1 2
24 Jevtic Dragan 1475 CAN 28b0 25w1 21b1 6w0 13b0 16w0 2
25 Kamnitzer Benjamin 875 CAN 30w0 24b0 26w0 31b1 29w1 15b0 2
26 Stefanovich-Thomson Alexis 0 CAN 7b0 8w0 25b1 13w0 22b0 31w1 2
27 Moiseev Alex 945 CAN 32w1 6w0 17b0 15b0 30w1 14w0 2
28 Yu Jonathan 2150 CAN 24w1 19b1 5w0 0 0 0 2
29 Tuong Rose 1046 CAN 4b0 11b0 31w1 18w0 25b0 20b0 1
30 Souchko Larissa 932 CAN 25b1 4w0 22b0 12w0 27b0 23w0 1
31 Mayor Fernando 0 CAN 19w0 14b0 29b0 25w0 23w0 26b0 0
32 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1758 CAN 27b0 16w0 0 0 0 0 0

Results are also posted on the Chess-Results server.

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ACC Get Your Skates On Swiss

From the rink in your neighbourhood to Nathan Phillips Square, get your skates on and enjoy the frosty air – See a list of Toronto outdoor rinks here, and check the photo essay by Bea Labikova at juliekinnear.com to get inspired!

ACC Get Your Skates On 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 Dec 4 and 11, then a break for the holidays, and then Jan 8, 15, and 22. (We’ll have a special rapid event on Dec 18.) Register on site each round by 7 pm. Email registration or bye requests before 6pm.

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Round One – Dec 4

The tournament begins with 38 players in three sections. The first round of a Swiss always pits favourites against underdogs, and there are always a few dogs who pull off an upset. In the Crown, Max England (2071) defeats Sergey Malakhovets (2237). In U1800, Dragan Jevtic (1475) holds against Bob Armstrong (1711) and Evgeny Kalmanson (1346) gets a promising position against Michael Saltat (1503), but only manages to draw. And in U1400 Ambarish Chandra (731) scores an upset win from the black side of a Sicilian against Rose Tuong (1046).

Round One Games

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Round Two – Dec 11

See results below

Don’t miss the Hart House Holidays Open next weekend – December 15-17.

Next week, Dec 18 is a special rapid tournament night, and then we’re off for two weeks.

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Round Three – Jan 8

Some players are still on holiday, but many are back at it with the third round of this tournament. (Who got their skates on over the break? – For those interested, there’s a new skating rink just opened up, under the highway down at Fort York.)

In third-round action, Guillermo Mansilla is without an opponent, so he makes a cameo appearance in U1400 to knock out number one, Alex Moiseev, and Ambarish Chandra now leads the section with 2.5/3. In U1800, Sihao Chen wins on top board to lead the section with a perfect 3.0/3. And in the Crown section, Michael Humphreys is held to a draw by Sergey Noritsyn, but he still leads the section with 2.5/3.

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Round Four – Jan 15

The round starts at 7:30 pm. New players are welcome! Please register on site before 7:00 pm if you would like to play, or email in advance before 6:00 pm. CFC membership is required ($48 per year; $32 for juniors) but you can purchase it from us, and we offer a variety of club membership options including a drop-in membership ($15 per night or $10 for juniors) to play in one round of the tournament. If you’ve joined the tournament, but you can’t make the round, please email to request a bye!


Ranking cross-tables after Round 3

ACC Get Your Skates On Swiss – Crown

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd Pts.
1 Humphreys Michael 2351 CAN 7w1 8b1 2w½ 2.5
2 Noritsyn Sergey 2186 CAN 13w1 1b½ 2
3 Yu Jonathan 2150 CAN 12w1 5b½ 2
4 Southam David 2201 CAN 10b1 2
5 England Max 2071 CAN 6w1 3w½ 2
6 Malakhovets Sergey 2237 CAN 5b0 9w½ 11b1 1.5
7 Wiebe Daniel 2086 CAN 1b0 13w1 1.5
8 Mcsherry Peter 1841 CAN -1 1w0 1.5
9 Guo Josh 2236 CAN 6b½ 0 1
10 Li Kevin Yunhong 1565 CAN 4w0 1
11 Akophyan Nika 1877 CAN 6w0 1
12 Ferreira Alex T. 2078 CAN 3b0 0 0.5
13 Alakov Sergey 2064 CAN 2b0 7b0 0 0

Check full results on the Chess-Results server.

ACC Get Your Skates On Swiss – U1800

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd Pts.
1 Chen Sihao 1586 CAN 10b1 8w1 5b1 3
2 Jevtic Dragan 1475 CAN 7w½ 13b1 15w1 2.5
3 Diemer Ulli 1606 CAN 16w1 5b0 7w1 2
4 Li Kevin Yunhong 1565 CAN 14w1 9b1 0 2
5 Schwartz Lorne 1517 CAN 18b1 3w1 1w0 2
6 Ogunlana Ayo 1551 CAN 14b1 2
7 Armstrong Robert J. 1711 CAN 2b½ 17w1 3b0 1.5
8 Ramesh Bharath 1627 CAN 12w1 1b0 1.5
9 Gryn Maksym 1609 CAN 11b1 4w0 1.5
10 David Jean-Marc 1396 CAN 1w0 12b1 13w½ 1.5
11 Mansilla Guillermo 1429 CAN 9w0 16b½ -1 1.5
12 Dixon Javier 1448 CAN 8b0 10w0 16w1 1
13 Saltat Michael 1503 CAN 15b½ 2w0 10b½ 1
14 Supol George 1356 CAN 4b0 -1 6w0 1
15 Kalmanson Evgeny 1346 CAN 13w½ 2b0 1
16 Guo Haotong Hazel 1419 CAN 3b0 11w½ 12b0 0.5
17 Guntoori Bhargava 1495 CAN 7b0 0 0.5
18 Matetski Konstanstin 1208 CAN 5w0 0 0.5

Check full results on the Chess-Results server.

ACC Get Your Skates On Swiss – U1400

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd Pts.
1 Chandra Ambarish 731 CAN 19b1 14w½ 10b1 2.5
2 Moiseev Alex 945 CAN 18w1 19b1 8b0 2
3 Kamnitzer Benjamin 875 CAN 4b0 20w1 17b1 2
4 Kalniev Stefan 1209 CAN 3w1 12b1 0 2
5 Stroganov Valery 945 CAN 16b1 2
6 Patton Mark A. 1237 CAN 14b1 2
7 Stroganov Victor 1091 CAN 12w1 2
8 Mansilla Guillermo 1429 CAN 2w1 2
9 Dong Yiwei 1138 CAN 14b½ 17w1 0 1.5
10 Noritsyn Ivan 1029 CAN 11b1 1w0 1.5
11 Zuo Roger 710 CAN 10w0 15b1 1.5
12 Teram Eli 936 CAN 20b1 4w0 7b0 1
13 Pancer Jeff 1050 CAN 17b½ 0 1
14 Stefanovich-Thomson Alexis 0 CAN 9w½ 1b½ 6w0 1
15 Finkelstein Michael 1289 CAN 11w0 1
16 Lambert Peter 1116 CAN 5w0 1
17 Souchko Larissa 932 CAN 13w½ 9b0 3w0 0.5
18 Hibbard Linda 640 CAN 2b0 0 0.5
19 Tuong Rose 1046 CAN 1w0 2w0 0.5
20 Cvetkovic Nikola 361 CAN 12w0 3b0 0 0

Check full results on the Chess-Results server.

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Jennifer Shahade speaks at ACC – Nov 20

Shahade presents Ding Liren’s Game of the Year!

American chess and poker player WGM Jennifer Shahade will be giving a talk at Annex Chess Club next Monday night. Her talk will present the Game of the Year, the immortal Ding Liren game!

  • Location: Annex Chess Club, 918 Bathurst St., Toronto
  • Date: Monday November 20, 2017
  • Doors open at 6:00 pm
  • Talk starts at 6:15 pm with Q&A to follow at 7:00 pm
  • Cost: Free for ACC members; $15 for non-members

Here’s the game:

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Plus – see WGM Shahade again in Toronto on Tuesday!
Shahade will still be in Toronto the following evening for the book launch of Irresponsible Mediums: the Chess Games of Marcel Duchamp. Everyone is welcome to attend the event at the Arts & Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, on Tuesday Nov 21, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The free event promises a surprise chess-themed performance – see event details on Facebook.

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2017 Halloween Rapid

Special event – October 30

In lieu of our regular slow-chess tournament, the Hallowe’en Rapid is a one-night six-round tournament – in one big section, at a time control of 9 min each with a 3-sec increment.

Cost: FREE for ACC members, $15 for non-members ($10 for juniors). Add $12 for CFC ($6 for juniors) if you’re not a CFC member.

Round One starts at 7:30 pm. Please register on site by 7:00 or by email before 6:00 pm. The last round should finish by 10:30 pm, with a brief awards ceremony at the end. Costumes are encouraged!

Last year, the winner was Moises Cornelio.

Prizes for winners and for best costumes!

Winners

Congratulations to five players who tied for first place with 5.0/6
Sihao Chen
Sergey Malkhovets
Sergey Noritsyn
Max England
and Peter McSherry!

Top U1800 (other than first place Sihao Chen) was:
Ramond Gao with 4.0/6

And top U1500 was:
Hazel Guo with 4.0/6

Costume prize winners were:
Ulli Diemer
Marcus Wilker
and Alex Moiseev

Thanks to everyone who joined, and congratulations to the winners!

See full results on the cross-table below:


Final Ranking cross-tables after Round 6

ACC Halloween Rapid 2017

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd 6.Rd Pts.
1 Chen Sihao 1555 CAN 26b1 11w1 6b1 7w0 12b1 8b1 5
2 Malakhovets Sergey 2246 CAN 30w1 21b1 5w1 8b1 4w1 3b0 5
3 Noritsyn Sergey 2207 CAN 9b1 20w1 4b0 13w1 7b1 2w1 5
4 England Max 2040 CAN 25w1 29b1 3w1 32b1 2b0 9w1 5
5 Mcsherry Peter 1846 CAN 13b1 10w1 2b0 37w1 11b1 7w1 5
6 Alakov Sergey 2000 CAN 16b½ 40w1 1w0 27b1 29w1 17b1 4.5
7 Li William 2205 CAN 24w1 35b1 19w1 1b1 3w0 5b0 4
8 Wiebe Daniel 2086 CAN 14b1 22w1 17b1 2w0 23b1 1w0 4
9 Gao Raymond 1536 CAN 3w0 42b1 28w1 19b1 15w1 4b0 4
10 Guo Haotong Hazel 1365 CAN 31w1 5b0 22b1 16w0 30w1 24b1 4
11 Malmsten Erik 1938 CAN 36w1 1b0 24w1 15b1 5w0 16w1 4
12 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1689 CAN 38w0 18b1 14w1 30b1 1w0 25w1 4
13 Mansilla Guillermo 1420 CAN 5w0 34b1 21w1 3b0 35w1 23w1 4
14 Belcadi Salim 1456 CAN 8w0 45b+ 12b0 31b1 34w1 22w1 4
15 Longo Tyler 2014 CAN 39w1 27b1 11w0 9b0 32b1 3.5
16 Yueh Tony 1439 CAN 6w½ 31b1 32w0 10b1 19w1 11b0 3.5
17 Gross Gerhard 1825 GER 18w1 38b1 8w0 29b½ 32w1 6w0 3.5
18 Saltat Michael 1374 CAN 17b0 12w0 43b1 20w1 22b0 34b1 3
19 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1678 CAN 41b1 37w1 7b0 9w0 16b0 39w1 3
20 Liao Run Ming 1671 CAN 42w1 3b0 25w0 18b0 38w1 36b1 3
21 Diemer Ulli 1664 CAN 43b1 2w0 13b0 33w1 25b0 37w1 3
22 Armstrong Robert J. 1657 CAN 45w1 8b0 10w0 28b1 18w1 14b0 3
23 Gryn Maksym 1604 CAN 32w0 33b1 38w1 25b1 8w0 13b0 3
24 Li Kevin Yunhong 1521 CAN 7b0 43w1 11b0 26w1 37b1 10w0 3
25 Svinoukhov Yuri 1450 CAN 4b0 44w1 20b1 23w0 21w1 12b0 3
26 Kalniev Stefan 0 CAN 1w0 36b1 30w0 24b0 44w1 35b1 3
27 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1742 CAN 33w1 32b½ 15w0 6w0 40b1 29b½ 3
28 Wilker Marcus 1609 CAN 9b0 22w0 33b1 40w1 3
29 Ogunlana Ayo 1564 CAN 47w+ 4w0 39b1 17w½ 6b0 27w½ 3
30 Schwartz Lorne 1553 CAN 2b0 41w1 26b1 12w0 10b0 31b½ 2.5
31 Ali Shafkat 1769 CAN 10b0 16w0 41b1 14w0 42b1 30w½ 2.5
32 Stroganov Valery 830 CAN 23b1 27w½ 16b1 4w0 17b0 15w0 2.5
33 Supol George 1348 CAN 27b0 23w0 44b1 21b0 28w0 41b1 2
34 Sabadash Maksym 1700 CAN 37b0 13w0 40b1 36w1 14b0 18w0 2
35 Jevtic Dragan 1573 CAN 44b1 7w0 37b0 39w1 13b0 26w0 2
36 Kalmanson Evgeny 1431 CAN 11b0 26w0 42b1 34b0 41w1 20w0 2
37 Lambert Peter 1227 CAN 34w1 19b0 35w1 5b0 24w0 21b0 2
38 Randle Bill 1154 CAN 12b1 17w0 23b0 40w0 20b0 42w1 2
39 Moiseev Alex 869 CAN 46w+ 15b0 29w0 35b0 43w1 19b0 2
40 Dong Yiwei 1162 CAN 6b0 34w0 38b1 27w0 28b0 1.5
41 Noritsyn Ivan 1071 CAN 19w0 30b0 31w0 43b1 36b0 33w0 1
42 Stroganov Victor 1057 CAN 20b0 9w0 36w0 44b1 31w0 38b0 1
43 Souchko Larissa 970 CAN 21w0 24b0 18w0 41w0 39b0 44b1 1
44 Zuo Roger 694 CAN 35w0 25b0 33w0 42w0 26b0 43w0 0
45 Ellis Cody 881 CAN 22b0 14w- 0 0 0 0 0
46 Ramesh Bharath 1608 CAN 39b- 0 0 0 0 0 0
47 Benavente Francisco 0 CAN 29b- 0 0 0 0 0 0

Results are also listed on the chess-results server.

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