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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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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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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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