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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 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 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

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Round Five – Jan 22

See complete results below.

Don’t miss the Club Championship, starting next week!

Final ranking cross-tables after Round 5

ACC Get Your Skates On Swiss – Crown

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Humphreys Michael 2351 CAN 9w1 8b1 2w½ 3b1 4w1 4.5
2 Noritsyn Sergey 2186 CAN 13w1 1b½ 6w1 7b1 4
3 Southam David 2201 CAN 7b1 1w0 11w+ 3
4 Malakhovets Sergey 2237 CAN 6b0 10w½ 11b1 9w1 1b0 2.5
5 Yu Jonathan 2150 CAN 12w1 6b½ 0 2.5
6 England Max 2071 CAN 4w1 5w½ 2b0 0 2
7 Li Kevin Yunhong 1565 CAN 3w0 11b1 2w0 2
8 Mcsherry Peter 1841 CAN -1 1w0 0 2
9 Wiebe Daniel 2086 CAN 1b0 13w1 4b0 0 1.5
10 Guo Josh 2236 CAN 4b½ 0 0 0 1
11 Akophyan Nika 1877 CAN 4w0 7w0 3b- 1
12 Ferreira Alex T. 2078 CAN 5b0 0 0 0 0.5
13 Alakov Sergey 2064 CAN 2b0 9b0 0 0 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 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Ogunlana Ayo 1551 CAN 16b1 2b1 5w1 4
2 Chen Sihao 1586 CAN 12b1 13w1 3b1 1w0 8b1 4
3 Schwartz Lorne 1517 CAN 19b1 9w1 2w0 5b0 11w1 3
4 Mansilla Guillermo 1429 CAN 14w0 7b½ -1 17w1 3
5 Armstrong Robert J. 1711 CAN 6b½ 18w1 9b0 3w1 1b0 2.5
6 Jevtic Dragan 1475 CAN 5w½ 11b1 17w1 0 0 2.5
7 Guo Haotong Hazel 1419 CAN 9b0 4w½ 8b0 -1 12w1 2.5
8 Dixon Javier 1448 CAN 13b0 12w0 7w1 17b1 2w0 2
9 Diemer Ulli 1606 CAN 7w1 3b0 5w1 0 0 2
10 Li Kevin Yunhong 1565 CAN 16w1 14b1 0 0 0 2
11 Saltat Michael 1503 CAN 17b½ 6w0 12b½ 16w1 3b0 2
12 David Jean-Marc 1396 CAN 2w0 8b1 11w½ 15b½ 7b0 2
13 Ramesh Bharath 1627 CAN 8w1 2b0 14w- 0 1.5
14 Gryn Maksym 1609 CAN 4b1 10w0 13b- 0 1.5
15 Yueh Tony 1409 CAN 0 12w½ 0 1.5
16 Supol George 1356 CAN 10b0 -1 1w0 11b0 0 1
17 Kalmanson Evgeny 1346 CAN 11w½ 6b0 8w0 4b0 1
18 Guntoori Bhargava 1495 CAN 5b0 0 0 0 0.5
19 Matetski Konstanstin 1208 CAN 3w0 0 0 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 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Moiseev Alex 945 CAN 21w1 20b1 13b0 6w1 4b1 4
2 Stroganov Valery 945 CAN 19b1 12w½ 6b1 3.5
3 Stefanovich-Thomson Alexis 0 CAN 7w½ 6b½ 5w0 14w1 12b1 3
4 Stroganov Victor 1091 CAN 9w1 10b1 1w0 3
5 Patton Mark A. 1237 CAN 3b1 0 9w1 3
6 Chandra Ambarish 731 CAN 20b1 3w½ 12b1 1b0 2w0 2.5
7 Dong Yiwei 1138 CAN 3b½ 14w1 0 0 8b1 2.5
8 Zuo Roger 710 CAN 12w0 17b1 19w+ 7w0 2.5
9 Teram Eli 936 CAN 15b1 11w0 4b0 17w1 5b0 2
10 Kamnitzer Benjamin 875 CAN 11b0 15w1 14b1 4w0 0 2
11 Kalniev Stefan 1209 CAN 10w1 9b1 0 0 0 2
12 Noritsyn Ivan 1029 CAN 8b1 6w0 2b½ 3w0 2
13 Mansilla Guillermo 1429 CAN 1w1 0 0 2
14 Souchko Larissa 932 CAN 16w½ 7b0 10w0 3b0 20w1 1.5
15 Cvetkovic Nikola 361 CAN 9w0 10b0 0 0 18w1 1
16 Pancer Jeff 1050 CAN 14b½ 0 0 0 1
17 Finkelstein Michael 1289 CAN 8w0 9b0 0 1
18 Ellis Cody 890 CAN 0 0 15b0 1
19 Lambert Peter 1116 CAN 2w0 8b- 0 1
20 Tuong Rose 1046 CAN 6w0 1w0 0 14b0 0.5
21 Hibbard Linda 640 CAN 1b0 0 0 0 0.5

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!


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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Sign Up for a Chess Class this September

Annex Chess Club classes are a great way to help children develop their understanding of this ancient game and take their play to the next level.

We also offer great beginner and intermediate classes for adults, to get you started, to step up your game, or to brush up on old skills. No previous knowledge is required.

Online registration is now closed, but we’re still accepting new registrations on site on Mondays.

Classes run for 7 Monday nights from the week after Labour Day to the end of October (Sept 11-Oct 30)

– 6:15 Kids Beginner / Intermediate
– 6:15 Kids Advanced
– 7:15 Adult Beginner
– 7:15 Adult Intermediate

NEW! Just added – International Master Artiom Samsonkin will teach you how to analyze a game of chess. Study master games and learn from mistakes and missed opportunities in your own games. The class will also look at how to use computer engines beneficially (Sept 18-Nov 6).

– 8:15 Chess Analysis with Artiom

Don’t miss out. Come check it out this coming Monday!

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