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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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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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