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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:

four square shadow

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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Special Event – Aryan Chopra – July 17

Enjoy a wonderful evening with Aryan Chopra following the ups and downs of his journey to his final grandmaster norm when he was just 14.

  • 6:30 Doors open
  • 6:45 Intro talk and Q&A with Aryan Chopra and Tal Granite
  • 7:30 Play a simul game against the world’s youngest grandmaster ($45 or $50 at the door)
  • 8:00 Attend a special seminar with his mom, Mamta Chopra, on recognizing and motivating your child’s unique talents ($20 or $25 at the door)

The simul game would be an amazing experience for the young chess player in your family, and the seminar is ideal for the parents and educators of talented children.

Get a copy of the flyer:

Tickets are available online at

  • GM Aryan Chopra Lecture and Simul: $50 at the door / $45 advance
  • Mamta Chopra Seminar for Parents and Educators: $25 at the door / $20 advance
  • ACC Members: $10 off
  • New – in collaboration with Pub Chess Toronto – play 2 GMs for a special price of $80 (includes the simul against GM Vovk on July 19)


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Lecture July 17 – Discover and motivate your child’s unique abilities

Mamta Chopra is a news anchor with India’s public broadcaster, Doordarshan, and the mother of India’s new chess superstar, child prodigy Aryan Chopra.

Ms. Chopra is coming to Toronto from New Delhi, and we are pleased to present her talk on recognizing a child’s talent and motivating children to achieve their potential. For parents and educators.

Mamta Chopra seminar – July 17

Discover and motivate your child’s genius

  • Monday July 17
  • 8:00-9:00 pm
  • 918 Bathurst St.
  • Doors open at 6:30 pm
  • Tickets are $20 in advance –
  • $25 at the door
  • Save your spot today!
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