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CANCELLED – Chess lecture by Liza Orlova – Jan 6

UPDATE – this event is now cancelled. We regret to inform you that Liza has come down with a cold/flu and is unable to give her lecture.

Annex is starting the new year off with a special guest lecture by Woman National Master / WCM Liza Orlova.

Liza won numerous regional titles as a young player in Toronto, and played on the Canadian Women’s Olympiad team. She also founded Pub Chess Toronto. More recently, she has published a beginner chess book, streams on Twitch, and has launched the Vancouver Chess Club. Liza currently lives in Vancouver, where she teaches chess and studies graphic design.

Chess for Beginners, by Liza Orlova, Nov 2018

Liza’s lecture will cover an exciting game between four-time US Champion Yasser Seirawan and former World Champion Anatoly Karpov. If you bring your copy of her chess book (#1 on Amazon Kindle and #3 for paperback) – she’ll be happy to sign it for you.

Schedule:

Monday January 6
459A Bloor Street West, Toronto
Doors open – 6:00pm
Free lecture – 6:30-7:30pm
Regular club tournament – 7:30 (sign up before 7:00)

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Ted Winick Memorial Rapid Chess Championship – Apr 26

Annex Chess Club and the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre are partnering to present a Rapid Chess Championship on Sunday April 26 in memory of Ted Winick.

A consummate promoter of community and fellowship, Ted is remembered as the founder of Annex Chess Club and an important foundational member of the JCC. He is deeply missed and fondly remembered by many in the various Toronto communities he was so important to.

The event is in support of the Miles Nadal JCC and the chess educational organization, Chess Institute of Canada, which became Ted’s life work. Please contact us for details about how you can join in supporting these organizations in Ted’s memory through this event.

The tournament will be held in the beautiful Al Green Theatre within the JCC.

When: Sunday April 26, 2020
Check-in: 11:00-11:30am
Style: 7 rounds in one single section
Schedule: 12-2pm Rds 1-3. 2:30-5:30pm Rds 4-7
Time Control: 9 min + 3-sec increment per move from move 1
Rating: CFC and FIDE-rated. Up-to-date CFC membership required.
Organizer: Annex Chess Club
Chief Arbiter: Alex Ferreira

Link for Registration coming soon!

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ACC Holiday Rapid – Dec 16

In lieu of our regular slow-chess tournament, on our last club night of the year, December 16, the 2019 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.

28 players participated in this year’s Holiday Rapid. The winner was Raymond Gao with 5.5/6. Congratulations, Raymond!

Full results are below.

Have a great holiday, and we’ll see you next year, January 6!


Final Ranking Cross-tables after Round 6

ACC Holiday Rapid 2019

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd 6.Rd Pts.
1 Gao Raymond 2049 CAN 21w1 8b1 7w1 5b1 2b1 4w½ 5.5
2 Humphreys Michael 2325 CAN 19w1 12b1 6w1 3b1 1w0 10b1 5
3 Shabanaj Saimir 2087 ALB 20b1 13w1 11b1 2w0 12b1 8w1 5
4 Belcadi Salim 1592 CAN 28b1 6w0 17b1 11w1 7w1 1b½ 4.5
5 Bitton Michael 1966 CAN 9b1 14w0 15b1 1w0 16b1 12w1 4
6 Ivanov Venci 1784 CAN 15w1 4b1 2b0 13w1 8b0 14w1 4
7 Furrow Matthew 1782 CAN 16b1 25w1 1b0 14w1 4b0 13w1 4
8 Gao Lucy 1687 CAN 27b1 1w0 18w1 21b1 6w1 3b0 4
9 Gao William (zhimao) 1505 CAN 5w0 26b1 23w1 12b0 20w1 11w1 4
10 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1753 CAN 23w0 18b½ 24w1 19b1 21w1 2w0 3.5
11 Mcsherry Peter 1776 CAN 22w1 23b1 3w0 4b0 18w1 9b0 3
12 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1757 CAN 17b1 2w0 14b1 9w1 3w0 5b0 3
13 Chen Sihao 1658 CAN 26w1 3b0 22w1 6b0 24w1 7b0 3
14 Diemer Ulli 1574 CAN 24w1 5b1 12w0 7b0 23w1 6b0 3
15 Jevtic Dragan 1496 CAN 6b0 28w1 5w0 24b0 26w1 22b1 3
16 Moiseev Alex 1256 CAN 7w0 24b0 28w1 22b1 5w0 23b1 3
17 Denning Keith 1167 CAN 12w0 19b1 4w0 18b0 28w1 21b1 3
18 Guo Richard 1271 CAN 10w½ 8b0 17w1 11b0 24b1 3
19 Supol George 1536 CAN 2b0 17w0 27b1 10w0 25b0 26w1 2
20 Armstrong Robert J. 1534 CAN 3w0 22b0 26w1 23b0 9b0 27w1 2
21 D’souza Carina 1515 CAN 1b0 27w1 25b1 8w0 10b0 17w0 2
22 Niestrawski Alex 1244 CAN 11b0 20w1 13b0 16w0 27b1 15w0 2
23 Tuong Rose 1123 CAN 10b1 11w0 9b0 20w1 14b0 16w0 2
24 Kosic Mike 0 CAN 14b0 16w1 10b0 15w1 13b0 18w0 2
25 Sarfraz Amer 0 CAN -1 7b0 21w0 26b0 19w1 0 2
26 Souchko Larissa 828 CAN 13b0 9w0 20b0 25w1 15b0 19b0 1
27 Lillico Margarita 1079 CAN 8w0 21b0 19w0 28b1 22w0 20b0 1
28 Harvey Paul 749 CAN 4w0 15b0 16b0 27w0 17b0 -1 1

Results are also posted on Chess-Results. Thanks to everyone for coming out!

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ACC Remembrance Day Swiss

The Remembrance Day Swiss is a five-round ACC club tournament running from November 11 to December 9. It’s a CFC-rated tournament, divided in three sections, Crown, U1800, and U1400. Time control is 90 min/side with a 30-s increment. New players can register on site each round by 7 pm. Email registration or bye requests before 6 pm.

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Round One – November 11

It’s a snowy Remembrance Day in Toronto and some players are away for the first round.

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Round Two – November 18

Through two rounds, it’s Alex Moiseev in the lead with 2.0/2 in U1400. In U1800, it’s Arkadiy Ugodnikov alone in first with 2.0. And in the Crown Dave Southam and Peter McSherry are tied for the lead at 1.5/2.

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Round Three – November 25

In U1400, Alexis Stefanovich-Thomson catches up to Alex Moiseev at 2.5/3. In U1800, Charlie Grisar catches up to Arkadiy Ugodnikov at 2.5/3. And in the Crown, Dave Southam has the lead all to himself at 2.5/3.

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Round Four – December 2

In the Crown, Dave Southam now leads with 3.5/4.

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Round Five – December 9

Last round!

In U1900, it’s Charlie Grisar in clear first with 4.0/5. And his rating goes up over 1700. Way to go, Charlie!

In U1400, it’s Alex Moiseev with a win at 4.0/5. His rating goes up over 1250. Congratulations, Alex!

Finally, in the Crown, Dave Southam takes the tournament with a final score of 4.5/5. Congratulations, Dave!

Unfortunately, despite a clear-first finish, Dave still ends up donating a few points to the club for his efforts. We need to make these tournaments more rewarding for our highest rated players. A few ideas are in the works!

We’ll see many Annex players at Hart House this weekend. Then, on Monday, it’s our Holiday Rapid!


Final Ranking Cross-tables after Round 5

ACC Remembrance Day Swiss – Crown section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Southam David 2215 CAN 2w½ 6b1 8b1 3w1 5w+ 4.5
2 McSherry Peter 1744 CAN 1b½ -1 3w½ 6w½ 7b½ 3
3 Ivanov Venci 1745 CAN 8w½ 2b½ 1b0 6w1 2.5
4 Gao Lucy 1664 CAN 0 0 8b1 2
5 Renteria Manuela 1673 CAN 0 8w1 1b- 2
6 Schwartz Lorne 1756 CAN 1w0 -1 2b½ 3b0 2
7 Shabanaj Saimir 2099 ALB 0 0 2w½ 1.5
8 Furrow Matthew 1835 CAN 3b½ 1w0 5b0 4w0 1

See full Crown results on the Chess-results server.

ACC Remembrance Day Swiss – U1800 section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Grisar Charlie 1550 CAN 5b1 8w½ 12b1 3w1 2b½ 4
2 Chen Sihao 1635 CAN 8b0 10w1 15b1 5w1 1w½ 3.5
3 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1583 CAN 10b1 6w1 1b0 8w1 3.5
4 D’souza Carina 1478 CAN 15w1 8b½ 6w1 3.5
5 Belanger Colton 1698 CAN 1w0 14b1 9w1 2b0 11w1 3
6 Patton Mark A. 1319 CAN 7w1 3b0 12w1 4b0 2.5
7 Supol George 1553 CAN 6b0 11w½ 10b½ 13w½ 14b1 2.5
8 Wilker Marcus 1622 CAN 2w1 1b½ 4w½ 3b0 2.5
9 Tuchow Ryan 1400 CAN 11b1 12w0 5b0 15w1 0 2
10 Jevtic Dragan 1499 CAN 3w0 2b0 7w½ 14b½ 15b1 2
11 Armstrong Robert J. 1563 CAN 9w0 7b½ 14w1 5b0 2
12 Schyngera Eli 1486 CAN 14w½ 9b1 1w0 6b0 0 1.5
13 Sutton Michael 1706 CAN 0 7b½ 0 1.5
14 Guo Richard 1241 CAN 12b½ 5w0 11b0 10w½ 7w0 1
15 Dixon Javier 1603 CAN 4b0 2w0 9b0 10w0 0.5

See full U1800 results on the Chess-results server.

ACC Remembrance Day Swiss – U1400 section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Moiseev Alex 1166 CAN 16w1 10b1 2w½ 3w1 4
2 Niestrawski Alex 1231 CAN 4b1 3w½ 1b½ 9w1 6b½ 3.5
3 Stefanovich-Thomson Alexis 1232 CAN 13w1 2b½ 11w1 10b+ 1b0 3.5
4 Teram Eli 1056 CAN 2w0 12b1 10w0 15b1 9b1 3
5 Denning Keith 1162 CAN 15b1 0 14w1 3
6 Randle Bill 1266 CAN 13b1 2w½ 3
7 Lau Joshua 1065 CAN 0 0 13w1 2
8 Teodorosyon Aras 0 CAN 0 0 15w1 2
9 Souchko Larissa 854 CAN 11b0 15w1 2b0 4w0 1.5
10 Narayan Niyant 1261 CAN 1w0 4b1 3w- 0 1.5
11 Paya Kian 692 CAN 9w1 3b0 12w- 0 1.5
12 Yin Lucas 913 CAN 4w0 -1 11b- 0 1.5
13 Lillico Margarita 1118 CAN 3b0 6w0 7b0 1
14 Ainey Declan 0 CAN 0 0 5b0 1
15 Harvey Paul 805 CAN 5w0 9b0 4w0 8b0 0.5
16 Guo Rainyee 896 CAN 1b0 0 0 0 0.5

See full U1400 results on the Chess-results server.

Feature image is a photo by Laurentiu Iordache from Unsplash

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ACC End of Summer Swiss

It’s that time of year again. The CNE is Open. The Toronto Open is around the corner. Summer is coming to a close.

The ACC End of Summer Swiss runs on Monday nights to the end of summer from August 19 to September 23. (No round on Sept 2.) New players can register on site each round by 7 pm. Email registration or bye requests before 6 pm.

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Round One – August 19

Several of our junior players are playing at the NAYCC, so our numbers are a little down this week.

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Round Two – August 26

New entries this week fill out the sections, including the return of many-time Annex Club Champion Michael Humphreys!

In U1400, Tom Lee is alone in first with 2.0/2. In U1800, it’s Ambarish Chandra and Arkadiy Ugodnikov tied at 1.5/2. And in the Crown, Allan Munro is alone in first with 2.0/2

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Off week – September 2

We’re closed for Labour Day – but please feel free to stop by at the Toronto Open, running all weekend, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Round Three – September 9

After a successful Toronto Open, we’re back in action at the club! Evgeny Kalmanson gets a full point to take clear first in U1400 with 2.5/3. In U1800, it’s Chandra Ambarish still perfect at 3.0/3. And in the Crown, Allan Munro with a draw still holds on to first place at 2.5/3.

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Round Four – September 16

In the Crown section, Michael Humphreys and Dave Southam both win their games to share first place at 3.0/4. In U1800, Lucy Gao wins her game to take over sole first with 3.5/4. In U1400, Evgeny Kalmanson wins his game to hold onto sole first with 3.5/4.

See complete results below.

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Round Five – September 23

It’s the fall equinox, official end of summer, and also fittingly the end of the ACC End of Summer Swiss.

In the Crown, Michael Humphreys wins the tournament with 4.0/5. In U1800, the winner is Ambarish Chandra with 4.0/5. And in U1400, it’s Evgeny Kalmanson with 4.5/5.

Congratulations, Michael, Ambarish and Evgeny!

Tournament chess continues next week at Annex with our new club tournament, the Ted Winick Memorial Swiss. New players are welcome to join! The round starts at 7:30 pm. Register on site by 7 pm, or email your registration before 6 pm.


Final Ranking Cross-tables after Round 5

ACC End of Summer Swiss – Crown section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Humphreys Michael 2332 CAN 3b½ 4w1 2w1 6b1 4
2 Munro Allan 2201 CAN 4w1 10b1 3w½ 1b0 7w1 3.5
3 Southam David 2164 CAN 11b1 1w½ 2b½ 9w1 5b½ 3.5
4 Malakhovets Sergey 2029 CAN 2b0 11w1 1b0 5w½ 9b1 2.5
5 Furrow Matthew 1791 CAN 9w1 7b0 4b½ 3w½ 2.5
6 Gao Raymond 2050 CAN 0 11b1 1w0 2
7 Bitton Michael 1964 CAN 5w1 0 2b0 2
8 Gao Lucy 1658 CAN 0 0 11w1 2
9 Fines John 1851 CAN 5b0 11w1 3b0 4w0 1.5
10 Ogunlana Ayo 1730 CAN -1 2w0 0 0 1.5
11 Mcsherry Peter 1840 CAN 3w0 4b0 9b0 6w0 8b0 0

See full Crown results on the Chess-results server.

ACC End of Summer Swiss – U1800 section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Chandra Ambarish 1419 CAN 10b1 5b1 3w1 2w0 9w1 4
2 Gao Lucy 1655 CAN 4b1 6w1 1b1 0 3.5
3 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1577 CAN 15w1 8b1 1b0 12w1 5w½ 3.5
4 Supol George 1395 CAN 7b1 2w0 8w1 12b1 3.5
5 Belanger Colton 1539 CAN 24b1 1w0 16b½ 14w1 3b½ 3
6 Saltat Michael 1606 CAN 2b0 20w1 18b1 3
7 Jevtic Dragan 1501 CAN 4w0 15b1 13w1 3
8 Grisar Charlie 1487 CAN 21b1 3w0 4b0 17w½ 16b1 2.5
9 Armstrong Robert J. 1519 CAN 12w½ 11b½ 16w1 1b0 2.5
10 Niestrawski Alex 1111 CAN 1w0 16b½ 22w1 13b0 15w+ 2.5
11 Tanasijczuk Justin 1350 CAN 9w½ 0 20b1 2.5
12 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1676 CAN 9b½ 23w1 3b0 4w0 2
13 Phillips Arthur 1643 CAN 0 10w1 7b0 2
14 Diemer Ulli 1611 CAN 15w0 5b0 22w1 2
15 Tuchow Ryan 1397 CAN 3b0 7w0 14b1 18w½ 10b- 1.5
16 Patton Mark A. 1355 CAN 23b½ 10w½ 5w½ 9b0 8w0 1.5
17 Gao William (zhimao) 1548 CAN 0 8b½ 0 1.5
18 Lambert Peter 1501 CAN 0 15b½ 6w0 1.5
19 Ogunlana Ayo 1730 CAN 22b1 0 0 0 0 1
20 Schyngera Eli 1374 CAN 0 6b0 11w0 1
21 Stroganov Valery 1374 CAN 8w0 24b½ 0 0 1
22 Stroganov Victor 1402 CAN 19w0 10b0 0 14b0 0.5
23 Dixon Javier 1420 CAN 16w½ 12b0 0 0 0 0.5
24 Narayan Niyant 1500 CAN 5w0 0 21w½ 0 0 0.5

See full U1800 results on the Chess-results server.

ACC End of Summer Swiss – U1400 section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Kalmanson Evgeny 1232 CAN 13b1 2w½ 11w+ 6b1 10b1 4.5
2 Guo Richard 1165 CAN 10w1 1b½ 5w½ 6b1 3.5
3 Lau Joshua 1070 CAN 16b1 0 13w+ 0 2.5
4 Moiseev Alex 1178 CAN 7b1 0 14w1 0 9b0 2
5 Guo Rainyee 908 CAN 15w1 11b0 2b½ 0 2
6 Stefanovich-Thomson Alexis 1286 CAN 13b1 1w0 2w0 2
7 Teram Eli 1006 CAN 4w0 16b1 12w½ 0 2
8 Lillico Margarita 1139 CAN 0 0 14w1 2
9 Yin Lucas 921 CAN 0 0 4w1 2
10 Souchko Larissa 847 CAN 2b0 13w0 15b½ 14b1 1w0 1.5
11 Charles Christopher 1322 CAN 5w1 1b- 0 0 1.5
12 Lee Tom 1227 CAN 0 7b½ 0 1.5
13 Alexandroff Shemaya 989 CAN 1w0 10b1 6w0 3b- 0 1
14 Harvey Paul 0 CAN 4b0 10w0 8b0 1
15 Paya Kian 1200 CAN 5b0 0 10w½ 0 0 0.5
16 Chan Mitchell 273 CAN 3w0 7w0 0 0 0.5

See full U1400 results on the Chess-results server.

Feature Photo “CNE Candy Booth” by Richard Cohen on Unsplash

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