June is the Strawberry Moon – Dewmin-Giizis (or Ode’min-Giizis) in the local Nishnaabe language. It’s strawberry season in Ontario, and farms outside the city will soon have pick-your-own available. Meanwhile, downtown Toronto chess players are playing in the ACC Strawberry Season Swiss.
ACC Strawberry Season 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 June 11 to July 23. (Off June 18 for the GTCL Cup and July 2 for Canada Day.) Register on site each round by 7 pm. Email registration or bye requests before 6pm.
Round One – June 11
See full results below…
Off-week – June 18
Don’t miss the GTCL Cup, Toronto’s Rapid Team Chess Championship. $20 per team, or $5 per player – free for ACC players. Put your team together and email it in, or we’ll put teams together between 6 pm and 7 pm on site.
Round Two – June 25
Join us in Round Two! New players are always welcome. 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.
Off-week – July 2
It’s a Canada Day long weekend! The club will be closed.
A promotional flyer (PDF) is available to download here.
Style: 7 double-round Swiss, FIDE and CFC-rated
Time Control: 3 minutes each, plus 2 seconds per move
Registration: https://guestli.st/563637 – late entry tickets are still available, or register on site.
Entry Fees: $50 before June 4 / $60 after or on site
Junior/Senior: Less $10 for 18 & under or 60+ (as of June 1)
Membership: Up-to-date CFC membership required
Chief Arbiter: Alex Ferreira
As summer comes to Toronto, we have fond memories of summer street chess from the past. The spot in the 1970s and 80s used to be beside Sam the Record Man on Yonge, and one of the celebrities from those days was Josef Smolij. His favourite opening was the “Smash-Crash Gambit.” So our current club tournament is named Smash Crash in his honour.
ACC Smash Crash Swiss is a five-round CFC-rated tournament in two sections, Top and U1400. (We usually have three sections, but many of our top players are currently participating in the concurrent Toronto Closed Chess Championship.) Time control is 90 min/side with a 30-s increment. The round starts at 7:30 pm on Monday nights April 30 to Jun 4. Register on site each round by 7 pm. Email registration or bye requests before 6pm.
Round One – April 30
Round One players include a four-player contingent from Ryerson Chess Club, and Ryerson’s Tony Yueh (1390) scores an upset victory over Bharath Ramesh (1638) to join the U1800 lead group at 1.0/1.
In U1400 action, father-son team Valery Stroganov and Victor Stroganov are both victorious, joining the 5-way tie for first with 1.0/1.
Round Two – May 7
The leader group in the Top section is down to four players as Arkadiy Ugodnikov, Dragan Jevtic, Salim Belcadi, and Erdem Daldal all win their games.
In U1400, only two players are still perfect. Dennis Tran and Valery Stroganov have 2.0/2.
Round Three – May 14
In the Top section, just two players are perfect through 3 rounds, Salim Belcadi and Dragan Jevtic.
In U1400, Dennis Tran wins the playoff on Board 1 to take sole possession of the lead at 3.0/3. Six players trail him at 2.0/3.
Off week – May 21
The tournament is taking a break for the Victoria Day long weekend – but don’t miss the 2018 Ontario Open.
Round Four – May 28
As the U1400 leader takes the night off, Alex Moiseev climbs to a share of first place with 3.0/4.
Meanwhile, in the Top section show-down, it’s the “young up-and-coming player,” Dragan Jevtic over Salim Belcadi to take sole first at 4.0/4.
Round Five – June 4
In the final round, Dragan Jevtic loses his game, but he still finishes with 4.0/5, and with the best tie-break, to take the tournament. Congratulations, Dragan! In U1400, it’s Alex Moiseev with the win, to take clear first with 4.0/5. Congratulations, Alex!
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.
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…
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!
Off-week – Apr 2
The club is closed for the holiday.
Round Three – Apr 9
The Crown section has joined the Toronto Closeden 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).
Round Four – Apr 16
In U1800, Arkadiy Ugodnikov draws Bharath Ramesh, but still holds his lead with 3.5/4 going into the final round. Ramesh, Wilker, and McSherry trail by half a point at 3.0/4. In U1400 action, Dennis Tran defeats Victor Stroganov to take over the lead in the section with 3.5/4. Four players with 3.0/4 trail by just half a point: Stroganov, Stefanovich-Thompson, Moiseev, and Chandra.
Round Five – Apr 23
See results below.
A new tournament starts next week at 7:30 pm on April 30! New players are welcome to join. 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.