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ACC June Bug Swiss

Our latest chess tournament is named for the big brown beetles that seem to show up out of nowhere in June. Part of the scarab family, June bugs are usually considered a pest. Personally, I’ve always found them humorously clumsy; they always seem to be flying into walls, getting stuck on their back, or moving slowly and awkwardly across the ground, dragging their big belly with scrabbling legs.

Running through June from May 29 to July 10, the ACC June Bug Swiss is a 5-round club tournament in three sections, Masters, U2200, and U1600. Yes, those cut-offs are a little different than normal – partly because it’s nice to mix up the sections to give people some new opponents, but mostly because we’re trying an experiment with this tournament, making the Masters section a little more exclusive in the hopes of attracting some new strong players.

Accordingly, our three sections are the new Masters section, then U2200, and then U1600. As always, those within 100 points of the cut-off may request to play up in the next higher section. E.g., a 2120 would naturally be in the U2200 section, but could request to play in the Masters. Similarly a 1530 would naturally be placed in U1600, but could request to play in U2200.

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Round One – May 29

The tournament starts with 31 players in three sections. The Masters section has a very low turn-out with just one player. We already have some additional entries for Round Two!

In U2200, there are some big rating differences in the first round, and at the end of the night the results on the pairing sheet show a zig-zag pattern indicating a sweep by the rating favourites. In U1600, two unrated players play their first standard CFC-rated tournament game, Benjamin Kamnizer, who loses to Evgeny Kalmanson, and Akshay Seshadri, who wins against Reza Anghaie. Otherwise, the section is also a sweep for the rating favourites. See full results below.

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Round Two – June 5

The Masters section doubles in the second round with two players now registered. William Li defeats Dave Southam to stay in first with 2.0/2.

In U2200, four 1900s face off on the top boards. Shawn Talsma and John Fines are victorious and now tied for the lead at 2.0/2.

In U1600, both unrated players are on the board as Benjamin Kamnitzer wins his game. Tied for the lead with 2.0/2 are Shabnam Abbarin, Gregory Szucs, and George Supol.

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Round Three – June 12

In the Masters section, Sergey Noritsyn joins and defeats William Li. The two are now tied at 2.0/3. In U2200 action, John Fines defeats Shawn Talsma to take sole first with a perfect score of 3.0/3. And in U1600, Shabnam Abbarin stays perfect at 3.0/3 with a win over George Supol, while Gregory Szucs and Bill Randle are just half a point behind at 2.5/3.

Off-week – June 19

ACC is hosting the GTCL Cup. Free for Annex members. Make a team or we’ll put you on one for this one-night four-on-four rapid teams event. Our regular club tournament takes a break to allow players to participate.

Round Four – June 26

The tournament resumes. In the Masters section, Sergey Malakhovets joins and defeats William Li to join a now 3-way tie for the lead at 2.0/4. John Fines draws Arkadiy Ugodnikov, but still leads U2200 with 3.5/4. And Gregory Szucs beats Shabnam Abbarin to take first place in U1600.

Off-week – July 3

It’s Canada Day weekend and ACC is closed.

Round Five – July 10

Final round. Sergey Malakhovets draws Dave Southam to take the tournament with just 2.5/5. John Fines earns a forfeit win to take U2200 with 4.5/5. And Gregory Szucs draws Javier Dixon to take U1600 with 4.0/5, tied with Shabnam Abbarin but with a better head-to-head tiebreak, having beaten her in Round 4.

Congratulations, Sergey, John, and Gregory!

The final cross-table is below. Please join us next week for our special GM Aryan Chopra event with and July 24 for Rd. 1 of our Summer in the City Swiss.


Final Ranking cross-tables after Round 5

ACC June Bug Swiss – Masters

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Malakhovets Sergey 2103 CAN 0 2w1 5b½ 2.5
2 Li William 2142 CAN -1 5b1 3w0 1b0 4w0 2
3 Noritsyn Sergey 2248 CAN 2b1 0 0 2
4 Guo Josh 2225 CAN 0 0 2b1 2
5 Southam David 2263 CAN 2w0 6b½ 1w½ 2
6 Wang Lidong 2128 USA 0 5w½ 0 1.5

Check updated results on chess-results.

ACC June Bug Swiss – U2200

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Fines John 1961 CAN 6w1 2b1 4w1 3b½ -1 4.5
2 Malmsten Erik 1922 CAN 11b1 1w0 5b1 9w1 3b1 4
3 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1722 CAN 10b1 1w½ 2w0 2.5
4 Talsma Shawn 1937 CAN 13w1 9b1 1b0 0 0 2
5 Pei Eric 1559 CAN 9w0 11b1 2w0 10w0 6b1 2
6 Hanratty Brian 1674 CAN 1b0 9w½ 12b1 5w0 2
7 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1723 CAN 0 0 11b1 2
8 Gao Raymond 1483 CAN 0 11w1 0 2
9 Mcsherry Peter 1953 CAN 5b1 4w0 6b½ 2b0 0 1.5
10 Belcadi Salim 1589 CAN 3w0 11w0 5b1 0 1.5
11 Chen Harry (siqi) 1525 CAN 2w0 5w0 10b1 8b0 7w0 1
12 Ning Eric 1922 CAN 0 6w0 0 1
13 Armstrong Robert J. 1527 CAN 4b0 0 0 0 0 0

Check updated results on chess-results.

ACC June Bug Swiss – U1600

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Szucs Gregory 1415 CAN 11w1 6b1 2w1 4b½ 4
2 Abbarin Shabnam 1442 CAN 10w1 4b1 7w1 1b0 5w1 4
3 Patton Mark A. 1285 CAN 23w1 13b½ 5w0 19b1 8b1 3.5
4 Dixon Javier 1314 CAN 29b1 2w0 10b1 6w1 1w½ 3.5
5 Gelowitz Mark A. 1412 CAN 19b1 24w0 3b1 9w1 2b0 3
6 Kalmanson Evgeny 1211 CAN 20b1 1w0 16b1 4b0 19w1 3
7 Supol George 1368 CAN 21w1 12b1 2b0 8w1 0 3
8 Randle Bill 1233 CAN 28b1 -1 7b0 3w0 2.5
9 Mcmillan Alan 1227 CAN 25w1 0 20b1 5b0 0 2
10 Dong Yiwei 1064 CAN 2b0 29w1 4w0 27b1 0 2
11 Pancer Jeff 1002 CAN 1b0 22w1 0 0 25b1 2
12 Seshadri Akshay 0 CAN 22b1 7w0 28w1 0 0 2
13 Jevtic Dragan 1425 CAN 15b1 3w½ 0 0 2
14 Ai Amy 1180 CAN 19w0 22b1 0 2
15 Teram Eli 1011 CAN 13w0 0 23b1 2
16 Matetski Konstantin 0 CAN 6w0 21b1 0 2
17 Ma Yue Ran 1395 CAN 0 0 22w1 2
18 Hibbard Linda 0 CAN 0 0 21w1 2
19 Souchko Larissa 983 CAN 5w0 14b1 3w0 6b0 1.5
20 Kamnitzer Benjamin 0 CAN 6w0 21b1 9w0 0 1.5
21 Bahry Timothy 943 CAN 7b0 20w0 23b1 16w0 18b0 1
22 Anghaie Reza 891 CAN 12w0 11b0 29b1 14w0 17b0 1
23 Ellis Cody 900 CAN 3b0 0 21w0 26b1 15w0 1
24 Wilker Marcus 1601 CAN 0 5b1 0 0 0 1
25 Noftle Madisin 776 CAN 9b0 0 -1 0 11w0 1
26 Qiu James 1168 CAN 0 23w0 0 1
27 Gao Lucy 1074 CAN 0 10w0 0 1
28 David Jean-Marc 1440 CAN 8w0 12b0 0 0 0.5
29 Noritsyn Ivan 933 CAN 4w0 10b0 22w0 0 0 0

Check updated results on chess-results.

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For more on June bugs, also known as June beetles, May bugs, etc., see the Encyclopedia Brittanica article.

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ACC April Flurries Swiss

April showers bring May flowers, but living in Toronto it’s not unusual to have snow flurries in April.

The ACC April Flurries Swiss runs from April 10 to May 29. This CFC-rated five-round tournament is broken into three sections, Crown, U1800, and U1400, and runs concurrently with the annual city championship, the 2017 Toronto Closed.

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Round One – April 10

The tournament starts with 25 players in three sections. As in Round 1 of almost any Swiss, there are a number of David-versus-Goliath matchups and a few surprise upsets. In the Crown, Matthew Bergeron (1749) scores an upset win over the young giant, Max England (2056). In U1800, Dragan Jevtic (1388) upsets Kevin Li (1624) and Gregory Szucs (1302) defeats Brett Kingsbury (1504). Finally in U1400, Ivan Noritsyn (885) upsets Cody Ellis (1191).

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Round Two – April 24

Twelve new players join the tournament in Round 2.

In the Crown section, Matthew Bergeron wins again, this time over Peter McSherry. He is now tied for the lead with Ochuko Emuakpeje, who defeats William Li. Bergeron and Emuakpeje both have 2.0/2.

In the middle section, which gains 7 new players and is now up to 16, Dragan Jevtic beats Joey Qiao and Gregory Szuchs beats Bob Armstrong, so it’s a couple of 1300s who are tied for the lead in the U1800 section, at 2.0/2.

And in the U1400 section, which now has 14 players, it’s David Chodoriwsky alone in first at 2.0/2 with a win over Ivan Noritsyn.

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Round Three – May 1

In the Crown section, Alex Ferreira makes a cameo appearance and beats Shawn Talsma, while Peter McSherry and John Fines – both oh-for thus far – play to a draw. Leaders Ochuko Emuakpeje and Matthew Bergeron both take byes and still lead the section with 2.5/3.

In U1800, Gregory Szuchs wins the playoff in the top point group to hold sole possession of the lead with a perfect 3.0/3. Trailing by half a point are Brian Hanratty, reaching 2.5 with a win over Shabnam Abbarin, and Harry Chen, with an upset over Ulli Diemer.

Finally in the closely fought U1400, David Chodoriwsky still holds the lead as Evgeny Kalmanson draws him to rise to 2.0/3 along with four other players half a point behind Chodoriwsky’s 2.5.

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Round Four – May 8

Jeremy D’Souza visits Annex with free cookies to promote the Etobicoke Chess Club at the Second Cup at 265 Wincott Drive on Thursday nights.

In the delayed showdown between Bergeron and Emuakpeje, Ochuko Emuakpeje wins again to take sole possession of first place going into the last round with 3.5/4. In U1800, Brian Hanratty and Harry Chen move up from tied for second at 3.5 to tied for first at 4.5 as Hanratty beats first place Gregory Szuchs. Finally in U1400, Alan McMillan beats leader David Chodoriwsky to rise to first along with Evgeny Kalmanson and Javier Dixon at 3.0/4.

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Round Five – May 15

See final results below

Please note – We’re closed May 22

But there’s a new tournament starting up with Round One on May 29.
Each Monday the round starts at 7:30 pm. Please register on site before 7:00 if you would like to play, or email in advance. All are welcome, including new players! CFC membership is required ($48 per year; $32 for juniors) but you can purchase it from us, and we offer a variety of club membership options including a drop-in membership ($15 per night or $10 for juniors) to play in one round of the tournament.


Ranking cross-tables after Round 4

ACC April Flurries Swiss – Crown

Rk. Name ELO FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd Pts.
1 Emuakpeje Ochuko 2414 CAN 9b1 6w1 2b1 3.5
2 Bergeron Matthew 1749 CAN 10b1 9w1 1w0 2.5
3 Ferreira Alex T. 2086 CAN 4b1 0 2
4 Talsma Shawn 1894 CAN 6w0 5b1 3w0 9b1 2
5 Fines John 1960 CAN 7b0 4w0 9b½ 8w1 1.5
6 Li William 2176 CAN 4b1 1b0 0 0 1
7 Barron Michael 2288 CAN 5w1 0 0 0 1
8 Akophyan Nika 1885 CAN 0 5b0 1
9 McSherry Peter 2005 CAN 1w0 2b0 5w½ 4w0 0.5
10 England Max 2056 CAN 2w0 0 0 0.5

Check updated results on chess-results.

ACC April Flurries Swiss – U1800

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd Pts.
1 Hanratty Brian 1675 CAN 11b1 10w1 7b1 3.5
2 Chen Harry (siqi) 1419 CAN 17w1 6b1 5w1 3.5
3 Li Kevin Yunhong 1624 CAN 7w0 16b1 14w1 8b1 3
4 Qiao Joey 1449 CAN 18w1 7b0 12w1 10b1 3
5 Szucs Gregory 1302 CAN 13w1 12b1 7w1 2b0 3
6 Diemer Ulli 1672 CAN 17b1 2w0 11b1 2.5
7 Jevtic Dragan 1388 CAN 3b1 4w1 5b0 1w0 2
8 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1740 CAN 9b1 3w0 2
9 Supol George 1332 CAN 13b1 8w0 2
10 Abbarin Shabnam 1455 CAN 15b1 1b0 4w0 1.5
11 Gelowitz Mark A. 1434 CAN 1w0 15b1 6w0 1.5
12 Armstrong Robert J. 1599 CAN -1 5w0 4b0 1.5
13 Kingsbury Brett 1504 CAN 5b0 9w0 17b+ 1.5
14 Goldfarb Adam 1387 CAN 3b0 1.5
15 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1337 CAN 10w0 11w0 1
16 Mcmillan Alan 1123 CAN 3w0 0 0 0.5
17 Chapin Sasha 1418 CAN 6w0 2b0 13w- 0 0
18 Abdi Liban 0 CAN 4b0 0 0 0 0

Check updated results on chess-results.

ACC April Flurries Swiss – U1400

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd Pts.
1 Kalmanson Evgeny 1188 CAN 14w1 7b½ 4b½ 6w1 3
2 Dixon Javier 1308 CAN 6w½ 8b1 7w1 3
3 Mcmillan Alan 1123 CAN 7w0 -1 13b1 4w1 3
4 Chodoriwsky David 1266 CAN 13w1 5b1 1w½ 3b0 2.5
5 Noritsyn Ivan 885 CAN 15w1 4w0 10b0 13b1 2
6 Patton Mark A. 1295 CAN 2b½ 9w1 1b0 2
7 Randle Bill 1288 CAN 3b1 1w½ 2b0 2
8 Ai Amy 1003 CAN 12b1 2w0 10w½ 2
9 Dong Yiwei 1000 CAN 6b0 12w1 2
10 Teram Eli 999 CAN 11w0 5w1 8b½ 2
11 Goldfarb Adam 1387 CAN 10b1 0 0 1.5
12 Noftle Madisin 866 CAN 8w0 -1 9b0 1.5
13 Souchko Larissa 992 CAN 4b0 15b1 3w0 5w0 1
14 Anghaie Reza 863 CAN 1b0 0 0 15w1 1
15 Ellis Cody 1191 CAN 5b0 13w0 0 14b0 0

Check updated results on chess-results.

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2017 Toronto Closed Chess Championship

It’s time again for the annual City Chess Championship, sanctioned by the Greater Toronto Chess League.

April 10 to June 12, 2017

Final Crosstables

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Toronto Closed Championship 2017

No. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts.
1 Humphreys Michael 2364 CAN * ½ ½ 1 0 1 1 0 4
2 Agbabishvili Lali 2260 CAN ½ * 1 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 2.5
3 Noritsyn Sergey 2248 CAN ½ 0 * 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 2.5
4 Barron Michael 2290 CAN 0 1 1 * ½ 0 0 1 3.5
5 Plotkin Victor 2387 CAN 1 ½ ½ ½ * 1 0 ½ 4
6 Southam David 2263 CAN 0 1 0 1 0 * 0 ½ 2.5
7 Rek Viatcheslav (slava) 2274 CAN 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 * 0 4
8 Ivanov Mike 2369 CAN 1 1 1 0 ½ ½ 1 * 5

See full results of the Toronto Closed Championship on Chess Results

Toronto Closed Reserve 2017

No. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts.
1 Chernik Dmitry 2023 CAN * 0 ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 4
2 Qiao Cindy 1877 CAN 1 * 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 2
3 Malakhovets Sergey 2092 CAN ½ 1 * ½ ½ 0 1 1 4.5
4 Wiebe Daniel 2072 CAN ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 4.5
5 Zotkin Daniel 2117 CAN 1 1 ½ ½ * 1 0 1 5
6 Siddeley Hugh 2117 CAN 0 1 1 ½ 0 * 1 1 4.5
7 Stefanovic Miroslav 2115 CAN 0 1 0 0 1 0 * 0 2
8 Ali Shafkat 1776 CAN 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 1 * 1.5

See full results or the Toronto Closed Reserve on Chess Results

The event consists of two eight-player Round Robins. Championship and Reserve pairings are according to the Berger table:

Rd 1: 1-8, 2-7, 3-6, 4-5.
Rd 2: 8-5, 6-4, 7-3, 1-2.
Rd 3: 2-8, 3-1, 4-7, 5-6.
Rd 4: 8-6, 7-5, 1-4, 2-3.
Rd 5: 3-8, 4-2, 5-1, 6-7.
Rd 6: 8-7, 1-6, 2-5, 3-4.
Rd 7: 4-8, 5-3, 6-2, 7-1.

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Pairings and Results

Round One – April 10

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Bd. White Black
1 Michael Humphreys 0 1 Mike Ivanov
2 Lali Agbabishvili ½ ½ Slava Rek
3 Sergey Noritsyn 1 0 David Southam
4 Michael Barron ½ ½ Victor Plotkin
5 Dmitry Chernik 1 0 Shafkat Ali
6 Cindy Qiao 0 1 Miroslav Stefanovic
7 Sergey Malakhovets 0 1 Hugh Siddeley
8 Daniel Wiebe ½ ½ Daniel Zotkin

Games from Round One



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Round Two – April 24

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Bd. White Black
1 Mike Ivanov ½ ½ Victor Plotkin
2 Dave Southam 1 0 Michael Barron
3 Slava Rek ½ ½ Sergey Noritsyn
4 Michael Humphreys ½ ½ Lali Agbabishvili
5 Shafkat Ali 0 1 Daniel Zotkin
6 Hugh Siddeley ½ ½ Daniel Wiebe
7 Miroslav Stefanovic 0 1 Sergey Malakhovets
8 Dmitry Chernik 0 1 Cindy Qiao

Games from Round Two





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Round Three – May 1

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Bd. White Black
1 Lali Agbabishvili 0 1 Mike Ivanov
2 Sergey Noritsyn ½ ½ Michael Humphreys
3 Michael Barron 0 1 Slava Rek
4 Victor Plotkin 1 0 Dave Southam
5 Cindy Qiao ½ ½ Shafkat Ali
6 Sergey Malakhovets ½ ½ Dmitry Chernik
7 Daniel Wiebe 1 0 Miroslav Stefanovic
8 Daniel Zotkin 1 0 Hugh Siddeley

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Round Four – May 8

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Bd. White Black
1 Mike Ivanov ½ ½ Dave Southam
2 Slava Rek 1 0 Victor Plotkin
3 Michael Humphreys 1 0 Michael Barron
4 Lali Agbabishvili 1 0 Sergey Noritsyn
5 Shafkat Ali 0 1 Hugh Siddeley
6 Miroslav Stefanovic 1 0 Daniel Zotkin
7 Dmitry Chernik ½ ½ Daniel Wiebe
8 Cindy Qiao 0 1 Sergey Malakhovets

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Round Five – May 15

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Bd. White Black
1 Sergey Noritsyn 0 1 Mike Ivanov
2 Michael Barron 1 0 Lali Agbabishvili
3 Victor Plotkin 1 0 Michael Humphreys
4 Dave Southam 0 1 Slava Rek
5 Sergey Malakhovets 1 0 Shafkat Ali
6 Daniel Wiebe ½ ½ Cindy Qiao
7 Daniel Zotkin 1 0 Dmitry Chernik
8 Hugh Siddeley 1 0 Miroslav Stefanovic

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Round Six – May 29

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Bd. White Black
1 Mike Ivanov 1 0 Slava Rek
2 Michael Humphreys 1 0 Dave Southam
3 Lali Agbabishvili ½ ½ Victor Plotkin
4 Sergey Noritsyn 0 1 Michael Barron
5 Shafkat Ali 1 0 Miroslav Stefanovic
6 Dmitry Chernik 1 0 Hugh Siddeley
7 Cindy Qiao 0 1 Daniel Zotkin
8 Sergey Malakhovets ½ ½ Daniel Wiebe

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Make-up Week – June 5

For any remaining unplayed games. Players without a make-up game to play are welcome to join the regular club tournament for one round – featuring a new “Masters Section” for players 2100+.

Final Round – June 12

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Bd. White Black
1 Michael Barron 1 0 Mike Ivanov
2 Victor Plotkin ½ ½ Sergey Noritsyn
3 Dave Southam 1 0 Lali Agbabishvili
4 Slava Rek 0 1 Michael Humphreys
5 Daniel Wiebe 1 0 Shafkat Ali
6 Daniel Zotkin ½ ½ Sergey Malakhovets
7 Hugh Siddeley 1 0 Cindy Qiao
8 Miroslav Stefanovic 0 1 Dmitry Chernik

Contact Us

For all inquiries and requests, email: info@annexchessclub.com

Details:

Previous Winners

2016 Mike Ivanov
2015 Geordie Derraugh
2014 Victor Plotkin
2013 Michael Song
2012 Artiom Samsonkin
2011 Victor Plotkin
2010 Victor Plotkin
2009 Michael Barron
2008 Nikolay Noritsyn
2007 Michael Barron
2006 Leonid Gerzhoy
2005 Sami Ademi
2004 Tomas Krnan, Yaaqov Vaingorten
2003 Goran Prpic
2002 Isai Berengolts
2001 Brett Campbell

This city championship is older than Canada, with known winners dating back to 1854.

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2017 ACC Club Championship

Club Championship starts February 27

It’s time for another edition of our annual Club Championship! (Check out the club championship tag for past editions!)

The format for the Club Championship is a little different than our regular Swisses: six rounds and just two sections, Championship and Reserve.

Club Championship trophies

The Championship section sees the top players at our club vie for the title of 2017 Club Champion! Michael Humphreys has held the honour for quite some time now – five years in a row! – but this could be the year he’s unseated. The minimum rating to enter the section is 1700.

Michael Humphreys, 2012-2016 Club Champion (photo by John Upper)

The Reserve section sees players rated under 1800 compete for the title of 2017 Reserve Champion. Last year it was Max England. (Note that players rated 1700 to 1799 are normally placed in the Reserve section, but they can also opt to play up in the Championship section.)

All are welcome!

All are welcome to join us for the event, but only full-year members are eligible to win the Club Champion and Reserve Champion titles. Winners’ names will be engraved on permanent trophies at the club.

Rounds are at 7:30 pm on six Monday evenings, starting February 27 and running to April 3. New players are asked to please register by 7:00 to make sure that you’re paired for the night’s round.

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Round One – February 27

The Club Championship starts with just 15 players in the Championship section – and 28 players in the Reserve.

First-round David vs. Goliath upsets include Max England (2066) defeating Daniel Zotkin (2202) and John Fines (1903) scoring a draw against William Li (2179). In the last game to finish, Miroslav Stefanovic (2136) stubbornly defends to score a draw against top seed and five-time Club Champion Michael Humphreys (2318).

In the Reserve Sasha Chapin (1172) defeats Harry Chen (1465), Dragan Jevtic (1363) defeats Michael Sharpe (1662) and Evgeny Kalmanson (1141) defeats Shabnam Abbarin (1458).

Rd 1 Games of the Week

Here are a few select games – thanks to Keith Denning for entering them!

And finally, a game from the reserve section.

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Round Two – March 6

A few new players join the tournament, including some brand new unrated players in the Reserve section who just finished a session of Artiom’s adult chess classes: Bill Randle, Alan McMillan, and Doug Caplan. Meanwhile the Championship section gets a bit tougher as a couple new 2200+ players join: Joseph Bellissimo (2291) and Ochuko Emuakpeje (2211 FIDE). And at the end of the night, Bill Randle, Joseph Bellissimo, and Ochuko Emuakpeje are victorious!

Early leaders with perfect scores through two rounds are Sergey Noritsyn and Dave Southam in the Championship section and five players in the Reserve section: Ulli Diemer, Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy, Salim Belcadi, Kevin Li, and Mark Gelowitz!

Rd 2 Games of the Week

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Round Three – March 13

It’s the halfway point. Through three rounds, the leader – with a perfect 3.0/3 score – is Dave Southam. Half a point behind with 2.5/3 are Ochuko Emuakpeje and Michael Humphreys.

Rd 3 Games of the Week

Reserve Section

In the Reserve section, there’s a two-way tie for first: Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy and Ulli Diemer both have perfect 3.0/3 scores through three rounds. Another five players are tied for third with 2.5/3.

Here are the games from the top two boards:

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Round Four – March 20

Through four rounds, there is a clear leader in each section. In the Championship section, with a perfect 4.0/4 score, Dave Southam has sole possession of first place. Trailing by just half a point with 3.5/4 is defending champion, Michael Humphreys.

In the Reserve section, it’s Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy with a perfect 4.0/4 score and sole possession of first. Javier Dixon trails by half a point with 3.5/4.

There will be showdowns next week as each second-place player will have their chance to take the lead with a win over the leader.

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Round Five – March 27

In the Reserve section, Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy is a juggernaut, as he takes out his fifth opponent in a row to post a 5-0 record through five rounds. Ulli Diemer, Kevin Li, and Eric Pei are a point behind at 4.0.

In the Championship section, things get interesting as defending champion Michael Humphreys defeats leader Dave Southam, to rise to 4.5/5, half a point ahead of Southam, who falls to 4.0/5, as Noritsyn and Emuakpeje stay within a point at 3.5.

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Round Six – April 3

There are big dramatics in the final round as Ochuko Emuakpeje takes out Humphreys, holding him to 4.5/6 while rising to 4.5 himself. Meanwhile, Sergey Noritsyn beats Malakhovets to join them at 4.5. At this point, Dave Southam, coming into the round with 4.0, can take a clear lead and the 2017 Championship title with a win over Stefanovic. Here’s the game – with commentary by Stefanovic (Southam is black):

So the tournament ends with four players at 4.5, and it comes down to tiebreaks. With four players tied, nobody can win head-to-head. Number of wins and number of blacks eliminate Humphreys and Noritsyn, and finally Southam has a better Buchholz Cut 1 score than Emuakpeje. So Dave Southam wins it in the end on the fourth tiebreak, and ACC has a new Club Champion. Congratulations, Dave!

Dave Southam

An interesting twist arises in the Reserves when leader Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy, ahead by a full point, decides to coast to the finish with a zero-point bye in the last round, counting on better tie breaks against Diemer (head-to-head), Li (more blacks), and Pei (more wins) if any of them should get a full point in the final round.

In probably the worst case scenario for Vigneswaramoorthy, Ulli Diemer defeats Eric Pei and Kevin Li pulls off a 150-rating-point upset win over Salim Belcadi – with black! Vigneswaramoorthy had the head-to-head tiebreak secured over just Diemer, but it doesn’t help in a three-way tie with Diemer and Li. And all three now have 5 wins and 3 blacks, so it comes down to the fourth tiebreak, Buchholz Cut 1 scores – and Vigneswaramoorthy has 20.5, half a point ahead of Diemer’s 20. So Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy gets his name on the trophy and goes down in ACC history with the most impressive finish of all time in the Club Championship Reserve, winning the section with a round to spare. Congratulations, Vinorth!


Ranking cross-tables after Round 5

ACC Club Championship

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Humphreys Michael 2318 CAN 6w½ 10b1 -1 5w1 2b1 4.5
2 Southam David 2233 CAN 5b1 14w1 3b1 4w1 1w0 4
3 Noritsyn Sergey 2265 CAN 19w1 8b1 2w0 9b1 3.5
4 Emuakpeje Ochuko 2211 NGR 18b1 6w1 2b0 7w1 3.5
5 Malakhovets Sergey 2067 CAN 2w0 19b1 12w1 1b0 13w1 3
6 Stefanovic Miroslav 2136 CAN 1b½ 15w1 4b0 8w½ 11b1 3
7 Bellissimo Joseph 2291 CAN 11b1 10w1 4b0 3
8 Liu Zhanhe (lambert) 2185 CAN 12b1 3w0 6b½ 10w1 3
9 Zotkin Daniel 2202 CAN 10w0 17w1 11b0 15b1 3w0 2
10 England Max 2066 CAN 9b1 1w0 14b+ 7b0 8b0 2
11 Fines John 1903 CAN 17b½ 7w0 9w1 12b½ 6w0 2
12 Mcsherry Peter 2041 CAN 8w0 -1 5b0 11w½ 14b½ 2
13 Talsma Shawn 1925 CAN 0 -1 5b0 2
14 Akophyan Nika 1810 CAN -1 2b0 10w- 16w½ 12w½ 2
15 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1777 CAN 6b0 9w0 -1 2
16 Guo Josh 2232 CAN 0 14b½ 0 1.5
17 Li William 2179 CAN 11w½ 9b0 0 1.5
18 Qiao Cindy 1885 CAN 4w0 19b½ 0 1.5
19 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1722 CAN 3b0 5w0 18w½ 0 0 0.5
20 Calvelo Jelvis 2155 PHI 0 0 0 0 0 0

Check updated results on chess-results.

ACC Club Championship – Reserve Section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1635 CAN 35b1 10w1 13b1 2w1 7b1 5
2 Diemer Ulli 1648 CAN 18w1 22b1 5w1 1b0 8w1 4
3 Li Kevin Yunhong 1448 CAN 39w1 20b1 14w0 15b1 12w1 4
4 Pei Eric 1562 CAN 29b1 23w1 9b1 4
5 Belcadi Salim 1617 CAN 19w1 31b1 2b0 17w1 3.5
6 Abbarin Shabnam 1458 CAN 22w0 19b1 36w1 10b1 3.5
7 Dixon Javier 1195 CAN 28b1 24w1 14b1 1w0 3.5
8 Kingsbury Brett 1406 CAN 12b0 35w1 27b1 13w1 2b0 3
9 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1424 CAN 20w0 37b1 31w1 11b1 4w0 3
10 Jevtic Dragan 1363 CAN 33w1 1b0 25w1 17b1 6w0 3
11 Chapin Sasha 1172 CAN 16w1 13b- 34b1 9w0 25b1 3
12 Hanratty Brian 1686 CAN 8w1 17b½ 20w1 3b0 3
13 Gelowitz Mark A. 1450 CAN 21b1 11w+ 1w0 8b0 23w1 3
14 Sutton Michael 1716 CAN 32w1 3b1 7w0 3
15 Denning Keith 1298 CAN 38b1 3w0 21w1 3
16 Chen Harry (siqi) 1465 CAN 11b0 30w0 19b½ 32w1 31b1 2.5
17 David Jean-Marc 1438 CAN 40b1 12w½ 30b1 10w0 5b0 2.5
18 Patton Mark A. 1319 CAN 2b0 21w0 37b1 29w1 22b½ 2.5
19 Chodoriwsky David 1212 CAN 5b0 6w0 16w½ 34b1 29b1 2.5
20 Armstrong Robert J. 1715 CAN 9b1 3w0 12b0 28w1 2.5
21 Geddie Alex 1121 CAN 13w0 18b1 30w1 15b0 2.5
22 Kalmanson Evgeny 1141 CAN 6b1 2w0 23b½ 18w½ 2.5
23 Ai Amy 1049 CAN 34w1 4b0 22w½ 13b0 2
24 Ramesh Bharath 1660 CAN 27w1 7b0 0 2
25 Ellis Cody 0 CAN 10b0 27w1 11w0 2
26 Ali Shafkat 1668 CAN 0 0 30b1 2
27 Souchko Larissa 1006 CAN 37w1 24b0 8w0 25b0 32b½ 1.5
28 Caplan Doug 0 CAN 7w0 0 20b0 39b1 1.5
29 McMillan Alan 0 CAN 4w0 32b1 18b0 19w0 1.5
30 Randle Bill 0 CAN 16b1 17w0 21b0 26w0 1.5
31 Teram Eli 1005 CAN -1 5w0 9b0 16w0 1.5
32 Anghaie Reza 712 CAN 14b0 29w0 16b0 27w½ 1
33 Sharpe Michael D. 1662 CAN 10b0 0 0 1
34 Supol George 1398 CAN 23b0 11w0 19w0 1
35 Finkelstein Michael 1301 CAN 1w0 8b0 0 1
36 Vaz Jake 1175 CAN 6b0 0 0 1
37 Noritsyn Ivan 933 CAN 27b0 9w0 18w0 1
38 Noftle Madisin 0 CAN 15w0 0 0 1
39 Pancer Jeff 1016 CAN 3b0 0 0 0 28w0 0
40 Stahlbrand Kevin 983 CAN 17w0 0 0 0 0 0

Check updated results on chess-results.

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ACC What’s My Name Swiss

What is the name of this tournament? Starting on Monday February 6, exactly 50 years after Muhammad Ali’s famous “What’s my name” fight, this Swiss – which turns out to be only two rounds – is divided in three sections, Crown, U1900, and U1500. The tournament runs just two Monday nights from February 6 to February 13. (Then we’re closed February 20, and the Club Championship starts February 27.)

Coincidentally, the logician and mathematician Raymond Smullyan who wrote What is the name of this book? (1978) died at the age of 97 on that very same Monday February 6. Smullyan may be better remembered in chess circles for his Chess Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes (1979) featuring “retrograde” chess problems in which previous moves of the game must be deduced from the current position.

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Round One – February 6

Before the first round starts, Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy presents a half-hour lecture titled “Chess Miniatures: the first-round knockouts of chess.” (Details will be posted.)

In U1500, three brand new unrated players join the tournament and all three make a name for themselves: Sasha Chapin defeats Evgeny Kalmanson, David Chodoriwsky defeats Alex Geddie, and Brett Kingsbury defeats Eli Teram. Meanwhile, interesting Round-1 results include Harry Chen (1425) upsetting Salim Belcadi (1641) in U1900 and, in the Crown section, Max England (2042) upsetting Dave Southam (2247), who just won the previous event.

Here is the Southam/England game:

And here’s another game, this time featuring William Li and Armand Jess Mendoza:

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Round Two – February 13

Before the round, Rhys Goldstein starts the night off with a well-received lecture titled “The Magnetic Queen,” starting at 6:50 pm. In this intriguing talk, he shows a game in which former World Champion, Anatoly Karpov, uses his queen like a magnet to move his opponent’s pieces. (See the lecture notes.)

And that’s it! We’re cutting this tournament short at two rounds to make room for the six-round Club Championship ahead of our bid to host the Toronto Closed, pending GTCL approval.

Reminder: ACC is CLOSED next Monday February 20 for Family Day

Our Club Championship is a six-round event starting February 27, in two sections: Crown (min. 1700) and Reserve (under 1800).


Final Ranking cross-tables after Round 2

ACC What’s My Name Swiss Crown

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd Pts.
1 Humphreys Michael 2314 CAN 13b1 14w1 2
2 Liu Zhanhe (lambert) 2172 CAN 14b1 8w1 2
3 Noritsyn Sergey 2241 CAN 11b1 1.5
4 Zotkin Daniel 2231 CAN 12b1 1.5
5 England Max 2042 CAN 15b1 1.5
6 Malakhovets Sergey 2035 CAN 11w½ 15b1 1.5
7 Akophyan Nika 1810 CAN -1 1.5
8 Li William 2194 CAN 9w1 2b0 1
9 Mendoza Armand Jess 1914 CAN 8b0 13w1 1
10 Stefanovic Miroslav 2152 CAN 12w½ 1
11 Calvelo Jelvis 2207 CAN 6b½ 3w0 0.5
12 Fines John 1883 CAN 10b½ 4w0 0.5
13 Mcsherry Peter 2070 CAN 1w0 9b0 0
14 Qiao Cindy 1901 CAN 2w0 1b0 0
15 Southam David 2247 CAN 5w0 6w0 0

See full results at Chess-Results.com

ACC What’s My Name Swiss U1900

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd Pts.
1 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1711 CAN 14w1 10b1 2
2 Diemer Ulli 1619 CAN 7b1 4w1 2
3 Ramesh Bharath 1669 CAN 8b1 1.5
4 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1789 CAN 6w1 2b0 1
5 Armstrong Robert J. 1715 CAN 16b1 0 1
6 Qiao Joey 1475 CAN 4b0 13w1 1
7 Jevtic Dragan 1364 CAN 2w0 11b1 1
8 Pei Eric 1344 CAN 13b1 3w0 1
9 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1628 CAN 15w1 0 1
10 Chen Harry (siqi) 1425 CAN 12w1 1w0 1
11 Teram Eli 1077 CAN 7w0 0.5
12 Belcadi Salim 1641 CAN 10b0 0 0
13 Gelowitz Mark A. 1490 CAN 8w0 6b0 0
14 David Jean-Marc 1443 CAN 1b0 0 0
15 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1403 CAN 9b0 0 0
16 Abbarin Shabnam 1467 CAN 5w0 0 0

See full results at Chess-Results.com

ACC What’s My Name Swiss U1500

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd Pts.
1 Finkelstein Michael 1291 CAN 9w1 6b1 2
2 Chapin Sasha 0 CAN 5w1 13b1 2
3 Kingsbury Brett 0 CAN 10w1 8b1 2
4 Patton Mark A. 1316 CAN 13b1 0 1
5 Kalmanson Evgeny 1151 CAN 2b0 9w1 1
6 Chodoriwsky David 0 CAN 12b1 1w0 1
7 Goldfarb Adam 1384 CAN 11w1 0 1
8 Noritsyn Ivan 967 CAN 3w0 0.5
9 Souchko Larissa 889 CAN 1b0 5b0 0
10 Teram Eli 1077 CAN 3b0 0 0
11 Stahlbrand Kevin 1032 CAN 7b0 0 0
12 Geddie Alex 1133 CAN 6w0 0 0
13 Fitzgerald Jimmy 944 CAN 4w0 2w0 0

See full results at Chess-Results.com

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On February 6, 1967, Muhammad Ali defeated Ernie Terrell in a 15-round decision, repeatedly asking his opponent “What’s my name?” during the fight. (Terrell had been calling Ali by his birth name, Cassius Clay, before their match.)

Muhammad Ali died on June 3 last summer.

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