Style: 7 double-round Swiss, FIDE and CFC-rated
Time Control: 3 minutes each, plus 2 seconds per move
Registration: https://guestli.st/607161 – register early and save!
Entry Fees: $50 before May 27 / $60 after or on site
Junior/Senior: Less $10 for 18 & under or 60+ (as of June 1)
Prize fund: $1000 top prize guaranteed, other prizes based on registration
Membership: Up-to-date CFC membership required, or pay $12 CFC tournament fee
Chief Arbiter: Alex Ferreira
Starting on May 13, 2019, and having had a mix of spring weather this month, we’ll take it as it comes and carry on come what may.
ACC Come What May Swiss is a five-round CFC-rated tournament in three sections, Crown, U1800, and U1400, running on Monday nights in May and June. Time control is 90 min/side with a 30-s increment. The round starts at 7:30 pm May 13 to June 17. New players can register on site each round by 7 pm. Email registration or bye requests before 6 pm.
Round One – May 13
See results below.
Off-week – May 20
The club is closed for Victoria Day.
Round Two – May 27
In the Crown Section, an odd number of players allows 10-year-old Lucy Gao to play up and take out 2010-rated Michael Bitton. As Andrea La Manna takes a bye, Dave Southam heads into the lead with 2.0/2.
In U1400, Larissa Souchko and Benjamin Kamnitzer are tied for the lead at 2.0/2.
And in U1800, a late game between Michael Da Silva and Dragan Jevtic ends in draw, leaving just a two-way tie for the lead at 2.0/2 between Sihao Chen and Lorne Schwartz.
Celebrate everything chess at Harbourfront Centre!
Round Three – June 3
In the Crown, Robert Bzikot wins to catch up with Dave Southam. The two are now tied for the lead at 2.5/3. In U1800, the co-leaders draw, leaving Lorne Schwartz and Sihao Chen tied for the lead at 2.5/3, and Michael Da Silva wins to catch up with them. And in U1400, there’s another three-way tie at 2.5/3 as Alexis Stefanovic-Thompson and Carina D’Souza both win, to catch up with Benjamin Kamnitzer.
Round Four – June 10
As the Raptors take the NBA finals back to Toronto needing only one more win to take the Championship, attendance suffers a little. But the die-hard chess heads are still out.
In the Crown, there is just one game, which ends in a draw, as Dave Southam pulls into the lead at 3.0/4 with his ½-point bye. In U1800, Lorne Schwartz wins quickly, so he takes the lead at 3.5/4 and still has time to watch the Raptors game. And in U1400, Carina D’Souza wins to take the lead at 3.5/4.
As the last game wraps up, the Raps still trail by 6 in the third. Go Raptors!
Round Five – June 17
It’s the day of the Raptors victory parade, after they lose game 5 in Toronto by a point, but win game 6 in Oakland to take the NBA Championship! Let’s go Raptors!
As the final round begins, one game in the Crown ends quickly.
Then Dave Southam finishes with a less dramatic draw to finish with 3.5/5, good enough for first place as John Fines holds Peter McSherry to a draw.
In U1800, Lorne Schwartz wins his game to take the section with 4.5/5.
In U1400, Carina D’Souza needs just a half point to take first and she does it with a draw on board 1 to take the section with 4.0/5.
Congratulations, Dave, Lorne, and Carina!
Don’t forget to submit a team for the GTCL Cup, coming next week. $20 per team. Free for ACC full-year members. Please email your teams in beforehand if possible. If you don’t have a team, you can submit your name as a free agent.
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.
The Championship section sees the top players at our club vie for the title of 2019 Club Champion! Sergey Noritsyn is the defending champion. The minimum rating to enter the section is 1700.
The Reserve section sees players rated under 1800 compete for the title of 2019 Reserve Champion. Last year it was Michael Saltat.
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 11 and running to March 25 (no round on Family Day, February 18). Registered players may request a bye by email before 6:00 pm. New players are asked to please register on site by 7:00 to make sure that you’re paired for the night’s round.
Round One – February 11
The tournament gets under way with 9 players in the Championship section and 28 in the Reserves. We’re off next week for Family Day, but new players are welcome to join in Round Two.
After two rounds, Josh Guo leads the Championship with a perfect 2.0/2. Dave Southam, Sergey Malakhovets, Shawn Talsma, and Michael Bitton are just a half point behind with 1.5/2. In the Reserve section, there’s still a big tie with five players tied for the lead at 2.0/2.
Here’s a game from the top section.
Round Three – March 4
After three rounds, there’s a tie for the lead in the Championship section as Josh Guo and Sergey Malkhovets each have 2.5/3. In the Reserves, only two players are still perfect as Lucy Gao and Colton Belanger share the lead at 3.0/3.
Round Four – March 11
After four rounds, Josh Guo is alone again in first with 3.5/4 in the Championship section. With two rounds to go, can anyone catch him? In the Reserves, Colton Belanger is still perfect with 4.0/4. Can he make it a perfect 6.0/6?
Round Five – March 18
Josh Guo is still in the lead with 4.5/5 going into the last round. It looks like a new Club Champion will be crowned this year!
In the Reserves, Colton Belanger is held to a draw, but still leads with 4.5/5.
One more round to go…
Round Six – March 25
The final round! When the dust settles, it’s Matthew Furrow taking clear first in the Reserve section with 5.0/6. Congratulations, Matthew!
And our new club champion is Josh Guo, with 5.5/6. Congratulations, Josh!
August is a great time to relax and unwind. Chess can be a stressful game, but the opportunity to completely focus on the flow (and stress) of the game, while setting everything else aside, can also be very relaxing.
ACC Relax and Unwind 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 July 30 to September 10. (Off August 6 for Simcoe Day and September 3 for Labour Day.) New players can register on site each round by 7 pm. Email registration or bye requests before 6pm.
Round One – July 30
In Round One U1400 action, Carina d’Souza gets her first draw since joining the club, sacking a rook to get a perpetual. Way to go, Carina! In U1800, unrated Josh Scott scores his first victory in an official game. And in the Crown, the last game of the night is a tough match between David Cohen and Josh Guo.
Off-week – August 6
We’re off for Simcoe Day. Get away from the city to “relax and unwind” for the long weekend. Or alternatively, stay and take part in Toronto’s annual Caribana festival – where di gyal dem whine up! A million tourists can’t be wrong. The Grand Parade is on Saturday August 4.
Round Two – August 13
Big thanks to Keith Denning for filling in behind the desk, and Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy for helping out! Results may not be available till next week.
Round Three – August 20
In the Crown section, Dave Southam has sole first with a perfect 3.0/3.
In U1800, Bharath Ramesh is defeated on top board, leaving a tie for first between Charlie Grisar and Dragan Jevtic with 2.5/3.
Meanwhile, in U1400, Peter Lambert is alone in first with a perfect 3.0/3.
Round Four – August 27
Through four rounds, it’s Dave Southam in the lead with 4.0/4, after we apparently missed his opponent’s bye request. In U1800, it’s Dragan Jevtic in clear first with 3.5/4. And in U1400, it’s Peter Lambert in the lead with 4.0/4. One more round to go, after a break for the 2018 Toronto Open.
Round Five – September 10
The final results see Dave Southam taking another ACC tournament, with a perfect 5.0/5. In U1800, Dragan Jevtic coasts into the lead with 3.5/5 and a better second tie break (more wins) than Arthur Terra Schneider. And in U1400, Peter Lambert posts a perfect 5.0/5 and gains almost 150 rating points. Congratulations to all the winners!
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
We’re off and running. Dave Southam gives up a Rd-1 draw to fall to third behind the top two seeds, Sergey Noritsyn and Sergey Malakhovets. See full results on the cross-table.
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
Sergey Malakhovets wins with black on top board to take a lead in the Crown section with 2.0/2 as Southam and Liao are tied for second at 1.5/2.
In U1800, it’s Robert Wagner and Hooshang Ab-Barin who are tied for the lead at 2.0/2.
And finally, in U1400, as one game runs late, nobody is perfect, but there’s a big tie for the lead at 1.5/2.
Off-week – July 2
It’s a Canada Day long weekend! The club will be closed.
Round Three – July 9
We’re back up and running on July 9. It’s a bit of a strange night as many of our regulars are away for one reason or another, while quite a few new players drop in, especially in the casual section. If you’re in Toronto for whatever reason this summer, come check us out on a Monday night!
In the Crown, Dave Southam scores a win on Board 1 to take a share of the lead at 2.5/3 with Sergey Malakhovets.
In U1800, Toy Chack Kwan scores a win to take a share of the lead at 2.5/3 with Hooshang Ab-Barrin.
And in U1400, there’s a three-way tie for the lead with Ivan Noritsyn, Charlie Grisar, and Peter Lambert all sharing first with 2.5/3.
Round Four – July 16
In U1400, Charlie Grisar takes sole possession of first place, rising to 3.5/4 with a win over Peter Lambert.
In U1800 play, Bharath Ramesh is proud of his miniature against the higher-rated Arkadiy Ugodnikov, while Hooshang Abbarin with a win over Toy Chack Kwan who takes sole first with 3.5/4.
And in the Crown, it’s Sergey Noritsyn in first with 3.0/4 with a win over Dave Southam.
Round Five – July 23
With a win on top board, Sergey Noritsyn takes the tournament with a score of 4.0/5.
In U1800, Hooshang Ab-Barin wins his last-round game to take the section with 4.5/5.
And in U1400, Charlie Grisar scores a final win to take the section with 4.5/5.
Congratulation to the winners! See full results below.
Join us for a new club tournament starting July 30 – next week! 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.