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Hallowe’en Rapid Swiss – Oct 31

Special event – October 31

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.

ACC regulars are joined by a few guests, including Goran Milicevic. In all, twenty-four players take part in the CFC quick-rated event.

Moises Cornelio faces Goran Milicevic in Rd 4
Moises Cornelio faces Goran Milicevic in Rd 4

The tournament winner is unrated Moises Cornelio with 5.5/6, and the U1700 prize goes to Shafkat Ali with 3.5/6. Congratulations, Moises and Shafkat!

Winners of $10 Tim Horton’s gift cards for best costume are Michael Humphreys, Shahla Jalali, and Ulli Diemer. Thanks to all!

Complete results are posted on the Chess-Results server

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ACC Back to the Grind Swiss

Summer vacation’s over, and Toronto players are back to the grind!

Back to the Grind

Chess is not an easy game; playing is hard work! Our current club tournament is the ACC “Back to the Grind” Swiss. It runs on five Monday nights – September 19 to October 24 – in three sections: Crown, U1900, U1400. (Check the club page for more on how our regular tournaments work.)

Rounds in the club tournament start at 7:30 pm each Monday, and new players are welcome to join in any round – or even to drop in for just one round – but please register by 7:00 pm to make sure you’re paired.

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Round One – September 19

The Crown section sees the most upsets in Round One, as the top two seeds are defeated: William Li (2126) beats number two, Jonathan Yu (2223); and Nameer Issani (2092) topples top seed and club champion, FM Michael Humphreys (2332). A little further down the pairings chart, new club member Sergey Noritsyn “crushes” Miroslav Stefanovic (in Miroslav’s words). Bharath Ramesh, making a special appearance in the Crown section after finishing first in U1900 last tournament, also joins the lead group with a TD bye.

In U1900, the largest section of the tournament, favourites are victorious on almost all boards, except that Jean-Marc David (1377) manages to defeat a possibly rusty Kevin Gaffney (1590), returning after a break.

The U1400 section has suddenly become quite small and sees only three games in Round One. (We may have to adjust section cut-offs.) All three favourites are victorious, as Mark Patton, Larissa Souchko, and Eli Teram head into Round Two with a full point.

Games of the Week

In this week’s first featured game, William Li sacs the exchange in his game against Jonathan Yu and continues aggressively to win it back and then win the game, upsetting the number-two seed.

In the second featured game, Dave Southam stems the tide of toppling top seeds in his characteristically solid style by grinding out the full point against Sergey Malakhovets – it’s an instructive endgame.

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Round Two – September 26

In the Crown section, the leader group is down to two after Dave Southam finds himself down material and is lucky to get a draw against Nameer Issani. Meanwhile Jelvis Calvelo defeats Sergey Noritsyn and William Li defeats Bharath Ramesh to enter Round 3 with perfect 2.0/2 scores.

In U1900, Kamran Amirirad and Arkadiy Udodnikov stay in the leader group with Round-Two wins and are joined by Mysha Gilani (1467) as she upsets Brian Hanratty (1688) after he blunders in a won position. All three head into Rd. 3 with 2.0/2.

In U1400, Eli Teram takes a bye, allowing Yue Ran Ma and Alex Moisseev to catch up to him at 1.5/2.

Games of the Week

Two featured games this week from the top section show the stronger player as black getting an advantage out of the opening and converting it to a win.

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Round Three – October 3

Through three rounds, William Li leads the crown section. Mysha Gilani and Kamran Amirirad lead the U1900 section. And Alex Moisseev leads the U1400.

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William Li
Mysha Gilani
Mysha Gilani
Kamran Amirirad
Kamran Amirirad

Game of the Week

On the top board, there’s another exciting William Li game as Li plays aggressively through complications to defeat Jelvis Calvelo.

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Off Week – October 10

The club is closed for Thanksgiving.

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Round Four – October 17

Through four rounds, William Li leads the Crown section with 3.5/4. Kamran Amirirad leads the U1900 with a perfect score of 4.0/4. And Eli Teram leads the U1400 with 3.0/4. One more round to go!

Game of the Week

On the top board, William Li gets a draw against David Southam.

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Round Five – October 24

Last round! FM Michael Humphreys, with a win over William Li, takes first place in the Crown section with 4.0/5, beating Dave Southam on tiebreak (greater number of wins).

In U1900, Kamran Amirirad scores a default win over Glen Giffen to finish in clear first with a perfect 5.0/5. Can’t get better than that!

Finally, in the small and closely fought U1400, Eli Teram loses to Larissa Soushko in the last round, but still holds onto first place with 3.0/5, beating George Supol on tiebreak (greater number of games with black).

Congratulations, Michael, Kamran, and Eli!

Upcoming …

Next week, don’t miss the Hallowe’en Rapid – 6 rounds in one night at 9′ + 3″. And don’t forget to wear a costume! The round starts at 7:30 pm. New players are welcome. Please register by 7:00 pm to make sure you’re paired.

Then, the following week (November 7) there’s a new regular club tournament, the ACC Sub-Zero Swiss!


Final Ranking cross-tables after Round 5

ACC Back to the Grind Swiss Crown

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Humphreys Michael 2332 CAN 10w0 9b1 14w1 6b1 3w1 4
2 Southam David 2212 CAN 7w1 10b½ 5w1 3b½ 4w1 4
3 Li William 2126 CAN 15w1 14b1 4b1 2w½ 1b0 3.5
4 Calvelo Jelvis 2199 CAN 9w1 5b1 3w0 7b1 2b0 3
5 Noritsyn Sergey 2034 CAN 12w1 4w0 2b0 14b1 11w1 3
6 Zotkin Daniel 2171 CAN 11b1 10w1 1w0 0 2.5
7 Malakhovets Sergey 2043 CAN 2b0 13w1 8b½ 4w0 -1 2.5
8 England Max 2008 CAN 7w½ 11b1 0 2.5
9 Mendoza Armand Jess 1986 CAN 4b0 1w0 11w0 -1 -1 2
10 Issani Nameer 2092 CAN 1b1 2w½ 6b0 0 0 1.5
11 Liu Zhanhe (lambert) 1958 CAN 6w0 9b1 8w0 5b0 1.5
12 Stefanovic Miroslav 2174 CAN 5b0 0 0 1
13 Sivapathasundaram Manojh 1883 CAN 7b0 0 0 1
14 Ramesh Bharath 1632 CAN -1 3w0 1b0 5w0 0 1
15 Yu Jonathan 2223 CAN 3b0 0 0 0 0.5

Check full details on the chess-results server.

ACC Back to the Grind Swiss U1900

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Amirirad Kamran 1764 CAN 12w1 4b1 2w1 7b1 10w+ 5
2 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1713 CAN 6b1 8w1 1b0 5w1 4b½ 3.5
3 Gilani Mysha 1467 CAN 11b1 21w1 16b1 0 0 3
4 Armstrong Robert J. 1611 CAN 17w1 1w0 8b½ 9b1 2w½ 3
5 Chen Harry (siqi) 1496 CAN 13w0 24b+ 22b1 2b0 11w1 3
6 Belcadi Salim 1627 CAN 2w0 20b1 9w0 11b½ 19w1 2.5
7 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1647 CAN 20b1 13w1 1w0 0 2.5
8 David Jean-Marc 1377 CAN 19w1 2b0 4w½ 9b½ 2.5
9 Patton Mark A. 1317 CAN 22w½ 6b1 4w0 8w½ 2.5
10 Giffen Glenn 1508 CAN 14w1 1b- 2.5
11 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1357 CAN 3w0 19b½ 24b1 6w½ 5b0 2
12 Gelowitz Mark A. 1502 CAN 1b0 14b0 24w1 2
13 Pei Eric 1235 CAN 5b1 16w½ 7b0 0 2
14 Sutton Michael 1733 CAN 10b0 12w1 0 2
15 Sharpe Michael D. 1677 CAN 0 23b1 0 2
16 Wilker Marcus 1621 CAN 25w1 13b½ 3w0 0 2
17 Supol George 1347 CAN 4b0 19w1 0 2
18 Fines John 0 CAN 0 0 22b1 2
19 Gaffney Kevin 1590 CAN 8b0 11w½ 17b0 22w1 6b0 1.5
20 Goldfarb Adam 1391 CAN 7w0 6w0 24b1 0 1.5
21 Hanratty Brian 1688 CAN 24w1 3b0 0 0 0 1
22 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1613 CAN 9b½ 5w0 19b0 18w0 1
23 Allen Joshua 1414 CAN 0 15w0 0 1
24 Jevtic Dragan 1388 CAN 21b0 5w- 11w0 20w0 12b0 0
25 Morrison Richard 1380 CAN 16b0 0 0 0 0 0

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ACC Back to the Grind Swiss U1400

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Teram Eli 1093 CAN 3w1 6b1 5b0 3
2 Supol George 1347 CAN 0 8w1 3b1 3
3 Kalmanson Evgeny 1016 CAN 1b0 6w½ 8b1 5w1 2w0 2.5
4 Moiseev Alex 699 CAN 8w1 -1 0 0 2.5
5 Souchko Larissa 1106 CAN 8b1 7w0 6b0 3b0 1w1 2
6 Geddie Alex 1078 CAN 9w0 3b½ 5w1 1w0 8b0 1.5
7 Ma Yue Ran 1189 CAN 5b1 0 0 0 1.5
8 Noritsyn Ivan 1016 CAN 5w0 4b0 3w0 2b0 6w1 1
9 Patton Mark A. 1317 CAN 6b1 0 0 0 0 1

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ACC August Swiss

Muggy weather, heat alerts, local peaches and corn in the supermarket, the Perseid meteor shower: it must be August!

Named in honour of Caesar Augustus in 8 BCE, August was formerly called Sextilis (the sixth month of a year that started in March). In Toronto, aka “the 6ix,” August is the month when many of us celebrate an end-of-summer ritual called the CNE, the largest annual fair in Canada and a Toronto tradition since 1879.

Celebrating August

Celebrating all things August, our current club tournament is the ACC August Swiss. It runs on five Monday nights – August 8 to September 12 – in three sections: Crown, U1900, U1400. (Check the club page for more on how our regular tournaments work.)

Rounds in the club tournament start at 7:30 pm each Monday, and new players are welcome to join in any round – or even to drop in for just one round – but please register by 7:00 pm to make sure you’re paired.

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Round One – August 8

In the Crown section, William Li (2117) manages a draw against top-seed Michael Humphreys (2336). Armand Mendoza and Miroslav Stefanovic enter Round 2 with a full point.

In U1900 the favourites take 6/8, underdogs 2/8, as Ramesh Bharath (1399) defeats Harry Chen (1507) and Salim Belcadi (1423) defeats Glenn Giffen (1557). With no draws, an 8-player leader group goes into Round 2 with 1.0/1.

In U1400, unrated newcomer Josh Calderon from the Philippines defeats Eli Teram (1119) – but it shouldn’t be considered an upset; apparently, Calderon is in the wrong section. Five players enter Round 2 tied for first.

Game of the Week

Miroslav Stefanovic wins an exciting game against Sergey Malakhovets in the Crown section from the black side of a Sicilian Reversed.

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Round Two – August 15

Miroslav Stefanovic-Armand Mendoza is a draw on Board 1, while Dave Southam and William Li win their games to catch the leaders at 1.5/2, so it’s a four-way tie going into Round 3.

In U1900, Hooshang Ab-Barin, Salim Belcadi, and Bharath Ramesh win their games, so they’re in a three-way tie at 2.0/2.

In U1400, Eric Pei wins again to take sole possession of first place at 2.0/2.

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Round Three – August 22

In the Crown section, Dave Southam defeats Miroslav Stefanovic while Armand Mendoza defeats William Li, and the leader group is down to a two-way tie for first at 2.5/3.

In U1900, Salim Belcadi defeats Hooshang Ab-Barin while Bharath Ramesh wins his game against Kamran Amirirad, and it’s also down to a two-way tie for first at 3.0/3.

In U1400, Eric Pei wins yet again, this time against Yue Ran Ma, to hold clear first at 3.0/3.

Game of the Week

Here’s Eric Pei’s miniature on the top board of the U1400 section. Pei plays 3.c3 against Yue Ren Ma’s Sicilian and nine moves later sacs a B on h7 to launch a mating attack!

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Round Four – August 29

Draws on the top boards leave ties for the lead. In the Crown section, Armand Mendoza – Dave Southam is a draw, leaving Mendoza and Southam tied for the lead at 3.0/4.

And in U1900, Bharath Ramesh – Salim Belcadi is a draw, leaving Belcadi and Ramesh tied for the lead at 3.5/4.

In U1400, Yun Hong Li defeats Eric Pei and overtakes him for the lead at 3.5/4 as Pei falls to 3.0/4.

Next week, we’re off for Labour Day, and then the final round is September 12.

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Off week – September 5

ACC is CLOSED on September 5, Labour Day.

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Round Five – September 12

Last round. A topsy-turvy tournament in a small Crown section still ends with the top two seeds battling on Board 1 in the last round. Dave Southam plays a Colle, allowing Michael Humphreys to get an edge in the opening. Claiming he didn’t find the right plan and sacked the wrong piece, Humphreys still gets the full point in the end.

Armand Mendoza might have blundered, but one way or another Daniel Zotkin wins quickly to tie Humphreys at 3.5/4.

Tied on points, tied on head-to-head (a draw in Rd 2), tied on number of wins (two each), Michael Humphreys finally takes the tournament over Daniel Zotkin on the third tie break: greater number of games with black. Congratulations, Michael!

In U1900, leaders Bharath Ramesh and Salim Belcadi both win their final-round games to finish with 4.5/5 – a perfect result except for a draw against each other!

Again it comes down to the third tie break, but Bharath Ramesh takes the section. Rated 1399 coming into the tournament, Ramesh would have qualified for U1400 but instead wins U1900. Congratulations, Bharath!

In U1400 Eric Pei comes from behind to take the section as a win over Larissa Souchko gives him 4.0/5, while Roger Guo plays spoiler, holding leader Yun Hong Li at 3.5. Congratulations, Eric!

See full final results on the standings tables below.

The tournament has now been rated – check the CFC site.

A new tournament starts next week. New players are always welcome! Games start at 7:30 pm, but please register by 7:00 to make sure you’re paired.


Final ranking cross-tables after Round 5

ACC August Swiss Crown

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Humphreys Michael 2336 CAN 6w½ 2b½ 9w1 7b½ 4b1 3.5
2 Zotkin Daniel 2154 CAN 1w½ 10b1 6b½ 3w1 3.5
3 Mendoza Armand Jess 1863 CAN 10b1 7b½ 6w1 4w½ 2b0 3
4 Southam David 2215 CAN 12b1 7w1 3b½ 1w0 3
5 Malakhovets Sergey 2045 CAN 7w0 6b0 12w1 9b1 -1 3
6 Li William 2117 CAN 1b½ 5w1 3b0 2w½ 9b½ 2.5
7 Stefanovic Miroslav 2184 CAN 5b1 3w½ 4b0 1w½ 0 2
8 Yu Jonathan 2222 CAN 0 12b1 0 2
9 England Max 1982 CAN 1b0 5w0 6w½ 1.5
10 Cliff Scott 1885 CAN 3w0 2w0 -1 0 1.5
11 Calvelo Jelvis 2156 CAN 0 0 0 1
12 Calderon Andrei Joshua 1850 CAN 4w0 5b0 8w0 0 0.5

Check latest results on the chess-results server.

ACC August Swiss U1900

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Ramesh Bharath 1399 CAN 15b1 11w1 7b1 2w½ 6b1 4.5
2 Belcadi Salim 1423 CAN 16w1 13b1 3w1 1b½ 5w1 4.5
3 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1605 CAN 10b1 4w1 2b0 11w1 8b0 3
4 Nadj Pal 1690 CAN 20w1 3b0 9w1 5b0 13w1 3
5 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1631 CAN 9w1 7w½ 6b½ 4w1 2b0 3
6 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1722 CAN 17b1 5w½ 12b1 1w0 3
7 Amirirad Kamran 1785 CAN 14w1 5b½ 1w0 16b½ 11w1 3
8 Armstrong Robert J. 1586 CAN 0 20b1 3w1 3
9 Gelowitz Mark A. 1502 CAN 5b0 17w1 4b0 18w1 2.5
10 Goldfarb Adam 1384 CAN 3w0 17b1 2.5
11 Hanratty Brian 1680 CAN 12w1 1b0 20w1 3b0 7b0 2
12 Diemer Ulli 1638 CAN 11b0 18w1 19b1 6w0 0 2
13 David Jean-Marc 1373 CAN 2w0 14b1 4b0 2
14 Abbarin Shabnam 1491 CAN 7b0 16b½ 13w0 20w1 2
15 Chen Harry (siqi) 1507 CAN 1w0 20b0 17w½ 16b1 2
16 Giffen Glenn 1557 CAN 2b0 14w½ 18b½ 7w½ 15w0 1.5
17 Patton Mark A. 1335 CAN 6w0 9b0 15b½ -1 10w0 1.5
18 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1315 CAN 12b0 16w½ 9b0 1.5
19 Allen Joshua 1421 CAN 12w0 0 1.5
20 Jevtic Dragan 1395 CAN 4b0 15w1 11b0 8w0 14b0 1

Check latest results on the chess-results server.

ACC August Swiss U1400

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Pei Eric 1137 CAN 6w1 9b1 2w1 3b0 5w1 4
2 Ma Yue Ran 1139 CAN 8w1 3b½ 1b0 12w1 9b1 3.5
3 Li Yun Hong (kevin) 1097 CAN 5b1 2w½ 12b1 1w1 4w0 3.5
4 Guo Roger 1183 CAN 10w1 0 3b1 3
5 Souchko Larissa 1111 CAN 3w0 13b1 1b0 2
6 Supol George 1369 CAN 1b0 8w1 0 2
7 Geddie Alex 1059 CAN 0 0 12b1 2
8 Kalmanson Evgeny 1055 CAN 2b0 12w0 6b0 9w1 10b½ 1.5
9 Moiseev Alex 697 CAN -1 1w0 8b0 2w0 1.5
10 Guo Haotong Hazel 1291 CAN 4b0 0 8w½ 1.5
11 Calderon Andrei Joshua 0 CAN 12b1 0 0 0 0 1
12 Teram Eli 1119 CAN 11w0 8b1 3w0 2b0 7w0 1
13 Pancer Jeff 1087 CAN 5w0 0 0 0 0.5

Check latest results on the chess-results server.

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ACC Summer Swiss

It’s summer!

Our current club tournament is the ACC Summer Swiss, running on five Monday nights, June 27 to July 25, in Crown and U1700 sections. (Check the club page for more on how our regular tournaments work.)

Rounds in the club tournament start at 7:30 pm each Monday. New players are welcome to join in any round, or even to drop in for just one round, but please register by 7:00 pm to make sure you’re paired.

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Round One – June 27

Chess at the Annex seems to be picking up over the summer! Thirty-three players started the tournament in Round One, and we expect more to join mid-tournament.

In typical heavily mismatched first-round games, the favourites chalk up five wins to sweep the underdogs in the Crown section.

In the under-1700 section, the favourites take six, one game is drawn, and the underdogs take two: Hazel Guo (1276) upsets Glenn Giffen (1527), and her brother Roger Guo (1113) upsets Mark Patton (1436). Good night for the Guo family!

Game of the Week

In the game of the week, Salim Belcadi (1309) plays his Blackmar-Diemer (1.d4 d5 2.e4) against Harry Chen (1529). Belcadi goes on a K-side attack, and there’s an interesting material imbalance after Chen loses his Q but gets R, N, and several Ps in the process.

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Round Two – July 4

After two rounds, Dave Southam has clear first in the Crown section with 2.0/2. Another five players are half a point behind at 1.5/2.

In the U1700 section, Shabnam Abbarin and her dad, Hooshang Abbarin, along with Brian Hanratty are in a three-way tie for first with 2.0/2. Another four players trail by half a point at 1.5/2.

Game of the Week

In the game of the week, Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy (1606), on board one against Dave Southam (2207), takes the poisoned pawn in a Winawer, plays an interesting line, then misses a tactic on move 17 and gets miniatured.

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Round Three – July 11

Through three rounds, Dave Southam holds onto clear first in the Crown section with a win over William Li and a perfect score of 3.0/3.

In the U1700 section, Brian Hanratty takes clear first at 3.0/3, with a win over Hooshang Abbarin.

Game of the Week

In the game of the week, tournament leader Dave Southam (2207) plays a Ne2 Rubinstein variation in the Nimzo to fend off a challenge by William Li (2075) on the top board. White picks up two pawns, gives one back, and it’s the last game to finish as Southam grinds out a 68-move win.

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Round Four – July 18

With four rounds in the books, the leaders stay strong: Dave Southam draws Jelvis Calvelo to hold onto clear first in the Crown section with 3.5/4. England and Calvelo are within half a point.

And Brian Hanratty in U1700 holds clear first at 4.0/4 with a win over Harry Chen. Shabnam Abbarin has 3.5/4 and clear second.

Game of the Week

Dave Southam is on a game-of-the-week streak! This time it’s a 93-move draw with Jelvis Calvelo. Calvelo plays the Advance against Southam’s French, and after Black plays …c4 on move 5, the central pawns stay locked for 40 moves. Then White sacs two pieces to turn two locked pawns into connected passers on the seventh. There are barrages of Q checks by both sides, but eventually Black sacs B and Q on the pawns, still managing to reach a drawn P/c2 vs. Q ending. Definitely game-of-the-week material!


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Round Five – July 25

Dave Southam wins to take the Crown with 4.5/5. In U1700, Brian Hanratty needs only a draw to take the section with 4.5/5. Congratulations, Dave and Brian!

We’re closed August 1 for Simcoe Day, but there’s a new club tournament starting up August 8. New players are welcome! Please register by 7:00 pm to make sure you’re paired.

Game of the Week

Dave Southam has a close call against Scott Cliff yet still manages to end up in a winning line in the ending.  (I’m reminded of Alekhine’s boast: “To win against me, you must beat me three times: first in the opening, then in the middlegame, and then again in the endgame.”)

The spotlight this week, though, is on Hanratty-Abbarin on the top board of the U1700 section. Black plays a 6.e6 Najdorf and tries an interesting B sac on move 22. She dodges a bullet or two on her way to winning back the piece to enter a winning-looking ending with 2 extra Ps. But then she allows a perp and the game ends in a draw – all Brian Hanratty needs for clear first in the section!


Final ranking cross-tables after Round 5

ACC Summer Swiss Crown

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd Pts.
1 Southam David 2206 CAN 14w1 8b1 3w1 2b½ 5b1 4.5
2 Calvelo Jelvis 2080 CAN 18w1 3b½ 5w1 1w½ 9b1 4
3 Li William 2119 CAN 12b1 2w½ 1b0 6w1 8w1 3.5
4 England Max 1938 CAN 15b1 10w1 0 3
5 Cliff Scott 1918 CAN 17w1 2b0 8b1 1w0 2.5
6 Amirirad Kamran 1755 CAN 7w0 18b1 3b0 14w+ 2.5
7 Ostertag Ralph 0 CAN 6b1 0 0 2
8 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1604 CAN -1 1w0 14b1 5w0 3b0 2
9 Stefanovic Miroslav 2202 CAN 0 17b1 2w0 2
10 Malakhovets Sergey 2064 CAN 17w1 4b0 0 2
11 Paganini Xavier 2000 US 0 0 16b1 2
12 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1730 CAN 3w0 17b0 -1 15w½ 13b½ 2
13 Longo Tyler 2025 CAN 0 0 12w½ 1.5
14 Mendoza Armand Jess 1917 CAN 1b0 18w+ 8w0 6b- 1.5
15 Armstrong Robert J. 1607 CAN 4w0 12b½ 0 1.5
16 Huczek George 1939 CAN 0 0 11w0 1
17 Wilker Marcus 1606 CAN 5b0 12w1 10b0 9w0 0 1
18 Nadj Pal 1706 CAN 2b0 14b- 6w0 -1 0 1

Full results, round-by-round standings, etc. are available on the Chess-Results server.

ACC Summer Swiss U1700

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd Pts.
1 Hanratty Brian 1421 CAN 25w1 5b1 2b1 9w1 3w½ 4.5
2 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1581 CAN 6w1 15b1 1w0 8b1 7w1 4
3 Abbarin Shabnam 1445 CAN 29w1 13b1 10w1 1b½ 4
4 Gelowitz Mark A. 1409 CAN 24w½ 17b1 12w1 9b1 4
5 Morrison Richard 1424 CAN 30b1 1w0 12b0 28w1 26b1 3
6 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1375 CAN 2b0 26w1 30w1 7b0 15w1 3
7 Zhao Zhong 1662 CAN 24b½ 18w1 6w1 2b0 3
8 Ramesh Bharath 1313 CAN 14b1 2w0 18b1 3
9 Chen Harry (siqi) 1529 CAN 20b1 16w1 1b0 4w0 2.5
10 Goldfarb Adam 1375 CAN 28b1 19w1 3b0 0 2.5
11 Giffen Glenn 1527 CAN 15w0 29b1 13w1 0 2.5
12 Gao William 1077 CAN 5w1 4b0 16b½ 2.5
13 Teram Eli 1088 CAN -1 3w0 11b0 23w1 2.5
14 Jevtic Dragan 1427 CAN 27w0 25b1 8w0 16b1 0 2
15 Guo Haotong Hazel 1276 CAN 11b1 2w0 6b0 2
16 He Emma 1474 CAN 26b1 9b0 14w0 12w½ 2
17 Yong David 966 CAN 4w0 22b0 29w1 2
18 Guo Roger 1113 CAN 23w1 7b0 8w0 2
19 Mcroberts Julian 1430 CAN 10b0 26w1 0 2
20 Belcadi Salim 1309 CAN 9w0 23b1 0 2
21 Li Yun Hong (Kevin) 0 CAN 0 25b0 28w1 2
22 Allen Joshua 1385 CAN 0 17w1 0 2
23 Patton Mark A. 1436 CAN 18b0 20w0 29b½ 30w1 13b0 1.5
24 David Jean-Marc 1384 CAN 7w½ 4b½ 0 0 1.5
25 Ma Yue Ran 0 CAN 1b0 14w0 26b0 21w1 0 1
26 Souchko Larissa 1183 CAN 16w0 6b0 25w1 19b0 5w0 1
27 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1604 CAN 14b1 0 0 0 0 1
28 Kalmanson Evgeny 1161 CAN 10w0 5b0 21b0 1
29 Jafari Nick 1174 CAN 3b0 11w0 23w½ 17b0 1
30 Geddie Alex 1074 CAN 5w0 6b0 23b0 0 0.5

Full results, round-by-round standings, etc. are available on the Chess-Results server.

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Summer 2016 officially started on June 20 at 6:34 p.m. EDT, and summer solstice this year coincided with the full moon. See the Farmer’s Almanac.

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ACC Get on Board Swiss

Get on Board!

We love our 64 squares, and we’re also looking for members who would be willing to serve as directors on our board for the coming year! (We have an upcoming AGM, including election of the board of directors at 6:30 pm on Monday, May 30.)

So we’ve named our current club tournament the ACC Get on Board Swiss, running on five Monday nights, May 9 to June 20, in Crown and U1700 sections.

Note: there will be no round May 23 (instead, play in the Ontario Open!) or June 6 (get a team of 4, or let us put you on one, and play in the GTCL Cup!).

Rounds in the club tournament start at 7:30 pm each Monday. New players are welcome to join in any round, or even to drop in for just one round, but please register by 7:00 pm to make sure you’re paired.

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Round One – May 9

In the Crown section, Jonathan Yu, Daniel Zotkin, and Max England score Round-One victories (as favourites) to share first place going into Round Two, while third-seed William Li draws Kamran Amirirad to fall into a five-way tie for second place. Ulli Diemer, the U1700 winner of the last club tournament, graduates to the Crown section and draws Arkadiy Ugodnikov in Round One, while Glenn Giffen, also graduating to the top section with a new 1725 rating, suffers his first loss since joining the club.

In the U1700 section – a competitive section with more than half the players within a 100-point rating range from 1350 to 1450 – a couple of rating favourites suffer Round-One defeats as Mark Gelowitz (1409) defeats Harry Chen (1479) and Brian Hanratty (1415) defeats the sections’s top-seed, Bob Armstrong (1550). Gelowitz and Hanratty enter Round Two in a five-player leader group with Richard Morrison, Mark Patton, and Shabnam Abbarin.

See complete results on the cross-tables below.

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Round Two – May 16

Daniel Zotkin (from the 2015 Aurora Fall Open)
Daniel Zotkin (from the 2015 Aurora Fall Open)

In Round 2 Crown action, Daniel Zotkin takes sole possession of first with a win over Max England. Kamran Amirirad and Jon Yu are just a half point behind at 1.5/2.

In U1700, there’s a three-way tie for first among Mark Gelowitz, Mark Patton, and Brian Hanratty.

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Off-week – May 23

Regular club activities are taking a week off May 23 and we’re hosting the 2016 Ontario Open over the Victoria Day weekend!

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Round Three – May 30

During the AGM before the round, club activities for the past year are discussed and a new slate of Directors are elected to the Board. Congratulations to Salim Belcadi, who is elected to the Board for the first time.

At the end of the night, Daniel Zotkin holds sole first at 3.0/3, while Wajdy Shebetah and Kamran Amirirad are a point behind at 2.0/3.

In U1700, Brian Hanratty defeats Mark Gelowitz to take sole first at 3.0/3, while Salim Belcadi and Richard Pell trail by just half a point at 2.5/3.

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Off-week – June 6

The regular club tournament is taking a week off June 6 and we’re hosting the 2016 GTCL Cup. This is a great event that everyone can take part in. Come get on a team of four players and battle through 5 rounds of four-on-four team chess at a rapid time control!

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Round Four – June 13

Round 4 games start at 7:30 on Monday, June 13. New players are welcome to join in any round; please register before 7:00 pm to make sure you’re paired for the round.


Ranking cross-tables after Round 3

ACC Get on Board Swiss Crown

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd Pts.
1 Zotkin Daniel 2114 CAN 8w1 9b1 5b+ 3
2 Shebetah Wajdy 2038 CAN 6b½ 9w1 2
3 Amirirad Kamran 1755 CAN 6w½ 4b1 2
4 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1900 CAN 11b½ 3w0 8w1 1.5
5 Yu Jonathan 2226 CAN 10b1 1w- 1.5
6 Li William 2073 CAN 3b½ 2w½ 7b½ 1.5
7 Giffen Glenn 1725 CAN 9b0 -1 6w½ 1.5
8 Ghazarian Tigran 1783 CAN 1b0 10w1 4b0 1
9 England Max 1938 CAN 7w1 1w0 2b0 1
10 Zhao Zhong 1794 CAN 5w0 8b0 -1 1
11 Diemer Ulli 1647 CAN 4w½ 0 1

More results analysis (and possibly a more recent update) are available throughout the tournament on the chess-results server.

ACC Get on Board Swiss U1700

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd Pts.
1 Hanratty Brian 1415 CAN 11w1 13b1 4w1 3
2 Pell Richard 1564 CAN 22b1 5w1 2.5
3 Belcadi Salim 1190 CAN 12w+ 8w1 2.5
4 Gelowitz Mark A. 1409 CAN 9b1 10w1 1b0 2
5 Patton Mark A. 1436 CAN 20b1 6w1 2b0 2
6 Abbarin Shabnam 1445 CAN 19w1 5b0 15w1 2
7 Guo Roger 999 CAN 13w1 2
8 Brister Mark 0 CAN 10b½ 21w1 3b0 1.5
9 Chen Harry (siqi) 1479 CAN 4w0 19b½ 22w1 1.5
10 Jevtic Dragan 1427 CAN 8w½ 4b0 19w1 1.5
11 Armstrong Robert J. 1550 CAN 1b0 14w1 1.5
12 Allen Joshua 1385 CAN 3b- 21b1 1.5
13 Morrison Richard 1468 CAN 14b1 1w0 7b0 1
14 Szucs Gregory 1295 CAN 13w0 11b0 20w1 1
15 Guo Haotong Hazel 969 CAN 6b0 1
16 Goldfarb Adam 1375 CAN 0 1
17 Tobin Jacob 900 CAN 0 1
18 Tobin Larry 735 CAN 0 1
19 Souchko Larissa 1155 CAN 6b0 9w½ 10b0 0.5
20 Teram Eli 1088 CAN 5w0 14b0 0.5
21 David Jean-Marc 1384 CAN 8b0 12w0 0.5
22 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1285 CAN 2w0 9b0 0.5

More results analysis (and possibly a more recent update) are available throughout the tournament on the chess-results server.

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chess train

The chess train pictured in our feature image is an innovative chess tournament that actually takes place on board a train, so players are treated to a tour of some of the most beautiful cities in Europe in the course of the tournament. The “driving force” behind the chess train is Czech chess enthusiast, IM Pavel Matocha.

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