ACC Smash Crash Swiss

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Off week – May 21

The tournament is taking a break for the Victoria Day long weekend – but don’t miss the 2018 Ontario Open.

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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.

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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!

See full results below.


Ranking cross-tables after Round 5

ACC Smash Crash Swiss – Top section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Jevtic Dragan 1442 CAN 13b1 14w1 4b1 3w1 2b0 4
2 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1720 CAN 27b1 11w1 3b0 17w1 1w1 4
3 Belcadi Salim 1388 CAN 15b1 20w1 2w1 1b0 9w1 4
4 Daldal Erdem 1764 CAN -1 10b1 1w0 5b+ 8b1 4
5 Liao Run Ming 1671 CAN -1 21b1 4w- 10w1 3.5
6 Ramesh Bharath 1638 CAN 25b0 7w1 8b0 11w1 14b1 3
7 Kalmanson Evgeny 1368 CAN 21w0 6b0 24w1 22b1 13b1 3
8 Belanger Colton 1113 CAN 10w0 24b1 6w1 21b1 4w0 3
9 Bitton Michael 0 CAN 14b1 13w1 3b0 3
10 Kwan Toy Chack 1556 CAN 8b1 4w0 11b½ 20w1 5b0 2.5
11 Wagner Robert 1544 CAN 24w1 2b0 10w½ 6b0 23w1 2.5
12 Stefanovich-Thomson Alexis 1285 CAN 14b0 15w½ 23b½ 21w1 2.5
13 Saltat Michael 1656 CAN 1w0 27b1 23w1 9b0 7w0 2
14 Schwartz Lorne 1564 CAN 12w1 1b0 9w0 15b1 6w0 2
15 Armstrong Robert J. 1605 CAN 3w0 12b½ 14w0 20b1 2
16 McSherry Peter 1831 CAN 22b1 0 0 2
17 Hanratty Brian 1683 CAN 27w1 2b0 0 2
18 Li Yun Hong (kevin) 1730 CAN 0 0 24w1 2
19 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1670 CAN 0 0 26w1 2
20 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1598 CAN 3b0 22w1 10b0 15w0 1.5
21 Guo Haotong Hazel 1569 CAN 7b1 5w0 8w0 12b0 1.5
22 Stroganov Victor 1319 CAN 16w0 20b0 7w0 27b1 1.5
23 Supol George 1343 CAN 13b0 12w½ 11b0 1.5
24 Chen Sihao 1597 CAN 11b0 8w0 7b0 27w1 18b0 1
25 Yueh Tony 1390 CAN 6w1 0 0 0 0 1
26 Lambert Peter 1160 CAN 0 0 19b0 1
27 Dixon Javier 1517 CAN 2w0 13w0 17b0 24b0 22w0 0

Updated results are also available on the Chess-Results server.

ACC Smash Crash Swiss – U1400 section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Moiseev Alex 1119 CAN 5b½ 12w1 7b½ 3w1 9b1 4
2 Tran Dennis 1265 CAN 14b1 10w1 6b1 0 0 3
3 Tuchow Ryan 1168 CAN 7w0 14b1 5w1 1b0 13w1 3
4 Lambert Peter 1160 CAN 13b1 0 -1 3
5 Souchko Larissa 954 CAN 1w½ 6b0 3b0 8w1 7w1 2.5
6 Stroganov Valery 1064 CAN 8b1 5w1 2w0 0 2.5
7 Noritsyn Ivan 955 CAN 3b1 1w½ 5b0 2.5
8 Kalniev Stefan 1166 CAN 6w0 9b0 14w1 5b0 15b1 2
9 Kamnitzer Benjamin 965 CAN 11b0 8w1 10b0 14w1 1w0 2
10 Bar-Natan Itai 1285 CAN 15w1 2b0 9w1 0 0 2
11 Stroganov Victor 1319 CAN 9w1 0 0 0 0 1
12 Spahic Matthew 1296 CAN 1b0 0 0 1
13 Patton Mark A. 1228 CAN 4w0 0 3b0 1
14 Wadhwa Rymn 1040 CAN 2w0 3w0 8b0 9b0 0 0
15 Pancer Jeff 1062 CAN 10b0 0 0 0 8w0 0

Updated results are also available on the Chess-Results server.

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The feature image is from a photograph of Joe “Kill as you Go!” Smolij by Norman A Bolduc. Click the link to see the original and more of his work.

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Representing ACC in Germany

Daniel Wiebe is in Germany, representing ACC in the Grenke Chess Open.

Here’s his report:

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March 29-30 – Rounds 1-3

It’s been an insanely busy schedule. This is probably the most impressive tournament I’ve ever played in. There’s almost 1500 players in total and over 700 in my section (the top section) alone.

I had a rough start, losing to an FM from a winning position in a time scramble, then I slept right through the second round. But things are looking up. I managed to draw a lost position against a player elo 2160.

Looking forward to tomorrow when Magnus, Caruana, Anand, Hou Yifan, Aronian, MVL and the rest will be joining us. I believe Caruana plays Carlsen Tomorrow which will be an interesting prelude to their world championship match.

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March 31 – Rounds 4-5

Hi guys!

So far, between watching the chess elite up close and getting to browse an insane amount of chess books, this tournament is a chess player’s playground. Now if only I could remember how to play….

I battled two players with FIDE ratings of just over 2100 today, drawing the first and losing to the second. Unfortunately I made one-move blunders in both games, which I’m blaming on sleep deprivation. Hopefully after a good night’s rest I’ll start finding more interesting ways to blunder.

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April 1-2 – Rounds 6-9

Hi guys! Here’s the finish to the tournament.

Days 4 and 5 were interesting. I finally managed to win an extremely messy game in round 6 against a player rated around 1860. I then lost in round 7. On day 5 I managed a solid win against Cristiano Quaranta rated around 2160 FIDE. It was probably my most consistent game of the tournament and I’ve posted it here. Because of the win I was in the running for the U2000 prize but lost the critical last round game.

Other then that, I couldn’t help but buy a few books from the fantastic selection they had. I had a cool experience just standing in the store area browsing through a book for a little while before looking up to see Levon Aronian (World number 4 for those unfamiliar) standing next to me doing the same thing. Shows that chess books are still very relevant in the digital age.

Overall it was a very busy, but still very inpiring tournament experience that I recommend highly for any Europe travellers. But do give yourselves at least a few extra days to fully recover from jet lag first.

I hope you all enjoyed the posts and I look forward to reporting on any future international tournaments!

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2018 Toronto Closed

2018 Toronto Chess Championship

Flyer: 2018 Toronto Closed
Full Pairings and Results: Chess-Results

Schedule

Date Rd.
Apr 9 Round 1
Apr 16 Round 2
Apr 23 Round 3
Apr 30 Round 4
May 7 Round 5
May 14 Round 6
May 21 Off (Ontario Open)
May 28 Make-up games
Jun 4 Round 7

See previous years’ events: #toronto-closed

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Winners

The tournament winner and 2018 Toronto Chess Champion is Michael Barron. The Reserve section winner is Allan Munro. Congratulations to the winners!

Final Ranking Cross-tables after Round 7

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts.
1 Barron Michael 2216 CAN * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 5.5
2 Plotkin Victor 2396 CAN ½ * ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ 5
3 Ivanov Mike 2354 CAN 0 ½ * 1 1 1 ½ ½ 4.5
4 Noritsyn Sergey 2229 CAN ½ 0 0 * ½ ½ 1 1 3.5
5 Humphreys Michael 2350 CAN 0 0 0 ½ * 1 1 1 3.5
6 Zotkin Daniel 2207 CAN 0 0 0 ½ 0 * ½ 1 2
7 Li William 2227 CAN 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ * ½ 2
8 Southam David 2174 CAN ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ * 2
Rk. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Pts.
1 Munro Allan 2165 CAN * ½ 1 1 1 1 1 5.5
2 Siddeley Hugh 2121 CAN ½ * ½ 1 1 1 1 5
3 Malakhovets Sergey 2138 CAN 0 ½ * 1 1 1 1 4.5
4 Ning Eric 2076 CAN 0 0 0 * ½ 1 1 2.5
5 Cheryachukin Yury 2035 CAN 0 0 0 ½ * ½ 1 2
6 England Max 2050 CAN 0 0 0 0 ½ * ½ 1
7 Gao Raymond 1714 CAN 0 0 0 0 0 ½ * 0.5

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Pairings and Results

Round One – April 9

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Bd. White Black
1 William Li 0 1 Sergey Noritsyn
2 Michael Barron ½ ½ Victor Plotkin
3 Daniel Zotkin 1 0 Dave Southam
4 Michael Humphreys 0 1 Mike Ivanov
5 BYE Eric Ning
6 Yury Cheryachukin 0 1 Hugh Siddeley
7 Max England 0 1 Sergey Malakhovets
8 Allan Munro 1 0 Raymond Gao

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Round Two – April 16

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Bd. White Black
1 Sergey Noritsyn 0 1 Mike Ivanov
2 Dave Southam 0 1 Michael Humphreys
3 Victor Plotkin 1 0 Daniel Zotkin
4 William Li 0 1 Michael Barron
5 Eric Ning 1 0 Raymond Gao
6 Sergey Malakhovets 0 1 Allan Munro
7 Hugh Siddeley 1 0 Max England
8 BYE Yury Cheryachukin

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Round Three – April 23

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Bd. White Black
1 Michael Barron ½ ½ Sergey Noritsyn
2 Daniel Zotkin ½ ½ William Li
3 Michael Humphreys 0 1 Victor Plotkin
4 Mike Ivanov Dave Southam
5 Yury Cheryachukin ½ ½ Eric Ning
6 Max England BYE
7 Allan Munro ½ ½ Hugh Siddeley
8 Raymond Gao 0 1 Sergey Malakhovets

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Round Four – April 30

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Bd. White Black
1 Sergey Noritsyn 1 0 Dave Southam
2 Victor Plotkin ½ ½ Mike Ivanov
3 William Li 0 1 Michael Humphreys
4 Michael Barron 1 0 Daniel Zotkin
5 Eric Ning 0 1 Sergey Malakhovets
6 Hugh Siddeley 1 0 Raymond Gao
7 BYE Allan Munro
8 Yury Cheryachukin ½ ½ Max England

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Round Five – May 7

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Bd. White Black
1 Daniel Zotkin ½ ½ Sergey Noritsyn
2 Michael Humphreys 0 1 Michael Barron
3 Mike Ivanov ½ ½ William Li
4 Dave Southam ½ ½ Victor Plotkin
5 Max England 0 1 Eric Ning
6 Allan Munro 1 0 Yury Cheryachukin
7 Raymond Gao BYE
8 Sergey Malakhovets ½ ½ Hugh Siddeley

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Round Six – May 14

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Bd. White Black
1 Sergey Noritsyn 0 1 Victor Plotkin
2 William Li ½ ½ Dave Southam
3 Michael Barron 1 0 Mike Ivanov
4 Daniel Zotkin 0 1 Michael Humphreys
5 Eric Ning 0 1 Hugh Siddeley
6 BYE Sergey Malakhovets
7 Yury Cheryachukin 1 0 Raymond Gao
8 Max England 0 1 Allan Munro

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Round Seven – Final Round – June 4

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Bd. White Black
1 Michael Humphreys ½ ½ Sergey Noritsyn
2 Mike Ivanov 1 0 Daniel Zotkin
3 Dave Southam ½ ½ Michael Barron
4 Victor Plotkin ½ ½ William Li
5 Allan Munro 1 0 Eric Ning
6 Raymond Gao ½ ½ Max England
7 Sergey Malakhovets 1 0 Yury Cheryachukin
8 Hugh Siddeley BYE
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ACC Spring Thaw Swiss

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.

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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…


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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!

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Off-week – Apr 2

The club is closed for the holiday.

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Round Three – Apr 9

The Crown section has joined the Toronto Closed en 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).

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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.

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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.


Final ranking cross-tables after Round 5

ACC Spring Thaw Swiss – Crown section

(Most of these players are now participating in the Toronto Closed)

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd Pts.
1 Noritsyn Sergey 2232 CAN 10b1 7w1 2
2 Munro Allan 2165 CAN 9w1 5b1 2
3 Humphreys Michael 2350 CAN 6w1 1.5
4 Southam David 2208 CAN 5w0 8b1 1
5 England Max 2050 CAN 4b1 2w0 1
6 Malakhovets Sergey 2138 CAN 3b0 11w+ 1
7 Daldal Erdem 1752 CAN -1 1b0 1
8 Zotkin Daniel 2207 CAN 11b½ 4w0 0.5
9 McSherry Peter 1832 CAN 2b0 0.5
10 Wiebe Daniel 2138 CAN 1w0 0.5
11 Boles Fadi 1932 EGY 8w½ 6b- 0.5

Updated results are also available on the Chess-Results server.

ACC Spring Thaw Swiss – Top/U1800 section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd Pts.
1 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1679 CAN 10b1 9w1 14b1 3w½ 3.5
2 Daldal Erdem 1752 CAN 24b1 0 18w1 9w1 3
3 Ramesh Bharath 1619 CAN 22b1 8w1 1b½ 3
4 Mcsherry Peter 1832 CAN 15b1 7w1 3
5 Wilker Marcus 1597 CAN 21b1 11w1 3
6 Chen Sihao 1631 CAN 17w½ 20b1 7b0 13w1 2.5
7 Armstrong Robert J. 1557 CAN 23b1 6w1 4b0 2.5
8 Wagner Robert 1495 CAN 18b1 3b0 21w1 2.5
9 Schwartz Lorne 1527 CAN 13w1 1b0 19w1 2b0 2
10 Dixon Javier 1460 CAN 1w0 23b½ 16w½ 14b1 2
11 Saltat Michael 1692 CAN 20w1 5b0 2
12 Lambert Peter 1154 CAN 20b1 0 2
13 Supol George 1318 CAN 9b0 24w1 6b0 1.5
14 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1635 CAN 16b1 1w0 10w0 1.5
15 Szucs Gregory 1442 CAN 4w0 21b½ 1.5
16 Guo Haotong Hazel 1440 CAN 14w0 10b½ 1.5
17 David Jean-Marc 1429 CAN 6b½ 0 1.5
18 Finkelstein Michael 1306 CAN 8w0 -1 2b0 1.5
19 Kwan Toy Chack 1593 CAN 9b0 0 1
20 Jevtic Dragan 1473 CAN 11b0 6w0 12w0 -1 1
21 Spahic Matthew 1327 CAN 5w0 8b0 15w½ 1
22 Kalmanson Evgeny 1410 CAN 3w0 0 1
23 Dong Yiwei 1378 CAN 7w0 10w½ 0 1
24 Ballkaniku Darlen 1400 CAN 2w0 13b0 0 0 0

Updated results are also available on the Chess-Results server.

ACC Spring Thaw Swiss – U1400 section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Stefanovich-Thomson Alexis 1237 CAN 10w1 2b1 4b0 9w1 3w1 4
2 Chandra Ambarish 930 CAN 5b1 1w0 13b1 14w1 4b1 4
3 Tran Dennis 1239 CAN 15b½ 17w1 6b1 4w1 1b0 3.5
4 Stroganov Victor 1276 CAN 19w1 9b1 1w1 3b0 2w0 3
5 Moiseev Alex 1054 CAN 2w0 10b1 9w1 12b1 0 3
6 Chodoriwsky David 1262 CAN 3w0 17b1 12w1 3
7 Tuchow Ryan 1094 CAN 0 19b1 8w1 3
8 Weng David 1178 CAN 15w1 14b1 0 7b0 2.5
9 Kalniev Stefan 1233 CAN 11b1 4w0 5b0 1b0 16w1 2
10 Noritsyn Ivan 981 CAN 1b0 5w0 12w0 16b1 19w1 2
11 Teram Eli 971 CAN 9w0 19b1 16w1 0 0 2
12 Kamnitzer Benjamin 966 CAN 10b1 5w0 6b0 2
13 Patton Mark A. 1248 CAN 2w0 0 -1 2
14 Randle Bill 1113 CAN 18w1 8w0 2b0 0 1.5
15 Stroganov Valery 995 CAN 3w½ 8b0 19w1 0 0 1.5
16 Zuo Roger 761 CAN 11b0 10w0 9b0 1
17 Lambert Peter 1154 CAN 3b0 6w0 0 1
18 Matetski Konstanstin 1203 CAN 14b0 0 0 0 0.5
19 Souchko Larissa 1049 CAN 4b0 11w0 15b0 7w0 10b0 0
20 Cvetkovic Nikola 835 CAN 0 0 0 0 0 0

Updated results are also available on the Chess-Results server.

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For more on the red-winged blackbird, a sure sign of spring in Toronto, and more photos (including this one by Jacques C. Pelletier) see Hinterland Who’s Who.

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