Sign Up for a Chess Class this September

Annex Chess Club classes are a great way to help children develop their understanding of this ancient game and take their play to the next level.

We also offer great beginner and intermediate classes for adults, to get you started, to step up your game, or to brush up on old skills. No previous knowledge is required.

Online registration is now closed, but we’re still accepting new registrations on site on Mondays.

Classes run for 7 Monday nights from the week after Labour Day to the end of October (Sept 11-Oct 30)

– 6:15 Kids Beginner / Intermediate
– 6:15 Kids Advanced
– 7:15 Adult Beginner
– 7:15 Adult Intermediate

NEW! Just added – International Master Artiom Samsonkin will teach you how to analyze a game of chess. Study master games and learn from mistakes and missed opportunities in your own games. The class will also look at how to use computer engines beneficially (Sept 18-Nov 6).

– 8:15 Chess Analysis with Artiom

Don’t miss out. Come check it out this coming Monday!

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Toronto Open – Sept 2-4

2017 Toronto Open Chess Championship – September 2-4

Play in Toronto’s Fall Classic – All are welcome to join!

Schedule | Players | Results | History | Sponsors

The Toronto Open Chess Championship is Greater Toronto’s marquee Open event of the year, sanctioned by the Greater Toronto Chess League.

The six-round chess tournament takes place over Labour Day weekend, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, with two rounds each day at 10:00am and 4:00pm. Games are played at 90 minutes per side, with a 30-second increment each move. Sets, boards, and clocks are provided.

Players will be sorted by rating into four sections: Crown, U2200, U1800, and U1400. Players within 100 points of the rating cut-off may elect to play in the next higher section.

Standings and pairings will be posted to the Chess Results server.

This is a CFC-rated tournament and CFC membership is required. Top two sections are also FIDE-rated. (CFC membership may be purchased on site at the tournament if necessary.)

Please note: Registrations after Thursday August 31 will not be paired for Round 1.

Flyer: 2017 Toronto Open Flyer

Getting Here

Parking in downtown Toronto is not easy, and the site does not have a parking lot. There is limited parking available on side streets, or paid parking in city Green P parking lots nearby.

If it’s an option for you, we strongly suggest travelling by public transit. The site is convenient to reach by TTC, as we’re just a short walk from Bathurst subway station.

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Day One – Saturday Sept 2

9:30 am Opening Ceremonies with City Councillor Joe Mihevc
10:00 am Round One
3:45 pm GTCL Cup Awards Presentation by GTCL President Michael Barron
Congratulations to Chess Stars (GTCL Cup winners) Slava Rek, Michael Barron, Michael Kimelman, and Sasha Starr
and to Pinoy Chess Club (U1800 GTCL Cup winners) Jay De La Cerna, Armand Jess Mendoza, Joey Orozco, and Jose Cabioc
4:00 pm Round Two

Day Two – Sunday Sept 3

10:00 am Round Three
4:00 pm Round Four

Day Three – Monday Sept 4

9:50 am Upset Prize – upset win against the highest rating differential wins a bonus prize of a gift certificate from Pauper’s Pub. Congratulations, Dailiang Chen, for victories over opponents rated 500 and 600 points higher than him! And thank you, Paupers!
10:00 am Round Five
10:30 am Birthday cake – We’re celebrating 7 years since Annex Chess Club first came into being in 2010. Happy birthday, Annex Chess Club!
4:00 pm Round Six


Congratulations to the following prize winners!

Crown 1st Avigdor Bykhovsky, 5.0/6
=2nd Nikolay Noritsyn, Victor Plotkin, and Rohan Talukdar, 4.5/6
U2200 =1st Bill Evans, Ryan Franco, and Ranel Lauron, 5.0/6
=4th Projjwal Pramanik, Younan Ishow, and Ruperto Frilles, 4.5/6
U1800 =1st Ferdinand Supsup, Merlin Nazareno, and Joey (Junhe) Zhou, 5.0/6
4th Arul Papneja and Jeffrey R. Zhao, 4.5/6
U1400 1st Kaden Rashid, 5.0/6
=2nd Jessica Danti, Henry Xianrui Zhang, Rishi Sarkar, Mark Bercovici, Tony Yueh, and Henry Vu, 4.5/6
1st U1100 Gaby Lin, 4.0/6
=2nd U1100 Richard Wang and Jacky Men, 3.5/6
Unrated: Greg Rusonik 6.0/6

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Featured Players

IM Nikolay Noritsyn
FIDE: 2473
CFC: 2633
Nikolay Noritsyn was born in Kaliningrad, Russia, and moved to Canada when he was 9 years old. He earned his International Master title by winning the 2007 Canadian Closed, and represented Canada in the 2008, 2010, and 2012 Chess Olympiads. A frequent top finisher in Toronto events, he won the 2015 Toronto Blitz Championship and the 2016 Ontario Open. This year, he came second in the 2017 Canadian Closed after a controversial rapid play-off. He is currently the second highest CFC-rated player in the country.
WIM Maili-Jade Ouellet
FIDE: 1982
CFC: 2069
FQE: 2212
Maili-Jade Ouellet is a 15-year-old player from St. Lambert, Quebec. She is the current 2017 Quebec Junior Champion, and the first woman to take that title. She also won Girls U18 at the 2016 North American Youth Championship and played for Canada on the 2016 Women’s Olympiad team.
GM Avigdor Bykhovsky
FIDE: 2417
Avigdor Bykhovsky is an Israeli Grandmaster, originally from Moscow. He has competed in numerous top international tournaments over his career. It is great to see him play in Toronto!

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Rd 5 results are posted below.
Final results will be available on Chess Results.

2017 Toronto Open – Crown Section

Rk.   Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd 6.Rd Pts.
1 GM Bykhovsky Avigdor 2417 RUS 11w1 10b1 12w1 16b1 4w½ 2b½ 5
2 IM Noritsyn Nikolay 2633 CAN 14b1 13w1 4b0 18w1 15b1 1w½ 4.5
3 FM Plotkin Victor 2375 CAN 25b1 15w½ 7b½ 13w1 14b1 4w½ 4.5
4   Talukdar Rohan 2267 CAN 9w1 26b1 2w1 1b½ 3b½ 4.5
5   Cai Jason 2273 CAN 20b1 7w½ 16b0 19w½ 18b1 13w1 4
6   Zotkin Daniel 2107 CAN 8w1 12b0 11w½ 17b1 10w½ 19b1 4
7   Hua Eugene 2340 CAN 28w1 5b½ 3w½ 10b½ 16w1 9b½ 4
8   Dukic Zachary 2254 CAN 6b0 22w1 18b0 20w1 19b½ 16w1 3.5
9 WIM Ouellet Maili-Jade 2108 CAN 4b0 25w1 13b0 21w1 17b1 7w½ 3.5
10   Chen Richard 2328 CAN 22b1 1w0 21b1 7w½ 6b½ 11w½ 3.5
11   Nasir Zehn 2243 CAN 1b0 20w½ 6b½ 22w1 12w1 10b½ 3.5
12   Plotkin Mark 2361 CAN 18b1 6w1 1b0 14w0 11b0 24w1 3
13   Rek Viatcheslav (slava) 2283 CAN 27w1 2b0 9w1 3b0 23w1 5b0 3
14   Liang Hairan 2249 CAN 2w0 28b1 26w1 12b1 3w0 0 3
15   Agbabishvili Lali 2251 CAN 24w1 3b½ 19b1 2w0 0 3
16 FM Ivanov Mike 2381 CAN 23w½ 17b1 5w1 1w0 7b0 8b0 2.5
17   Southam David 2222 CAN 19b½ 16w0 25b1 6w0 9w0 22b1 2.5
18   Zhao Harry 2159 CAN 12w0 24b1 8w1 2b0 5w0 20b½ 2.5
19 FM Milicevic Goran 2366 CAN 17w½ 23b1 15w0 5b½ 8w½ 6w0 2.5
20 CM Xu Jeffrey 2110 CAN 5w0 11b½ 23w½ 8b0 -1 18w½ 2.5
21   Noritsyn Sergey 2240 CAN 26w0 27b1 10w0 9b0 22w0 25b1 2
22   Shebetah Wajdy 2156 PLE 10w0 8b0 27w1 11b0 21b1 17w0 2
23   Henry Liam 2227 CAN 16b½ 19w0 20b½ 24w1 13b0 0 2
24   Wiebe Daniel 2105 CAN 15b0 18w0 -1 23b0 25w1 12b0 2
25   Javidfard Amirsalar 2224 IRI 3w0 9b0 17w0 27b1 24b0 21w0 1
26   Emuakpeje Ochuko 2384 NGR 21b1 4w0 14b0 0 0 0 1
27 FM Munro Allan 2120 TTO 13b0 21w0 22b0 25w0 0 0 0
28   Zhong Joey 2158 CAN 7b0 14w0 0 0 0 0 0

See full results on the Chess Results server.

2017 Toronto Open – U2200 Section

Rk.   Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd 6.Rd Pts.
1   Evans Bill 2093 CAN 26w1 36b1 11w0 20b1 18w1 8b1 5
2   Franco Ryan 2159 CAN 19b1 30w1 6b½ 16w1 8b1 3w½ 5
3   Lauron Ranel 2033 CAN 38w1 27b½ 35w1 5w1 6b+ 2b½ 5
4   Pramanik Projjwal 2098 IND 20b0 29w1 19b1 10w½ 27b1 16w1 4.5
5   Ishow Younan 2079 SYR 29b½ 40w1 27w1 3b0 15w1 18b1 4.5
6   Frilles Ruperto 2011 CAN 17w1 34b1 2w½ 13b1 3w- 12w1 4.5
7   Haziprodromu Sam 1909 CAN 9b0 37w1 18b0 34w1 26b1 17w1 4
8   Whissell Mavros 2058 CAN 32w1 39b1 20w1 11b1 2w0 1w0 4
9   Qian Owen 2106 CAN 7w1 22b1 16w0 15b½ 28w1 11b½ 4
10   Surya Benito 1955 CAN 34b0 38w1 39w1 4b½ 22w½ 20b1 4
11   Jiang Brian 1933 CAN 33b1 18w1 1b1 8w0 16b½ 9w½ 4
12   Calvelo Jelvis 2160 PHI 23w1 16b0 36w½ 29b1 14w1 6b0 3.5
13   Baltzopoulos Giorgos 2063 GRE 24b1 20w0 26b1 6w0 25b½ 29w1 3.5
14   Chernik Dmitry 2051 CAN 39b0 24w½ 40b1 30w1 12b0 27w1 3.5
15   Palacios Bobby 2033 CAN 27b0 32w1 31b1 9w½ 5b0 28w1 3.5
16   Kang Dorian 1962 CAN 21w1 12w1 9b1 2b0 11w½ 4b0 3.5
17   Zhao Jeffrey Renfei 1838 CAN 6b0 23b1 22w1 18w0 19b1 7b0 3
18   Khanna Ravi 2078 IND 31w1 11b0 7w1 17b1 1b0 5w0 3
19   Fines John 1925 CAN 2w0 21b1 4w0 32b1 17w0 33b1 3
20   Rusonik Max 1906 CAN 4w1 13b1 8b0 1w0 30b1 10w0 3
21   Manalo Pepin 1832 CAN 16b0 19w0 32b0 38w1 39b1 30w1 3
22   Feng Richard 1941 CAN 37b1 9w0 17b0 39w1 10b½ 25w½ 3
23   Talsma Shawn 1928 CAN 12b0 17w0 37b½ 40w1 35w1 24b½ 3
24 WFM Qiao Cindy 1877 CAN 13w0 14b½ 28b0 37w1 31b1 23w½ 3
25   Singh Malhar 1736 CAN 36b0 26b0 -1 31w1 13w½ 22b½ 3
26   Zheng Kevin 1895 CAN 1b0 25w1 13w0 33b1 7w0 35b½ 2.5
27   D’Souza Justin Quinn 1839 CAN 15w1 3w½ 5b0 35b1 4w0 14b0 2.5
28   Ghazarian Tigran 1783 CAN 30b0 24w1 36w1 9b0 15b0 2.5
29   Shah Omaray M. 1894 CAN 5w½ 4b0 41b+ 12w0 36b1 13b0 2.5
30   Ranola Alberto 1942 PHI 28w1 2b0 34w1 14b0 20w0 21b0 2
31   Huang Youhe 1888 CAN 18b0 33w1 15w0 25b0 24w0 38b1 2
32   Moran-Venegas Mario 1873 CAN 8b0 15b0 21w1 19w0 34b0 36w1 2
33   Liao Joseph 1713 CAN 11w0 31b0 38b1 26w0 40b1 19w0 2
34   Chang Alexander R.Z. 1829 CAN 10w1 6w0 30b0 7b0 32w1 0 2
35   Hay Jonathan 1971 CAN 40b½ 41w1 3b0 27w0 23b0 26w½ 2
36   Finlay Ian 1937 CAN 25w1 1w0 12b½ 28b0 29w0 32b0 1.5
37   Ali Shafkat 1782 CAN 22w0 7b0 23w½ 24b0 38b0 -1 1.5
38   Uthayakumar Ronan 1854 CAN 3b0 10b0 33w0 21b0 37w1 31w0 1
39   He Emma 1856 CAN 14w1 8w0 10b0 22b0 21w0 0 1
40   Pantazi Emanuel A. 1833 CAN 35w½ 5b0 14w0 23b0 33w0 0 0.5
41   Costales Dan 1813 CAN 35b0 29w- 0 0 0 0.5

See full results on the Chess Results server.

2017 Toronto Open – U1800 Section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd 6.Rd Pts.
1 Supsup Ferdinand 1781 CAN 43b1 23w1 6b0 5b1 8w1 3b1 5
2 Nazareno Merlin 1783 CAN 15b1 21w1 11b1 13w0 25b1 6w1 5
3 Zhou Joey (junhe) 1496 CAN 32b1 36w1 17b1 6w1 13b1 1w0 5
4 Papneja Arul 1789 CAN 30w1 13b0 28w½ 20b1 33w1 18b1 4.5
5 Zhao Jeffrey R. 1679 CAN 7b1 14w1 13b½ 1w0 15b1 12w1 4.5
6 Xie Patrick 1659 CAN 16b1 22w1 1w1 3b0 7w1 2b0 4
7 Ma Yue Ran 1436 CAN 5w0 34b1 10b1 26w1 6b0 21w1 4
8 Cabioc Jose 1604 CAN 46b1 17w½ 26b½ 38w1 1b0 27w1 4
9 Joseph Benher Savio 1405 CAN 10b½ 37w½ 21b1 11w1 12b0 23w1 4
10 Garel Richard 1656 CAN 9w½ 33b½ 7w0 39b1 20w1 13w1 4
11 Liu Henry 1665 CAN 20w1 24b1 2w0 9b0 16w½ 32b1 3.5
12 Greco Marco A. 1598 CAN 24w0 35b½ 40w1 28b1 9w1 5b0 3.5
13 Robertson Kole 1582 CAN 31b1 4w1 5w½ 2b1 3w0 10b0 3.5
14 Gao Raymond 1490 CAN 34w1 5b0 44w1 25b0 38w1 19b½ 3.5
15 Kurkowski Ken 1461 CAN 2w0 40b½ 43w1 24b1 5w0 34b1 3.5
16 Sydykhanov Arman 1419 CAN 6w0 41b0 31w1 43b1 11b½ 29w1 3.5
17 Wang Isabelle 1300 CAN 41w1 8b½ 3w0 42b1 18w0 33b1 3.5
18 Benggawan Undriadi 1541 CAN 19b½ 38w½ 27b½ 32w1 17b1 4w0 3.5
19 Yuen Noah Nathaniel 1333 CAN 18w½ 25b½ 42w½ 30b1 26w½ 14w½ 3.5
20 Guntoori Bhargava 1428 CAN 11b0 31w1 37b1 4w0 10b0 38b1 3
21 Ahmed Syed Ibrahim 1557 CAN 39w1 2b0 9w0 44b1 22w1 7b0 3
22 Liu Harrison (hangchen) 1329 CAN 29b1 6b0 25w0 37w1 21b0 36w1 3
23 Xie Austin 1504 CAN 40w1 1b0 24w½ 35b1 27w½ 9b0 3
24 Lu Lucas Yunkun 1365 CAN 12b1 11w0 23b½ 15w0 42w1 26b½ 3
25 Maheux Pierre 1646 CAN 27b½ 19w½ 22b1 14w1 2w0 0 3
26 Molev Daniel 1773 CAN 33w½ 44b1 8w½ 7b0 19b½ 24w½ 3
27 Li Wing 1399 CAN 25w½ 42b½ 18w½ 36w1 23b½ 8b0 3
28 Atayde Merlin 1456 CAN 36b0 46w1 4b½ 12w0 29b0 42b1 2.5
29 Walker John 1519 CAN 22w0 39b1 35w½ 33b0 28w1 16b0 2.5
30 Schyngera Eli 1467 CAN 4b0 45w1 32b½ 19w0 34b0 40w1 2.5
31 Locham Divjot 1358 CAN 13w0 20b0 16b0 40w1 44w1 35b½ 2.5
32 Gao William (zhimao) 1319 CAN 3w0 47b1 30w½ 18b0 41w1 11w0 2.5
33 Qiao Joey 1443 CAN 26b½ 10w½ 36b½ 29w1 4b0 17w0 2.5
34 Wang Yanning 1308 CAN 14b0 7w0 46b+ 41b½ 30w1 15w0 2.5
35 Kalmanson Evgeny 1396 CAN 37b½ 12w½ 29b½ 23w0 36b½ 31w½ 2.5
36 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1782 CAN 28w1 3b0 33w½ 27b0 35w½ 22b0 2
37 Wing Richard 1627 CAN 35w½ 9b½ 20w0 22b0 39w0 44b1 2
38 Ma Andrew 1323 CAN 42w½ 18b½ 41w1 8b0 14b0 20w0 2
39 Chertkow Sasha 1350 CAN 21b0 29w0 45b+ 10w0 37b1 0 2
40 Chen Derek 1321 CAN 23b0 15w½ 12b0 31b0 43w1 30b0 1.5
41 Chertkow Matthew 1489 CAN 17b0 16w1 38b0 34w½ 32b0 0 1.5
42 Belcadi Salim 1509 CAN 38b½ 27w½ 19b½ 17w0 24b0 28w0 1.5
43 Sztuka Jeremy 1449 CAN 1w0 15b0 16w0 40b0 -1 1.5
44 Montinaro Louis 0 CAN 45b1 26w0 14b0 21w0 31b0 37w0 1
45 Byarugaba Nathan 1396 CAN 44w0 30b0 39w- 0 0 0 0
46 Chugh Rohan 1387 CAN 8w0 28b0 34w- 0 0 0 0
47 Panayotou Paul 1250 CAN 0 32w0 0 0 0 0 0

See full results on the Chess Results server.

2017 Toronto Open – U1400 Section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd 6.Rd Pts.
1 Rusonik Greg 0 CAN 47w1 6b1 3w1 10w1 11b1 8b1 6
2 Rashid Kaden 1132 CAN 40w1 17b1 19w1 8b½ 16w1 6b½ 5
3 Danti Jessica 1399 CAN 24b½ 51w1 1b0 35w1 21b1 10w1 4.5
4 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1285 CAN 53w1 25b1 14w½ 16b0 33w1 17b1 4.5
5 Sarkar Rishi 1252 CAN 36w0 57b1 22w1 48b1 7b½ 18w1 4.5
6 Bercovici Mark 1235 CAN 45b1 1w0 32b1 37w1 9b1 2w½ 4.5
7 Yueh Tony 1381 CAN 48w1 21b1 5w½ 20b1 4.5
8 Vu Henry 1274 CAN 62b+ 28b1 37w1 2w½ 18b1 1w0 4.5
9 Denning Keith 1266 CAN 52w1 37b0 39w1 25b1 6w0 28b1 4
10 Li Dennis 1189 CAN 49w1 22b1 12w1 1b0 13w1 3b0 4
11 Gillis Doug 1348 CAN 38b1 15w½ 23b1 14b1 1w0 16b½ 4
12 Archibald Colin B. 1310 CAN 32b1 27w1 10b0 21w½ 15b½ 25w1 4
13 Xu William 1298 CAN 51b½ 24w½ 29b1 27w1 10b0 30w1 4
14 Ai Amy 1165 CAN 57w1 36b1 4b½ 11w0 24b½ 27w1 4
15 Wu Yulun (Tony) 1112 CAN 41w1 11b½ 16w0 53b1 12w½ 29b1 4
16 Lin Gaby 1096 CAN 54b1 18w½ 15b1 4w1 2b0 11w½ 4
17 Hua Michelle 1362 CAN 29b1 2w0 24b½ 23w1 28b1 4w0 3.5
18 Matetski Konstanstin 1329 CAN 39w1 16b½ 44w1 20b1 8w0 5b0 3.5
19 Zhao Alex 1254 CAN 35b1 30w1 2b0 28w0 37b1 24w½ 3.5
20 Surya Dania 1138 CAN 61b1 23w½ 55b1 18w0 41b1 7w0 3.5
21 Xu Alex 1120 CAN 60b1 7w0 52b1 12b½ 3w0 41w1 3.5
22 Wang Richard 933 CAN 26b1 10w0 5b0 56w1 43b1 32w½ 3.5
23 Stroganov Victor 0 CAN 50w1 20b½ 11w0 17b0 53w1 48b1 3.5
24 Men Jacky 994 CAN 3w½ 13b½ 17w½ 50b1 14w½ 19b½ 3.5
25 Qiu James 1078 CAN 56b1 4w0 45b1 9w0 52b1 12b0 3
26 Shapiro Idan 1304 CAN 22w0 49b1 48w0 33b0 57w1 52b1 3
27 Plotkin Julia 1090 CAN 58w1 12b0 36w1 13b0 44w1 14b0 3
28 Zhang Ethan 1006 CAN 42b1 8w0 30b1 19b1 17w0 9w0 3
29 Souchko Larissa 967 CAN 17w0 40b1 13w0 57b1 31b1 15w0 3
30 Coat Sven 806 CAN 34w1 19b0 28w0 39b1 48w1 13b0 3
31 Ye Leiyi 1362 CAN 37w0 59b1 50w½ 44b½ 29w0 49b1 3
32 Xu Xinge 946 CAN 12w0 58b1 6w0 40b1 34w½ 22b½ 3
33 Jin Helena 830 CAN 55w0 51b1 26w1 4b0 35w½ 3
34 Wang Andrew 1189 CAN 30b0 35w½ 56b½ 45w1 32b½ 36w½ 3
35 He Shukun 871 CAN 19w0 34b½ 59w+ 3b0 50w1 33b½ 3
36 Mavroidis George 863 CAN 5b1 14w0 27b0 46w½ 55b+ 34b½ 3
37 Wang An Cheng 951 CAN 31b1 9w1 8b0 6b0 19w0 40w½ 2.5
38 Liu Andrew 948 CAN 11w0 41b0 40w0 54b1 58w1 44b½ 2.5
39 Mane Arnav 946 CAN 18b0 54w1 9b0 30w0 56b½ 53w1 2.5
40 Li Neal Nian 737 CAN 2b0 29w0 38b1 32w0 60w1 37b½ 2.5
41 Chen Dailiang 415 CAN 15b0 38w1 43b½ 55w1 20w0 21b0 2.5
42 Singh Yugpal 0 CAN 28w0 52b- 0 61w1 51b1 50b½ 2.5
43 Yu Michael (Han Yang) 1025 CAN 59w½ 44b0 41w½ 49b1 22w0 45b½ 2.5
44 Wang Yinan 957 CAN 55b½ 43w1 18b0 31w½ 27b0 38w½ 2.5
45 Joshi Adit 835 CAN 6w0 47b1 25w0 34b0 59w+ 43w½ 2.5
46 Panayotou Paul 1250 CAN 0 36b½ 0 56w1 2.5
47 Qu Edison 1017 CAN 1b0 45w0 53w0 60b1 49w0 57b1 2
48 Liao Jodie 991 CAN 7b0 60w1 26b1 5w0 30b0 23w0 2
49 Chi Sarah 814 CAN 10b0 26w0 60b1 43w0 47b1 31w0 2
50 Teram Eli 1001 CAN 23b0 61w1 31b½ 24w0 35b0 42w½ 2
51 Hay John 931 CAN 13w½ 3b0 33w0 59b½ 42w0 58b1 2
52 Wang Sophia 882 CAN 9b0 42w+ 21w0 58b1 25w0 26w0 2
53 Greco Justin 919 CAN 4b0 56w½ 47b1 15w0 23b0 39b0 1.5
54 Liu Zi 382 CAN 16w0 39b0 57w0 38w0 61b1 60b½ 1.5
55 Pishdad M. Hassan 1091 CAN 44w½ 33b1 20w0 41b0 36w- 0 1.5
56 Boyce Anna 0 CAN 25w0 53b½ 34w½ 22b0 39w½ 46b0 1.5
57 Bai Kingsley 770 CAN 14b0 5w0 54b1 29w0 26b0 47w0 1
58 Ahmed Syed Mustafa 0 CAN 27b0 32w0 61b1 52w0 38b0 51w0 1
59 Chernyak Roma 0 CAN 43b½ 31w0 35b- 51w½ 45b- 0 1
60 Chen Alina 692 CAN 21w0 48b0 49w0 47w0 40b0 54w½ 0.5
61 Hibbard Linda 750 CAN 20w0 50b0 58w0 42b0 54w0 0 0
62 Anghaie Reza 890 CAN 8w- 0 0 0 0 0 0

See full results on the Chess Results server.

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A Little History

The Labour Day Open chess tournament in Toronto has been the one not-to-miss event of the year for quite some time. Many will remember Bryan Lamb’s tournaments at the Macedonian Chess Club of St. Clement of Ohrid. Here are Bryan Lamb and Randy Moysoski from 2013.

This year, Annex Chess Club is starting a new chapter in this tradition. We’re very pleased to announce the 2017 Toronto Open on Labour Day weekend, September 2-4. This also revives the Toronto Open, which has not run since 2014, and before that not since the PWC Toronto Open of 2009.

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ACC Summer in the City Swiss

It’s summer in T.O. Check out 50 things to do in Toronto in the summer, and I hope one of them is to play in this chess tournament on Monday nights in the Annex!

The Summer in the City Swiss is five rounds on Monday nights from July 24 to August 28. It’s in four sections by CFC rating: the new Masters section (for those rated 2100+), Under-2200 (for 1700-2199), Under-1800 (1300-1799), and Under-1400 (0-1399).

Rounds start at 7:30 pm. New players are welcome to join in any round with byes, but must register before 7:00 pm to be paired.

Players who join the tournament will automatically be paired for subsequent rounds. Please email before 6:00 pm on Monday to request a bye if you cannot attend. Up to two ½-point byes are available in rounds 1-4 and zero-point byes after.

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Round One – July 24

Some members are away and some new players join or rejoin Annex. All told, 34 players play Round One, and tight sections lead to tense battles, including hard fought draws – William Li against Josh Guo, Evgeny Kalmanson against Harry Chen, Javier Dixon against Bob Armstrong – and more than a few upsets – Ivan Noritsyn over Bill Randle, Sihao Chen over Amy Ai, Abbas Babikir over John Fines, Hooshang Abbarin over Peter McSherry, and Dave Southam over Michael Humphreys.

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Round Two – July 31

In the Masters, Dave Southam defeats Lidong Wang to take clear first in the section with 2.0/2.
In U2200, Abbas Babikir and Arkadiy Ugodnikov win their games to lead the section with 2.0/2.
In U1800, Dragan Jevtic defeats Salim Belcadi to take clear first in the section with 2.0/2.
And in U1400, Sihao Chen and James Qiu win their games to lead the section at 2.0/2.

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Off-week – August 7

We’re closed for Simcoe Day. Whether you’re heading to the Kitchener Chess Festival, celebrating Caribana weekend in Toronto, or enjoying the Civic Holiday at the cottage … however you celebrate it, have a great long weekend!

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Round Three – August 14

There’s a clear leader in U2200, U1800, and U1400. In U2200 the top board sees leaders Abbas Babikir and Arkadiy Ugodnikov face off, and Abbas takes it to lead the section with a perfect 3.0/3. In U1800 Dragan Jevtic holds his lead with another win for a perfect 3.0/3. And in U1400, the face-off between Sihao Chen and James Qiu sees Sihao take it for a perfect 3.0/3.
Things are not so clear in the Masters section as Sergey Malakhovets defeats leader Dave Southam to take a tie for the lead at 2.5/3 with Sergey Noritsyn.

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Round Four – August 21

In the Masters, Sergey Malakhovets takes the lead with 3.5/4. In U2200 there is now a three-way tie for the lead as Abbas Babikir withdraws, Hooshang Ab-Barin draws and Shawn Talsma wins, and all now have 3.0/4. Meanwhile, Dragan Jevtic in U1800 and Sihao Chen in U1400 are still perfect at 4.0/4.

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Round Five – August 28

In the final round, a bye request is missed and Dave Southam has no opponent as he cruises to first place with a final score of 4.0/5. In U2200, Dorian Kang defeats Shawn Talsma to take first place with 3.5/5. In U1800, Dragan Jevtic is finally held to a draw, but still wins the section handily with 4.5/5. Finally, in U1400, Sihao Chen too is held to a draw, but still takes the section with 4.5/5.

Congratulations, Dave, Dorian, Dragan, and Sihao. See complete results below.

Don’t miss the Toronto Open next weekend, and then we’re back with the Chess on Film Swiss on September 11.

Final ranking cross-tables after Round 5

ACC Summer in the City Swiss – Masters

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Southam David 2201 CAN 7w1 5b1 3w0 2w1 -1 4
2 Noritsyn Sergey 2248 CAN 3w½ 8b1 9w1 1b0 5w1 3.5
3 Malakhovets Sergey 2126 CAN 2b½ 9w1 1b1 7w1 0 3.5
4 Guo Josh 2231 CAN 9b½ 6w1 0 2.5
5 Wang Lidong 2132 CAN 10b1 1w0 2b0 2
6 Wiebe Daniel 2097 CAN 0 0 4b0 8w1 1.5
7 Humphreys Michael 2361 CAN 1b0 -1 3b0 0 1.5
8 Zotkin Daniel 2137 CAN 2w0 6b0 1.5
9 Li William 2125 CAN 4w½ 3b0 2b0 0 0 0.5
10 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1711 CAN 5w0 0 0 0 0 0

Check full results on chess-results.

ACC Summer in the City Swiss – U2200

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Kang Dorian 1951 CAN 5b1 7w0 6w1 4b1 3.5
2 Babikir Abbas 1891 SUD 8b1 9w1 7b1 0 0 3
3 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1731 CAN 6b1 5w1 8b½ 0 3
4 Talsma Shawn 1938 CAN -1 7w1 1w0 3
5 Ali Shafkat 1775 CAN 1w0 6w1 3b0 8w1 2.5
6 Mcsherry Peter 1911 CAN 3w0 5b0 8w1 1b0 7b1 2
7 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1711 CAN -1 1b1 2w0 4b0 6w0 2
8 Fines John 1985 CAN 2w0 6b0 3w½ 5b0 1
9 Bergeron Matthew 1834 CAN 2b0 0 0 1

Check full results on chess-results.

ACC Summer in the City Swiss – U1800

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Jevtic Dragan 1421 CAN 14b1 12w1 9b1 4w1 2b½ 4.5
2 Diemer Ulli 1631 CAN 3w1 10b1 1w½ 3.5
3 Dixon Javier 1374 CAN 11w½ 2b0 10w1 12b1 4b½ 3
4 Kalmanson Evgeny 1322 CAN 16b½ 14w1 12b1 1b0 3w½ 3
5 Chertkow Matthew 1416 CAN 13b½ 9w1 0 2.5
6 Shogilev Sandon 0 CAN 0 13w1 10b0 2
7 Nazareno Merlin 0 CAN 0 0 13b1 2
8 Seshadri Akshay 1371 CAN 15w1 0 0 2
9 Schwartz Lorne 1633 CAN 10b1 1w0 5b0 0 1.5
10 Pell Richard 1395 CAN 9w0 3b0 2w0 6w1 1.5
11 Armstrong Robert J. 1553 CAN 3b½ 0 0 1.5
12 Belcadi Salim 1574 CAN 13w1 1b0 4w0 3w0 0 1
13 Supol George 1383 CAN 12b0 5w½ 6b0 7w0 1
14 Patton Mark A. 1303 CAN 1w0 4b0 -1 0 0 1
15 Abbarin Shabnam 1476 CAN 8b0 0 0 0 0.5
16 Chen Harry (siqi) 1501 CAN 4w½ 0 0 0 0 0.5

Check full results on chess-results.

ACC Summer in the City Swiss – U1400

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Chen Sihao 0 CAN 13b1 20w1 9w1 7b1 2b½ 4.5
2 Noritsyn Ivan 895 CAN 6w1 9b0 17w1 14b1 1w½ 3.5
3 Matetski Kanstanstin 1132 CAN 23w1 0 25b1 7w1 3.5
4 Panayotou Paul 1286 CAN 0 10b1 25b1 3
5 Yueh Tony 0 CAN 0 18w1 9b1 3
6 Randle Bill 1233 CAN 2b0 24w1 16b1 0 2.5
7 Li Dennis 1174 CAN 15b1 22w1 1w0 3b0 2.5
8 Saltat Michael 1294 CAN 0 17b1 13w½ 2.5
9 Qiu James 1111 CAN 25b1 2w1 1b0 0 5w0 2
10 Moiseev Alex 735 CAN 0 4w0 18b1 2
11 Byarugaba Nathan 0 CAN 0 0 17w1 2
12 Mavroidis George 779 CAN 0 0 23w1 2
13 Ai Amy 1214 CAN 1w0 8b½ 2
14 Teram Eli 1020 CAN 19w0 23b1 2w0 0 1.5
15 Pancer Jeff 1018 CAN 7w0 0 23b1 0 1.5
16 Anghaie Reza 905 CAN 18b0 25w1 6w0 0 1.5
17 Souchko Larissa 1026 CAN 21b0 25w1 2b0 8w0 11b0 1
18 Ellis Cody 895 CAN 20b0 16w1 0 5b0 10w0 1
19 Seshadri Akshay 1371 CAN 14b1 0 0 0 0 1
20 Vaz Jake 1254 CAN 18w1 1b0 0 0 0 1
21 Dong Yiwei 1230 CAN 17w1 0 0 0 0 1
22 Patton Mark A. 1303 CAN 7b0 0 0 1
23 Hibbard Linda 1331 CAN 3b0 14w0 15w0 12b0 0.5
24 Noftle Madisin 752 CAN 6b0 0 0 0 0.5
25 Zuo Roger 0 CAN 9w0 17b0 16b0 3w0 4w0 0

Check full results on chess-results.

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Special Event – Aryan Chopra – July 17

Enjoy a wonderful evening with Aryan Chopra following the ups and downs of his journey to his final grandmaster norm when he was just 14.

  • 6:30 Doors open
  • 6:45 Intro talk and Q&A with Aryan Chopra and Tal Granite
  • 7:30 Play a simul game against the world’s youngest grandmaster ($45 or $50 at the door)
  • 8:00 Attend a special seminar with his mom, Mamta Chopra, on recognizing and motivating your child’s unique talents ($20 or $25 at the door)

The simul game would be an amazing experience for the young chess player in your family, and the seminar is ideal for the parents and educators of talented children.

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Tickets are available online at

  • GM Aryan Chopra Lecture and Simul: $50 at the door / $45 advance
  • Mamta Chopra Seminar for Parents and Educators: $25 at the door / $20 advance
  • ACC Members: $10 off
  • New – in collaboration with Pub Chess Toronto – play 2 GMs for a special price of $80 (includes the simul against GM Vovk on July 19)


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Lecture July 17 – Discover and motivate your child’s unique abilities

Mamta Chopra is a news anchor with India’s public broadcaster, Doordarshan, and the mother of India’s new chess superstar, child prodigy Aryan Chopra.

Ms. Chopra is coming to Toronto from New Delhi, and we are pleased to present her talk on recognizing a child’s talent and motivating children to achieve their potential. For parents and educators.

Mamta Chopra seminar – July 17

Discover and motivate your child’s genius

  • Monday July 17
  • 8:00-9:00 pm
  • 918 Bathurst St.
  • Doors open at 6:30 pm
  • Tickets are $20 in advance –
  • $25 at the door
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