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.
March 31 – Rounds 4-5
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.
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!
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.
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…
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!
Off-week – Apr 2
The club is closed for the holiday.
Round Three – Apr 9
The Crown section has joined the Toronto Closeden 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).
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.
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.
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 2018 Club Champion! Dave Southam is the defending champion, after breaking a five-year streak by Michael Humphreys. The minimum rating to enter the section is 1700.
The Reserve section sees players rated under 1800 compete for the title of 2018 Reserve Champion. Last year it was Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy.
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 January 29 and running to March 12 (no round on Family Day, February 19). 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 – January 29
The first round sees 10 players in the Championship section, and 32 players in the Reserve section. New players are welcome to join next week in Rd 2!
In Round-One David-versus-Goliath match-ups, there are always a few upsets. In the Reserve section, Benjamin Kamnitzer (885) defeats Salim Belcadi (1438) and Valery Stroganov (975) defeats Dragan Jevtic (1511). And in the Championship section, Jonathan Yu (2149) defeats Sergey Malakhovets (2211), while Brett Campbell (2192) holds against Michael Humphreys (2361).
Round Two – February 5
After two rounds of play, it’s Sergey Noritsyn alone in first in the Championship section with 2.0/2. And in the Reserve, it’s down to two players with a perfect score as Hooshang Ab-Barin and Ayo Ogunlana are tied for the lead with 2.0/2. Four rounds remain, and anything can happen…
Round Three – February 12
With a few new additions, 47 players are now competing in the tournament (five took byes this round).
In the Reserve section, the two co-leaders, both with 2.0/2 scores, clash on top board, and only Hooshang Ab-Barin walks away with a perfect 3.0/3 score. He still has three rounds left to defend challenges from a long list of players who trail him by only half a point, including Michael Saltat, who grinds out a full point in a rook-and-pawn ending against last year’s Reserve Champion Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy.
In the Championship section, sole leader Sergey Noritsyn, the only player with a perfect 2.0/2 score, is defeated on board one by Dave Southam, who now shares the lead, at 2.5/3, with Jonathan Yu.
OFF WEEK – February 19
There’s no club this week for Family Day, but don’t miss the Hart House Reading Week Open (Feb 17-19) at U of T.
Round Four – February 26
In the Championship section, Dave Southam is alone in first with 3.5/4. And in the Reserves, Hooshang Ab-Barin is still perfect at 4.0/4. See full results below.
Round Five – March 5
In the penultimate round, Michael Saltat wins on top board to take over the lead in the Reserve Section at 4.5/5. And in the Championship section, Michael Humphreys defeats Dave Southam on top board to tie him at 3.5/5, while Sergey Noritsyn takes over the lead at 4.0/5. See complete results below.
Round Six – March 12
Congratulations to Sergey Noritsyn, 2018 Club Champion with 5.0/6, and to Michael Saltat, the Reserve winner with 5.5/6.
Second place in the Championship section goes to Dave Southam with 4.0/6, and second place in the Reserve section is a four-way tie among Hooshang Ab-Barin, Ulli Diemer, Lorne Schwartz, and Bob Armstrong with 4.5/6. All first and second-place winners received Tim’s gift cards. And winners’ names will be engraved on our Club Trophies for posterity. Congratulations to the winners!
Next week (March 19) is the start of our ACC Spring Thaw Swiss – New players are most welcome to join in Round 1, or later. Please email before 6:00, or register on site before 7:00 pm. You need both CFC and club membership, but both can be purchased from us, and we have a variety of club membership options available.
ACC is proud to announce a new Openings Crash Course by IM Artiom Samsonkin, starting in the new year on Monday January 15.
Strengthen your play in the opening phase of the game. Learn the concepts behind some of the most popular contemporary openings. Learn how to choose an opening repertoire, and how to study openings properly. Transition smoothly from your opening to a solid middle game. Many players try to figure out openings on their own from books and videos, but this course will allow you to have a live conversation and really get to understand what is going on in these positions from both sides.
This is an amazing chance to gain a solid foundation in practical opening study and execution from one of Canada’s top players.
This 4-week course, Jan 15 to Feb 5 at 8:15 is just $96. Or take a single class for $35. Come register at the club any Monday!
Week One: The Italian Game (Jan 15)
Week Two: The French Defence (Jan 22)
Week Three: The Sicilian Defence (Jan 29)
Week Four: The Queen’s Gambit (Feb 5)
Check our complete adult and kids’ course offerings this term and next.
The Man Ray chess set in the featured image is among the quality chess sets available from Regency Chess Canada.