The knight with its funny L-shaped move is one of the hardest pieces to master, and even experienced players sometimes lose a game by missing a knight fork tactic.
“Inexperienced players have a fear of this piece, which seems to them enigmatic, mysterious, and astonishing in
its power. We must admit that it has remarkable characteristics which compel respect and occasionally surprise
the most wary players.”
~ Eugène Znosko-Borovsky, 1936
In a recent chess lecture at ACC, veteran Toronto chess player and teacher, Erik Malmsten, explains a circle visualization method and a square-colour alert to help train your brain to watch out for potential threats by these tricky pieces!
It’s an Introductory Survey of the Chess Openings. Beloved chess teacher, Artiom Samsonkin, will walk you through a complete opening repertoire for both sides in this 7-week course. The focus is on applying four fundamental principles: piece activity, king safety, pawn structure, and material.
Here is Artiom’s own video introduction.
Do some of your games get off to a good start while in others you are soon in hot water?
Are you looking for a way to make a smooth transition from the opening into a playable middlegame position where you can test your skills?
The first half of the course will work on building a repertoire for White, focusing on the Open Spanish, and preparing to meet the solid French and the dangerous Sicilian, as well as meeting sidelines such as the Pirc. The second half builds a repertoire for Black, preparing to meet both 1.e4 (with an Open Game) and 1.d4 (with the Nimzo Indian) as well as sidelines.
Students will finish the course able to play one or two openings for both sides with confidence. More importantly, your games will be more stable and consistent, as you regularly get your pieces developed harmoniously and your king to safety, ready to test your skills in a good middlegame position.
This course is aimed at an intermediate level. Players should already know how the pieces move, and should have some idea how to assess piece activity, material, king safety, and pawn structure. Tournament players rated 1000-1600 may also be interested in the course.
If you’re not sure whether this is going to be right for you, come try it out and see if it works.
Monday nights, 8:15 to 9:15 pm
January 9 to February 27
$140 for 7 weeks
All equipment and materials provided.
Casual club membership included for the duration of the course.
Toronto has snow for the holidays, and we have a special rapid tournament at ACC to end the year.
After six rounds of rapid play, at 9’+3″, Sergey Noritsyn is first with a perfect 6.0/6. Top U1900 is Nika Akophyan with 4.0/6, and top U1500 is Kevin Li with 3.0/6.
ACC Founder and current Chair of the Board Ted Winick is a real-life Santa, just back from carrying on the Honest Ed turkey tradition with he and Heidi’s math school Spirit of Math Central Toronto and his friend Dan Freeman’s Freeman Real Estate.
Final Ranking Cross-table
Li Yun Hong (kevin)
Armstrong Robert J.
Zhang Henry Xianrui
More tournament analysis is available on the Chess-Results server
There are Tim’s gift cards for
1st: Sergey Noritsyn 6.0/6 $20
2nd: Jelvis Calvelo 5.0/6 $10
3rd (tied): Michael Humphreys, William Li, Max England, Erik Malmsten, Joseph Bellissimo, Arhant Washimkar 4.0/6 $5
Top U1900 (and also tied for 3rd): Nika Akophyan 4.0/6 $10
Top U1500: Kevin Li 3.0/6 $10
Closed for the Holidays
Have a wonderful holiday, everyone! Annex Chess Club re-opens in the new year on January 9 with Rd. 2 of the ACC New Year Swiss.
It’s a weekly tradition to meet at Pauper’s Pub after we close the club for food and drink, chess analysis and tandem games.
The last tournament of the year is also the first tournament of the new year. It runs on December 12, January 9, 16, 23, and 30. This 5-round Swiss is divided in three sections, Crown, U1900, and U1500. Rounds start at 7:30 each Monday night. New players are welcome any round, but please complete registration by 7:00 pm to ensure you’re paired. Please email us to request a bye if you’re not able to attend a round.
Round One – December 12
In the first round, there are a string of David over Goliath upsets in the Crown section as current club champion Michael Humphreys (2331) is upset by Lambert Liu (1972), Jelvis Calvelo (2206) by Sergey Malakhovets (2054), and Daniel Zotkin (2226) by Max England (2056). The topsy-turvy results continue in U1900 as top seed Hooshang Ab-Barrin (1716) falls to Maksym Gryn (1543).
Next week is the ACC December Rapid, a 6-round tournament in one big section, played at a time control of 9′ + 3″.
Visitors are welcome! $15. CFC Active-Rated.
Round Two – January 9
After two rounds, there’s a three-way tie for the lead among David Southam, William Li, and Sergey Noritsyn. All three have perfect 2.0/2 records.
In U1900, it’s Toronto Dragons manager Glenn Giffen tied at 2.0 with Maksym Gryn and Eric Pei.
In U1500, pairing problems leave Kevin Li with a full-point bye and the lead at 2.0/2 while Larissa Souchko and Ivan Noritsyn win to rise to 1.0/2.
Round Three – January 16
Before the round starts, veteran Toronto player Erik Malmsten discusses the role of knights in chess and some tips for thinking about knight moves in a lecture called “Beware the Cavalry!” 6:50 to 7:20 pm.
In the Crown section, David Southam takes his third win in a row, this time against Sergey Noritsyn, taking clear first with 3.0/3, while William Li and Lambert Liu are just half a point out at 2.5/3.
In U1900 play, Maksym Gryn and Eric Pei draw, while Glenn Giffen takes a bye, and the three stay tied for the lead with 2.5/3.
Finally, in U1500, Dragan Jevtic wins to take first with 2.5/3, while Ivan Noritsyn, Kevin Li, and Evgeny Kalmanson are just half a point out at 2.0/3.
Round Four – January 23
In the Crown section, Dave Southam wins again, this time against William Li, for a perfect 4.0/4, while the closest challenger, Sergey Noritsyn trails by a full point at 3.0/4. Can Southam win the event with a perfect 5.0/5?
In U1900 action, Ulli Diemer defeats Kevin Li while Maksym Gryn, Eric Pei, and Glenn Giffen all take byes, leaving the section with a four-way tie for the lead at 3.0/4.
In U1500, Jevtic Dragan holds his lead at 3.5/4 with a win over Ivan Noritsyn, while Evgeny Kalmanosn stays just half a point out with a win over newcomer, Andrew Kirou.
Rd 4 Game of the Week
Here is John Fines’ fine submission: in which he draws against the young phenom, Max England.
Round Five – January 30
In the Crown section, Dave Southam faces club champion Michael Humphreys in the last round. And he comes up with a draw to win the section with 4.5/5 a point ahead of his closest rival, William Li, who takes clear second with 3.5/5.
In U1900, the four-way tie becomes a two-way tie as Ulli Diemer and Eric Pei both win their games to finish with 4.0/5. But it’s Eric Pei who wins the section on head-to-head tiebreak. Congratulations, Eric!
In U1500, Dragan Jevtic needs just half a point against Evgeny Kalmanson to take the section. And in the end, he gets the full point to take the section with 4.5/5, ahead by a margin of 1.5 points!
Congratulations, once again, Dragan Jevtic, Eric Pei, and Dave Southam!
It’s been a warm October, but with the end of daylight savings time the nights are suddenly darker and soon the city will start to freeze over.
Toronto chess players are celebrating the dark nights and sub-zero temperatures by playing in the ACC Sub-Zero Swiss. This club tournament runs on five Monday nights – November 7 to December 5 – in three sections: Crown, U1900, U1500. (Check the club page for more on how our regular tournaments work.)
Rounds in the 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.
Round One – November 7
Thirty-two players are signed up for Round One, and more will probably join by Round Two. New players are welcome to join in any round!
In the Crown section, Michael Humphreys, William Li, and Jelvis Calvelo are victorious, and will enter Rd 2 with a full 1.0/1.
In U1900, Nika Akophyan, Hooshang Ab-Barin, Bharath Ramesh, and Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy earn the full point, and enter Rd 2 in a four-way tie.
And in U1500, Dragan Jevtic, Mark Patton, Kevin Li and Tal Zisckind are the four victors who will battle for the lead in Rd 2.
Round Two – November 14
Under a full moon and with the World Chess Championship in full swing, half a dozen new players join in Round 2, including three new players in the Crown section. On top board, Michael Humphreys beats William Li, while Jelvis Calvelo beats Peter McSherry. Humphreys and Calvelo enter Rd 3 tied for the lead at 2.0/2.
In U1900, Nika Akophyan beats Hoosang Ab-Barin, while Vigneswaramoorthy and Ramesh take byes, so Akophyan is alone in first with the only perfect 2-0 record.
And in U1500, Dragan Jevtic and Kevin Li earn a full point to head into Rd 3 tied at 2.0/2.
Round Three – November 21
Sunday is the Toronto Santa Claus parade, our first snow is perfect for the occasion, and the Sub-Zero Swiss finally lives up to its name! Only three players in the tournament are still perfect through three rounds, and they lead each of the three sections.
In the Crown, Michael Humphreys defeats Lambert Liu to make it a perfect 3.0/3, pulling ahead of Jelvis Calvelo, who takes a bye.
In U1900 play, Nika Akophyan beats Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy to maintain a perfect 3.0/3 and hold sole possession of first place.
And in U1500, it’s Kevin Li, with a win over co-leader Dragan Jevtic, who takes sole first with a perfect 3.0/3.
Two more rounds to go. Will the leaders take it all the way? Will they stay perfect through two more games?
Round Four – November 28
In the Crown, Michael Humphreys draws, but it’s still enough to stay in clear first at 3.5/4 as William Li stands alone in second with 3.0/4
In U1900, Bharath Ramesh takes out leader, Nika Akophyan, while Hooshang Ab-Barin defeats Bob Armstrong, so there is now a 3-way tie for first at 3.0/4.
Finally, in U1500, Kevin Li is mistakenly paired with a player who had withdrawn, so he takes a full-point bye to stay in first at 4.0/4. He earns it the hard way, though, by winning his game in the middle section, where he makes a cameo appearance.
Round Five – December 5
Round 5 is the last round! See final results below.