Steve Fairbairn wins Fall Active

Steve Fairbairn continued his domination at the Annex Chess Club with a 3-0 sweep of the top section in the Fall Active. Dan Wiebe won the second section, with a similarly perfect 3-0.

Final Results – Top Section:

# Name Active Rating New Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
1 Stephen Fairbairn 2050 2067 W3 W4 W2 3.0
2 Hugh Siddeley 1933 1933 W4 W3 L1 2.0
3 Qiyu Zhou unr. 0 L1 L2 W4 1.0
4 Joseph Bellissimo 1572 1557 L2 L1 L3 0.0

Final Results – Second Section:

# Name Active Rating New Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
1 Daniel Wiebe unr. 0 W2 W3 W4 3.0
2 Marcus Wilker 1386 1389 L1 W4 W3 2.0
3 Shabnam Abbarin unr. 1933 W4 L1 L2 1.0
4 Milan Zvetkovic unr. 1557 L3 L2 L1 0.0
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Children’s Chess at the Annex Chess Club

Georgia Drummond wins the Children’s Fall Open

Children's chess at the Annex Chess Club

A growing group of young chess players has been meeting at the Annex Chess Club on Monday nights to work with Ian Mahoney and Canadian chess Olympian, Liza Orlova.

On November 22, we started our first children’s tournament – one round each Monday night, starting at 6:30 pm sharp. The CFC-rated event ran to December 20.

After four rounds, Georgia Drummond finished on top, with 3.5/4. See the crosstable for complete results

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ACC Fall Swiss – Final Results

Final Results:

# Name Rating New Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Steve Fairbairn 1995 2013 H— W7 W3 D2 D4 3.5
2 Alex Ferreira 2066 2045 L11 W18 W6 D1 W9 3.5
3 Hugh Siddeley 2044 2037 W18 H— L1 W15 W6 3.5
4 Joseph Bellissimo 1890 1902 H— H— W13 D5 D1 3.0
5 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 1866 1876 H— H— H— D4 W13 3.0
6 Daniel Wiebe 1869 1858 W8 H— L2 W16 L3 2.5
7 Lawrence Garcia 1478 1504 W14 L1 H— L9 W15 2.5
8 Yakos Spiliotopoulos 1429 1499 L6 W14 H— L12 W18 2.5
9 Zhanna Sametova 1509 1522 H— H— H— W7 L2 2.5
10 Erik Malmsten 1865 1861 H— D13 W17 H— U— 2.5
11 Ian Mahoney 1710 1740 W2 H— H— H— U— 2.5
12 Qiyu Zhou unr. 0 H— H— H— W8 U— 2.5
13 Daniel Zotkin 1708 1708 H— D10 L4 W18 L5 2.0
14 Marcus Wilker 1875 1793 L7 L8 L18 B— W16 2.0
15 Joey Comeau unr. 0 H— H— H— L3 L7 1.5
16 Jan-Lukas Wolf unr. 0 H— H— H— L6 L14 1.5
17 Michael Vermont unr. 0 H— H— L10 H— U— 1.5
18 Shabnam Abbarin 1581 1571 L3 L2 W14 L13 L8 1.0

Check out the latest games from the tournament.

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Steve Fairbairn wins the Fall Swiss!

ACC Fall Swiss – Round 5

With another draw, this time against Joseph Bellissimo, Steve Fairbairn finished the Fall Swiss in a three-way tie for first place. On the tie break, Steve took first, Alex Ferreira took second, and Hugh Siddeley took third. Congratulations, Steve Fairbairn!

Lawrence Garcia, with a last-round win over Joey Comeau, was the top under-1700 player.

See the cross-table for full results.

Here are the games of the week – also available as a text file.

White: Daniel Wiebe (1869)
Black: Hugh Siddeley (2044)

B32 Sicillian: Kalashnikov

White: Lawrence Garcia (1478)
Black: Joey Comeau (UNR)

D05 Colle-Zukertort

ACC Fall Swiss – Round 4

Five new players joined the tournament this week:  welcome to Zhanna Sametova, Qiyu Zhou, Arkadiy Ugodnikov, Joey Comeau, and Jan-Lukas Wolf!

The children’s class moved downstairs, and the hall was much quieter.  Thanks to all the players for your cooperation.

With a draw against Expert Alex Ferreira, Steve Fairbairn is holding onto clear first going into the last round.  Steve has already faced the two highest-rated players in the tournament, and he’ll have white last round.  If Steve fails to win (probably against Joseph Bellissimo), it’ll come down to a tie-break to decide the winner!

Here is the game of the week:

White: Joey Comeau (UNR)
Black: Hugh Siddeley (2044)

A34 English: Asymmetrical

ACC Fall Swiss – Round 3

Welcome to Joseph Bellissimo and Michael Vermont, who joined the ACC Fall Swiss this week! Steve Fairbairn, after miniaturing Expert Hugh Siddeley with the Pirc, has now taken clear first – 2.5/3.

With new casual players joining, and a growing group of children being coached by Liza Orlova and Ian Mahoney, it was a lively Monday night of chess. (Next week, the rated games will be played in a separate room to ensure a silent playing hall for the tournament.)

Here are the games from round three – also available as a text file.

White: Hugh Siddeley (2044)
Black: Steve Fairbairn (1995)

B09 Pirc: Austrian Attack

White: Erik Malmsten (1865)
Black: Michael Vermont (UNR)

A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack

White: Shabnam Abbarin (1581)
Black: Marcus Wilker (1875)

B01 Scandinavian Defence

ACC Fall Swiss – Round 2

The ACC is pleased to welcome three new players to the Fall Swiss: Daniel Zotkin, Erik Malmsten, and Steve Fairbairn. Steve Fairbairn has now joined the four-way tie for the lead with 1.5/2. Upset of the week goes to Yakos Spiliotopoulos for his win over Marcus Wilker with the Benko Gambit.

Here are the games from round two – also available as a text file.

White: Marcus Wilker (1875)
Black: Yakos Spiliotopoulos (1429)

A26 Benko Gambit

White: Daniel Zotkin (1708)
Black: Erik Malmsten (1865)

B06 Modern

White: Alex Ferreira (2066)
Black: Shabnam Abbarin (1581)

C68 Ruy Lopez

ACC Fall Swiss – Round 1

The 2010 ACC Fall Swiss saw two big upsets in round-one play.  Ian Mahoney defeated Expert, Alex Ferreira; and Lawrence Garcia knocked off A-class player, Marcus Wilker.

Here are the games from round one – also available as a text file.

White: Ian Mahoney (1710)
Black: Alex Ferreira (2066)

C65 Ruy Lopez

White: Hugh Siddeley (2044)
Black: Shabnam Abbarin (1581)

C70 Ruy Lopez

White: Lawrence Garcia (1478)
Black: Marcus Wilker (1875)

A47 Queen’s Indian

White: Yakos Spiliotopoulos (1429)
Black: Daniel Wiebe (1869)

B90 Sicillian Najdorf

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PA Day Children’s Tournament

One-day children’s tournament at the ACC – Friday November 19

PA Day chess in Toronto

Children from local schools spent their PA Day on Friday playing in a chess tournament at 918 Bathurst. Ted Winick ran another successful event, featuring medals and ribbons, snacks, pizza lunch, and a variety of alternate activities, including improv theatre with Lauren Stein

The overall winner in grades 4-6 was Qiyu Zhou, and top place in grades 1-3 went to Joshua Feld. Congratulations to all participants!

See the cross-table for complete results

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