Toronto Children’s Chess

PA Day chess at the ACC

Ted Winick is a chess organizing wizard in this town. Through the Chess Institute of Canada and the Annex Chess Club, from small children’s tournaments all the way up to the 2011 Canadian Open, it’s hard to keep up with all the chess Ted runs in Toronto. Hot on the heels of a successful PA day tournament last Friday, here are three more chess events for young people. If you’re a young player or a chess mom or dad, be sure to add these to your calendar!

Upcoming Events

  • ACC Children’s Winter Swiss
    A new children’s tournament starts this Monday! The tournament runs for five weeks, with one round each Monday night, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Check the events page for details
  • U of T HSA Family Day Chess Tournament at the ACC
    This coming Family Day, February 21, there is a full-day children’s chess event at the Annex Chess Club. See the flyer for full details.
  • ACC Qualifier for the Canadian Youth Chess Championship
    Sunday April 3, 2011. The top three finishers in each age and gender category will qualify for the national championship this summer. See the flyer for full details.
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Erik Malmsten wins the Holiday Swiss

Round 5

With yet another win, Erik Malmsten finishes +4 and clear first in the tournament. Congratulations, Erik!

For complete results, check the cross-table. The club championship starts next week, on January 31.

Round 4

Erik Malmsten is +3 after 4 rounds, to lead the tournament. Here is his game against Arkadiy Ugodnikov – a closely-fought battle, which Erik ran away with in the end.

White: Arkadiy Ugodnikov (1876)
Black: Erik Malmsten (1861)

2011.01.17 ACC Holiday Swiss (4)

B12 Caro Kann

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ACC Holiday Swiss – Results

Final Results:

# Name Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Erik Malmsten 1861 W20 W11 H— W2 W4 4.5
2 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 1876 W14 H— W3 L1 W6 3.5
3 Pepin Manalo 1840 W16 D13 L2 W12 W8 3.5
4 Daniel Wiebe 1810 L15 W20 W17 W7 L1 3.0
5 Bruce McKendry 1874 H— H— L7 W20 W12 3.0
6 Sebastian Palozzi 1527 H— L7 W11 W16 L2 2.5
7 Yakos Spiliotopoulos 1546 H— W6 W5 L4 U— 2.5
8 Lawrence Garcia 1445 H— H— W19 H— L3 2.5
9 Joseph Nguyen 1358 H— W16 H— H— U— 2.5
10 Qiyu Zhou 1619 H— H— H— W19 U— 2.5
11 Shabnam Abbarin 1595 H— L1 L6 H— W16 2.0
12 Zhanna Sametova 1555 H— H— H— L3 L5 1.5
13 Stephen Fairbairn 2026 W19 D3 U— U— U— 1.5
14 Jan-Lukas Wolf 1443 L2 H— H— H— U— 1.5
15 Hugh Siddeley 2056 W4 H— U— U— U— 1.5
16 Charles McLeod unr. L3 L9 W20 L6 L11 1.0
17 Daniel Zotkin 1698 H— H— L4 U— U— 1.0
18 Jennifer Ugodnikov 929 U— U— U— U— W20 1.0
19 Marcus Wilker 1793 L13 H— L8 L10 U— 0.5
20 Jean-Marc David unr. L1 L4 L16 L5 L18 0.0
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Tata Steel Chess 2011

Nakamura beats Grischuk and Shirov; Bluvshtein beats Swiercz and van Kampen

GM Mark Bluvshtein

GM Hikaru Nakamura

The big annual Wijk aan Zee tournament–formerly sponsored by Corus, now sponsored by Tata Steel–started up last weekend with some nice early results for the North American contingent. Canadian GM Mark Bluvshtein (2590) and American GM Hikaru Nakamura (2751) are both +2 after four rounds.

Round Four (Jan 18): In round four, Bluvshtein beat Dutch IM van Kampen, while Nakamura drew the young Dutch GM Giri – who had just beaten GM Magnus Carlsen quickly with black in round three.

Round Three (Jan 17): In round three, Bluvshtein drew the 14-year-old Ukranian prodigy, Nyzhnyk, while Nakamura beat Shirov.

White: GM Hikaru Nakamura (2751)
Black: GM Alexei Shirov (2722)

2011.01.17 Tata Steel A (3)

C78 Ruy Lopez: Möller

Round Two (Jan 16): In group A, Nakamura got a quick draw against Armenian GM Levon Aronian (2805), while in group C, Bluvshtein defeated Polish GM Dariusz Swiercz (2540).

White: GM Mark Bluvshtein (2590)
Black: GM Dariusz Swiercz (2540)

2011.01.16 Tata Steel C (2)

E46 Nimzo Indian: Rubinstein

Round One (Jan 15): In group A, Nakamura “clobbered” Russian GM Alexander Grischuk (2773), while in group C, Bluvshtein drew Ukranian GM Katherina Lahno (2518).

White: GM Hikaru Nakamura (2751)
Black: GM Alexander Grischuk (2773)

2011.01.15 Tata Steel A (1)

D38 Queen’s Gambit Declined: Ragozin

For complete details, check out Tata Steel Chess.

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GM Bluvshtein at the Groningen Shaakfestival

Mark Bluvshtein finishes tied for first with 6.5/9.

GM Mark Bluvshtein in Groningen

After a loss in round one to the apparently underrated Armenian, Vahe Baghdasaryan (2303), GM Mark Bluvshtein (2587) won four games in a row to get “back into contention.”

Two rounds (and two draws) later, he beat Ukranian GM Vladimir Baklan (2613) to put him on the top board in the final round, where he agreed to a “GM draw” with Bulgarian GM Dajan Bojkov (2542) to finish in a six-way tie for first place.

Also tied for first was the Ukranian prodigy, 14-year-old Illya Nyzhnyk, who used the result to become the youngest current GM in the world. Mark and Illya played to a draw in round six.

Mark Bluvshtein was made an honorary Annex Chess Club member this past October when he gave a lecture at our grand opening.

The Groningen tournament took place December 21 to 30, 2010. Groningen is a university city with a population of 188 000 in the north of the Netherlands. For games from the Groningen Shaakfestival and complete results, see Mark Bluvshtein’s blog and the ChessBase article.

Mark Bluvshtein’s next tournament will be Wijk Ann Zee, GM group C, January 14 to 30.

White: GM Mark Bluvshtein (2587)
Black: GM Vladimir Baklan (2613)

2010.12.29 Groningen (8)

E46 Nimzo Indian: Rubinstein

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