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Beginners’ Chess Class for Adults

Adie Todd’s chess course is back by popular demand!

We’re launching a new Spring Session of our Adult Introductory Chess Course, taught by Adie Todd. The course is now offered in two levels:

The Beginner course starts at the very beginning of the game, covering such topics as how the pieces move, how to check and checkmate, the relative value of the pieces, an introduction to strategy and tactics, and basic endgames.

The Intermediate course is designed for those who have either graduated from the Beginner course or who already have a basic knowledge of the game. The Intermediate class will cover such topics as tactical themes (skewers, double checks, discovered attacks, zugzwang), opening, middlegame, and endgame strategy, pawn structures, and famous games. We will also play in-class games and analyze them together.

The course runs on Thursday nights for seven weeks, at a cost of $85. The first class is scheduled for next Thursday, April 19.

  • Beginner – Thursday 6:15 to 7:15 pm
  • Intermediate – Thursday 7:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Register online!
Adie Todd, playing in the Canadian Open

Wajdy Shebetah wins the 2012 Spring Swiss!

Annex Chess Club – Spring Swiss Tournament

Spring is here! Than longen folk to goon on pilgrimages… And specially from every shires ende of Toronto, to the Annex they wende – to play in the ACC Spring Swiss!

Round 5 (April 30)

In the top section, leaders Pavel Peev and Rob Bikot both withdrew, allowing Wajdy Shebetah to surge into first with 3.5/5, defeating ACC super-volunteer Adrian Valencia for the win. Congratulations, Wajdy – ACC Spring Swiss champion!

In the U1900 section, leader Olof Bergenstam had to miss the last round, and with Omid Nemati and Adie Todd drawing – and with Bill Thornton scoring a full point with huge upset win over Nick O’Bumsawin – it ended in a big four-way tie at 3.5/5. Omid Nemati emerged with the best tie-break to win the section. Congratulations, Omid!

In the U1500 section, George Supol held his lead with another win, finishing first in fine style with an undefeated record of 4.5/5. Congratulations, George!

There’s a new tournament this coming Monday May 7, the “Patio Weather” Swiss, starting at 7:30 pm. Please contact us if you would like to join the tournament (current CFC membership is required, and can be purchased at the club). Arrive by 7:00 pm to register on site. Let us know, too, if you’ve already registered and can’t make it this Monday. Email info@annexchessclub.com

Final Results

SwissSys Standings. Annex Spring Swiss: Top

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2071 H— W9 D2 H— W8 3.5
2 Pavel Peev 122223 2082 W12 D7 D1 W3 U— 3.0
3 Edy Dell'Ambrogio 1983 D8 D6 W11 L2 W12 3.0
4 Robert Bzikot 132541 1930 H— H— W8 W5 U— 3.0
5 Daniel Wiebe 132137 1909 D6 D8 H— L4 W13 2.5
6 Melissa Greeff 2067 D5 D3 H— W13 U— 2.5
7 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2042 W11 D2 H— H— U— 2.5
8 Adrian David Valencia 153521 2075 D3 D5 L4 W11 L1 2.0
9 Sahir Abbas 1870 H— L1 W14 U— D11 2.0
10 Andrew Pastor 127521 1931 H— H— U— U— W14 2.0
11 Carlos Romero Alfonso 153128 1916 L7 W14 L3 L8 D9 1.5
12 Hugh Siddeley 120619 2026 L2 H— D13 H— L3 1.5
13 Bruce McKendry 111714 1885 H— H— D12 L6 L5 1.5
14 Pepin Manalo 112277 1857 H— L11 L9 H— L10 1.0

SwissSys Standings. Annex Spring Swiss: U1900

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Omid Nemati 130676 1762 W5 L2 W10 W8 D4 3.5
2 Olof Bergenstam unr. W10 W1 D8 W7 U— 3.5
3 Bill Thornton 131181 1500 W9 H— L7 W11 W16 3.5
4 Adie Todd 125156 1701 H— H— W5 W12 D1 3.5
5 Hayk Oganesyan 152587 1622 L1 W9 L4 W15 W7 3.0
6 Chris Wehrfritz 151679 1596 H— H— U— W10 W9 3.0
7 Ulli Diemer 1668 H— W17 W3 L2 L5 2.5
8 Michael Sutton 151225 1644 W15 W13 D2 L1 U— 2.5
9 Hooshang Abbarin 152910 1477 L3 L5 W18 W13 L6 2.0
10 Marcus Wilker 102713 1642 L2 W15 L1 L6 W14 2.0
11 Michael D. Sharpe 100280 1602 H— H— W13 L3 U— 2.0
12 Yakos Spiliotopoulos 151471 1693 H— W14 H— L4 U— 2.0
13 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1830 H— L8 L11 L9 W15 1.5
14 Jack Maguire 144604 1528 D17 L12 L15 B— L10 1.5
15 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1506 L8 L10 W14 L5 L13 1.0
16 Nicholas O'Bumsawin 151261 1799 H— H— U— U— L3 1.0
17 Mohammad Zaki Uddin 152024 1702 D14 L7 U— U— U— 0.5
18 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1255 U— U— L9 U— U— 0.0

SwissSys Standings. Annex Spring Swiss: U1500

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 George Supol 152286 1327 W6 D4 W10 W2 W5 4.5
2 Shabnam Abbarin 151181 1302 W15 W3 W4 L1 D13 3.5
3 Nicole Birarov 150335 1179 W5 L2 W12 H— W4 3.5
4 Abdolreza Radpey 149018 1480 W8 D1 L2 W10 L3 2.5
5 James Mourgelas 108540 1445 L3 D11 W6 W7 L1 2.5
6 Larissa Souchko 145490 1054 L1 D14 L5 D11 W10 2.0
7 Christopher Field 108098 1280 L10 W8 W11 L5 U— 2.0
8 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1247 L4 L7 B— W15 U— 2.0
9 Ian Prittie 1039 H— H— U— U— W16 2.0
10 Dennis Li 954 W7 D12 L1 L4 L6 1.5
11 Raymond Lin 150193 918 D12 D5 L7 D6 U— 1.5
12 Stefan Catona 129405 1180 D11 D10 L3 H— U— 1.5
13 Jacques Katz unr. H— H— U— U— D2 1.5
14 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy unr. H— D6 H— U— U— 1.5
15 Dave Rutt 153519 992 L2 H— H— L8 U— 1.0
16 Francis He 153130 925 H— H— U— U— L9 1.0
17 Anton Zverev 150115 1342 H— H— U— U— U— 1.0

Round 1 (March 26)

Thirty players (one more than the fabled nyne and twenty) joined the tournament in Round 1. The top of each section played the bottom (as per the Swiss pairing system), and naturally the favourites won most of the games.

However, there were a couple of upset wins by a couple of youngsters in the bottom section: Dennis Li defeated Chris Field, and Nicole Birarov took down Jim Mourgelas. (Actually, it was a good night for the Birarovs – Nicole’s father, Vlad Birarov, also won his game in the Toronto Closed.)

Round 2 (April 2)

Several new players joined the tournament this round. After two rounds of play, our intrepid interim tournament director Alex Ferreira is tied for the lead in the top section, with 1.5/2 – and this, while running two tournaments (the Spring Swiss and the Toronto Closed)!

In the middle section, newcomer Olof Bergenstam is undefeated, and tied for the lead with Michael Sutton – both have perfect 2.0/2 scores.

And in the under-1500 section, Shabnam Abbarin is now in clear first as the only player with a perfect score. George Supol, Abdolreza Radpey, and Dennis Li are half a point behind her with 1.5/2.

Round 3 (April 16)

In the top section, TD Alex Ferreira gave himself a bye, while Wajdy Shebetah and Pavel Peev drew, which allowed two more players, Edy Dell'Ambrogio and Rob Bzikot, to join the leader group. The section now has a five-way tie for the lead, at 2.0/3!

In the middle section, Olof Bergenstam drew Michael Sutton. With Ulli Diemer winning his game, there is now a three-way tie for the lead there, at 2.5/3.

Finally, in the bottom section, Shabnam Abbarin remains in sole possession of the lead, perfect through three rounds with 3.0/3. Only half a point behind her, with two wins and a draw, is George Supol. The two are due to meet in Round 4.

Round 4 (April 23)

In the top section, it’s down to a two-way tie between Pavel Peev and Rob Bzikot. Pavel and Rob will face each other in the last round; there can be only one ACC Spring Swiss champion!

In the U1900 section, Olof Bergenstam defeated Ulli Diemer to take sole first (since Michael Sutton also lost his game to Omid Nemati). This is Olof’s first tournament at ACC (and indeed in Canada, as he’s here from Sweden) so he’s off to a great start at the club! Adie Todd is half a point behind the lead, and has yet to face Olof, so she’s due to be his last-round opponent.

In the U1500 group, George Supol has taken the lead, with a win over Shabnam Abbarin. George is alone in first, going into the last round, but Shabnam remains just half a point behind.

New International Players

We are pleased to welcome to the club a couple of international players, whose travels in sondry londes have brought them to Toronto: Edy Dell’Ambrogio is from Switzerland, and WGM Melissa Greeff is from South Africa.

WGM Melissa Greeff (RSA)
Edy Dell'Ambrogio (SUI)

Cherry Blossoms

One of Toronto’s rites of spring is a pilgrimage to see the beautiful cherry trees in High Park. The trees usually blossom in late April, but came into bloom earlier this year with the warm spring weather. Check cherry blossom walk details, and High Park forum updates.

Cherry trees in Toronto's High Park

Chess Course for Adults

It’s never too late to learn!

Whether you’re getting into chess for the first time, or getting back into it after a long absence, this is a great way to start.

Adie Todd is running her popular introductory chess course for adults again this winter.

Beginner/Intermediate and Intermediate/Advanced classes run on Wednesday evenings, now starting February 1.

Check full details and register online.

ACC Membership Survey

We want to hear from you!

On October 31, we squeezed a mini-AGM into our normal chess lecture slot. ACC Executive members Ted Winick, Hugh Siddeley, Marcus Wilker, and Adie Todd (Yakos Spiliotopoulos was busy teaching) briefly reported on our respective areas of responsibility (finances, tournaments, communications, and membership) and introduced the issues we are addressing as we move into year two. We are inviting member feedback on our initiatives and on the state of our club generally. In order to make the AGM as short and sweet as it was, and to accommodate as many members as possible, we are hoping to hear back from you through our survey.

Survey forms were available at the club, and could be returned until the end of November.

Final Survey results

16 surveys completed by November 28

1. Support for strict 7:30 tournament start time: 9/13 = 69% (+ 3 indifferent)

2. Interest in playing at ACC two days per week: 8/15 = 53%

2b. Suggestions for second day, if interested:

  • Tuesday: 2/6 = 33%
  • Wednesday: 3/6 = 50%
  • Thursday: 3/6 = 50%
  • Saturday: 1/6 = 17%

3. Support for outsourcing and publishing all ACC games: 5/13 = 38% (+ 2 indifferent)

4. Support for rigid minimum ratings in sections: 7/13 = 54% (+ 1 indifferent)

5. Satisfaction with current time controls: 12/15 = 80%

5b. Other suggestions for time controls:

  • 40/2 SD/1: 1/4 = 25%
  • increment for all: 2/4 = 50%
  • faster – e.g., SD/1 +30s: 1/4 = 25%

6. Importance of lectures, out of 10: 91/15 = 6.1/10

6b. Interest in giving lectures: 8/15 = 53%

7. Frequency of checking the website:

  • daily: 4/15 = 27%
  • few times a week: 3/15 = 20%
  • weekly: 6/15 = 40%
  • rarely: 2/15 = 13%

8a. Favourite content on the website:

  • results: 4/11 = 36%
  • news: 3/11 = 27%
  • all aspects generally: 3/11 = 27%
  • events: 3/11 = 27%
  • visuals: 1/11 = 9%
  • lecture notes: 1/11 = 9%
  • selected games: 1/11 = 9%
  • frequent updates: 1/11 = 9%

8b. Least favourite content on the website:

  • club: 1/2 = 50%
  • none: 1/2 = 50%

9. Interest in submitting articles for the website: 9/14 = 64%

10. Interest in volunteering with the club: 6/14 = 43% (+ 1 possible)

11a. Other compliments:

  • atmosphere, community feeling, friendly people: 6/9 = 75%
  • well-organized, good organizers: 3/9 = 33%
  • club in general: 2/9 = 22%
  • website: 2/9 = 22%
  • convenient scheduling: 1/9 = 11%
  • beautiful hall: 1/9 = 11%

11b. Other criticisms:

  • too cold: 1/4 = 25%
  • shush loud voices: 1/4 = 25%
  • middle section should be 1500-1799: 1/4 = 25%
  • weekend ACC tournaments too expensive: 1/4 = 25%

11c. Other suggestions:

  • more blitz tournaments: 1/4 = 25%
  • attract stronger players: 1/4 = 25%
  • facilitate post-mortem analysis: 1/4 = 25%
  • advanced course by a GM: 1/4 = 25%

Instructional Chess Programme at ACC

ACC General Instructional Programme Description

The Annex Chess Club’s instructional chess programme is designed for all ages (from teenagers right through to seniors) and all levels of chess ability – from general courses, starting at beginner level, right through to special advanced courses, for tournament players up to master level.

Full details of our Adult Chess Classed have now moved to a permanent page.