The Annex Chess Club children’s chess programme is a fun and exciting way for your child to learn the game of chess and meet children from across the GTA who share the same passion. Our programme is designed to take children of all ages from beginners at the most basic level right through to CFC-rated club players.
Full details of our Children’s Chess Classes have now moved to a permanent page.
Dozens of ACC members were among the hundreds of players competing in the tournament.
Here are some highlights:
In the end, it is the Annex Chess Club women who are taking home most of the prizes for the club: Aleksandra Milicevic tied for top female in the U1600 section, with 5.0/9; and Manuela Renteria, Adie Todd, and Zhanna Sametova – all from ACC! – split top female in U2000, with 4.0/9. We even get a prize in the Open section – thanks to Liza Orlova, who wins the best dresssed prize!
The men are not completely unrepresented, though – Jason Waugh takes the best dressed prize in U1600. What fine players we have in our club!
A couple ACC players just miss prize money: Hugh Siddeley, with 6.5/9, is half a point out of a 4-way tie for first in the U2000 section; and George Supol, with 6.0/9, is one point out of a 3-way tie for second in the U1600 section.
In round 7, Rolando Renteria takes on his second GM – this time it’s Israeli GM Vitali Golod (2576)
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AO7 Reti: KIA
After 6 rounds, Rolando Renteria, with 4.0/6, is the top ACC player in the Open section. He’s tied with 14 other players (including three GMs) for 22nd to 36th, a point and a half out of first place. Brian Fiedler and FM Brett Campbell are half a point behind him with 3.5/6.
After 6 rounds, Jack Maguire is tied for third (5-way) in the U1600 section with 4.5/6. George Supol and Aleksandra Milicevic are half a point behind him with 4.0/6.
After 5 rounds, Hugh Siddeley is tied for first (3-way) in the U2000 section with 4.5/5. Zehn Nasir and Nick O’Bumsawin are half a point behind with 4.0/5.
Here is Hugh’s round-4 game:
White: Siddeley, Hugh (1996)
Black: Strugach, Alexander (1963)
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Liza Orlova receives her WCM certificate from the CFC – but they misspell her name!
Daniel Zotkin defeats Dalia Kagramanov (2027) in round 3
Rolando Renteria takes on American GM Joel Benjamin (2641) in round 3
White: Renteria, Rolando (2346)
Black: GM Benjamin, Joel (2641)
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B10 Caro Kann: 2.d3
Geordie Derraugh defeats IM Arthur Calugar (2437) in round 2.
White: Derraugh, Geordie (2140)
Black: IM Calugar, Arthur (2437)
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B22 Sicilian: 2.c3
Lots to see and do…
The Canadian Open was not just a tournament, but a celebration of chess in Canada. Visitors, whether they were playing in the tournament or not, found lots to see and do:
watch grandmaster games
register kids for the children’s day camp
watch free chess lectures
play grandmasters in simultaneous exhibitions
play blitz, double chess, and chess 960 championships
shop for books and equipment
attend the closing dinner and awards ceremony
Here’s some of what was on offer: More events (including free grandmaster lectures!) are listed on the official schedule
GM Mark Bluvshtein Simul – Fri July 8 @ 8:00 pm – players $10 ($20 for the public)
Chess 960 Championship Tournament – Sat July 9 @ 1:00 pm – $10 ($20)
GM Ben Finegold Blindfold Simul – Sun July 10 @ 10:00 am – $10 ($20)
Blitz Chess Championship Tournament – Sun July 10 @ 12:00 pm – $20 ($30)
GM Shabalov / WIM Zenyuk Tandem Simul – Mon July 11 @ 12:00 pm – $10 ($20)
GM Bator Sambuev Simul – Tue July 12 @ 12:00 pm – $10 ($20)
GM John Fedorowicz Simul – Wed July 13 @ 12:00 pm – $10 ($20)
IM Meszaros / IM Macak Tandem Simul – Thu July 14 @ 12:00 pm – $10 ($20)
Double Chess Championship – Sat July 16 @ 8:00 pm – per team: $20 ($40)
Closing Dinner – Sun July 17 @ 4:00 pm – players & guests: $35 ea. ($75 for the public)