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Annex players on tour!

It’s summertime, and some of our Annex players have had notable results in out-of-town events (Thanks, Erik Malmsten!):


Benasque 2013 Open, Spain

ACC in Spain

There were 428 players in the 2013 Benasque Open including 36 GMs, 5 WGMs, 25 IMs – and 5 Annex players!

  • Michael Humphreys 2183 6/10 +5 FIDE rating points.
    (He defeated a 2342 player but lost to a GM and an IM.)
  • Jonathan Farine 1886 5/9 +44 FIDE rating points!
    (Lost to a WGM and scored 2.5/4 against experts.)
  • Alex Ferreira 1981 5/10 -11 points. (Lost to a GM and an IM.)
  • Carlos Romero Alfonso 1848 4.5/10 +3 points.

    The guys all forfeited a round? Slept in?
  • Shabnam Abbarin 1.5/8 – enough to get her started towards her first FIDE rating.

2013 Canadian Youth CC, Ottawa

Harmony Zhu CYCC 2013

Congratulations to:

  • Harmony Zhu, who came clear first in Under-8 Girls with a perfect score of 6.0/6
  • Daniel Zotkin, tied for first in U12 Boys with 5
  • Zehn Nasir, U16 Boys, 4
  • Nicholas Vettese, U10 Boys, 3.5
  • Alexandre Michelashvili, U14 Boys, 3.5
  • Vlad Nitu, U14 Boys, 3
  • and Toronto Closed Reserves Champion Mark Plotkin, U16 Boys, 3

2013 Canadian Open, Ottawa

NM Geordie Derraugh and many local masters are currently playing in the Canadian Open. The official site has .pgn games, results, etc. – and a multimedia page!

Here are Geordie’s Round-3 draw against our friend, GM Elshan Moradiabadi and his Round-4 draw against Cuban IM Rodney Oscar Perez Garcia. (He also drew IM Bindi Cheng in Round 6. Through 6 rounds, he’s +3 -0 =3 for 4.5/6. Wow!)


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Plan Your Trip to the Canadian Open

Canadian Open Chess Championship – July 8 to 13, 2012

This year’s Canadian Open will be held at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria, BC. It’s the event of the year in Canadian chess, and it’s being hosted this year in one of the most beautiful cities in Canada.

Join GM Eugene Perelshteyn (USA), GM Victor Mikhalevski (ISR), GM John Fedorowicz (USA), IM Eric Hansen (CAN), IM Edward Porper (CAN), and GM Sipke Ernst (NED) on Vancouver Island this summer. Enjoy side events such as BBQ, soccer, volleyball, stand up paddle surfing and whale watching.

Plan your trip today!

Golf shirts and Ts are now available! Register today.

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GM Bojkov Visits Annex Chess Club

ACC honoured to have GM Dejan Bojkov visit our club

GM Dejan Bojkov, co-winner of the 2011 Canadian Open

International Grandmaster Dejan Bojkov (2544) is 2009 Bulgarian Champion, co-author of A Course in Chess Tactics (Gambit 2010), and co-winner of the 2011 Canadian Open. He visited our club this past Monday to play casual chess with some of our members, but he also offered to give our regular chess lecture. By popular demand, he showed us his COCC round 8 win against Canadian GM Bator Sambuev.

GM Bojkov had been staying with a host family while he was in Toronto, and these new Canadian friends of his came out to the club, too. In the lecture, his analysis was impressively deep, yet his explanations of the key ideas were perfectly clear. It was an honour to have him visit us, and a pleasure to watch his analysis.

White: Bojkov, Dejan (2544)
Black: Sambuev, Bator (2739)

2011.07.16 Pinnacle 48th Canadian Open (8)
Toronto, ON

C15 French: Winawer 4.Nge2

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The Canadian Open is All Wrapped Up!

Pinnacle 48th Canadian Open Chess Championship 2011

Saturday, July 9 – Sunday, July 17
The Westin Harbour Castle, One Harbour Square, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
http://www.canadianchess.info/2011canadianopen

Check tournament results, view photos, and replay webcast games at the MonRoi site.

MonRoi made a COCC video, too. Check it out!

Tournament highlights…

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)
  • White: Renteria, Rolando (2346)
    Black: GM Golod, Vitali (2576)

    2011.07.11 Pinnacle 48th Canadian Open (7)
    Toronto, ON

    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)

    2011.07.12 Pinnacle 48th Canadian Open (4)
    Toronto, ON

    C43 Petrov

  • Liza Orlova receives her WCM certificate from the CFC – but they misspell her name!
    WCM Liza 'Ortlova' with new CFC president, Michael von Keitz
  • 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)

    2011.07.11 Pinnacle 48th Canadian Open (3)
    Toronto, ON

    B10 Caro Kann: 2.d3

  • Geordie Derraugh defeats IM Arthur Calugar (2437) in round 2.
  • White: Derraugh, Geordie (2140)
    Black: IM Calugar, Arthur (2437)

    2011.07.10 Pinnacle 48th Canadian Open (2)
    Toronto, ON

    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)

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Don’t Miss the Canadian Open

Lots to do at the Canadian Open Chess Championship

Pinnacle 48th Canadian Open Chess Championship 2011

Saturday, July 9 – Sunday, July 17
The Westin Harbour Castle, One Harbour Square, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
http://www.canadianchess.info/2011canadianopen

Entry fee: $195
9 rounds, 3 sections: Open, U2000, U1600
Time control: 40/90, SD/30, + 30 s

David Cohen, the Chief Organizer of this year’s event, will be giving a lecture at the Annex Chess Club on Monday June 13, at 7:00 pm: “History of the Canadian Open Championship (with a game from its past)”

The tournament is under way! Check tournament results and watch LIVE webcast games at the MonRoi site. Rounds start at 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday, 2:00 pm Saturday, and 10:00 am Sunday.

Whether you’re playing in the tournament itself or not, there’s lots to do at the Canadian Open:

  • 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

These paid events require pre-registration. Double check times (and check out the free lectures!) 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)

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