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ACC Scarf Weather Swiss

chess players in scarves

It’s November in Toronto. In honour of our autumn weather (temperatures were down to -4°C at night last week, with rain changing to flurries), we’re launching our “Scarf Weather” Swiss. Can you name the four famous chess players in scarves in the picture above?

Round One is November 18, with a round every Monday night at 7:30 pm till we break for Christmas and New Year; the last round is Monday, December 16. Time control is game in 90 minutes, with a 30-second increment from move one. All games are CFC-rated.

Members of our club have vastly different playing strengths. Accordingly, players are divided into three sections by rating: Crown (over 1900 CFC), Reserve A (under 1900), and Reserve B (under 1500). And with Swiss pairings, each player will face an opponent with similar results each round.

New players are always welcome to join (please show up before 7:00 pm on Monday night to register). Email info@annexchessclub.com for more information, or to request a bye if you need a night off. Good luck to all players!

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Round One – November 18

There are no upsets in the top section as, board after board, the higher-rated player gets the full point against his or her lower-rated opponent. (It’s great to have Canadian Olympiad team member – and 2012 Canadian Women’s Champion – WIM Natalia Khoudgarian joining us for this tournament. She’s currently the second-highest-rated woman in Canada; let’s see if anyone at our club can win a game against her!)

WIM Natalia Khoudgarian
WIM Natalia Khoudgarian

In the middle section, Jean-Marc David, after winning the bottom section several times, makes a strong debut in the section by winning his game against Ian Prittie. The only other upset is Manuela Renteria drawing the higher-rated Sebastian Lamprea, who has just joined the club. (Welcome, Sebastian!)

Finally, in the bottom section, there are no upsets, but Teresa Lee makes a great sacrifice to achieve a won ending against Raymond Lin. Unfortunately, she fails to follow it up with precise play and ends up losing the game.

(All in all, if you include Harmony Zhu’s victory over Marcus Wilker in the U1900 section and Larissa Souchko’s win over Brian Groat in the U1500, it’s a pretty good round for the women players at Annex Chess Club!)

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Round Two – November 25

Round Two of the Scarf Weather Swiss sees some exciting games – and some big upsets! In the Crown section, Alexandre Michelashvili joins the tournament with a bye in Round One and comes up with a big win against Allan Munro. Miroslav Stefanovic, who also took a bye in the first round, defeats Wajdy Shebetah. And Ulli Diemer, making a special appearance in the top section to even out the numbers, defeats Arkadiy Ugodnikov: a big win for Ulli, who now has a perfect record playing in the top section!

At the top of the Crown section, there are just two players with perfect records. David Southam and Pavel Peev have 2.0/2.

In the U1900 section, the lead pack is down to two players as well. Ulli Diemer, who’s been having trouble having an opponent show up, is tied with 8-year-old superstar, Harmony Zhu, at 2.0/2.

Finally, in the U1500 section, there are three players vying for first. Bradley Yee, Milan Cvetkovic, and Richard Morrison all have 2.0/2: the usual suspects, in other words.

Round Two Game of the Week

I didn’t stay to the end to pick up any scoresheets, but Ian Prittie kindly sent in his annotations of our game, which is featured below. Players are welcome to submit annotated (or unannotated) games in .pgn format if you’d like me to post them.

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Round Three – December 2

Before the round, players are treated to a chess lecture by Rhys Goldstein (recently featured in a player profile) “Selected Double Piece Sacrifices,” 6:50 to 7:20 pm.

If any member is interested in giving a half-hour pre-tournament chess lecture in the upcoming weeks, please let us know.

In the Crown section, the game on the top board is drawn. David Southam and Pavel Peev stay in the lead at 2.5/3, as Natalia Khoudgarian and Michael Humphreys draw as well.

In the U1900 section, Ulli Diemer gets a draw against Harmony Zhu, and the two remain in the lead at 2.5/3, tied with Josep Sobrepere, who wins a topsy-turvy battle against Sebastian Lamprea.

In the U1500 section, Jeff Pancer defeats Milan Cvetkovic to join Richard Morrison and Bradley Yee (who took byes) in first place with 2.5/3. Meanwhile, Arno Lowi is absolutely thrilled to win his first tournament game at ACC (featured below).

Round Three Games of the Week

This week’s games of the week put a spotlight on both ends of the spectrum: Peev-Southam from the top board, and Lowi-Pamwar from the bottom board. We’ve thrown in Bill Evans’ win against Omar Shah’s Hedgehog from the top section – to show that it’s not all ground game and “grandmaster” draws in the upper echelons of the club; players rated over 1900 still go down in flames sometimes. (You’ve got to be careful playing “the Hog” against someone who knows Kevin Spraggett and knew Bryon Nickoloff personally.) Finally, Josep Sobrepere has submitted his game with Sebastian Lamprea (with a complex ending that swings both ways before Josep finally comes out on top.)

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Round Four – December 9

A delegation from Hart House Chess Club visits us, as Alex Ferreira (our old tournament arbiter before Tyler capably replaced him) drops by to advertise the Hart House Holidays Open. Alex, Dideng Du, and Jonathan Yu all join in the Annex club tournament for the night. Let’s return the favour and have a strong contingent of Annex players at Hart House, December 20-22.

If you’ve ever played chess in the Great Hall at Hart House, you know it’s not to be missed. Register before Dec 18!

At the top of the Crown section, Pavel Peev beats Rhys Goldstein to lead the section with 3.5/4. Behind him, Dave Southam (with a draw against Michael Humphreys) and Bill Evans (with a win against Adrian Chin) are tied for second at 3.0/4.

In the U1900 section, Josep Sobrepere beats 8-year-old WCM Harmony Zhu, and Ulli Diemer beats his nemesis, Jack Maguire, to remain in the lead at 3.5/4. Marcus Wilker, with a win against Jim Mourgelas, is in third place – half a point behind the two leaders at 3.0/4.

In the U1500 section, Richard Morrison beats Jeff Pancer to take sole first place at 3.5/4, as Milan Cvetkovic loses to Raymond Lin. Raymond Lin, Adam Goldfarb, Bradley Yee, and Daniele Pirri are in a big four-way tie for second place at 3.0/4.

The last round is next week, Monday December 16, at 7:30. Come half an hour early to hear Josep Sobrepere’s lecture, “You didn’t win. I lost.” – 6:50 to 7:20 pm.

Round Four Games of the Week

Harmony doesn’t lose too often, so Josep is understandably proud of this one. (He calls it one of the best games of his life!) Good luck to Harmony in the World Youth Chess Championship – bring home a gold medal!

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Round Five – December 16

Our night starts off with a chess lecture by Josep Sobrepere, “You didn’t win; I lost: the effects of self-bias and illusory superiority in chess.” Josep describes how the psychological phenomenon of “illusory superiority” relates to chess. This psychological tendency is shown, for example, when 70% of college students in a 1976 study stated that they believed themselves to be above the median in leadership ability, with 25% believing themselves to be in the top 1%. Illusory superiority, Josep explains, results from the human brain’s tendency to justify a gut feeling about a complex issue with a single, simple rationalization. Chess ability, like leadership, is a complex skill: it involves time management, tenacity in calculation, visualization, opening knowledge, ending knowledge, tactical ability, positional understanding in a variety of types of positions, etc. People tend to simplify their own self-evaluation of such complex skills, basing it on a simpler component skill (generally an area they’re strong in), while ignoring other components (often areas of weakness). Josep demonstrates the phenomenon with a small survey of the audience before the lecture starts, asking whether we believe ourselves to be over-, under-, or accurately rated. Our responses, it turns out, demonstrate the same self-bias found in the 1976 college students: none of us believes him- or herself to be over-rated, and the majority of us believe we’re under-rated. According to the theory Josep is presenting, our mistaken self-evaluation is based on ignored areas of weakness in the complex skill of tournament chess play. Based on his own experience, Josep highly recommends looking for patterns in one’s losses, which allows one to detect and then work on these ignored areas of weakness. It is an interesting, and well-received lecture – even though it doesn’t, strictly, involve any chess.

The final round gets started at 7:30, and Vigen Ghazarian is on hand with his camera:











And when the dust clears …

In the top section, David Southam (with a win over Alexandre Michelashvili) and Pavel Peev (with a draw against Bill Evans) end up tied for first, but Pavel takes it on the third tie break: both players have a Modifided Median-Buchholz score of 11, both have a Solkoff score of 12, but Pavel has a better cumulative score, 13 to 12.5 – see tie-break rules on our Club page. Congratulations, Pavel!

Pavel Peev
Pavel Peev

Meanwhile, Josep Sobrepere takes clear first in the U1900 section with a last-round win over Ulli Diemer. Josep finishes with a total score of 4.5/5 after four straight wins and a first-round bye. Half a point behind him, Marcus Wilker comes in clear second with 4.0/5.

Josep Sobrepere
Josep Sobrepere

And in the U1500 section, Richard Morrison takes first with 4.5/5. Half a point behind is Daniele Pirri, in clear second with 4.0/5.

Richard Morrison
Richard Morrison

See complete results on the standings table below:

Final Standings after Five Rounds

SwissSys Standings. Scarf Weather: Crown

# Name CFC # Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 David Southam 102535 2223 W18 W15 D2 D4 W8 4.0
2 Pavel Peev 122223 2144 W20 W10 D1 W12 D3 4.0
3 Bill Evans 103309 2040 L4 W23 W13 W19 D2 3.5
4 Michael Humphreys 131628 2298 W3 H— D7 D1 D6 3.0
5 Jonathan Yu 126131 2214 H— H— U— W17 W11 3.0
6 Miroslav Stefanovic 154500 1953 H— W16 H— D11 D4 3.0
7 Natalia Khoudgarian 109626 2291 W12 H— D4 H— U— 2.5
8 Alexandre Michelashvili 149568 1861 H— W11 D10 H— L1 2.5
9 Digeng Du 107986 2268 H— H— U— W15 U— 2.0
10 Zehn Nasir 148198 2167 W23 L2 D8 H— U— 2.0
11 Allan Munro 140841 2102 H— L8 W23 D6 L5 2.0
12 Rhys Goldstein 110906 2038 L7 W18 W15 L2 L13 2.0
13 Omaray M. Shah 121329 1949 H— H— L3 U— W12 2.0
14 Daniel Wiebe 132137 1922 H— H— U— B— U— 2.0
15 Nicholas Vettese 154199 1811 W21 L1 L12 L9 D20 1.5
16 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2172 H— L6 H— U— U— 1.0
17 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2057 H— H— U— L5 U— 1.0
18 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1981 L1 L12 H— H— U— 1.0
19 Adrian Chin 155527 1871 H— H— U— L3 U— 1.0
20 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1841 L2 L22 L21 H— D15 1.0
21 Daniel Sirkovich 145096 1791 L15 U— W20 U— U— 1.0
22 Ulli Diemer 153538 1679 U— W20 U— U— U— 1.0
23 Hugh Siddeley 120619 1963 L10 L3 L11 H— U— 0.5

SwissSys Standings. Scarf Weather: U1900

# Name CFC # Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1620 H— W14 W9 W5 W3 4.5
2 Marcus Wilker 102713 1572 L5 W17 W6 W12 W18 4.0
3 Ulli Diemer 153538 1638 X19 B— D5 W4 L1 3.5
4 Jack Maguire 144604 1605 L16 W15 W10 L3 W14 3.0
5 Harmony Zhu 151635 1703 W2 W6 D3 L1 U— 2.5
6 Mark A. Patton 104721 1638 W15 L5 L2 W10 D7 2.5
7 Jean-Marc David 151900 1396 W17 L8 H— D9 D6 2.5
8 Daniel Sirkovich 145096 1791 H— W7 H— U— U— 2.0
9 Sebastian Lamprea 133740 1729 D14 W11 L1 D7 U— 2.0
10 David Fletcher 105301 1583 H— D12 L4 L6 W17 2.0
11 Michael D. Sharpe 100280 1531 H— L9 W15 H— U— 2.0
12 James Mourgelas 108540 1440 H— D10 W14 L2 U— 2.0
13 Adrian Chin 155527 1871 H— H— U— U— D15 1.5
14 Manuela Renteria 152627 1581 D9 L1 L12 W17 L4 1.5
15 Bill Thornton 131181 1485 L6 L4 L11 B— D13 1.5
16 Hugh McNeil 108257 1795 W4 U— U— U— U— 1.0
17 Ian Prittie 153588 1444 L7 L2 B— L14 L10 1.0
18 Adam Goldfarb 153496 1271 H— H— U— U— L2 1.0
19 Nicolas Vasiljevic 156469 1546 F3 U— U— U— U— 0.0

SwissSys Standings. Scarf Weather: U1500

# Name CFC # Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Richard Morrison 135889 1261 W12 W16 H— W10 W8 4.5
2 Daniele Pirri 132983 1145 W22 L5 W19 W4 W12 4.0
3 Bradley Yee 125441 1377 W11 W8 H— H— U— 3.0
4 George Supol 152286 1346 W26 D10 H— L2 W11 3.0
5 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1341 W17 W2 L10 L8 W19 3.0
6 Eli Teram 107314 1320 H— H— L7 W16 W17 3.0
7 Adam Goldfarb 153496 1271 H— H— W6 W17 U— 3.0
8 Raymond Lin 150193 1221 W18 L3 W16 W5 L1 3.0
9 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1287 H— W24 H— U— D28 2.5
10 Jeff Pancer 107543 1154 W20 D4 W5 L1 U— 2.5
11 Dennis Li 153129 1097 L3 W29 D12 W23 L4 2.5
12 Alex Geddie 155388 964 L1 W20 D11 W15 L2 2.5
13 Ian Prittie 153588 1522 H— H— W23 U— U— 2.0
14 Bill Thornton 131181 1452 H— H— U— W24 U— 2.0
15 Michael Vermont 151783 1149 H— L23 W29 L12 D18 2.0
16 Larissa Souchko 145490 1051 W21 L1 L8 L6 W23 2.0
17 Nick Mourtos 156384 965 L5 W22 W25 L7 L6 2.0
18 Teresa Lee 154501 886 L8 L26 H— W20 D15 2.0
19 Rahul Gangolli 156023 873 H— H— L2 B— L5 2.0
20 Arno Lowi 155277 665 L10 L12 W22 L18 X29 2.0
21 Brian Groat 153518 662 L16 B— H— H— U— 2.0
22 Manish Pamwar unr. L2 L17 L20 W29 W27 2.0
23 Kaizen Liu 152053 1073 H— W15 L13 L11 L16 1.5
24 Stone Hu 153507 945 X28 L9 H— L14 U— 1.5
25 John A Rogers 101732 1243 H— H— L17 U— U— 1.0
26 Ben Chan 130822 1072 L4 W18 U— U— U— 1.0
27 Jerry Zhou 154706 unr. H— H— U— U— L22 1.0
28 John Heisey 156203 1227 F24 U— U— U— D9 0.5
29 Howard Halim 153419 846 H— L11 L15 L22 F20 0.5

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Puzzle answer

Famous players in scarves (at the top) are (L-R): Nigel Short (who has visited ACC twice), Hou Yifan (current Women’s World Chess Champion), Judit Polgár (the strongest female player of all time), and local hero, Mike Ivanov (2012 Toronto Junior Champion)

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!)

ACC Summer Festival Swiss – Results

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From big summer festivals like Pride and Caribana to smaller events like Salsa on St. Clair or the Annex Festival on Bloor, it’s a rare summer weekend in Toronto that doesn’t have an outdoor or street festival happening somewhere in the city. We’re naming our July-August summer club tournament in honour of all these great events.

This five-round club tournament (with Tyler Longo as arbiter) runs July 15 to August 19. Players are divided by CFC rating into three sections: Crown, Under-1900, and Under-1500. Rounds start at 7:30 pm on Monday nights. (Note that the club will be closed Monday, August 5 for the civic holiday, Simcoe Day.)

Round One – July 15

With some players away at the Canadian Open in Ottawa, some away on vacation in Europe and elsewhere, and one new member joining – welcome to the club, David Fletcher! – it’s nice to see that our starting numbers (at 34 players, total) are only slightly down compared with recent events. New players are welcome to join the tournament in Round Two, next week – it’s never too late to enter! (Just make sure you let us know before 7 pm.)

This event marks Tyler Longo’s first time as chief arbiter at the ACC, and he does a great job getting the tournament off and running with hardly a hitch. Nice work, Tyler!

At the end of the night, while the favourites are victorious on most boards, there are a few noteworthy points scored by underdogs. In the Crown section, Chris Udrea gets a draw against Pavel Peev, but otherwise it’s a sweep for the favourites. (Arkadiy Ugodnikov gives Bill Evans a tough time – and their game is the last to finish – but Bill still gets the full point in the end.) In the U1900 section, Abdolreza Radpey upsets youngster Nicholas Vettesse, just back from the CYCC in Ottawa, and Ian Prittie fights Marcus Wilker to a draw. Finally, in the U1500 section, Raymond Lin takes down Richard Morrison, and Dennis Li scores a draw against John Rogers.

Round 1 Games of the Week

Round Two – July 22

The tournament is up over 40 players, as some return and some new players join: welcome, Daniel Smith and Michael Watson, to the club; and congratulations, Howard Halim, on graduating from the ACC kids’ club to play in the main event!

In the Crown section, Dave Southam is in sole possession of the lead, with 2.0/2 after a win against Dan Wiebe. In the Under-1900 section, Jack Maguire has the lead with 2.0/2, after a win against Ulli Diemer (apparently the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit is not only Ulli’s namesake opening but also his nemesis – this is his fifth* straight loss to Jack in the aggressive line). Finally, in the Under-1500 section, there’s a three-way tie for first: Bradley Yee, Vlad Nitu, and Raymond Lin all have 2.0/2.

* the precise number of losses is disputed – see comments, below

Round 2 Games of the Week

Round Three – July 29

The third round sets up some interesting races, going into the final two rounds.

In the Crown section, newcomer Dan Smith emerges tied for the lead with Dave Southam; the two leaders (each with 2.5/3) should face off in Round Four. Four players are following half a point behind. In the Under-1900 section, Jack Maguire holds his lead with 2.5/3 after a draw against Nicholas Vettesse, but there are three players biting at his heels half a point behind! And finally, in the Under-1500 section, Vlad Nitu takes sole possession of first place, after defeating Raymond Lin (Bradley Yee took a bye and is half a point behind). Vlad is the only player in the tournament with a perfect 3.0/3 record after 3 rounds.

Please note that next Monday August 5 is a provincial civic holiday (Simcoe Day). ACC will be back in action August 12, with Round Four starting at 7:30 pm. Also, don’t miss Rhys Goldstein‘s lecture “Pawn takes, pawn gives,” starting at 6:50 pm!

Round Four – August 12

Before the round starts, players are treated to a chess lecture by Rhys Goldstein: “Pawn Takes, Pawn Gives.” (For those who missed it, he’s passed along the lecture notes.)

Pawn Takes Pawn Gives

Then the games begin …

In the Crown section, Dan Smith takes sole possession of the lead with 3.5/4 after a win over Rhys Goldstein. Co-leader Dave Southam isn’t able to make it (he slept in!) and gets a zero-point bye dropping to 2.5/4, while Geordie Derraugh is chasing half a point behind at 3.0/4.

In the U-1900, Ian Prittie takes over first with a win over Jack Maguire; four players are half a point behind. And in the U-1400, Vlad Nitu remains perfect with 4.0/4.

Round 4 Game of the Week

Here’s Rhys Goldstein, not only giving a chess lecture, but annotating his game against the tournament leader, Dan Smith:

Round Five – August 19


In the Crown section, Geordie Derraugh, self-proclaimed “future grandmaster” finally takes down the undefeated newcomer, Dan Smith, to take the crown. Dave Southam and Dan Smith tie for second. What an exciting finish! Congratulations, Geordie!

In the U-1900, Ulli Diemer takes down leader Ian Prittie and finishes tied for first with Josep Sobreperee, with Ulli taking first on tie-break. Congratulations, Ulli!

In the U-1500, Vlad Nitu finishes in first with a perfect 5.0/5 after a forfeit win (!?) over Manuel de Jesus. Dennis Li comes in second, half a point behind. Congratulation, Vlad!

Our next tournament, the ACC “Peaches and Cream” Swiss, starts next week, August 26. Then, don’t miss the Toronto Labour Day Open!

Here are the final results:

Final Standings after Round Five

SwissSys Standings. ACC Summer Festival: Crown

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Geordie Derraugh 132393 2236 H— W7 D2 W11 W3 4.0
2 David Southam 102535 2188 W16 W9 D1 U— W5 3.5
3 Daniel S Smith 155529 unr. H— W6 W8 W18 L1 3.5
4 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2168 H— H— U— W9 W11 3.0
5 Bill Evans 103309 2081 W13 H— D11 W12 L2 3.0
6 Michael Watson 109425 1929 H— L3 D7 W17 W12 3.0
7 Chris Udrea 155000 1898 D15 L1 D6 W14 D9 2.5
8 Tyler Longo 135360 2009 H— W16 L3 H— U— 2.0
9 Daniel Wiebe 132137 1964 W14 L2 H— L4 D7 2.0
10 Hugh Siddeley 120619 1928 H— H— U— U— W19 2.0
11 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1844 H— W15 D5 L1 L4 2.0
12 Pepin Manalo 112277 1841 H— H— W19 L5 L6 2.0
13 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1755 L5 W14 H— H— U— 2.0
14 Harmony Zhu 151635 1675 L9 L13 W16 L7 W20 2.0
15 Pavel Peev 122223 2201 D7 L11 H— H— U— 1.5
16 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1808 L2 L8 L14 W19 D17 1.5
17 Daniel Sirkovich 145096 1768 H— H— U— L6 D16 1.5
18 Rhys Goldstein 110906 2045 H— H— U— L3 U— 1.0
19 Kuhan Jeyapragasan 147906 1726 H— H— L12 L16 L10 1.0
20 George Supol 152286 1433 H— H— U— U— L14 1.0

SwissSys Standings. ACC Summer Festival: U1900

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Ulli Diemer 153538 1678 W11 L4 W9 H— W3 3.5
2 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1627 H— L5 W11 W9 W4 3.5
3 Ian Prittie 153588 1448 D5 W9 H— W4 L1 3.0
4 Jack Maguire 144604 1620 W8 W1 D7 L3 L2 2.5
5 Marcus Wilker 102713 1565 D3 W2 H— H— U— 2.5
6 David Fletcher 105301 1471 L10 L7 D8 B— W11 2.5
7 Nicholas Vettese 154199 1524 L9 W6 D4 H— U— 2.0
8 George Supol 152286 1450 L4 L11 D6 H— B— 2.0
9 Abdolreza Radpey 149018 1403 W7 L3 L1 L2 B— 2.0
10 Kuhan Jeyapragasan 147906 1768 W6 H— U— U— U— 1.5
11 Bill Thornton 131181 1473 L1 W8 L2 H— L6 1.5

SwissSys Standings. ACC Summer Festival: U1500

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Vlad Nitu 154215 1402 W20 W10 W2 W17 X4 5.0
2 Raymond Lin 150193 1059 W3 W8 L1 W14 W7 4.0
3 Richard Morrison 135889 1357 L2 W15 L4 W11 W10 3.0
4 Manuel De Jesus 154790 1259 B— F6 W3 W10 F1 3.0
5 Larissa Souchko 145490 1039 H— W19 L10 D8 W15 3.0
6 Muralie Vignarajah 153006 1368 W14 F4 W11 H— U— 2.5
7 Bradley Yee 125441 1337 W9 W11 H— U— L2 2.5
8 John A Rogers 101732 1332 D15 L2 W19 D5 D9 2.5
9 Ben Chan 130822 1029 L7 H— H— W19 D8 2.5
10 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1325 W16 L1 W5 L4 L3 2.0
11 Eli Teram 107314 1213 W18 L7 L6 L3 W14 2.0
12 John Heisey unr. H— H— U— U— W19 2.0
13 Enrique Rodriguez 154428 1189 H— W16 U— U— U— 1.5
14 Christopher Field 108098 1129 L6 W18 D15 L2 L11 1.5
15 Dennis Li 153129 967 D8 L3 D14 H— L5 1.5
16 Alex Geddie 155388 740 L10 L13 W18 H— U— 1.5
17 Nicholas Vettese 154199 1362 H— H— U— L1 U— 1.0
18 Brian Groat 153518 636 L11 L14 L16 H— U— 0.5
19 Howard Halim 153419 unr. H— L5 L8 L9 L12 0.5
20 Jeremy Stefan Wichrowski 154587 1156 L1 U— U— U— U— 0.0

2013 Club Championship


In 2011, it was Wajdy Shebetah. In 2012, it was Michael Humphreys. And in 2013, Michael is putting his title on the line, hoping to repeat as Annex Chess Club Champion!

This six-round event features two big sections, a competitive Championship section for players rated over 1800 CFC, and a large combined Reserve section for the under-1800 crowd. Hopefully we have some great match-ups in the Championship section, and some chances for lower-rated players in the Reserve section to rise to the challenge against stronger opponents.

Round-by-round reports are followed by the cross-table, showing current standings.

Round 1 – February 11

The tournament is now under way, with 44 players playing – including 4 masters and 5 experts in the Championship section!

The Reserve section features an 1100-point rating range, so Round-One Swiss pairings pit underdogs against 400-point rating favourites. At the end of the night there are no surprises on the pairing sheet; Dennis Li’s draw against Arhant Washimkar is perhaps the only exception.

The Championship section, however, features a couple of big upsets as David Cohen defeats expert Tyler Longo, and Bill Evans takes down master Pavel Peev. Among the winners, defending Club Champion Michael Humphreys scores a full point against Rhys Goldstein to stay in the leader group. See the three games, below.

Featured Games from Round 1

Round 2 – February 25

In the large Reserve section, there are still six players in the leading group, but in the Championship section, the leading group is down to two: defending champion Michael Humphreys and up-and-coming junior Zehn Nasir are tied with 2.0/2. But with four rounds still to go, anything could happen …

Round 3 – March 4

In the Championship section, co-leader Zehn Nasir loses to defending champion Michael Humphreys on board one, leaving Michael alone in first with 3.0/3. But it’s not over yet; the champion has three more challengers to face before the end, starting – as it now seems – with Liam Henry, who trails by only half a point, at 2.5/3.

In the Reserve section, only two players are still perfect through three rounds, as Arkadiy Ugodnikov defeats Ulli Diemer and Atharva Washimkar beats Josep Sobrepere (while Kuhan and I draw). Arkadiy and Atharva are due to face off on top board next round!

Featured Games from Round 3

Round 4 – March 11

With two more rounds to go, there is a clear leader in each of the two sections.

In the Championship section, defending champion Michael Humphreys is still perfect, now with 4.0/4, as he defeats Liam Henry in Round 4. David Southam and Hayk Oganesyan are a point behind with 3.0/4.

In the Reserve section, Atharva Washimkar gets an easy win to take sole possession of first place, with 4.0/4, as Arkadiy Ugodnikov blunders in the opening. Seven players are a point behind at 3.0/4.

Featured Games from Round 4

Round 5 – March 18

With one round left to go, the leaders stay strong.

In the Championship section, defending champion Michael Humphreys gives up a draw to Hayk Oganesyan, but remains a point ahead of the competition, with 4.5/5.

In the Reserve section, Atharva Washimkar, after benefitting from an early blunder by Arkadiy in Round 4, wins by forfeit against Kuhan in Round 5, so he remains perfect with 5.0/5. Winners make their own luck!

Round 6 – March 25

In the final round, each leaders adds another point to his record to finish convincingly in first.

In the Championship section, Michael Humphreys, with a win over Pavel Peev, takes the tournament and repeats as Annex Chess Club Champion! Michael posts a 2444 performance rating on his way to an impressive 5.5/6 record and is now rated 2286.

And in the Reserve section Atharva Washimkar defeats Ulli Diemer to take the section with a perfect 6.0/6 record! Atharva posts a 1960 performance rating, and is now rated 1799 – one point short of A class.

Congratulations, Michael and Atharva!

Here are the complete results:

Final Results after Round Six

SwissSys Standings. Annex Chess Club Championship: Championship Section

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total
1 Michael Humphreys 131628 2281 W8 W10 W4 W7 D6 W3 5.5
2 David Southam 102535 2216 W5 L4 W12 W10 H— W6 4.5
3 Pavel Peev 122223 2226 L10 W17 W19 H— W15 L1 3.5
4 Zehn Nasir 148198 2059 W15 W2 L1 L6 H— W8 3.5
5 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1963 L2 L8 B— W13 W12 D9 3.5
6 Hayk Oganesyan 152587 1927 L11 B— W8 W4 D1 L2 3.5
7 Liam Henry 127769 2261 D12 W9 W14 L1 H— U— 3.0
8 Rhys Goldstein 110906 2022 L1 W5 L6 W12 W10 L4 3.0
9 Pi Nasir 148197 1914 H— L7 H— W18 H— D5 3.0
10 Bill Evans 103309 1989 W3 L1 W15 L2 L8 D12 2.5
11 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2080 W6 H— H— U— U— U— 2.0
12 Miroslav Stefanovic 154500 2007 D7 W13 L2 L8 L5 D10 2.0
13 Pepin Manalo 112277 1859 H— L12 H— L5 U— X19 2.0
14 David Cohen 100234 1823 W16 H— L7 U— U— U— 1.5
15 Gustavo Lora unr. L4 H— L10 W19 L3 U— 1.5
16 Tyler Longo 135360 2071 L14 H— H— U— U— U— 1.0
17 Andrew Pastor 127521 1869 H— L3 H— U— U— U— 1.0
18 Alexandre Michelashvili 149568 1758 H— H— U— L9 U— U— 1.0
19 Sankar Govindarajan 155011 1702 H— H— L3 L15 U— F13 1.0

SwissSys Standings. Annex Chess Club Championship: Reserve Section

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total
1 Atharva Washimkar 153285 1587 W20 W14 W8 W2 W11 W3 6.0
2 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1713 W19 W35 W3 L1 W12 W4 5.0
3 Ulli Diemer 153538 1645 W25 W13 L2 W14 W5 L1 4.0
4 Marcus Wilker 102713 1609 W26 W38 D11 D8 W13 L2 4.0
5 Bill Thornton 131181 1498 W32 L11 W23 W6 L3 W8 4.0
6 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1225 L11 W27 W16 L5 W24 W12 4.0
7 Ian Prittie 153588 1166 L35 L19 W37 W23 W14 W13 4.0
8 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1670 W23 W16 L1 D4 W17 L5 3.5
9 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1337 L10 W20 W35 L12 H— W19 3.5
10 Nicholas O'Bumsawin 151261 1739 W9 H— H— U— U— W20 3.0
11 Kuhan Jeyapragasan 147906 1653 W6 W5 D4 H— L1 U— 3.0
12 Jack Maguire 144604 1543 H— H— W15 W9 L2 L6 3.0
13 George Supol 152286 1484 W27 L3 W26 W22 L4 L7 3.0
14 Abdolreza Radpey 149018 1465 W33 L1 W38 L3 L7 W24 3.0
15 Arhant Washimkar 153286 1422 D30 W29 L12 D16 U— W27 3.0
16 Shabnam Abbarin 151181 1370 W17 L8 L6 D15 H— W21 3.0
17 Stone Hu 153507 841 L16 X36 U— W32 L8 W33 3.0
18 Michael D. Sharpe 100280 1535 H— W30 W29 U— U— U— 2.5
19 Bradley Yee 125441 1303 L2 W7 L22 D20 W33 L9 2.5
20 Christopher Field 108098 1208 L1 L9 W30 D19 W23 L10 2.5
21 Ali Faramarzi 153968 1541 H— H— U— W26 U— L16 2.0
22 Hasan Almutairi 155275 1508 H— H— W19 L13 U— U— 2.0
23 Jean-Marc David 151900 1272 L8 W32 L5 L7 L20 W38 2.0
24 Jeff Pancer 107543 1230 H— H— U— W38 L6 L14 2.0
25 Eli Teram 107314 1211 L3 W33 H— H— U— U— 2.0
26 Enrique Rodriguez 154428 1210 L4 W37 L13 L21 L30 W32 2.0
27 Larissa Souchko 145490 1061 L13 L6 D32 D30 W38 L15 2.0
28 Jeremy Stefan Wichrowski 154587 1060 H— H— U— U— U— W39 2.0
29 Ben Chan 130822 969 H— L15 L18 H— W39 U— 2.0
30 Dennis Li 153129 911 D15 L18 L20 D27 W26 U— 2.0
31 Alexandre Michelashvili 149568 1646 W36 H— U— U— U— U— 1.5
32 Raymond Lin 150193 1105 L5 L23 D27 L17 W37 L26 1.5
33 Teresa Lee 154501 950 L14 L25 H— W37 L19 L17 1.5
34 Sankar Govindarajan 155011 1702 H— H— U— U— U— U— 1.0
35 Miles J. Hershberg 134614 1517 W7 L2 L9 U— U— U— 1.0
36 Nick Harding 154309 1220 L31 F17 H— H— U— U— 1.0
37 Brian Groat 153518 631 L38 L26 L7 L33 L32 B— 1.0
38 Timothy Bahry unr. W37 L4 L14 L24 L27 L23 1.0
39 Alex Geddie unr. H— H— U— U— L29 L28 1.0

ACC Polar Bear Swiss

The Polar Bear Swiss

Named in honour of the iconic inhabitant of Canada’s north, this is our first club tournament of the new year. All our club tournaments are rated by the Chess Federation of Canada, so participants are members of CFC as well as of our club.

To ensure competitive play, we group players by CFC rating. Accordingly, we have Crown, U1900, and U1500 sections. The Crown section is also rated by the World Chess Federation, FIDE.

Tournament games are played on successive Monday nights at 7:30 pm. Each player has 90 minutes for all her or his moves, with a time increment: an extra 30 seconds is added before each move.

Complete final results are posted below the round-by-round reports.

Round 1 – January 7

After a brief AGM, the tournament got started at around 8:00 pm. Welcome to all the new members in our organizational team!

Thirty-four players joined in Round 1, a somewhat lower number compared to previous tournaments – perhaps some of our regulars were “chessed out” after the Hart House Winter Open last weekend. The casual section, however, featured quite a few new faces – getting into chess shape seems to have been on a few folks’ lists of new year’s resolutions!

Round 1 is really too early to announce leaders, but NM Geordie Derraugh (one of our club’s arbiters and the winner of our last club tournament) currently stands atop the leader group. In the U1900 section, Ulli Diemer, who declined the promotion to the top section, lost his Round-1 game to George Supol (our new club treasurer). In the U1500 section, Shabnam Abbarin (who has been tirelessly keeping our books in order for the past several months) lost her Round-1 game in an upset win by Eli Teram. Complete standings are on the cross-tables below.

Round 2 – January 14

Arbiter Alex Ferreira got the tournament started pretty much on time, shortly after 7:30 pm. There were a few latecomers, but everyone showed up. A few new players joined in, but some Round-1 players took byes, so our tournament numbers were pretty steady. Meanwhile, our casual section was jam-packed – and extra-strong. Pretty soon, the casual section’s going to take up the length of the hall!

With a few byes among the leading group in the top section, David Southam has emerged in clear first with 2.0/2. In the middle section, Atharva Washimkar and Miroslav Stefanovic are tied for the lead with 2.0/2. And the bottom section, Arhant Washimkar and Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy (our new marketing director) are tied for the lead with 2.0/2. It’s a good tournament so far for the brothers Washimkar!

Games from Round 2

Here are some of our most recent games. In the U1500 section, Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy scores a win against Milan Cvetkovic; in the U1900, Atharva Wishimkar beats George Supol; and in the Crown section, Michael Sutton defeats a younger, higher-rated Hayk Oganesyan – score one for us old guys! (For some practical tactics, check out Atharva’s finish – or try to find a shot Vinorth missed on move 20.)

Round 3 – January 21

Once again, we got our games started on time, thanks to Alex. And we tried, for the first time, extending the casual section down the length of the hall. (Let us know how that worked for you in the comments section at the bottom of the page.)

Current section leaders are David Southam in the Crown section, Miroslav Stefanovic in the U1900, and Arhant Washimkar in the U1500.

Round 4 – January 28

Before the round, we had a raffle for a pair of Leafs tickets. Thanks to all who participated; we raised $260 for the club!

Tournament section leaders stayed strong, with David Southam (Crown), Miroslav Stefanovic (U1900), and Arhant Washimkar (U1500) all holding their leads going into the last round. See complete standings, below.

Games from Round 4

Everybody loves to watch Harmony’s games. Her game against me (which I was lucky enough to win) was the object of some extensive analysis at the Pump (our ACC clubhouse) after Round 4.

Round 5 – February 4

In the top section, club champion FM Michael Humphreys pulled off a come-from-behind sprint to the finish to win clear first with 4.0/5 – while Pavel Peev played a supporting “spoiler” role by holding leader David Southam to second place with 3.5/5.

In the bottom two sections, both leaders finished perfect with 5.0/5. Congratulations, Miroslav Stefanovic (U1900) and Arhant Washimkar (U1500)!

Honourable mention goes to Josep Sobrepere for a second-place finish in the U1900 with 4.0/5, and to Eli Teram for a second-place finish in the U1500 with 3.5/5. See complete standings, below.

Final Standings after Round 5

SwissSys Standings. Polar Bear Swiss: Crown

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Michael Humphreys 131628 2269 H— W4 D2 W8 W6 4.0
2 David Southam 102535 2222 W12 W8 D1 W6 L3 3.5
3 Pavel Peev 122223 2227 H— H— U— W11 W2 3.0
4 Zehn Nasir 148198 2059 W11 L1 D5 W7 U— 2.5
5 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1960 L9 H— D4 H— W12 2.5
6 Pi Nasir 148197 1852 L10 W12 W11 L2 L1 2.0
7 Hayk Oganesyan 152587 1907 L8 L11 B— L4 W13 2.0
8 Tyler Longo 135360 2095 W7 L2 H— L1 U— 1.5
9 Geordie Derraugh 132393 2248 W5 H— U— U— U— 1.5
10 Jonathan Yu 126131 2046 W6 H— U— U— U— 1.5
11 Michael Sutton 151225 1755 L4 W7 L6 L3 U— 1.0
12 Erik Malmsten 100196 1931 L2 L6 U— B— L5 1.0
13 David Cohen 100234 1833 H— H— U— U— L7 1.0

SwissSys Standings. Polar Bear Swiss: U1900

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Miroslav Stefanovic 154500 unr. W10 W9 W3 W4 W8 5.0
2 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1511 W11 D7 W5 H— W3 4.0
3 Atharva Washimkar 153285 1454 W12 W14 L1 W9 L2 3.0
4 Alexandre Michelashvili 149568 1565 H— D5 W11 L1 W15 3.0
5 Marcus Wilker 102713 1628 H— D4 L2 W10 W13 3.0
6 Kuhan Jeyapragasan 147906 1616 H— D8 W16 W14 U— 3.0
7 Greg Beal 101490 1719 W17 D2 D8 H— U— 2.5
8 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1734 H— D6 D7 D13 L1 2.0
9 Daniel Sirkovich 145096 1612 W13 L1 W12 L3 U— 2.0
10 Harmony Zhu 151635 1538 L1 L11 W15 L5 W17 2.0
11 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1651 L2 W10 L4 W12 U— 2.0
12 Jack Maguire 144604 1557 L3 W17 L9 L11 W14 2.0
13 Bill Thornton 131181 1481 L9 D15 W17 D8 L5 2.0
14 George Supol 152286 1514 W15 L3 H— L6 L12 1.5
15 Ulli Diemer 153538 1715 L14 D13 L10 W17 L4 1.5
16 Jamie Murphy 153736 1555 H— H— L6 U— U— 1.0
17 Abdolreza Radpey 149018 1526 L7 L12 L13 L15 L10 0.0

SwissSys Standings. Polar Bear Swiss: U1500

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Arhant Washimkar 153286 1250 W15 W2 W4 W3 W5 5.0
2 Eli Teram 107314 1198 W17 L1 W16 W8 D3 3.5
3 Christopher Field 108098 1220 W10 D9 W6 L1 D2 3.0
4 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1321 W14 W7 L1 W11 U— 3.0
5 Ian Prittie 153588 1163 H— W18 D9 W13 L1 3.0
6 Bradley Yee 125441 1321 H— H— L3 W16 W7 3.0
7 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1222 W13 L4 W8 H— L6 2.5
8 Larissa Souchko 145490 1089 L9 W15 L7 L2 W13 2.0
9 Jean-Marc David 151900 1273 W8 D3 D5 U— U— 2.0
10 Stone Hu 153507 842 L3 B— L11 L14 W18 2.0
11 Michael Vermont 151783 1194 H— H— W10 L4 U— 2.0
12 Miles J. Hershberg 134614 unr. H— H— U— U— W14 2.0
13 Dennis Li 153129 917 L7 D14 W18 L5 L8 1.5
14 Raymond Lin 150193 1117 L4 D13 U— W10 L12 1.5
15 Teresa Lee 154501 974 L1 L8 H— W18 U— 1.5
16 Ben Chan 130822 1012 H— H— L2 L6 U— 1.0
17 Shabnam Abbarin 151181 1395 L2 H— H— U— U— 1.0
18 Brian Groat 153518 648 H— L5 L13 L15 L10 0.5

The Polar Bear Dip

It’s a New Year’s tradition for Canadian “polar bears” to wade into freezing waters on the first day of the year. Check the CBC article for more pictures and details.