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ACC April Flurries Swiss

April showers bring May flowers, but living in Toronto it’s not unusual to have snow flurries in April.

The ACC April Flurries Swiss runs from April 10 to May 29. This CFC-rated five-round tournament is broken into three sections, Crown, U1800, and U1400, and runs concurrently with the annual city championship, the 2017 Toronto Closed.

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Round One – April 10

The tournament starts with 25 players in three sections. As in Round 1 of almost any Swiss, there are a number of David-versus-Goliath matchups and a few surprise upsets. In the Crown, Matthew Bergeron (1749) scores an upset win over the young giant, Max England (2056). In U1800, Dragan Jevtic (1388) upsets Kevin Li (1624) and Gregory Szucs (1302) defeats Brett Kingsbury (1504). Finally in U1400, Ivan Noritsyn (885) upsets Cody Ellis (1191).

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Round Two – April 24

Twelve new players join the tournament in Round 2.

In the Crown section, Matthew Bergeron wins again, this time over Peter McSherry. He is now tied for the lead with Ochuko Emuakpeje, who defeats William Li. Bergeron and Emuakpeje both have 2.0/2.

In the middle section, which gains 7 new players and is now up to 16, Dragan Jevtic beats Joey Qiao and Gregory Szuchs beats Bob Armstrong, so it’s a couple of 1300s who are tied for the lead in the U1800 section, at 2.0/2.

And in the U1400 section, which now has 14 players, it’s David Chodoriwsky alone in first at 2.0/2 with a win over Ivan Noritsyn.

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Round Three – May 1

In the Crown section, Alex Ferreira makes a cameo appearance and beats Shawn Talsma, while Peter McSherry and John Fines – both oh-for thus far – play to a draw. Leaders Ochuko Emuakpeje and Matthew Bergeron both take byes and still lead the section with 2.5/3.

In U1800, Gregory Szuchs wins the playoff in the top point group to hold sole possession of the lead with a perfect 3.0/3. Trailing by half a point are Brian Hanratty, reaching 2.5 with a win over Shabnam Abbarin, and Harry Chen, with an upset over Ulli Diemer.

Finally in the closely fought U1400, David Chodoriwsky still holds the lead as Evgeny Kalmanson draws him to rise to 2.0/3 along with four other players half a point behind Chodoriwsky’s 2.5.

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Round Four – May 8

Jeremy D’Souza visits Annex with free cookies to promote the Etobicoke Chess Club at the Second Cup at 265 Wincott Drive on Thursday nights.

In the delayed showdown between Bergeron and Emuakpeje, Ochuko Emuakpeje wins again to take sole possession of first place going into the last round with 3.5/4. In U1800, Brian Hanratty and Harry Chen move up from tied for second at 3.5 to tied for first at 4.5 as Hanratty beats first place Gregory Szuchs. Finally in U1400, Alan McMillan beats leader David Chodoriwsky to rise to first along with Evgeny Kalmanson and Javier Dixon at 3.0/4.

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Round Five – May 15

See final results below

Please note – We’re closed May 22

But there’s a new tournament starting up with Round One on May 29.
Each Monday the round starts at 7:30 pm. Please register on site before 7:00 if you would like to play, or email in advance. All are welcome, including new players! CFC membership is required ($48 per year; $32 for juniors) but you can purchase it from us, and we offer a variety of club membership options including a drop-in membership ($15 per night or $10 for juniors) to play in one round of the tournament.

Ranking cross-tables after Round 4

ACC April Flurries Swiss – Crown

Rk. Name ELO FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd Pts.
1 Emuakpeje Ochuko 2414 CAN 9b1 6w1 2b1 3.5
2 Bergeron Matthew 1749 CAN 10b1 9w1 1w0 2.5
3 Ferreira Alex T. 2086 CAN 4b1 0 2
4 Talsma Shawn 1894 CAN 6w0 5b1 3w0 9b1 2
5 Fines John 1960 CAN 7b0 4w0 9b½ 8w1 1.5
6 Li William 2176 CAN 4b1 1b0 0 0 1
7 Barron Michael 2288 CAN 5w1 0 0 0 1
8 Akophyan Nika 1885 CAN 0 5b0 1
9 McSherry Peter 2005 CAN 1w0 2b0 5w½ 4w0 0.5
10 England Max 2056 CAN 2w0 0 0 0.5

Check updated results on chess-results.

ACC April Flurries Swiss – U1800

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd Pts.
1 Hanratty Brian 1675 CAN 11b1 10w1 7b1 3.5
2 Chen Harry (siqi) 1419 CAN 17w1 6b1 5w1 3.5
3 Li Kevin Yunhong 1624 CAN 7w0 16b1 14w1 8b1 3
4 Qiao Joey 1449 CAN 18w1 7b0 12w1 10b1 3
5 Szucs Gregory 1302 CAN 13w1 12b1 7w1 2b0 3
6 Diemer Ulli 1672 CAN 17b1 2w0 11b1 2.5
7 Jevtic Dragan 1388 CAN 3b1 4w1 5b0 1w0 2
8 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1740 CAN 9b1 3w0 2
9 Supol George 1332 CAN 13b1 8w0 2
10 Abbarin Shabnam 1455 CAN 15b1 1b0 4w0 1.5
11 Gelowitz Mark A. 1434 CAN 1w0 15b1 6w0 1.5
12 Armstrong Robert J. 1599 CAN -1 5w0 4b0 1.5
13 Kingsbury Brett 1504 CAN 5b0 9w0 17b+ 1.5
14 Goldfarb Adam 1387 CAN 3b0 1.5
15 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1337 CAN 10w0 11w0 1
16 Mcmillan Alan 1123 CAN 3w0 0 0 0.5
17 Chapin Sasha 1418 CAN 6w0 2b0 13w- 0 0
18 Abdi Liban 0 CAN 4b0 0 0 0 0

Check updated results on chess-results.

ACC April Flurries Swiss – U1400

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd Pts.
1 Kalmanson Evgeny 1188 CAN 14w1 7b½ 4b½ 6w1 3
2 Dixon Javier 1308 CAN 6w½ 8b1 7w1 3
3 Mcmillan Alan 1123 CAN 7w0 -1 13b1 4w1 3
4 Chodoriwsky David 1266 CAN 13w1 5b1 1w½ 3b0 2.5
5 Noritsyn Ivan 885 CAN 15w1 4w0 10b0 13b1 2
6 Patton Mark A. 1295 CAN 2b½ 9w1 1b0 2
7 Randle Bill 1288 CAN 3b1 1w½ 2b0 2
8 Ai Amy 1003 CAN 12b1 2w0 10w½ 2
9 Dong Yiwei 1000 CAN 6b0 12w1 2
10 Teram Eli 999 CAN 11w0 5w1 8b½ 2
11 Goldfarb Adam 1387 CAN 10b1 0 0 1.5
12 Noftle Madisin 866 CAN 8w0 -1 9b0 1.5
13 Souchko Larissa 992 CAN 4b0 15b1 3w0 5w0 1
14 Anghaie Reza 863 CAN 1b0 0 0 15w1 1
15 Ellis Cody 1191 CAN 5b0 13w0 0 14b0 0

Check updated results on chess-results.

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ACC What’s My Name Swiss

What is the name of this tournament? Starting on Monday February 6, exactly 50 years after Muhammad Ali’s famous “What’s my name” fight, this Swiss – which turns out to be only two rounds – is divided in three sections, Crown, U1900, and U1500. The tournament runs just two Monday nights from February 6 to February 13. (Then we’re closed February 20, and the Club Championship starts February 27.)

Coincidentally, the logician and mathematician Raymond Smullyan who wrote What is the name of this book? (1978) died at the age of 97 on that very same Monday February 6. Smullyan may be better remembered in chess circles for his Chess Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes (1979) featuring “retrograde” chess problems in which previous moves of the game must be deduced from the current position.

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Round One – February 6

Before the first round starts, Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy presents a half-hour lecture titled “Chess Miniatures: the first-round knockouts of chess.” (Details will be posted.)

In U1500, three brand new unrated players join the tournament and all three make a name for themselves: Sasha Chapin defeats Evgeny Kalmanson, David Chodoriwsky defeats Alex Geddie, and Brett Kingsbury defeats Eli Teram. Meanwhile, interesting Round-1 results include Harry Chen (1425) upsetting Salim Belcadi (1641) in U1900 and, in the Crown section, Max England (2042) upsetting Dave Southam (2247), who just won the previous event.

Here is the Southam/England game:

And here’s another game, this time featuring William Li and Armand Jess Mendoza:

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Round Two – February 13

Before the round, Rhys Goldstein starts the night off with a well-received lecture titled “The Magnetic Queen,” starting at 6:50 pm. In this intriguing talk, he shows a game in which former World Champion, Anatoly Karpov, uses his queen like a magnet to move his opponent’s pieces. (See the lecture notes.)

And that’s it! We’re cutting this tournament short at two rounds to make room for the six-round Club Championship ahead of our bid to host the Toronto Closed, pending GTCL approval.

Reminder: ACC is CLOSED next Monday February 20 for Family Day

Our Club Championship is a six-round event starting February 27, in two sections: Crown (min. 1700) and Reserve (under 1800).

Final Ranking cross-tables after Round 2

ACC What’s My Name Swiss Crown

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd Pts.
1 Humphreys Michael 2314 CAN 13b1 14w1 2
2 Liu Zhanhe (lambert) 2172 CAN 14b1 8w1 2
3 Noritsyn Sergey 2241 CAN 11b1 1.5
4 Zotkin Daniel 2231 CAN 12b1 1.5
5 England Max 2042 CAN 15b1 1.5
6 Malakhovets Sergey 2035 CAN 11w½ 15b1 1.5
7 Akophyan Nika 1810 CAN -1 1.5
8 Li William 2194 CAN 9w1 2b0 1
9 Mendoza Armand Jess 1914 CAN 8b0 13w1 1
10 Stefanovic Miroslav 2152 CAN 12w½ 1
11 Calvelo Jelvis 2207 CAN 6b½ 3w0 0.5
12 Fines John 1883 CAN 10b½ 4w0 0.5
13 Mcsherry Peter 2070 CAN 1w0 9b0 0
14 Qiao Cindy 1901 CAN 2w0 1b0 0
15 Southam David 2247 CAN 5w0 6w0 0

See full results at Chess-Results.com

ACC What’s My Name Swiss U1900

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd Pts.
1 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1711 CAN 14w1 10b1 2
2 Diemer Ulli 1619 CAN 7b1 4w1 2
3 Ramesh Bharath 1669 CAN 8b1 1.5
4 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1789 CAN 6w1 2b0 1
5 Armstrong Robert J. 1715 CAN 16b1 0 1
6 Qiao Joey 1475 CAN 4b0 13w1 1
7 Jevtic Dragan 1364 CAN 2w0 11b1 1
8 Pei Eric 1344 CAN 13b1 3w0 1
9 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1628 CAN 15w1 0 1
10 Chen Harry (siqi) 1425 CAN 12w1 1w0 1
11 Teram Eli 1077 CAN 7w0 0.5
12 Belcadi Salim 1641 CAN 10b0 0 0
13 Gelowitz Mark A. 1490 CAN 8w0 6b0 0
14 David Jean-Marc 1443 CAN 1b0 0 0
15 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1403 CAN 9b0 0 0
16 Abbarin Shabnam 1467 CAN 5w0 0 0

See full results at Chess-Results.com

ACC What’s My Name Swiss U1500

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd Pts.
1 Finkelstein Michael 1291 CAN 9w1 6b1 2
2 Chapin Sasha 0 CAN 5w1 13b1 2
3 Kingsbury Brett 0 CAN 10w1 8b1 2
4 Patton Mark A. 1316 CAN 13b1 0 1
5 Kalmanson Evgeny 1151 CAN 2b0 9w1 1
6 Chodoriwsky David 0 CAN 12b1 1w0 1
7 Goldfarb Adam 1384 CAN 11w1 0 1
8 Noritsyn Ivan 967 CAN 3w0 0.5
9 Souchko Larissa 889 CAN 1b0 5b0 0
10 Teram Eli 1077 CAN 3b0 0 0
11 Stahlbrand Kevin 1032 CAN 7b0 0 0
12 Geddie Alex 1133 CAN 6w0 0 0
13 Fitzgerald Jimmy 944 CAN 4w0 2w0 0

See full results at Chess-Results.com

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On February 6, 1967, Muhammad Ali defeated Ernie Terrell in a 15-round decision, repeatedly asking his opponent “What’s my name?” during the fight. (Terrell had been calling Ali by his birth name, Cassius Clay, before their match.)

Muhammad Ali died on June 3 last summer.

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ACC New Year Swiss

The last tournament of the year is also the first tournament of the new year. It runs on December 12, January 9, 16, 23, and 30. This 5-round Swiss is divided in three sections, Crown, U1900, and U1500. Rounds start at 7:30 each Monday night. New players are welcome any round, but please complete registration by 7:00 pm to ensure you’re paired. Please email us to request a bye if you’re not able to attend a round.

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Round One – December 12

In the first round, there are a string of David over Goliath upsets in the Crown section as current club champion Michael Humphreys (2331) is upset by Lambert Liu (1972), Jelvis Calvelo (2206) by Sergey Malakhovets (2054), and Daniel Zotkin (2226) by Max England (2056). The topsy-turvy results continue in U1900 as top seed Hooshang Ab-Barrin (1716) falls to Maksym Gryn (1543).

Next week is the ACC December Rapid, a 6-round tournament in one big section, played at a time control of 9′ + 3″.
Visitors are welcome! $15. CFC Active-Rated.

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Round Two – January 9

After two rounds, there’s a three-way tie for the lead among David Southam, William Li, and Sergey Noritsyn. All three have perfect 2.0/2 records.

In U1900, it’s Toronto Dragons manager Glenn Giffen tied at 2.0 with Maksym Gryn and Eric Pei.

In U1500, pairing problems leave Kevin Li with a full-point bye and the lead at 2.0/2 while Larissa Souchko and Ivan Noritsyn win to rise to 1.0/2.

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Round Three – January 16

Before the round starts, veteran Toronto player Erik Malmsten discusses the role of knights in chess and some tips for thinking about knight moves in a lecture called Beware the Cavalry!” 6:50 to 7:20 pm.

In the Crown section, David Southam takes his third win in a row, this time against Sergey Noritsyn, taking clear first with 3.0/3, while William Li and Lambert Liu are just half a point out at 2.5/3.

In U1900 play, Maksym Gryn and Eric Pei draw, while Glenn Giffen takes a bye, and the three stay tied for the lead with 2.5/3.

Finally, in U1500, Dragan Jevtic wins to take first with 2.5/3, while Ivan Noritsyn, Kevin Li, and Evgeny Kalmanson are just half a point out at 2.0/3.

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Round Four – January 23

In the Crown section, Dave Southam wins again, this time against William Li, for a perfect 4.0/4, while the closest challenger, Sergey Noritsyn trails by a full point at 3.0/4. Can Southam win the event with a perfect 5.0/5?

In U1900 action, Ulli Diemer defeats Kevin Li while Maksym Gryn, Eric Pei, and Glenn Giffen all take byes, leaving the section with a four-way tie for the lead at 3.0/4.

In U1500, Jevtic Dragan holds his lead at 3.5/4 with a win over Ivan Noritsyn, while Evgeny Kalmanosn stays just half a point out with a win over newcomer, Andrew Kirou.

Rd 4 Game of the Week

Here is John Fines’ fine submission: in which he draws against the young phenom, Max England.

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Round Five – January 30

In the Crown section, Dave Southam faces club champion Michael Humphreys in the last round. And he comes up with a draw to win the section with 4.5/5 a point ahead of his closest rival, William Li, who takes clear second with 3.5/5.

In U1900, the four-way tie becomes a two-way tie as Ulli Diemer and Eric Pei both win their games to finish with 4.0/5. But it’s Eric Pei who wins the section on head-to-head tiebreak. Congratulations, Eric!

In U1500, Dragan Jevtic needs just half a point against Evgeny Kalmanson to take the section. And in the end, he gets the full point to take the section with 4.5/5, ahead by a margin of 1.5 points!

Congratulations, once again, Dragan Jevtic, Eric Pei, and Dave Southam!

Dave Southam wins the New Year Swiss with 4.5/5 in the Crown section

Next week is Round One of the “What’s My Name” Swiss. Register by email or on site before 7:00 pm.

Ranking cross-tables after Round 5

ACC New Year Swiss Crown

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd Pts. 5.Rd
1 Southam David 2176 CAN 18w1 4b1 5w1 2b1 3w½ 4.5
2 Li William 2173 CAN 11b1 10w1 6b½ 1w0 5w1 3.5
3 Humphreys Michael 2331 CAN 8b0 18w1 7b½ 10w1 1b½ 3
4 England Max 2056 CAN 13b1 1w0 16b1 12w½ 9b½ 3
5 Noritsyn Sergey 2158 CAN 16w1 -1 1b0 6w1 2b0 3
6 Stefanovic Miroslav 2150 CAN 12b1 2w½ 5b0 11w1 3
7 Shebetah Wajdy 2022 CAN 19b1 3w½ 0 12b1 3
8 Liu Zhanhe (lambert) 1972 CAN 3w1 9b1 0 0 2.5
9 Mcsherry Peter 2081 CAN 14b1 8w0 4w½ 2.5
10 Malakhovets Sergey 2054 CAN 15w1 2b0 13w0 3b0 19w1 2
11 Mendoza Armand Jess 1905 CAN 2w0 15b½ 17b½ 14w1 6b0 2
12 Fines John 1864 CAN 6w0 19b1 4b½ 7w0 2
13 Zotkin Daniel 2226 CAN 4w0 10b1 0 2
14 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1814 CAN 9w0 11b0 -1 2
15 Calvelo Jelvis 2206 CAN 10b0 11w½ 0 1.5
16 Qiao Cindy 1882 CAN 5b0 -1 4w0 0 1.5
17 Malmsten Erik 1923 CAN 11w½ 0 0 1.5
18 Washimkar Arhant 1983 CAN 1b0 3b0 19w½ 0 1
19 Akophyan Nika 1799 CAN 7w0 12w0 18b½ 10b0 1

See full results at Chess-Results.com

ACC New Year Swiss U1900

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Pei Eric 1271 CAN -1 2b1 3w½ 9b1 4
2 Diemer Ulli 1600 CAN 14b1 1w0 17b1 11w1 3b1 4
3 Gryn Maksym 1543 CAN 4b1 8w1 1b½ 2w0 3
4 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1716 CAN 3w0 14b1 8w1 3
5 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1611 CAN 18b1 0 11w1 3
6 Giffen Glenn 1552 CAN 7w1 10b1 0 3
7 David Jean-Marc 1442 CAN 6b0 13w1 9b0 15w1 2.5
8 Armstrong Robert J. 1619 CAN 13w½ 3b0 18w+ 10w1 4b0 2.5
9 Ramesh Bharath 1707 CAN 16b½ 7w1 1w0 2.5
10 Belcadi Salim 1666 CAN -1 6w0 8b0 13w1 2.5
11 Li Yun Hong (kevin) 1375 CAN 16w1 2b0 5b0 2
12 Wilker Marcus 1592 CAN 13b1 0 0 2
13 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1453 CAN 8b½ 12w0 7b0 15w1 10b0 1.5
14 Qiao Joey 1450 CAN 2w0 4w0 -1 0 1.5
15 Stahlbrand Kevin 0 CAN 0 13b0 7b0 1
16 Gelowitz Mark A. 1500 CAN 9w½ 11b0 0 0 1
17 Abbarin Shabnam 1478 CAN 2w0 0 0 1
18 Allen Joshua 1408 CAN 5w0 8b- 0 0 0.5

See full results at Chess-Results.com

ACC New Year Swiss U1500

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Jevtic Dragan 1333 CAN 13w1 3b1 5w1 2b1 4.5
2 Kalmanson Evgeny 1076 CAN 7w0 -1 8b1 12w1 1w0 3
3 Finkelstein Michael 1173 CAN 9w0 13b1 1w0 5b1 2.5
4 Teram Eli 1088 CAN 11b0 5w0 13b1 6w1 2.5
5 Noritsyn Ivan 943 CAN 10w0 4b1 6w1 1b0 3w0 2
6 Qiu James 893 CAN 5b0 13w1 4b0 2
7 Li Yun Hong (kevin) 1375 CAN 2b1 -1 0 0 0 2
8 Geddie Alex 1143 CAN 2w0 0 13b1 2
9 Razmgir Rahim 0 CAN 3b1 0 0 0 1.5
10 Pei Eric 1271 CAN 5b1 0 0 0 0 1
11 Supol George 1394 CAN 4w1 0 0 0 0 1
12 Kirou Andrew 0 CAN 0 2b0 0 1
13 Souchko Larissa 958 CAN 1b0 3w0 4w0 6b0 8w0 0

See full results at Chess-Results.com

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ACC August Swiss

Muggy weather, heat alerts, local peaches and corn in the supermarket, the Perseid meteor shower: it must be August!

Named in honour of Caesar Augustus in 8 BCE, August was formerly called Sextilis (the sixth month of a year that started in March). In Toronto, aka “the 6ix,” August is the month when many of us celebrate an end-of-summer ritual called the CNE, the largest annual fair in Canada and a Toronto tradition since 1879.

Celebrating August

Celebrating all things August, our current club tournament is the ACC August Swiss. It runs on five Monday nights – August 8 to September 12 – in three sections: Crown, U1900, U1400. (Check the club page for more on how our regular tournaments work.)

Rounds in the club tournament start at 7:30 pm each Monday, and new players are welcome to join in any round – or even to drop in for just one round – but please register by 7:00 pm to make sure you’re paired.

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Round One – August 8

In the Crown section, William Li (2117) manages a draw against top-seed Michael Humphreys (2336). Armand Mendoza and Miroslav Stefanovic enter Round 2 with a full point.

In U1900 the favourites take 6/8, underdogs 2/8, as Ramesh Bharath (1399) defeats Harry Chen (1507) and Salim Belcadi (1423) defeats Glenn Giffen (1557). With no draws, an 8-player leader group goes into Round 2 with 1.0/1.

In U1400, unrated newcomer Josh Calderon from the Philippines defeats Eli Teram (1119) – but it shouldn’t be considered an upset; apparently, Calderon is in the wrong section. Five players enter Round 2 tied for first.

Game of the Week

Miroslav Stefanovic wins an exciting game against Sergey Malakhovets in the Crown section from the black side of a Sicilian Reversed.

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Round Two – August 15

Miroslav Stefanovic-Armand Mendoza is a draw on Board 1, while Dave Southam and William Li win their games to catch the leaders at 1.5/2, so it’s a four-way tie going into Round 3.

In U1900, Hooshang Ab-Barin, Salim Belcadi, and Bharath Ramesh win their games, so they’re in a three-way tie at 2.0/2.

In U1400, Eric Pei wins again to take sole possession of first place at 2.0/2.

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Round Three – August 22

In the Crown section, Dave Southam defeats Miroslav Stefanovic while Armand Mendoza defeats William Li, and the leader group is down to a two-way tie for first at 2.5/3.

In U1900, Salim Belcadi defeats Hooshang Ab-Barin while Bharath Ramesh wins his game against Kamran Amirirad, and it’s also down to a two-way tie for first at 3.0/3.

In U1400, Eric Pei wins yet again, this time against Yue Ran Ma, to hold clear first at 3.0/3.

Game of the Week

Here’s Eric Pei’s miniature on the top board of the U1400 section. Pei plays 3.c3 against Yue Ren Ma’s Sicilian and nine moves later sacs a B on h7 to launch a mating attack!

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Round Four – August 29

Draws on the top boards leave ties for the lead. In the Crown section, Armand Mendoza – Dave Southam is a draw, leaving Mendoza and Southam tied for the lead at 3.0/4.

And in U1900, Bharath Ramesh – Salim Belcadi is a draw, leaving Belcadi and Ramesh tied for the lead at 3.5/4.

In U1400, Yun Hong Li defeats Eric Pei and overtakes him for the lead at 3.5/4 as Pei falls to 3.0/4.

Next week, we’re off for Labour Day, and then the final round is September 12.

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Off week – September 5

ACC is CLOSED on September 5, Labour Day.

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Round Five – September 12

Last round. A topsy-turvy tournament in a small Crown section still ends with the top two seeds battling on Board 1 in the last round. Dave Southam plays a Colle, allowing Michael Humphreys to get an edge in the opening. Claiming he didn’t find the right plan and sacked the wrong piece, Humphreys still gets the full point in the end.

Armand Mendoza might have blundered, but one way or another Daniel Zotkin wins quickly to tie Humphreys at 3.5/4.

Tied on points, tied on head-to-head (a draw in Rd 2), tied on number of wins (two each), Michael Humphreys finally takes the tournament over Daniel Zotkin on the third tie break: greater number of games with black. Congratulations, Michael!

In U1900, leaders Bharath Ramesh and Salim Belcadi both win their final-round games to finish with 4.5/5 – a perfect result except for a draw against each other!

Again it comes down to the third tie break, but Bharath Ramesh takes the section. Rated 1399 coming into the tournament, Ramesh would have qualified for U1400 but instead wins U1900. Congratulations, Bharath!

In U1400 Eric Pei comes from behind to take the section as a win over Larissa Souchko gives him 4.0/5, while Roger Guo plays spoiler, holding leader Yun Hong Li at 3.5. Congratulations, Eric!

See full final results on the standings tables below.

The tournament has now been rated – check the CFC site.

A new tournament starts next week. New players are always welcome! Games start at 7:30 pm, but please register by 7:00 to make sure you’re paired.

Final ranking cross-tables after Round 5

ACC August Swiss Crown

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Humphreys Michael 2336 CAN 6w½ 2b½ 9w1 7b½ 4b1 3.5
2 Zotkin Daniel 2154 CAN 1w½ 10b1 6b½ 3w1 3.5
3 Mendoza Armand Jess 1863 CAN 10b1 7b½ 6w1 4w½ 2b0 3
4 Southam David 2215 CAN 12b1 7w1 3b½ 1w0 3
5 Malakhovets Sergey 2045 CAN 7w0 6b0 12w1 9b1 -1 3
6 Li William 2117 CAN 1b½ 5w1 3b0 2w½ 9b½ 2.5
7 Stefanovic Miroslav 2184 CAN 5b1 3w½ 4b0 1w½ 0 2
8 Yu Jonathan 2222 CAN 0 12b1 0 2
9 England Max 1982 CAN 1b0 5w0 6w½ 1.5
10 Cliff Scott 1885 CAN 3w0 2w0 -1 0 1.5
11 Calvelo Jelvis 2156 CAN 0 0 0 1
12 Calderon Andrei Joshua 1850 CAN 4w0 5b0 8w0 0 0.5

Check latest results on the chess-results server.

ACC August Swiss U1900

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Ramesh Bharath 1399 CAN 15b1 11w1 7b1 2w½ 6b1 4.5
2 Belcadi Salim 1423 CAN 16w1 13b1 3w1 1b½ 5w1 4.5
3 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1605 CAN 10b1 4w1 2b0 11w1 8b0 3
4 Nadj Pal 1690 CAN 20w1 3b0 9w1 5b0 13w1 3
5 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1631 CAN 9w1 7w½ 6b½ 4w1 2b0 3
6 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1722 CAN 17b1 5w½ 12b1 1w0 3
7 Amirirad Kamran 1785 CAN 14w1 5b½ 1w0 16b½ 11w1 3
8 Armstrong Robert J. 1586 CAN 0 20b1 3w1 3
9 Gelowitz Mark A. 1502 CAN 5b0 17w1 4b0 18w1 2.5
10 Goldfarb Adam 1384 CAN 3w0 17b1 2.5
11 Hanratty Brian 1680 CAN 12w1 1b0 20w1 3b0 7b0 2
12 Diemer Ulli 1638 CAN 11b0 18w1 19b1 6w0 0 2
13 David Jean-Marc 1373 CAN 2w0 14b1 4b0 2
14 Abbarin Shabnam 1491 CAN 7b0 16b½ 13w0 20w1 2
15 Chen Harry (siqi) 1507 CAN 1w0 20b0 17w½ 16b1 2
16 Giffen Glenn 1557 CAN 2b0 14w½ 18b½ 7w½ 15w0 1.5
17 Patton Mark A. 1335 CAN 6w0 9b0 15b½ -1 10w0 1.5
18 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1315 CAN 12b0 16w½ 9b0 1.5
19 Allen Joshua 1421 CAN 12w0 0 1.5
20 Jevtic Dragan 1395 CAN 4b0 15w1 11b0 8w0 14b0 1

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ACC August Swiss U1400

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Pei Eric 1137 CAN 6w1 9b1 2w1 3b0 5w1 4
2 Ma Yue Ran 1139 CAN 8w1 3b½ 1b0 12w1 9b1 3.5
3 Li Yun Hong (kevin) 1097 CAN 5b1 2w½ 12b1 1w1 4w0 3.5
4 Guo Roger 1183 CAN 10w1 0 3b1 3
5 Souchko Larissa 1111 CAN 3w0 13b1 1b0 2
6 Supol George 1369 CAN 1b0 8w1 0 2
7 Geddie Alex 1059 CAN 0 0 12b1 2
8 Kalmanson Evgeny 1055 CAN 2b0 12w0 6b0 9w1 10b½ 1.5
9 Moiseev Alex 697 CAN -1 1w0 8b0 2w0 1.5
10 Guo Haotong Hazel 1291 CAN 4b0 0 8w½ 1.5
11 Calderon Andrei Joshua 0 CAN 12b1 0 0 0 0 1
12 Teram Eli 1119 CAN 11w0 8b1 3w0 2b0 7w0 1
13 Pancer Jeff 1087 CAN 5w0 0 0 0 0.5

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The Dark Horse at Varsity Theatre – April 15

The Dark Horse opens in Toronto this Friday

THE DARK HORSE, a story of a brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion who finds purpose teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life will be released at Cineplex Odeon Varsity Theatre in Toronto starting Friday, April 15th.

See trailer:

The film originally premiered in Canada at the Toronto International Film Festival and won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Score at the 2014 New Zealand Film Awards, Best Film at the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), 2015 San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) and 2015 Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR), and was labeled by leading New Zealand critics as “One of the greatest New Zealand films ever made”.

Release Date – Friday, April 15, 2016 at the Cineplex Varsity Theatre in Toronto
Cast: Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrence
Synopsis: Based upon a powerful true story, The Dark Horse is the uplifting portrait of a man searching for the courage to lead, despite his struggles with mental illness. The film features a stunning, award-winning performance by Cliff Curtis (Whale Rider, Blow, “Fear the Walking Dead”) as Genesis “Gen” Potini, a brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion who finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life. After years in and out of mental institutions, Genesis is released into the care of his estranged brother Ariki (Wayne Hapi) and thrust into his volatile gang lifestyle. Seeking to escape this toxic environment, Genesis finds solace by volunteering at the Eastern Knights chess club and sharing his gift with the disadvantaged Maori children of his community.


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