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Get into Chess in 2020?

FIDE wishes you Happy 2020! Are you interested in getting into chess this year?

Sign up for a chess class

Annex Chess Club in downtown Toronto has chess classes for adults and children – for absolute beginners or for those who want to take their game to the next level.

Register online for a 7-week class today! A new winter session starts January 13.

Come out to the club this Monday

We also have CFC-rated tournament games and casual chess on Monday nights. Come check us out!


Happy New Year from FIDE, the World Chess Federation!

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Ted Winick Memorial Rapid Chess Championship – Apr 26

Annex Chess Club and the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre are partnering to present a Rapid Chess Championship on Sunday April 26 in memory of Ted Winick.

A consummate promoter of community and fellowship, Ted is remembered as the founder of Annex Chess Club and an important foundational member of the JCC. He is deeply missed and fondly remembered by many in the various Toronto communities he was so important to.

The event is in support of the Miles Nadal JCC and the chess educational organization, Chess Institute of Canada, which became Ted’s life work. Please contact us for details about how you can join in supporting these organizations in Ted’s memory through this event.

The tournament will be held in the beautiful Al Green Theatre within the JCC.

When: Sunday April 26, 2020
Check-in: 11:00-11:30am
Style: 7 rounds in one single section
Schedule: 12-2pm Rds 1-3. 2:30-5:30pm Rds 4-7
Time Control: 9 min + 3-sec increment per move from move 1
Rating: CFC and FIDE-rated. Up-to-date CFC membership required.
Organizer: Annex Chess Club
Chief Arbiter: Alex Ferreira

Link for Registration coming soon!

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2019 Toronto Blitz Championship June 2

The 2019 Toronto Blitz Championship is Sunday June 2, 1:00 to 5:00 pm – part of Harbourfront Centre Chessfest

Winner

This year’s winner with 12/14 is Nikolay Noritsyn. Second place with 11½ is Artiom Samsonkin. And third with 11 is Shiyam Thavandiran. Congratulations, Nikolay, Artiom, and Shiyam!

Annex Cup presented to Nikolay Noritsyn by Kailyn Winick

Full Results

Full results are posted on the Chess-Results server.

FIDE Rated

The tournament will be rated by CFC and FIDE.

Final Standings

Rk. SNo Name Rtg Pts.
1 2 Noritsyn Nikolay 2625 12
2 3 Samsonkin Artiom 2526 11.5
3 5 Thavandiran Shiyam 2501 11
4 8 Plotkin Victor 2384 10
5 14 Zomorrodian Eilia 2299 10
6 4 Plotkin Mark 2510 9.5
7 6 Yang Kaiqi 2476 9
8 7 Cummings David 2403 9
9 10 Rek Viatcheslav (slava) 2342 9
10 18 Abrahams Daniel 2202 9
11 15 Li William 2293 9
12 1 Preotu Razvan 2629 8.5
13 23 Atanasov Anthony 2102 8.5
14 22 Mao Fengxi 2115 8.5
15 13 Barron Michael 2316 8
16 27 England Max 2038 8
17 21 Ning Eric 2133 8
18 12 Puri Vinny 2320 8
19 39 Moon Ethan 1470 8
20 25 Tonakanian Stephan 2054 8
21 17 Dougherty Michael 2217 8
22 16 Bailey Doug 2268 7.5
23 11 Milicevic Goran 2340 7.5
24 9 Derraugh Geordie 2354 7.5
25 26 Khachaturov Vadim 2041 7
26 50 Dai Wenzhi 0 7
27 28 Huang Youhe 2021 7
28 33 Lazarev Shon 1619 7
29 32 Desikan Ajith 1845 6.5
30 47 Pham Alex 936 6.5
31 36 Schwartz Lorne 1577 6.5
32 31 Wilderman Igor 1865 6.5
33 24 Florea Alexandru 2081 6.5
34 29 Chernik Dmitry 1995 6.5
35 46 Do Nhi 975 6.5
36 20 Upper John 2138 6
37 19 Nazareno Merlin 2166 6
38 30 Gunapalan David 1874 6
39 37 Fletcher David 1559 6
40 34 Belcadi Salim 1592 6
41 40 Hu Alex 1425 6
42 45 Velasquez Noah 1039 6
43 42 Tuchow Ryan 1413 5
44 44 Ajith Aarush 1103 4.5
45 53 Naumov Stepan 0 4.5
46 35 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1583 4.5
47 41 Pell Richard 1414 4
48 43 Lillico Margarita 1189 4
49 51 Harsh Vikram 0 4
50 38 Adulfo Vincent Angel 1523 3
51 52 Maynard John 0 2
52 48 Chan Mitchell 0 2
53 49 Coulas Josh 0 1

Photos

See the 2019 tournament album by John Upper, and the Chessfest 2019 album by Eileen O’Sullivan.

Flyer

A promotional flyer (PDF) is available to download here: 2019 Toronto Blitz tournament.

Details

Style: 7 double-round Swiss, FIDE and CFC-rated
Time Control: 3 minutes each, plus 2 seconds per move
Registration: https://guestli.st/607161 – register early and save!
Entry Fees: $50 before May 27 / $60 after or on site
Junior/Senior: Less $10 for 18 & under or 60+ (as of June 1)
Prize fund: $1000 top prize guaranteed, other prizes based on registration
Membership: Up-to-date CFC membership required, or pay $12 CFC tournament fee
Chief Arbiter: Alex Ferreira

See last year’s full results on Chess-Results.

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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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