April showers bring May flowers, but living in Toronto, we often 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.
Round One – April 10
Off Week (Easter Monday) – April 17
Annex Chess Club is CLOSED on Monday, April 17.
Round Two – April 24
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.
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.
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:
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).
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Off week – September 5
ACC is CLOSED on September 5, Labour Day.
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.
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.
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.