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ACC Make or Break Swiss

It’s the time of year for making – or breaking – New Year’s resolutions. At the same time, our first tournament of the year honours the risky “make-or-break” move that puts the game on the line.

The Make or Break Swiss is a five-round event on Monday nights starting January 4, in three sections: Crown (min. 1800 CFC), U1900 (min. 1300), and U1400. It will be followed by our 2016 Club Championship.

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Round One – January 4

In Rd 1 David-versus-Goliath matchups, the rating Goliaths win most of the games. However, a couple of Davids pull off upsets: Alex Ferreira (2057) defeats fellow Hart House alumnus Jon Yu (2257) in the Crown section, while Volkan Eryildir (1376) scores an upset victory over Hooshang Abbarin (1631) in U1900.

Winners will face winners in Rd 2.

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Round Two – January 11

In the Crown section, draws on the top boards leave a huge leader group at 1.5/2 and a seven-way tie for first.

It’s the same story in U1400, with a draw on board one and a few byes resulting in a five-way tie for first at 1.5/2.

Only in U1900 is there a clear leader, as Tigran Ghazarian scores a second win and takes sole possession of first place at 2.0/2.

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Round Three – January 18

The lead group is down to a two-way tie in all sections.

In the Crown section, Michael Humphreys and Alex Ferreira both win their games to stand at 2.5/3. In U1900, Tigran Ghazarian is held to a draw by Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy, allowing Dragan Jevtic to catch up to him at 2.5/3. And finally, in U1400, Zhong Zhao and Nick Jafari both win their games to stay in the lead group with 2.5/3.

All of these players should have a chance to take sole lead next round!

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Round Four – January 25

A sole leader emerges in every section!

In the Crown section, Michael Humphreys defeats Alex Ferreira, to take sole first at 3.5/4.

In U1900, it’s Tigran Ghazarian with a win over Richard Morrison to take sole first at 3.5/4 a full point ahead of the competition.

And in U1400, it’s Zhong Zhao over Nick Jafari for 3.5/4 and a full-point lead.

For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
Our toils obscure an’ a’ that,
The rank is but the guinea’s stamp,
The man’s the gowd for a’ that.

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Round Five – February 1

See final results below.

Join us for our upcoming Club Championship, starting February 8! New players are always welcome to join ongoing events with up to two half-point byes for rounds missed. Rd-1 games start at 7:30 pm on February 8, but new players must register before 7:00 in order to be paired.


Final Standings after Round Five

SwissSys Standings. ACC Make or Break Swiss: Crown

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Michael Humphreys 2343 W10 (w) D2 (b) W8 (w) W3 (b) W7 (w) 4.5
2 Sergey Malakhovets 2139 W14 (b) D1 (w) D6 (b) W9 (w) D5 (b) 3.5
3 Alex T. Ferreira 2057 W11 (w) D6 (w) W12 (b) L1 (w) D8 (b) 3.0
4 Josh Guo 2249 H— (-) W13 (w) D5 (b) W6 (w) U— (-) 3.0
5 Miroslav Stefanovic 1959 H— (-) W10 (b) D4 (w) D7 (b) D2 (w) 3.0
6 David Southam 2222 W7 (w) D3 (b) D2 (w) L4 (b) W11 (b) 3.0
7 William Li 1959 L6 (b) W14 (w) B— (-) D5 (w) L1 (b) 2.5
8 Daniel Zotkin 2086 H— (-) W9 (w) L1 (b) D12 (w) D3 (w) 2.5
9 Fernando Marshall 1974 H— (-) L8 (b) W10 (w) L2 (b) W12 (w) 2.5
10 Armand Jess Mendoza 2124 L1 (b) L5 (w) L9 (b) B— (-) W14 (w) 2.0
11 Jonathan Yu 2257 L3 (b) H— (-) H— (-) W14 (b) L6 (w) 2.0
12 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 2030 H— (-) H— (-) L3 (w) D8 (b) L9 (b) 1.5
13 Daniel Wiebe 2073 H— (-) L4 (b) H— (-) U— (-) U— (-) 1.0
14 Kamran Amirirad 1818 L2 (w) L7 (b) H— (-) L11 (w) L10 (b) 0.5

SwissSys Standings. ACC Make or Break Swiss: U1900

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Tigran Ghazarian 1666 W5 (w) W4 (b) D3 (b) W7 (w) U— (-) 3.5
2 Dragan Jevtic 985 H— (-) W15 (b) W12 (b) L5 (w) W6 (w) 3.5
3 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 1646 W13 (b) H— (-) D1 (w) H— (-) W5 (b) 3.5
4 Ulli Diemer 1550 B— (-) L1 (w) L9 (b) W10 (w) W11 (b) 3.0
5 Robert J. Armstrong 1523 L1 (b) W13 (w) D10 (b) W2 (b) L3 (w) 2.5
6 Michael D. Sharpe 1577 D10 (b) H— (-) W14 (w) H— (-) L2 (b) 2.5
7 Richard Morrison 1486 H— (-) H— (-) W11 (w) L1 (b) U— (-) 2.0
8 Volkan Eryildir 1376 W11 (b) L12 (w) H— (-) H— (-) U— (-) 2.0
9 Max England 1655 H— (-) H— (-) W4 (w) U— (-) U— (-) 2.0
10 Harry [Siqi] Chen 1370 D6 (w) L11 (b) D5 (w) L4 (b) W12 (w) 2.0
11 Hooshang Ab-barin 1631 L8 (w) W10 (w) L7 (b) W12 (b) L4 (w) 2.0
12 George Supol 1475 H— (-) W8 (b) L2 (w) L11 (w) L10 (b) 1.5
13 Mark A. Gelowitz 1412 L3 (w) L5 (b) B— (-) H— (-) U— (-) 1.5
14 Michael Sutton 1756 H— (-) H— (-) L6 (b) U— (-) U— (-) 1.0
15 Joshua Allen 1416 H— (-) L2 (w) H— (-) U— (-) U— (-) 1.0

SwissSys Standings. ACC Make or Break Swiss: U1400

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Zhong Zhao 1386 W2 (w) D6 (b) W7 (w) W5 (b) W8 (w) 4.5
2 Henry XianRui Zhang 1087 L1 (b) W11 (w) D4 (b) W6 (w) X5 (-) 3.5
3 Larissa Souchko 989 L6 (b) L4 (w) W13 (w) W11 (b) W7 (w) 3.0
4 Howard Halim 1048 L9 (w) W3 (b) D2 (w) W8 (b) U— (-) 2.5
5 Nick Jafari 1191 W11 (b) H— (-) W6 (w) L1 (w) F2 (-) 2.5
6 Christopher Field 1217 W3 (w) D1 (w) L5 (b) L2 (b) W13 (w) 2.5
7 Michael Finkelstein 1090 H— (-) H— (-) L1 (b) W13 (w) L3 (b) 2.0
8 Jacob Tobin 858 H— (-) W13 (b) H— (-) L4 (w) L1 (b) 2.0
9 Michael Saltat 1286 W4 (b) H— (-) H— (-) U— (-) U— (-) 2.0
10 Akop Tozlian unr. H— (-) H— (-) U— (-) W12 (b) U— (-) 2.0
11 Alex Moiseev 669 L5 (w) L2 (b) B— (-) L3 (w) U— (-) 1.0
12 Jeff Pancer 1100 H— (-) H— (-) U— (-) L10 (w) U— (-) 1.0
13 Larry Tobin 718 H— (-) L8 (w) L3 (b) L7 (b) L6 (b) 0.5

Legend

W = win (e.g., W9 means a win against player 9 – worth 1 point)
L = loss (0 pt)
D = draw (½ pt)
H = ½-pt bye (requested in advance or assigned on registration, max 2 per player, not in final round)
B = 1-pt bye (“forced bye” – e.g., odd number of players)
U = 0-pt bye (e.g., when max ½-pt byes previously awarded, or in final round)
F = forfeit loss (0 pt)
X = forfeit win (1 pt)
(b) = game played with black pieces
(w) = game played with white pieces

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Fireworks at Toronto's City Hall mark the start of a new year
Fireworks at Toronto’s City Hall mark the start of a new year

Did you make or break any new year’s resolutions this year? Leave a comment below – especially if it’s chess-related!

Graham Abbey as Iago and Dion Johnstone as Othello in the 2013 Stratford Festival production of Othello
Graham Abbey as Iago and Dion Johnstone as Othello in the 2013 Stratford Festival production of Othello

“This is the night
That either makes me, or fordoes me quite.”

~ Iago in Shakespeare’s Othello Act V Scene i

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Lecture, Blitz Tournament, and Pub Night!

December 21 is a special event night at Annex Chess Club

Pawn Sacrifice – DVD Release

Online Poster Art

In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, Pawn Sacrifice chronicles Fischer’s terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.

Many of us saw the film in theatres. (See trailer.) Now it’s set for release on DVD/VOD December 22 – a great Christmas gift for a chess player!

Chess Lecture

Omar Shah: “Gain Elo by Kilo” 6:30 to 7:20 pm

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Asking the audience to identify the most important chess skill for the club player (1500-1800) to develop, Omar proposed calculation.

Visualization is an important component, since players must be able to calculate lines over the board without changing the position. (“Don’t move the #@%$& pieces!” was a memorable line from a group of players Omar used to analyze with every week.)

But this time, Omar stressed training with studies (realistic situations requiring analysis, not tactics problems with an obvious tactical theme); training with friends (not computers, since only friends can make fun of you if you can’t find the move); and working on your own games (never decline an offer for post mortem analysis, and wait at least a week before putting your game into the computer).

He also discussed nutrition, hydration (always have a water bottle with you, and don’t drink coffee), and the fascinating topic of how players actually think at the chess board.

For illustration, Omar showed one of his own games and a study. At the important moment in his game, Omar gave the audience 3 minutes to find a concrete short-term plan.

The study was:
White Kf2,Rh7,Bh8 & g6
Black Kg8,Rf8,f7
White to move and win.

Can you solve it? We’ll post the solution in a week.

ACC Pawn Sacrifice Blitz Tournament

  • Time control: 4m + 2s
  • 5 double rounds
  • 1 open section
  • Games start at 7:30
  • FIDE and CFC rated.

Celebrating the release of Pawn Sacrifice on DVD/VOD December 22, overall and class winners will receive a Pawn Sacrifice DVD prize compliments of Elevation Pictures!

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Prize Winners

Thanks to all who came out, and apologies to a group of 3 or 4 players who showed up for the tournament but found CFC membership too big an added cost.

At the end of the night, the winner of the tournament was Joseph Bellissimo. Class winners were Miroslav Stefanovic and Marko Stevelic. Congratulations, Joseph, Miroslav, and Marko. Enjoy your DVDs!

Pub Night

After the tournament (around 10:30 pm) a group of chess players headed over to Pauper’s Pub for a night of food and drink and conversation!

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The girl in the featured picture is of course the young Canadian chess celebrity Ashley Tapp – playing some charity blitz with Santa.

Is Santa a strong player? Check out one of his games from 1908.

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ACC Bonfire Swiss

From Guy Fawkes celebrations to Irish Samhain to Indian Diwali, it’s a good time of year for a bonfire! Outdoor fires are illegal in the City of Toronto without a permit, but at Annex Chess Club we’re lighting up Monday evenings with our Bonfire Swiss chess tournament!

To accommodate our growing bottom section – and to make it more novice-friendly! – we’re lowering the cut-off between the two reserve sections and adding an extra round. (The extra round will also help with FIDE rating in the top section and with CFC bonus points!)

The Bonfire Swiss will be a six-round event from November 9 to December 14, in three sections: Crown (min. 1800 CFC), U1900 (min. 1300), and U1400.

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Round One – November 9

Round One of a Swiss sees some of the most mismatched games of the tournament, as the top half of each section is paired against the bottom half. This time there is just one upset, but also three games where the underdog manages a draw.

In the Crown section, William Li (1958) scores an upset victory over Alex Ferreira (2120), while Daniel Wiebe (2041) holds last tournament’s winner and second seed, Joseph Bellissimo (2260), to a draw.

In U1900 action, Mark Gelowitz (1437) draws Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy (1662), while Daniel Pirri (1501) draws Greg Beal (1699).

Its also nice to see a couple brand new, unrated players participating. A big welcome to Denis Gaudreault and Volkan Eryildir!

Round 1 Game of the Week

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Round Two – November 16

Through two rounds, there are only a few players in each section still with perfect records.

In the Crown section, there are just two players in the leader group: Michael Humphreys and Dave Southam have perfect 2.0/2 scores.

In U1900, the leader group consists of Tigran Ghazarian and Kamran Amirirad, with 2.0/2 records.

And in U1400, there are four players tied for the lead: Paul Panayotou, Chris Field, Howard Halim, and Nick Jafari have 2.0/2 through two rounds.

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Round Three – November 23

Third round battles on the top boards are decisive, and a clear leader emerges in all three sections. Will these leaders be able to maintain their lead through three more rounds?

In the Crown section, Michael Humphreys defeats co-leader Dave Southam to gain sole possession of first place with a perfect 3.0/3. Meanwhile, Joseph Bellissimo stays just a half point behind with a win over another strong young player, Daniel Zotkin.

In U1900, Kamran Amirirad defeats the talented youngster Tigran Ghazarian to keep a perfect 3.0/3 score and take clear first, while Max England stays half a point behind with a win over Hooshang Abbarin.

And in U1400, it’s Chris Field in clear first with 3.0/3 after a win over Howard Halim. Half a point behind at 2.5/3 are Adam Goldfarb, with a win over Nick Jafari, and Paul Panayotou, with a bye.

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Round Four – November 30

Round 4 sees the tournament leaders defend their positions and extend their leads!

In the Crown section, Michael Humphreys defeats Joseph Bellissimo to maintain a perfect score of 4.0/4. Dave Southam, with a win over Arkadiy Ugodnikov, stays just a point behind at 3.0/3.

In U1900, with a win over Max England, Kamran Amirirad also now leads by a full point at 4.0/4. And Tigran Ghazarian wins to stay close behind at 3.0/4.

In U1400, it’s Chris Field extending his perfect score to 4.0/4 with a win over Harry Chen. Adam Goldfarb and Paul Panayotou have 3.0/4.

Round 4 was also the last day of Movember, so don’t forget to help support our ACC Movember team, led by Michael Humphreys!

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Round Five – December 7

Round 5 sees a shake-up in the top and bottom sections as the leaders are defeated allowing contenders to catch up. It all comes down to the last round – and possibly tie-breaks!

In the Crown section, it’s Daniel Wiebe who takes down Michael Humphreys, allowing Dave Southam (with a win over Joseph Bellissimo) to tie for the lead with Humphreys at 4.0/5.

In U1900, there’s no such shake-up. Kamran Amirirad confidently takes a bye and holds onto his lead at 4.5/5. England, Ghazarian, and Vigneswaramoorthy are still a full point behind at 3.5/5.

In U1400, it’s Paul Panayotou who checks Chris Field’s undefeated streak and pulls into a 3-way tie for first with Field and Goldfarb at 4.0/5.

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Round Six – December 14

A site booking by another group sees Round 6 (the last round!) played beside a loud concert.

Unperturbed, leaders Michael Humphreys and Dave Southam both won their last-round games, so the tournament goes to Michael Humphreys on head-to-head tie-break! Congratulations, Michael!

In U1900, Kamran Amirirad had such a commanding lead that he was able to win the section without even playing the last round! Congratulations, Kamran!

Finally, in U1400, leaders Chris Field and Adam Goldfarb faced off, with Adam Goldfarb winning his game and the section. Congratulations, Adam!

See complete results below.

And don’t miss our last night of the year next week: a lecture, a blitz tournament, and a trip to the pub! Come on out and bring a friend!


Final Standings after Round 6

SwissSys Standings. ACC Bonfire Swiss: Crown section

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 5 Tot
1 Michael Humphreys 131628 2342 W3 (w) W6 (b) W2 (w) W8 (w) L4 (b) W9 (b) 5.0
2 David Southam 102535 2192 W9 (w) W5 (b) L1 (b) W12 (w) W8 (b) W4 (w) 5.0
3 Sergey Malakhovets 158413 2092 L1 (b) D7 (w) W9 (b) W11 (w) W5 (b) D6 (w) 4.0
4 Daniel Wiebe 132137 2041 D8 (w) H— (-) D12 (b) W5 (w) W1 (w) L2 (b) 3.5
5 William Li 154677 1958 W10 (w) L2 (w) W11 (b) L4 (b) L3 (w) B— (-) 3.0
6 Daniel Zotkin 146857 2093 W7 (w) L1 (w) L8 (b) D10 (b) W12 (w) D3 (b) 3.0
7 Armand Jess Mendoza 156958 1872 L6 (b) D3 (b) D10 (w) L9 (w) B— (-) W8 (b) 3.0
8 Joseph Bellissimo 147544 2260 D4 (b) W13 (w) W6 (w) L1 (b) L2 (w) L7 (w) 2.5
9 Erik Malmsten 100196 1982 L2 (b) H— (-) L3 (w) W7 (b) W10 (w) L1 (w) 2.5
10 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2120 L5 (b) H— (-) D7 (b) D6 (w) L9 (b) D11 (w) 2.0
11 Miroslav Stefanovic 154500 1968 H— (-) H— (-) L5 (w) L3 (b) D14 (w) D10 (b) 2.0
12 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1824 H— (-) H— (-) D4 (w) L2 (b) L6 (b) U— (-) 1.5
13 Josh Guo 105318 2257 H— (-) L8 (b) H— (-) H— (-) U— (-) U— (-) 1.5
14 Jonathan Yu 126131 2241 H— (-) H— (-) U— (-) U— (-) D11 (b) U— (-) 1.5

SwissSys Standings. ACC Bonfire Swiss: U1900 section

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 5 Tot
1 Kamran Amirirad 158329 1758 W3 (w) W9 (b) W2 (w) W4 (b) H— (-) U— (-) 4.5
2 Tigran Ghazarian 155438 1568 W8 (w) W11 (b) L1 (b) W13 (w) H— (-) W4 (b) 4.5
3 Ulli Diemer 153538 1538 L1 (b) B— (-) W8 (w) L7 (b) W13 (w) W5 (w) 4.0
4 Max England 155135 1657 H— (-) W10 (w) W6 (b) L1 (w) W7 (b) L2 (w) 3.5
5 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1662 D15 (w) H— (-) D13 (b) W6 (w) W9 (w) L3 (b) 3.5
6 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1640 H— (-) W15 (b) L4 (w) L5 (b) W8 (b) W9 (w) 3.5
7 Jean-Marc David 151900 1344 L9 (w) H— (-) W12 (b) W3 (w) L4 (w) D11 (b) 3.0
8 Volkan Eryildir unr. L2 (b) W12 (w) L3 (b) D14 (b) L6 (w) W17 (w) 2.5
9 Richard Morrison 135889 1456 W7 (b) L1 (w) W11 (w) H— (-) L5 (b) L6 (b) 2.5
10 Daniele Pirri 132983 1501 D14 (w) L4 (b) H— (-) W11 (b) H— (-) U— (-) 2.5
11 Robert J. Armstrong 100034 1570 W12 (b) L2 (w) L9 (b) L10 (w) B— (-) D7 (w) 2.5
12 Benjamin Thalman 160474 1318 L11 (w) L8 (b) L7 (w) W15 (b) H— (-) W16 (w) 2.5
13 George Supol 152286 1466 H— (-) W14 (b) D5 (w) L2 (b) L3 (b) U— (-) 2.0
14 Greg Beal 101490 1699 D10 (b) L13 (w) W15 (b) D8 (w) U— (-) U— (-) 2.0
15 Mark A. Gelowitz 126627 1437 D5 (b) L6 (w) L14 (w) L12 (w) H— (-) U— (-) 1.0
16 Joshua Allen 105802 1436 H— (-) H— (-) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) L12 (b) 1.0
17 Dragan Jevtic unr. H— (-) H— (-) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) L8 (b) 1.0

SwissSys Standings. ACC Bonfire Swiss: U1400 section

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 5 Tot
1 Adam Goldfarb 153496 1290 W7 (b) H— (-) W2 (w) H— (-) W6 (b) W4 (w) 5.0
2 Nick Jafari 160405 1108 W8 (w) W5 (w) L1 (b) U— (-) W12 (b) W10 (w) 4.0
3 Paul Panayotou 160475 1170 W11 (w) W16 (b) H— (-) H— (-) W4 (w) U— (-) 4.0
4 Christopher Field 108098 1185 W13 (b) W9 (w) W12 (b) W5 (w) L3 (b) L1 (b) 4.0
5 Harry [Siqi] Chen 159391 1248 W6 (w) L2 (b) W11 (w) L4 (b) W15 (w) W13 (b) 4.0
6 Michael Finkelstein 158620 1017 L5 (b) H— (-) W8 (w) W17 (b) L1 (w) W14 (b) 3.5
7 Rahul Gangolli 156023 1018 L1 (w) W20 (b) W19 (w) H— (-) W13 (b) U— (-) 3.5
8 Jacob Tobin 160604 771 L2 (b) D13 (w) L6 (b) D18 (w) W21 (b) W21 (w) 3.0
9 Henry XianRui Zhang 156492 1098 W19 (w) L4 (b) H— (-) L11 (b) D14 (w) W18 (b) 3.0
10 Zhong Zhao 160523 1313 H— (-) H— (-) U— (-) W19 (b) W11 (w) L2 (b) 3.0
11 Piotr Jucha 160602 945 L3 (b) W18 (w) L5 (b) W9 (w) L10 (b) D12 (w) 2.5
12 Howard Halim 153419 1080 W17 (w) W14 (b) L4 (w) L15 (b) L2 (w) D11 (b) 2.5
13 Larissa Souchko 145490 981 L4 (w) D8 (b) W21 (w) W14 (b) L7 (w) L5 (w) 2.5
14 Ryan Guo 154346 1123 W21 (b) L12 (w) D18 (b) L13 (w) D9 (b) L6 (w) 2.0
15 Rose Tuong 158024 816 H— (-) H— (-) U— (-) W12 (w) L5 (b) U— (-) 2.0
16 Jeff Pancer 107543 1107 W18 (b) L3 (w) H— (-) H— (-) U— (-) U— (-) 2.0
17 Dylan Hickson 160650 547 L12 (b) B— (-) H— (-) L6 (w) H— (-) U— (-) 2.0
18 Larry Tobin 160603 650 L16 (w) L11 (b) D14 (w) D8 (b) B— (-) L9 (w) 2.0
19 Denis Gaudreault unr. L9 (b) W21 (w) L7 (b) L10 (w) U— (-) U— (-) 1.0
20 Alex Geddie 155388 1093 H— (-) L7 (w) H— (-) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) 1.0
21 Alex Moiseev 160217 798 L14 (w) L19 (b) L13 (b) B— (-) L8 (w) L8 (b) 1.0

Legend

W = win (e.g., W9 means a win against player 9 – worth 1 point)
L = loss (0 pt)
D = draw (½ pt)
H = ½-pt bye (requested in advance or assigned on registration, max 2 per player, not in final round)
B = 1-pt bye (“forced bye” – e.g., odd number of players)
U = 0-pt bye (e.g., when max ½-pt byes previously awarded, or in final round)
F = forfeit loss (0 pt)
X = forfeit win (1 pt)
(b) = game played with black pieces
(w) = game played with white pieces
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The bonfire image at the top is from the Cochrane Winter Carnival. Cochrane is in Northern Ontario, northeast of Timmins and south of Moosonee. (It’s Tim Horton’s hometown.) They hold a torchlight parade every February.

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ACC 5th Anniversary Swiss

We’re turning five!

On Monday October 18, 2010, Canadian GM Mark Bluvshtein helped us launch our club with a chess lecture and simultaneous exhibition. The following Monday, our first-ever club tournament started with 8 players. It’s fall 2015 now, and we’re celebrating five fantastic years of downtown Toronto chess!

Running from September 28 to November 2, the ACC 5th Anniversary Swiss is a five-round regular club tournament in three sections by CFC rating: Crown, Under-1900, and Under-1500.

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Round One – September 28

Compared to the first-ever tournament at ACC, which had 8 players in the first round, 40 players play Round One in this event! And two of the original eight are still here: Alex Ferreira and Daniel Wiebe!

In the unevenly matched first round of a Swiss, it’s always fun to look for upsets: this time, Nameer Issani (2025) scores an upset win over Dave Southam (2238) in the Crown section; Tigran Ghazarian (1544) defeats Hooshang Abbarin (1670) in the U1900 section; and Jeff Pancer (1112) beats Brendan Grady (1379) in the U1500 section.

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Round Two – October 5

New players have joined for Round Two, and the tournament is now over 50 strong – including five new, unrated players!

After two rounds, the leader group in each section has already gotten quite small. In the Crown (FIDE-rated) section, only two players have perfect scores: Joseph Bellissimo and Michael Humphreys.

In the U1900 section, Bob Armstrong and Kamran Amirirad are the only two with 2.0/2.

And in the U1500 section, there’s a four-way tie for the lead: Michael Saltat, Benjamin Thalman, Richard Morrison, and Chris Field have 2.0/2.

Games from Round 2

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Round Three – October 19

The third round sees battles of titans end in draws on the top boards.

In the Crown section, leaders Joseph Bellissimo and Michael Humphreys fight to a draw and remain half a point ahead of their closest rivals at 2.5/3.

In the U1900 section, Bob Armstrong and Kamran Amirirad battle to a draw on the top board – allowing Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy, with a win over Hooshang Abbarin, to join them at 2.5/3.

But in the U1500 section, Richard Morrison is victorious over Chris Field to take sole possession of first place with a perfect 3.0/3.

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Round Four – October 26

In the Crown section, Joseph Bellissimo scores a full point against Sergey Malakhovets to take sole possession of first place with 3.5/4, while Erik Malmsten holds Michael Humphreys to a draw.

In U1900 Kamran Amirirad defeats Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy to take first place with 3.5/4.

And in U1500, Richard Morrison is still perfect after a victory over Benjamin Thalman, leading the section with 4.0/4.

Games from Round 4

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Round Five – November 2

The leaders stay strong in the final round! In the Crown section, Joseph Bellissimo scores another victory, this time over Dave Southam, to take the tournament with 4.5/5. Congratulations, Joseph!

In U1900, Kamran Amirirad defeats George Supol to take the section with 4.5/5! Congratulations, Kamran!

And in U1500, it’s another win by Richard Morrison, this time over Milan Cvetkovic, to finish with a perfect 5.0/5! Congratulations, Richard!

See complete results on the standings table below.

A big thank-you to all for helping us celebrate five wonderful years of downtown Toronto chess at Annex Chess Club!

A new club tournament starts next week, Monday November 9, with the round starting at 7:30 pm. New players are welcome to join! Please arrive before 7:00 pm to register.

Club members, please stop in at the front desk and check your club membership renewal date. Then make a note to remind yourself to renew on time!


Final Standings after Round 5

SwissSys Standings. ACC 5th Anniversary Swiss: Crown section

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Joseph Bellissimo 147544 2225 W6 W10 D2 W7 W3 4.5
2 Michael Humphreys 131628 2350 W8 W7 D1 D4 D5 3.5
3 David Southam 102535 2238 L13 W14 W10 W6 L1 3.0
4 Erik Malmsten 100196 1949 H— W12 H— D2 D7 3.0
5 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2107 D14 H— H— W11 D2 3.0
6 Daniel Wiebe 132137 2024 L1 W8 W11 L3 B— 3.0
7 Sergey Malakhovets 158413 2094 W12 L2 W13 L1 D4 2.5
8 Daniel Zotkin 146857 2077 L2 L6 W14 H— W10 2.5
9 Jonathan Yu 126131 2238 H— H— U— U— W11 2.0
10 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1824 B— L1 L3 D12 L8 1.5
11 William Li 154677 1940 H— W13 L6 L5 L9 1.5
12 Armand Jess Mendoza 156958 1918 L7 L4 B— D10 U— 1.5
13 Nameer Issani 154796 2025 W3 L11 L7 H— U— 1.5
14 Aahil Noorali 155015 1940 D5 L3 L8 H— U— 1.0

SwissSys Standings. ACC 5th Anniversary Swiss: U1900 section

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Kamran Amirirad 158329 1698 W9 W4 D3 W2 W7 4.5
2 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1636 W6 H— W5 L1 W3 3.5
3 Robert J. Armstrong 100034 1590 W10 W8 D1 D4 L2 3.0
4 Tigran Ghazarian 155438 1544 W5 L1 H— D3 W10 3.0
5 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1670 L4 W7 L2 B— W9 3.0
6 Mysha Gilani 155004 1476 L2 W9 W10 H— U— 2.5
7 George Supol 152286 1482 H— L5 B— H— L1 2.0
8 Max England 155135 1671 W11 L3 H— H— U— 2.0
9 Ulli Diemer 153538 1567 L1 L6 H— W10 L5 1.5
10 Mark A. Patton 104721 1469 L3 X11 L6 L9 L4 1.0
11 Marc Ben-Avraham 145628 1549 L8 F10 U— U— U— 0.0

SwissSys Standings. ACC 5th Anniversary Swiss: U1500 section

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Richard Morrison 135889 1359 W2 W15 W14 W10 W5 5.0
2 Joey Qiao 156764 1096 L1 H— W22 W14 W6 3.5
3 Larissa Souchko 145490 935 L12 W27 W15 W18 L21 3.0
4 Jean-Marc David 151900 1351 L13 H— W11 H— W10 3.0
5 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1286 H— W26 W24 H— L1 3.0
6 Rahul Gangolli 156023 994 H— W30 H— W16 L2 3.0
7 Joshua Allen 105802 1421 W16 H— H— W12 U— 3.0
8 Harry [Siqi] Chen 159391 975 H— H— L16 W21 W25 3.0
9 Paul Panayotou 160475 1032 H— W25 H— U— W14 3.0
10 Benjamin Thalman 160474 1375 W22 W19 H— L1 L4 2.5
11 Henry XianRui Zhang 156492 975 D23 L20 L4 W25 W18 2.5
12 Michael Saltat 158633 1289 W3 W13 H— L7 U— 2.5
13 Alex Geddie 155388 1051 W4 L12 H— W15 U— 2.5
14 Christopher Field 108098 1229 W29 W24 L1 L2 L9 2.0
15 Ryan Guo 154346 1169 W21 L1 L3 L13 W30 2.0
16 Eli Teram 107314 1117 L7 W21 W8 L6 U— 2.0
17 Justin Tanasijczuk 160476 1309 H— W18 U— H— U— 2.0
18 Jeff Pancer 107543 1112 W20 L17 W19 L3 L11 2.0
19 Nick Jafari 160405 1160 W28 L10 L18 W24 U— 2.0
20 Brendan Grady 158392 1379 L18 W11 H— H— U— 2.0
21 Piotr Jucha   unr. L15 L16 W30 L8 W3 2.0
22 Howard Halim 153419 1101 L10 H— L2 W30 U— 1.5
23 Adam Goldfarb 153496 1299 D11 H— H— U— U— 1.5
24 Alex Moiseev 160217 771 B— L14 L5 L19 U— 1.0
25 Jacob Tobin   unr. H— L9 H— L11 L8 1.0
26 Martin Pitt-Bradley 158457 960 H— L5 H— U— U— 1.0
27 Dylan Hickson   unr. H— L3 H— U— U— 1.0
28 Abdalla Seddik   unr. L19 H— H— U— U— 1.0
29 Keira Cuthbert 160468 903 L14 H— H— U— U— 1.0
30 Larry Tobin   unr. H— L6 L21 L22 L15 0.5

Legend

W = win (e.g., W9 means a win against player 9 – worth 1 point)
L = loss (0 pt)
D = draw (½ pt)
H = ½-pt bye (requested in advance or assigned on registration, max 2 per player, not in final round)
B = 1-pt bye (“forced bye” – e.g., odd number of players)
U = 0-pt bye (e.g., when max ½-pt byes previously awarded, or in final round)
F = forfeit loss (0 pt)
X = forfeit win (1 pt)

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