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Annex Chess Club Championship 2015

ACC Championship and Reserve trophies
ACC Championship and Reserve trophies

It’s that time of year again! Our 2015 Club Championship kicked off on Monday, February 9, with games starting at 7:30 pm.

The Annex Chess Club Championship is in two sections, Championship and Reserve. The Reserve (U1800) section is for players with a maximum CFC rating of 1799, and the Championship section has a minimum rating of 1700. The six-round Swiss tournament runs February 9 to March 23. All games are CFC-rated, and the Championship section is also FIDE-rated. (There’s no round on Family Day, February 16, but don’t miss the Hart House Reading Week Open, February 14-16!)

Entry is not limited to club members (players may drop in to play a single round, or buy a six-week tournament membership) but only full-year club members are eligible to become Club Champion or Reserve winner. These winners will have their names engraved on beautiful permanent trophies, generously donated to the club by inbusys, I.T. Support Specialists for demanding SMB environments.

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Round 1 – February 9

It’s an interesting first round in the Championship section as two of the frontrunners, Michael Humphreys and Jonathan Yu, are held to a draw in their games by lower-rated opponents. Atop the lead group, Joseph Bellissimo gains the full point (see game below) as do Dave Southam, Ismail Ibrahim, Robert Bzikot, and Sergey Malakhovets.

Meanwhile, 26 players in the Under-1800 section are vying for the Reserve title. After one round, there’s a 10-way tie for first.

Games from Round 1

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Round 2 – February 23

After two rounds, there’s a two-way tie for first in the Championship section. Young Joseph Bellissimo and veteran Dave Southam both have 2.0/2. Humphreys, Yu, and Siddeley are half a point behind with 1.5/2.

In the Reserve section, England, Armstrong, and Amirirad are in a three-way tie for the lead with 2.0/2, but no less than seven players are just a half point behind. There are four more rounds to separate out this lead pack!

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Round 3 – March 2

With a draw on board one between Dave Southam and Joseph Bellissimo, defending champion Michael Humphreys joins the lead group with 2.5/3 by defeating Hugh Siddeley. Ibrahim, Yu, Ferreira, and Evans are half a point behind with 2.0/3.

In the Reserve section, Max England defeats Bob Armstrong on the top board and Amirirad loses to Essery. England is now alone in first with 3.0/3, the only perfect score in the tournament! Essery, Diemer, and Abbarin trail by half a point with 2.5/3.

These are still close races. Three rounds to go!

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Round 4 – March 9

A draw on the top board leaves Joseph Bellissimo and Michael Humphreys tied for the lead at 3.0/4. Now, with the head-to-head match out of the way, they must battle each other indirectly by their results against other players. Taking advantage of the point split on Board One, Alex Ferreira and Jonathan Yu score victories to join the lead group.

Meanwhile, in the reserves, Max England makes it a perfect 4.0/4 with a win against Ulli Diemer. Arnstrong, Abbarin, Essery, Vigneswaramoorthy, Amirirad and Beal are in a six-way tie for second, a full point back at 3.0/4.


Round 5 – March 16

Michael Humphreys defeats Alex Ferreira while Joseph Bellissimo wins his game against Daniel Wiebe, so both front-runners remain tied for the lead at 4.0/5. Jonathan Yu, who takes a bye in the penultimate round, stays just half a point out at 3.5/5.

In the Reserves, leader Max England finally meets his match in top-rated Greg Beal, who now joins England at 4.0/5. The lead group going into the final round also includes Hooshang Abbarin with a win over Bob Armstrong and Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy with a win over Richard Essery. So it’s a four-way tie with just one round to go!

See complete results on the standings chart below.

A couple interesting notes about this round:

  • One is that all the games are decisive; there are no draws. This is somewhat strange for the fifth round of a Swiss when opponents should be closely matched.
  • Second (for all the Annex Chess Club historians!) is the latest in a long, hitherto one-sided rivalry between Ulli Diemer and Jack Maguire, Maguire having had an unbroken string of victories as white by employing the dreaded Blackmar-Diemer Gambit against its namesake, Diemer. But here is the game that finally breaks the string:

Games from Round 5

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Round 6 – March 23

Before the ultimate round, Rhys Goldstein gives a chess talk, “A lecture on losing,” starting at 6:45 pm. Lecture notes are now available.

At 7:30 the games begin!

At the end of the night, when the dust settles, it comes down to tie breaks to determine the winners. Greg Beal wins the Reserve section (on tie break over Hooshang Abbarin: Beal had more wins), and Michael Humphreys wins the 2015 Club Championship (on tie break over Joseph Bellissimo: Humphreys played more games as black). Congratulations, Michael Humphreys (once again!) and Greg Beal!

Michael Humphreys, 2015 Club Champion (photo by John Upper)
Michael Humphreys, 2015 Club Champion (photo by John Upper)
Greg Beal (photo by John Upper)
Greg Beal (photo by John Upper)

Final Results after Round Six

SwissSys Standings. ACC Club Championship : Crown

# Name CFC ID Rating Post Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total
1 Michael Humphreys 131628 2383 2376 D14 W11 W13 D2 W6 D4 4.5
2 Joseph Bellissimo 147544 2218 2230 W9 W18 D4 D1 W14 D6 4.5
3 Armand Jess Mendoza 156958 1970 2002 L18 W9 L10 W17 B— W13 4.0
4 David Southam 102535 2190 2207 W6 W5 D2 L7 W13 D1 4.0
5 Ismail Ibrahim 105228 2045 2067 W17 L4 W20 L13 W9 W10 4.0
6 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 1982 2033 L4 W17 W15 W10 L1 D2 3.5
7 Jonathan Yu 126131 2206 2212 D12 W8 H— W4 H— U— 3.5
8 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1921 1961 D15 L7 L9 W20 W19 W14 3.5
9 Rhys Goldstein 110906 2026 2030 L2 L3 W8 W19 L5 W18 3.0
10 Bill Evans 103309 2047 2041 H— D12 W3 L6 W18 L5 3.0
11 Robert Bzikot 132541 2041 2037 W20 L1 H— L14 W15 D12 3.0
12 Miroslav Stefanovic 154500 1995 2010 D7 D10 H— D15 H— D11 3.0
13 Hugh Siddeley 120619 2110 2094 H— W19 L1 W5 L4 L3 2.5
14 Daniel Wiebe 132137 2039 2036 D1 D16 D18 W11 L2 L8 2.5
15 Barry Nash 120160 2042 2002 D8 H— L6 D12 L11 W20 2.5
16 Jacob Stein 108627 1951 1964 H— D14 D19 D18 H— U— 2.5
17 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1936 1901 L5 L6 B— L3 W20 U— 2.0
18 Sergey Malakhovets 158413 2102 2054 W3 L2 D14 D16 L10 L9 2.0
19 Erwin Casareno 146639 2005 1956 H— L13 D16 L9 L8 B— 2.0
20 Tigran Ghazarian 155438 1609 1593 L11 B— L5 L8 L17 L15 1.0

SwissSys Standings. ACC Club Championship : U1800

# Name CFC ID Rating Post Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total
1 Greg Beal 101490 1702 1712 W16 L4 W10 W22 W6 W5 5.0
2 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1689 1723 W18 D9 W3 D12 W8 W6 5.0
3 Daniele Pirri 132983 1548 1588 H— W14 L2 W10 W4 W9 4.5
4 Kamran Amirirad 158329 1581 1590 W20 W1 L12 W11 L3 W15 4.0
5 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1615 1610 L11 W23 W18 W24 W12 L1 4.0
6 Max England 155135 1588 1613 W30 W29 W8 W9 L1 L2 4.0
7 Joshua Allen 105802 1464 1506 H— H— U— W26 W11 W12 4.0
8 Robert J. Armstrong 100034 1582 1586 W28 W11 L6 W16 L2 W13 4.0
9 Ulli Diemer 153538 1576 1582 W22 D2 W13 L6 W19 L3 3.5
10 Brendan Grady 158392 1234 1290 H— W19 L1 L3 W27 W14 3.5
11 Richard Morrison 135889 1286 1346 W5 L8 W29 L4 L7 W22 3.0
12 Richard Essery 135206 1656 1628 W25 D13 W4 D2 L5 L7 3.0
13 Mark A. Patton 104721 1557 1530 W17 D12 L9 D14 W18 L8 3.0
14 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1244 1278 D19 L3 W23 D13 W24 L10 3.0
15 Guillermo Mansilla 154509 1473 1450 H— H— L22 W28 W16 L4 3.0
16 George Supol 152286 1419 1401 L1 W17 W26 L8 L15 W20 3.0
17 Larissa Souchko 145490 1009 1033 L13 L16 H— H— W31 W27 3.0
18 Jean-Marc David 151900 1393 1381 L2 W28 L5 W25 L13 D21 2.5
19 Jack Maguire 144604 1590 1535 D14 L10 W31 W27 L9 U— 2.5
20 Howard Halim 153419 1088 1073 L4 H— L27 B— W22 L16 2.5
21 Ryan Liu 151979 1189 1209 H— H— U— U— W28 D18 2.5
22 Christopher Field 108098 1086 1105 L9 W30 W15 L1 L20 L11 2.0
23 Martin Pitt-Bradley 158457 887 907 H— L5 L14 H— W30 U— 2.0
24 Mark A. Gelowitz 126627 1455 1424 H— W31 H— L5 L14 U— 2.0
25 Raymond Lin 150193 1313 1302 L12 H— H— L18 W26 U— 2.0
26 Henry XianRui Zhang 156492 1018 1027 H— H— L16 L7 L25 W28 2.0
27 Michael Finkelstein 158620 880 889 L29 H— W20 L19 L10 L17 1.5
28 Derek Chen 156690 1089 1065 L8 L18 W30 L15 L21 L26 1.0
29 Bill Thornton 131181 1557 1517 W27 L6 L11 U— U— U— 1.0
30 Alex Geddie 155388 1093 1048 L6 L22 L28 W31 L23 U— 1.0
31 Rahul Gangolli 156023 1047 1011 H— L24 L19 L30 L17 U— 0.5


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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2014 ACC Club Championship

Annex Chess Club Championship 2014 – January 13 to February 24

Two new trophies (one for each of the Championship and Reserve sections) were donated to ACC by inbusys inc., a keen supporter of the Club for the last three years.

Each trophy will have engraved on it the name of the respective winning Club member and his/her winning score – back to our Club’s first Championship in 2011.

ACC Championship and Reserve trophies
ACC Championship and Reserve trophies

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Round One – January 13

With a flurry of last-day email and on-site registrations, we get 50 players paired and ready to go at 7:30 pm. The only casualty is a newcomer, Julian Pulgarin, who somehow gets left out of the player list and has to take a full-point bye. We’re sorry, Julian!

Round One of a Swiss always sees some of the biggest rating mismatches of the tournament as the players in the top half of the section get what should be an easy game, while those in the bottom half face perhaps their most challenging opponent of the tournament. The outcome, however, is never a foregone conclusion, even with a big rating difference. Tonight sees some tough games and quite a few upsets.

In the Reserve section, there are just two surprise results as Teresa Lee defeats Jean-Marc David – a 565-rating-point upset! – and Daniele Pirri defeats Adrian Chin.

But in the Championship section, there is a whole string of upsets, as no less than four underdogs leave the club with something to celebrate: Omar Shah, playing with industrial noise-eliminating earmuffs, defeats Dave Southam; Hugh Siddeley, with an extra tempo after a transpositional trick in an Accelerated Dragon, defeats Andrew Boik (from Alberta); Daniel Wiebe beats Wajdy Shebetah (the recent winner of our New Year’s Blitz); and finally Erik Malmsten takes a full point from Alex Michelashvili.

The top two players in the section, Digeng Du and Michael Humphreys, escape the slaughter on the top boards unscathed, as do Jonathan Yu and Bill Evans, but the field is blown wide open. Digeng and Michael are the two favourites from the outset, but Omar, Hugh, and Dan have shown that anything can happen in this event. It’s certainly interesting to see three players over 2200 playing a full-point Swiss Gambit.

Round One Game of the Week

In this week’s game of the week, Teresa Lee pulls off a big upset win over Jean-Marc David. Her bold bishop sacrifice (13. Bh6) initially looks fishy, but the consequent attack soon turns deadly.

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Round Two – January 20

Another dozen players join the tournament in Round Two, bringing us up to 62 players.

In the Championship section, Digeng Du, Michael Humphreys, Bill Evans, and Daniel Wiebe are in the lead with 2.0/2. (Dan is on a tear! After beating Wajdy Shebetah in Round One, he upsets Jonathan Yu in Round Two to stay in the leader group.)

Just half a point behind the four leaders are a trio of new joiners who win their Round Two games after taking a bye in Round One: Pepin Manalo, Pavel Peev, and Hayk Oganesyan.

Among other new joiners this round, Olof Bergenstam – welcome back from Sweden, Olof! – is happy to get a game with international celebrity, Harmony Zhu. Harmony gets a draw against an opponent rated 150 points higher than her, and Olof gets a signed scoresheet he’s going to save.

Harmony Zhu featured on ChessBase website
Harmony Zhu featured on ChessBase website

In the Reserve section, the leader group consists of six players with a perfect 2.0/2 through two rounds: Hooshang Abbarin, Ulli Diemer, Mark Patton, Manuela Renteria, Mark Gelowitz, and Julian Pulgarin. It’s a tight group at the top, with another half a dozen players just half a point behind.

Round Two Game of the Week

In the Round Two game of the week, Hugh Siddeley looks to have defending Club Champion FM Michael Humphreys on the run, but it’s Michael who comes out on top after a rook sacrifice on h3.

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Round Three – January 27

And then there were two …

At the halfway mark, the leader group in the Championship section is down to two. Digeng Du and Michael Humphreys are the only remaining players with a perfect 3.0/3. Round Four should see a showdown between the two leaders.

Behind Digeng and Michael, Pepin Manalo follows closely with 2.5/3. And behind him, there are seven players with 2.0/3, including the Swiss gambiteers, Wajdy Shebetah and David Southam, who were upset in Round One and are now chasing the leaders from a point back.

The spotlight tonight, however, is on the game between Jonathan Yu (2147) and Wunderkind Harmony Zhu (1830) as a CBC reporter, doing a story on Harmony, films the start of their game. Despite the media scrutiny, Jonathan holds Harmony to a draw, and both players now have 1.5/3 going into Round Four.

Another distinguished visitor to the club tonight is Sarah Gillet from the Habourfront Centre. (Hope you enjoyed your visit, Sarah!) Look for Annex Chess Club and our friends, the Chess Institute, to announce a chess event at Harbourfront soon. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, down in the Reserve section, the leader group is pared down to three. Hooshang Abbarin, Ulli Diemer, and Julian Pulgarin still have a perfect 3.0/3.

Hooshang Abbarin
Hooshang Abbarin

Behind Hooshang, Ulli, and Julian, Marcus Wilker and Michael Sharpe are tied for fourth at 2.5/3, followed by ten players with 2.0.

Round Three Games of the Week

The featured games this week include Olof Bergenstam’s struggle with Dave Southam’s Stonewall – Olof goes the distance against Dave, but in the end, with White in time trouble, Southam wins the pawn-up rook ending. Pepin Manalo has also submitted his game against Hayk Oganesyan. The endgame, he thought, was especially instructive. (Pepin wins a pawn-down ending with rook and knight against White’s rook and bishop.) After posting the game, as annotated by Pepin, I received from Hayk a couple of analytical objections, which I’ve now included as well. I don’t know whether that makes the assessments balanced or just confusing … Readers will have to judge for themselves.

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Round Four – February 3

In the Championship section, the top board sees a showdown between the top two, still-perfect players, Michael Humphreys and Digeng Du. At the end of the night, Michael is smiling: through four rounds, he’s still perfect at 4.0/4, and he’s taken care of probably his most serious opposition on his way to a threepeat as ACC Champion!

Pepin Manalo, with a win against Zehn Nasir, is in second, just half a point behind at 3.5/4. Tied for third are a couple of players with 3.0, Digeng Du and Wajdy Shebetah.

 Michael Humphreys
Michael Humphreys

In the Reserves, the big game on the top board sees Hooshang Abbarin take out Ulli Diemer.

Meanwhile, newcomer Julian Pulgarin defeats Marcus Wilker to join Hooshang at 4.0/4. Julian played seven rated games back in 2005, earning a provisional rating of 1052, but he’s obviously gotten a bit stronger now – I predict he’ll give Hooshang a run for his money next week!

Julian’s got some moves off the chess board as well:

In third place, Michael Sharpe, with a win over Mark Patton, has 3.5/4.

Round Four Games of the Week

Tyler took a moment behind the desk to do some analysis of Bob’s game, playing a Pirc against Manish. We also have the game, Dave Southam vs Bill Evans, which ended in a draw – thanks to Omar for entering Dave and Bill’s game!

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Round Five – February 10

Each section has a dominating leader with a perfect record.

In the Championship section, Michael Humphreys now sits at 5.0/5 after fending off yet another challenger, Pepin Manalo. Michael heads into the final round a full point – or more – ahead of his closest rivals, most of whom he’s already played (L1 is peppered liberally through the top 6 players’ results).

Michael has won the Club Championship two years in a row, both times with 5.5/6. Can he make it a perfect 6.0/6 this year?

In the Reserve section, Julian Pulgarin’s win streak comes to a close as he finally loses a game at ACC – but not until he plays on the top board of the Reserve section. Hooshang Abbarin, after his win against Julian, is a full point ahead of the crowd with a perfect 5.0/5.

Will both trophies be engraved with 6.0/6 this year?

The final round will be played in two weeks time, after a week off for Family Day.

NOTE: The club will be CLOSED Monday February 17 – and many ACCers will be playing in the 2014 Reading Week Open at Hart House, Saturday to Monday, February 15 to 17.

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Round Six – February 25

In the Championship section, leader Michael Humphreys faces one final challenger – Wajdy Shebetah. Wajdy let’s us know he’s going to be late and arrives with less than 45 minutes left on his clock. “It’s not really a disadvantage,” Michael says afterwards. “Wajdy never uses all his time.” Whether or not time is a factor, Michael is victorious. We are thus proud to announce our 2014 Club Champion, getting his name engraved on the trophy for the third year in a row, this time with a perfect 6.0/6, is … Michael Humphreys! Congratulations, Michael!

Behind Michael are four players with 4.0/6. On tie break, the silver goes to Daniel Wiebe. And the bronze goes to Hugh Siddeley. Congratulation, Hugh and Dan.

Meanwhile, in the Reserves, top board is Hooshang Abbarin, with 5.0/5, defending his title against the wily Jack Maguire who is a full point back at 4.0/5. Unfortunately for Jack, even after a win against Hooshang – thus tying him for first at 5.0/6 – it’s Hooshang who has the best tie break. Jack takes silver, and Michael Sharpe takes bronze. Congratulations to all three Reserve winners, and especially to Hooshang Abbarin, whose name will be engraved on the trophy this year!

See complete standings below.

[Note that the standings table is sorted properly within each point group using our 4 successive tie-break systems: 1. Modifided Median-Buchholz (the sum of opponents’ total scores, with bottom score, top score, or both, discarded, depending on whether the tied players’ final scores are plus, minus, or equal); 2. Solkoff (simply the sum of opponents’ total scores); 3. Cumulative Score (the sum of the player’s own cumulative scores from each round); and 4. Performance of Opposition (the average performance rating of the player’s opposition)]

Final Results after all six rounds

SwissSys Standings. Club Championship 2014: Championship

# Name CFC# Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total
1 Michael Humphreys 131628 2293 W9 W3 W2 W4 W6 W7 6.0
2 Daniel Wiebe 132137 1919 W7 W20 L1 H— D5 W10 4.0
3 Hugh Siddeley 120619 1933 W12 L1 H— D10 W20 W13 4.0
4 Digeng Du 107986 2295 W11 W8 W13 L1 W16 U— 4.0
5 David Southam 102535 2244 L8 W14 W15 D13 D2 W6 4.0
6 Pepin Manalo 112277 1783 H— W18 W10 W17 L1 L5 3.5
7 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2215 L2 W25 W8 W19 H— L1 3.5
8 Omaray M. Shah 121329 1950 W5 L4 L7 D14 W26 D11 3.0
9 Nicholas Vettese 154199 1956 L1 L12 W25 D11 W15 D14 3.0
10 Hayk Oganesyan 152587 1963 H— W24 L6 D3 W19 L2 3.0
11 Miroslav Stefanovic 154500 2003 L4 H— D18 D9 W25 D8 3.0
12 Andrew Boik 131279 2231 L3 W9 H— H— U— W18 3.0
13 Bill Evans 103309 2046 W24 W26 L4 D5 L22 L3 2.5
14 Alexandre Michelashvili 149568 2020 L19 L5 W24 D8 D18 D9 2.5
15 Olof Bergenstam 153937 1984 H— D16 L5 D18 L9 W26 2.5
16 Harmony Zhu 151635 1830 H— D15 D20 X27 L4 U— 2.5
17 Zehn Nasir 148198 2125 D18 H— W26 L6 H— U— 2.5
18 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1895 D17 L6 D11 D15 D14 L12 2.0
19 Erik Malmsten 100196 1884 W14 L21 W27 L7 L10 U— 2.0
20 Jonathan Yu 126131 2147 W25 L2 D16 H— L3 U— 2.0
21 Pavel Peev 122223 2219 H— W19 H— U— U— U— 2.0
22 Jonathan Farine 148113 1952 H— H— U— U— W13 U— 2.0
23 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2049 H— H— U— U— U— W25 2.0
24 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1885 L13 L10 L14 B— H— U— 1.5
25 Chris Udrea 155000 1904 L20 L7 L9 W26 L11 L23 1.0
26 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1794 B— L13 L17 L25 L8 L15 1.0
27 Allan Munro 140841 2071 H— H— L19 F16 U— U— 1.0

SwissSys Standings. Club Championship 2014: Reserves

# Name CFC# Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total
1 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1735 W40 W26 W10 W5 W7 L2 5.0
2 Jack Maguire 144604 1609 W23 L10 W15 W29 W5 W1 5.0
3 Michael D. Sharpe 100280 1537 W21 H— W31 W6 H— X7 5.0
4 Marcus Wilker 102713 1609 W22 D27 W16 L7 W10 W13 4.5
5 Ulli Diemer 153538 1659 W24 W17 W9 L1 L2 W15 4.0
6 Mark A. Patton 104721 1619 W11 W30 L7 L3 W29 W16 4.0
7 Julian Pulgarin 140527 1052 B— W8 W6 W4 L1 F3 4.0
8 Robert J. Armstrong 100034 1516 W14 L7 L23 W21 W12 W11 4.0
9 Manuela Renteria 152627 1546 W28 W15 L5 D10 D11 X18 4.0
10 Mark A. Gelowitz 126627 1346 W42 W2 L1 D9 L4 W23 3.5
11 George Supol 152286 1282 L6 W25 W19 W17 D9 L8 3.5
12 Teresa Lee 154501 907 W20 L31 W26 H— L8 W24 3.5
13 Sebastian Lamprea 8092215 1301 H— L29 W14 W38 W20 L4 3.5
14 Alex Geddie 155388 993 L8 D40 L13 W42 W36 W20 3.5
15 Daniele Pirri 132983 1268 W18 L9 L2 W37 W30 L5 3.0
16 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1310 H— W39 L4 D22 W17 L6 3.0
17 Abdolreza Radpey 149018 1354 W36 L5 W41 L11 L16 W28 3.0
18 Adrian Chin 155527 1614 L15 W28 H— W23 H— F9 3.0
19 Joshua Allen 105802 1710 H— H— L11 W36 U— U— 3.0
20 Jean-Marc David 151900 1472 L12 W21 D22 W24 L13 L14 2.5
21 Manish Pamwar 156524 1025 L3 L20 W43 L8 W25 D22 2.5
22 Dennis Li 153129 1136 L4 W43 D20 D16 L26 D21 2.5
23 Raymond Lin 150193 1187 L2 W42 W8 L18 H— L10 2.5
24 Richard Morrison 135889 1292 L5 W37 D36 L20 W38 L12 2.5
25 Tigran Ghazarian 155438 815 L30 L11 W28 H— L21 W38 2.5
26 Bill Thornton 131181 1442 W37 L1 L12 H— W22 U— 2.5
27 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1315 W43 D4 L32 H— H— U— 2.5
28 Nick Mourtos 156384 1035 L9 L18 L25 W40 W42 L17 2.0
29 Eli Teram 107314 1315 H— W13 H— L2 L6 U— 2.0
30 Ian Prittie 153588 1398 W25 L6 H— H— L15 U— 2.0
31 Jiaxin Liu 149747 1627 H— W12 L3 H— U— U— 2.0
32 Nicholas O'Bumsawin 151261 1743 H— H— W27 U— U— U— 2.0
33 John Heisey 156203 1235 H— H— U— U— U— W39 2.0
34 Jian Gajardo Rashid 154802 unr. H— H— U— U— U— W40 2.0
35 Kaizen Liu 152053 1053 H— H— U— U— U— W37 2.0
36 Howard Halim 153419 797 L17 W38 D24 L19 L14 U— 1.5
37 Rahul Gangolli 156023 879 L26 L24 X42 L15 D40 L35 1.5
38 Larissa Souchko 145490 1029 H— L36 W40 L13 L24 L25 1.5
39 Arno Lowi 155277 682 H— L16 H— H— U— L33 1.5
40 Alexander Hillel 153393 1310 L1 D14 L38 L28 D37 L34 1.0
41 Jeffrey Wang Zhu 154492 893 H— H— L17 U— U— U— 1.0
42 Rahman Durdyklychev unr. L10 L23 F37 L14 L28 U— 0.0
43 Seif Tawfik unr. L27 L22 L21 U— U— U— 0.0


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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
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Michael Humphreys is 2012 Club Champion!

Michael Humphreys,
2012 ACC Champion

2012 ACC Club Championship

On January 30, we started our second annual club championship (Wajdy Shebetah was the defending 2011 Club Champion).

Round 6 (March 19)

In the last round, Michael Humphreys defeated Hugh Siddeley to take the Championship section with a final score 5.5/6. Congratulations, Michael!

In the reserve section, Omid Nemati and Ulli Diemer each won the last round. So they ended up tied for first place with 5.0/6. Omid Nemati, with the better “Modifided Median-Buchholz” score (17.5 to 17), is the official 2012 winner of the Reserve section.

Check complete final results on the cross-table, below.

Complete final results:

Championship (>1800)

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total
1 Michael Humphreys 131628 2317 W18 W4 W2 W5 D7 W3 5.5
2 David Southam 102535 2211 D13 W3 L1 W9 W12 W6 4.5
3 Hugh Siddeley 120619 1953 W6 L2 W11 W4 W5 L1 4.0
4 Adrian David Valencia 153521 2023 W10 L1 W20 L3 W15 W12 4.0
5 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2062 D21 W15 W9 L1 L3 W10 3.5
6 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2055 L3 H— W21 W17 W13 L2 3.5
7 Rolando Renteria 152626 2263 W11 H— H— W10 D1 U— 3.5
8 Daniel Wiebe 132137 1844 H— H— L10 W19 D9 B— 3.5
9 Pavel Peev 122223 2109 H— W21 L5 L2 D8 W19 3.0
10 Zehn Nasir 148198 1870 L4 W18 W8 L7 H— L5 2.5
11 Carlos Romero Alfonso 153128 1948 L7 W19 L3 L12 H— W18 2.5
12 Pepin Manalo 112277 1879 H— H— H— W11 L2 L4 2.5
13 Juliaan Posaratnanathan 146059 1917 D2 H— W16 H— L6 U— 2.5
14 Andrew Pastor 127521 1922 H— H— H— U— W20 U— 2.5
15 Erik Malmsten 100196 1866 H— L5 H— W18 L4 U— 2.0
16 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1809 H— D20 L13 H— D17 U— 2.0
17 Bruce McKendry 111714 1898 H— H— H— L6 D16 U— 2.0
18 Nicholas O'Bumsawin 151261 1799 L1 L10 W19 L15 H— L11 1.5
19 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1747 H— L11 L18 L8 W21 L9 1.5
20 Joseph Bellissimo 147544 1903 H— D16 L4 H— L14 U— 1.5
21 Sahir Abbas 1896 D5 L9 L6 H— L19 U— 1.0

Reserve (U1800)

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total
1 Omid Nemati 130676 1761 H— W19 W6 W3 D9 W4 5.0
2 Ulli Diemer unr. L4 W23 W15 W21 W8 W3 5.0
3 Yakos Spiliotopoulos 151471 1698 W13 W8 W5 L1 W29 L2 4.0
4 Bill Thornton 131181 1417 W2 L6 W24 W11 W26 L1 4.0
5 Adie Todd 125156 1692 W20 W11 L3 D9 W12 D7 4.0
6 Hayk Oganesyan 152587 1585 W14 W4 L1 U— W19 W9 4.0
7 Mohammad Zaki Uddin 152024 1723 H— L22 W16 W10 W13 D5 4.0
8 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1495 W29 L3 W20 W26 L2 W15 4.0
9 Michael Sutton 151225 1688 D10 W16 W23 D5 D1 L6 3.5
10 Hooshang Abbarin 152910 1515 D9 W27 L11 L7 W22 W17 3.5
11 Jack Maguire 144604 1531 W23 L5 W10 L4 H— W21 3.5
12 Manuela Renteria 152627 1672 H— H— H— W18 L5 W13 3.5
13 George Supol 152286 1307 L3 W28 W14 W20 L7 L12 3.0
14 Jean-Marc David 151900 1124 L6 W26 L13 L15 W27 W19 3.0
15 Christopher Field 108098 1275 H— H— L2 W14 W21 L8 3.0
16 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1255 H— L9 L7 W23 H— D26 2.5
17 Marcus Wilker 102713 1666 H— H— H— W25 U— L10 2.5
18 Anton Zverev 150115 1335 H— H— H— L12 U— W24 2.5
19 Shabnam Abbarin 151181 1335 H— L1 D27 W24 L6 L14 2.0
20 Stefan Catona 129405 1190 L5 W29 L8 L13 B— U— 2.0
21 Alejandro Renteria 152628 1422 W26 H— H— L2 L15 L11 2.0
22 Bazil Whitehead 153156 1260 H— W7 H— U— L10 U— 2.0
23 Larissa Souchko 145490 1126 L11 L2 L9 L16 H— W29 1.5
24 Dave Rutt 153519 1015 H— H— L4 L19 H— L18 1.5
25 John Warner 152782 1087 H— H— H— L17 U— U— 1.5
26 Dennis Li 153129 919 L21 L14 D29 L8 L4 D16 1.0
27 Ian Prittie unr. H— L10 D19 U— L14 U— 1.0
28 Jennifer Ugodnikov 151196 1149 H— L13 H— U— U— U— 1.0
29 Raymond Lin 150193 935 L8 L20 D26 U— L3 L23 0.5

Round 5 (March 12)

Through five rounds, Michael Humphreys is still leading the Championship section with 4.5/5. This round saw Rolando Renteria hold him to a draw.

In the Reserve section, Yakos Spiliotopoulos is back in the lead after defeating Raymond Lin. But he’s now sharing his lead with Omid Nemati, Ulli Diemer, and Bill Thornton.

Games from Round 5

Round 4 (March 5)

After four rounds, Michael Humphreys is leading the Championship section with a perfect 4.0/4. This round saw him defend his lead agains last year’s winner, Wajdy Shebetah.

In the Reserve section, the third-round leader, Yakos Spiliotopoulos, played the opening in his unorthodox style, and even went on a trademark Yak-attack, but was defeated by top-rated Omid Nemati, who now leads the section with 3.5/4.

Round 4 also saw Alex Ferreira take over TD duties from outgoing TD, Hugh Siddeley. Thank you, Hugh, for all your work over the past year and a half! Alex had a few wrinkles to iron out, taking over the tournament part-way through, but the round ran smoothly under his direction. Welcome, Alex!

Games from Round 4

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ACC Club Championship – Results

The ACC Club Championship is over!

Wajdy Shebetah wins clear first, and is our first Club Champion! Tournament details are posted on the events page. See the tournament report for games from the tournament.

Here are the final results of the ACC Club Championship, after six rounds:

# Name Rating Post Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total
1 Wajdy Shebetah 2170 2195 W17 W5 W9 D2 W4 W13 5.5
2 Stephen Fairbairn 2022 2043 U— W15 W10 D1 W6 D5 4.0
3 Daniel Zotkin 1681 1737 L9 W31 H— W18 D16 W12 4.0
4 Daniel Wiebe 1936 1990 W19 W18 L7 W9 L1 D8 3.5
5 Joseph Bellissimo 1977 1984 W15 L1 W11 H— H— D2 3.5
6 Bruce McKendry 1854 1862 W32 L9 W17 D14 L2 W16 3.5
7 Natalia Khoudgarian 2244 2249 U— W10 W4 H— W14 U— 3.5
8 Joel T. Graham unr. 0 U— H— H— W17 W9 D4 3.5
9 Hugh Siddeley 2029 2009 W3 W6 L1 L4 L8 W14 3.0
10 Pepin Manalo 1762 1746 W31 L7 L2 W20 L12 W24 3.0
11 Mohammad Zaki Uddin unr. 0 U— W19 L5 L12 W17 W23 3.0
12 Nicholas O’Bumsawin 1663 1694 U— H— H— W11 W10 L3 3.0
13 Joshua Sherman 1885 1883 U— W33 W28 H— H— L1 3.0
14 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 1845 1854 U— W26 W18 D6 L7 L9 2.5
15 Zhanna Sametova 1569 1563 L5 L2 U— W31 D25 W20 2.5
16 Greg Beal 1774 1762 U— H— H— W21 D3 L6 2.5
17 Marcus Wilker 1684 1678 L1 W25 L6 L8 L11 W29 2.0
18 Erik Malmsten 1915 1858 W22 L4 L14 L3 W26 U— 2.0
19 Yakos Spiliotopoulos 1751 1737 L4 L11 H— H— W21 U— 2.0
20 Jan-Lukas Wolf 1459 1444 U— H— H— L10 W28 L15 2.0
21 Lawrence Garcia 1458 1451 U— H— H— L16 L19 W25 2.0
22 Shabnam Abbarin 1474 1475 L18 H— W31 H— U— U— 2.0
23 Zehn Nasir 1776 1764 H— H— H— H— U— L11 2.0
24 Jack Maguire 1534 1527 H— H— H— H— U— L10 2.0
25 Jennifer Ugodnikov 1036 1038 U— L17 L26 B— D15 L21 1.5
26 Aleksandra Milicevic 1188 1196 U— L14 W25 H— L18 U— 1.5
27 George Supol unr. 0 U— U— U— D30 L29 W31 1.5
28 Ljudmila Milicevic 887 886 U— B— L13 H— L20 U— 1.5
29 Dan Geambasu unr. 0 U— U— U— U— W27 L17 1.0
30 Jiaxin Liu 1452 1435 U— U— U— D27 D31 U— 1.0
31 Jean-Marc David 1115 1112 L10 L3 L22 L15 D30 L27 0.5
32 Sebastian Palozzi 1531 1527 L6 U— U— U— U— U— 0.0
33 Michael Vermont 1465 1462 U— L13 U— U— U— U— 0.0
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