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2017 ACC Club Championship

Club Championship starts February 27

It’s time for another edition of our annual Club Championship! (Check out the club championship tag for past editions!)

The format for the Club Championship is a little different than our regular Swisses: six rounds and just two sections, Championship and Reserve.

Club Championship trophies

The Championship section sees the top players at our club vie for the title of 2017 Club Champion! Michael Humphreys has held the honour for quite some time now – five years in a row! – but this could be the year he’s unseated. The minimum rating to enter the section is 1700.

Michael Humphreys, 2012-2016 Club Champion (photo by John Upper)

The Reserve section sees players rated under 1800 compete for the title of 2017 Reserve Champion. Last year it was Max England. (Note that players rated 1700 to 1799 are normally placed in the Reserve section, but they can also opt to play up in the Championship section.)

All are welcome!

All are welcome to join us for the event, but only full-year members are eligible to win the Club Champion and Reserve Champion titles. Winners’ names will be engraved on permanent trophies at the club.

Rounds are at 7:30 pm on six Monday evenings, starting February 27 and running to April 3. New players are asked to please register by 7:00 to make sure that you’re paired for the night’s round.

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Round One – February 27

The Club Championship starts with just 15 players in the Championship section – and 28 players in the Reserve.

First-round David vs. Goliath upsets include Max England (2066) defeating Daniel Zotkin (2202) and John Fines (1903) scoring a draw against William Li (2179). In the last game to finish, Miroslav Stefanovic (2136) stubbornly defends to score a draw against top seed and five-time Club Champion Michael Humphreys (2318).

In the Reserve Sasha Chapin (1172) defeats Harry Chen (1465), Dragan Jevtic (1363) defeats Michael Sharpe (1662) and Evgeny Kalmanson (1141) defeats Shabnam Abbarin (1458).

Rd 1 Games of the Week

Here are a few select games – thanks to Keith Denning for entering them!

And finally, a game from the reserve section.

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Round Two – March 6

A few new players join the tournament, including some brand new unrated players in the Reserve section who just finished a session of Artiom’s adult chess classes: Bill Randle, Alan McMillan, and Doug Caplan. Meanwhile the Championship section gets a bit tougher as a couple new 2200+ players join: Joseph Bellissimo (2291) and Ochuko Emuakpeje (2211 FIDE). And at the end of the night, Bill Randle, Joseph Bellissimo, and Ochuko Emuakpeje are victorious!

Early leaders with perfect scores through two rounds are Sergey Noritsyn and Dave Southam in the Championship section and five players in the Reserve section: Ulli Diemer, Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy, Salim Belcadi, Kevin Li, and Mark Gelowitz!

Rd 2 Games of the Week

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Round Three – March 13

It’s the halfway point. Through three rounds, the leader – with a perfect 3.0/3 score – is Dave Southam. Half a point behind with 2.5/3 are Ochuko Emuakpeje and Michael Humphreys.

Rd 3 Games of the Week

Reserve Section

In the Reserve section, there’s a two-way tie for first: Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy and Ulli Diemer both have perfect 3.0/3 scores through three rounds. Another five players are tied for third with 2.5/3.

Here are the games from the top two boards:

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Round Four – March 20

Through four rounds, there is a clear leader in each section. In the Championship section, with a perfect 4.0/4 score, Dave Southam has sole possession of first place. Trailing by just half a point with 3.5/4 is defending champion, Michael Humphreys.

In the Reserve section, it’s Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy with a perfect 4.0/4 score and sole possession of first. Javier Dixon trails by half a point with 3.5/4.

There will be showdowns next week as each second-place player will have their chance to take the lead with a win over the leader.

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Round Five – March 27

In the Reserve section, Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy is a juggernaut, as he takes out his fifth opponent in a row to post a 5-0 record through five rounds. Ulli Diemer, Kevin Li, and Eric Pei are a point behind at 4.0.

In the Championship section, things get interesting as defending champion Michael Humphreys defeats leader Dave Southam, to rise to 4.5/5, half a point ahead of Southam, who falls to 4.0/5, as Noritsyn and Emuakpeje stay within a point at 3.5.

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Round Six – April 3

There are big dramatics in the final round as Ochuko Emuakpeje takes out Humphreys, holding him to 4.5/6 while rising to 4.5 himself. Meanwhile, Sergey Noritsyn beats Malakhovets to join them at 4.5. At this point, Dave Southam, coming into the round with 4.0, can take a clear lead and the 2017 Championship title with a win over Stefanovic. Here’s the game – with commentary by Stefanovic (Southam is black):

So the tournament ends with four players at 4.5, and it comes down to tiebreaks. With four players tied, nobody can win head-to-head. Number of wins and number of blacks eliminate Humphreys and Noritsyn, and finally Southam has a better Buchholz Cut 1 score than Emuakpeje. So Dave Southam wins it in the end on the fourth tiebreak, and ACC has a new Club Champion. Congratulations, Dave!

Dave Southam

An interesting twist arises in the Reserves when leader Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy, ahead by a full point, decides to coast to the finish with a zero-point bye in the last round, counting on better tie breaks against Diemer (head-to-head), Li (more blacks), and Pei (more wins) if any of them should get a full point in the final round.

In probably the worst case scenario for Vigneswaramoorthy, Ulli Diemer defeats Eric Pei and Kevin Li pulls off a 150-rating-point upset win over Salim Belcadi – with black! Vigneswaramoorthy had the head-to-head tiebreak secured over just Diemer, but it doesn’t help in a three-way tie with Diemer and Li. And all three now have 5 wins and 3 blacks, so it comes down to the fourth tiebreak, Buchholz Cut 1 scores – and Vigneswaramoorthy has 20.5, half a point ahead of Diemer’s 20. So Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy gets his name on the trophy and goes down in ACC history with the most impressive finish of all time in the Club Championship Reserve, winning the section with a round to spare. Congratulations, Vinorth!

Ranking cross-tables after Round 5

ACC Club Championship

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Humphreys Michael 2318 CAN 6w½ 10b1 -1 5w1 2b1 4.5
2 Southam David 2233 CAN 5b1 14w1 3b1 4w1 1w0 4
3 Noritsyn Sergey 2265 CAN 19w1 8b1 2w0 9b1 3.5
4 Emuakpeje Ochuko 2211 NGR 18b1 6w1 2b0 7w1 3.5
5 Malakhovets Sergey 2067 CAN 2w0 19b1 12w1 1b0 13w1 3
6 Stefanovic Miroslav 2136 CAN 1b½ 15w1 4b0 8w½ 11b1 3
7 Bellissimo Joseph 2291 CAN 11b1 10w1 4b0 3
8 Liu Zhanhe (lambert) 2185 CAN 12b1 3w0 6b½ 10w1 3
9 Zotkin Daniel 2202 CAN 10w0 17w1 11b0 15b1 3w0 2
10 England Max 2066 CAN 9b1 1w0 14b+ 7b0 8b0 2
11 Fines John 1903 CAN 17b½ 7w0 9w1 12b½ 6w0 2
12 Mcsherry Peter 2041 CAN 8w0 -1 5b0 11w½ 14b½ 2
13 Talsma Shawn 1925 CAN 0 -1 5b0 2
14 Akophyan Nika 1810 CAN -1 2b0 10w- 16w½ 12w½ 2
15 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1777 CAN 6b0 9w0 -1 2
16 Guo Josh 2232 CAN 0 14b½ 0 1.5
17 Li William 2179 CAN 11w½ 9b0 0 1.5
18 Qiao Cindy 1885 CAN 4w0 19b½ 0 1.5
19 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1722 CAN 3b0 5w0 18w½ 0 0 0.5
20 Calvelo Jelvis 2155 PHI 0 0 0 0 0 0

Check updated results on chess-results.

ACC Club Championship – Reserve Section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1635 CAN 35b1 10w1 13b1 2w1 7b1 5
2 Diemer Ulli 1648 CAN 18w1 22b1 5w1 1b0 8w1 4
3 Li Kevin Yunhong 1448 CAN 39w1 20b1 14w0 15b1 12w1 4
4 Pei Eric 1562 CAN 29b1 23w1 9b1 4
5 Belcadi Salim 1617 CAN 19w1 31b1 2b0 17w1 3.5
6 Abbarin Shabnam 1458 CAN 22w0 19b1 36w1 10b1 3.5
7 Dixon Javier 1195 CAN 28b1 24w1 14b1 1w0 3.5
8 Kingsbury Brett 1406 CAN 12b0 35w1 27b1 13w1 2b0 3
9 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1424 CAN 20w0 37b1 31w1 11b1 4w0 3
10 Jevtic Dragan 1363 CAN 33w1 1b0 25w1 17b1 6w0 3
11 Chapin Sasha 1172 CAN 16w1 13b- 34b1 9w0 25b1 3
12 Hanratty Brian 1686 CAN 8w1 17b½ 20w1 3b0 3
13 Gelowitz Mark A. 1450 CAN 21b1 11w+ 1w0 8b0 23w1 3
14 Sutton Michael 1716 CAN 32w1 3b1 7w0 3
15 Denning Keith 1298 CAN 38b1 3w0 21w1 3
16 Chen Harry (siqi) 1465 CAN 11b0 30w0 19b½ 32w1 31b1 2.5
17 David Jean-Marc 1438 CAN 40b1 12w½ 30b1 10w0 5b0 2.5
18 Patton Mark A. 1319 CAN 2b0 21w0 37b1 29w1 22b½ 2.5
19 Chodoriwsky David 1212 CAN 5b0 6w0 16w½ 34b1 29b1 2.5
20 Armstrong Robert J. 1715 CAN 9b1 3w0 12b0 28w1 2.5
21 Geddie Alex 1121 CAN 13w0 18b1 30w1 15b0 2.5
22 Kalmanson Evgeny 1141 CAN 6b1 2w0 23b½ 18w½ 2.5
23 Ai Amy 1049 CAN 34w1 4b0 22w½ 13b0 2
24 Ramesh Bharath 1660 CAN 27w1 7b0 0 2
25 Ellis Cody 0 CAN 10b0 27w1 11w0 2
26 Ali Shafkat 1668 CAN 0 0 30b1 2
27 Souchko Larissa 1006 CAN 37w1 24b0 8w0 25b0 32b½ 1.5
28 Caplan Doug 0 CAN 7w0 0 20b0 39b1 1.5
29 McMillan Alan 0 CAN 4w0 32b1 18b0 19w0 1.5
30 Randle Bill 0 CAN 16b1 17w0 21b0 26w0 1.5
31 Teram Eli 1005 CAN -1 5w0 9b0 16w0 1.5
32 Anghaie Reza 712 CAN 14b0 29w0 16b0 27w½ 1
33 Sharpe Michael D. 1662 CAN 10b0 0 0 1
34 Supol George 1398 CAN 23b0 11w0 19w0 1
35 Finkelstein Michael 1301 CAN 1w0 8b0 0 1
36 Vaz Jake 1175 CAN 6b0 0 0 1
37 Noritsyn Ivan 933 CAN 27b0 9w0 18w0 1
38 Noftle Madisin 0 CAN 15w0 0 0 1
39 Pancer Jeff 1016 CAN 3b0 0 0 0 28w0 0
40 Stahlbrand Kevin 983 CAN 17w0 0 0 0 0 0

Check updated results on chess-results.

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.

ACC New Year Swiss

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

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Round One – December 12

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

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

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Round Two – January 9

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

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

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

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Round Three – January 16

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

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

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

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

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Round Four – January 23

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

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

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

Rd 4 Game of the Week

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

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Round Five – January 30

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ranking cross-tables after Round 5

ACC New Year Swiss Crown

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

See full results at Chess-Results.com

ACC New Year Swiss U1900

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

See full results at Chess-Results.com

ACC New Year Swiss U1500

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

See full results at Chess-Results.com

ACC “Hit the Books” Swiss

reading chess books

When Toronto chess players feel that end-of-summer nip in the air, it means only one thing: not that the malls are in back-to-school mode, nor that the CNE is in full swing, but that the Toronto Labour Day Open is just around the corner. In other words, it’s time to hit the books and prepare for the 2014-2015 chess season.

The ACC Hit the Books Swiss is a five-round regular club tournament, divided in three sections by CFC rating – Crown (minimum 1800), Reserve A (under-1900; minimum 1400), and Reserve B (under-1500). Tournament games are CFC-rated, and games in the Crown section are FIDE-rated.

Rounds are every Monday night, August 18 to September 22 (except September 1, Labour Day).

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Round 1 – August 18

The tournament starts with only 40 players – I hope the name didn’t scare anyone! As in every Swiss, Round One sees David-versus-Goliath matchups – and it’s fun to report the upsets.

In the Crown section, Hugh Siddeley scores an upset win over SCC Champion Dave Southam, Hanyuan Ye defeats 100-point favourite Daniel Wiebe, and Miroslav Stefanovic does well to draw Rodrigo Oliveira, the winner of our last club tournament.

In U1900, newcomer Nicholas Wu scores an upset win over Daniel Sirkovich, the highest-rated player in the section.

Finally, while U1500 is free of major upsets, we’re happy to welcome to the club unrated newcomers Jimmy Fitzgerald, Leon Gagarin, and Kamran Amirirad.

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Round 2 – August 25

Before the round starts, players are treated to a lecture by Omar Shah, “Musings from Canadian Open: Montreal 2014.”

The lecture focuses on an interesting moment from one of Shah’s games at this year’s COCC, and uses the audience’s thinking about the position to mine gems of insight about the process of chess analysis.

Reflecting on the analytic process has been a preoccupation of Shah’s for the past year. For those interested in following him on this journey, he recommends starting with Soltis’ The Inner Game of Chess. Shah’s lecture also includes some advice on attending an out-of-town Canadian Open: don’t do it alone. The lecture is lively and interactive, with plenty of audience participation throughout. Thank you, Omar!

The round gets started at 7:30 pm.

Both Tigran Ghazarian and Jack Maguire, winners of last tournament’s U1500 and U1900 sections, are taking advantage of the opportunity to play in a higher section in this event, but both received full-point byes in the first round because of odd numbers. Now entering round two with a full 1.0/1, they each face tough veteran opponents in their sections. Amazingly, Tigran Ghazarian manages to take down Hooshang Abbarin, and now has a 2-0 record in U1900! Maguire, however, is not so lucky against Bill Evans in the Crown section.

Along with Bill Evans, the crème de la crème atop the Crown section includes Jonathan Yu and Club Champion Michael Humphreys, all with 2.0/2.

In U1900, Tigran Ghazarian is joined at the top by Ulli Diemer and Vlad Nitu, all with 2.0/2. U1900 play also sees newcomer Irina Saneblidze, who hasn’t played chess since she was young, start her triumphant return in fine style with a win against young Arhant Washimkar. Congratulations, Irina!

In U1500, two players are still perfect: Jean-Marc David and Qi Zhou stand atop the section with 2.0/2.

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Round 3 – September 8

In the top section, Michael Humphreys, with a win over Jon Yu, and Bill Evans, with a win over Arkadiy Ugodnikov, are the only two who remain with perfect 3.0/3 records. Next week, Humphreys, the club champion, will face off against Evans, the veteran master. Southam, Yu, and Ferreira are just a point behind at 2.0/3.

In U1900, young Tigran Ghazarian, fresh from the U1500 section, is mopping up in the middle section as well! If he wins the U1900 section, he’ll be able to play in the Crown next tournament. With a win over Ulli Diemer, Ghazarian is now the only player with 3.0/3, but Vlad Nitu is just a half point behind at 2.5/3.

In U1500, there’s a three-way tie for the lead as unrated Kamran Amirirad, with a win over Richard Morrison, catches up with Jean-Marc David, who took a bye, and Qi Zhou, who was held to a draw by Raymond Lin.

Thanks to Pepin Manalo for sharing his game from the Crown section!

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Round 4 – September 15

The cold weather seems to be bringing players back to the club; the Crown section has reached 20!

In that Crown section, three-time Club Champion Michael Humphreys stands undefeated after a win over Bill Evans. Standing a point ahead of the competition at 4.0/4, and having defeated both 3/0/4 contenders, Humphreys has clinched the event! Next week, he’ll have the opportunity for a victory lap to make it a perfect 5.0/5.

In the middle (U1900) section, Tigran Ghazarian’s streak is held in check as he and Hooshang Abbarin draw their game. Nevertheless, Ghazarian leads the section by half a point with 3.5/4 going into the final round.

In the bottom (U1500) section, Jean-Marc David takes a bye, allowing Qi Zhou, with a win over Kamran Amirirad, to catch him. Zhou and David enter the final round, both with 3.5/4.

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Round 5 – September 22

The final round sees the champions take perfect results. In the Crown section, Michael Humphreys makes it a perfect 5.0/5, with a win over Daniel Wiebe. In the U1900, Tigran Vaganian wins by forfeit over an absent Vlad Nitu to take the section with 4.5/5. And in the U1500, Qi Zhou defeats Jean-Marc David to take first with 4.5/5.

Congratulations, Michael, Tigran, and Qi!

A new club tournament starts at 7:30 pm next Monday September 29. New players are welcome. Arrive by 7:00 if you’re not already registered!

See complete results on the standings table below.

Final results after Round Five

SwissSys Standings. Hit the Books: Crown

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Michael Humphreys 131628 2307 W16 W7 W2 W4 W9 5.0
2 Jonathan Yu 126131 2076 W22 W19 L1 W13 W4 4.0
3 Daniel Zotkin 146857 2061 H— H— D7 W8 W10 3.5
4 Bill Evans 103309 2027 W17 W11 W8 L1 L2 3.0
5 Matthew Struthers 110170 2018 H— H— U— W20 W13 3.0
6 Rodrigo Oliveira 152923 2216 D18 D20 D11 D10 W7 3.0
7 Hugh Siddeley 120619 1987 W10 L1 D3 W11 L6 2.5
8 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1947 H— W12 L4 L3 W16 2.5
9 Daniel Wiebe 132137 2064 L19 W22 H— W17 L1 2.5
10 David Southam 102535 2178 L7 W16 W18 D6 L3 2.5
11 Jack Maguire 144604 1608 B— L4 D6 L7 X21 2.5
12 Ismail Ibrahim 105228 2027 H— L8 L17 W22 D15 2.0
13 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2048 H— D18 W20 L2 L5 2.0
14 Jacob Stein 108627 1746 H— H— U— U— W22 2.0
15 Ian Mahoney 149124 1747 H— H— U— D16 D12 2.0
16 Armand Jess Mendoza 156958 2001 L1 L10 W22 D15 L8 1.5
17 Pepin Manalo 112277 1824 L4 H— W12 L9 U— 1.5
18 Miroslav Stefanovic 154500 1996 D6 D13 L10 H— U— 1.5
19 Hanyuan Ye 144844 1954 W9 L2 U— U— U— 1.0
20 Nicholas Vettese 154199 1950 H— D6 L13 L5 U— 1.0
21 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2030 H— H— U— U— F11 1.0
22 Antonios Valkanas 158189 1957 L2 L9 L16 L12 L14 0.0

SwissSys Standings. Hit the Books: U1900

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Tigran Ghazarian 155438 1288 B— W2 W6 D5 X4 4.5
2 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1659 W10 L1 W9 X8 D3 3.5
3 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1599 H— W5 D8 W7 D2 3.5
4 Vlad Nitu 154215 1731 W12 W9 H— H— F1 3.0
5 Nicholas Wu 154991 1541 W15 L3 W11 D1 L10 2.5
6 Ulli Diemer 153538 1552 W14 W11 L1 H— L9 2.5
7 Daniele Pirri 132983 1442 L11 W10 X15 L3 U— 2.0
8 Irina Saneblidze unr. H— W12 D3 F2 U— 2.0
9 Mark A. Patton 104721 1601 W13 L4 L2 L10 W6 2.0
10 Marc Ben-Avraham 145628 1439 L2 L7 L12 W9 W5 2.0
11 Atharva Washimkar 153285 1725 W7 L6 L5 D12 U— 1.5
12 Arhant Washimkar 153286 1507 L4 L8 W10 D11 U— 1.5
13 Mark A. Gelowitz 126627 1433 L9 B— U— U— U— 1.0
14 George Supol 152286 1430 L6 H— H— U— U— 1.0
15 Daniel Sirkovich 145096 1759 L5 H— F7 U— U— 0.5

SwissSys Standings. Hit the Books: U1500

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Qi Zhou 158050 1314 W18 W4 D5 W2 W3 4.5
2 Kamran Amirirad unr. D7 W16 W4 L1 W5 3.5
3 Jean-Marc David 151900 1336 W8 W19 H— W6 L1 3.5
4 Richard Morrison 135889 1408 W9 L1 L2 W17 W12 3.0
5 Raymond Lin 150193 1199 W14 D6 D1 W10 L2 3.0
6 Dennis Li 153129 1213 D16 D5 W8 L3 W9 3.0
7 Dylan Xiong 152060 1046 D2 H— D16 D9 W10 3.0
8 Rahul Gangolli 156023 966 L3 W14 L6 W13 U— 2.0
9 Howard Halim 153419 1124 L4 D10 W14 D7 L6 2.0
10 Eli Teram 107314 1201 H— D9 W17 L5 L7 2.0
11 Adam Goldfarb 153496 1326 W15 U— H— H— U— 2.0
12 Larissa Souchko 145490 1008 H— H— U— X16 L4 2.0
13 Kaizen Liu 152053 1047 H— H— U— L8 W14 2.0
14 Leon Gagarin unr. L5 L8 L9 B— L13 1.0
15 Jeffrey Wang Zhu 154492 900 L11 W18 U— U— U— 1.0
16 Jimmy Fitzgerald unr. D6 L2 D7 F12 U— 1.0
17 Ryan Yu 156218 989 H— H— L10 L4 U— 1.0
18 Vicknam Harichandrabose 158191 611 L1 L15 H— U— U— 0.5
19 Mark A. Gelowitz 126627 1442 H— L3 U— U— U— 0.5


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“I started by just sitting by the chessboard exploring things. I didn’t even have books at first, and I just played by myself. I learnt a lot from that, and I feel that it is a big reason why I now have a good intuitive understanding of chess.”

~ Magnus Carlsen


The title picture features Tal’s Life and Games of Mikhail Tal (1997) and Sheerer’s Blackmar Diemer Gambit: A modern guide (2011) – both available from Everyman Chess (formerly Cadogan Chess).

ACC Drum and Dance Swiss

drum and dance

From pow wows to Caribana, summer in Toronto is full of drumming and dancing.

At Annex Chess Club, there will be no regalia in sight, and no steel band in earshot. But we will make our moves to a rhythm that is inside us as much as it is outside. We will enter a state of concentration and focus for a performance that demands training and technique, rigour and endurance, continual creativity, and perfect timing.

Daniel Wiebe

The Drum and Dance Swiss is a five-round regular club tournament, divided in three sections by CFC rating – Crown (minimum 1800), Reserve A (under-1900; minimum 1400), and Reserve B (under-1500). Tournament games are CFC-rated.

Rounds are every Monday night, July 7 to August 11, except August 4, Caribana weekend.

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Round 1 – July 7

The tournament starts with 42 players. Round One of a Swiss sees underdogs battle favourites as the top half of each section is paired against the bottom half.

In the Crown section, three games are taken by the favourites, two are drawn, and veteran Arkadiy Ugodnikov scores an upset victory over young Daniel Zotkin.

Arkadiy Ugodnikov
Arkadiy Ugodnikov

In the U1900 section the underdogs score fifty percent, as Mark Patton, Daniel Pirri, and Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy all defeat higher-rated opponents, three favourites win their games, and there is one draw.

Finally, in U1500, the favourites dominate, taking five of eight games. There is one draw, and underdogs Jeffrey Zhu and Qi Zhou each score a full point.

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Round 2 – July 14

Round Two pits first-round winners against winners; only a few finish with 2.0/2. Atop the Crown section are Rodrigo Oliveira, defeating Daniel Wiebe, and Bill Evans, defeating Dave Southam.

In the U1900 section, Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy is in a groove, as he follows up a win against Ulli Diemer in Round 1 with a win against Marcus Wilker in Round 2. Vigneswaramoorthy is in good company atop the section, joined by veterans Bill Thornton and Hooshang Abbarin.

Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy
Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy

In U1500, unrated Qi Zhou has 2.0/2, with a Round-2 victory over Mark Gelowitz, as does Adam Goldfarb, with a win over Jean-Marc David.

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Round 3 – July 21

Round Three sees the leaders go head to head, aiming for sole possession of first place.

Before the round, club arbiter Tyler Longo announces the success of two of our young players at the 2014 Canadian Youth Chess Championship in Montreal. Nicholas Vettese came 2nd among Canadians under 10, and Cindy Qiao came 3rd among Canadian girls under 12. Congratulations, Nicholas and Cindy!

Tyler also mentions the absence of many of our players who are currently competing in the 2014 Canadian Open Championship, also in Montreal. Club Champion Michael Humphreys, in particular, has done well in the top section; he’s undefeated against a GM, two IMs (one of whom he beat), and an FM. Initially seeded 41st out of 43 players, his 2.5/4 score puts him in 12th place. Good luck, Humphreys!

When the games begin, the top section sees Rodrigo Oliveira and Bill Evans face off on board one. At the end of the night Oliveira comes out on top, and he now leads the tournament through three rounds with 3.0/3 in the Crown section.

Rodrigo Oliveira
Rodrigo Oliveira

In U1900 play, leaders Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy and Bill Thornton face off on the top board, while Jack Maguire (back from parental duties at CYCC) faces the third leader Hooshang Abbarin on board two. Vigneswaramoorthy wins his second game in a row from the black side of a King’s Indian, while Maguire takes out Abbarin. Vigneswaramoorthy now leads the section with a perfect 3.0/3 and has already knocked out three top seeds, but he’ll have to face two more challengers before it’s over. Maguire, for one, just a half point behind at 2.5/3, does not plan to let him off easy next week (see comments below).

In U1500, there’s still no clear leader, as Tigran Ghazarian and Dennis Li, from the 1.5 group, win their Round-3 games (with Li knocking Adam Goldfarb out of the top point group) while Qi Zhou, with a bye this week, stays level with Ghazarian and Li at 2.5/3. The trio of leaders will have two more rounds to sort it out, but with another five players just a half point behind it’s anyone’s guess what the final standings will be.

Games from Round 3

Here’s the game from top board in the Crown section: Rodrigo Oliveira’s win from the black side of a QGD.

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Round 4 – July 28

Before the round, Tyler Longo announces the Harbourfront Centre Chessfest, August 10, and the Labour Day Open, August 30 to September 1. When the round starts at 7:30, players include the Washimkar brothers returning to the club. Welcome back, Atharva and Arhant!

In the Crown section, top board sees the undefeated leader Rodrigo Oliveira, with 3.0/3, face a challenger from the 2.5-point group, Miroslav Stefanovic. In the end, Oliveira takes a full point – see game below – and now leads with 4.0/4. Oliveira has one more round to play, but with only one player with 3.0/4, whom he has already beaten, nobody can catch him.

In U1900, it’s Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy, with 3.0/3, facing challenger Jack Maguire. Maguire, known for his daring gambit play, essays the Portuguese variation of the Scandinavian Defence (1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. d4 Bg4+ – allowing 4. f3 and 5. c4 to hold the pawn), which Vigneswaramoorthy answers by giving the pawn back with 4. Nf3, and succeeds in holding Maguire to a draw – see game below. Holding sole possession of the lead with 3.5/4, Vigneswaramoorthy may yet be overtaken by one of the players with 3.0/4, Maguire included. But if he wins in Round 5, Vigneswaramoorthy will undoubtedly be the lowest-rated player ever to take the middle section at Annex Chess Club.

Finally, U1500 play sees Tigran Ghazarian defeat Dennis Li to take sole possession of first place with 3.5/4. Ghazarian, who was this year’s Canadian Chess Challenge grade 1 champion, is the youngest player in the tournament.

Tigran Ghazarian
Tigran Ghazarian

Games from Round 4

Here are the games from top board in the Crown section (Oliveira wins against Stefanovic’s Slav) and top board in U1900 (Vigneswaramoorthy is “up to the Portuguese challenge” – see comments).

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Round 5 – August 11

In the Crown section, Rodrigo Oliveira defeats Jonathan Yu to win the tournamaent with a perfect 5.0/5 record. Congratualtions, Rodrigo!

In the U1900, Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy finally has his winning streak ended when he runs up against Hooshang Abbarin. Abbarin spoils Vigneswaramoorthy’s hopes, and hands the section to Jack Maguire, who wins first place with a 4.0/5 record after a final-round win over Daniel Pirri. Congratulations, Jack!

Finally, in U1500, young Tigran Ghazarian holds his lead, defeating Qi Zhou to take first place with 4.5/5. Congratulations, Tigran!

The next tournament starts on Monday, August 18, at 7:30 pm. Players, please arrive before 7:00 pm unless you’ve pre-registered.

Section winners, Ghazarian and Maguire, may each play up in the next higher section. And the Crown section will now be FIDE-rated.

Final Results after Round Five

SwissSys Standings. Drum and Dance: Crown

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Rodrigo Oliveira 152923 2086 W17 W10 W3 W5 W4 5.0
2 Armand Jess Mendoza 156958 1861 D14 L4 W12 W8 W3 3.5
3 Bill Evans 103309 2024 W18 W6 L1 W7 L2 3.0
4 Jonathan Yu 126131 2072 H— W2 H— W9 L1 3.0
5 Miroslav Stefanovic 154500 1970 H— W14 W15 L1 D6 3.0
6 David Southam 102535 2201 D9 L3 W14 W10 D5 3.0
7 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1947 W8 H— H— L3 X13 3.0
8 Daniel Zotkin 146857 2200 L7 H— W17 L2 W15 2.5
9 Nicholas Vettese 154199 1949 D6 H— W13 L4 L14 2.0
10 Daniel Wiebe 132137 2032 W12 L1 H— L6 D16 2.0
11 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2030 H— H— U— W15 U— 2.0
12 Hanyuan Ye 144844 1749 L10 U— L2 W14 W17 2.0
13 Jianqiu Chen 157842 2058 F15 W18 L9 W17 F7 2.0
14 Hugh Siddeley 120619 2073 D2 L5 L6 L12 W9 1.5
15 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1807 X13 H— L5 L11 L8 1.5
16 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2048 H— H— U— U— D10 1.5
17 Chris Udrea 155000 1926 L1 W19 L8 L13 L12 1.0
18 Greg Beal 101490 1710 L3 L13 H— H— U— 1.0
19 Tyler Longo 135360 2031 H— L17 H— U— U— 1.0

SwissSys Standings. Drum and Dance: U1900

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Jack Maguire 144604 1579 W7 H— W2 D3 W8 4.0
2 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1647 W11 W8 L1 W4 W3 4.0
3 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1413 W17 W19 W9 D1 L2 3.5
4 Mark A. Patton 104721 1545 W13 L9 W15 L2 W10 3.0
5 Atharva Washimkar 153285 1765 H— H— U— W17 W7 3.0
6 Arhant Washimkar 153286 1435 H— H— U— W20 W9 3.0
7 Richard Morrison 135889 1382 L1 B— W17 W9 L5 3.0
8 Daniele Pirri 132983 1422 W18 L2 H— W10 L1 2.5
9 Bill Thornton 131181 1698 W10 W4 L3 L7 L6 2.0
10 Marc Ben-Avraham 145628 1444 L9 D13 W16 L8 L4 1.5
11 George Supol 152286 1417 L2 L17 W19 H— U— 1.5
12 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1947 H— H— U— U— D14 1.5
13 Daniel Sirkovich 145096 1779 L4 D10 H— H— U— 1.5
14 Antonios Valkanas unr. H— H— U— U— D12 1.5
15 Benito Surya 153755 1675 H— H— L4 H— U— 1.5
16 Claudio Sottile 148499 1488 D19 L18 L10 B— U— 1.5
17 Ulli Diemer 153538 1606 L3 W11 L7 L5 U— 1.0
18 Adie Todd 125156 1663 L8 W16 U— U— U— 1.0
19 Marcus Wilker 102713 1723 D16 L3 L11 H— U— 1.0
20 Vlad Nitu 154215 1759 H— H— U— L6 U— 1.0

SwissSys Standings. Drum and Dance: U1500

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Tigran Ghazarian 155438 1156 W22 H— W12 W9 W4 4.5
2 Mark A. Gelowitz 126627 1442 W11 L4 W19 W7 W9 4.0
3 Adam Goldfarb 153496 1320 W21 W13 L9 H— W10 3.5
4 Qi Zhou unr. W16 W2 H— H— L1 3.0
5 Jeffrey Wang Zhu 154705 609 W15 H— H— W6 U— 3.0
6 Howard Halim 153419 1083 W7 L12 W8 L5 W14 3.0
7 Kevin Corlis unr. L6 W11 X15 L2 W17 3.0
8 Zaynah Bhanji 155866 843 D10 H— L6 W18 W12 3.0
9 Dennis Li 153129 1200 H— W10 W3 L1 L2 2.5
10 Raymond Lin 150193 1218 D8 L9 W14 W15 L3 2.5
11 Larissa Souchko 145490 1008 L2 L7 B— X19 U— 2.0
12 Eli Teram 107314 1238 H— W6 L1 H— L8 2.0
13 Jean-Marc David 151900 1351 W14 L3 H— U— U— 1.5
14 Areez Bhanji 156144 877 L13 H— L10 W22 L6 1.5
15 Alex Geddie 155388 1142 L5 W20 F7 L10 U— 1.0
16 Rahul Gangolli 156023 1060 L4 H— H— U— U— 1.0
17 Kaizen Liu 152053 1047 H— H— U— U— L7 1.0
18 Vicknan Harichandrabose unr. H— H— U— L8 U— 1.0
19 Denis Ceastov 156165 626 H— H— L2 F11 U— 1.0
20 Richard Morrison 135889 1382 H— L15 U— U— U— 0.5
21 Luka Svirac 158025 850 L3 H— U— U— U— 0.5
22 Rahman Durdyklychev 156700 806 L1 U— U— L14 U— 0.0

Dance to the rhythm in Toronto

Honour the elders at the Na Me Res Pow Wow – June 21
Celebrate emancipation at Caribana – July 8 to August 2.
Afrofest - July 5-6
Afrofest – July 5-6
Salsa on St. Clair - July 19-20
Salsa on St. Clair – July 19-20


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“When you appreciate the power of nature, knowing the rhythm of any situation,
you will be able to hit the enemy naturally and strike naturally.”

~ Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings, 1645