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ACC Celebrate Summer Swiss

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It’s summer in Toronto and there are a thousand ways to celebrate! Summer starts officially in the Annex neighbourhood on Sunday June 8 with the Annex Festival on Bloor.

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Then, Sunday June 15, Harbourfront Centre hosts Chessfest, presented by Scotiabank. Enter the blitz tournament, try your luck against the blindfold master, or just show up for free family fun: face painting, chess lessons, casual games, and more! (Chessfest returns August 10.)

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Meanwhile, at 918 Bathurst, Annex Chess Club is celebrating summer every Monday night in June. The Celebrate Summer Swiss runs June 2 to June 30. It’s a five-round tournament in 3 sections: Crown, under 1900, and under 1500.

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Round One – June 2

The tournament gets started at 7:30 pm with forty-two players paired. Before the round starts, Ted Winick celebrates our Annex A team (who won the GTCL Cup last week): Michael Humphreys, Pavel Peev, Zehn Nasir, and Bill Evans. Showing off our new trophy, Ted remarks that Annex Chess Club is “not just a pretty face” on the Toronto chess scene. The winners share a round of applause with all participants as Ted thanks all the Annex players who came out for the event.

When the round gets underway, it’s David-versus-Goliath chess as players wrestle with typically lopsided Round-One Swiss pairings. In the Crown section, Goliaths dominate, but at the end of the night the biggest Goliath of them all, Club Champion FM Michael Humphreys is held to a draw on Board One by Nicholas Gellner.

Things are much more topsy-turvy in the U1900 section. Rife with upsets, the section sees Adrian Chin, Cindy Qiao, George Supol, and Richard Morrison all take down higher-rated opponents. Ulli Diemer calculates after the round that the average rating of the five losers in the section is 1624, while the average rating of the five winners is 1469. Wow!

In U1500, Goliaths return to their rightful dominance, and David is defeated on every board but one. On that one board, it’s young Tigran Ghazarian, Canadian Chess Challenge Grade One Champion, who takes down Daniele Pirri.

Tigran Ghazarian
Tigran Ghazarian

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Round Two – June 9

In the Crown section, there is a huge upset as Omar Shah defeats Club Champion Michael Humphreys. Shah joins Hugh Siddeley and Bill Evans in a three-way tie for first at 2.0/2.

In U1900, Adrian Chin and Greg Beal are tied for first with 2.0/2. Both prevail against tough opponents as George Supol and Cindy Qiao make the leaders work hard for their round-two wins. (Good luck to Cindy Qiao and Nicholas Vettese at the North American Youth Chess Championships in New York this week!)

In U1500, Raymond Lin and Max England are tied for first with 2.0/2.

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Round Three – June 16

Not everyone can be perfect all the time. Round Three features a number of mini-playoffs between players with perfect records through two rounds.

In the Crown section, Hugh Siddeley prevails against Bill Evans, while Omar Shah takes a bye. Siddeley is now alone in first with 3.0/3.

Hugh Siddeley
Hugh Siddeley

In U1900 action, Adrian Chin and Greg Beal battle to a draw. Chin and Beal are now tied for the lead in the section with 2.5/3. Having played each other, they’ll now face challengers from the 2-point group.

In the U1500 section, Max England defeats Raymond Lin. England is now alone in first with 3.0/3.

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Round Four – June 23

Round Four we welcome back Cindy Qiao and Nicholas Vettese from the NAYCC in New York. Nicholas Vettese won 2nd place in U10 (and earned a new CM title):
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In the Crown section, Danny Zotkin defeats leader Hugh Siddeley to take over first place, with 3.5/4.

Daniel Zotkin
Daniel Zotkin

In U1900, Adrian Chin defeats Ulli Diemer while co-leader Greg Beal is held to a draw by Hooshang Abbarin, allowing Chin to pull into first with 3.5/4.

In U1500, Mark Gelowitz defeats leader Max England to take over first place, with 3.5/4.

The three new leaders will face a final challenger in Round 5 as they fight to hold their first-place positions.

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Round Five – June 30

The final round of the tournament sees tournament leader Daniel Zotkin hold his half-point lead as he defeats Bill Evans to finish clear first in the Crown section with 4.5/5. Keeping the pressure on the leader, Hugh Siddeley wins his game against Chris Udrea to finishes second with 4.0/5. In third, Jianqiu Chen wins three in a row to finish with 3.5/5.

In U1900 last-round action, Claudio Sottile plays spoiler, knocking leader Adrian Chin down to second place, as Greg Beal, from half a point behind, wins his game against Ulli Diemer to takes clear first with 4.0/5.

In the 1500 section, Max England holds tough, defeating Howard Halim to take clear first with 4.0/5. Behind him, Mark Gelowitz and Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy tie for second with 3.5/5.

Congratulations to Daniel Zotkin for taking the tournament, and to Greg Beal and Max England for winning their sections!

A new club tournament, the Drum and Dance Swiss, starts next Monday July 7, with Round One games starting at 7:30 pm. Arrive before 7:00 if you’re not pre-registered.


Final Results after Round Five

SwissSys Standings. Celebrate Summer Swiss: Crown

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Daniel Zotkin 146857 2104 D7 W3 W15 W2 W5 4.5
2 Hugh Siddeley 120619 2011 W19 W11 W5 L1 W7 4.0
3 Jianqiu Chen 157842 1874 H— L1 W14 W16 W10 3.5
4 Omaray M. Shah 121329 1965 W14 W9 H— H— U— 3.0
5 Bill Evans 103309 2013 W13 W15 L2 D8 L1 2.5
6 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1802 H— L18 L9 B— W19 2.5
7 Chris Udrea 155000 1911 D1 D8 D16 W18 L2 2.5
8 David Southam 102535 2220 H— D7 W19 D5 U— 2.5
9 Michael Humphreys 131628 2288 D16 L4 W6 H— U— 2.0
10 Daniel Wiebe 132137 2041 H— H— U— W13 L3 2.0
11 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2072 W17 L2 H— H— U— 2.0
12 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2022 H— H— U— W19 U— 2.0
13 Armand Jess Mendoza 156958 1854 L5 L19 W17 L10 X15 2.0
14 Marcus Wilker 102713 1710 L4 W17 L3 H— U— 1.5
15 Rodrigo Oliveira 152923 2113 W18 L5 L1 H— F13 1.5
16 Nicholas Gellner 132628 1949 D9 H— D7 L3 U— 1.5
17 Pepin Manalo 112277 1897 L11 L14 L13 H— B— 1.5
18 Nicholas Vettese 154199 1943 L15 W6 H— L7 U— 1.5
19 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1816 L2 W13 L8 L12 L6 1.0

SwissSys Standings. Celebrate Summer Swiss: U1900

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Greg Beal 101490 1673 W10 W7 D2 D3 W8 4.0
2 Adrian Chin 155527 1570 W3 W6 D1 W8 L5 3.5
3 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1656 L2 W13 W12 D1 D7 3.0
4 Richard Morrison 135889 1303 W12 L9 H— D7 W11 3.0
5 Claudio Sottile 148499 1440 H— H— U— W14 W2 3.0
6 George Supol 152286 1395 W8 L2 L10 D11 X12 2.5
7 Cindy Qiao 155864 1405 W11 L1 H— D4 D3 2.5
8 Ulli Diemer 153538 1651 L6 W11 B— L2 L1 2.0
9 Hugh McNeil 108257 1798 H— W4 H— U— U— 2.0
10 Bill Thornton 131181 1575 L1 H— W6 H— U— 2.0
11 Jack Maguire 144604 1653 L7 L8 W13 D6 L4 1.5
12 Mark A. Patton 104721 1586 L4 B— L3 H— F6 1.5
13 Julian Pulgarin 140527 1495 H— L3 L11 B— U— 1.5
14 Adie Todd 125156 1689 H— H— U— L5 U— 1.0

SwissSys Standings. Celebrate Summer Swiss: U1500

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Max England 155135 1396 W11 W17 W10 L2 W15 4.0
2 Mark A. Gelowitz 126627 1424 W16 D12 W13 W1 U— 3.5
3 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1353 W24 U— W20 W4 D18 3.5
4 Daniele Pirri 132983 1454 L13 W11 W12 L3 W10 3.0
5 Julian Csik 133774 1358 W7 L10 U— W17 W12 3.0
6 Eli Teram 107314 1250 H— H— L11 W22 W7 3.0
7 Rahul Gangolli 156023 1044 L5 H— W9 W13 L6 2.5
8 Jean-Marc David 151900 1351 H— D13 H— W16 U— 2.5
9 Larissa Souchko 145490 996 L17 D16 L7 W23 W21 2.5
10 Raymond Lin 150193 1206 W19 W5 L1 U— L4 2.0
11 Nick Mourtos 156384 1107 L1 L4 W6 X20 U— 2.0
12 Dennis Li 153129 1209 W21 D2 L4 D15 L5 2.0
13 Tigran Ghazarian 155438 1191 W4 D8 L2 L7 D19 2.0
14 Abdolreza Radpey 149018 1362 W15 H— H— U— U— 2.0
15 Howard Halim 153419 1056 L14 H— W21 D12 L1 2.0
16 Alex Geddie 155388 1158 L2 D9 W19 L8 U— 1.5
17 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1258 W9 L1 H— L5 U— 1.5
18 George Supol 152286 1395 H— H— U— U— D3 1.5
19 Zaynah Bhanji 155866 895 L10 H— L16 H— D13 1.5
20 Kaizen Liu 152053 1052 H— H— L3 F11 U— 1.0
21 Areez Bhanji 156144 904 L12 H— L15 H— L9 1.0
22 Luka Svirac unr. H— H— U— L6 U— 1.0
23 Jeffrey Wang Zhu 154705 unr. H— H— U— L9 U— 1.0
24 Michael Vermont 151783 1002 L3 H— H— U— U— 1.0

Leonid Gerzhoy is Toronto Open Champion!

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2014 Toronto Open Chess Championship

Sponsored by: The Pump
The Pump

Hosted by: Annex Chess Club
Location: 918 Bathurst, Toronto, ON
Dates: Easter weekend – Friday April 18 to Sunday April 20
Format: 6-round Swiss
Sections: Crown, U2200, U1600
Top players: GM Sambuev, IM Gerzhoy, IM Samsonkin and IM Cheng


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Tournament Champion

The winner of the tournament, with 5.0/6 (+4 -0 =2) in the Crown section, becoming 2014 Toronto Open Chess Champion, is IM Leonid Gerzhoy

2014 Toronto Open Champion, International Master Leonid Gerzhoy
2014 Toronto Open Champion,
International Master Leonid Gerzhoy

Tournament Webpage

Full details, cross-tables, games, and photos are on the tournament page.

Welcome Spring Swiss

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Welcome, Spring!

It’s finally here! Spring flowers are poking up, TIFF is up and running, and the weather is starting to get nice enough to sit on a patio – maybe even without a winter coat.

At Annex, we’re launching our ACC Welcome Spring Swiss. Five rounds. Three sections (by CFC rating):

  • Crown (minimum 1700* to qualify)
  • Reserve A / U1800* (minimum 1300*)
  • Reserve B / U1400*

* The rating floors/ceilings are 100 points lower than usual, because we’ve temporarily lost a number of our top players to the Toronto Closed – running concurrently with the regular club tournament. Lower cut-offs help to even out the sections.

All club tournament games are CFC-rated. “Welcome Spring” rounds are on Monday nights, April 7 to May 12. We’re closed April 21 for Easter Monday – but don’t miss the Toronto Open on Easter weekend, April 18-20.

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Round One – April 7

The first round gets started with 42 players sitting down to 21 David-versus-Goliath match-ups. It’s the way the first round is always paired in a Swiss tournament.

At the end of the night, the Goliaths have won most of their games, as they usually do in chess, but there are a few draws – and even some upsets. Top- and middle-section Goliaths mostly walk away unscathed – other than Hooshang Abbarin, who falls to Bill Thornton. But the U1400 section is rife with David-over-Goliath triumphs as Larissa Souchko, Kaizen Liu, Tigran Ghazarian, and Howard Halim all emerge victorious from their battles against much higher-rated opponents!

Larissa Souchko
Larissa Souchko

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Round Two – April 14

In the Crown section, young Nicholas Vettese, already rated 1974 and top on the Canadian Under-10 list, may soon have his rating over 2000. At least he’s 2-0 in this tournament after defeating Harmony Zhu last round and now Adie Todd this round. Nicholas will enter Round Three in a two-way tie for the lead with Hart House player, Jonathan Yu.

In the U1800 section, Bill Thornton is a giant killer, rolling through the top-rated players in the section. He follows up his Round-One victory over Hooshang Abbarin by knocking off Ulli Diemer. Bill is now in a three-way tie for the lead with Jack Maguire and Marcus Wilker.

Bill "Giant Killer" Thornton
Bill “Giant Killer” Thornton

In the U1400 section, there’s still a big group at the top as Richard Morrison, Raymond Lin, Nick Mourtos, and Alex Geddie are in a four-way tie for the lead at 2.0/2.

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Round Three – April 28

In the Crown section, young Nicholas Vettese, second-place finisher in the Toronto High School Chess Championship at UTS last week – and he’s only in grade 4 – is in the lead with 3.0/3 after a win against Jonathan Yu. Joseph Bellissimo is half a point behind at 2.5/3.

Nicholas Vettese
Nicholas Vettese

In U1800, Jack Maguire is in the lead with 3.0/3 after a win against Bill Thornton. Marcus Wilker is half a point behind at 2.5/3.

In U1400, Richard Morrison has a perfect 3.0/3 and sole possession of the lead after a win against Nick Mourtos. There’s a two-way tie for second place as both Alex Geddie and Raymond Lin have 2.5/3.

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Round Four – May 5

New leaders emerge in the Crown and U1800 section, going into the last round.

In the Crown section, Joseph Bellissimo takes over first place, with a win over Nicholas Vettese. Joseph now has 3.5/4. Hugh Siddeley, with a win over Daniel Zotkin, joins the 3.0-point group and is Joseph’s probable opponent in the final round.

In U1800 action, Marcus Wilker manages to hold on for a win against Jack Maguire’s sharp Alapin-Diemer gambit. Marcus now leads the section with 3.5/4. Ulli Diemer, recovered from his Round-Two loss to Bill Thornton, wins his game against Hooshang Abbarin to join the 3.0-point group. Ulli is now due to face Marcus (for the first time!) in the final round.

Ulli Diemer
Ulli Diemer

In U1400 play, Richard Morrison continues to dominate the section. This round he adds Raymond Lin to his list of defeated opponents as he posts a perfect 4.0/4 record through four rounds. Can Richard win the section with a perfect 5.0/5? Alex Geddie, with 3.5/4, is his likely opponent in the last round.

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Round Five – May 12

Joseph Bellissimo wins the tournament with a last-round draw against Hugh Siddeley to finish with 4.0/5. Siddeley finishes tied for second with Nicholas Gellner at 3.5/5.

Joseph Bellissimo
Joseph Bellissimo

In U1800, Marcus Wilker is held to a draw by Ulli Diemer and finishes with 4.0/5. Armand Mendoza ties for the lead by points with a last-round win over Jack Maguire, but Wilker wins the tie break, based on their Round-2 game.

In U1400, Richard Morrison is perfect with 5.0/5, winning his last-round game against Alex Geddie. Jean-Marc David finishes second with 4.0/5.

See full results below – also available at Chess-Results.com.

Note that the club is closed on Monday May 19. Then, May 26, we’re hosting the GTCL Cup! And June 2, we’re launching another regular club tournament, the “Celebrate Summer” Swiss, played on five Mondays in June.


Games from Round 4

Ulli Diemer, who has lost to Jack Maguire’s Blackmar-Diemer Gambit many times, asked me to post my Round-Four win over Jack. He also thought that the final position in his own game was interesting – he wasn’t sure Hooshang should have resigned. What do you think?


Final Results

Welcome Spring Swiss Crown

Ranking Crosstable after Round 5

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Bellissimo Joseph 2051 CAN 3w1 5b1 6b1 2w½ 4
2 Siddeley Hugh 2076 CAN 17b1 7w0 9b1 11w1 1b½ 3.5
3 Gellner Nicholas 1837 CAN 1b0 19w1 8b½ 15w1 7w1 3.5
4 Ferreira Alex T. 2069 CAN 16b1 0 11b1 3
5 Shah Omaray M. 2030 CAN 19b1 1w0 12b1 3
6 Vettese Nicholas 1974 CAN 14w1 18b1 7b1 1w0 0 3
7 Yu Jonathan 2092 CAN 11w1 2b1 6w0 3b0 2.5
8 Longo Tyler 2039 CAN 3w½ 0 2
9 Mahoney Ian 1751 CAN 2w0 14b½ 2
10 Sobrepere Josep 1746 CAN 0 0 15b1 2
11 Zotkin Daniel 1973 CAN 7b0 15w1 17b1 2b0 4w0 2
12 Chen Jianqiu 0 CAN 0 18b1 5w0 2
13 Humphreys Michael 2307 CAN 0 19w1 0 2
14 Zhu Harmony 1792 CAN 6b0 17w0 19b1 9w½ 2
15 Surya Benito 1703 CAN 11b0 18w1 3b0 10w0 1.5
16 Shebetah Wajdy 2120 CAN 4w0 0 0 1
17 Bergenstam Olof 1932 CAN 2w0 14b1 11w0 0 0 1
18 Todd Adie 1718 CAN 6w0 15b0 12w0 19b½ 1
19 Cheryachukin Yury 1813 CAN 5w0 3b0 14w0 13b0 18w½ 0.5

Welcome Spring Swiss U1800

Ranking Crosstable after Round 5

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Wilker Marcus 1623 CAN 13b1 2w1 5b1 4w½ 4
2 Mendoza Armand Jess 1553 CAN 19w1 1b0 20w1 9b1 5w1 4
3 Thornton Bill 1509 CAN 11b1 4w1 5w0 9b1 3.5
4 Diemer Ulli 1643 CAN 9w1 3b0 13w1 11b1 1b½ 3.5
5 Maguire Jack 1646 CAN 16b1 6w1 3b1 1w0 2b0 3
6 Patton Mark A. 1595 CAN 17b1 5b0 9w0 15w1 13b1 3
7 Chin Adrian 1558 CAN 18b1 0 2.5
8 Supol George 1373 CAN 15b½ 18w½ 11w0 17b1 2.5
9 Gelowitz Mark A. 1434 CAN 4b0 16w1 6b1 2w0 3w0 2
10 O’bumsawin Nicholas 1734 CAN 15b1 0 0 2
11 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1699 CAN 3w0 8b1 4w0 15b½ 2
12 Sirkovich Daniel 1788 CAN 20b1 0 0 2
13 Radpey Abdolreza 1377 CAN 1w0 -1 4b0 16w1 6w0 2
14 Renteria Manuela 1569 CAN 0 0 -1 2
15 Armstrong Robert J. 1603 CAN 8w½ 20b1 10w0 6b0 11w½ 2
16 Pirri Daniele 1472 CAN 5w0 9b0 17w1 13b0 20w1 2
17 Goldfarb Adam 1367 CAN 6w0 16b0 18w+ 8w0 1.5
18 Sottile Claudio 1454 CAN 8b½ 7w0 17b- 0 1
19 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1332 CAN 2b0 0 0 1
20 Allen Joshua 1541 CAN 12w0 15w0 2b0 -1 16b0 1

Welcome Spring Swiss U1400

Ranking Crosstable after Round 5

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Morrison Richard 1305 CAN 15w1 5b1 11w1 4b1 3w1 5
2 David Jean-Marc 1360 CAN 10b0 9w1 12b1 8w1 6w1 4
3 Geddie Alex 1095 CAN 6w1 8b1 4w½ 11b1 1b0 3.5
4 Lin Raymond 1183 CAN 12b1 10w1 3b½ 1w0 9b½ 3
5 Ghazarian Tigran 987 CAN 7b1 1w0 6b0 12w1 10b1 3
6 Gangolli Rahul 897 CAN 3b0 15b1 5w1 13w1 2b0 3
7 Teram Eli 1258 CAN 5w0 17b1 9w½ 13b1 3
8 Halim Howard 916 CAN 17b1 3w0 10b1 2b0 11w1 3
9 Li Dennis 1214 CAN 2b0 18w1 7b½ 4w½ 2.5
10 Souchko Larissa 1080 CAN 2w1 4b0 8w0 19b1 5w0 2
11 Mourtos Nick 1139 CAN 18b1 13w1 1b0 3w0 8b0 2
12 Rashid Jian 953 CAN 4w0 14b1 2w0 5b0 17w1 2
13 Liu Kaizen 1059 CAN 14w1 11b0 19w1 6b0 7w0 2
14 Cvetkovic Milan 1286 CAN 13b0 12w0 15b1 16w1 0 2
15 Pamwar Manish 1075 CAN 1b0 6w0 14w0 -1 19b1 2
16 Zhu Jeffrey Wang 901 CAN 14b0 0 1.5
17 Hillel Alexander 1177 CAN 8w0 7w0 18b+ 12b0 1.5
18 Schneider Mitchell 908 CAN 11w0 9b0 17w- -1 1.5
19 Smith Cedric 874 CAN 13b0 10w0 15w0 1

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Spring flowers

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Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) are one of the first flowers to appear in Ontario each year. The header image is from a 2014 photo by Ali Sauer.

Goodbye Winter Swiss

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Goodbye, Winter!

As February ends with wind-chill values of -30°C in the forecast, and March starts with a snowstorm, the only sign of spring is the longer days – slowly but surely sending winter on its way.

We love the winter here – mon pays c’est l’hiver and #WEAREWINTER – but enough is enough. After the polar vortex and the ice storm, the power outage and the stomach flu, we’re all ready to bid a fond farewell to the Old Man.

The ACC Goodbye Winter Swiss runs for five weeks, from March 3 to March 31, in three sections: Crown, Reserve A (U1900), and Reserve B (U1500). Rounds start at 7:30 pm each Monday night, and games are played at a time control of game/90′ with a 30″ increment.

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Round One – March 3

The night gets off to a rocky start as we have troubles with SwissSys and the CFC data file. But back-up artibiter, Hugh Siddeley, pairs by hand with an Excel spreadsheet, and the games get started. Hugh’s going to get SwissSys ironed out for next week.

Round One in a Swiss usually sees some of the biggest rating mismatches of the tournament, and it’s fun to look for upset wins by the rating underdog. This time, in the Crown section, Daniel Zotkin gets the better of Hugh Siddeley, and Omar Shah scores a point against Wajdy Shebetah.

In the U1900 section, Julian Pulgarin, who scored 4.0/6 last tournament at ACC, is off to a good start with a win over Bob Armstrong, and Manuela Renteria wins her game against Ulli Diemer. Finally, in the U1500 section, Nick Mourtos wins on the top board against Jian Rashid – although it’s not clearly an upset as Jian’s 1700+ rating is provisional and based on only one game.

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Round Two – March 10

With March Break happening in elementary and secondary schools in Toronto, there are a few bye requests – but we also have some new joiners: it’s nice to see Adie Todd re-joining the club, for example!

Our Club Championship trophies and medals have been engraved, so we have a medal ceremony before the round. Congratulations again to the medal winners from our ACC Championship, especially 2014 Club Champion Michael Humphreys!

After two rounds, Michael Humphreys and Daniel Zotkin are tied for first with 2.0/2 in the Crown section.

In the U1900 section, there’s a three-way tie for first. Chris Udrea, Julian Pulgarin, and Daniel Sirkovich all have 2.0/2.

Finally, in the U1500 section, there’s another three-way tie for the lead. George Supol, Armand Mendoza, and Adam Goldfarb all have 2.0/2.
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Round Three – March 17

After an amply-attended 45-minute AGM, the St. Patrick’s Day round of the Goodbye Winter Swiss (let’s hope St. Patrick drives the snow from Toronto like he drove the snakes from Ireland) starts off sans a few players from the Crown section who qualify for the Toronto Closed. This GTA championship Round Robin runs simultaneously with our regular club tournaments for this and the next six Monday nights, not including Easter Monday April 21.

Now leading the remaining players in the top section is young Daniel Zotkin, with 2.5/3 after a draw against Zehn Nasir. Behind him, among the group with 2.0/3, is Canada’s top-rated under-10 player, Nicholas Vettese, who defends his title (as it were) with a win over under-10 rival, Harmony Zhu, from the black side of a Queen’s Indian.

The U1900 now has just a two-way tie between Chris Udrea, beating Daniel Sirkovich, and the clearly underrated Julian Pulgarin, beating Josep Sobrepere. Both players have a perfect 3.0/3 and a full-point lead over their closest rivals. Chris and Julian are due to face off in Round 4.

In U1500 play, Adam Goldfarb is leading with 3.0/3 after a win over Daniele Pirri, one of the newest club directors. Armand Mendoza and George Supol are half a point behind with 2.5/3 after drawing their game.

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Round Four – March 24

In the Crown section, Nicholas Vettese defeats the leader, Daniel Zotkin, to take the lead by half a point, with 3.0/4.

In U1900, Chris Udrea defeats rival Julian Pulgarin to take sole possession of first. Chris is still perfect with 4.0/4.

In U1500, Adam Goldfarb is held to a draw by Dennis Li, allowing unrated Armand Mendoza, with a win over Howard Halim,to tie for the lead at 3.5/4.

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Round Five – March 31

It’s an exciting finish in the Crown section as Daniel Zotkin wins his last round game against Jonathan Yu to take first, with 3.5/5, on tie-break over Joseph Bellissimo. Bellissimo helps Zotkin by beating Nicholas Vettese, who finishes a half-point behind at 3.0/5.

Daniel Zotkin
Daniel Zotkin

In 1900, Chris Udrea wins his last-round game against Marcus Wilker to take first place with a perfect score of 5.0/5, a full point-and-a-half ahead of his closest competitors, Jack Maguire and Daniel Sirkovich, who finish with 3.5.

In U1500, the top competitors play head-to-head last round, and Armand Mendoza takes first place with a win over Adam Goldfarb and finishes with 4.0/5. Richard Morrison ends just a half-point behind, at 3.5.

See full results below.

Our next regular club tournament, the Welcome Spring Swiss, starts April 7 at 7:30 pm. New players are welcome to join!


Final Standings after Round Five

Goodbye Winter Swiss – Crown

# Name ID Rating Post Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1914 1970 W3 B— D7 L4 W5 3.5
2 Joseph Bellissimo 147544 2018 2046 D14 L7 W17 W12 W4 3.5
3 Hugh Siddeley 120619 2080 2076 L1 W6 W15 L5 W8 3.0
4 Nicholas Vettese 154199 1967 1977 H— H— W12 W1 L2 3.0
5 Jonathan Yu 126131 2100 2092 W6 L9 H— W3 L1 2.5
6 Olof Bergenstam 153937 1919 1927 L5 L3 H— W17 W12 2.5
7 Zehn Nasir 148198 2105 2109 H— W2 D1 H— U— 2.5
8 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2155 2119 L10 H— H— W13 L3 2.0
9 Michael Humphreys 131628 2308 2315 W18 W5 U— U— U— 2.0
10 Omaray M. Shah 121329 2000 2023 W8 H— H— U— U— 2.0
11 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2061 2069 H— H— U— U— W17 2.0
12 Harmony Zhu 151635 1825 1820 H— W18 L4 L2 L6 1.5
13 Pepin Manalo 112277 1918 1919 D16 H— H— L8 U— 1.5
14 David Southam 102535 2221 2219 D2 W17 U— U— U— 1.5
15 Hugh McNeil 108257 1803 1798 H— H— L3 U— U— 1.0
16 Daniel Wiebe 132137 2096 2088 D13 H— U— U— U— 1.0
17 Nicholas Gellner 132628 1872 1837 H— L14 L2 L6 L11 0.5
18 Bill Evans 103309 2039 2009 L9 L12 U— U— U— 0.0

Goodbye Winter Swiss – U1900

# Name ID Rating Post Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Chris Udrea 155000 1858 1896 W7 W2 W3 W4 W6 5.0
2 Jack Maguire 144604 1626 1645 W9 L1 D6 X8 W10 3.5
3 Daniel Sirkovich 145096 1787 1785 W6 X8 L1 H— W4 3.5
4 Julian Pulgarin 140527 1375 1507 W16 W11 W13 L1 L3 3.0
5 Adie Todd 125156 1716 1716 H— D10 H— W9 D16 3.0
6 Marcus Wilker 102713 1583 1619 L3 W16 D2 W13 L1 2.5
7 Mark A. Patton 104721 1592 1592 L1 L9 D16 W17 W14 2.5
8 Manuela Renteria 152627 1533 1577 W10 F3 H— F2 W9 2.5
9 Bill Thornton 131181 1491 1507 L2 W7 W11 L5 L8 2.0
10 Ulli Diemer 153538 1655 1643 L8 D5 D12 W11 L2 2.0
11 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1756 1697 W17 L4 L9 L10 W18 2.0
12 Vlad Nitu 154215 1738 1731 H— L13 D10 W16 U— 2.0
13 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1783 1743 H— W12 L4 L6 U— 1.5
14 Claudio Sottile 148499 1453 1454 H— H— U— D15 L7 1.5
15 Nicholas O'Bumsawin 151261 1745 1734 H— H— U— D14 U— 1.5
16 Robert J. Armstrong 100034 1618 1567 L4 L6 D7 L12 D5 1.0
17 Michael D. Sharpe 100280 1578 1554 L11 H— H— L7 U— 1.0
18 Joshua Allen 105802 1561 1553 H— H— U— U— L11 1.0

Goodbye Winter Swiss – U1500

1 Armand Mendoza unr. 1542 W18 W10 D5 W11 W3 4.5
2 Richard Morrison 135889 1240 1312 H— H— W8 W13 W5 4.0
3 Adam Goldfarb 153496 1315 1363 W21 W7 W4 D6 L1 3.5
4 Daniele Pirri 132983 1483 1471 W19 H— L3 W12 W6 3.5
5 George Supol 152286 1378 1373 W8 W16 D1 D7 L2 3.0
6 Dennis Li 153129 1170 1195 D9 X22 W12 D3 L4 3.0
7 Mark A. Gelowitz 126627 1456 1433 W27 L3 W20 D5 D9 3.0
8 Larissa Souchko 145490 1035 1121 L5 W18 L2 W24 W22 3.0
9 Julian Csik unr. 1322 D6 D15 D19 W23 D7 3.0
10 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1334 1334 W24 L1 H— H— W11 3.0
11 Howard Halim 153419 876 914 W28 H— W13 L1 L10 2.5
12 Nick Mourtos 156384 1132 1194 W22 D14 L6 L4 W23 2.5
13 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1313 1287 H— W23 L11 L2 W18 2.5
14 Jean-Marc David 151900 1403 1361 H— D12 L18 D20 W19 2.5
15 Eli Teram 107314 1273 1258 H— D9 H— W19 L24 2.5
16 Mitchell Schneider 152913 792 808 B— L5 U— L21 W20 2.0
17 Aniol Ferragut unr. 1352 H— H— W24 U— U— 2.0
18 Raymond Lin 150193 1208 1210 L1 L8 W14 D22 L13 1.5
19 Alex Geddie 155388 1092 1097 L4 W21 D9 L15 L14 1.5
20 Manish Pamwar 156524 1062 1052 L25 W24 L7 D14 L16 1.5
21 Rahul Gangolli 156023 948 949 L3 L19 L22 W16 D27 1.5
22 Jian Rashid 1737 1660 L12 F6 W21 D18 L8 1.5
23 Alexander Hillel 153393 1222 1181 H— L13 X26 L9 L12 1.5
24 Tigran Ghazarian 155438 952 952 L10 L20 L17 L8 W15 1.0
25 James Mourgelas 108540 1409 1413 W20 U— U— U— U— 1.0
26 Arno Lowi 155277 702 702 H— H— F23 U— U— 1.0
27 Kaizen Liu 152053 1067 1059 L7 U— U— U— D21 0.5
28 Noah Tynes unr. 476 L11 U— U— U— U— 0.0

Goodbye Old Man

ACC Scarf Weather Swiss

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It’s November in Toronto. In honour of our autumn weather (temperatures were down to -4°C at night last week, with rain changing to flurries), we’re launching our “Scarf Weather” Swiss. Can you name the four famous chess players in scarves in the picture above?

Round One is November 18, with a round every Monday night at 7:30 pm till we break for Christmas and New Year; the last round is Monday, December 16. Time control is game in 90 minutes, with a 30-second increment from move one. All games are CFC-rated.

Members of our club have vastly different playing strengths. Accordingly, players are divided into three sections by rating: Crown (over 1900 CFC), Reserve A (under 1900), and Reserve B (under 1500). And with Swiss pairings, each player will face an opponent with similar results each round.

New players are always welcome to join (please show up before 7:00 pm on Monday night to register). Email info@annexchessclub.com for more information, or to request a bye if you need a night off. Good luck to all players!

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Round One – November 18

There are no upsets in the top section as, board after board, the higher-rated player gets the full point against his or her lower-rated opponent. (It’s great to have Canadian Olympiad team member – and 2012 Canadian Women’s Champion – WIM Natalia Khoudgarian joining us for this tournament. She’s currently the second-highest-rated woman in Canada; let’s see if anyone at our club can win a game against her!)

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WIM Natalia Khoudgarian

In the middle section, Jean-Marc David, after winning the bottom section several times, makes a strong debut in the section by winning his game against Ian Prittie. The only other upset is Manuela Renteria drawing the higher-rated Sebastian Lamprea, who has just joined the club. (Welcome, Sebastian!)

Finally, in the bottom section, there are no upsets, but Teresa Lee makes a great sacrifice to achieve a won ending against Raymond Lin. Unfortunately, she fails to follow it up with precise play and ends up losing the game.

(All in all, if you include Harmony Zhu’s victory over Marcus Wilker in the U1900 section and Larissa Souchko’s win over Brian Groat in the U1500, it’s a pretty good round for the women players at Annex Chess Club!)

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Round Two – November 25

Round Two of the Scarf Weather Swiss sees some exciting games – and some big upsets! In the Crown section, Alexandre Michelashvili joins the tournament with a bye in Round One and comes up with a big win against Allan Munro. Miroslav Stefanovic, who also took a bye in the first round, defeats Wajdy Shebetah. And Ulli Diemer, making a special appearance in the top section to even out the numbers, defeats Arkadiy Ugodnikov: a big win for Ulli, who now has a perfect record playing in the top section!

At the top of the Crown section, there are just two players with perfect records. David Southam and Pavel Peev have 2.0/2.

In the U1900 section, the lead pack is down to two players as well. Ulli Diemer, who’s been having trouble having an opponent show up, is tied with 8-year-old superstar, Harmony Zhu, at 2.0/2.

Finally, in the U1500 section, there are three players vying for first. Bradley Yee, Milan Cvetkovic, and Richard Morrison all have 2.0/2: the usual suspects, in other words.

Round Two Game of the Week

I didn’t stay to the end to pick up any scoresheets, but Ian Prittie kindly sent in his annotations of our game, which is featured below. Players are welcome to submit annotated (or unannotated) games in .pgn format if you’d like me to post them.

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Round Three – December 2

Before the round, players are treated to a chess lecture by Rhys Goldstein (recently featured in a player profile) “Selected Double Piece Sacrifices,” 6:50 to 7:20 pm.

If any member is interested in giving a half-hour pre-tournament chess lecture in the upcoming weeks, please let us know.

In the Crown section, the game on the top board is drawn. David Southam and Pavel Peev stay in the lead at 2.5/3, as Natalia Khoudgarian and Michael Humphreys draw as well.

In the U1900 section, Ulli Diemer gets a draw against Harmony Zhu, and the two remain in the lead at 2.5/3, tied with Josep Sobrepere, who wins a topsy-turvy battle against Sebastian Lamprea.

In the U1500 section, Jeff Pancer defeats Milan Cvetkovic to join Richard Morrison and Bradley Yee (who took byes) in first place with 2.5/3. Meanwhile, Arno Lowi is absolutely thrilled to win his first tournament game at ACC (featured below).

Round Three Games of the Week

This week’s games of the week put a spotlight on both ends of the spectrum: Peev-Southam from the top board, and Lowi-Pamwar from the bottom board. We’ve thrown in Bill Evans’ win against Omar Shah’s Hedgehog from the top section – to show that it’s not all ground game and “grandmaster” draws in the upper echelons of the club; players rated over 1900 still go down in flames sometimes. (You’ve got to be careful playing “the Hog” against someone who knows Kevin Spraggett and knew Bryon Nickoloff personally.) Finally, Josep Sobrepere has submitted his game with Sebastian Lamprea (with a complex ending that swings both ways before Josep finally comes out on top.)

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Round Four – December 9

A delegation from Hart House Chess Club visits us, as Alex Ferreira (our old tournament arbiter before Tyler capably replaced him) drops by to advertise the Hart House Holidays Open. Alex, Dideng Du, and Jonathan Yu all join in the Annex club tournament for the night. Let’s return the favour and have a strong contingent of Annex players at Hart House, December 20-22.

If you’ve ever played chess in the Great Hall at Hart House, you know it’s not to be missed. Register before Dec 18!

At the top of the Crown section, Pavel Peev beats Rhys Goldstein to lead the section with 3.5/4. Behind him, Dave Southam (with a draw against Michael Humphreys) and Bill Evans (with a win against Adrian Chin) are tied for second at 3.0/4.

In the U1900 section, Josep Sobrepere beats 8-year-old WCM Harmony Zhu, and Ulli Diemer beats his nemesis, Jack Maguire, to remain in the lead at 3.5/4. Marcus Wilker, with a win against Jim Mourgelas, is in third place – half a point behind the two leaders at 3.0/4.

In the U1500 section, Richard Morrison beats Jeff Pancer to take sole first place at 3.5/4, as Milan Cvetkovic loses to Raymond Lin. Raymond Lin, Adam Goldfarb, Bradley Yee, and Daniele Pirri are in a big four-way tie for second place at 3.0/4.

The last round is next week, Monday December 16, at 7:30. Come half an hour early to hear Josep Sobrepere’s lecture, “You didn’t win. I lost.” – 6:50 to 7:20 pm.

Round Four Games of the Week

Harmony doesn’t lose too often, so Josep is understandably proud of this one. (He calls it one of the best games of his life!) Good luck to Harmony in the World Youth Chess Championship – bring home a gold medal!

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Round Five – December 16

Our night starts off with a chess lecture by Josep Sobrepere, “You didn’t win; I lost: the effects of self-bias and illusory superiority in chess.” Josep describes how the psychological phenomenon of “illusory superiority” relates to chess. This psychological tendency is shown, for example, when 70% of college students in a 1976 study stated that they believed themselves to be above the median in leadership ability, with 25% believing themselves to be in the top 1%. Illusory superiority, Josep explains, results from the human brain’s tendency to justify a gut feeling about a complex issue with a single, simple rationalization. Chess ability, like leadership, is a complex skill: it involves time management, tenacity in calculation, visualization, opening knowledge, ending knowledge, tactical ability, positional understanding in a variety of types of positions, etc. People tend to simplify their own self-evaluation of such complex skills, basing it on a simpler component skill (generally an area they’re strong in), while ignoring other components (often areas of weakness). Josep demonstrates the phenomenon with a small survey of the audience before the lecture starts, asking whether we believe ourselves to be over-, under-, or accurately rated. Our responses, it turns out, demonstrate the same self-bias found in the 1976 college students: none of us believes him- or herself to be over-rated, and the majority of us believe we’re under-rated. According to the theory Josep is presenting, our mistaken self-evaluation is based on ignored areas of weakness in the complex skill of tournament chess play. Based on his own experience, Josep highly recommends looking for patterns in one’s losses, which allows one to detect and then work on these ignored areas of weakness. It is an interesting, and well-received lecture – even though it doesn’t, strictly, involve any chess.

The final round gets started at 7:30, and Vigen Ghazarian is on hand with his camera:

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And when the dust clears …

In the top section, David Southam (with a win over Alexandre Michelashvili) and Pavel Peev (with a draw against Bill Evans) end up tied for first, but Pavel takes it on the third tie break: both players have a Modifided Median-Buchholz score of 11, both have a Solkoff score of 12, but Pavel has a better cumulative score, 13 to 12.5 – see tie-break rules on our Club page. Congratulations, Pavel!

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Pavel Peev

Meanwhile, Josep Sobrepere takes clear first in the U1900 section with a last-round win over Ulli Diemer. Josep finishes with a total score of 4.5/5 after four straight wins and a first-round bye. Half a point behind him, Marcus Wilker comes in clear second with 4.0/5.

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Josep Sobrepere

And in the U1500 section, Richard Morrison takes first with 4.5/5. Half a point behind is Daniele Pirri, in clear second with 4.0/5.

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Richard Morrison

See complete results on the standings table below:


Final Standings after Five Rounds

SwissSys Standings. Scarf Weather: Crown

# Name CFC # Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 David Southam 102535 2223 W18 W15 D2 D4 W8 4.0
2 Pavel Peev 122223 2144 W20 W10 D1 W12 D3 4.0
3 Bill Evans 103309 2040 L4 W23 W13 W19 D2 3.5
4 Michael Humphreys 131628 2298 W3 H— D7 D1 D6 3.0
5 Jonathan Yu 126131 2214 H— H— U— W17 W11 3.0
6 Miroslav Stefanovic 154500 1953 H— W16 H— D11 D4 3.0
7 Natalia Khoudgarian 109626 2291 W12 H— D4 H— U— 2.5
8 Alexandre Michelashvili 149568 1861 H— W11 D10 H— L1 2.5
9 Digeng Du 107986 2268 H— H— U— W15 U— 2.0
10 Zehn Nasir 148198 2167 W23 L2 D8 H— U— 2.0
11 Allan Munro 140841 2102 H— L8 W23 D6 L5 2.0
12 Rhys Goldstein 110906 2038 L7 W18 W15 L2 L13 2.0
13 Omaray M. Shah 121329 1949 H— H— L3 U— W12 2.0
14 Daniel Wiebe 132137 1922 H— H— U— B— U— 2.0
15 Nicholas Vettese 154199 1811 W21 L1 L12 L9 D20 1.5
16 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2172 H— L6 H— U— U— 1.0
17 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2057 H— H— U— L5 U— 1.0
18 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1981 L1 L12 H— H— U— 1.0
19 Adrian Chin 155527 1871 H— H— U— L3 U— 1.0
20 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1841 L2 L22 L21 H— D15 1.0
21 Daniel Sirkovich 145096 1791 L15 U— W20 U— U— 1.0
22 Ulli Diemer 153538 1679 U— W20 U— U— U— 1.0
23 Hugh Siddeley 120619 1963 L10 L3 L11 H— U— 0.5

SwissSys Standings. Scarf Weather: U1900

# Name CFC # Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1620 H— W14 W9 W5 W3 4.5
2 Marcus Wilker 102713 1572 L5 W17 W6 W12 W18 4.0
3 Ulli Diemer 153538 1638 X19 B— D5 W4 L1 3.5
4 Jack Maguire 144604 1605 L16 W15 W10 L3 W14 3.0
5 Harmony Zhu 151635 1703 W2 W6 D3 L1 U— 2.5
6 Mark A. Patton 104721 1638 W15 L5 L2 W10 D7 2.5
7 Jean-Marc David 151900 1396 W17 L8 H— D9 D6 2.5
8 Daniel Sirkovich 145096 1791 H— W7 H— U— U— 2.0
9 Sebastian Lamprea 133740 1729 D14 W11 L1 D7 U— 2.0
10 David Fletcher 105301 1583 H— D12 L4 L6 W17 2.0
11 Michael D. Sharpe 100280 1531 H— L9 W15 H— U— 2.0
12 James Mourgelas 108540 1440 H— D10 W14 L2 U— 2.0
13 Adrian Chin 155527 1871 H— H— U— U— D15 1.5
14 Manuela Renteria 152627 1581 D9 L1 L12 W17 L4 1.5
15 Bill Thornton 131181 1485 L6 L4 L11 B— D13 1.5
16 Hugh McNeil 108257 1795 W4 U— U— U— U— 1.0
17 Ian Prittie 153588 1444 L7 L2 B— L14 L10 1.0
18 Adam Goldfarb 153496 1271 H— H— U— U— L2 1.0
19 Nicolas Vasiljevic 156469 1546 F3 U— U— U— U— 0.0

SwissSys Standings. Scarf Weather: U1500

# Name CFC # Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Richard Morrison 135889 1261 W12 W16 H— W10 W8 4.5
2 Daniele Pirri 132983 1145 W22 L5 W19 W4 W12 4.0
3 Bradley Yee 125441 1377 W11 W8 H— H— U— 3.0
4 George Supol 152286 1346 W26 D10 H— L2 W11 3.0
5 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1341 W17 W2 L10 L8 W19 3.0
6 Eli Teram 107314 1320 H— H— L7 W16 W17 3.0
7 Adam Goldfarb 153496 1271 H— H— W6 W17 U— 3.0
8 Raymond Lin 150193 1221 W18 L3 W16 W5 L1 3.0
9 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1287 H— W24 H— U— D28 2.5
10 Jeff Pancer 107543 1154 W20 D4 W5 L1 U— 2.5
11 Dennis Li 153129 1097 L3 W29 D12 W23 L4 2.5
12 Alex Geddie 155388 964 L1 W20 D11 W15 L2 2.5
13 Ian Prittie 153588 1522 H— H— W23 U— U— 2.0
14 Bill Thornton 131181 1452 H— H— U— W24 U— 2.0
15 Michael Vermont 151783 1149 H— L23 W29 L12 D18 2.0
16 Larissa Souchko 145490 1051 W21 L1 L8 L6 W23 2.0
17 Nick Mourtos 156384 965 L5 W22 W25 L7 L6 2.0
18 Teresa Lee 154501 886 L8 L26 H— W20 D15 2.0
19 Rahul Gangolli 156023 873 H— H— L2 B— L5 2.0
20 Arno Lowi 155277 665 L10 L12 W22 L18 X29 2.0
21 Brian Groat 153518 662 L16 B— H— H— U— 2.0
22 Manish Pamwar unr. L2 L17 L20 W29 W27 2.0
23 Kaizen Liu 152053 1073 H— W15 L13 L11 L16 1.5
24 Stone Hu 153507 945 X28 L9 H— L14 U— 1.5
25 John A Rogers 101732 1243 H— H— L17 U— U— 1.0
26 Ben Chan 130822 1072 L4 W18 U— U— U— 1.0
27 Jerry Zhou 154706 unr. H— H— U— U— L22 1.0
28 John Heisey 156203 1227 F24 U— U— U— D9 0.5
29 Howard Halim 153419 846 H— L11 L15 L22 F20 0.5

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Puzzle answer

Famous players in scarves (at the top) are (L-R): Nigel Short (who has visited ACC twice), Hou Yifan (current Women’s World Chess Champion), Judit Polgár (the strongest female player of all time), and local hero, Mike Ivanov (2012 Toronto Junior Champion)