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Representing ACC in Germany

Daniel Wiebe is in Germany, representing ACC in the Grenke Chess Open.

Here’s his report:

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March 29-30 – Rounds 1-3

It’s been an insanely busy schedule. This is probably the most impressive tournament I’ve ever played in. There’s almost 1500 players in total and over 700 in my section (the top section) alone.

I had a rough start, losing to an FM from a winning position in a time scramble, then I slept right through the second round. But things are looking up. I managed to draw a lost position against a player elo 2160.

Looking forward to tomorrow when Magnus, Caruana, Anand, Hou Yifan, Aronian, MVL and the rest will be joining us. I believe Caruana plays Carlsen Tomorrow which will be an interesting prelude to their world championship match.

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March 31 – Rounds 4-5

Hi guys!

So far, between watching the chess elite up close and getting to browse an insane amount of chess books, this tournament is a chess player’s playground. Now if only I could remember how to play….

I battled two players with FIDE ratings of just over 2100 today, drawing the first and losing to the second. Unfortunately I made one-move blunders in both games, which I’m blaming on sleep deprivation. Hopefully after a good night’s rest I’ll start finding more interesting ways to blunder.

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April 1-2 – Rounds 6-9

Hi guys! Here’s the finish to the tournament.

Days 4 and 5 were interesting. I finally managed to win an extremely messy game in round 6 against a player rated around 1860. I then lost in round 7. On day 5 I managed a solid win against Cristiano Quaranta rated around 2160 FIDE. It was probably my most consistent game of the tournament and I’ve posted it here. Because of the win I was in the running for the U2000 prize but lost the critical last round game.

Other then that, I couldn’t help but buy a few books from the fantastic selection they had. I had a cool experience just standing in the store area browsing through a book for a little while before looking up to see Levon Aronian (World number 4 for those unfamiliar) standing next to me doing the same thing. Shows that chess books are still very relevant in the digital age.

Overall it was a very busy, but still very inpiring tournament experience that I recommend highly for any Europe travellers. But do give yourselves at least a few extra days to fully recover from jet lag first.

I hope you all enjoyed the posts and I look forward to reporting on any future international tournaments!

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Kids’ Chess-for-Points Totals

A new session of our children’s chess courses has started. We have new chess teachers and a new curriculum. Daniel Wiebe is the Monday night course director and the beginner class teacher. Wajdy Shebetah is teaching the intermediate/advanced class. Young Canadian IM Arthur Calugar is on hand to provide individual help.

Each class involves group lessons, individual problem solving, and chess-for-points play – where players earn points for solving checkmate riddles, for their game results, for achieving specific objectives in their games, etc.

Come on out to our children’s chess training sessions Monday nights from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, and join this elite crew of talented young players. Email info@annexchessclub.com if you have any questions about the programme.

Here is the cumulative points leaderboard to Monday September 12.


# Player Sept. 12 total
1 Olivia Gale-Wagner 5 5
2 Francis He 5 5
3 Yu-jin Lee 5 5
4 Kaizen Liu 5 5
5 Dennis Li 5 5
6 Liam Hinzman 5 5
7 Mary Bellissimo 5 5
8 Kasey Ann Guntang 5 5
9 Teresa Bellissimo 2 2
10 Ethan Andrada 2 2
11 Bradley Ho 0 0
12 Gabriel Vargas 0 0
13 Kate Rodrigues 0 0
14 Jordan Jamali 0 0
15 Noah Hurl-Kohn 0 0
16 Heiko Dorre-Grasso 0 0
17 Stone Hu 0 0
18 Elaine Andrana 0 0
19 Jeffery Zhu Bye 0
# Name class 1 total


# Player Sept. 12 total
1 Zack 10 10
2 Timothy 10 10
3 Ana 5 5
4 Anya 0 0
5 Kazuo Nambara 0 0
# Name class 1 total
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Children’s Chess at ACC

ACC Kids’ Programme Description

The Annex Chess Club children’s chess programme is a fun and exciting way for your child to learn the game of chess and meet children from across the GTA who share the same passion. Our programme is designed to take children of all ages from beginners at the most basic level right through to CFC-rated club players.

Full details of our Children’s Chess Classes have now moved to a permanent page.

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The World Open

Philadelphia, June 30 to July 4

With over 10 000 players, and a $300 000 projected prize fund, it’s one of the biggest chess events in the world!

Canadian GM Mark Bluvshtein scored 5.0/8 in the open section to finish tied for 15th.

Fellow Canadians, Liam Henry (3.5), Shiyam Thavandiran (4.5), Leonid Gerzhoy (5.0), Mike Yuan, Victor Plotkin (5.5), and Arthur Calugar (5.5) also played in the open.

And our own Daniel Wiebe scored 4.0/8 in the U2000 section.

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Daniel Wiebe

Player Profile: Daniel Wiebe (1914)

Daniel Wiebe

Daniel Wiebe is a 25-year-old chess player from Winnipeg. He is now an active player in Toronto: a regular member of both Annex Chess Club (on Monday nights) and Scarborough Chess Club (on Thursday nights). His CFC rating is 1914.

Daniel was first introduced to the game at age 8 on a giant chess set in a mall in Winnipeg, where his dad used to take him and his siblings. He admits that he didn’t take to the game at first: “Not until grade 3, when a girl from school tried to teach me the moves.” Although his new knowledge was not completely accurate, his uncle soon set him straight. “My uncle was my first teacher. We played a lot during summer holidays,” he remembers. “Eventually I got good enough to win my school championships in grades 5 and 6.”

Chess = guitar + taekwondo + physics

His best chess memory was winning the Winnipeg TNT (Tuesday night tournament): “Though the field wasn’t that strong,” he remembers, “it was a good accomplishment, a stepping stone that put me over 1900 for the first time.” Another proud moment was when he tied for first place in a Winnipeg sectional. The small group of experts in his section included Aaron Kaptsan, who used to be a Candidate Master back in Russia.

Growing up, Daniel always had “a large range of interests,” from guitar, to taekwondo, to physics and astronomy. But, in chess he found a combination of all three: “I like that chess combines art, competition, and calculation,” he says.

Tactics is the way to go…

Like his chess heroes – Alekhine, Fischer, and Kasparov, all of whom are known for their work ethic – Daniel takes his chess seriously, and trains for several hours every day. “I try to study a bit of everything, devoting several hours to tactics, endgames, strategy, practice, and openings.” In maintaining a diverse training programme, rather than focusing on one element of the game, he is following the advice of his favourite authors that it is “better to study an hour or two on each different subject … than to just study one topic.”

Not everyone has the luxury of so much time to devote to chess. For most people, Daniel advises studying tactics as the fastest way to improve: “I’ve known of players that have just played a lot, just learned openings from each game, and have only spent their free time on tactics,” he says. “They have made it well over 2000, so I think it’s the way to go.”

Aim high!

In the future, Daniel hopes soon “to crack 2000, finally.” Then, he will aim for master, and after that, Grandmaster. “I figure I’m still a young guy, so I should shoot high. Why not go for GM?” If that fails and he ends up “unfortunately” as just a strong master, he says, “I guess that’ll have to do…maybe.”

Daniel will be giving the Annex Chess Club chess lecture this Monday June 27 at 7:00 pm: “Practical Sacrifices.”

Here is Daniel using his Najdorf to destroy a Scarborough Chess Club player, Mr. Juliaan Posaratnanathan, in a nice miniature:

White: Posaratnanathan, Juliaan (1920)
Black: Wiebe, Daniel (1926)

2011.01.27 SCC Jack Frost Swiss (4)
Scarborough, ON

B90 Sicilian: Najdorf

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