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ACC Year End Rapid

Year End Rapid – Dec 15

The Year End Rapid sees 32 players in a single section, playing six rounds at a time control of 10 minutes per player for the game, with an increment of 5 seconds per move.
At the end of the night it’s a tie between Jonathan Yu and Tyler Longo, with 5.0/6. An honorary share of first place also goes to Daniel Zotkin, who is tied for the lead after 5 rounds, but leaves after round 5, believing it to be the last round!


Chess-Results Standings. Year End Rapid

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd 6.Rd Points
1 Yu Jonathan 2163 CAN 23w1 6b1 4w0 8b1 15w1 9b1 5
2 Longo Tyler 2011 CAN 29w1 22b0 17w1 28b1 4w1 7b1 5
3 Wiebe Daniel 2061 CAN 17w1 13b1 8w0 22b½ 20w1 4b+ 4.5
4 Zotkin Daniel 2013 CAN 18b1 15w1 1b1 9w1 2b0 3w- 4
5 Evans Bill 2064 CAN 21b1 8w0 20w1 12b1 7w0 15b1 4
6 Ibrahim Ismail 2000 CAN 25b1 1w0 15b0 30w1 17b1 11w1 4
7 Siddeley Hugh 2105 CAN 15b0 10w1 23b1 24w1 5b1 2w0 4
8 Malmsten Erik 1934 CAN 27w1 5b1 3b1 1w0 9b0 14w1 4
9 Mendoza Armand Jess 2043 CAN 30w1 12b1 22w1 4b0 8w1 1w0 4
10 Bzikot Robert 2083 CAN 19w½ 7b0 29w1 20b0 21w1 22b1 3.5
11 Stefanovic Miroslav 1986 CAN 26w1 20b½ 14w0 19b1 22w1 6b0 3.5
12 Mahoney Ian 1808 CAN 31b1 9w0 30b1 5w0 28w1 13b½ 3.5
13 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1940 CAN 16b1 3w0 28b0 25w1 26b1 12w½ 3.5
14 Nash Barry 2059 CAN 22b0 25w1 11b1 15w0 24b1 8b0 3
15 England Max 1625 CAN 7w1 4b0 6w1 14b1 1b0 5w0 3
16 Cvetkovic Milan 1261 CAN 13w0 23b0 18b1 17w0 30b1 24w1 3
17 Diemer Ulli 1603 CAN 3b0 31w1 2b0 16b1 6w0 26w1 3
18 David Jean-Marc 1397 CAN 4w0 27b0 16w0 29b1 31w1 28b1 3
19 Armstrong Robert J. 1618 CAN 10b½ 24w0 21b1 11w0 23b1 20b½ 3
20 Humphreys Michael 2329 CAN 24b1 11w½ 5b0 10w1 3b0 19w½ 3
21 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1604 CAN 5w0 29b½ 19w0 27b1 10b0 30w1 2.5
22 Zhou Qi 1535 CAN 14w1 2w1 9b0 3w½ 11b0 10w0 2.5
23 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1642 CAN 1b0 16w1 7w0 26b0 19w0 31b1 2
24 Sobrepere Josep 1786 CAN 20w0 19b1 27w1 7b0 14w0 16b0 2
25 Morrison Richard 1356 CAN 6w0 14b0 31w1 13b0 27w0 29b1 2
26 Stevelic Marko 1288 CAN 11b0 28w0 32b1 23w1 13w0 17b0 2
27 Halim Howard 1066 CAN 8b0 18w1 24b0 21w0 25b1 0 2
28 Pirri Daniele 1546 CAN 0 26b1 13w1 2w0 12b0 18w0 2
29 Radpey Abdolreza 1392 CAN 2b0 21w½ 10b0 18w0 32b1 25w0 1.5
30 Abbarin Shabnam 1445 CAN 9b0 32w1 12w0 6b0 16w0 21b0 1
31 Souchko Larissa 1065 CAN 12w0 17b0 25b0 32w1 18b0 23w0 1
32 Pitt-Bradley Martin 887 CAN 0 30b0 26w0 31b0 29w0 0 0

Tie Break1: points (game-points)
Tie Break2: Direct Encounter (The results of the players in the same point group)
Tie Break3: The greater number of victories

There are several different ways to view the results at chess-results.com

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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
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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

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Alex Ferreira wins ACC Holiday Swiss!

2011 ACC Holiday Swiss – Final Results (January 23)

With Michael Humphreys, Rolando Renteria, and David Southam playing full-time in the GTCL Premier League, it was Alex Ferreira who finished on top of the Premier section in clear first with 3.5/5. Congratulations, Alex!

In the Reserve A section, young Danny Zotkin finished first with 3.5/5. (Adie Todd finished tied at 3.5/5, but since she has taken 3 byes, Danny wins the tie break.)

Finally, in Reserve C, Hooshang Abbarin took first with an impressive 5.0/5. Perfect score!

Here are the complete results through Round 5:

Premier (>1900)

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2025 W11 L9 H— W6 W3 3.5
2 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2086 W7 D10 L8 H— W6 3.0
3 Pavel Peev 122223 2146 H— W5 H— W8 L1 3.0
4 Adrian David Valencia 1883 H— H— L6 W12 W7 3.0
5 Carlos Romero Alfonso 153128 1975 L9 L3 L7 W11 W12 2.0
6 Zehn Nasir 148198 1843 H— H— W4 L1 L2 2.0
7 Juliaan Posaratnanathan 146059 1878 L2 H— W5 H— L4 2.0
8 Hugh Siddeley 120619 1982 H— H— W2 L3 U— 2.0
9 Michael Humphreys 131628 2298 W5 W1 U— U— U— 2.0
10 David Southam 102535 2154 W13 D2 U— U— U— 1.5
11 Venci Ivanov 153031 1862 L1 L13 W12 L5 F14 1.0
12 Daniel Wiebe 132137 1931 H— H— L11 L4 L5 1.0
13 Robert Bzikot 132541 1949 L10 W11 U— U— U— 1.0
14 Sahir Abbas unr. U— U— U— U— F11 0.0

Reserve A (>1500)

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1673 H— W7 W14 L13 W9 3.5
2 Adie Todd 125156 1667 H— H— W4 H— W3 3.5
3 Yakos Spiliotopoulos 151471 1689 H— D11 W10 H— L2 2.5
4 Manuela Renteria 152627 1743 H— H— L2 D7 W13 2.5
5 Nicholas O'Bumsawin 151261 1781 W8 H— W9 U— U— 2.5
6 Fernando Marshal 104895 1958 H— H— H— W14 U— 2.5
7 Marcus Wilker 102713 1679 L15 L1 W13 D4 D8 2.0
8 Hayk Oganesyan 152587 1582 L5 D13 L12 W10 D7 2.0
9 Edmond Jodhi 150171 1693 W13 H— L5 D11 L1 2.0
10 Alejandro Renteria 152628 1415 H— H— L3 L8 W16 2.0
11 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1814 H— D3 H— D9 U— 2.0
12 Erik Malmsten 100196 1852 H— H— W8 U— U— 2.0
13 Jack Maguire 144604 1528 L9 D8 L7 W1 L4 1.5
14 Mohammad Zaki Uddin 152024 1826 W16 D15 L1 L6 U— 1.5
15 Zehn Nasir 148198 1843 W7 D14 U— U— U— 1.5
16 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1475 L14 H— H— H— L10 1.5

Reserve B (U1500)

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Hooshang Abbarin 152910 1470 W2 W17 W12 W3 W8 5.0
2 Bill Thornton 131181 1290 L1 W7 W5 W4 W6 4.0
3 Christopher Field 108098 1298 W10 L4 W16 L1 W11 3.0
4 Shabnam Abbarin 151181 1255 W20 W3 W10 L2 L5 3.0
5 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1190 D12 D8 L2 D10 W4 2.5
6 Jean-Marc David 151900 1116 H— L14 W11 W15 L2 2.5
7 Bazil Whitehead 153156 unr. H— L2 W9 H— D13 2.5
8 George Supol 152286 1363 H— D5 H— W21 L1 2.5
9 Larissa Souchko 145490 1157 H— L12 L7 H— W16 2.0
10 James Mourgelas 108540 1485 L3 W20 L4 D5 U— 1.5
11 Dennis Li 153129 1077 D19 U— L6 W22 L3 1.5
12 Dan Geambasu 134119 1395 D5 W9 L1 U— U— 1.5
13 Stefan Catona 129405 1178 U— U— U— W16 D7 1.5
14 Erik Malmsten 100196 1852 H— W6 U— U— U— 1.5
15 Stone Hu unr. H— H— H— L6 U— 1.5
16 Raymond Lin 150193 951 H— H— L3 L13 L9 1.0
17 Alexandre Johnson 109239 1449 W18 L1 U— U— U— 1.0
18 Dave Rutt unr. L17 U— U— U— B— 1.0
19 Anton Zverev 150115 1311 D11 U— U— U— U— 0.5
20 Chris Wehrfritz 151679 1399 L4 L10 U— U— U— 0.0
21 Neil Jain 152915 482 U— U— U— L8 U— 0.0
22 Brian Groat unr. U— U— U— L11 U— 0.0

Round 2 (December 19)

After two rounds of play, Michael Humphreys is continuing his domination of the top section. After winning the 2011 Fall Swiss with a perfect 5.0/5, record, he’s off to a 2.0/2 start in this club Swiss, too.

Hopefully, Michael continues his winning streak on January 9, when he plays board 1 for ACC in the first match of the GTCL Premier League season!

In the Reserve A section, there’s a five-way tie for the lead: Zaki Uddin, Zehn Nasir, Nick O’Bumsawin, Edmond Jodhi, and Danny Zotkin all have 1.5/2. They’re all strong contenders, and it’s anyone’s guess who’ll come out on top in the next three rounds.

Meanwhile, in Reserve B, the father-and-daughter combination of Hooshang Abbarin and Shabnam Abbarin are tearing it up with 2.0/2 records. They are currently in a two-way tie for the lead.

Finally, special thanks to Alex Ferreira, who filled in for our regular TD, Hugh Siddeley. Only Alex can re-pair a section by hand – and take care of a finicky printer – while simultaneously entertaining the crowd with chess stories from the good old days!

Round 4 (January 16)

With the GTCL Premier League under way, the Premier section has been decimated – Michael Humphreys, Rolando Renteria, and David Southam have dropped out to play the top boards for the ACC team. Pavel Peev (who took a round off himself to play for the ACC team) is leading what remains of the section with 3.0/4.

In the super-competitive Reserve A section, Nick O’Bumsawin, is leading with 3.0/4 – but there are five hungry hounds chomping at his heels, half a point behind. Nick can take clear first with a win next round. Otherwise we’re liable to end up with a tie at the top of this section.

In the Reserve B section, Hooshang Abbarin is leading with a perfect score of 4.0/4. The question is, will he be ready to face his daughter Shabnam Abbarin (currently tied for second at 3.0/4) in the last round?

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The Canadian Open is All Wrapped Up!

Pinnacle 48th Canadian Open Chess Championship 2011

Saturday, July 9 – Sunday, July 17
The Westin Harbour Castle, One Harbour Square, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
http://www.canadianchess.info/2011canadianopen

Check tournament results, view photos, and replay webcast games at the MonRoi site.

MonRoi made a COCC video, too. Check it out!

Tournament highlights…

Dozens of ACC members were among the hundreds of players competing in the tournament.

Here are some highlights:

  • In the end, it is the Annex Chess Club women who are taking home most of the prizes for the club: Aleksandra Milicevic tied for top female in the U1600 section, with 5.0/9; and Manuela Renteria, Adie Todd, and Zhanna Sametova – all from ACC! – split top female in U2000, with 4.0/9. We even get a prize in the Open section – thanks to Liza Orlova, who wins the best dresssed prize!
  • The men are not completely unrepresented, though – Jason Waugh takes the best dressed prize in U1600. What fine players we have in our club!
  • A couple ACC players just miss prize money: Hugh Siddeley, with 6.5/9, is half a point out of a 4-way tie for first in the U2000 section; and George Supol, with 6.0/9, is one point out of a 3-way tie for second in the U1600 section.
  • In round 7, Rolando Renteria takes on his second GM – this time it’s Israeli GM Vitali Golod (2576)
  • White: Renteria, Rolando (2346)
    Black: GM Golod, Vitali (2576)

    2011.07.11 Pinnacle 48th Canadian Open (7)
    Toronto, ON

    AO7 Reti: KIA

  • After 6 rounds, Rolando Renteria, with 4.0/6, is the top ACC player in the Open section. He’s tied with 14 other players (including three GMs) for 22nd to 36th, a point and a half out of first place.
    Brian Fiedler and FM Brett Campbell are half a point behind him with 3.5/6.
  • After 6 rounds, Jack Maguire is tied for third (5-way) in the U1600 section with 4.5/6.
    George Supol and Aleksandra Milicevic are half a point behind him with 4.0/6.
  • After 5 rounds, Hugh Siddeley is tied for first (3-way) in the U2000 section with 4.5/5.
    Zehn Nasir and Nick O’Bumsawin are half a point behind with 4.0/5.
    Here is Hugh’s round-4 game:
  • White: Siddeley, Hugh (1996)
    Black: Strugach, Alexander (1963)

    2011.07.12 Pinnacle 48th Canadian Open (4)
    Toronto, ON

    C43 Petrov

  • Liza Orlova receives her WCM certificate from the CFC – but they misspell her name!
    WCM Liza 'Ortlova' with new CFC president, Michael von Keitz
  • Daniel Zotkin defeats Dalia Kagramanov (2027) in round 3
  • Rolando Renteria takes on American GM Joel Benjamin (2641) in round 3
  • White: Renteria, Rolando (2346)
    Black: GM Benjamin, Joel (2641)

    2011.07.11 Pinnacle 48th Canadian Open (3)
    Toronto, ON

    B10 Caro Kann: 2.d3

  • Geordie Derraugh defeats IM Arthur Calugar (2437) in round 2.
  • White: Derraugh, Geordie (2140)
    Black: IM Calugar, Arthur (2437)

    2011.07.10 Pinnacle 48th Canadian Open (2)
    Toronto, ON

    B22 Sicilian: 2.c3

Lots to see and do…

The Canadian Open was not just a tournament, but a celebration of chess in Canada. Visitors, whether they were playing in the tournament or not, found lots to see and do:

  • watch grandmaster games
  • register kids for the children’s day camp
  • watch free chess lectures
  • play grandmasters in simultaneous exhibitions
  • play blitz, double chess, and chess 960 championships
  • shop for books and equipment
  • attend the closing dinner and awards ceremony

Here’s some of what was on offer:
More events (including free grandmaster lectures!) are listed on the official schedule

GM Mark Bluvshtein Simul – Fri July 8 @ 8:00 pm – players $10 ($20 for the public)
Chess 960 Championship Tournament – Sat July 9 @ 1:00 pm – $10 ($20)
GM Ben Finegold Blindfold Simul – Sun July 10 @ 10:00 am – $10 ($20)
Blitz Chess Championship Tournament – Sun July 10 @ 12:00 pm – $20 ($30)
GM Shabalov / WIM Zenyuk Tandem Simul – Mon July 11 @ 12:00 pm – $10 ($20)
GM Bator Sambuev Simul – Tue July 12 @ 12:00 pm – $10 ($20)
GM John Fedorowicz Simul – Wed July 13 @ 12:00 pm – $10 ($20)
IM Meszaros / IM Macak Tandem Simul – Thu July 14 @ 12:00 pm – $10 ($20)
Double Chess Championship – Sat July 16 @ 8:00 pm – per team: $20 ($40)
Closing Dinner – Sun July 17 @ 4:00 pm – players & guests: $35 ea. ($75 for the public)

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