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ACC Bobby Fischer Celebration Swiss

Pawn Sacrifice (see trailer) is coming to theatres September 25.

In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, Pawn Sacrifice chronicles Fischer’s terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.

At Annex Chess Club, we’re marking the movie release with our Bobby Fischer Celebration Swiss. Running from August 17 to September 21 – just before the release – this regular club tournament is in three sections by CFC rating: Crown, Under-1900, and Under-1500.


Thanks to Elevation Pictures and the House of Staunton, we have some great tournament prizes for this event!

The winner of the tournament (Crown section) will receive a beautiful luxury set that is a replica of the pieces used in the 1972 World Champonship.

Winners and runners up in all three sections will also receive double passes to the advance screening of the film at the Varsity theatre on Wednesday September 23, at 7:30 pm.

Please be aware that the advance screening will be oversold so ticket-holders must arrive an hour to 45 mintues in advance of the screening time to be admitted with the chance of getting a good seat.

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Round One – August 17

In Round One action, the Crown section sees a number of draws. (Quite an achievement for the “David” in those David-versus-Goliath matchups!) As a result, Jon Yu with the only decisive game in the round is now in sole possession of first place with 1.0/1.

In U1900, Marcus Wilker, Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy, and George Supol are in a three-way tie for the lead with 1.0/1.

And in U1500, there’s a seven-way tie for first, with Rahul Gangolli scoring an upset win to join the other six leaders at 1.0/1.

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Round Two – August 24

Famous for his unprecedented (and unduplicated) domination of the game in his era, Bobby Fischer won the 1963–64 US Chess Championship with a perfect score of 11/11. We’re only two rounds into our tournament but only three players still have perfect scores.

In the Crown section, there’s a four-tie for first as Jon Yu takes a bye, while Aahil Noorali, Dave Southam, and Michael Humphreys win their games to join him at 1.5/2.

In the U1900 section, George Supol, with a win over Marcus Wilker, has a perfect 2.0/2 score and sole possession of the lead. Hooshang Abbarin, with a win over Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy, is half a point behind with 1.5/2.

In the U1500 section, there’s a two-way tie for first as Michael Saltat and Richard Morrison have perfect 2.0/2 scores. Another five players are half a point behind with 1.5/2, including Mysha Gilani, one of the few female players in the tournament, and Justin Tanasijczuk, one of four unrated players playing their first ever CFC-rated tournament.

Games From Round Two

Here’s the game from the top board in the U1900 section. (Players are encouraged to submit .pgn files for their games for inclusion on the website!)

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Round Three – August 31

In the Crown section, the games on the top two boards end in draws, resulting in a six-way tie for first. Michael Humphreys, Aahil Noorali, Dave Southam, Jon Yu, Sergey Malakhovets, and Joseph Bellissimo all have 2.0/3. It will be an exciting final two rounds to see who can take this event!

In the U1900 section, the battle between the top two players also ended in a draw. So George Supol remains in the lead with 2.5/3, while Hooshang Abbarin trails by half a point along with Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy and Max England at 2.0/3.

In the U1500, Michael Saltat takes a bye, while Mysha Gilani wins her game against Richard Morrison. First place in the section is split with two more players as Rahul Gangolli and Mark Gelowitz win their games to join the lead group at 2.5/3.

* Please note that we’ll be closed for Labour Day on Monday September 7. Rounds 4 and 5 are on September 14 and 21.

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Round Four – September 14

With the grand prize beautiful luxury chess set on display at the front desk – and with many new students registered for their adult and childrens’ classes – the tournament round starts at 7:30.

In the Crown section, the big leader group is down to two as Michael Humphreys and David Southam win their games to rise to 3.0/4, while Jon Yu and Joseph Bellissimo draw.

In U1900 action, the three-way tie for second has become a three-way tie for first, as Hooshang Abbarin, Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy, and Max England all win their games to rise to 3.0/4. Ab-Barin’s game against Arkadiy Ugodnikov is included just below.

And in U1500, the four-way tie is down to a two-way tie, as Mysha Gilani and Michael Saltat win their games, moving up to 3.5/4 (the best scores in the tournament).

All three sections are going down to the wire, with ties for the lead going into the final round.

Games from Round Four

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Round Five – September 21

In the Crown section, the two leaders win their final games to finish neck and neck at 4.0/5, and it comes down to tie breaks, with Michael Humphreys having played more games with black.

In U1900, the winner is Max England, defeating Hooshang Ab-Barin to rise to 4.0/5, while Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy is held to a draw by George Supol.

And in U1500, Mysha Gilani wins her game against Michael Saltat to take clear first with 4.5/5.

See complete final results below, ranked by points and then by better tie-break.

Congratulations to our winners, Michael Humphreys, Max England, and Mysha Gilani. Thanks to over 50 participants for helping celebrate Bobby Fischer, and thanks to our sponsors, Elevation Pictures and House of Staunton! Don’t miss Pawn Sacrifice, previewing on Wednesday (if you won tickets) and coming to theatres Friday.

A new tournament, which will be our 5th Anniversary Swiss, starts next Monday September 28 at 7:30 pm. Come help us celebrate five wonderful years of downtown Toronto chess at Annex Chess Club! Please arrive before 7:00 pm to register. New players are welcome to join!

Results after Round Five

SwissSys Standings. ACC Bobby Fischer Celebration Swiss: Crown

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Michael Humphreys 131628 2373 D3 W16 D2 W4 W6 4.0
2 David Southam 102535 2228 D16 W3 D1 W5 W10 4.0
3 Nameer Issani 154796 2044 D1 L2 D8 W9 D5 2.5
4 Aahil Noorali 155015 1797 D5 W9 D7 L1 D8 2.5
5 Sergey Malakhovets 158413 2098 D4 H— W12 L2 D3 2.5
6 Joseph Bellissimo 147544 2224 H— H— W14 D7 L1 2.5
7 Jonathan Yu 126131 2243 W9 H— D4 D6 U— 2.5
8 Daniel Zotkin 146857 2038 H— H— D3 D12 D4 2.5
9 Armand Jess Mendoza 156958 1947 L7 L4 W16 L3 B— 2.0
10 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2108 H— H— U— W15 L2 2.0
11 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1660 H— H— U— W16 U— 2.0
12 Brett Campbell 101324 2216 H— H— L5 D8 D13 2.0
13 Jacob Stein 108627 1882 H— H— U— U— D12 1.5
14 Bill Evans 103309 2131 H— H— L6 U— U— 1.0
15 Miroslav Stefanovic 154500 1977 H— H— U— L10 U— 1.0
16 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1847 D2 L1 L9 L11 U— 0.5

SwissSys Standings. ACC Bobby Fischer Celebration Swiss: U1900

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Max England 155135 1636 H— H— W5 W3 W4 4.0
2 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1635 W10 L4 W6 W9 D3 3.5
3 George Supol 152286 1431 B— W13 D4 L1 D2 3.0
4 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1660 H— W2 D3 B— L1 3.0
5 Mark A. Patton 104721 1472 L13 W7 L1 B— D9 2.5
6 Daniele Pirri 132983 1505 H— H— L2 W14 D7 2.5
7 Ulli Diemer 153538 1575 D11 L5 D12 W10 D6 2.5
8 Tigran Ghazarian 155438 1517 H— H— U— U— W11 2.0
9 Jean-Marc David 151900 1347 H— D10 H— L2 D5 2.0
10 Joshua Allen 105802 1443 L2 D9 B— L7 U— 1.5
11 Michael Sutton 151225 1792 D7 H— H— U— L8 1.5
12 Claudio Sottile 148499 1490 H— H— D7 U— U— 1.5
13 Marcus Wilker 102713 1641 W5 L3 U— U— U— 1.0
14 Matthias Schuett unr. H— H— U— L6 U— 1.0

SwissSys Standings. ACC Bobby Fischer Celebration Swiss: U1500

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Mysha Gilani 155004 1247 W4 D2 W10 W9 W3 4.5
2 Mark A. Gelowitz 126627 1389 W11 D1 W5 H— W4 4.0
3 Michael Saltat 158633 1227 W16 W25 H— W10 L1 3.5
4 Benjamin Thalman unr. L1 W7 W11 W8 L2 3.0
5 Justin Tanasijczuk unr. H— W17 L2 W11 D8 3.0
6 Ryan Guo 154346 1131 H— H— U— W17 W10 3.0
7 Christopher Field 108098 1250 L9 L4 W24 W24 W12 3.0
8 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1303 W24 L10 W20 L4 D5 2.5
9 Rahul Gangolli 156023 921 W7 H— W19 L1 U— 2.5
10 Richard Morrison 135889 1407 W15 W8 L1 L3 L6 2.0
11 Nick Jafari 160405 1056 L2 W18 L4 L5 W21 2.0
12 Martin Pitt-Bradley 158457 927 H— H— W16 U— L7 2.0
13 Jeff Pancer 107543 1117 H— H— U— L18 W24 2.0
14 Bruce MacInnis 149569 1294 W23 H— H— U— U— 2.0
15 Eli Teram 107314 1142 L10 L16 H— H— W22 2.0
16 Todd Westcott unr. L3 W15 L12 H— U— 1.5
17 Paul Panayotou unr. H— L5 W18 L6 U— 1.5
18 Howard Halim 153419 1108 D25 L11 L17 W13 U— 1.5
19 Adam Goldfarb 153496 1328 H— H— L9 U— U— 1.0
20 Keira Cuthbert unr. H— H— L8 U— U— 1.0
21 Brendan Grady 158392 1405 H— H— U— U— L11 1.0
22 Alex Moisseev 160217 785 H— H— U— U— L15 1.0
23 Larissa Souchko 145490 939 L14 H— H— U— U— 1.0
24 Henry XianRui Zhang 156492 1001 L8 H— L7 L7 L13 0.5
25 James Mourgelas 108540 1396 D18 L3 U— U— U— 0.5


W = win (e.g., W9 means a win against player 9 – worth 1 point)
L = loss (0 pt)
D = draw (½ pt)
H = ½-pt bye (requested in advance or assigned on registration, max 2 per player, not in final round)
B = 1-pt bye (“forced bye” – e.g., odd number of players)
U = 0-pt bye (e.g., when max ½-pt byes previously awarded, or in final round)
F = forfeit loss (0 pt)
X = forfeit win (1 pt)

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Pawn Sacrifice: in theatres September 25

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ACC “Let the Games Begin” Swiss

Image: CIBC Pan Am Park is ready for the 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games!

Let the Games Begin!

The Pan Am Games run July 10 to 26. The Parapan Am Games run August 7 to 15. Tickets are still available for many events.

In honour of the Toronto 2015 Games, Annex Chess Club is launching a “Let the Games Begin” chess tournament, running July 6 to August 10.

The tournament is divided into just two sections (Crown and U1700) as several of our members are away. Of note: Michael Humphreys, our Club Champion, is representing ACC in the Quebec Open and the Canadian Zonal, and Daniel Wiebe is representing Annex in Europe, playing in the Biel Masters and then in Barcelona.

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Round 1 – July 6

Round 1 features a couple of upsets as Richard Morrison (1375) defeats Daniel Pirri (1553) and Bruce MacInnis (1146) defeats George Supol (1420).

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Round 2 – July 13

Round 2 sees Dave Southam in sole possession of first place with 2.0/2. And there’s a big upset as Michael Sutton, “Mister 960,” takes down the top-rated player in the tournament, Josh Guo.

In the U1700 section, there’s a three-way tie for the lead as Hooshang Abbarin, Qi Zhou, and Tigran Ghazarian all have 2.0/2.

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Round 3 – July 20

In the Crown section, Alex Ferreira and Jon Yu, two Hart House players who drew their head-to-head game in Round 2, win their Round 3 games against Sutton and Southam to tie for the lead with 2.5/3. Southam, Malakhovets, Zotkin, and Siddeley are just a half point out at 2.0/3.

In the U1700, Hooshang Abbarin and Qi Zhou are tied for the lead with perfect 3.0/3 records. Ghazarian falls to Abbarin to drop behind by a point, while Mark Patton trails the leaders by just half a point with 2.5/3.

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Round 4 – July 27

Atop the Crown section, Alex Ferreira gets a draw against Dave Southam, Jon Yu takes a half-point bye to go camping, and Hugh Siddeley joins the leaders by scoring a win against Sergey Malakhovets after he drops his queen in zeitnot. The three leaders all have 3.0/4, but with three wins Siddeley has the best tie-break, so the tournament could be his for the taking.

In the U1700 section, Qi Zhou is in clear first with 4.0/4 after a win against Hooshang Abbarin. Abbarin, MacInnis, Patton, and Supol are a point behind at 3.0/4.

The last round is in two weeks on August 10, and a new tournament starts August 17.

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Round 5 – August 10

Our players return after a week off for Simcoe Day – some after playing in tournaments at the Kitchener Chess Festival. Notably, Max England placed first in the Canadian Amateur Over 1200, while Cindy Qiao placed 12th in the North American Junior Girls Championship.

Back at Annex, in the Crown section Jonathan Yu defeats Hugh Siddeley to take first place with 4.0/5, while Alex Ferreira draws Daniel Zotkin to take second with 3.5/5.

Meanwhile, in U1700, Qi Zhou finishes first with a perfect 5.0/5 record, while Bruce MacInnis also wins his game to finish clear second with 4.0/5.

Congratulations to Jon Yu for winning the tournament and Qi Zhou for winning the U1700 section!

Jon Yu playing at a Pub Chess event
Jon Yu playing Hugh Siddeley at a Pub Chess event

See complete results below.

Our next club tournament is the ACC Bobby Fischer Celebration Swiss, starting August 17. New players are welcome. Please arrive before 7:00 pm to register.

Final Results after Round Five

SwissSys Standings. Let the Games Begin Swiss: Crown

# Name CFC ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Jonathan Yu 126131 2220 W13 D2 W3 H— W5 4.0
2 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2088 W8 D1 W12 D3 D4 3.5
3 David Southam 102535 2234 W5 W10 L1 D2 H— 3.0
4 Daniel Zotkin 146857 2041 H— W11 D6 H— D2 3.0
5 Hugh Siddeley 120619 2072 L3 W9 W13 W6 L1 3.0
6 Sergey Malakhovets 158413 2114 H— W7 D4 L5 W10 3.0
7 Pepin Manalo 112277 1760 H— L6 H— W14 B— 3.0
8 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1830 L2 H— W10 W12 U— 2.5
9 Cindy Qiao 155864 1647 H— L5 D11 H— W14 2.5
10 Kamran Amirirad 158329 1675 B— L3 L8 W11 L6 2.0
11 Marcus Wilker 102713 1659 H— L4 D9 L10 B— 2.0
12 Michael Sutton 151225 1780 H— W15 L2 L8 U— 1.5
13 Armand Jess Mendoza 156958 1964 L1 B— L5 U— U— 1.0
14 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1662 H— H— U— L7 L9 1.0
15 Josh Guo 105318 2272 H— L12 H— U— U— 1.0

SwissSys Standings. Let the Games Begin Swiss: U1700

# Name CFC ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Qi Zhou 158050 1522 W23 W5 W3 W6 W4 5.0
2 Bruce MacInnis 149569 1146 W4 L9 W13 W19 W7 4.0
3 Max England 155135 1583 H— W11 L1 W20 W10 3.5
4 George Supol 152286 1420 L2 W18 W19 W8 L1 3.0
5 Richard Morrison 135889 1375 W13 L1 L10 W18 W19 3.0
6 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1657 W10 W17 W9 L1 U— 3.0
7 Mark A. Patton 104721 1490 H— W24 W20 H— L2 3.0
8 James Mourgelas 108540 1437 H— W26 H— L4 W14 3.0
9 Tigran Ghazarian 155438 1511 W12 W2 L6 H— U— 2.5
10 Mark A. Gelowitz 126627 1382 L6 W27 W5 H— L3 2.5
11 Vicknan Harichandrabose 158191 1139 H— L3 L18 W27 W20 2.5
12 Adam Goldfarb 153496 1325 L9 H— X25 U— W15 2.5
13 Daniele Pirri 132983 1553 L5 W25 L2 U— W22 2.0
14 Nick Jafari unr. H— L20 W27 H— L8 2.0
15 Antonio Marquez unr. H— H— U— W22 L12 2.0
16 Eli Teram 107314 1154 H— H— U— U— W27 2.0
17 Bill Thornton 131181 1498 W18 L6 H— H— U— 2.0
18 Christopher Field 108098 1249 L17 L4 W11 L5 W23 2.0
19 Joshua Allen 105802 1507 H— W22 L4 L2 L5 1.5
20 Cuinn Chowdhury 154703 1250 H— W14 L7 L3 L11 1.5
21 Brendan Grady 158392 1403 W27 H— U— U— U— 1.5
22 Howard Halim 153419 1102 H— L19 W23 L15 L13 1.5
23 Michael Saltat 158633 1339 L1 H— L22 H— L18 1.0
24 Michael Finkelstein 158620 1013 H— L7 H— U— U— 1.0
25 Alex Moisseev 160217 416 H— L13 F12 U— U— 0.5
26 Rahul Gangolli 156023 903 H— L8 U— U— U— 0.5
27 Larissa Souchko 145490 995 L21 L10 L14 L11 L16 0.0


W = win (e.g., W9 means a win against player 9 – worth 1 point)
L = loss (0 pt)
D = draw (½ pt)
H = ½-pt bye (requested in advance or assigned on registration, max 2 per player, not in final round)
B = 1-pt bye (“forced bye” – e.g., odd number of players)
U = 0-pt bye (e.g., when max ½-pt byes previously awarded, or in final round)
F = forfeit loss (0 pt)
X = forfeit win (1 pt)

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“United We Play!”

~ PACHI, 2015

Let the Games Begin!

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2015 Toronto Closed Chess Championship

The 2015 Toronto Chess Championship is in the books!

Results are posted on chess-results.com

2015 Toronto Closed Flyer

The Toronto Closed is an annual city (now regional) chess championship, sanctioned by the GTCL. The history of the tournament can be traced back to 1854.

The new 2015 Toronto Champion is Geordie Derraugh!

Geordie Derraugh, 2015 Toronto Champion
Geordie Derraugh
2015 Toronto Champion

And the winner of the 2015 Toronto Closed Reserve Section is Dave Southam – with a dominant score of 6.5/7!

David Southam
David Southam
2015 Toronto Closed Reserve Winner

Toronto Closed 2015

This year’s event included the following 16 players:

Victor Plotkin (2446)
Michael Humphreys (2347)
Mike Ivanov (2343)
Geordie Derraugh (2291)
Nicholas Vettese (2275)
Michael Barron (2267)
Mark Plotkin (2246)
Andrei Moffat (2196)
– see pairings and results

David Southam (2166)
Brian Fiedler (2134)
Sergey Malakhovets (2102)
Daniel Zotkin (2071)
Miroslav Stefanovic (2043)
Dmitry Chernik (2041)
Daniel Wiebe (2024)
Omar Shah (1921)
– see pairings and results

Latest results are posted!

Here are the last fifteen years’ winners:

2015 Geordie Derraugh
2014 Victor Plotkin
2013 Michael Song
2012 Artiom Samsonkin
2011 Victor Plotkin
2010 Victor Plotkin
2009 Michael Barron
2008 Nikolay Noritsyn
2007 Michael Barron
2006 Leonid Gerzhoy
2005 Sami Ademi
2004 Tomas Krnan, Yaaqov Vaingorten
2003 Goran Prpic
2002 Isai Berengolts
2001 Brett Campbell

For full details on the 2015 Toronto Closed, check the tournament flyer (.pdf file): 2015 Toronto Closed Flyer

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Annex Chess Club Championship 2015

ACC Championship and Reserve trophies
ACC Championship and Reserve trophies

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

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

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

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Round 1 – February 9

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

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

Games from Round 1

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Round 2 – February 23

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

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

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Round 3 – March 2

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

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

These are still close races. Three rounds to go!

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Round 4 – March 9

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

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


Round 5 – March 16

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

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

See complete results on the standings chart below.

A couple interesting notes about this round:

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

Games from Round 5

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Round 6 – March 23

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

At 7:30 the games begin!

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

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

Final Results after Round Six

SwissSys Standings. ACC Club Championship : Crown

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

SwissSys Standings. ACC Club Championship : U1800

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


W = win (e.g., W9 means a win against player 9 – worth 1 point)
L = loss (0 pt)
D = draw (½ pt)
H = ½-pt bye (requested in advance or assigned on registration, max 2 per player, not in final round)
B = 1-pt bye (“forced bye” – e.g., odd number of players)
U = 0-pt bye (e.g., when max ½-pt byes previously awarded, or in final round)
F = forfeit loss (0 pt)
X = forfeit win (1 pt)

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ACC Norway Swiss

“November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.”

emily dickinson norway

“November always seemed to me the Norway of the year,” wrote Emily Dickinson (in perfect iambic heptameter). This is a Norway November for sure, as Norway’s Magnus Carlsen defends his World Champion title in Sochi, Russia, November 7 to 28. His challenger is the previous World Champion, India’s Vishwanathan Anand, whom Carlsen defeated in a title match last November. Since then, Norway has run the No Logo Norway Chess supertournament and hosted the Tromsø 2014 Chess Olympiad. The whole country seems to have caught the chess bug, as media outlets now vie for broadcast rights, chess coverage enjoys high ratings, and Carlsen was even featured in a November issue of Donald Duck.
Meanwhile in Tøronto, the ACC Norway Swiss takes place November 10 to December 8. It’s a five-round regular club Swiss tournament, divided in three sections by CFC rating: Crown (minimum 1800), Under-1900 (minimum 1400), and Under-1500. The time cøntrol is game in 90 minutes with a 30-second increment each move from move 1, which makes for a 3- or 4-hour game. Games are CFC-rated, and the Crown section is also FIDE-rated. Rounds are Monday nights at 7:30 at the ACC clubhouse, 918 Bathurst.

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Round 1 – November 10

Forty-five players came out for the start of the tournament. Round One of a Swiss-paired event sees many David-vs-Goliath matchups, with underdogs having a chance for a big upset.

The night, as it turns out, is relatively free of such upsets, but it does see Kevin Gaffney (1599) victorious over Chris Udrea (1883) in the U1900 section.

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Round 2 – November 17

After the night’s bouts, the leader group in each section is down to two or three. In the Crown section, Daniel Wiebe (with a win over Barry Nash) and Robert Bzikot (with a win over Armand Jess Mendoza) are in a two-way tie for first with 2.0/2.

In the U1900 section, there’s another two-way tie for the lead, as Heimo Haikala (with a win over Ulli Diemer) and Sergey Malakhovets (with a win over Kevin Gaffney) share the honours.

In U1500, it’s a three-way tie for first among Mark A. Gelowitz, Richard Morrison, and Raymond Lin, all with 2.0/2. Only time will tell.

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Round 3 – November 24

In the Crown section, the bout between Bzikot and Wiebe ends with victory for Robert Bzikot, now in clear first with 3.0/3.

In U1900, top board sees Sergey Malakhovets against Heimo Haikala, and the game ends in a draw. Meanwhile Kamran Amirirad, with a victory over Daniel Pirri, joins a three-way tie for first at 2.5/3

In U1500, Mark Gelowitz has top honours after defeating Richard Morrison. Gelowitz stands in clear first with 3.0/3.

Games from Round 3

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Round 4 – December 1

Round 4 sees Joseph Bellissimo take over first place in the Crown section, with a victory over leader, Rob Bzikot. Bellissimo has 3.5/4 with 3 straight victories after a Rd-1 bye.

In U1900, co-leaders, Heimo Haikala and Sergey Malakhovets remain neck and neck after Rd-4 victories. Both have 3.5/4, with 3 wins and a draw against each other.

In U1500, Jean-Marc David takes over first place by defeating leader Mark Gelowitz. David has 3.5/4, with 3 wins after a Rd-1 draw.

One more round to go!

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Round 5 – December 8

Last round sees Crown section leader Joseph Bellissimo, at 3.5/4, face club champion Michael Humphreys, at 3.0/4. With a win, Humphreys would be tied by points and have a better tiebreak on head-to-head. As it turns out, Bellissimo holds onto first place with a draw against Humphreys, so 4.0/5, and a better tiebreak than Robert Bzikot, having defeated him in Round 4. Congratulations, Joseph Bellissimo!

In U1900, Sergey Malakhovets finally pulls out of the tie with Heimo Haikala, after the latter is defeated by Chris Udrea. Malakhovets finishes in sole first with 4.5/5 after a victory over Hooshang Abbarin. Congratulations, Sergey Malkhovets!

In U1500, Jean-Marc David holds onto sole first place by defeating Richard Morrison. David finishes with 4.5/5. Congratulations, Jean-Marc David!

Next week, December 15, we’re running a one-night, one-section, six-round Year End Rapid tournament, at a time control of 10’+5″. New players are welcome! Register by 7:00. Round 1 starts at 7:30 pm!

After that, we’re closed for two weeks! The club re-opens in the new year on January 5. Hope everyone has a great holiday!

Final Results after Round Five

SwissSys Standings. Norway Swiss: Crown

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Joseph Bellissimo 147544 2206 H— W10 W5 W2 D4 4.0
2 Robert Bzikot 132541 1897 W9 W12 W3 L1 W6 4.0
3 Daniel Wiebe 132137 2042 W21 W14 L2 D8 W11 3.5
4 Michael Humphreys 131628 2270 H— W7 D13 W12 D1 3.5
5 David Southam 102535 2177 W22 D11 L1 D7 W8 3.0
6 Bill Evans 103309 2024 H— D8 W14 W13 L2 3.0
7 Hugh Siddeley 120619 2085 D19 L4 W10 D5 W12 3.0
8 David Filipovich 103521 2194 D10 D6 W11 D3 L5 2.5
9 Matthew Struthers 110170 2074 L2 D16 H— H— W17 2.5
10 Daniel Zotkin 146857 2035 D8 L1 L7 B— B— 2.5
11 Ismail Ibrahim 105228 1984 W20 D5 L8 W16 L3 2.5
12 Armand Jess Mendoza 156958 2069 W18 L2 W17 L4 L7 2.0
13 Jonathan Yu 126131 2172 H— W19 D4 L6 U— 2.0
14 Barry Nash 120160 2105 W17 L3 L6 D19 D16 2.0
15 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2048 H— H— U— W21 U— 2.0
16 Ian Mahoney 149124 1747 H— D9 H— L11 D14 2.0
17 Miroslav Stefanovic 154500 1994 L14 W18 L12 W20 L9 2.0
18 Jacob Stein 108627 1805 L12 L17 H— H— W21 2.0
19 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1924 D7 L13 D20 D14 U— 1.5
20 Rodrigo Oliveira 152923 2104 L11 H— D19 L17 U— 1.0
21 Max England 155135 1639 L3 H— H— L15 L18 1.0
22 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2013 L5 H— H— U— U— 1.0

SwissSys Standings. Norway Swiss: U1900

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 5 Total
1 Sergey Malakhovets unr. W17 W11 D3 W7 W9 4.5
2 Chris Udrea 155000 1883 L11 W17 W14 W5 W3 4.0
3 Heimo C. Haikala 107606 1767 W10 W8 D1 W4 L2 3.5
4 Robert J. Armstrong 100034 1621 L14 W18 W10 L3 W7 3.0
5 Qi Zhou 158050 1485 H— H— W16 L2 W11 3.0
6 Tigran Ghazarian 155438 1562 L9 W15 H— W12 H— 3.0
7 Kamran Amirirad 158329 1410 B— D9 W13 L1 L4 2.5
8 Ulli Diemer 153538 1563 W12 L3 D11 W13 U— 2.5
9 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1642 W6 D7 H— H— L1 2.5
10 Mark A. Patton 104721 1576 L3 W12 L4 D15 W18 2.5
11 Kevin Gaffney 102701 1599 W2 L1 D8 D18 L5 2.0
12 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1646 L8 L10 W18 L6 W13 2.0
13 Daniele Pirri 132983 1605 W18 D14 L7 L8 L12 1.5
14 Marc Ben-Avraham 145628 1529 W4 D13 L2 U— U— 1.5
15 Bill Thornton 131181 1698 H— L6 H— D10 U— 1.5
16 Antonios Valkanas 158189 1565 H— U— L5 H— U— 1.0
17 Jack Maguire 144604 1616 L1 L2 H— H— U— 1.0
18 Marko Stevelic 157957 unr. L13 L4 L12 D11 L10 0.5

SwissSys Standings. Norway Swiss: U1500

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Jean-Marc David 151900 1332 D6 W15 W4 W2 W3 4.5
2 Mark A. Gelowitz 126627 1370 W13 W9 W3 L1 W4 4.0
3 Richard Morrison 135889 1367 W10 W8 L2 W6 L1 3.0
4 Raymond Lin 150193 1316 W11 W7 L1 W8 L2 3.0
5 Eli Teram 107314 1129 H— D6 H— D11 W7 3.0
6 Rahul Gangolli 156023 1107 D1 D5 W14 L3 W12 3.0
7 Larissa Souchko 145490 1039 W14 L4 W9 W13 L5 3.0
8 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1276 W16 L3 W12 L4 U— 2.0
9 Brendan Grady 158392 1227 W12 L2 L7 H— D11 2.0
10 Dylan Xiong 152060 1124 L3 U— U— W15 W13 2.0
11 Howard Halim 153419 1077 L4 L12 W16 D5 D9 2.0
12 Derek Chen 156690 987 L9 W11 L8 B— L6 2.0
13 Teresa Lee 154501 1129 L2 H— W15 L7 L10 1.5
14 Rose Tuong 158024 619 L7 W16 L6 H— L15 1.5
15 Martin Pitt-Bradley unr. H— L1 L13 L10 W14 1.5
16 Kaizen Liu 152053 990 L8 L14 L11 H— B— 1.5

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– Um…now look…now look, mate, I’ve definitely ’ad enough of this. That parrot is definitely deceased, and when I purchased it not ’alf an hour ago, you assured me that its total lack of movement was due to it bein’ tired and shagged out following a prolonged squawk.

– Well, he’s…he’s, ah…probably pining for the fjords.

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