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ACC Frankenstein Swiss

... I had selected his features as beautiful
… I had selected his features as beautiful

As chess players, we can all relate to Victor Frankenstein: we’ve all dedicated long hours to our arcane studies – and we’ve all been in a position where our own creation doesn’t work out as beautifully as we’d planned.

In honour of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the ACC Frankenstein Swiss runs on Monday nights through October, with the first round on Monday September 29, and the last round on Monday November 3. Note that the club is closed on October 13: don’t miss the 2014 Thanksgiving Open running all weekend long at St. Clement of Ohrid Macedonian Hall.

The image above is from a beautiful clothbound edition of Frankenstein illustrated by Bernie Wrightson.

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Round 1 – September 29

The first round sees the most mismatched games as the top half of each section is Swiss-paired with the bottom half. And there are always a few upsets as underdogs find a way to defeat their monster opponents.

In the Crown section, Daniel Wiebe, in a reprise of the last-round game from the last tournament, takes down club champion Michael Humphreys – an almost 300-point upset. Wow!

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Round 2 – October 6

The second round sees the top half (based on Round One results) play itself, and the lead group start to narrow. With a few draws, a 16- to 20-player section can get easily have only two or three players at the top with perfect scores.

In the Crown section, it’s a two-way tie between Armand Jess Mendoza, beating Bill Evans to rise to 2.0/2, and Joseph Bellissimo, beating Ian Mahoney to join Mendoza in the lead.

In the U1900, it’s a three-way tie among Max England, Marc Ben-Avraham, and Daniele Pirri, as all three players post perfect 2.0/2 records.

And in the U1500, there’s another three-way tie among Jean-Marc David, Kamran Amirirad, and Mark Gelowitz, all perfect through two.

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Round 3 – October 20

In the top section, Joseph Bellissimo has rolled into clear first with a perfect 3.0/3 record. Next round he’ll face one of the experts in the 2.0-point group.

Joseph Bellissimo
Joseph Bellissimo

In U1900, there’s a two-way tie between Max England and Marc Ben-Avraham. Both have 3.0/3; they’ll be due to face off next round!

In U1500, Mark Gelowitz has sole possession of first with a perfect 3.0/3 record.

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Round 4 – October 27

Round Four ends up with draws on all the top boards. Even Liza Orlova, making a cameo appearance at the club after a long hiatus, draws her game.

Yelizaveta Orlova
Yelizaveta Orlova

In the Crown section, the Board One showdown sees leader Joseph Bellissimo face Scarborough Chess Club Champion David Southam. With a draw in that game, Bellissimo holds onto first place with 3.5/4, a half-point ahead of Humphreys, Mendoza, and Oliveira.

In U1900, the tie-break match between co-leaders Max England and Marc Ben-Avraham ends in a draw, so England and Ben-Avraham remain tied for the lead with 3.5/4, a half-point ahead of Diemer and Pirri.

In U1500, leader Mark Gelowitz faces a challenge from Richard Morrison. After the draw, Gelowitz still leads with 3.5/4, ahead of Lin, Amirirad, Amirirad, and Cvetkovic, all tied for second at 3.0/4.

Next week is the last round. Can the leaders hold their half-point leads? Will the tie in U1900 be broken?

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Round 5 – November 3

In the final round, there’s a showdown on Board One: tournament leader Joseph Bellissimo versus club champion Michael Humphreys. When the dust finally settles (153 moves later!) it’s Michael Humphreys with the full point and enough – at 4.0/5 – to win the tournament, edging out Armand Jess Mendoza on tie-break. Congratulations, Michael!

Michael Humphreys
Michael Humphreys

In U1900, the two leaders, Max England and Marc Ben-Avraham, play different opponents, as they already faced each other last round. Daniel Pirri spoils Ben-Avraham’s chances and finishes second with 4.0/5, but Max England is victorious over Ulli Diemer to take the section, with 4.5/5. Congratulations, Max!

Finally, in the closely-fought U1500 section, Mark Gelowitz enters the final round with a half-point lead, but is taken out of the running by Milan Cvetkovic. Meanwhile Kamran Amirirad, victorious over Richard Morrison, takes the section with 4.0/5, edging out Milan Cvetkovic and Raymond Lin on tiebreak. Congratulations, Kamran!

Complete results are posted below, and a new tournament starts up next week, Monday November 10 at 7:30 pm. New players are welcome. Arrive by 7:00 if you’re not pre-registered.

Final Results after Round Five

SwissSys Standings. Frankenstein Swiss: Crown

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Michael Humphreys 131628 2323 L8 W11 W5 W13 W3 4.0
2 Armand Jess Mendoza 156958 1982 B— W9 L3 W12 W7 4.0
3 Joseph Bellissimo 147544 2209 W17 W14 W2 D4 L1 3.5
4 David Southam 102535 2157 H— D15 W19 D3 W16 3.5
5 Hugh Siddeley 120619 2047 W11 D12 L1 D9 W18 3.0
6 Ismail Ibrahim 105228 1976 L9 H— W11 D14 W12 3.0
7 Rodrigo Oliveira 152923 2140 H— W20 H— W8 L2 3.0
8 Daniel Wiebe 132137 2046 W1 D16 D12 L7 D9 2.5
9 Bill Evans 103309 2060 W6 L2 D14 D5 D8 2.5
10 Robert Bzikot 132541 1844 H— H— U— D18 W17 2.5
11 Jacob Stein 108627 1800 L5 L1 L6 B— W19 2.0
12 Daniel Zotkin 146857 2060 W19 D5 D8 L2 L6 2.0
13 Matthew Struthers 110170 2057 H— H— W16 L1 U— 2.0
14 Ian Mahoney 149124 1769 B— L3 D9 D6 U— 2.0
15 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2028 D16 D4 H— H— U— 2.0
16 Jonathan Yu 126131 2217 D15 D8 L13 W19 L4 2.0
17 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1990 L3 L19 H— W20 L10 1.5
18 Yelizaveta Orlova 138247 2119 H— H— U— D10 L5 1.5
19 Chris Udrea 155000 1902 L12 W17 L4 L16 L11 1.0
20 Pepin Manalo 112277 1824 H— L7 H— L17 U— 1.0

SwissSys Standings. Frankenstein Swiss: U1900

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Max England 155135 1514 W16 W4 W2 D3 W5 4.5
2 Daniele Pirri 132983 1441 W7 W6 L1 W4 W3 4.0
3 Marc Ben-Avraham 145628 1456 W17 W5 W13 D1 L2 3.5
4 Tigran Ghazarian 155438 1356 W10 L1 W8 L2 W7 3.0
5 Ulli Diemer 153538 1542 W12 L3 W14 W6 L1 3.0
6 Robert J. Armstrong 100034 1540 W14 L2 W11 L5 W9 3.0
7 Jack Maguire 144604 1619 L2 L14 W12 W16 L4 2.0
8 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1648 H— L13 L4 D12 W11 2.0
9 Heimo C. Haikala 107606 1786 H— H— U— W13 L6 2.0
10 Adrian Chin 155527 1604 L4 W12 H— H— U— 2.0
11 Mark A. Patton 104721 1576 L15 W16 L6 W14 L8 2.0
12 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1694 L5 L10 L7 D8 W16 1.5
13 Qi Zhou 158050 1480 H— W8 L3 L9 U— 1.5
14 Antonios Valkanas 158189 1678 L6 W7 L5 L11 U— 1.0
15 Ian Mahoney 149124 1769 W11 U— U— U— U— 1.0
16 Nicholas Wu 154991 1659 L1 L11 H— L7 L12 0.5
17 Bill Thornton 131181 1632 L3 U— U— U— U— 0.0

SwissSys Standings. Frankenstein Swiss: U1500

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Kamran Amirirad 158329 1386 W17 W15 L4 W11 W6 4.0
2 Raymond Lin 150193 1218 W11 L4 W9 W5 W8 4.0
3 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1243 H— W20 H— W10 W4 4.0
4 Mark A. Gelowitz 126627 1359 W16 W2 W1 D6 L3 3.5
5 Abdolreza Radpey 149018 1355 L10 W14 W13 L2 W12 3.0
6 Richard Morrison 135889 1388 H— W10 W8 D4 L1 3.0
7 Rahul Gangolli 156023 971 L8 W17 H— D15 W10 3.0
8 Jean-Marc David 151900 1358 W7 W9 L6 H— L2 2.5
9 Eli Teram 107314 1134 B— L8 L2 D14 W17 2.5
10 Larissa Souchko 145490 966 W5 L6 W15 L3 L7 2.0
11 Derek Chen 156690 835 L2 W16 W20 L1 U— 2.0
12 Brendan Grady unr. H— H— U— W16 L5 2.0
13 Hewitt Ho unr. H— H— L5 L17 B— 2.0
14 Dylan Xiong 152060 949 H— L5 D17 D9 D15 2.0
15 Dennis Li 153129 1214 W18 L1 L10 D7 D14 2.0
16 Kaizen Liu 152053 1019 L4 L11 B— L12 W19 2.0
17 Howard Halim 153419 1107 L1 L7 D14 W13 L9 1.5
18 Salim Belcadi unr. L15 H— H— U— U— 1.0
19 Rose Tuong 158024 unr. H— H— U— U— L16 1.0
20 Jian Rashid 156998 1046 H— L3 L11 U— U— 0.5
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ACC “Hit the Books” Swiss

reading chess books

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

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

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

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Round 1 – August 18

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

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

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

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

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Round 2 – August 25

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

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

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

The round gets started at 7:30 pm.

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

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

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

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

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Round 3 – September 8

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

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

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

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

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Round 4 – September 15

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

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

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

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

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Round 5 – September 22

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

Congratulations, Michael, Tigran, and Qi!

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

See complete results on the standings table below.

Final results after Round Five

SwissSys Standings. Hit the Books: Crown

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

SwissSys Standings. Hit the Books: U1900

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

SwissSys Standings. Hit the Books: U1500

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


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

~ Magnus Carlsen


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

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ACC Peaches and Cream Swiss

ontario peaches and cream

Our August-to-September tournament is named in honour of fresh Ontario corn and peaches!

Divided in three by CFC rating, players are competing in “Crown,” “Under-1900,” and “Under-1400” sections. The top section is FIDE-rated.

Round 1 starts at 7:30 pm on Monday August 26. There’s a week off over Labour Day weekend – don’t miss the Toronto Labour Day Open! – and then the final four rounds are Mondays September 9, 16, 23, and 30.

Good luck to all competitors!

Round One – August 26

Our first round sees some new players (Welcome, Mark Gelowitz and Hugh McNeil, and welcome back, Rodrigo Oliveira, Michael Vermont, and Jeffrey Zhu!), but gets off to a slow start as pairings are adjusted to accommodate a number of last-minute entries and cancellations. Round Two should be a smoother start, promptly at 7:30 pm. While it’s too early for there to be leaders or even a leading pack in the section, the cream is starting to rise up!

Off Day – September 2

We’re closed on Labour Day, but many of our players are playing in the Toronto Labour Day Open – Check final standings

Toronto Labour Day Open 2013

Round Two – September 9

It doesn’t take long for the cream to rise to the top in the U1900 and U1500 sections! In the U1900 Section, Kuhan Jeyapragasan is alone in first with 2.0/2 after a win over Adrian Chin. And in the U1500 Section, it’s Jean-Marc David who’s alone in first with 2.0/2 after a win over Mark Gelowitz. But there are three more rounds to go, and anything can happen! In the top section, however, things are still pretty “homogenized”: five players – two masters and three experts – are sharing the lead with 1.5/2. Time will tell …

We’re also happy to welcome even more new players to the tournament: Arno Lowi, Mark Patton, and Miriam Marling have joined this week, and Dora (Jiaxin) Liu and Michael Sutton are back with us – putting us over 50 players total. With our busy casual section, and the Toronto Junior and Toronto Women’s Championships coming up in October, we’re going to have a full house!

Round Three – September 16

The top section is starting to settle down with a two-way tie for the lead going into the penultimate round, as David Southam defeats Bill Evans and Wajdy Shebetah defeats Chris Udrea – while Zehn Nasir holds Michael Humphreys to a draw. David and Wajdy now have 2.5/3.

In the middle section, leader Kuhan Jeyapragasan goes down to fellow youngster Daniel Sirkovich, and Michael Sutton (“Mr. 960”) shares the lead after defeating one of our newest members, Hugh McNeil. Daniel and Michael now have 2.5/3.

Finally, in the U1500 section, Jean-Marc David is staying strong, defending his position atop the standings with a win against George Supol. George is the top-rated player playing this round, and with the win Jean-Marc is still perfect at 3.0/3.

Round Four – September 23

In the top section, Wajdy Shebetah has the sole lead, with 3.5/4, after a win against Zehn Nasir. But Michael Humphreys is only half a point behind at 3.0/4 after a win against David Southam. Michael will have to beat Wajdy next round to take clear first. (And it’s nice to see the top section getting even stronger with Jonathan Yu, a master from Hart House, joining.)

In the U1900 section, Daniel Sirkovich holds onto a share of the lead after a draw against Arkadiy Ugodnikov, with Harmony Zhu joining him at 3.0/4 after a win against Adrian Chin. Daniel and Harmony should face off in the final round. (In another noteworthy game – in terms of historical club rivalries – Jack Maguire scores his 5th straight win over the higher-rated Ulli Diemer in the Blackmar-Diemer gambit – Jack has not once had to face Ulli with the black pieces.)

And in the U1500 section, Jean-Marc David still has sole possession of first place with a win over Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy for a perfect score of 4.0/4 through four rounds. A full point ahead of his closest rivals going into the last round, Jean-Marc is guaranteed a share of first. (Meanwhile, in today’s game of the week, Mariam Marling builds a fortress to hold Milan Cvetkovic to a draw, down a queen for a rook. Mariam is in a three-way tie for second, with 3.0/4.)

Next week is the final round of this tournament!

Round 4 Game of the Week

Round 4 Photos

John watches as Teresa plays a friendly game with Sid after winning her tournament game.
John watches on as Teresa plays a friendly game with Sid after winning her tournament game.
Milan racks his brains trying to find the win against Mariam in a (probably already drawn) position where he's up a queen for a rook.
Milan racks his brains trying to find the win against Mariam in a (possibly already drawn) position where he’s up a queen for a rook. (Vinorth faces Jean-Marc in the background.)

Round Five – September 30

On the top board of the Crown section, Wajdy Shebetah, in the lead with 3.5/4 faces Michael Humphreys. Humphreys, half a point behind, needs a win to take first. In a complicated queen-versus-two-rooks position, Wajdy is victorious and takes first place in the tournament! Congratulations, Wajdy!

In the middle section, the top board sees little powerhouse, Harmony Zhu, who is all of seven years old, facing another youngster, Daniel Sirkovich, who is in grade nine. The game ends in a draw, and the two share first place in their section. Arkadiy Ugodnikov, with a win against Jim Mourgelas, and Kuhan Jeyapragasan, with a forfeit win, join them in a four-way tie for first with 3.5/5. Congratulations, Harmony, Daniel, Kuhan, and Arkadiy!

Finally, in the bottom section, Mariam Marling challenges Jean-Marc David on the top board. A full point behind, Mariam needs a win to share first. Their bishop-versus-knight ending is the last game to finish, and when it ends in a draw, Jean-Marc wins the bottom section with 4.5/5. Congratulations, Jean-Marc!

Wajdy Shebetah
Tournament winner,
Wajdy Shebetah

Round 5 Game of the Week

What’s next?

Our next club tournament, the “Ghosts and Gobbling” Swiss starts next Monday October 7, with Round One starting at 7:30 pm. Please email us before 7:00 pm to register or to request a bye if you cannot attend.

Here are the final results:

Results after Round Five

SwissSys Standings. Peaches and Cream Swiss: Crown

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2168 W8 D4 W12 W5 W2 4.5
2 Michael Humphreys 131628 2288 D6 W11 D5 W4 L1 3.0
3 Jonathan Yu 126131 2214 H— H— U— W9 W6 3.0
4 David Southam 102535 2207 W7 D1 W6 L2 D5 3.0
5 Zehn Nasir 148198 2170 H— W9 D2 L1 D4 2.5
6 Bill Evans 103309 2075 D2 W10 L4 W8 L3 2.5
7 Miroslav Stefanovic 154500 2004 L4 H— L9 B— X13 2.5
8 Hugh Siddeley 120619 1928 L1 B— D13 L6 W12 2.5
9 Rodrigo Oliveira 152923 1908 D12 L5 W7 L3 W11 2.5
10 Daniel S Smith 155529 2271 H— L6 D11 H— U— 1.5
11 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1992 H— L2 D10 D12 L9 1.5
12 Chris Udrea 155000 1917 D9 H— L1 D11 L8 1.5
13 Gustavo Lora 155274 1841 H— H— D8 U— F7 1.5

SwissSys Standings. Peaches and Cream Swiss: U1900

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Daniel Sirkovich 145096 1761 W19 H— W3 D2 D4 3.5
2 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1761 D12 D10 W5 D1 W14 3.5
3 Kuhan Jeyapragasan 147906 1750 W20 W18 L1 H— X12 3.5
4 Harmony Zhu 151635 1722 H— H— W20 W18 D1 3.5
5 Nicholas Vettese 154199 1457 H— D16 L2 W20 W15 3.0
6 Hugh McNeil 108257 1814 W9 D14 L8 W11 U— 2.5
7 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1787 L11 X13 W16 H— U— 2.5
8 Michael Sutton 151225 1783 H— W11 W6 U— U— 2.5
9 Jack Maguire 144604 1599 L6 L20 B— W16 D10 2.5
10 Jiaxin Liu 149747 1590 H— D2 D18 D15 D9 2.5
11 Marcus Wilker 102713 1577 W7 L8 H— L6 X18 2.5
12 Vlad Nitu 154215 1502 D2 W15 D14 H— F3 2.5
13 David Fletcher 105301 1435 D16 F7 L17 W21 W19 2.5
14 James Mourgelas 108540 1432 B— D6 D12 H— L2 2.5
15 Mark A. Patton 104721 1705 H— L12 W19 D10 L5 2.0
16 Ulli Diemer 153538 1679 D13 D5 L7 L9 W20 2.0
17 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1620 L18 H— W13 H— U— 2.0
18 Adrian Chin 155527 1871 W17 L3 D10 L4 F11 1.5
19 Ian Prittie 153588 1522 L1 H— L15 H— L13 1.0
20 Bill Thornton 131181 1452 L3 W9 L4 L5 L16 1.0
21 Jeff Pancer 107543 1197 U— U— U— L13 U— 0.0

SwissSys Standings. Peaches and Cream Swiss: U1500

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Jean-Marc David 151900 1299 B— W15 W3 W4 D5 4.5
2 Eli Teram 107314 1198 W10 D3 H— W14 W7 4.0
3 George Supol 152286 1418 W20 D2 L1 W18 W11 3.5
4 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1287 H— W24 W11 L1 W10 3.5
5 Miriam Marling 156351 1247 H— W20 X19 D10 D1 3.5
6 Dennis Li 153129 971 W8 L7 D18 W12 W26 3.5
7 Bradley Yee 125441 1326 H— W6 W12 H— L2 3.0
8 Raymond Lin 150193 1295 L6 L14 W24 W15 W18 3.0
9 Ben Chan 130822 1047 H— L18 W26 H— W16 3.0
10 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1397 L2 W26 W15 D5 L4 2.5
11 Abdolreza Radpey 149018 1393 W14 H— L4 X17 L3 2.5
12 Larissa Souchko 145490 1028 H— W16 L7 L6 W20 2.5
13 Jeff Pancer 107543 1197 H— H— L14 B— U— 2.0
14 John Heisey 156203 1182 L11 W8 W13 L2 U— 2.0
15 Mark A. Gelowitz 126627 1154 W18 L1 L10 L8 W23 2.0
16 Teresa Lee 154501 889 H— L12 H— W24 L9 2.0
17 Brian Groat 153518 636 H— H— W22 F11 U— 2.0
18 Richard Morrison 135889 1369 L15 W9 D6 L3 L8 1.5
19 Manuel De Jesus 154790 1300 W27 H— F5 U— U— 1.5
20 Howard Halim 153419 687 L3 L5 H— W26 L12 1.5
21 James Mourgelas 108540 1432 W25 U— U— U— U— 1.0
22 Arbel Groshaus 151836 959 H— H— L17 U— U— 1.0
23 Sean Korzeniewski unr. H— H— U— U— L15 1.0
24 Stone Hu 153507 931 H— L4 L8 L16 U— 0.5
25 Jeffrey Wang Zhu 154492 864 L21 U— H— U— U— 0.5
26 Arno Lowi 155277 724 H— L10 L9 L20 L6 0.5
27 Michael Vermont 151783 1149 L19 U— U— U— U— 0.0
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ACC Backyard Barbecue – Results

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Celebrating the warm-weather tradition of having friends over for a barbecue in the backyard, this club tournament started on Monday May 27. It runs for four rounds (Monday nights at 7:30 pm) to June 17. The club will be closed June 24 (because the playing hall is unavailable) and July 1 (for Canada Day).

Players are competing in three sections, based on CFC rating. The top “Crown” section is for players over 1800. The next two sections are “Under-1800” and “Under-1400.”

Round One – May 27

Round One tends to feature some of the biggest rating mismatches a new tournament will see, which allows some lower-rated players to get flame-broiled quickly. There’s always a possibility of a few upsets too, and tonight is no exception: some higher-rated players fell through the grill and got a bit charred.

Round Two – June 3

In second-round action, Bill Evans beats Dan Wiebe to take a clear lead in the Crown section. Ian Prittie, newly graduated to the U1800 section, takes down his second 1600+ opponent (in the person of Josep Sobrepere) and now stands tied for first with Ulli Diemer. And Jean-Marc David is alone in first in the U1400 section. It is Shabnam Abbarin who has the last game of the night (even including the Toronto Closed games) – her marathon battle with Bradley Yee that ended in a draw after 85 moves is this week’s game of the week!

Game of the week

Round Three – June 10

In Round 3, the leaders stay strong. Bill Evans holds off Arkadiy Ugodnikov to maintain his lead in the Crown section, Ulli Diemer defeats rival Ian Prittie to hold first place in the U1800, and Jean-Marc David draws Jeff Pancer to stay a half point ahead in the U1400 section. With the Toronto Closed ending, a number of Championship players joined the top section. Our game of the week will feature a battle between Chris Udrea and Dave Southam, both joining the ACC Backyard BBQ in round 3 (stay tuned!).

Round Four – June 17

With a couple off-days coming up (the club will be closed June 24 and July 1), we’re shortening this tournament to four rounds. In the final round, Bill Evans defeats Hooshang Abbarin to take first in the Crown section with a perfect 4.0/4. Congratulations, Bill! Ulli Diemer wins his game against young Harmony Zhu to take first in the U1800, again with a perfect 4.0/4. And finally, Jean-Marc David, with a last-round win against Eli Teram, takes the U1400 section with 3.5/4. Section winners earn the right to play in a higher section in the upcoming Summer Festival Swiss, starting July 15, even if they don’t qualify by rating.

Don’t miss your chance to play international grandmaster Elshan Moradi, when he comes to the club on July 8! Admission is free for members, and it’s $35 to play in the simultaneous exhibition. Reserve your board today.

Here are the complete final results from the 2013 ACC Backyard Barbecue Swiss:

SwissSys Standings. Backyard BBQ: Crown

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Total
1 Bill Evans 103309 2008 W14 W9 W10 W4 4.0
2 David Southam 102535 2179 H— H— W12 W8 3.0
3 Miroslav Stefanovic 154500 1949 H— H— W14 W5 3.0
4 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1772 W15 W13 H— L1 2.5
5 Pavel Peev 122223 2213 H— H— W11 L3 2.0
6 Adrian Chin 155527 1915 L11 H— H— W10 2.0
7 David Cohen 100234 1845 H— H— U— W12 2.0
8 Pepin Manalo 112277 1841 H— H— W9 L2 2.0
9 Daniel Wiebe 132137 1986 H— L1 L8 W14 1.5
10 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1767 W13 H— L1 L6 1.5
11 Atharva Washimkar 153285 1754 W6 H— L5 U— 1.5
12 Chris Udrea 155000 1876 H— H— L2 L7 1.0
13 Alexandre Michelashvili 149568 1854 L10 L4 B— U— 1.0
14 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1844 L1 B— L3 L9 1.0
15 Pi Nasir 148197 1953 L4 H— U— U— 0.5

SwissSys Standings. Backyard BBQ: U1800

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Total
1 Ulli Diemer 153538 1622 W16 W12 W5 W3 4.0
2 Nicholas Vettese 154199 1362 H— H— W7 W6 3.0
3 Harmony Zhu 151635 1631 H— W8 W14 L1 2.5
4 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1627 W18 L5 D12 W14 2.5
5 Ian Prittie 153588 1320 W7 W4 L1 D8 2.5
6 Jack Maguire 144604 1661 L12 W15 W10 L2 2.0
7 Marcus Wilker 102713 1605 L5 W13 L2 W12 2.0
8 Bill Thornton 131181 1477 H— L3 W16 D5 2.0
9 Shabnam Abbarin 151181 1439 W13 D14 H— U— 2.0
10 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1384 H— H— L6 W15 2.0
11 Vlad Nitu 154215 1352 H— H— U— W16 2.0
12 George Supol 152286 1433 W6 L1 D4 L7 1.5
13 James Mourgelas 108540 1314 L9 L7 D17 W18 1.5
14 Bradley Yee 125441 1312 W15 D9 L3 L4 1.5
15 Abdolreza Radpey 149018 1435 L14 L6 W18 L10 1.0
16 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1355 L1 H— L8 L11 0.5
17 Manuel De Jesus 154790 1299 U— U— D13 U— 0.5
18 John A Rogers 101732 1369 L4 U— L15 L13 0.0

SwissSys Standings. Backyard BBQ: U1400

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Total
1 Jean-Marc David 151900 1248 W11 W3 D6 W7 3.5
2 Jeremy Stefan Wichrowski 154587 1142 H— H— W12 W9 3.0
3 Richard Morrison 135889 1213 W5 L1 D11 W6 2.5
4 Ben Chan 130822 981 D6 H— H— W10 2.5
5 Manuel De Jesus 154790 1299 L3 L11 B— W14 2.0
6 Jeff Pancer 107543 1215 D4 W14 D1 L3 2.0
7 Eli Teram 107314 1214 H— H— W10 L1 2.0
8 Dennis Li 153129 950 D14 D9 U— W11 2.0
9 Maria Isolina Moran Vasquez 155559 742 D12 D8 W14 L2 2.0
10 Christopher Field 108098 1165 H— B— L7 L4 1.5
11 Raymond Lin 150193 1055 L1 W5 D3 L8 1.5
12 Stone Hu 153507 933 D9 U— L2 W13 1.5
13 Brian Groat 153518 641 H— H— U— L12 1.0
14 Teresa Lee 154501 921 D8 L6 L9 L5 0.5

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