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ACC Membership Survey

We want to hear from you!

On October 31, we squeezed a mini-AGM into our normal chess lecture slot. ACC Executive members Ted Winick, Hugh Siddeley, Marcus Wilker, and Adie Todd (Yakos Spiliotopoulos was busy teaching) briefly reported on our respective areas of responsibility (finances, tournaments, communications, and membership) and introduced the issues we are addressing as we move into year two. We are inviting member feedback on our initiatives and on the state of our club generally. In order to make the AGM as short and sweet as it was, and to accommodate as many members as possible, we are hoping to hear back from you through our survey.

Survey forms were available at the club, and could be returned until the end of November.


Final Survey results

16 surveys completed by November 28

1. Support for strict 7:30 tournament start time: 9/13 = 69% (+ 3 indifferent)

2. Interest in playing at ACC two days per week: 8/15 = 53%

2b. Suggestions for second day, if interested:

  • Tuesday: 2/6 = 33%
  • Wednesday: 3/6 = 50%
  • Thursday: 3/6 = 50%
  • Saturday: 1/6 = 17%

3. Support for outsourcing and publishing all ACC games: 5/13 = 38% (+ 2 indifferent)

4. Support for rigid minimum ratings in sections: 7/13 = 54% (+ 1 indifferent)

5. Satisfaction with current time controls: 12/15 = 80%

5b. Other suggestions for time controls:

  • 40/2 SD/1: 1/4 = 25%
  • increment for all: 2/4 = 50%
  • faster – e.g., SD/1 +30s: 1/4 = 25%

6. Importance of lectures, out of 10: 91/15 = 6.1/10

6b. Interest in giving lectures: 8/15 = 53%

7. Frequency of checking the website:

  • daily: 4/15 = 27%
  • few times a week: 3/15 = 20%
  • weekly: 6/15 = 40%
  • rarely: 2/15 = 13%

8a. Favourite content on the website:

  • results: 4/11 = 36%
  • news: 3/11 = 27%
  • all aspects generally: 3/11 = 27%
  • events: 3/11 = 27%
  • visuals: 1/11 = 9%
  • lecture notes: 1/11 = 9%
  • selected games: 1/11 = 9%
  • frequent updates: 1/11 = 9%

8b. Least favourite content on the website:

  • club: 1/2 = 50%
  • none: 1/2 = 50%

9. Interest in submitting articles for the website: 9/14 = 64%

10. Interest in volunteering with the club: 6/14 = 43% (+ 1 possible)

11a. Other compliments:

  • atmosphere, community feeling, friendly people: 6/9 = 75%
  • well-organized, good organizers: 3/9 = 33%
  • club in general: 2/9 = 22%
  • website: 2/9 = 22%
  • convenient scheduling: 1/9 = 11%
  • beautiful hall: 1/9 = 11%

11b. Other criticisms:

  • too cold: 1/4 = 25%
  • shush loud voices: 1/4 = 25%
  • middle section should be 1500-1799: 1/4 = 25%
  • weekend ACC tournaments too expensive: 1/4 = 25%

11c. Other suggestions:

  • more blitz tournaments: 1/4 = 25%
  • attract stronger players: 1/4 = 25%
  • facilitate post-mortem analysis: 1/4 = 25%
  • advanced course by a GM: 1/4 = 25%
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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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