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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

Welcome Spring Swiss

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Welcome, Spring!

It’s finally here! Spring flowers are poking up, TIFF is up and running, and the weather is starting to get nice enough to sit on a patio – maybe even without a winter coat.

At Annex, we’re launching our ACC Welcome Spring Swiss. Five rounds. Three sections (by CFC rating):

  • Crown (minimum 1700* to qualify)
  • Reserve A / U1800* (minimum 1300*)
  • Reserve B / U1400*

* The rating floors/ceilings are 100 points lower than usual, because we’ve temporarily lost a number of our top players to the Toronto Closed – running concurrently with the regular club tournament. Lower cut-offs help to even out the sections.

All club tournament games are CFC-rated. “Welcome Spring” rounds are on Monday nights, April 7 to May 12. We’re closed April 21 for Easter Monday – but don’t miss the Toronto Open on Easter weekend, April 18-20.

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Round One – April 7

The first round gets started with 42 players sitting down to 21 David-versus-Goliath match-ups. It’s the way the first round is always paired in a Swiss tournament.

At the end of the night, the Goliaths have won most of their games, as they usually do in chess, but there are a few draws – and even some upsets. Top- and middle-section Goliaths mostly walk away unscathed – other than Hooshang Abbarin, who falls to Bill Thornton. But the U1400 section is rife with David-over-Goliath triumphs as Larissa Souchko, Kaizen Liu, Tigran Ghazarian, and Howard Halim all emerge victorious from their battles against much higher-rated opponents!

Larissa Souchko
Larissa Souchko

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Round Two – April 14

In the Crown section, young Nicholas Vettese, already rated 1974 and top on the Canadian Under-10 list, may soon have his rating over 2000. At least he’s 2-0 in this tournament after defeating Harmony Zhu last round and now Adie Todd this round. Nicholas will enter Round Three in a two-way tie for the lead with Hart House player, Jonathan Yu.

In the U1800 section, Bill Thornton is a giant killer, rolling through the top-rated players in the section. He follows up his Round-One victory over Hooshang Abbarin by knocking off Ulli Diemer. Bill is now in a three-way tie for the lead with Jack Maguire and Marcus Wilker.

Bill "Giant Killer" Thornton
Bill “Giant Killer” Thornton

In the U1400 section, there’s still a big group at the top as Richard Morrison, Raymond Lin, Nick Mourtos, and Alex Geddie are in a four-way tie for the lead at 2.0/2.

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Round Three – April 28

In the Crown section, young Nicholas Vettese, second-place finisher in the Toronto High School Chess Championship at UTS last week – and he’s only in grade 4 – is in the lead with 3.0/3 after a win against Jonathan Yu. Joseph Bellissimo is half a point behind at 2.5/3.

Nicholas Vettese
Nicholas Vettese

In U1800, Jack Maguire is in the lead with 3.0/3 after a win against Bill Thornton. Marcus Wilker is half a point behind at 2.5/3.

In U1400, Richard Morrison has a perfect 3.0/3 and sole possession of the lead after a win against Nick Mourtos. There’s a two-way tie for second place as both Alex Geddie and Raymond Lin have 2.5/3.

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Round Four – May 5

New leaders emerge in the Crown and U1800 section, going into the last round.

In the Crown section, Joseph Bellissimo takes over first place, with a win over Nicholas Vettese. Joseph now has 3.5/4. Hugh Siddeley, with a win over Daniel Zotkin, joins the 3.0-point group and is Joseph’s probable opponent in the final round.

In U1800 action, Marcus Wilker manages to hold on for a win against Jack Maguire’s sharp Alapin-Diemer gambit. Marcus now leads the section with 3.5/4. Ulli Diemer, recovered from his Round-Two loss to Bill Thornton, wins his game against Hooshang Abbarin to join the 3.0-point group. Ulli is now due to face Marcus (for the first time!) in the final round.

Ulli Diemer
Ulli Diemer

In U1400 play, Richard Morrison continues to dominate the section. This round he adds Raymond Lin to his list of defeated opponents as he posts a perfect 4.0/4 record through four rounds. Can Richard win the section with a perfect 5.0/5? Alex Geddie, with 3.5/4, is his likely opponent in the last round.

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Round Five – May 12

Joseph Bellissimo wins the tournament with a last-round draw against Hugh Siddeley to finish with 4.0/5. Siddeley finishes tied for second with Nicholas Gellner at 3.5/5.

Joseph Bellissimo
Joseph Bellissimo

In U1800, Marcus Wilker is held to a draw by Ulli Diemer and finishes with 4.0/5. Armand Mendoza ties for the lead by points with a last-round win over Jack Maguire, but Wilker wins the tie break, based on their Round-2 game.

In U1400, Richard Morrison is perfect with 5.0/5, winning his last-round game against Alex Geddie. Jean-Marc David finishes second with 4.0/5.

See full results below – also available at Chess-Results.com.

Note that the club is closed on Monday May 19. Then, May 26, we’re hosting the GTCL Cup! And June 2, we’re launching another regular club tournament, the “Celebrate Summer” Swiss, played on five Mondays in June.

Games from Round 4

Ulli Diemer, who has lost to Jack Maguire’s Blackmar-Diemer Gambit many times, asked me to post my Round-Four win over Jack. He also thought that the final position in his own game was interesting – he wasn’t sure Hooshang should have resigned. What do you think?

Final Results

Welcome Spring Swiss Crown

Ranking Crosstable after Round 5

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Bellissimo Joseph 2051 CAN 3w1 5b1 6b1 2w½ 4
2 Siddeley Hugh 2076 CAN 17b1 7w0 9b1 11w1 1b½ 3.5
3 Gellner Nicholas 1837 CAN 1b0 19w1 8b½ 15w1 7w1 3.5
4 Ferreira Alex T. 2069 CAN 16b1 0 11b1 3
5 Shah Omaray M. 2030 CAN 19b1 1w0 12b1 3
6 Vettese Nicholas 1974 CAN 14w1 18b1 7b1 1w0 0 3
7 Yu Jonathan 2092 CAN 11w1 2b1 6w0 3b0 2.5
8 Longo Tyler 2039 CAN 3w½ 0 2
9 Mahoney Ian 1751 CAN 2w0 14b½ 2
10 Sobrepere Josep 1746 CAN 0 0 15b1 2
11 Zotkin Daniel 1973 CAN 7b0 15w1 17b1 2b0 4w0 2
12 Chen Jianqiu 0 CAN 0 18b1 5w0 2
13 Humphreys Michael 2307 CAN 0 19w1 0 2
14 Zhu Harmony 1792 CAN 6b0 17w0 19b1 9w½ 2
15 Surya Benito 1703 CAN 11b0 18w1 3b0 10w0 1.5
16 Shebetah Wajdy 2120 CAN 4w0 0 0 1
17 Bergenstam Olof 1932 CAN 2w0 14b1 11w0 0 0 1
18 Todd Adie 1718 CAN 6w0 15b0 12w0 19b½ 1
19 Cheryachukin Yury 1813 CAN 5w0 3b0 14w0 13b0 18w½ 0.5

Welcome Spring Swiss U1800

Ranking Crosstable after Round 5

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Wilker Marcus 1623 CAN 13b1 2w1 5b1 4w½ 4
2 Mendoza Armand Jess 1553 CAN 19w1 1b0 20w1 9b1 5w1 4
3 Thornton Bill 1509 CAN 11b1 4w1 5w0 9b1 3.5
4 Diemer Ulli 1643 CAN 9w1 3b0 13w1 11b1 1b½ 3.5
5 Maguire Jack 1646 CAN 16b1 6w1 3b1 1w0 2b0 3
6 Patton Mark A. 1595 CAN 17b1 5b0 9w0 15w1 13b1 3
7 Chin Adrian 1558 CAN 18b1 0 2.5
8 Supol George 1373 CAN 15b½ 18w½ 11w0 17b1 2.5
9 Gelowitz Mark A. 1434 CAN 4b0 16w1 6b1 2w0 3w0 2
10 O’bumsawin Nicholas 1734 CAN 15b1 0 0 2
11 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1699 CAN 3w0 8b1 4w0 15b½ 2
12 Sirkovich Daniel 1788 CAN 20b1 0 0 2
13 Radpey Abdolreza 1377 CAN 1w0 -1 4b0 16w1 6w0 2
14 Renteria Manuela 1569 CAN 0 0 -1 2
15 Armstrong Robert J. 1603 CAN 8w½ 20b1 10w0 6b0 11w½ 2
16 Pirri Daniele 1472 CAN 5w0 9b0 17w1 13b0 20w1 2
17 Goldfarb Adam 1367 CAN 6w0 16b0 18w+ 8w0 1.5
18 Sottile Claudio 1454 CAN 8b½ 7w0 17b- 0 1
19 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1332 CAN 2b0 0 0 1
20 Allen Joshua 1541 CAN 12w0 15w0 2b0 -1 16b0 1

Welcome Spring Swiss U1400

Ranking Crosstable after Round 5

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Morrison Richard 1305 CAN 15w1 5b1 11w1 4b1 3w1 5
2 David Jean-Marc 1360 CAN 10b0 9w1 12b1 8w1 6w1 4
3 Geddie Alex 1095 CAN 6w1 8b1 4w½ 11b1 1b0 3.5
4 Lin Raymond 1183 CAN 12b1 10w1 3b½ 1w0 9b½ 3
5 Ghazarian Tigran 987 CAN 7b1 1w0 6b0 12w1 10b1 3
6 Gangolli Rahul 897 CAN 3b0 15b1 5w1 13w1 2b0 3
7 Teram Eli 1258 CAN 5w0 17b1 9w½ 13b1 3
8 Halim Howard 916 CAN 17b1 3w0 10b1 2b0 11w1 3
9 Li Dennis 1214 CAN 2b0 18w1 7b½ 4w½ 2.5
10 Souchko Larissa 1080 CAN 2w1 4b0 8w0 19b1 5w0 2
11 Mourtos Nick 1139 CAN 18b1 13w1 1b0 3w0 8b0 2
12 Rashid Jian 953 CAN 4w0 14b1 2w0 5b0 17w1 2
13 Liu Kaizen 1059 CAN 14w1 11b0 19w1 6b0 7w0 2
14 Cvetkovic Milan 1286 CAN 13b0 12w0 15b1 16w1 0 2
15 Pamwar Manish 1075 CAN 1b0 6w0 14w0 -1 19b1 2
16 Zhu Jeffrey Wang 901 CAN 14b0 0 1.5
17 Hillel Alexander 1177 CAN 8w0 7w0 18b+ 12b0 1.5
18 Schneider Mitchell 908 CAN 11w0 9b0 17w- -1 1.5
19 Smith Cedric 874 CAN 13b0 10w0 15w0 1

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ACC Juniors in Canadian Championship

Canadian Youth Chess Championship 2011 – July 6 to 9

Nine of our club’s young superstars competed in the Canadian Youth Chess Championship, last week in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Liza Orlova, Joseph Bellissimo, and Zhanna Sametova earned first-place finishes, Daniel Zotkin finished with a third-place finish, and a couple more ACC players finished just short of a podium position.

Here are the final results: Mila Milicevic finished with 4.5/7 in U10 Girls, missing third place on tie-break; Daniel Zotkin finished third in U10 Open with 5.5/7; Aleksandra Milicevic had 4.0/7 in U12 Girls, half a point out of third; Joseph Bellissimo won Junior first in U12 Open with 5.0/7; Zhanna Sametova won Junior first in U14 Girls with 4.0/7; Zehn Nasir had 3.0/7 in U14 Open; Jennifer Ugodnikov had 3.0/7 in U16 Girls; Pi Nasir had 3.5/7 in U16 Open; and WCM Liza Orlova won first in U18 Girls with 2.0/7 in the U18 Open section.

Congratulations to all our ACC players. We’re proud of you!

Check the CYCC website for final standings; replay games through MonRoi.

A few highlights…

Liza’s victory over her U18 Girls rival, Dalia Kagramanov (2027) – way to go!

Zehn’s draw against Jingzhou Lai (2006)

Liza’s solid fight with 2010 Canadian Junior Champion, FM Roman Sapozhnikov (2424)