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Award-winning Toronto Chess Club!

Annex Chess Club recognized at GTCL AGM

At Saturday’s annual general meeting of the Greater Toronto Chess League (GTCL), report after report recognized the emergence this year of the Annex Chess Club (ACC) as a remarkable positive development in the Toronto chess scene.

Accordingly, this year’s GTCL awards were presented to my friend Yakos Spiliotopoulos (ACC club manager) and to me Marcus Wilker (ACC communications director) for our work in getting this fantastic downtown chess club up and running so successfully.

In turn, Yakos and I would like to thank all our club members and all those who have supported Toronto chess through our club. Your help is much appreciated. Quite obviously, we couldn’t have done this without all of you!

Yakos Spiliotopoulos and Marcus Wilker
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Michael Humphreys wins Fall Swiss!

2011 ACC Fall Swiss

Our second annual (Steve Fairbairn won the last one) ACC Fall Swiss is all wrapped up, and Michael Humphreys has won the Premier section with a perfect 5.0/5! Greg Beal and Dan Geambasu are the Reserve A and B winners.

A new club tournament, the Holiday Swiss, starts at 7:30 pm next Monday, December 12. Pre-register now!

Check complete final results from the Fall Swiss on the cross-tables, below.

Final Results through Round 5:

Premier (>1900)

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Michael Humphreys 131628 2299 W4 W5 W2 W6 W8 5.0
2 David Southam 102535 2154 W11 W7 L1 W5 W4 4.0
3 Robert Bzikot 132541 1949 H— L10 H— W13 W9 3.0
4 Pavel Peev 122223 2146 L1 W13 D7 W10 L2 2.5
5 Rolando Renteria 152626 2289 W13 L1 H— L2 W6 2.5
6 Juliaan Posaratnanathan 146059 1878 H— W11 W10 L1 L5 2.5
7 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2086 H— L2 D4 H— W10 2.5
8 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2025 H— H— H— W12 L1 2.5
9 Manuela Renteria 152627 1743 H— H— H— H— L3 2.0
10 Hugh Siddeley 120619 1982 H— W3 L6 L4 L7 1.5
11 Carlos Romero Alfonso 153128 2360 L2 L6 L13 H— W12 1.5
12 Venci Ivanov 153031 1862 H— H— H— L8 L11 1.5
13 Bruce McKendry 111714 1903 L5 L4 W11 L3 U— 1.0

Reserve A (>1500)

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Greg Beal 101490 1708 W9 W4 W3 W10 L2 4.0
2 Nicholas O'Bumsawin 151261 1781 H— D7 D9 W3 W1 3.5
3 Edmond Jodhi 150171 1693 W15 W10 L1 L2 W9 3.0
4 Marcus Wilker 102713 1679 W12 L1 L8 W15 W10 3.0
5 Zehn Nasir 148198 1843 H— H— H— H— W7 3.0
6 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1814 L10 L13 W12 D9 W11 2.5
7 Yakos Spiliotopoulos 151471 1689 H— D2 W14 H— L5 2.5
8 Erik Malmsten 100196 1852 H— H— W4 H— U— 2.5
9 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1475 L1 W12 D2 D6 L3 2.0
10 Jack Maguire 144604 1528 W6 L3 W15 L1 L4 2.0
11 Adie Todd 125156 1667 H— H— H— H— L6 2.0
12 Mohammad Zaki Uddin 152024 1826 L4 L9 L6 H— W15 1.5
13 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2025 H— W6 U— U— U— 1.5
14 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1673 H— H— L7 U— U— 1.0
15 Bazil Whitehead 153156 unr. L3 H— L10 L4 L12 0.5

Reserve B (U1500)

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Dan Geambasu 134119 1395 W9 W2 W7 W8 W6 5.0
2 Bill Thornton 131181 1290 W13 L1 W3 W7 W8 4.0
3 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1190 L11 W4 L2 W10 W7 3.0
4 Adam Palmer 153127 1060 L5 L3 W10 W13 W12 3.0
5 Christopher Field 108098 1298 W4 L7 W11 W9 U— 3.0
6 Larissa Souchko 145490 1157 H— L13 W15 W12 L1 2.5
7 George Supol 152286 1363 W15 W5 L1 L2 L3 2.0
8 Alexandre Johnson 109239 1449 W16 H— H— L1 L2 2.0
9 Jean-Marc David 151900 1116 L1 W15 W13 L5 U— 2.0
10 Hooshang Abbarin 152910 1470 H— H— L4 L3 W15 2.0
11 Francis He 153130 713 W3 H— L5 U— U— 1.5
12 Jason Waugh 152118 938 H— H— H— L6 L4 1.5
13 Raymond Lin 150193 951 L2 W6 L9 L4 U— 1.0
14 Alan Yulun He 141522 1016 U— U— U— W15 U— 1.0
15 Dennis Li 153129 1077 L7 L9 L6 L14 L10 0.0
16 Jennifer Ugodnikov 151196 1155 L8 U— U— U— U— 0.0

Round 1 (November 7)

Week one of a Swiss always sees mismatched games, but it’s exciting to see the underdog win some of them. In the top (Premier) section, Dave Southam beat a 2300, but Carlos Romero Alfonso’s 2360 rating is provisional – based on only two games. In the bottom (Reserve B) section, young Francis He defeated Milan Cvetkovic. Finally, there were two big upsets in the middle (Reserve A) section: Marcus Wilker beat top seed Mohammad Zaki Uddin, and the wily Jack Maguire miniatured Arkadiy Ugodnikov!

Get a copy of the lecture notes from Rhys Goldstein’s November 7 chess talk “Long Journeys on Horseback”.

And check out the upset of the week – Jack Maguire, known for his straight-for-the-jugular opening play, takes down one of our club’s giants in 17 moves!

White: Maguire, Jack (1528)
Black: Ugodnikov, Arkadiy (1814)

ACC Fall Swiss (1)
2011.11.07
Toronto, ON

D01 Veresov Attack

Round 2 (November 14)

After two rounds, all three sections have two-way ties for the lead. In the Premier section, it’s Michael Humphreys (with a win over Rolado Renteria) and David Southam (with a win over Wajdy Shebetah). In Reserve A, it’s Edmond Jodhi and Greg Beal. And in Reserve B, it’s Dan Geambasu and George Supol. All three pairs of co-leaders are due to face off in Round 3.

Take a copy of Mohammad Zaki Uddin’s November 14 chess talk, “Saving a Lost Game”.

Here are a few selected second-round battles:

White: Renteria, Rolando (2289)
Black: Humphreys, Michael (2299)

ACC Fall Swiss (2)
2011.11.14
Toronto, ON

B12 Caro Kann: Fantasy

White: Shebetah, Wajdy (2086)
Black: Southam, Dave (2154)

2011.11.14 ACC Fall Swiss (2)
Toronto, ON

C11 French Defence: Two Knights

White: Siddeley, Hugh (1982)
Black: Bzikot, Robert (1949)

ACC Fall Swiss (2)
2011.11.14
Toronto, ON

B33 Sicilian: Sveshnikov

Round 3 (November 21)

After three rounds, a clear leader has emerged in each of the three sections. In Reserve A, Greg Beal is in clear first, after defeating Edmond Jodhi. In Reserve B, it’s Dan Geambasu, with a win against George Supol. And in the Premier section, Michael Humphreys has the top spot, after beating David Southam.

Here’s the game from board 1:

White: Humphreys, Michael (2298)
Black: Southam, David (2154)

ACC Fall Swiss (3)
2011.11.21
Toronto, ON

A41 Modern Defence

Round 4 (November 28)

The leaders are undefeated! In Reserve A, Greg Beal is running away with the tournament. Going into the last round, he is in clear first – and out of reach, at a point and a half ahead of the competition! In Reserve B, Dan Geambasu is perfect and a full point ahead. And in the Premier section, Michael Humphreys is still perfect, a point ahead of his closest rival, David Southam.

Get a copy of Erik Malmsten’s lecture, “Q-KN3 What!!” (also available zipped with a .pgn file)

Round 5 starts at 7:30 pm on Monday December 5. Remember, it’s never too late to join an ongoing club tournament. The Holiday Swiss starts the following Monday December 12.

Check full Round 4 results on the cross-tables, below.

Here are a couple selected games:

White: Southam, David (2154)
Black: Renteria, Rolando (2289)

ACC Fall Swiss (4)
2011.11.28
Toronto, ON

E94 King’s Indian: Orthodox

White: Siddely, Hugh (1982)
Black: Peev, Pavel (2146)

ACC Fall Swiss (4)
2011.11.28
Toronto, ON

B52 Sicillian: Rossolimo

Round 5 (December 5)

In Reserve A, going into the last round, Greg Beal had already clinched the section, leading by a point and a half. After a last-round loss to Nick O’Bumsawin, he still wins clear first with 4.0/5. Nick finishes second, with 3.5/5.

In Reserve B, Dan Geambasu remained perfect, finishing with 5.0/5. Bill Thornton came second, with 4.0/5.

And in the Premier section, Michael Humphreys finished with a fifth win. (Alex Ferreira, making a third cameo appearance in the tournament, was his unlucky opponent this time.) Michael’s perfect result leaves him a point ahead of David Southam, who finished in clear second, with 4.0/5.

Here are Michael’s and Dave’s last-round games:

White: Ferreira, Alex (2025)
Black: Humphreys, Michael (2298)

2011.12.05 ACC Fall Swiss (5)
Toronto, ON

A45 Trompowski

White: Peev, Pavel (2146)
Black: Southam, David (2154)

2011.12.05 ACC Fall Swiss (5)
Toronto, ON

C06 French: Tarrasch

Besides winning the tournament, Michael also gave our weekly chess lecture. Michael’s lecture (Coffee’s for Closers, Part One?) was on the King’s Indian Defence, Orthodox variation. He showed an array of plans for both sides, and explained the tempo battles that are involved in the execution of plans in closed positions. We saw these positional struggles in action in the illustrative game, Mikhahil Tal v. Bobby Fischer (from the 1959 World Championship Candidates Tournament) – and we saw why Black needs his dark-squared bishop in these closed King’s Indian positions, even though it’s his bad bishop!

Here’s the illustrative game from Michael’s lecture:

White: Mikhail Tal
Black: Robert James Fischer

Candidates Tournament (3)
1959
Yugoslavia

E93 King’s Indian: Petrosian

.pgn for games

[Event “ACC Fall Swiss”]
[Site “Toronto, CAN”]
[Date “2011.11.07”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Maguire, Jack”]
[Black “Ugodnikov, Arkadiy”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “D01”]
[WhiteElo “1528”]
[BlackElo “1814”]
[PlyCount “33”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Bg5 (3. e4 Nxe4) 3… Ne4 4. Nxe4 dxe4 5. f3 Bf5 6. g4
Bg6 7. Bg2 exf3 8. Nxf3 h6 9. Bh4 c6 10. O-O Qa5 11. Ne5 Na6 12. Nxc6 bxc6 13.
Bxc6+ Kd8 14. Bxa8 f6 15. c3 Nc7 16. Qb3 Ke8 17. Bc6+ 1-0

[Event “ACC Fall Swiss”]
[Site “Toronto, CAN”]
[Date “2011.11.14”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Renteria, Rolando”]
[Black “Humphreys, Michael”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “B12”]
[WhiteElo “2289”]
[BlackElo “2299”]
[PlyCount “48”]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. f3 Qb6 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. e5 Nfd7 6. e6 fxe6 7. f4 g6 8. Nf3
Bg7 9. b3 c5 10. Na4 Qd6 11. c3 Nc6 12. g3 (12. dxc5 Nxc5 13. Ba3 Nxa4 $5 14.
Bxd6 Nxc3 15. Qc2 exd6) 12… cxd4 13. cxd4 Nxd4 14. Nxd4 Qb4+ 15. Bd2 Qxd4 16.
Nc3 Nc5 17. Bb5+ Bd7 18. Qe2 Ne4 19. Bxd7+ Kxd7 20. Nxe4 Qxa1+ 21. Kf2 Qd4+ 22.
Be3 Qxe4 23. Qb5+ Kd8 24. Rc1 Bd4 0-1

[Event “ACC Fall Swiss”]
[Site “Toronto, CAN”]
[Date “2011.11.14”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Shebetah, Wajdy”]
[Black “Southam, Dave”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “C11”]
[WhiteElo “2086”]
[BlackElo “2154”]
[PlyCount “44”]

1. e4 e6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. d4 c5 6. Bf4 Nc6 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8.
Bd3 f6 9. exf6 Nxf6 10. Qe2 O-O 11. O-O-O a6 12. Ne5 Nb4 13. g4 Nd7 14. Nxd7
Bxd7 15. Be3 Bxe3+ 16. Qxe3 Qf6 17. Qh3 Nxd3+ 18. Qxd3 Bc6 19. Qe2 d4 20. Ne4
Qf4+ 21. Nd2 Bxh1 22. Qxe6+ Qf7 0-1

[Event “ACC Fall Swiss”]
[Site “Toronto, CAN”]
[Date “2011.11.14”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Siddeley, Hugh”]
[Black “Bzikot, Robert”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “B33”]
[WhiteElo “1982”]
[BlackElo “1949”]
[PlyCount “89”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bf4 e5 8.
Bg5 a6 9. Na3 b5 10. Bxf6 gxf6 11. Nd5 f5 12. Bxb5 axb5 13. Nxb5 Ra4 14. b4
Rxb4 15. Nbc7+ Kd7 16. Nxb4 Nxb4 17. Nd5 Qa5 18. O-O Nxd5 19. exd5 Ba6 20. Re1
Bc4 21. Qh5 Qxd5 22. Qxf5+ Qe6 23. Qe4 Bd5 24. Qa4+ Ke7 25. Qa7+ Kf6 26. Re3
Rg8 27. Rg3 Rxg3 28. hxg3 Qg4 29. Qb6 Qe4 30. f3 Qxc2 31. Qd8+ Be7 32. Qh8+ Ke6
33. a4 Qd3 34. Qc8+ Kf6 35. Qc1 Kg7 36. a5 Bf6 37. a6 e4 38. Ra4 Bd4+ 39. Kh2
e3 40. a7 Ba8 41. Qc8 e2 42. Qg4+ Kh6 43. Rxd4 Qxd4 44. Qxd4 e1=Q 45. Qf6+ 1-0

[Event “ACC Fall Swiss”]
[Site “Toronto, CAN”]
[Date “2011.11.21”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Humphreys, Michael”]
[Black “Southam, David”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “A41”]
[WhiteElo “2298”]
[BlackElo “2154”]
[PlyCount “75”]
[SourceDate “2011.11.23”]

1. Nf3 g6 2. c4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. d4 Bg4 5. g3 Bxf3 6. exf3 c6 7. Bg2 e6 8. d5
exd5 9. cxd5 c5 10. Qa4+ Kf8 11. Bf4 Ne7 12. O-O h6 13. Ne4 Nc8 14. Rfe1 Kg8 $2
15. Nxc5 $1 Kh7 (15… dxc5 16. Re8+) 16. Nxb7 Qb6 17. Qb3 Bxb2 18. Rab1 Qxb3
19. axb3 Bf6 20. Bxd6 Na6 21. Bf1 Nxd6 22. Nxd6 Nb4 23. Nxf7 Rhf8 24. Ne5 Nxd5
25. Nd7 Rf7 26. Nxf6+ Nxf6 27. Bc4 Rc7 28. Re6 Kg7 29. Rd1 Re8 30. Ra6 Nh7 31.
Rdd6 Nf8 32. f4 Ree7 33. h4 Rcd7 34. h5 Rxd6 35. Rxd6 gxh5 36. f5 Rc7 37. f6+
Kg6 38. Rd8 1-0

[Event “ACC Fall Swiss”]
[Site “Toronto CAN”]
[Date “2011.11.28”]
[Round “4”]
[White “Southam, David”]
[Black “Renteria, Rolando”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “E94”]
[WhiteElo “2154”]
[BlackElo “2289”]
[PlyCount “85”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 Nbd7 7. O-O e5 8. Be3
Ng4 9. Bg5 f6 10. Bc1 f5 11. exf5 gxf5 12. dxe5 dxe5 13. Ng5 Ndf6 14. Qxd8 Rxd8
15. Nb5 Ne8 16. Bxg4 fxg4 17. Be3 c6 18. Nc3 Nd6 19. Rad1 Bf5 20. c5 Nf7 21.
Nge4 Rd4 22. Bxd4 exd4 23. Ng3 Bg6 24. Nce2 Bc2 25. Rxd4 Bxd4 26. Nxd4 Bg6 27.
Rd1 Rd8 28. Rd2 Rd5 29. Nb3 Ne5 30. Rxd5 cxd5 31. Na5 b6 32. c6 Be8 33. c7 Bd7
34. Nb7 Nf7 35. Nh5 Bc8 36. Nf6+ Kf8 37. Nd8 d4 38. Ne4 Ba6 39. Nxf7 Kxf7 40.
Nd6+ Ke6 41. c8=Q+ Bxc8 42. Nxc8 Kd5 43. Kf1 1-0

[Event “ACC Fall Swiss”]
[Site “Toronto CAN”]
[Date “2011.11.28”]
[Round “4”]
[White “Siddeley, Hugh”]
[Black “Peev, Pavel”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “B52”]
[WhiteElo “1982”]
[BlackElo “2146”]
[PlyCount “88”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Qxd7 5. c4 Nc6 6. d4 cxd4 7. Nxd4 Nf6
8. Nc3 g6 9. O-O Bg7 10. Nde2 O-O 11. f3 b6 12. Bg5 Qb7 13. Qd2 Rfc8 14. b3 Ne5
15. a4 Ned7 16. Rab1 Nc5 17. Nd5 Nxd5 18. exd5 Re8 19. Nc3 Rac8 20. Rfe1 Qd7
21. Nb5 a6 22. Nd4 Bxd4+ 23. Qxd4 e5 24. Qh4 f5 25. Be3 b5 26. axb5 axb5 27.
Red1 f4 28. Bf2 bxc4 29. bxc4 Na4 30. Rb4 Rb8 31. Rdb1 Rxb4 32. Rxb4 Nc3 33.
Qf6 Qe7 34. Qxe7 Rxe7 35. Rb8+ Kf7 36. Rh8 Kg7 37. Rd8 Rc7 38. c5 Nxd5 39. Rxd6
Ne7 40. Bh4 $2 Nf5 41. Bf6+ Kf7 42. Bxe5 Rxc5 43. Rd7+ $2 Ke6 44. Rc7 Rxe5 0-1

[Event “Yugoslavia ct Rd: 3”]
[Site “Yugoslavia ct Rd: 3”]
[Date “1959.??.??”]
[EventDate “?”]
[Round “?”]
[Result “1-0”]
[White “Mikhail Tal”]
[Black “Robert James Fischer”]
[ECO “E93”]
[WhiteElo “?”]
[BlackElo “?”]
[PlyCount “67”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Be2 O-O 6. Nf3 e5
7. d5 Nbd7 8. Bg5 h6 9. Bh4 a6 10. O-O Qe8 11. Nd2 Nh7 12. b4
Bf6 13. Bxf6 Nhxf6 14. Nb3 Qe7 15. Qd2 Kh7 16. Qe3 Ng8 17. c5
f5 18. exf5 gxf5 19. f4 exf4 20. Qxf4 dxc5 21. Bd3 cxb4
22. Rae1 Qf6 23. Re6 Qxc3 24. Bxf5+ Rxf5 25. Qxf5+ Kh8 26. Rf3
Qb2 27. Re8 Nf6 28. Qxf6+ Qxf6 29. Rxf6 Kg7 30. Rff8 Ne7
31. Na5 h5 32. h4 Rb8 33. Nc4 b5 34. Ne5 1-0

[Event “ACC Fall Swiss”]
[Site “Toronto, CAN”]
[Date “2011.12.05”]
[Round “5”]
[White “Ferreira, Alex”]
[Black “Humphreys, Michael”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “A45”]
[WhiteElo “2025”]
[BlackElo “2298”]
[PlyCount “90”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 e6 3. e4 c5 4. d5 d6 5. Nc3 Be7 6. dxe6 Bxe6 7. Bb5+ Nc6 8.
Nf3 O-O 9. Bxc6 bxc6 10. e5 Nd5 11. Bxe7 Qxe7 12. exd6 Qxd6 13. O-O Qf4 14. Ne2
Qf6 15. c4 Nb6 16. b3 Bg4 17. Nd2 Rad8 18. f3 Qb2 19. Qe1 (19. fxg4 Rxd2 20.
Rb1 Qxa2 21. Ra1 Qb2 22. Rb1 Rxd1 23. Rxb2) 19… Rxd2 20. fxg4 Rxe2 21. Qg3
Qe5 22. Qf3 Qe3+ 23. Qxe3 Rxe3 24. Rf5 Rfe8 25. Rxc5 Re1+ 26. Rxe1 Rxe1+ 27.
Kf2 Re6 28. a4 Kf8 29. Ra5 Nc8 30. b4 Ke7 31. Rh5 h6 32. Kf3 g5 33. h4 Nb6 34.
hxg5 hxg5 35. Rxg5 Nxc4 36. Rc5 Nd2+ 37. Kf4 Re4+ 38. Kf5 Rxb4 39. Rxc6 Rxa4
40. g5 Nc4 41. g6 Ne3+ 42. Kg5 Rg4+ 43. Kh5 fxg6+ 44. Kh6 Nf5+ 45. Kh7 Kf7 0-1

[Event “ACC Fall Swiss”]
[Site “Toronto, CAN”]
[Date “2011.12.05”]
[Round “5”]
[White “Peev, Pavel”]
[Black “Southam, David”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “C06”]
[WhiteElo “2146”]
[BlackElo “2154”]
[PlyCount “80”]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Be7 4. Ngf3 Nf6 5. e5 Nfd7 6. Bd3 c5 7. c3 Nc6 8. O-O
g5 9. dxc5 g4 10. Nd4 Ndxe5 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Nb3 Nxd3 13. Qxd3 e5 14. Qe3 Qc7
15. Re1 f6 16. Qh6 Be6 17. Nd4 Qd7 18. Nxe6 Qxe6 19. Bf4 Kd7 20. b4 Qf5 21. Bg3
Qg6 22. Qd2 h5 23. b5 Bxc5 24. bxc6+ Kxc6 25. Bh4 Rhd8 26. Qd1 Bb6 27. Qa4+ Kb7
28. Rad1 Rac8 29. Qb3 Qf7 30. Rd3 Rd6 31. Red1 Rcd8 32. a4 Ka8 33. Kh1 R8d7 34.
Bg3 d4 35. Qb4 Rd5 36. Qc4 Kb7 37. f3 f5 38. Qb3 e4 39. fxe4 fxe4 40. c4 $2 Rf5
0-1

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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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David Filipovich wins ACC Late Summer Swiss

ACC Late Summer Swiss – final results (August 22 )

In the Premier section, David Filipovich defeated Hugh Siddeley in the last round to finish tied with Rolando Renteria for first place, with 4.0/5 – and David had the better tie-break. In Reserve A, Zehn Nasir drew Marcus Wilker finish in clear first, with 4.0/5. And in Reserve B, Chris Wehrfritz finished like a champion with a perfect 5.0/5!

Here are the full results through round 5.

Premier (>1900)

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# Name ID# Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 David Filipovich 103521 2136 W12 D2 D6 W3 W4 4.0
2 Rolando Renteria 152626 2280 W4 D1 W7 H— W6 4.0
3 Rhys Goldstein 110906 2005 W5 L7 W11 L1 W8 3.0
4 Hugh Siddeley 120619 2007 L2 W11 D8 W10 L1 2.5
5 Manuela Renteria 152627 1711 L3 D12 H— H— W11 2.5
6 Alex T Ferreira 127516 2113 H— H— D1 D9 L2 2.0
7 Pavel Peev 122223 2069 H— W3 L2 D8 U— 2.0
8 David Southam 102535 2103 H— H— D4 D7 L3 2.0
9 Stephen Fairbairn 111839 2078 H— H— H— D6 U— 2.0
10 Daniel Wiebe 132137 2041 H— H— H— L4 U— 1.5
11 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1885 H— L4 L3 H— L5 1.0
12 Omaray M Shah 121329 1993 L1 D5 H— U— U— 1.0
13 Tyler Longo 135360 2115 D14 U— U— U— U— 0.5
14 Mark S Dutton 100317 1935 D13 U— U— U— U— 0.5

Reserve A (>1600)

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# Name ID# Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Zehn Nasir 148198 1727 D4 W11 W7 W8 D2 4.0
2 Marcus Wilker 102713 1664 W18 W17 D4 D3 D1 3.5
3 Pepin Manalo 112277 1816 H— H— W14 D2 W7 3.5
4 Steve Nickoloff 108201 1796 D1 W16 D2 L5 W12 3.0
5 Nicholas O’Bumsawin 151261 1801 W13 L8 W16 W4 U— 3.0
6 Erik Malmsten 100196 1856 H— H— H— H— W10 3.0
7 Mark Jubenville 106764 1727 W10 H— L1 W15 L3 2.5
8 Adie Todd 125156 1650 W9 W5 H— L1 U— 2.5
9 Alejandro Renteria 152628 1441 L8 D10 H— H— W13 2.5
10 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1690 L7 D9 H— W16 L6 2.0
11 Jiaxin Liu 149747 1444 H— L1 D13 L12 W16 2.0
12 Michael Sutton 151225 1748 L16 D13 H— W11 L4 2.0
13 Zhanna Sametova 145911 1634 L5 D12 D11 D14 L9 1.5
14 Rodrigo Oliveira 152923 1797 H— H— L3 D13 U— 1.5
15 Yakos Spiliotopoulos 151471 1659 H— H— H— L7 U— 1.5
16 Jack Maguire 144604 1506 W12 L4 L5 L10 L11 1.0
17 George Supol 152286 1490 B— L2 U— U— U— 1.0
18 Robert Lin 143996 1200 L2 H— U— U— U— 0.5

Reserve B (<1600)

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# Name ID# Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Chris Wehrfritz 151679 1388 W20 W14 W5 W2 W6 5.0
2 George Supol 152286 1490 W22 H— W15 L1 W5 3.5
3 Christopher Field 108098 1389 H— H— L6 W10 W8 3.0
4 Jennifer Ugodnikov 151196 1115 H— W9 W7 H— U— 3.0
5 Dan Geambasu 134119 1470 W21 W7 L1 D6 L2 2.5
6 Hooshang Abbarin 152910 1543 H— D17 W3 D5 L1 2.5
7 Josep Sobrepere unr. W8 L5 L4 D8 W15 2.5
8 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1161 L7 W11 W9 D7 L3 2.5
9 Shabnam Abbarin 151181 1331 H— L4 L8 W21 W13 2.5
10 John Warner 152782 1064 H— L15 W21 L3 D14 2.0
11 Jason Waugh 152118 950 H— L8 L12 H— W21 2.0
12 Jean-Marc David 151900 1120 L16 H— W11 H— U— 2.0
13 Evnato Frias unr. H— H— H— H— L9 2.0
14 Larissa Souchko 145490 1169 L18 L1 L19 B— D10 1.5
15 Bill Thornton 131181 1292 H— W10 L2 U— L7 1.5
16 Julian McRoberts 136864 1425 W12 H— U— U— U— 1.5
17 Claire Li 152713 1257 H— D6 H— U— U— 1.5
18 Alexandre Johnson 109239 1527 W14 H— U— U— U— 1.5
19 Erik Malmsten 100196 1856 U— U— W14 H— U— 1.5
20 Mitchell Schneider 152913 595 L1 H— H— U— U— 1.0
21 Danny O’Sullivan 152427 995 L5 H— L10 L9 L11 0.5
22 Raymond Lin 150193 910 L2 H— U— U— U— 0.5

Round 1 (July 18)

Round one of a Swiss tends to have lopsided games, with underdogs battling heavy favourites. Sometimes one or two of the underdogs comes out on top. In the Premier (over 1900) section, Mark Dutton, visiting the club from BC (he was in town as Chief Arbiter at the Canadian Open), was happy to draw Tyler Longo. But the biggest upset was by Jack Maguire, winner of the Reserve B (under 1600) section in the last tournament. He has not only moved up to Reserve A, but won his first game against Michael Sutton (1748)!

Round 2 (July 25)

After the second round, the leader packs have started to thin. In the Premier section, there’s a three-way tie for first: Rolando Renteria, David Filipovich, and Pavel Peev all have 1.5/2. In both reserve sections, there are two-way ties for the lead: Adie Todd and Marcus Wilker each have 2.0/2 in Reserve A; while Dan Geambasu and Chris Wehrfritz have perfect scores in Reserve B.

Round 3 (August 8 )

After the third round, there are clear leaders in the top and bottom sections, and a tight race in the middle section: Rolando Renteria has pulled in to sole possession of first place in the Premier section with 2.5/3, while Zehn Nasir, Adie Todd, and Marcus Wilker each have 2.5/3 in Reserve A. In Reserve B, Chris Wehrfritz is tearing it up with a perfect 3.0/3!

Round 4 (August 15 )

One more round to go! In the Premier section, David Filipovich defeated Rhys Goldstein, and is now tied for first with Rolando Renteria, who took a bye – both have 3.0/4. In Reserve A, Zehn Nasir defeated Adie Todd to take sole first. And in Reserve B, Chris Wehrfritz is continuing his streak: he now has a perfect 4.0/4!

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