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Canadian Chess Player of the Year

Mark Bluvshtein

David Cohen, chess historian and author of the Canadian Chess Info files (which now form much of the content of the new CFC website), has announced the Canadian Chess Player of the Year – GM Mark Bluvshtein!

Congratulations, Mark!


Official winners (based on a poll of chess journalists)
1. Mark Bluvshtein (=1st at the Continental Championship, played Aeroflot, Capablanca, Groningen, Tata Steel, World Cup, etc.)
2. Bator Sambuev (won Canadian Closed, hit highest-ever Canadian rating of 2753)
3. Michael Song (won World U-10 bronze at WYCC, won Toronto Junior Championship)

Fan favourites (based on an online vote)
1. Melissa Giblon (won Canadian Girls’ U-12 at CYCC)
2. Nikolay Noritsyn (won Québec Open, Toronto Thanksgiving Open, =1st at Toronto Labour Day Open, etc.)
3. Mark Bluvshtein (the official winner; see above)

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Mark Bluvshtein Closes the Curtains

GM Mark Bluvshtein reflects on professional chess

After many years as a strong amateur chess player, Canadian GM Mark Bluvshtein spent the last year trying out the life of a chess professional – devoting the year to training for (and playing in) major international chess events, ending with the recent World Cup. Near the end of that experimental year, he reached a decision: to hang up his chess skates and apply his competitive chess skills to the world of investment banking.

During this year as a chess pro, he also helped launch the Annex Chess Club. Thanks for your support, Mark. We wish you well in your new endeavours!

His final reflections, posted on his blog, are worth reading.

GM Mark Bluvshtein

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

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)

Geordie Derraugh wins Summer Ritz

2011 Summer Rapid/Blitz Tournament – July 4

This one-night six-round tournament was played in one big section, at a time control of 9 min each with a 3-s increment.

We got off to a slow start, due to issues with the new CFC site (slowing down registration) and problems with our projector (we had wanted to show the video of a Global News special on Canadian grandmaster Mark Bluvshtein). But once we got rolling, the speed tournament was a lot of fun.

In the end, Geordie Derrraugh finished in a three-way tie for first with 5.0/6 and won the tie-break.

Here are the complete results:

# Name Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total
1 Geordie Derraugh 2140 W15 W8 D9 W5 W4 D2 5.0
2 Hugh Siddeley 2007 W19 W11 W6 D4 W9 D1 5.0
3 Tyler Longo 2087 W25 W10 L4 W18 W7 W5 5.0
4 Wajdy Shebetah 2211 W20 W16 W3 D2 L1 W9 4.5
5 Nicholas O’Bumsawin 1714 W23 W13 W16 L1 W12 L3 4.0
6 Rolando Renteria 2165 W18 W7 L2 L9 W13 W14 4.0
7 Fernando Marshal 1958 W21 L6 W20 W19 L3 W13 4.0
8 Hashim Kamoona unr. W27 L1 L18 W15 W22 W12 4.0
9 Manuela Renteria 1916 W28 W14 D1 W6 L2 L4 3.5
10 Alejandro Renteria 1699 W24 L3 W15 L12 D19 W17 3.5
11 Marcus Wilker 1673 W22 L2 L12 W24 D18 W19 3.5
12 Tsholofelo Bafana unr. L13 W23 W11 W10 L5 L8 3.0
13 Zhanna Sametova 1561 W12 L5 W24 W17 L6 L7 3.0
14 Chris Wehrfritz 1388 W17 L9 L19 W21 W16 L6 3.0
15 Josep Sobrepere unr. L1 W27 L10 L8 W21 W20 3.0
16 Hooshang Abbarin unr. W26 L4 L5 W20 L14 W18 3.0
17 Neil Jain unr. L14 W28 W25 L13 W23 L10 3.0
18 Adie Todd 1736 L6 W21 W8 L3 D11 L16 2.5
19 Dan Geambasu 1523 L2 W22 W14 L7 D10 L11 2.5
20 Nathan Lean 1515 L4 W26 L7 L16 W24 L15 2.0
21 George Supol 1405 L7 L18 W26 L14 L15 W22 2.0
22 Jean-Marc David 1164 L11 L19 W23 W25 L8 L21 2.0
23 Shabnam Abbarin 1479 L5 L12 L22 W26 L17 W25 2.0
24 Danny O’Sullivan unr. L10 W25 L13 L11 L20 L26 1.0
25 Mitchell Schneider unr. L3 L24 L17 L22 W26 L23 1.0
26 John Warner unr. L16 L20 L21 L23 L25 W24 1.0
27 Claire Li unr. L8 L15 U— U— U— U— 0.0
28 Bob Heller unr. L9 L17 U— U— U— U— 0.0

The World Open

Philadelphia, June 30 to July 4

With over 10 000 players, and a $300 000 projected prize fund, it’s one of the biggest chess events in the world!

Canadian GM Mark Bluvshtein scored 5.0/8 in the open section to finish tied for 15th.

Fellow Canadians, Liam Henry (3.5), Shiyam Thavandiran (4.5), Leonid Gerzhoy (5.0), Mike Yuan, Victor Plotkin (5.5), and Arthur Calugar (5.5) also played in the open.

And our own Daniel Wiebe scored 4.0/8 in the U2000 section.