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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

Chess classes are great for kids!

Teachers (see this 2012 study) find that kids who participate in chess show improved confidence and self-assurance. For parents, it’s a real pleasure to see your child so engaged in the game – and it’s truly amazing how quickly they pick up new skills.

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At Annex Chess Club, we’ve got kids’ chess classes every Monday night!

Our final 7-week session before summer break started April 28 – but it’s not too late to join! Check current schedules.

You’re never too old to learn chess or improve your game! Artiom Samsonkin teaches a Beginner/Intermediate adult group from 8:00 to 9:00 pm.

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Artiom Samsonkin has great rapport with his 6:15 Beginner/Intermediate class as he teaches captures, threats, and checks:

ACC Kids' Class Artiom 1

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And he reminds his students to use these new skills in their games:

ACC Kids' Class Artiom 3

ACC Kids' Class Artiom 4

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We’ve got chess classes for older kids too. Michael Humphreys, who is our ACC Club Champion and a City Championship winner as a coach, teaches the 6:15 pm Advanced group.

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Movember 2013 at ACC

It’s Movember again at ACC.

The ACC Movember team is led by Club Champion, FM Michael Humphreys
The ACC Movember team is led by Club Champion, FM Michael Humphreys


On average, men die at a significantly younger age than women – the average life expectancy for Canadian men is four years less than women (presently 78 compared to 82), however there is no biological reason for this. The reasons for the poor state of men’s health in Canada and around the world are numerous and complex.

From Movember’s perspective the reasons for the poor state of men’s health include:
• lack of awareness and understanding of the health issues men face
• men not openly discussing their health and how they’re feeling
• reluctance to take action when men don’t feel physical or mentally well
• men engaging in risky activities that threaten their health
• stigmas surrounding mental health

Movember aims to change the face of men’s health and reverse this way of thinking by putting a fun twist on this serious issue. Using the moustache as a catalyst, we want to bring about change and give men the opportunity and confidence to learn and talk about their health more openly and take action.

Please support the following Movember participants at the Club this year:

If there are any other Mo Bros at the club, send us your link!


2013 Club Championship


In 2011, it was Wajdy Shebetah. In 2012, it was Michael Humphreys. And in 2013, Michael is putting his title on the line, hoping to repeat as Annex Chess Club Champion!

This six-round event features two big sections, a competitive Championship section for players rated over 1800 CFC, and a large combined Reserve section for the under-1800 crowd. Hopefully we have some great match-ups in the Championship section, and some chances for lower-rated players in the Reserve section to rise to the challenge against stronger opponents.

Round-by-round reports are followed by the cross-table, showing current standings.

Round 1 – February 11

The tournament is now under way, with 44 players playing – including 4 masters and 5 experts in the Championship section!

The Reserve section features an 1100-point rating range, so Round-One Swiss pairings pit underdogs against 400-point rating favourites. At the end of the night there are no surprises on the pairing sheet; Dennis Li’s draw against Arhant Washimkar is perhaps the only exception.

The Championship section, however, features a couple of big upsets as David Cohen defeats expert Tyler Longo, and Bill Evans takes down master Pavel Peev. Among the winners, defending Club Champion Michael Humphreys scores a full point against Rhys Goldstein to stay in the leader group. See the three games, below.

Featured Games from Round 1

Round 2 – February 25

In the large Reserve section, there are still six players in the leading group, but in the Championship section, the leading group is down to two: defending champion Michael Humphreys and up-and-coming junior Zehn Nasir are tied with 2.0/2. But with four rounds still to go, anything could happen …

Round 3 – March 4

In the Championship section, co-leader Zehn Nasir loses to defending champion Michael Humphreys on board one, leaving Michael alone in first with 3.0/3. But it’s not over yet; the champion has three more challengers to face before the end, starting – as it now seems – with Liam Henry, who trails by only half a point, at 2.5/3.

In the Reserve section, only two players are still perfect through three rounds, as Arkadiy Ugodnikov defeats Ulli Diemer and Atharva Washimkar beats Josep Sobrepere (while Kuhan and I draw). Arkadiy and Atharva are due to face off on top board next round!

Featured Games from Round 3

Round 4 – March 11

With two more rounds to go, there is a clear leader in each of the two sections.

In the Championship section, defending champion Michael Humphreys is still perfect, now with 4.0/4, as he defeats Liam Henry in Round 4. David Southam and Hayk Oganesyan are a point behind with 3.0/4.

In the Reserve section, Atharva Washimkar gets an easy win to take sole possession of first place, with 4.0/4, as Arkadiy Ugodnikov blunders in the opening. Seven players are a point behind at 3.0/4.

Featured Games from Round 4

Round 5 – March 18

With one round left to go, the leaders stay strong.

In the Championship section, defending champion Michael Humphreys gives up a draw to Hayk Oganesyan, but remains a point ahead of the competition, with 4.5/5.

In the Reserve section, Atharva Washimkar, after benefitting from an early blunder by Arkadiy in Round 4, wins by forfeit against Kuhan in Round 5, so he remains perfect with 5.0/5. Winners make their own luck!

Round 6 – March 25

In the final round, each leaders adds another point to his record to finish convincingly in first.

In the Championship section, Michael Humphreys, with a win over Pavel Peev, takes the tournament and repeats as Annex Chess Club Champion! Michael posts a 2444 performance rating on his way to an impressive 5.5/6 record and is now rated 2286.

And in the Reserve section Atharva Washimkar defeats Ulli Diemer to take the section with a perfect 6.0/6 record! Atharva posts a 1960 performance rating, and is now rated 1799 – one point short of A class.

Congratulations, Michael and Atharva!

Here are the complete results:

Final Results after Round Six

SwissSys Standings. Annex Chess Club Championship: Championship Section

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total
1 Michael Humphreys 131628 2281 W8 W10 W4 W7 D6 W3 5.5
2 David Southam 102535 2216 W5 L4 W12 W10 H— W6 4.5
3 Pavel Peev 122223 2226 L10 W17 W19 H— W15 L1 3.5
4 Zehn Nasir 148198 2059 W15 W2 L1 L6 H— W8 3.5
5 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1963 L2 L8 B— W13 W12 D9 3.5
6 Hayk Oganesyan 152587 1927 L11 B— W8 W4 D1 L2 3.5
7 Liam Henry 127769 2261 D12 W9 W14 L1 H— U— 3.0
8 Rhys Goldstein 110906 2022 L1 W5 L6 W12 W10 L4 3.0
9 Pi Nasir 148197 1914 H— L7 H— W18 H— D5 3.0
10 Bill Evans 103309 1989 W3 L1 W15 L2 L8 D12 2.5
11 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2080 W6 H— H— U— U— U— 2.0
12 Miroslav Stefanovic 154500 2007 D7 W13 L2 L8 L5 D10 2.0
13 Pepin Manalo 112277 1859 H— L12 H— L5 U— X19 2.0
14 David Cohen 100234 1823 W16 H— L7 U— U— U— 1.5
15 Gustavo Lora unr. L4 H— L10 W19 L3 U— 1.5
16 Tyler Longo 135360 2071 L14 H— H— U— U— U— 1.0
17 Andrew Pastor 127521 1869 H— L3 H— U— U— U— 1.0
18 Alexandre Michelashvili 149568 1758 H— H— U— L9 U— U— 1.0
19 Sankar Govindarajan 155011 1702 H— H— L3 L15 U— F13 1.0

SwissSys Standings. Annex Chess Club Championship: Reserve Section

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total
1 Atharva Washimkar 153285 1587 W20 W14 W8 W2 W11 W3 6.0
2 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1713 W19 W35 W3 L1 W12 W4 5.0
3 Ulli Diemer 153538 1645 W25 W13 L2 W14 W5 L1 4.0
4 Marcus Wilker 102713 1609 W26 W38 D11 D8 W13 L2 4.0
5 Bill Thornton 131181 1498 W32 L11 W23 W6 L3 W8 4.0
6 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1225 L11 W27 W16 L5 W24 W12 4.0
7 Ian Prittie 153588 1166 L35 L19 W37 W23 W14 W13 4.0
8 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1670 W23 W16 L1 D4 W17 L5 3.5
9 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1337 L10 W20 W35 L12 H— W19 3.5
10 Nicholas O'Bumsawin 151261 1739 W9 H— H— U— U— W20 3.0
11 Kuhan Jeyapragasan 147906 1653 W6 W5 D4 H— L1 U— 3.0
12 Jack Maguire 144604 1543 H— H— W15 W9 L2 L6 3.0
13 George Supol 152286 1484 W27 L3 W26 W22 L4 L7 3.0
14 Abdolreza Radpey 149018 1465 W33 L1 W38 L3 L7 W24 3.0
15 Arhant Washimkar 153286 1422 D30 W29 L12 D16 U— W27 3.0
16 Shabnam Abbarin 151181 1370 W17 L8 L6 D15 H— W21 3.0
17 Stone Hu 153507 841 L16 X36 U— W32 L8 W33 3.0
18 Michael D. Sharpe 100280 1535 H— W30 W29 U— U— U— 2.5
19 Bradley Yee 125441 1303 L2 W7 L22 D20 W33 L9 2.5
20 Christopher Field 108098 1208 L1 L9 W30 D19 W23 L10 2.5
21 Ali Faramarzi 153968 1541 H— H— U— W26 U— L16 2.0
22 Hasan Almutairi 155275 1508 H— H— W19 L13 U— U— 2.0
23 Jean-Marc David 151900 1272 L8 W32 L5 L7 L20 W38 2.0
24 Jeff Pancer 107543 1230 H— H— U— W38 L6 L14 2.0
25 Eli Teram 107314 1211 L3 W33 H— H— U— U— 2.0
26 Enrique Rodriguez 154428 1210 L4 W37 L13 L21 L30 W32 2.0
27 Larissa Souchko 145490 1061 L13 L6 D32 D30 W38 L15 2.0
28 Jeremy Stefan Wichrowski 154587 1060 H— H— U— U— U— W39 2.0
29 Ben Chan 130822 969 H— L15 L18 H— W39 U— 2.0
30 Dennis Li 153129 911 D15 L18 L20 D27 W26 U— 2.0
31 Alexandre Michelashvili 149568 1646 W36 H— U— U— U— U— 1.5
32 Raymond Lin 150193 1105 L5 L23 D27 L17 W37 L26 1.5
33 Teresa Lee 154501 950 L14 L25 H— W37 L19 L17 1.5
34 Sankar Govindarajan 155011 1702 H— H— U— U— U— U— 1.0
35 Miles J. Hershberg 134614 1517 W7 L2 L9 U— U— U— 1.0
36 Nick Harding 154309 1220 L31 F17 H— H— U— U— 1.0
37 Brian Groat 153518 631 L38 L26 L7 L33 L32 B— 1.0
38 Timothy Bahry unr. W37 L4 L14 L24 L27 L23 1.0
39 Alex Geddie unr. H— H— U— U— L29 L28 1.0

Movember at Annex Chess Club

Support your Annex Chess Club Movember team!

The ACC Movember team is led by Club Champion, Michael Humphreys. Join or donate today to support Annex Chess Club’s Movember campaign.

As of November 30, the total raised is $21 from cash donations on Monday night, plus an additional $200 in online donations, for a total of $221.00.

FM Michael Humphreys
NM Liam Henry
Jean-Marc David
Alex Ferreira