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Artiom Samsonkin wins the 2012 Toronto Closed

2012 Toronto Closed Chess Championship

  • Championship section – winner, IM Artiom Samsonkin, is the 2012 Toronto Chess Champion!
  • Reserve section – winner, Stephan Tonakanian, qualifies for 2013 Championship
  • The defending 2011 Toronto Champion was FM Victor Plotkin. He finished tied for second among the ten players competing for this year’s crown.
  • Check tournament details (including player info) on the registration page.

Photos


2012 Toronto Closed Championship

IM Artiom Samsonkin

round 1 | round 2 | round 3 | round 4 | round 5 | round 6 | round 7 | round 8 | round 9

# Name CFC rating FIDE rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 total
1 IM Artiom Samsonkin 2568 2398 × + 1 1 1 0 1 0 ½ 1 5.5
2 FM Roman Sapozhnikov* 2528 2377 × 0 0 ½ 0
3 FM Victor Plotkin 2399 2243 0 1 × ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ 5.0
4 FM Michael Kleinman 2398 2284 0 1 ½ × 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 5.0
5 Michael Humphreys 2345 2187 0 ½ ½ 0 × 1 ½ 1 0 0 3.0
6 FM Michael Barron 2271 2168 1 + 0 ½ 0 × 1 1 ½ 0 4.0
7 Rolando Renteria 2267 2139 0 1 0 0 ½ 0 × 0 0 1 1.5
8 Vladimir Birarov 2261 2172 1 + 0 0 0 0 1 × ½ 1 3.5
9 Michael Song 2217 2082 ½ + ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ × ½ 5.0
10 David Southam 2209 2095 0 + ½ ½ 1 1 0 0 ½ × 3.5

* Note: FM Roman Sapozhnikov withdrew from the tournament after the fourth round. His games are CFC- and FIDE-rated, but do not count in the standings.

Round 1 (March 26):

# White result Black result note
1 David Southam 0 Artiom Samsonkin 1
2 Vladimir Birarov 1 Rolando Renteria 0
3 Michael Song ½ Michael Kleinman ½
4 Michael Barron 0 Victor Plotkin 1
5 Roman Sapozhnikov ½ Michael Humphreys ½

Round 1 games:

.pgn game file

Round 2 (April 2):

# White result Black result note
1 Artiom Samsonkin 1 Michael Humphreys 0
2 Victor Plotkin 1 Roman Sapozhnikov 0
3 Michael Kleinman ½ Michael Barron ½
4 Rolando Renteria 0 Michael Song 1
5 David Southam 0 Vladimir Birarov 1

Round 2 games:

.pgn game file

Round 3 (April 16):

# White result Black result note
1 Vladimir Birarov 1 Artiom Samsonkin 0
2 Michael Song ½ David Southam ½
3 Michael Barron 1 Rolando Renteria 0
4 Roman Sapozhnikov 0 Michaael Kleinman 1
5 Michael Humphreys ½ Victor Plotkin ½

Round 3 games:

.pgn game file

Round 4 (April 23):

# White result Black result note
1 Artiom Samsonkin 1 Victor Plotkin 0
2 Michael Kleinman 1 Michael Humphreys 0
3 Rolando Renteria 1 Roman Sapozhnikov 0
4 David Southam 1 Michael Barron 0
5 Vladimir Birarov ½ Michael Song ½

Round 4 games:

.pgn game file

Round 5 (April 30):

# White result Black result note
1 Michael Song ½ Artiom Samsonkin ½
2 Michael Barron 1 Vladimir Birarov 0
3 Michael Humphreys ½ Rolando Renteria ½
4 Victor Plotkin ½ Michael Kleinman ½
David Southam BYE

Round 5 games:

.pgn game file

Round 6 (May 7):

# White result Black result note
1 Artiom Samsonkin 1 Michael Kleinman 0
2 Rolando Renteria 0 Victor Plotkin 1
3 David Southam 1 Michael Humphreys 0
4 Michael Song ½ Michael Barron ½
Vladimir Birarov BYE

Round 6 games:

.pgn game file

Round 7 (May 14):

# White result Black result note
1 Michael Barron 1 Artiom Samsonkin 0
2 Michael Humphreys 1 Vladimir Birarov 0
3 Victor Plotkin ½ David Southam ½
4 Michael Kleinman 1 Rolando Renteria 0
Michael Song BYE

Round 7 games:

.pgn game file

Round 8 (May 28):

# White result Black result note
1 Artiom Samsonkin 1 Rolando Renteria 0
2 David Southam ½ Michael Kleinman ½
3 Vladimir Birarov 0 Victor Plotkin 1 played Sun June 3
4 Michael Song 1 Michael Humphreys 0
Michael Barron BYE

Round 8 games:

.pgn game file

Round 9 (June 4):

# White result Black result note
1 Michael Humphreys 1 Michael Barron 0
2 Victor Plotkin ½ Michael Song ½
3 Michael Kleinman 1 Vladimir Birarov 0
4 Rolando Renteria 1 David Southam 0
Artiom Samsonkin BYE

Round 9 games:

.pgn game file


2012 Toronto Closed – Reserve Section

Stephan Tonakanian

round 1 | round 2 | round 3 | round 4 | round 5 | round 6 | round 7

# Name CFC rating FIDE rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 total
1 Stephan Tonakanian 2113 0 × ½ 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 5.0
2 Dmitry Chernik 2075 1975 ½ × 1 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 4.5
3 Mark Plotkin 2000 1887 0 0 × ½ 1 1 1 1 4.5
4 Juliaan Posaratnanathan 1944 1839 ½ 0 ½ × ½ ½ 1 ½ 3.5
5 Zehn Nasir 1882 1807 0 1 0 ½ × ½ 1 1 4.0
6 Daniel Zotkin 1747 1785 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ × 0 ½ 3.0
7 Manuela Renteria 1664 1907 0 0 0 0 0 1 × 1 2.0
8 Alejandro Renteria 1383 1699 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 × 1.5

Round 1 (March 26):

# White result Black result note
1 Alejandro Renteria ½ Juliaan Posaratnanathan ½
2 Dmitry Chernik ½ Stephan Tonakanian ½
3 Zehn Nasir 1 Manuela Renteria 0
4 Daniel Zotkin 0 Mark Plotkin 1

Round 2 (April 2):

# White result Black result note
1 Juliaan Posaratnanathan ½ Mark Plotkin ½
2 Manuela Renteria 1 Daniel Zotkin 0
3 Stephan Tonakanian 1 Zehn Nasir 0
4 Alejandro Renteria ½ Dmitry Chernik ½

Round 3 (April 16):

# White result Black result note
1 Dmitry Chernik 1 Juliaan Posaratnanathan 0
2 Zehn Nasir 1 Alejandro Renteria 0
3 Daniel Zotkin 1 Stephan Tonakanian 0
4 Mark Plotkin 1 Manuela Renteria 0

Round 4 (April 23):

# White result Black result note
1 Juliaan Posaratnanathan 1 Manuela Renteria 0
2 Stephan Tonakanian 1 Mark Plotkin 0
3 Alejandro Renteria ½ Daniel Zotkin ½
4 Dmitry Chernik 0 Zehn Nasir 1

Round 5 (April 30):

# White result Black result note
1 Zehn Nasir ½ Juliaan Posaratnanathan ½
2 Daniel Zotkin ½ Dmitry Chernik ½
3 Mark Plotkin 1 Alejandro Renteria 0
4 Manuela Renteria 0 Stephan Tonakanian 1

Round 6 (May 7):

# White result Black result note
1 Juliaan Posaratnanathan ½ Stephan Tonakanian ½
2 Alejandro Renteria 0 Manuela Renteria 1
3 Dmitry Chernik 1 Mark Plotkin 0
4 Zehn Nasir ½ Daniel Zotkin ½

Round 7 (May 14):

# White result Black result note
1 Daniel Zotkin ½ Juliaan Posaratnanathan ½
2 Mark Plotkin 1 Zehn Nasir 0
3 Manuela Renteria 0 Dmitry Chernik 1
4 Stephan Tonakanian 1 Alejandro Renteria 0
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2012 Toronto Closed Chess Championship

Toronto’s Best Go Head to Head – March 26

With five titled players and an average rating of 2350, the 2012 Toronto Closed Championship (starting Monday March 26 at 7:30 pm) is one of the strongest in recent memory.


Top Players

Artiom Samsonkin is the fourth highest-rated chess player in Ontario and the top-rated player in this event. He was awarded the International Master (IM) title by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) in 2007, and became Canadian Champion the same year. In 2008, he was Canadian Junior Champion.

IM Artiom Samsonkin

Behind Samsonkin is one of Canada’s hottest young chess players, Roman Sapozhnikov. Sapozhnikov is the top-rated Junior player in Ontario, and the third-best Junior in Canada. He earned the FIDE Master (FM) title in 2011, and came second in last year’s Toronto Thanksgiving Open behind IM Nikolay Noritsyn.

FM Roman Sapozhnikov

Next by rating is Victor Plotkin, the defending 2011 Toronto Chess Champion. Plotkin won the 2010 Championship as well, so he is going for a threepeat in 2012! He faces a tough field this year, but he is an FM and an experienced veteran. Nobody should count him out!

Defending Champion,
FM Victor Plotkin

Only one rating point behind Plotkin, Michael Kleinman is another strong Junior. Kleinman is third on the Ontario under-18 list and eighth on the national Junior list. He earned the FM title in 2011, and has been improving rapidly, gaining some 150 rating points in the last year.

FM Michael Kleinman

What is the Toronto Closed?

The Toronto Closed Chess Championship is an annual tournament, sanctioned by the Greater Toronto Chess League (GTCL). The event pits the top Toronto players who register against one another in a Round Robin tournament. With one round per week and pairings announced in advance, players can prepare specifically for each opponent. This traditional championship format has a long history, from the days before the Swiss pairing system and the large Open tournaments so popular today. Records of Toronto Chess Champions date back to 1854. (See history of the Toronto Closed; see also cross-tables from recent Toronto Championships.)

The tournament also includes a Reserve section, running parallel to the Championship section. This second section sees the next eight players, by Chess-Federation-of-Canada (CFC) rating, competing for a free berth in next year’s Championship section.

This year’s city championship is proudly hosted by the Annex Chess Club. We are a new downtown Toronto chess club, only a year and a half old, meeting on Monday nights near Bloor and Bathurst, in the heart of the city. We are pleased to have several of our club’s players participating in the event, including Michael Humphreys (our new Club Champion) and three members of one of our club’s most illustrious chess families, the Renterias. Rolando Renteria is a certified FIDE Instructor (FI), and his two children, Manuela Renteria and Alejandro Renteria, were under-12 and under-10 National Champions in Colombia.

Players from Around the City

In another chess family story, Mark Plotkin, who is the son of defending champion, Victor Plotkin, has also registered. Mark Plotkin was the lowest rated player in the 2011 Guelph ProAm, but he tied for 4th, only a point behind the leaders, with a performance rating over 2200. He is a member of the Knights of Chess school in North York.

Two other notable young participants are Danny Zotkin, who won third place in the under-10 section of the 2011 North American Youth Championship, and Michael Song, who won a bronze medal for Canada in the under-12 section of the 2011 World Youth Chess Championship in Brasil. Song is also the 2011 Toronto Junior Champion.

Rounding out the Championship section, Michael Barron and Vlad Birarov are the president and tournament coordinator of the GTCL. Both gentlemen have been instrumental in coordinating and promoting this year’s Toronto Closed. Barron is an FM and also a previous two-time winner of the Toronto Closed, in 2007 and 2009.

Finally, with the expansion of the Championship section to a 10-player Round Robin, Dave Southam has joined the top section. Southam is one of many strong Toronto chess players who play at both the Annex and the Scarborough Chess Club (which meets on Thursdays near Kennedy and Ellesmere).

In the Reserve section, Juliaan Posaratnanathan is another co-member of both Annex and Scarborough; Zehn Nasir is an Annex player (and his is another of our club’s chess families – Zehn’s dad, Jack Maguire, is rated under 1600 but comes armed with a dangerous opening repertoire); Dmitry Chernik is a member of the Willowdale Chess Club (which meets on Tuesdays in Earl Bales Park); and Stephan Tonakanian is from Richmond Hill – he tied for fifth in the under-2000 section of this past summer’s Canadian Open, but his rating has already jumped more than 100 points since then.


Registration and Pairing list

Registration for the Toronto Closed is now CLOSED. Lots were drawn at 7:00 pm on March 19 for Round Robin pairings. (See pairing numbers and pairings, below.)

  • Pairings are shown by pairing number, based on FIDE Berger tables
  • See cross-table, pairings, and results on the results page

Championship section – FIDE rated

# title name CFC rating FIDE rating pairing number
1 IM Artiom Samsonkin 2568 2398 10
2 FM Roman Sapozhnikov 2528 2377 5
3 FM Victor Plotkin 2399 2243 7
4 FM Michael Kleinman 2398 2284 8
5 Michael Humphreys 2345 2187 6
6 FM Michael Barron 2271 2168 4
7 Rolando Renteria 2267 2139 9
8 Vladimir Birarov 2261 2172 2
9 Michael Song 2217 2082 3
10 David Southam 2209 2095 1

Championship Pairings (Round 1 is March 26)

Round Championship Pairings
1 1-10 2-9 3-8 4-7 5-6
2 10-6 7-5 8-4 9-3 1-2
3 2-10 3-1 4-9 5-8 6-7
4 10-7 8-6 9-5 1-4 2-3
5 3-10 4-2 5-1 6-9 7-8
6 10-8 9-7 1-6 2-5 3-4
7 4-10 5-3 6-2 7-1 8-9
8 10-9 1-8 2-7 3-6 4-5
9 5-10 6-4 7-3 8-2 9-1

Reserve section – FIDE rated

# title name CFC rating FIDE rating pairing number
11 Stephan Tonakanian 2113 0 7
12 Dmitry Chernik 2075 1975 2
13 Mark Plotkin 2000 1887 5
14 Juliaan Posaratnanathan 1944 1839 8
15 Zehn Nasir 1882 1807 3
16 Daniel Zotkin 1747 1785 4
17 Manuela Renteria 1664 1907 6
18 Alejandro Renteria 1383 1699 1

Reserve Pairings (Round 1 is March 26)

Round Reserve Pairings
1 1-8 2-7 3-6 4-5
2 8-5 6-4 7-3 1-2
3 2-8 3-1 4-7 5-6
4 8-6 7-5 1-4 2-3
5 3-8 4-2 5-1 6-7
6 8-7 1-6 2-5 3-4
7 4-8 5-3 6-2 7-1

Schedule

As per our FIDE registration listing, the official start date of the tournament is April 26. However, please note that based on previous commitments, we are still scheduling four rounds in advance of this date, starting Monday March 26, then April 2, 16, and 23. Rounds continue April 30, May 7, and 14. And the Championship section continues for two final rounds May 28 and June 4. Note that April 9 and May 21 are holidays.

Time Control

G/90’+30″ – Each player has 90 minutes for the game, plus a 30-second increment (30 seconds per move added from move 1). Clocks will start at 7:30 pm.

Prizes

The tournament will determine the 2012 Toronto Chess Champion. In addition, there are modest cash prizes:

  • Toronto Champion wins a trophy, $420, and re-qualifies for the 2013 Toronto Closed. (2nd and 3rd prizes are $240 and $180.)
  • Reserve winner qualifies for 2013 Toronto Closed, and wins $200. (Reserve 2nd prize is $120.)
  • Performance prizes: top relative performance (difference between performance and rating) in each section earns $100.

The trophy is awarded by the GTCL, which also covers rating fees for the event. The prize fund comes from players’ entry fees. In addition, an anonymous sponsor has provided two $100 performance prizes and donated another $100 to the prize fund.

Tournament Director

The chief arbiter of the 2012 Toronto Closed is Alex Ferreira.

Organizer

The 2012 Toronto Closed is organized by Annex Chess Club. Contact Marcus Wilker at info@annexchessclub.com.

Player photos…

Defending Champion,
FM Victor Plotkin
IM Artiom Samsonkin
FM Roman Sapozhnikov
FM Michael Kleinman
Michael Humphreys
FI Rolando Renteria
Vladimir Birarov
FM Michael Barron
David Southam
Michael Song
Stephan Tonakanian
Dmitry Chernik
Juliaan Posaratnanathan
Zehn Nasir
Alejandro Renteria
Manuela Renteria
Mark Plotkin
Daniel Zotkin
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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!

Results

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)

More information

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Canadian Youth Team at 2011 WYCC

WYCC in Caldas Novas, Goiás, Brasil – Nov. 18 to 26

Team Canada at the 2011 World Youth Chess Championship

The 2011 World Youth Chess Championship opened on Friday November 18 in Brazil. Players from 80 countries were competing in the event. At 40 strong, Canada had one of the largest delegations.

In the end, Canada’s only medal winner was Toronto’s Michael Song, who earned 3rd place in the U12 Open section, with 7/9.

Top-10 finishes were also earned by:

  • Taylor Zhang (Richmond Hill, ON) 5th place, U8 Girls – 6.5/9
  • Yuanchen Zhang (Markham, ON) 9th place, U10 Open – 6.5/9
  • Richard Wang (Edmonton, AB) 10th place, U14 Open – 6.5/9

See also the previous ACC News item, “Canadian Youth Team Preparing for Brazil”.

More coverage:


Rounds 8 and 9 (Nov 25-26)

Montreal’s Olivier Kenta Chiku-Ratte, who had held first place in the U12 Open section through six rounds, earned his second and third straight loss, finishing 40th.

Meanwhile, Richard Wang won two in a row, finishing 10th in the U14 Open. Yuanchen Zhang got a draw and a win, finishing 9th in the U10 Open. And little Taylor Zhang got her third and fourth win in a row, finishing 5th in U8 Girls!

Taylor Zhang, with her mom

But Canada’s biggest winner this WYCC was Michael Song. Michael lost to Hungarian FM (and U12 silver medallist) Benjamin Glendura in Round 8, but won his game in Round 9, finishing tied for third (and with the best tie-break) at 7.0/9.

Benjamin Glendura-Michael Song

Check complete results on the official CAN WYCC team page.


Round 7 (Nov 24)

Michael Song, 3rd (U12 Open)

Loren Laceste, 12th (U18 Open)

Michael Song has won again! At 5-0-2, he is still undefeated. And with 6.0/7, he is now in a three-way tie for first in the U12 Open section, 3rd on tie-break. Kenta, who had been leading the section through six rounds, finally lost his seventh-round game. Kenta is now ranked 11th.

Luke, with a loss, is still 9th in the U8 Open. Yuanchen, with a loss, is 12th in the U10 Open. And Loren Laceste, with a win, has 5.0/7 and is now tied for 8th (12th on tie-break) in the U18 Open!

Two rounds to go, Friday and Saturday… Go, Team Canada!


Round 6 (Nov 23)

Olivier Kenta Chiku-Ratte

Our U12 boys, Olivier Kenta Chiku-Ratte and Michael Song, are world beaters! Kenta got a draw and Michael won, so they’re both at 5.0/6. Kenta is still ranked 1st in the section, with the best tie-break, and Michael is tied for 6th.

Meanwhile, in U10 Open, Yuanchen Zhang is in a massive tie for 2nd with 5.0/6 (=7th on tie-break).

And in U8 Open, Luke Pulfer has moved up to =3rd with another win and 5.0/6.


Round 5 (Nov 22)

Through five rounds, Montreal’s Olivier Kenta Chiku-Ratte is still leading the Canadian team, and his U-12 Open section, with 4.5/5, having given up just one draw, in round 5. His U-12 teammate Michael Song from North York is in 8th place in the same section with 4.0/5. Michael is also undefeated, with a record of 3-0-2, .

Three other Canadian players have 4.0/5: Luke Pulfer from Surrey BC in the U8 Open (9th), Yuanchen Zhang from Markham ON in the U10 Open (11th), and Richard Wang from Edmonton AB in U-14 Open (9th).


Rest Day (Nov 21)

The WYCC scheduled a rest day on Monday. Here are some pictures from Toronto’s Liza Orlova (U18 Girls) – with US players, Emily Tallo and Mikhail Vilenchuk. Liza reports that “Canada and America are best friends this WYCC.”

Liza Orlova and Emily Tallo

Mikhail Vilenchuk and Liza Orlova


Rounds 3 and 4 (Nov 20)

Sunday saw double-round action. Several of our young superstars have impressive records in the first four rounds:

Kenta is still perfect at 4.0/4, and leads the U12 Open – clear first! His U-12 teammates, Michael Song and Razvan Preotu, are close behind at 3.5/4 and 3.0/4. Qiyu has 3.5/4 in U12 Girls (her third-round win is posted below). Myriam Roy has 3.0/4 in U16 Girls.

Sergey Noritsyn

Sergey Noritsyn and Luke Pulfer, have 3.5/4 and 3.0/4 in the U8 Open. Richard Wang has 3.5/4 in the U14 Open. And Loren Laceste has 3.0/4 in the U18 Open (his third-round win is posted below).

Here are Qiyu’s and Loren’s Round-3 games:


Round 2 (Nov 19)

Olivier Kenta Chiku-Ratte

Qiyu Zhou

All three Canadian boys in the U12 Open won their second-round games: Olivier Kenta Chiku-Ratte, Michael Song, and Razvan Preotu are heading into round 3 with perfect 2.0/2 records!

In U12 Girls, Qiyu Zhou defeated her section’s top seed, Ivana Maria Furtado (IND)! Check out her game, below (annotated by John Upper, and posted on ChessTalk.) Qiyu has a perfect 2.0/2 record.


Round 1 (Nov 18)

Luke Pulfer

In U8 Open, Sergey Noritsyn and Luke Pulfer won their first-round games. Here is Luke’s game against Arman Baradaran (USA) – with a sense of humour at the end.

Schedule

Round Date BRDT EST
1 Fri Nov 18 16h 1:00 pm
2 Sat Nov 19 15h 12:00 pm
3 Sun Nov 20 10h 7:00 am
4 Sun Nov 20 17h 2:00 pm
rest day Mon Nov 21
5 Tues Nov 22 15h 12:00 pm
6 Wed Nov 23 15h 12:00 pm
7 Thurs Nov 24 15h 12:00 pm
8 Fri Nov 25 15h 12:00 pm
9 Sat Nov 26 10h 7:00 am

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Canadian Youth Team Preparing for Brazil


Liza Orlova (U18 Girls), Myriam Roy (U16 Girls), and Sergey Noritsyn (U8 Open) are among 40 Canadian players headed to Brazil for the 2011 WYCC


2011 WYCC starts November 17

The tournament is under way! Check results.

Canada is sending a forty-player contingent (with five or six players participating in some of the age and gender categories) to the 2011 World Youth Chess Championships in Brazil.

See the complete list of Canadian team members, below.

This year’s Canadian team coaches are Nikolay Noritsyn, Andrew Peredun, and Mikhail Egorov; head of delegation is Andrew Giblon; assistant head of delegation is Gary Gladstone; and CFC youth co-ordinator is Patrick McDonald.

IM Nikolay Noritsyn

WYCC is an annual world chess championship for youth under 18, with boys’ and girls’ U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, and U18 categories. It takes place this year from November 17 to 27 in Caldas Novas, a hydrothermal resort town in Brazil. The event was last in Brazil sixteen years ago, in 1995, albeit under a different name. (The tournament was previously known as the World Children’s Cup, and still earlier, the Cadet Championships.)

The big news from last year’s WYCC was Jason Cao winning gold for Canada in U10 Open. Jason placed third at this year’s CYCC (he’s now playing in U12 Open) but he has decided not to join the Canadian WYCC team in Brazil.

Canada has several strong entrants in this year’s World Youth Championship, particularly in the U12 Open section, where Olivier Kenta Chiku-Ratte, Michael Song, and Razvan Preotu are initially ranked 8th, 12th, and 22nd.

Olivier Kenta Chiku-Ratte

The 2011 Canadian Youth Chess Championship – held in Richmond Hill this July, just before the Canadian Open – was a mandatory qualifying event for WYCC participants. Check MonRoi’s pictures from the 2011 CYCC.

Good luck to all our Canadian players in Brazil!


In the Media…

October 29: 8-year-old Rohan Talukdar is featured in the Windsor Star
Read the story, “Windsor’s budding chess star…

November 7: Jeannie Zhang, Rachel Tao, and Lily Zhou are featured in the Windsor Star
Read the story, “Chess mates headed for world tourney


Latest News

Check for the latest updates:


Canada’s WYCC players:

Check official CYCC standings and CAN WYCC team.

U-8 Girls U-8 Open
1 Taylor Zhang 1164 Richmond Hill, ON 1 Sergey Noritsyn 1637 Richmond Hill, ON
2 Jeannie Yiying Zhang 1015 Windsor, ON 2 Luke Pulfer 1445 Surrey, BC
3 Frank Wang 1344 Toronto, ON
Rohan Shyam Talukdar 1208 Windsor, ON
U-10 Girls U-10 Open
1 Constance Zhaoxing Wang 1369 Toronto, ON 1 Yuanchen Zhang 1978 Markham, ON
Varshini Paraparan 919 Toronto, ON 2 Dinny Wang 1339 Mississauga, ON
Lily Zhou 868 Windsor, ON
U-12 Girls U-12 Open
1 Melissa Giblon 1528 Thornhill, ON 1 Olivier Kenta Chiku-Ratte 2046 Montreal, QC
2 Qiyu Zhou 1811 Ottawa, ON 3 Razvan Preotu 2155 Burlington, ON
3 Rachel Tao 1160 Windsor, ON Michael Ji Yu Song 2102 North York, ON
Dorsa Moayyed 1013 North York, ON
U-14 Girls U-14 Open
1 Joanne Foote 1533 Richmond, BC 1 Richard Wang 2329 Edmonton, AB
2 Louisa Qian Qian Hou 1483 LaSalle, QC 2 James Fu 2119 Scarborough, ON
3 Rebecca Giblon 1620 Thornhill, ON Agastya Kalra 1995 Ottawa, ON
Yimang Yang 1758 Mississauga, ON
Mark Plotkin 1912 Thornhill, ON
Bryant Yang 1681 Thornhill, ON
U-16 Girls U-16 Open
2 Myriam Roy 1987 Varennes, QC 1 David Zhang 2186 Calgary, AB
3 Regina-Veronicka Kalaydina 1946 Calgary, AB 2 Nikita Gusev 2272 Richmond Hill, ON
1 Chang Yun 1828 Brossard, QC Mikhail Ivanov 2156 Toronto, ON
Tina Fang 1736 London, ON Konstantin Semianiuk 2207 Toronto, ON
Kimia Moayyed 1155 North York, ON Simon Gladstone 2076 Thornhill, ON
U-18 Girls U-18 Open
1 Yelizaveta Orlova 2015 Toronto, ON 1 Loren Laceste 2238 North Vancouver, BC
3 Linda Fu 954 Toronto, ON

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