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ACC Scarf Weather Swiss

chess players in scarves

It’s November in Toronto. In honour of our autumn weather (temperatures were down to -4°C at night last week, with rain changing to flurries), we’re launching our “Scarf Weather” Swiss. Can you name the four famous chess players in scarves in the picture above?

Round One is November 18, with a round every Monday night at 7:30 pm till we break for Christmas and New Year; the last round is Monday, December 16. Time control is game in 90 minutes, with a 30-second increment from move one. All games are CFC-rated.

Members of our club have vastly different playing strengths. Accordingly, players are divided into three sections by rating: Crown (over 1900 CFC), Reserve A (under 1900), and Reserve B (under 1500). And with Swiss pairings, each player will face an opponent with similar results each round.

New players are always welcome to join (please show up before 7:00 pm on Monday night to register). Email info@annexchessclub.com for more information, or to request a bye if you need a night off. Good luck to all players!

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Round One – November 18

There are no upsets in the top section as, board after board, the higher-rated player gets the full point against his or her lower-rated opponent. (It’s great to have Canadian Olympiad team member – and 2012 Canadian Women’s Champion – WIM Natalia Khoudgarian joining us for this tournament. She’s currently the second-highest-rated woman in Canada; let’s see if anyone at our club can win a game against her!)

WIM Natalia Khoudgarian
WIM Natalia Khoudgarian

In the middle section, Jean-Marc David, after winning the bottom section several times, makes a strong debut in the section by winning his game against Ian Prittie. The only other upset is Manuela Renteria drawing the higher-rated Sebastian Lamprea, who has just joined the club. (Welcome, Sebastian!)

Finally, in the bottom section, there are no upsets, but Teresa Lee makes a great sacrifice to achieve a won ending against Raymond Lin. Unfortunately, she fails to follow it up with precise play and ends up losing the game.

(All in all, if you include Harmony Zhu’s victory over Marcus Wilker in the U1900 section and Larissa Souchko’s win over Brian Groat in the U1500, it’s a pretty good round for the women players at Annex Chess Club!)

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Round Two – November 25

Round Two of the Scarf Weather Swiss sees some exciting games – and some big upsets! In the Crown section, Alexandre Michelashvili joins the tournament with a bye in Round One and comes up with a big win against Allan Munro. Miroslav Stefanovic, who also took a bye in the first round, defeats Wajdy Shebetah. And Ulli Diemer, making a special appearance in the top section to even out the numbers, defeats Arkadiy Ugodnikov: a big win for Ulli, who now has a perfect record playing in the top section!

At the top of the Crown section, there are just two players with perfect records. David Southam and Pavel Peev have 2.0/2.

In the U1900 section, the lead pack is down to two players as well. Ulli Diemer, who’s been having trouble having an opponent show up, is tied with 8-year-old superstar, Harmony Zhu, at 2.0/2.

Finally, in the U1500 section, there are three players vying for first. Bradley Yee, Milan Cvetkovic, and Richard Morrison all have 2.0/2: the usual suspects, in other words.

Round Two Game of the Week

I didn’t stay to the end to pick up any scoresheets, but Ian Prittie kindly sent in his annotations of our game, which is featured below. Players are welcome to submit annotated (or unannotated) games in .pgn format if you’d like me to post them.

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Round Three – December 2

Before the round, players are treated to a chess lecture by Rhys Goldstein (recently featured in a player profile) “Selected Double Piece Sacrifices,” 6:50 to 7:20 pm.

If any member is interested in giving a half-hour pre-tournament chess lecture in the upcoming weeks, please let us know.

In the Crown section, the game on the top board is drawn. David Southam and Pavel Peev stay in the lead at 2.5/3, as Natalia Khoudgarian and Michael Humphreys draw as well.

In the U1900 section, Ulli Diemer gets a draw against Harmony Zhu, and the two remain in the lead at 2.5/3, tied with Josep Sobrepere, who wins a topsy-turvy battle against Sebastian Lamprea.

In the U1500 section, Jeff Pancer defeats Milan Cvetkovic to join Richard Morrison and Bradley Yee (who took byes) in first place with 2.5/3. Meanwhile, Arno Lowi is absolutely thrilled to win his first tournament game at ACC (featured below).

Round Three Games of the Week

This week’s games of the week put a spotlight on both ends of the spectrum: Peev-Southam from the top board, and Lowi-Pamwar from the bottom board. We’ve thrown in Bill Evans’ win against Omar Shah’s Hedgehog from the top section – to show that it’s not all ground game and “grandmaster” draws in the upper echelons of the club; players rated over 1900 still go down in flames sometimes. (You’ve got to be careful playing “the Hog” against someone who knows Kevin Spraggett and knew Bryon Nickoloff personally.) Finally, Josep Sobrepere has submitted his game with Sebastian Lamprea (with a complex ending that swings both ways before Josep finally comes out on top.)

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Round Four – December 9

A delegation from Hart House Chess Club visits us, as Alex Ferreira (our old tournament arbiter before Tyler capably replaced him) drops by to advertise the Hart House Holidays Open. Alex, Dideng Du, and Jonathan Yu all join in the Annex club tournament for the night. Let’s return the favour and have a strong contingent of Annex players at Hart House, December 20-22.

If you’ve ever played chess in the Great Hall at Hart House, you know it’s not to be missed. Register before Dec 18!

At the top of the Crown section, Pavel Peev beats Rhys Goldstein to lead the section with 3.5/4. Behind him, Dave Southam (with a draw against Michael Humphreys) and Bill Evans (with a win against Adrian Chin) are tied for second at 3.0/4.

In the U1900 section, Josep Sobrepere beats 8-year-old WCM Harmony Zhu, and Ulli Diemer beats his nemesis, Jack Maguire, to remain in the lead at 3.5/4. Marcus Wilker, with a win against Jim Mourgelas, is in third place – half a point behind the two leaders at 3.0/4.

In the U1500 section, Richard Morrison beats Jeff Pancer to take sole first place at 3.5/4, as Milan Cvetkovic loses to Raymond Lin. Raymond Lin, Adam Goldfarb, Bradley Yee, and Daniele Pirri are in a big four-way tie for second place at 3.0/4.

The last round is next week, Monday December 16, at 7:30. Come half an hour early to hear Josep Sobrepere’s lecture, “You didn’t win. I lost.” – 6:50 to 7:20 pm.

Round Four Games of the Week

Harmony doesn’t lose too often, so Josep is understandably proud of this one. (He calls it one of the best games of his life!) Good luck to Harmony in the World Youth Chess Championship – bring home a gold medal!

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Round Five – December 16

Our night starts off with a chess lecture by Josep Sobrepere, “You didn’t win; I lost: the effects of self-bias and illusory superiority in chess.” Josep describes how the psychological phenomenon of “illusory superiority” relates to chess. This psychological tendency is shown, for example, when 70% of college students in a 1976 study stated that they believed themselves to be above the median in leadership ability, with 25% believing themselves to be in the top 1%. Illusory superiority, Josep explains, results from the human brain’s tendency to justify a gut feeling about a complex issue with a single, simple rationalization. Chess ability, like leadership, is a complex skill: it involves time management, tenacity in calculation, visualization, opening knowledge, ending knowledge, tactical ability, positional understanding in a variety of types of positions, etc. People tend to simplify their own self-evaluation of such complex skills, basing it on a simpler component skill (generally an area they’re strong in), while ignoring other components (often areas of weakness). Josep demonstrates the phenomenon with a small survey of the audience before the lecture starts, asking whether we believe ourselves to be over-, under-, or accurately rated. Our responses, it turns out, demonstrate the same self-bias found in the 1976 college students: none of us believes him- or herself to be over-rated, and the majority of us believe we’re under-rated. According to the theory Josep is presenting, our mistaken self-evaluation is based on ignored areas of weakness in the complex skill of tournament chess play. Based on his own experience, Josep highly recommends looking for patterns in one’s losses, which allows one to detect and then work on these ignored areas of weakness. It is an interesting, and well-received lecture – even though it doesn’t, strictly, involve any chess.

The final round gets started at 7:30, and Vigen Ghazarian is on hand with his camera:

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And when the dust clears …

In the top section, David Southam (with a win over Alexandre Michelashvili) and Pavel Peev (with a draw against Bill Evans) end up tied for first, but Pavel takes it on the third tie break: both players have a Modifided Median-Buchholz score of 11, both have a Solkoff score of 12, but Pavel has a better cumulative score, 13 to 12.5 – see tie-break rules on our Club page. Congratulations, Pavel!

Pavel Peev
Pavel Peev

Meanwhile, Josep Sobrepere takes clear first in the U1900 section with a last-round win over Ulli Diemer. Josep finishes with a total score of 4.5/5 after four straight wins and a first-round bye. Half a point behind him, Marcus Wilker comes in clear second with 4.0/5.

Josep Sobrepere
Josep Sobrepere

And in the U1500 section, Richard Morrison takes first with 4.5/5. Half a point behind is Daniele Pirri, in clear second with 4.0/5.

Richard Morrison
Richard Morrison

See complete results on the standings table below:


Final Standings after Five Rounds

SwissSys Standings. Scarf Weather: Crown

# Name CFC # Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 David Southam 102535 2223 W18 W15 D2 D4 W8 4.0
2 Pavel Peev 122223 2144 W20 W10 D1 W12 D3 4.0
3 Bill Evans 103309 2040 L4 W23 W13 W19 D2 3.5
4 Michael Humphreys 131628 2298 W3 H— D7 D1 D6 3.0
5 Jonathan Yu 126131 2214 H— H— U— W17 W11 3.0
6 Miroslav Stefanovic 154500 1953 H— W16 H— D11 D4 3.0
7 Natalia Khoudgarian 109626 2291 W12 H— D4 H— U— 2.5
8 Alexandre Michelashvili 149568 1861 H— W11 D10 H— L1 2.5
9 Digeng Du 107986 2268 H— H— U— W15 U— 2.0
10 Zehn Nasir 148198 2167 W23 L2 D8 H— U— 2.0
11 Allan Munro 140841 2102 H— L8 W23 D6 L5 2.0
12 Rhys Goldstein 110906 2038 L7 W18 W15 L2 L13 2.0
13 Omaray M. Shah 121329 1949 H— H— L3 U— W12 2.0
14 Daniel Wiebe 132137 1922 H— H— U— B— U— 2.0
15 Nicholas Vettese 154199 1811 W21 L1 L12 L9 D20 1.5
16 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2172 H— L6 H— U— U— 1.0
17 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2057 H— H— U— L5 U— 1.0
18 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1981 L1 L12 H— H— U— 1.0
19 Adrian Chin 155527 1871 H— H— U— L3 U— 1.0
20 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1841 L2 L22 L21 H— D15 1.0
21 Daniel Sirkovich 145096 1791 L15 U— W20 U— U— 1.0
22 Ulli Diemer 153538 1679 U— W20 U— U— U— 1.0
23 Hugh Siddeley 120619 1963 L10 L3 L11 H— U— 0.5

SwissSys Standings. Scarf Weather: U1900

# Name CFC # Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1620 H— W14 W9 W5 W3 4.5
2 Marcus Wilker 102713 1572 L5 W17 W6 W12 W18 4.0
3 Ulli Diemer 153538 1638 X19 B— D5 W4 L1 3.5
4 Jack Maguire 144604 1605 L16 W15 W10 L3 W14 3.0
5 Harmony Zhu 151635 1703 W2 W6 D3 L1 U— 2.5
6 Mark A. Patton 104721 1638 W15 L5 L2 W10 D7 2.5
7 Jean-Marc David 151900 1396 W17 L8 H— D9 D6 2.5
8 Daniel Sirkovich 145096 1791 H— W7 H— U— U— 2.0
9 Sebastian Lamprea 133740 1729 D14 W11 L1 D7 U— 2.0
10 David Fletcher 105301 1583 H— D12 L4 L6 W17 2.0
11 Michael D. Sharpe 100280 1531 H— L9 W15 H— U— 2.0
12 James Mourgelas 108540 1440 H— D10 W14 L2 U— 2.0
13 Adrian Chin 155527 1871 H— H— U— U— D15 1.5
14 Manuela Renteria 152627 1581 D9 L1 L12 W17 L4 1.5
15 Bill Thornton 131181 1485 L6 L4 L11 B— D13 1.5
16 Hugh McNeil 108257 1795 W4 U— U— U— U— 1.0
17 Ian Prittie 153588 1444 L7 L2 B— L14 L10 1.0
18 Adam Goldfarb 153496 1271 H— H— U— U— L2 1.0
19 Nicolas Vasiljevic 156469 1546 F3 U— U— U— U— 0.0

SwissSys Standings. Scarf Weather: U1500

# Name CFC # Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Richard Morrison 135889 1261 W12 W16 H— W10 W8 4.5
2 Daniele Pirri 132983 1145 W22 L5 W19 W4 W12 4.0
3 Bradley Yee 125441 1377 W11 W8 H— H— U— 3.0
4 George Supol 152286 1346 W26 D10 H— L2 W11 3.0
5 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1341 W17 W2 L10 L8 W19 3.0
6 Eli Teram 107314 1320 H— H— L7 W16 W17 3.0
7 Adam Goldfarb 153496 1271 H— H— W6 W17 U— 3.0
8 Raymond Lin 150193 1221 W18 L3 W16 W5 L1 3.0
9 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1287 H— W24 H— U— D28 2.5
10 Jeff Pancer 107543 1154 W20 D4 W5 L1 U— 2.5
11 Dennis Li 153129 1097 L3 W29 D12 W23 L4 2.5
12 Alex Geddie 155388 964 L1 W20 D11 W15 L2 2.5
13 Ian Prittie 153588 1522 H— H— W23 U— U— 2.0
14 Bill Thornton 131181 1452 H— H— U— W24 U— 2.0
15 Michael Vermont 151783 1149 H— L23 W29 L12 D18 2.0
16 Larissa Souchko 145490 1051 W21 L1 L8 L6 W23 2.0
17 Nick Mourtos 156384 965 L5 W22 W25 L7 L6 2.0
18 Teresa Lee 154501 886 L8 L26 H— W20 D15 2.0
19 Rahul Gangolli 156023 873 H— H— L2 B— L5 2.0
20 Arno Lowi 155277 665 L10 L12 W22 L18 X29 2.0
21 Brian Groat 153518 662 L16 B— H— H— U— 2.0
22 Manish Pamwar unr. L2 L17 L20 W29 W27 2.0
23 Kaizen Liu 152053 1073 H— W15 L13 L11 L16 1.5
24 Stone Hu 153507 945 X28 L9 H— L14 U— 1.5
25 John A Rogers 101732 1243 H— H— L17 U— U— 1.0
26 Ben Chan 130822 1072 L4 W18 U— U— U— 1.0
27 Jerry Zhou 154706 unr. H— H— U— U— L22 1.0
28 John Heisey 156203 1227 F24 U— U— U— D9 0.5
29 Howard Halim 153419 846 H— L11 L15 L22 F20 0.5

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Puzzle answer

Famous players in scarves (at the top) are (L-R): Nigel Short (who has visited ACC twice), Hou Yifan (current Women’s World Chess Champion), Judit Polgár (the strongest female player of all time), and local hero, Mike Ivanov (2012 Toronto Junior Champion)

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Wajdy Shebetah wins the 2012 Spring Swiss!

Annex Chess Club – Spring Swiss Tournament

Spring is here! Than longen folk to goon on pilgrimages… And specially from every shires ende of Toronto, to the Annex they wende – to play in the ACC Spring Swiss!

Round 5 (April 30)

In the top section, leaders Pavel Peev and Rob Bikot both withdrew, allowing Wajdy Shebetah to surge into first with 3.5/5, defeating ACC super-volunteer Adrian Valencia for the win. Congratulations, Wajdy – ACC Spring Swiss champion!

In the U1900 section, leader Olof Bergenstam had to miss the last round, and with Omid Nemati and Adie Todd drawing – and with Bill Thornton scoring a full point with huge upset win over Nick O’Bumsawin – it ended in a big four-way tie at 3.5/5. Omid Nemati emerged with the best tie-break to win the section. Congratulations, Omid!

In the U1500 section, George Supol held his lead with another win, finishing first in fine style with an undefeated record of 4.5/5. Congratulations, George!

There’s a new tournament this coming Monday May 7, the “Patio Weather” Swiss, starting at 7:30 pm. Please contact us if you would like to join the tournament (current CFC membership is required, and can be purchased at the club). Arrive by 7:00 pm to register on site. Let us know, too, if you’ve already registered and can’t make it this Monday. Email info@annexchessclub.com

Final Results

SwissSys Standings. Annex Spring Swiss: Top

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2071 H— W9 D2 H— W8 3.5
2 Pavel Peev 122223 2082 W12 D7 D1 W3 U— 3.0
3 Edy Dell'Ambrogio 1983 D8 D6 W11 L2 W12 3.0
4 Robert Bzikot 132541 1930 H— H— W8 W5 U— 3.0
5 Daniel Wiebe 132137 1909 D6 D8 H— L4 W13 2.5
6 Melissa Greeff 2067 D5 D3 H— W13 U— 2.5
7 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2042 W11 D2 H— H— U— 2.5
8 Adrian David Valencia 153521 2075 D3 D5 L4 W11 L1 2.0
9 Sahir Abbas 1870 H— L1 W14 U— D11 2.0
10 Andrew Pastor 127521 1931 H— H— U— U— W14 2.0
11 Carlos Romero Alfonso 153128 1916 L7 W14 L3 L8 D9 1.5
12 Hugh Siddeley 120619 2026 L2 H— D13 H— L3 1.5
13 Bruce McKendry 111714 1885 H— H— D12 L6 L5 1.5
14 Pepin Manalo 112277 1857 H— L11 L9 H— L10 1.0

SwissSys Standings. Annex Spring Swiss: U1900

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Omid Nemati 130676 1762 W5 L2 W10 W8 D4 3.5
2 Olof Bergenstam unr. W10 W1 D8 W7 U— 3.5
3 Bill Thornton 131181 1500 W9 H— L7 W11 W16 3.5
4 Adie Todd 125156 1701 H— H— W5 W12 D1 3.5
5 Hayk Oganesyan 152587 1622 L1 W9 L4 W15 W7 3.0
6 Chris Wehrfritz 151679 1596 H— H— U— W10 W9 3.0
7 Ulli Diemer 1668 H— W17 W3 L2 L5 2.5
8 Michael Sutton 151225 1644 W15 W13 D2 L1 U— 2.5
9 Hooshang Abbarin 152910 1477 L3 L5 W18 W13 L6 2.0
10 Marcus Wilker 102713 1642 L2 W15 L1 L6 W14 2.0
11 Michael D. Sharpe 100280 1602 H— H— W13 L3 U— 2.0
12 Yakos Spiliotopoulos 151471 1693 H— W14 H— L4 U— 2.0
13 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1830 H— L8 L11 L9 W15 1.5
14 Jack Maguire 144604 1528 D17 L12 L15 B— L10 1.5
15 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1506 L8 L10 W14 L5 L13 1.0
16 Nicholas O'Bumsawin 151261 1799 H— H— U— U— L3 1.0
17 Mohammad Zaki Uddin 152024 1702 D14 L7 U— U— U— 0.5
18 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1255 U— U— L9 U— U— 0.0

SwissSys Standings. Annex Spring Swiss: U1500

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 George Supol 152286 1327 W6 D4 W10 W2 W5 4.5
2 Shabnam Abbarin 151181 1302 W15 W3 W4 L1 D13 3.5
3 Nicole Birarov 150335 1179 W5 L2 W12 H— W4 3.5
4 Abdolreza Radpey 149018 1480 W8 D1 L2 W10 L3 2.5
5 James Mourgelas 108540 1445 L3 D11 W6 W7 L1 2.5
6 Larissa Souchko 145490 1054 L1 D14 L5 D11 W10 2.0
7 Christopher Field 108098 1280 L10 W8 W11 L5 U— 2.0
8 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1247 L4 L7 B— W15 U— 2.0
9 Ian Prittie 1039 H— H— U— U— W16 2.0
10 Dennis Li 954 W7 D12 L1 L4 L6 1.5
11 Raymond Lin 150193 918 D12 D5 L7 D6 U— 1.5
12 Stefan Catona 129405 1180 D11 D10 L3 H— U— 1.5
13 Jacques Katz unr. H— H— U— U— D2 1.5
14 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy unr. H— D6 H— U— U— 1.5
15 Dave Rutt 153519 992 L2 H— H— L8 U— 1.0
16 Francis He 153130 925 H— H— U— U— L9 1.0
17 Anton Zverev 150115 1342 H— H— U— U— U— 1.0

Round 1 (March 26)

Thirty players (one more than the fabled nyne and twenty) joined the tournament in Round 1. The top of each section played the bottom (as per the Swiss pairing system), and naturally the favourites won most of the games.

However, there were a couple of upset wins by a couple of youngsters in the bottom section: Dennis Li defeated Chris Field, and Nicole Birarov took down Jim Mourgelas. (Actually, it was a good night for the Birarovs – Nicole’s father, Vlad Birarov, also won his game in the Toronto Closed.)

Round 2 (April 2)

Several new players joined the tournament this round. After two rounds of play, our intrepid interim tournament director Alex Ferreira is tied for the lead in the top section, with 1.5/2 – and this, while running two tournaments (the Spring Swiss and the Toronto Closed)!

In the middle section, newcomer Olof Bergenstam is undefeated, and tied for the lead with Michael Sutton – both have perfect 2.0/2 scores.

And in the under-1500 section, Shabnam Abbarin is now in clear first as the only player with a perfect score. George Supol, Abdolreza Radpey, and Dennis Li are half a point behind her with 1.5/2.

Round 3 (April 16)

In the top section, TD Alex Ferreira gave himself a bye, while Wajdy Shebetah and Pavel Peev drew, which allowed two more players, Edy Dell'Ambrogio and Rob Bzikot, to join the leader group. The section now has a five-way tie for the lead, at 2.0/3!

In the middle section, Olof Bergenstam drew Michael Sutton. With Ulli Diemer winning his game, there is now a three-way tie for the lead there, at 2.5/3.

Finally, in the bottom section, Shabnam Abbarin remains in sole possession of the lead, perfect through three rounds with 3.0/3. Only half a point behind her, with two wins and a draw, is George Supol. The two are due to meet in Round 4.

Round 4 (April 23)

In the top section, it’s down to a two-way tie between Pavel Peev and Rob Bzikot. Pavel and Rob will face each other in the last round; there can be only one ACC Spring Swiss champion!

In the U1900 section, Olof Bergenstam defeated Ulli Diemer to take sole first (since Michael Sutton also lost his game to Omid Nemati). This is Olof’s first tournament at ACC (and indeed in Canada, as he’s here from Sweden) so he’s off to a great start at the club! Adie Todd is half a point behind the lead, and has yet to face Olof, so she’s due to be his last-round opponent.

In the U1500 group, George Supol has taken the lead, with a win over Shabnam Abbarin. George is alone in first, going into the last round, but Shabnam remains just half a point behind.

New International Players

We are pleased to welcome to the club a couple of international players, whose travels in sondry londes have brought them to Toronto: Edy Dell’Ambrogio is from Switzerland, and WGM Melissa Greeff is from South Africa.

WGM Melissa Greeff (RSA)
Edy Dell'Ambrogio (SUI)

Cherry Blossoms

One of Toronto’s rites of spring is a pilgrimage to see the beautiful cherry trees in High Park. The trees usually blossom in late April, but came into bloom earlier this year with the warm spring weather. Check cherry blossom walk details, and High Park forum updates.

Cherry trees in Toronto's High Park
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Pavel Peev wins Anniversary Swiss

ACC First Anniversary Swiss

We’ve named this club Swiss in honour of our one-year anniversary! It’s hard to believe it’s been just a year since we launched Annex Chess Club.

Final results (October 24)

With yet another win, this time over Wajdy Shebetah, Pavel Peev finished in clear first in the Premier section with a 4.5/5 record. In Reserve A, leader Yakos Spiliotopoulos finished clear first with 4.0/5. And in Reserve B, Josep Sobrepere ran his perfect streak through the whole tournament, finishing first with 5.0/5. Congratulations to the tournament winners!

Check complete results on the cross-tables, below.

Final results through Round 5:

Premier (>1800)

# Name ID# Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Pavel Peev 122223 2077 H— W18 W12 W2 W5 4.5
2 John Wright 112486 2224 W16 W5 W7 L1 D3 3.5
3 David Southam 102535 2102 H— W9 D6 W13 D2 3.5
4 Carlos Romero Alfonso unr. H— H— H— W12 W8 3.5
5 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2124 W11 L2 W10 W6 L1 3.0
6 Hugh Siddeley 120619 2024 W17 H— D3 L5 W13 3.0
7 Rolando Renteria 152626 2298 D8 W21 L2 H— W14 3.0
8 Rhys Goldstein 110906 2024 D7 L10 W16 W14 L4 2.5
9 Robert Bzikot 132541 1924 H— L3 W20 W10 U— 2.5
10 Omid Nemati 130676 1806 H— W8 L5 L9 D12 2.0
11 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1842 L5 W17 L13 D18 D15 2.0
12 Bruce McKendry 111714 1895 H— W20 L1 L4 D10 2.0
13 Mohammad Zaki Uddin 152024 1778 H— H— W11 L3 L6 2.0
14 Pepin Manalo 112277 1820 H— H— W19 L8 L7 2.0
15 Andrew Pastor 127521 1912 U— H— H— H— D11 2.0
16 Joseph Bellissimo 147544 1895 L2 D19 L8 W17 U— 1.5
17 Nicholas O’Bumsawin 151261 1796 L6 L11 W18 L16 U— 1.0
18 Zehn Nasir 148198 1841 D20 L1 L17 D11 U— 1.0
19 Manuela Renteria 152627 1750 H— D16 L14 U— U— 1.0
20 Stephen Fairbairn 111839 2080 D18 L12 L9 U— U— 0.5
21 Jiaxin Liu 149747 1502 H— L7 U— U— U— 0.5

Reserve A (U1800)

# Name ID# Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Yakos Spiliotopoulos 151471 1646 W9 W2 H— H— W5 4.0
2 Marcus Wilker 102713 1689 W11 L1 W9 H— D3 3.0
3 Jack Maguire 144604 1494 D8 L6 W10 D7 D2 2.5
4 Hayk Oganesyan 152587 1332 H— W8 W5 U— U— 2.5
5 Edmond Jodhi 150171 1737 H— W10 L4 D8 L1 2.0
6 Mohammad Zaki Uddin 152024 1778 H— W3 H— U— U— 2.0
7 Erik Malmsten 100196 1865 H— H— H— D3 U— 2.0
8 Zhanna Sametova 145911 1629 D3 L4 H— D5 U— 1.5
9 Jiaxin Liu 149747 1502 L1 B— L2 U— U— 1.0
10 Alejandro Renteria 152628 1434 H— L5 L3 U— U— 0.5
11 John Warner 152782 1074 L2 U— U— U— U— 0.0

Reserve B (U1500)

# Name ID# Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1223 W2 W9 W3 W5 W8 5.0
2 Alexandre Johnson 109239 1493 L1 W6 W11 W9 W3 4.0
3 Evnato Frias 152975 1125 W19 W4 L1 W7 L2 3.0
4 Dan Geambasu 134119 1426 H— L3 W6 H— W5 3.0
5 Bill Thornton 131181 1251 D6 W17 W15 L1 L4 2.5
6 Raymond Lin 150193 909 D5 L2 L4 W13 W17 2.5
7 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1196 H— L13 W17 L3 W9 2.5
8 John Warner 152782 1074 H— H— H— W14 L1 2.5
9 George Supol 152286 1404 W18 L1 W13 L2 L7 2.0
10 Christopher Field 108098 1346 H— L16 H— L12 W19 2.0
11 Dannis Li unr. H— H— L2 H— D13 2.0
12 Hayk Oganesyan 152587 1332 W13 U— U— W10 U— 2.0
13 Jean-Marc David 151900 1127 L12 W7 L9 L6 D11 1.5
14 Jason Waugh 152118 951 H— H— H— L8 U— 1.5
15 Michael Litvinov 143512 1540 H— H— L5 H— U— 1.5
16 Hugh Siddeley 120619 2024 H— W10 U— U— U— 1.5
17 Francis He unr. H— L5 L7 H— L6 1.0
18 Jennifer Ugodnikov 151196 1161 L9 H— H— U— U— 1.0
19 Shabnam Abbarin 151181 1288 L3 H— U— U— L10 0.5

ACC First Anniversary Swiss

We’ve named this club Swiss in honour of our one-year anniversary! It’s hard to believe it’s been just a year since we launched Annex Chess Club.

GM Mark Bluvshtein gave an inaugral grandmaster lecture to officially open the club on October 18, 2010. A week later, eight players started our first Fall Swiss – Hugh Siddeley, Daniel Wiebe, Yakos Spiliotopoulos, Marcus Wilker, Shabnam Abbarin, Alex Ferreira, Ian Mahoney, and Lawrence Garcia. And the rest, as they say, is history…

Round 1 (September 12)

In round one of a Swiss, it’s always nice to hope for some big upsets. And indeed there were a couple impressive upsets (rating-wise) in the Reserve B section as Josep Sobrepere and Evnato Frias defeated opponents who out-rated them by 270 and 168 points respectively. In the Open section, there were a couple of impressive draws: up-and-comer (and recent Labour Day U2000 co-winner) Zehn Nasir drew expert Stephen Fairbairn, while expert Rhys Goldstein drew master Rolando Renteria. Finally, the good sportsmanship award for this round has to go to Jack Maguire, in the Reserve A section, who offered the draw (in a probably drawn position) to Zhanna Sametova – when she had only a minute left on her clock.

Monday September 19, we took a break from the tournament, as we were honoured to welcome GM Nigel Short to our club. Check full details about his visit.

Round 2 (September 26)

In the second round, the tournament swelled back to a more normal size. Welcome and welcome back to new and returning players! Currently, IMC John Wright is leading the Premier section, Yakos Spiliotopoulos is leading Reserve A, and there’s a two-way tie between Josep Sobrepere and Evnato Frias in Reserve B. All four leaders have perfect 2.0/2 records.

Round 3 (October 3)

After three rounds, IMC John Wright continues to lead the Premier section with a 3.0/3 record. In Reserve A, leader Yakos Spiliotopoulos took a bye and is now sharing the lead with Hayk Oganesyan. And in Reserve B, Josep Sobrepere defeated rival Evnato Frias to take sole possession of the lead with 3.0/3.

Monday October 10, we took another break from the tournament, as we hosted Thanksgiving weekend tournaments at ACC.

Round 4 (October 17)

With a win over John Wright, Pavel Peev now leads the Premier section with a 3.5/4 record. In Reserve A, only two games were played, while leader Yakos Spiliotopoulos took another bye and continues to lead with 3.0/4. And in Reserve B, Josep Sobrepere continued his perfect streak and is now leading with 4.0/4.

Round 5 results (October 24)

With yet another win, this time over Wajdy Shebetah, Pavel Peev finished in clear first in the Premier section with a 4.5/5 record. In Reserve A, leader Yakos Spiliotopoulos finished clear first with 4.0/5. And in Reserve B, Josep Sobrepere ran his perfect streak through the whole tournament, finishing first with 5.0/5. Congratulations to the tournament winners!

Round-3 games from boards 1 and 2:

White: Wright, John (2224)
Black: Renteria, Rolando (2298)

2011.10.03 ACC 1st Anniversary Swiss (3)

E95 King’s Indian: Orthodox
Toronto, ON

White: Siddeley, Hugh (2024)
Black: Southam, Dave (2102)

2011.10.03 ACC 1st Anniversary Swiss (3)

C18 French Defence: Winawer
Toronto, ON

.pgn for games

[Event “ACC 1st Anniversary Swiss”]
[Site “Toronto, ON”]
[Date “2011.10.03”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Wright, John”]
[Black “Renteria, Rolando”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “E95”]
[WhiteElo “2224”]
[BlackElo “2298”]
[PlyCount “85”]
[SourceDate “2011.10.12”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 Nbd7 7. O-O e5 8. Re1
c6 9. b3 exd4 10. Nxd4 c5 11. Nc2 Ne5 12. Bg5 h6 13. Bxf6 Bxf6 14. Nd5 Bg7 15.
f4 Nc6 16. Rb1 Nd4 17. Nxd4 Bxd4+ 18. Kh1 Be6 19. Bf3 Bxd5 20. exd5 Qf6 21. Re4
a5 22. Qe2 Kg7 23. g3 h5 24. Kg2 b6 25. a4 h4 26. Re1 hxg3 27. hxg3 Rh8 28. Bg4
Rh6 29. Re8 Rxe8 30. Qxe8 g5 31. Re4 gxf4 32. Rxf4 Qg6 33. Bf5 Qh5 34. Rg4+ Kf6
35. Qd8+ Kxf5 36. Qd7+ Ke5 37. Qe7+ Re6 38. Rg5+ Ke4 39. Qxe6+ fxe6 40. Rxh5 e5
41. Rh6 Kd3 42. Rxd6 e4 43. Re6 1-0

[Event “ACC 1st Anniversary Swiss”]
[Site “Toronto, ON”]
[Date “2011.10.03”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Siddeley, Hugh”]
[Black “Southam, Dave”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “C18”]
[WhiteElo “2024”]
[BlackElo “2102”]
[PlyCount “77”]
[SourceDate “2011.10.12”]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Qc7 7. Qg4 f5 8. Qh5+
g6 9. Qd1 b6 10. Nf3 Ba6 11. Bxa6 Nxa6 12. h4 h6 13. O-O Ne7 14. Bf4 Nb8 15.
Qd2 h5 16. Bg5 Nbc6 17. Bf6 Rg8 18. Rfe1 c4 19. Ng5 Qd7 20. a4 O-O-O 21. Qc1
Rdf8 22. f4 Kb7 23. Bxe7 Qxe7 24. Qa3 Qxa3 25. Rxa3 Re8 26. Nh7 Rg7 27. Nf6
Ree7 28. Kf2 a6 29. Ra2 Ka7 30. Rb2 Rb7 31. Ne8 Rge7 32. Nd6 Rb8 33. Reb1 Rc7
34. Ke3 Nd8 35. Ne8 Re7 36. Nf6 Nf7 37. Kd2 Nh6 38. Rb4 Ng4 39. Nxg4 1/2-1/2

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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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