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ACC Drum and Dance Swiss

drum and dance

From pow wows to Caribana, summer in Toronto is full of drumming and dancing.

At Annex Chess Club, there will be no regalia in sight, and no steel band in earshot. But we will make our moves to a rhythm that is inside us as much as it is outside. We will enter a state of concentration and focus for a performance that demands training and technique, rigour and endurance, continual creativity, and perfect timing.

Daniel Wiebe

The Drum and Dance Swiss is a five-round regular club tournament, divided in three sections by CFC rating – Crown (minimum 1800), Reserve A (under-1900; minimum 1400), and Reserve B (under-1500). Tournament games are CFC-rated.

Rounds are every Monday night, July 7 to August 11, except August 4, Caribana weekend.

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Round 1 – July 7

The tournament starts with 42 players. Round One of a Swiss sees underdogs battle favourites as the top half of each section is paired against the bottom half.

In the Crown section, three games are taken by the favourites, two are drawn, and veteran Arkadiy Ugodnikov scores an upset victory over young Daniel Zotkin.

Arkadiy Ugodnikov
Arkadiy Ugodnikov

In the U1900 section the underdogs score fifty percent, as Mark Patton, Daniel Pirri, and Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy all defeat higher-rated opponents, three favourites win their games, and there is one draw.

Finally, in U1500, the favourites dominate, taking five of eight games. There is one draw, and underdogs Jeffrey Zhu and Qi Zhou each score a full point.

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Round 2 – July 14

Round Two pits first-round winners against winners; only a few finish with 2.0/2. Atop the Crown section are Rodrigo Oliveira, defeating Daniel Wiebe, and Bill Evans, defeating Dave Southam.

In the U1900 section, Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy is in a groove, as he follows up a win against Ulli Diemer in Round 1 with a win against Marcus Wilker in Round 2. Vigneswaramoorthy is in good company atop the section, joined by veterans Bill Thornton and Hooshang Abbarin.

Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy
Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy

In U1500, unrated Qi Zhou has 2.0/2, with a Round-2 victory over Mark Gelowitz, as does Adam Goldfarb, with a win over Jean-Marc David.

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Round 3 – July 21

Round Three sees the leaders go head to head, aiming for sole possession of first place.

Before the round, club arbiter Tyler Longo announces the success of two of our young players at the 2014 Canadian Youth Chess Championship in Montreal. Nicholas Vettese came 2nd among Canadians under 10, and Cindy Qiao came 3rd among Canadian girls under 12. Congratulations, Nicholas and Cindy!

Tyler also mentions the absence of many of our players who are currently competing in the 2014 Canadian Open Championship, also in Montreal. Club Champion Michael Humphreys, in particular, has done well in the top section; he’s undefeated against a GM, two IMs (one of whom he beat), and an FM. Initially seeded 41st out of 43 players, his 2.5/4 score puts him in 12th place. Good luck, Humphreys!

When the games begin, the top section sees Rodrigo Oliveira and Bill Evans face off on board one. At the end of the night Oliveira comes out on top, and he now leads the tournament through three rounds with 3.0/3 in the Crown section.

Rodrigo Oliveira
Rodrigo Oliveira

In U1900 play, leaders Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy and Bill Thornton face off on the top board, while Jack Maguire (back from parental duties at CYCC) faces the third leader Hooshang Abbarin on board two. Vigneswaramoorthy wins his second game in a row from the black side of a King’s Indian, while Maguire takes out Abbarin. Vigneswaramoorthy now leads the section with a perfect 3.0/3 and has already knocked out three top seeds, but he’ll have to face two more challengers before it’s over. Maguire, for one, just a half point behind at 2.5/3, does not plan to let him off easy next week (see comments below).

In U1500, there’s still no clear leader, as Tigran Ghazarian and Dennis Li, from the 1.5 group, win their Round-3 games (with Li knocking Adam Goldfarb out of the top point group) while Qi Zhou, with a bye this week, stays level with Ghazarian and Li at 2.5/3. The trio of leaders will have two more rounds to sort it out, but with another five players just a half point behind it’s anyone’s guess what the final standings will be.

Games from Round 3

Here’s the game from top board in the Crown section: Rodrigo Oliveira’s win from the black side of a QGD.

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Round 4 – July 28

Before the round, Tyler Longo announces the Harbourfront Centre Chessfest, August 10, and the Labour Day Open, August 30 to September 1. When the round starts at 7:30, players include the Washimkar brothers returning to the club. Welcome back, Atharva and Arhant!

In the Crown section, top board sees the undefeated leader Rodrigo Oliveira, with 3.0/3, face a challenger from the 2.5-point group, Miroslav Stefanovic. In the end, Oliveira takes a full point – see game below – and now leads with 4.0/4. Oliveira has one more round to play, but with only one player with 3.0/4, whom he has already beaten, nobody can catch him.

In U1900, it’s Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy, with 3.0/3, facing challenger Jack Maguire. Maguire, known for his daring gambit play, essays the Portuguese variation of the Scandinavian Defence (1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. d4 Bg4+ – allowing 4. f3 and 5. c4 to hold the pawn), which Vigneswaramoorthy answers by giving the pawn back with 4. Nf3, and succeeds in holding Maguire to a draw – see game below. Holding sole possession of the lead with 3.5/4, Vigneswaramoorthy may yet be overtaken by one of the players with 3.0/4, Maguire included. But if he wins in Round 5, Vigneswaramoorthy will undoubtedly be the lowest-rated player ever to take the middle section at Annex Chess Club.

Finally, U1500 play sees Tigran Ghazarian defeat Dennis Li to take sole possession of first place with 3.5/4. Ghazarian, who was this year’s Canadian Chess Challenge grade 1 champion, is the youngest player in the tournament.

Tigran Ghazarian
Tigran Ghazarian

Games from Round 4

Here are the games from top board in the Crown section (Oliveira wins against Stefanovic’s Slav) and top board in U1900 (Vigneswaramoorthy is “up to the Portuguese challenge” – see comments).

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Round 5 – August 11

In the Crown section, Rodrigo Oliveira defeats Jonathan Yu to win the tournamaent with a perfect 5.0/5 record. Congratualtions, Rodrigo!

In the U1900, Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy finally has his winning streak ended when he runs up against Hooshang Abbarin. Abbarin spoils Vigneswaramoorthy’s hopes, and hands the section to Jack Maguire, who wins first place with a 4.0/5 record after a final-round win over Daniel Pirri. Congratulations, Jack!

Finally, in U1500, young Tigran Ghazarian holds his lead, defeating Qi Zhou to take first place with 4.5/5. Congratulations, Tigran!

The next tournament starts on Monday, August 18, at 7:30 pm. Players, please arrive before 7:00 pm unless you’ve pre-registered.

Section winners, Ghazarian and Maguire, may each play up in the next higher section. And the Crown section will now be FIDE-rated.

Final Results after Round Five

SwissSys Standings. Drum and Dance: Crown

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Rodrigo Oliveira 152923 2086 W17 W10 W3 W5 W4 5.0
2 Armand Jess Mendoza 156958 1861 D14 L4 W12 W8 W3 3.5
3 Bill Evans 103309 2024 W18 W6 L1 W7 L2 3.0
4 Jonathan Yu 126131 2072 H— W2 H— W9 L1 3.0
5 Miroslav Stefanovic 154500 1970 H— W14 W15 L1 D6 3.0
6 David Southam 102535 2201 D9 L3 W14 W10 D5 3.0
7 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1947 W8 H— H— L3 X13 3.0
8 Daniel Zotkin 146857 2200 L7 H— W17 L2 W15 2.5
9 Nicholas Vettese 154199 1949 D6 H— W13 L4 L14 2.0
10 Daniel Wiebe 132137 2032 W12 L1 H— L6 D16 2.0
11 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2030 H— H— U— W15 U— 2.0
12 Hanyuan Ye 144844 1749 L10 U— L2 W14 W17 2.0
13 Jianqiu Chen 157842 2058 F15 W18 L9 W17 F7 2.0
14 Hugh Siddeley 120619 2073 D2 L5 L6 L12 W9 1.5
15 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1807 X13 H— L5 L11 L8 1.5
16 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2048 H— H— U— U— D10 1.5
17 Chris Udrea 155000 1926 L1 W19 L8 L13 L12 1.0
18 Greg Beal 101490 1710 L3 L13 H— H— U— 1.0
19 Tyler Longo 135360 2031 H— L17 H— U— U— 1.0

SwissSys Standings. Drum and Dance: U1900

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Jack Maguire 144604 1579 W7 H— W2 D3 W8 4.0
2 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1647 W11 W8 L1 W4 W3 4.0
3 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1413 W17 W19 W9 D1 L2 3.5
4 Mark A. Patton 104721 1545 W13 L9 W15 L2 W10 3.0
5 Atharva Washimkar 153285 1765 H— H— U— W17 W7 3.0
6 Arhant Washimkar 153286 1435 H— H— U— W20 W9 3.0
7 Richard Morrison 135889 1382 L1 B— W17 W9 L5 3.0
8 Daniele Pirri 132983 1422 W18 L2 H— W10 L1 2.5
9 Bill Thornton 131181 1698 W10 W4 L3 L7 L6 2.0
10 Marc Ben-Avraham 145628 1444 L9 D13 W16 L8 L4 1.5
11 George Supol 152286 1417 L2 L17 W19 H— U— 1.5
12 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1947 H— H— U— U— D14 1.5
13 Daniel Sirkovich 145096 1779 L4 D10 H— H— U— 1.5
14 Antonios Valkanas unr. H— H— U— U— D12 1.5
15 Benito Surya 153755 1675 H— H— L4 H— U— 1.5
16 Claudio Sottile 148499 1488 D19 L18 L10 B— U— 1.5
17 Ulli Diemer 153538 1606 L3 W11 L7 L5 U— 1.0
18 Adie Todd 125156 1663 L8 W16 U— U— U— 1.0
19 Marcus Wilker 102713 1723 D16 L3 L11 H— U— 1.0
20 Vlad Nitu 154215 1759 H— H— U— L6 U— 1.0

SwissSys Standings. Drum and Dance: U1500

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Tigran Ghazarian 155438 1156 W22 H— W12 W9 W4 4.5
2 Mark A. Gelowitz 126627 1442 W11 L4 W19 W7 W9 4.0
3 Adam Goldfarb 153496 1320 W21 W13 L9 H— W10 3.5
4 Qi Zhou unr. W16 W2 H— H— L1 3.0
5 Jeffrey Wang Zhu 154705 609 W15 H— H— W6 U— 3.0
6 Howard Halim 153419 1083 W7 L12 W8 L5 W14 3.0
7 Kevin Corlis unr. L6 W11 X15 L2 W17 3.0
8 Zaynah Bhanji 155866 843 D10 H— L6 W18 W12 3.0
9 Dennis Li 153129 1200 H— W10 W3 L1 L2 2.5
10 Raymond Lin 150193 1218 D8 L9 W14 W15 L3 2.5
11 Larissa Souchko 145490 1008 L2 L7 B— X19 U— 2.0
12 Eli Teram 107314 1238 H— W6 L1 H— L8 2.0
13 Jean-Marc David 151900 1351 W14 L3 H— U— U— 1.5
14 Areez Bhanji 156144 877 L13 H— L10 W22 L6 1.5
15 Alex Geddie 155388 1142 L5 W20 F7 L10 U— 1.0
16 Rahul Gangolli 156023 1060 L4 H— H— U— U— 1.0
17 Kaizen Liu 152053 1047 H— H— U— U— L7 1.0
18 Vicknan Harichandrabose unr. H— H— U— L8 U— 1.0
19 Denis Ceastov 156165 626 H— H— L2 F11 U— 1.0
20 Richard Morrison 135889 1382 H— L15 U— U— U— 0.5
21 Luka Svirac 158025 850 L3 H— U— U— U— 0.5
22 Rahman Durdyklychev 156700 806 L1 U— U— L14 U— 0.0

Dance to the rhythm in Toronto

Honour the elders at the Na Me Res Pow Wow – June 21
Celebrate emancipation at Caribana – July 8 to August 2.
Afrofest - July 5-6
Afrofest – July 5-6
Salsa on St. Clair - July 19-20
Salsa on St. Clair – July 19-20


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“When you appreciate the power of nature, knowing the rhythm of any situation,
you will be able to hit the enemy naturally and strike naturally.”

~ Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings, 1645