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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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Alexei Shirov goes 26-0-1 at ACC

ACC welcomed GM Alexei Shirov to the club on February 27

GM Shirov plays a move against Nikita Gusev during the simul in Toronto

Chess lecture

To start the night, GM Alexei Shirov gave a chess lecture, analysing three of his most recent games. Apart from his analysis, he spoke about the difference between computer analysis and over-the-board play, and made several interesting comments about the kinds of moves that players see versus the kind that chess computers sometimes suggest. He also advised chess players to avoid “brilliancies.” The best move, he told us, is often quite simple; and the best tactic – is simply to attack a piece that cannot be defended!

Personally, I was interested that he credited his friend Canadian GM Kevin Spraggett with teaching him some lines of opening theory in the 6.Bg5 Najdorf. I was also impressed with his mental image of the game: he was able, at several points in the lecture, to provide game analysis to answer audience questions without looking back at the board. Indeed he began his lecture asking the audience how strong their own image of the board was: “Without looking, what colour is the d5 square? What colour is b6?” (If you’re interested, try these board vision tests at Chess Drum.)

The games he analysed were all taken from the Petrov Memorial Rapid, including his win against Russian GM Alexander Morozevich, who took first place in the event. The tournament was held in Jaunkemeri (Jurmala), Latvia, from February 16 to 19. Shirov finished with 4.5/7 (+3-1=3) – an especially good result considering he was an event organizer as well as a participant!

All three games are available on the board below. (Use the drop-down menu above the board to select a game.)

Simultaneous exhibition

After his lecture, Shirov gave a simultaneous exhibition, playing 27 simultaneous chess games against Toronto players, and scoring 26.5/27 (+26-0=1). Rolando Renteria took the sole half-point, employing the Lowenthal variation of the Sicilian.

Before coming to Toronto, Shirov was in Ottawa and Gatineau, where his combined record was +37-1=1. See the article in Chessbase – “Shirov 2012 Ottawa Simul” (Thanks to Jack Maguire for the link!)

Participants

# Name CFC# Rating Result
1 Jeff Back 111052 2009 0
2 Paulo Barreto 0
3 Brett Campbell 101324 2251 0
4 Romeo Celis 0
5 Alijandro Chapman 0
6 Rhys Goldstein 110906 2022 0
7 Tal Granite 0
8 Nikita Gusev 128168 2277 0
9 Jim Mourgelas 108540 1485 0
10 Zehn Nasir 148198 1861 0
11 Juliaan Posaratnanathan 146059 1926 0
12 David Rahenbrock 0
13 Rolando Renteria 152626 2263 ½
14 Manuela Renteria 152627 1679 0
15 Alejandro Renteria 152628 1416 0
16 Ross Richardson 111115 1970 0
17 Carlos Romero Alfonso 153128 1948 0
18 Josep M Sobrepere 152976 1512 0
19 George Supol 152286 1307 0
20 Stephan Tonakanian 150629 2098 0
21 Adie Todd 125156 1692 0
22 Adrian David Valencia 153521 2023 0
23 John Warner 152782 1087 0
24 Daniel Wiebe 132137 1868 0
25 Yuanchen Zhang 148449 2013 0
26 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1784 0
27 Anton Zverev 150115 1335 0

.pgn for games

[Event “Petrov Memorial Rapid”]
[Site “Jurmala LAT”]
[Date “2012.02.18”]
[Round “2.2”]
[White “Shakhriyar Mamedyarov”]
[Black “Alexey Shirov”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “D23”]
[WhiteElo “2747”]
[BlackElo “2710”]
[PlyCount “50”]
[EventDate “2012.02.18”]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Qc2 dxc4 5. Qxc4 Bg4 6. Bf4 Nbd7 7. Nbd2 e6 8.
e4 Bxf3 9. gxf3 Nb6 10. Qd3 c5 11. dxc5 Bxc5 12. Rc1 Nfd7 13. Rxc5 Nxc5 14. Qc3
Rc8 15. Bb5+ Kf8 16. Ke2 Nxe4 17. Qa3+ Nc5 18. Ne4 Kg8 19. Nxc5 Nd5 20. Be5 Qb6
21. Qa4 Qxc5 22. Rg1 f6 23. Bd7 fxe5 24. Bxe6+ Kf8 25. Bxc8 Nf4+ 0-1

[Event “Petrov Memorial Rapid”]
[Site “Jurmala LAT”]
[Date “2012.02.18”]
[Round “3.3”]
[White “Alexey Shirov”]
[Black “Alexander Morozevich”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “E04”]
[WhiteElo “2710”]
[BlackElo “2763”]
[PlyCount “121”]
[EventDate “2012.02.18”]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. g3 dxc4 5. Bg2 a6 6. O-O Nc6 7. Bg5 Be7 8. e3
O-O 9. Nbd2 e5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. dxe5 Ng4 12. Bxe7 Qxe7 13. Nxc4 Nxe5 14. Nxe5
Qxe5 15. Qb3 c6 16. f4 Qe7 17. Rad1 Be6 18. Qc3 Rad8 19. a4 Qf6 20. a5 Bg4 21.
Rde1 Qh6 22. f5 Bh3 23. Bxh3 Qxh3 24. e4 Qh5 25. Qf3 Qg5 26. Re2 Qe7 27. Qc3
Rfe8 28. e5 Rd5 29. e6 Qc5+ 30. Qxc5 Rxc5 31. Rd1 Rxf5 32. exf7+ Kxf7 33. Rd7+
Kf8 34. Rxe8+ Kxe8 35. Rxg7 Rxa5 36. Rxb7 Rb5 37. Rxb5 cxb5 38. b4 Kd7 39. Kf2
Kc6 40. g4 Kd5 41. h4 Ke4 42. Kg3 Ke5 43. Kf3 Kd4 44. g5 Ke5 45. Kg4 a5 46.
bxa5 b4 47. a6 b3 48. a7 b2 49. a8=Q b1=Q 50. Qe8+ Kd6 51. Qf8+ Kc7 52. Qe7+
Kc6 53. Qe6+ Kc7 54. Kh5 Qd3 55. Kh6 Qd4 56. h5 Qh8 57. Qf7+ Kc8 58. Qxh7 Qe5
59. Qg7 Qe2 60. Qf6 Qe3 61. Kg7 1-0

[Event “Petrov Memorial Rapid”]
[Site “Jurmala LAT”]
[Date “2012.02.19”]
[Round “5”]
[White “Alexey Shirov”]
[Black “Vassily Ivanchuk”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “B96”]
[WhiteElo “2710”]
[BlackElo “2766”]
[PlyCount “75”]
[EventDate “2012.02.18”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Nbd7 8. Qe2
Qc7 9. O-O-O b5 10. a3 Be7 11. g4 Bb7 12. Bxf6 Bxf6 13. g5 Bxd4 14. Rxd4 e5 15.
fxe5 dxe5 16. Rd2 O-O 17. Nd5 Bxd5 18. exd5 Qd6 19. h4 Rac8 20. Bh3 Rc7 21. Re1
Re8 22. h5 Nf8 23. Bf5 Rc4 24. Qf3 Re7 25. Be4 Nd7 26. g6 Nf6 27. Bf5 e4 28.
Qh3 fxg6 29. hxg6 h6 30. Be6+ Kh8 31. Rf1 Ng8 32. Rf8 Rxe6 33. Rxg8+ Kxg8 34.
dxe6 Qe7 35. Qf5 Rc8 36. Rd7 Qf8 37. Qxe4 Rc4 38. Qd3 1-0

[Event “ACC Simultaneous”]
[Site “Toronto CAN”]
[Date “2012.02.27”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Shirov, Alexei”]
[Black “Renteria, Rolando”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “B32”]
[WhiteElo “2710”]
[BlackElo “2263”]
[PlyCount “75”]
[SourceDate “2012.02.28”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nb5 a6 6. Nd6+ Bxd6 7. Qxd6 Qf6 8.
Qc7 Nge7 9. Nc3 Nd4 10. Bd3 Ne6 11. Qd6 Nf4 12. Qxf6 Nxd3+ 13. cxd3 gxf6 14.
Be3 d6 15. Na4 Be6 16. Nb6 Rd8 17. d4 d5 18. exd5 Nxd5 19. Nxd5 Rxd5 20. dxe5
fxe5 21. O-O Ke7 22. Rac1 Rc8 23. Rxc8 Bxc8 24. Rc1 Be6 25. f3 f5 26. Kf2 f4
27. Bc5+ Kf6 28. Bb4 Rd8 29. Bc3 h5 30. g3 fxg3+ 31. hxg3 Kf5 32. Rh1 Bf7 33.
Ke3 Rg8 34. Rg1 Bd5 35. Rd1 Ke6 36. Rg1 h4 37. Be1 hxg3 38. Rxg3 1/2-1/2

[Event “ACC Simul”]
[Site “Toronto”]
[Date “2012.02.27”]
[Round “”]
[White “GM Alexei Shirov”]
[Black “David Rahenbrock”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “C88d”]
[EventDate “2012.02.27”]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 Bg4 9.h3 Bh5 10.d3 O-O 11.Nbd2 Na5 12.Bc2 c5 13.Nf1 Rc8 14.g4 Bg6 15.Ng3 Nc6 16.Nh4 Nd7 17.Nhf5 Re8 18.a4 b4 19.Bb3 a5 20.Qf3 Nf8 21.Nh5 Bxf5 22.Qxf5 Ne6 23.Bxe6 fxe6 24.Qxe6+ Kh8 25.Qf7 Rg8 26.Be3 g6 27.Ng3 Rf8 28.Qe6 Rf6 29.Qd5 Qf8 30.Rad1 Qf7 31.d4 Qxd5 32.exd5 Nb8 33.dxe5 dxe5 34.Ne4 Rf3 35.d6 1-0

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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)

Check CFC cross-table for updated ratings

# 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)

Check CFC cross-table for updated ratings

# 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)

Check CFC cross-table for updated ratings

# 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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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
http://www.canadianchess.info/2011canadianopen

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)

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Rolando Renteria Wins Early Summer Swiss

ACC Early Summer Swiss – Final Results

Here are the winners of the ACC Early Summer Swiss:

In the Premier section, Rolando Renteria won with a perfect 5.0/5 – and a new CFC rating of 2346; in the Reserve A section, Nick O’Bumsawin lost to young Zhanna Sametova in the final round, but still won with 4.0/5; and in the Reserve B section, Jack Maguire won with 4.5/5. Congratulations to all the winners!

Final results:

Premier (>1900)

See Premier cross-table at CFC site for updated ratings.

# Name ID# Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Rolando Renteria 152626 2175 W12 W2 W3 W8 W6 5.0
2 Stephen Fairbairn 111839 2062 W7 L1 W4 W6 U— 3.0
3 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2207 D6 W11 L1 W10 D8 3.0
4 Daniel Wiebe 132137 1904 W8 L7 L2 W12 W11 3.0
5 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2113 H— H— H— H— W9 3.0
6 Joseph Bellissimo 147544 1974 D3 W12 W10 L2 L1 2.5
7 Manuela Renteria 152627 1922 L2 W4 L8 D11 W10 2.5
8 Hugh Siddeley 120619 1998 L4 H— W7 L1 D3 2.0
9 Omaray M. Shah 121329 2004 H— H— H— H— L5 2.0
10 Bruce McKendry 111714 1916 W11 H— L6 L3 L7 1.5
11 Veacaslav Grecu 152239 2034 L10 L3 H— D7 L4 1.0
12 Joel T Graham 152317 1927 L1 L6 H— L4 U— 0.5

Reserve A Section (1600-1900)

See Reserve A cross-table at CFC site for updated ratings.

# Name ID# Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Nicholas O’Bumsawin 151261 1789 W5 W8 W3 W2 L4 4.0
2 Greg Beal 101490 1759 W4 D3 W8 L1 W6 3.5
3 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1814 W6 D2 L1 W9 W7 3.5
4 Zhanna Sametova 145911 1620 L2 D7 D9 W11 W1 3.0
5 Marcus Wilker 102713 1641 L1 W12 W6 W7 U— 3.0
6 Alejandro Renteria 152628 1699 L3 W9 L5 D8 L2 1.5
7 Zehn Nasir 148198 1743 L9 D4 W13 L5 L3 1.5
8 Yakos Spiliotopoulos 151471 1732 W12 L1 L2 D6 U— 1.5
9 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1604 W7 L6 D4 L3 U— 1.5
10 Robert Lin 143996 1174 U— U— U— U— W11 1.0
11 Claire Li 152713 1343 U— U— U— L4 L10 0.0
12 Hashim Kammoona unr. L8 L5 U— U— U— 0.0
13 Jennifer Ugodnikov 151196 1097 U— U— L7 U— U— 0.0

Reserve B (<1600)

See Reserve B cross-table at CFC site for updated ratings.

# Name ID# Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Jack Maguire 144604 1553 W7 D4 W2 W8 W9 4.5
2 Dan Geambasu 134119 1565 W6 W12 L1 W5 W11 4.0
3 Shabnam Abbarin 151181 1466 H— H— H— W12 W10 3.5
4 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1214 W13 D1 L5 W7 U— 2.5
5 Raymond Lin 150193 883 H— H— W4 L2 H— 2.5
6 Jean-Marc David 151900 1123 L2 H— W11 W13 U— 2.5
7 Danny O’Sullivan 152427 1066 L1 L8 W13 L4 W15 2.0
8 Ljudmila Milicevic 149533 1022 D14 W7 H— L1 U— 2.0
9 Yakos Spiliotopoulos 151471 1732 H— H— H— H— L1 2.0
10 Jennifer Ugodnikov 151196 1041 H— H— H— H— L3 2.0
11 Jason Waugh 152118 779 L12 W13 L6 H— L2 1.5
12 Aleksandra Milicevic 145865 1260 W11 L2 H— L3 U— 1.5
13 Neil Jain unr. L4 L11 L7 L6 W16 1.0
14 George Supol 152286 1450 D8 U— U— U— U— 0.5
15 Mitchell Schneider unr. U— U— U— U— L7 0.0
16 Barry Yung unr. U— U— U— U— L13 0.0
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