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Zehn Nasir wins ACC Patio Weather Swiss!

Annex Chess Club – Patio Weather Swiss Tournament

Bring on the patio weather! In honour of all the great patios gearing up for patio season, Annex Chess Club is launching our first annual ACC Patio Weather Swiss.

The tournament finished on June 11.

Round 5 (June 11)

After leading the U1500 section the whole way through, Shabnam Abbarin fell in the last round to Milan Cvetkovic, who is becoming a bit of a nemesis for her. In the end, the two finished tied with young Nicole Birarov for the lead at 4.0/5. But on tie-break, Shabnam is still the winner!

In the U1900 section, Hayk Oganesyan powered through with a perfect 5.0/5, finishing a full point and a half ahead of his closest section rivals. Congratulations, Hayk!

And in the top section, after a tight race, one player finished ahead of the rest – undefeated and leading by a full point at 4.0/5. Congratulations, Zehn Nasir, you are the inaugural ACC Patio Weather Swiss champion!

Zehn Nasir

See full standings, below (W = win; L = loss; D = draw; H = half-point bye; U = zero-point bye; X = forfeit win; F = forfeit loss).

We have some exciting events coming up the next couple of weeks. Then our next regular Swiss starts July 9 at 7:30 pm.

Final Results (after all five rounds)

Annex Patio Weather Swiss: Top section

# Name ID# Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Zehn Nasir 148198 1838 H— H— W7 W9 W4 4.0
2 Geordie Derraugh 132393 2181 D5 W6 D3 L4 W8 3.0
3 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2093 W13 D9 D2 W5 U— 3.0
4 Pavel Peev 122223 2114 H— H— W9 W2 L1 3.0
5 Daniel Wiebe 132137 1920 D2 W11 H— L3 X7 3.0
6 Pepin Manalo 112277 1815 H— L2 L13 W10 W9 2.5
7 Adrian David Valencia 153521 2015 H— H— L1 W11 F5 2.0
8 Juliaan Posaratnanathan 146059 1937 H— H— U— W13 L2 2.0
9 Hugh Siddeley 120619 1994 W10 D3 L4 L1 L6 1.5
10 Omid Nemati 130676 1796 L9 W13 L11 L6 D12 1.5
11 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2054 H— L5 W10 L7 U— 1.5
12 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1770 H— H— U— U— D10 1.5
13 Carlos Romero Alfonso 153128 1896 L3 L10 W6 L8 U— 1.0
14 Ed Zator 105675 1893 H— U— U— U— U— 0.5

Annex Patio Weather Swiss: U1900 section

# Name ID# Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Hayk Oganesyan 152587 1686 W5 W7 W15 W2 W4 5.0
2 Jiaxin Liu 149747 1544 W17 W11 W8 L1 D6 3.5
3 Marcus Wilker 102713 1630 L8 W9 H— W12 W7 3.5
4 Chris Wehrfritz 151679 1625 L10 W5 W16 W13 L1 3.0
5 Jack Maguire 144604 1499 L1 L4 W9 W15 X14 3.0
6 Greg Beal 101490 1742 L7 D16 W11 W14 D2 3.0
7 Bill Thornton 131181 1564 W6 L1 D12 W16 L3 2.5
8 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1757 W3 W15 L2 H— U— 2.5
9 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1490 L15 L3 L5 W11 W16 2.0
10 Yakos Spiliotopoulos 151471 1686 W4 H— H— U— U— 2.0
11 Peter McNelly 106141 1761 H— L2 L6 L9 W15 1.5
12 Zhanna Sametova 145911 1676 H— D13 D7 L3 U— 1.5
13 Nicholas O'Bumsawin 151261 1749 H— D12 H— L4 U— 1.5
14 Manuela Renteria 152627 1667 H— H— H— L6 F5 1.5
15 Ulli Diemer 1686 W9 L8 L1 L5 L11 1.0
16 Abdolreza Radpey 149018 1432 H— D6 L4 L7 L9 1.0
17 Adie Todd 125156 1734 L2 H— U— U— U— 0.5

Annex Patio Weather Swiss: U1500 section

# Name ID# Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Shabnam Abbarin 151181 1334 W9 W12 W5 W6 L3 4.0
2 Nicole Birarov 150335 1248 W8 L6 W12 W19 W5 4.0
3 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1236 W18 W16 H— D4 W1 4.0
4 George Supol 152286 1394 W11 L5 W9 D3 W19 3.5
5 Jean-Marc David 151900 1150 W13 W4 L1 W11 L2 3.0
6 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 1054 W7 W2 W16 L1 U— 3.0
7 James Mourgelas 108540 1394 L6 H— H— W15 W12 3.0
8 Francis He 153130 877 L2 B— F13 W18 W11 3.0
9 Larissa Souchko 145490 1053 L1 W18 L4 D10 W16 2.5
10 Dennis Li 988 L16 L11 W19 D9 X15 2.5
11 Ian Prittie 1111 L4 W10 W17 L5 L8 2.0
12 Raymond Lin 150193 946 B— L1 L2 W16 L7 2.0
13 Stefan Catona 129405 1146 L5 W19 X8 U— U— 2.0
14 Rowan James 1063 H— H— U— U— W18 2.0
15 Alejandro Renteria 152628 1422 H— H— H— L7 F10 1.5
16 Jacques Katz 1302 W10 L3 L6 L12 L9 1.0
17 Nick Harding unr. H— H— L11 U— U— 1.0
18 Brian Groat unr. L3 L9 H— L8 L14 0.5
19 Christopher Field 108098 1261 H— L13 L10 L2 L4 0.5

Round 1 (May 7)

First-round mismatches saw numerous instances of the higher-rated player crushing the underdog, but also a couple of upsets. Young Jiaxin Liu defeated Adie Todd after Adie blundered into a classic knight fork; and Bill Thornton managed to take down Greg Beal.

Round 2 (May 14)

After two rounds, the pack of leaders is shrinking in each section. In the top section, nobody is perfect, but there’s a four-way tie at one and a half points. Omid Nemati, who won the U1900 section last tournament (but got crushed last week in the top section) is now proving he deserves the promotion: he won his Round-2 game against Carlos Romero.

In the middle section, there’s a three-way tie at two points. Among the leaders is ten-year-old Jiaxin Liu, who answered her upset win in Round 1 with another win in Round 2 – this time over Peter McNelly, who was playing his first rated game after a seven-year hiatus.

Finally, in the bottom section, there’s a four-way tie at two points. Notably, the lead pack includes Jean-Marc David. He took a break from club tournaments for a while, but is evidently back with a vengeance in this one.

Round 3 (May 28)

After a week off for the Victoria Day long weekend, the ACC Patio Swiss is back in action!

While pairs of leaders are breaking out of the pack in the bottom two sections, there’s tough competition in the top group – and in fact the leader pack is growing: Wajdy Shebetah and Geordie Derraugh drew, Dan Wiebe took a bye, and two new tournament entries (Pavel Peev and Zehn Nasir) powered up to the leader group with a win apiece – all five players have 2.0/3.

In the middle (U1900) section, two youngsters are tied for the lead. Dora (Jiaxin) Liu and Hayk Oganesyan both still have perfect scores, at 3.0/3. They are due to face each other next round.

In the bottom (U1500) section, there’s a tie between Shabnam Abbarin (and she’s doing great work off the board as well, volunteering at the front desk) and newcomer, Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy – both have perfect 3.0/3 scores. They too should face off next round.

Round 4 (June 4)

The log jam at the top of the Premier section is settling a little, and just three players remain tied for the lead. Wajdy Shebetah, Pavel Peev, and Zehn Nasir won this round, and share the lead at 3.0/4.

In the middle (U1900) section, Hayk Oganesyan defeated Dora Liu, and he goes into the last round with a perfect score of 4.0/4.

Finally, Shabnam Abbarin is not only taking care of the front desk, but she’s taking care of all comers in the U1500 section, still unstoppable with a perfect 4.0/4 record going into the last round.

Patios in the Annex

From roof tops to street fronts to back alleys, there are lots of great patios in the Annex and around Toronto. Search Toronto patios or Annex patios for lots of great options, and enjoy the spring and early summer weather in the city!

The patio outside the Victory Café,
581 Markham, in the Annex

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

Annex Players at Hart House

2011 Hart House Holidays Open – December 16 to 18

Lots of ACC players were among the 122 participants in the Hart House Holidays Open this weekend. (Check final results.) Here are some pictures (courtesy Egis Zeromskis):

Zehn Nasir, U2200 section

Chris Wehrfritz, =2nd U1600

Shabnam Abbarin, U1900 section

Alex Ferreira, U2200 section

Dave Southam, Open section

Liza Orlova, =2nd U2200, running post-game analysis
(with Arthur Calugar, Nick O'Bumsawin, and Matthew Nicholson)

Alex Ferreira wins ACC Holiday Swiss!

2011 ACC Holiday Swiss – Final Results (January 23)

With Michael Humphreys, Rolando Renteria, and David Southam playing full-time in the GTCL Premier League, it was Alex Ferreira who finished on top of the Premier section in clear first with 3.5/5. Congratulations, Alex!

In the Reserve A section, young Danny Zotkin finished first with 3.5/5. (Adie Todd finished tied at 3.5/5, but since she has taken 3 byes, Danny wins the tie break.)

Finally, in Reserve C, Hooshang Abbarin took first with an impressive 5.0/5. Perfect score!

Here are the complete results through Round 5:

Premier (>1900)

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2025 W11 L9 H— W6 W3 3.5
2 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2086 W7 D10 L8 H— W6 3.0
3 Pavel Peev 122223 2146 H— W5 H— W8 L1 3.0
4 Adrian David Valencia 1883 H— H— L6 W12 W7 3.0
5 Carlos Romero Alfonso 153128 1975 L9 L3 L7 W11 W12 2.0
6 Zehn Nasir 148198 1843 H— H— W4 L1 L2 2.0
7 Juliaan Posaratnanathan 146059 1878 L2 H— W5 H— L4 2.0
8 Hugh Siddeley 120619 1982 H— H— W2 L3 U— 2.0
9 Michael Humphreys 131628 2298 W5 W1 U— U— U— 2.0
10 David Southam 102535 2154 W13 D2 U— U— U— 1.5
11 Venci Ivanov 153031 1862 L1 L13 W12 L5 F14 1.0
12 Daniel Wiebe 132137 1931 H— H— L11 L4 L5 1.0
13 Robert Bzikot 132541 1949 L10 W11 U— U— U— 1.0
14 Sahir Abbas unr. U— U— U— U— F11 0.0

Reserve A (>1500)

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1673 H— W7 W14 L13 W9 3.5
2 Adie Todd 125156 1667 H— H— W4 H— W3 3.5
3 Yakos Spiliotopoulos 151471 1689 H— D11 W10 H— L2 2.5
4 Manuela Renteria 152627 1743 H— H— L2 D7 W13 2.5
5 Nicholas O'Bumsawin 151261 1781 W8 H— W9 U— U— 2.5
6 Fernando Marshal 104895 1958 H— H— H— W14 U— 2.5
7 Marcus Wilker 102713 1679 L15 L1 W13 D4 D8 2.0
8 Hayk Oganesyan 152587 1582 L5 D13 L12 W10 D7 2.0
9 Edmond Jodhi 150171 1693 W13 H— L5 D11 L1 2.0
10 Alejandro Renteria 152628 1415 H— H— L3 L8 W16 2.0
11 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1814 H— D3 H— D9 U— 2.0
12 Erik Malmsten 100196 1852 H— H— W8 U— U— 2.0
13 Jack Maguire 144604 1528 L9 D8 L7 W1 L4 1.5
14 Mohammad Zaki Uddin 152024 1826 W16 D15 L1 L6 U— 1.5
15 Zehn Nasir 148198 1843 W7 D14 U— U— U— 1.5
16 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1475 L14 H— H— H— L10 1.5

Reserve B (U1500)

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Hooshang Abbarin 152910 1470 W2 W17 W12 W3 W8 5.0
2 Bill Thornton 131181 1290 L1 W7 W5 W4 W6 4.0
3 Christopher Field 108098 1298 W10 L4 W16 L1 W11 3.0
4 Shabnam Abbarin 151181 1255 W20 W3 W10 L2 L5 3.0
5 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1190 D12 D8 L2 D10 W4 2.5
6 Jean-Marc David 151900 1116 H— L14 W11 W15 L2 2.5
7 Bazil Whitehead 153156 unr. H— L2 W9 H— D13 2.5
8 George Supol 152286 1363 H— D5 H— W21 L1 2.5
9 Larissa Souchko 145490 1157 H— L12 L7 H— W16 2.0
10 James Mourgelas 108540 1485 L3 W20 L4 D5 U— 1.5
11 Dennis Li 153129 1077 D19 U— L6 W22 L3 1.5
12 Dan Geambasu 134119 1395 D5 W9 L1 U— U— 1.5
13 Stefan Catona 129405 1178 U— U— U— W16 D7 1.5
14 Erik Malmsten 100196 1852 H— W6 U— U— U— 1.5
15 Stone Hu unr. H— H— H— L6 U— 1.5
16 Raymond Lin 150193 951 H— H— L3 L13 L9 1.0
17 Alexandre Johnson 109239 1449 W18 L1 U— U— U— 1.0
18 Dave Rutt unr. L17 U— U— U— B— 1.0
19 Anton Zverev 150115 1311 D11 U— U— U— U— 0.5
20 Chris Wehrfritz 151679 1399 L4 L10 U— U— U— 0.0
21 Neil Jain 152915 482 U— U— U— L8 U— 0.0
22 Brian Groat unr. U— U— U— L11 U— 0.0

Round 2 (December 19)

After two rounds of play, Michael Humphreys is continuing his domination of the top section. After winning the 2011 Fall Swiss with a perfect 5.0/5, record, he’s off to a 2.0/2 start in this club Swiss, too.

Hopefully, Michael continues his winning streak on January 9, when he plays board 1 for ACC in the first match of the GTCL Premier League season!

In the Reserve A section, there’s a five-way tie for the lead: Zaki Uddin, Zehn Nasir, Nick O’Bumsawin, Edmond Jodhi, and Danny Zotkin all have 1.5/2. They’re all strong contenders, and it’s anyone’s guess who’ll come out on top in the next three rounds.

Meanwhile, in Reserve B, the father-and-daughter combination of Hooshang Abbarin and Shabnam Abbarin are tearing it up with 2.0/2 records. They are currently in a two-way tie for the lead.

Finally, special thanks to Alex Ferreira, who filled in for our regular TD, Hugh Siddeley. Only Alex can re-pair a section by hand – and take care of a finicky printer – while simultaneously entertaining the crowd with chess stories from the good old days!

Round 4 (January 16)

With the GTCL Premier League under way, the Premier section has been decimated – Michael Humphreys, Rolando Renteria, and David Southam have dropped out to play the top boards for the ACC team. Pavel Peev (who took a round off himself to play for the ACC team) is leading what remains of the section with 3.0/4.

In the super-competitive Reserve A section, Nick O’Bumsawin, is leading with 3.0/4 – but there are five hungry hounds chomping at his heels, half a point behind. Nick can take clear first with a win next round. Otherwise we’re liable to end up with a tie at the top of this section.

In the Reserve B section, Hooshang Abbarin is leading with a perfect score of 4.0/4. The question is, will he be ready to face his daughter Shabnam Abbarin (currently tied for second at 3.0/4) in the last round?