Tag Archives: toronto closed

2013 Toronto Closed Results

michael song and mark plotkin

Michael Song is 2013 Toronto Chess Champion

The Toronto Closed Chess Championship is an eight-player Round-Robin tournament that decides the annual Toronto Chess Champion. Sanctioned by the Greater Toronto Chess League, it was hosted once again this year at Annex Chess Club.

In the Championship section, Michael Song took the title of 2013 Toronto Chess Champion with a score of 5.5/7. Victor Plotkin and Roman Sapozhnikov tied for second with 5.0/7. In the Reserve section, Mark Plotkin took first with 6.5/7. Thank you to all participants for another great tournament, and congratulations to the winners!

Here are the complete results, with complete games from each round:

Toronto Closed Chess Championship

yee song
# 2013 Toronto Closed Championship CFC FIDE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Tot
1 Vladimir Birarov 2242 2166 × 0 ½ 1 0 0 0 1 2.5
2 FM Roman Sapozhnikov 2411 2535 1 × ½ 1 1 ½ 0 1 5.0
3 FM Michael Barron 2265 2179 ½ ½ × 0 0 1 ½ 1 3.5
4 Lorne Yee 2259 2191 0 0 1 × 0 0 0 1 2.0
5 Michael Song 2354 2189 1 0 1 1 × ½ 1 1 5.5
6 FM Victor Plotkin 2390 2214 1 ½ 0 1 ½ × 1 1 5.0
7 FM Michael Humphreys 2286 2150 1 1 ½ 1 0 0 × 1 4.5
8 Stephan Tonakanian 2136 1939 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 × 0.0

Toronto Closed – Reserves

# 2013 Toronto Closed Reserves CFC FIDE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Tot
1 Chris Udrea 1952 0 × 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 4.0
2 Roderigo Oliveira 1937 0 0 × 0 1 0 0 0 1 2.0
3 Mark Plotkin 2193 1928 1 1 × 1 ½ 1 1 1 6.5
4 Pepin Manalo 1841 1756 ½ 0 0 × 0 0 ½ 0 1.0
5 David Southam 2179 2101 ½ 1 ½ 1 × 1 1 ½ 5.5
6 Dmitry Chernik 1889 1938 ½ 1 0 1 0 × ½ 0 3.0
7 Zehn Nasir 2188 1889 ½ 1 0 ½ 0 ½ × ½ 3.0
8 Miroslav Stefanovic 1949 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 1 ½ × 3.0

Round One – April 15

Toronto Closed Championship:
Birarov 1-0 Tonakanian
Sapozhnikov 0-1 Humphreys
Barron 1-0 Plotkin
Yee 0-1 Song

Toronto Closed Reserves:
Udrea 1-0 Stefanovic
Oliveira 0-1 Nasir
Plotkin 1-0 Chernik
Manalo 0-1 Southam

Games from Round 1

Round Two – April 22

Toronto Closed Championship:
Tonakanian 0-1 Song
Plotkin 1-0 Yee
Humphreys 1/2 Barron
Birarov 0-1 Sapozhnikov

Toronto Closed Reserves:
Stefanovic 1/2 Southam
Chernik 1-0 Manalo
Nasir 0-1 Plotkin
Udrea 1-0 Oliveira

Games from Round 2

Round Three – April 29

Toronto Closed Championship:
Sapozhnikov 1-0 Tonakanian
Barron 1/2 Birarov
Yee – Humphreys (postponed)
Song 1/2 Plotkin

Toronto Closed Reserves:
Oliveira 1-0 Stefanovic
Plotkin 1-0 Udrea
Manalo 1/2 Nasir
Southam 1-0 Chernik

Games from Round 3

Round Four – May 6

Toronto Closed Championship:
Tonakanian 0-1 Plotkin
Humphreys 0-1 Song
Birarov 1-0 Yee
Sapozhnikov 1/2 Barron

Toronto Closed Reserves:
Stefanovic 1-0 Chernik
Nasir 0-1 Southam
Udrea 1/2 Manalo
Oliveira 0-1 Plotkin

Games from Round 4

Round Five – May 13

Toronto Closed Championship:
Barron – Tonakanian (postponed)
Yee 0-1 Sapozhnikov
Song 1-0 Birarov
Plotkin 1-0 Humphreys

Toronto Closed Reserves:
Plotkin 1-0 Stefanovic
Manalo 0-1 Oliveira
Southam 1/2 Udrea
Chernik 1/2 Nasir

Games from Round 5

Round Six – May 27

Toronto Closed Championship:
Tonakanian 0-1 Humphreys
Birarov 0-1 Plotkin
Sapozhnikov 1-0 Song
Barron 0-1 Yee

Toronto Closed Reserves:
Stefanovic 1/2 Nasir
Udrea 1/2 Chernik
Oliveira 0-1 Southam
Plotkin 1-0 Manalo

Games from Round 6

Round Seven – June 3

Toronto Closed Championship:
Yee 1-0 Tonakanian
Song 1-0 Barron
Plotkin ½-½ Sapozhnikov
Humphreys 1-0 Birarov

Toronto Closed Reserves:
Manalo 0-1 Stefanovic
Southam ½-½ Plotkin
Chernik 1-0 Oliveira
Nasir ½-½ Udrea

Makeup games – June 10

Toronto Closed Championship:
Yee 0-1 Humphreys (from Rd 3)
Barron 1-0 Tonakanian (from Rd 5)


Pairing Determinations

Pairing numbers were drawn on Monday, April 8 …

Toronto Closed Championship:
1 – Birarov, Vladimir
2 – Sapozhnikov, Roman
3 – Barron, Michael
4 – Yee, Lorne
5 – Song, Michael
6 – Plotkin, Victor
7 – Humphreys, Michael
8 – Tonakanian, Stephan

Pairings:
Rd 1: 1-8, 2-7, 3-6, 4-5. Rd 2: 8-5, 6-4, 7-3, 1-2. Rd 3: 2-8, 3-1, 4-7, 5-6. Rd 4: 8-6, 7-5, 1-4, 2-3. Rd 5: 3-8, 4-2, 5-1, 6-7. Rd 6: 8-7, 1-6, 2-5, 3-4. Rd 7: 4-8, 5-3, 6-2, 7-1.

Toronto Closed Reserves:
1 – Udrea, Chris
2 – Oliveira, Rodrigo
3 – Plotkin, Mark
4 – Manalo, Pepin
5 – Southam, David
6 – Chernik, Dmitry
7 – Nasir, Zehn
8 – Stefanovic, Miroslav

Pairings:
Rd 1: 1-8, 2-7, 3-6, 4-5. Rd 2: 8-5, 6-4, 7-3, 1-2. Rd 3: 2-8, 3-1, 4-7, 5-6. Rd 4: 8-6, 7-5, 1-4, 2-3. Rd 5: 3-8, 4-2, 5-1, 6-7. Rd 6: 8-7, 1-6, 2-5, 3-4. Rd 7: 4-8, 5-3, 6-2, 7-1.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on StumbleUponShare on Reddit

Toronto Closed 2013

toronto closed title

2013 Toronto Chess Championship – starting April 15

Annex Chess Club is proud to host the 2013 Toronto Closed Chess Championship. This year’s event is held on Monday nights at 918 Bathurst, starting April 15. The Toronto Closed is an annual event, sanctioned by the GTCL. The history of the tournament can be traced back to 1854.

The previous, 2012 Toronto Champion is Artiom Samsonkin.

Here are the last twelve years’ winners:

2012 Artiom Samsonkin
2011 Victor Plotkin
2010 Victor Plotkin
2009 Michael Barron
2008 Nikolay Noritsyn
2007 Michael Barron
2006 Leonid Gerzhoy
2005 Sami Ademi
2004 Tomas Krnan, Yaaqov Vaingorten
2003 Goran Prpic
2002 Isai Berengolts
2001 Brett Campbell

Registration

Grab a flyer/registration form for the 2013 Toronto Closed here.

2013 toronto closed flyer

The tournament runs on Monday nights, starting April 15. Rounds start at 7:30 pm. Please email for more information.

Please register at the front desk at 918 Bathurst any Monday night 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Note that the club is closed on the April 1 registration deadline. Pairing numbers will be drawn on April 8, at the GTCL Cup.

Pre-registered

# 2013 Toronto Closed Championship Rating FIDE CFC ID
1 FM Roman Sapozhnikov 2411 2535 138609
2 FM Victor Plotkin 2390 2214 142063
3 Michael Song 2354 2189 144236
4 FM Michael Humphreys 2286 2150 131628
5 FM Michael Barron 2265 2179 134840
6 Lorne Yee 2259 2191 100255
7 Vladimir Birarov 2242 2166 145968
* Stephan Tonakanian 2136 1939 150629
# 2013 Toronto Closed Reserve Rating FIDE CFC ID
9 Mark Plotkin 2193 1928 141086
10 Zehn Nasir 2188 1889 148198
11 David Southam 2179 2101 102535
12 Chris Udrea 1952 0 155000
13 Miroslav Stefanovic 1949 0 154500
14 Roderigo Oliveira 1937 0 152923
15 Dmitry Chernik 1889 1938 149932
16 Pepin Manalo 1841 1756 112277

* winner of the 2012 Toronto Closed Reserve qualifies automatically for the 2013 Championship

Pairings and Results

The tournament is under way! Check updated results, standings, and future pairings on the Toronto Closed Results post.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on StumbleUponShare on Reddit

Artiom Samsonkin wins the 2012 Toronto Closed

2012 Toronto Closed Chess Championship

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

Photos


2012 Toronto Closed Championship

IM Artiom Samsonkin

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

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

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

Round 1 (March 26):

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

Round 1 games:

.pgn game file

Round 2 (April 2):

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

Round 2 games:

.pgn game file

Round 3 (April 16):

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

Round 3 games:

.pgn game file

Round 4 (April 23):

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

Round 4 games:

.pgn game file

Round 5 (April 30):

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

Round 5 games:

.pgn game file

Round 6 (May 7):

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

Round 6 games:

.pgn game file

Round 7 (May 14):

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

Round 7 games:

.pgn game file

Round 8 (May 28):

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

Round 8 games:

.pgn game file

Round 9 (June 4):

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

Round 9 games:

.pgn game file


2012 Toronto Closed – Reserve Section

Stephan Tonakanian

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

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

Round 1 (March 26):

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

Round 2 (April 2):

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

Round 3 (April 16):

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

Round 4 (April 23):

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

Round 5 (April 30):

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

Round 6 (May 7):

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

Round 7 (May 14):

# White result Black result note
1 Daniel Zotkin ½ Juliaan Posaratnanathan ½
2 Mark Plotkin 1 Zehn Nasir 0
3 Manuela Renteria 0 Dmitry Chernik 1
4 Stephan Tonakanian 1 Alejandro Renteria 0
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on StumbleUponShare on Reddit

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
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on StumbleUponShare on Reddit

Register for the 2012 Toronto Closed

2012 Toronto Closed Chess Championship starts Monday March 26

The Toronto Closed Chess Championship is an annual event, sanctioned by the GTCL. The history of the tournament can be traced back to 1854.

Games in the 2012 Toronto Closed will be played on Monday nights, March 26 to June 4, with rounds starting at 7:30 pm.

The Championship section of the Toronto Closed is a 10-player Round-Robin, open to the highest-rated Toronto chess players who apply. (Note, also, that last year’s Champion and last year’s Reserve section winner are automatically eligible for the Championship section)

The Reserve section of the Toronto Closed is an 8-player Round Robin, for the next eight highest-rated Toronto chess players. The winner will be automatically eligible for next year’s Championship section.

Players who do not qualify for either section will have their entry fees refunded.

  • Entry fee: $90 (Note that CFC membership is required) Register online now!

The tournament has started!


Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on StumbleUponShare on Reddit