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Thank you, Tyler!

Tyler Longo
Tyler Longo

If you’ve played chess at Annex or at many other events around Toronto, you’ve no doubt seen Tyler Longo behind the desk keeping the tournament running smoothly. We want to thank Tyler for his years of dedication as Tournament Arbiter (since 2013) and also as President (since 2015) of Annex Chess Club.

The 2016 Summer Swiss will be Tyler’s last gig as Arbiter at ACC. We are currently putting together a roster of people to take his place directing our club tournaments, since no one person can do what he’s been doing.

Thank you, Tyler!

Tyler will continue as a member of the club and a director on the Board, and hopefully he’ll soon be back playing in our club tournaments.

Tyler Longo and Alex Ferreira
Tyler Longo and Alex Ferreira
George Supol and Tyler Longo at Harbourfront Centre
George Supol and Tyler Longo at Harbourfront Centre
Good luck, Tyler!
Good luck, Tyler!

ACC Year End Rapid

Year End Rapid – Dec 15

The Year End Rapid sees 32 players in a single section, playing six rounds at a time control of 10 minutes per player for the game, with an increment of 5 seconds per move.
At the end of the night it’s a tie between Jonathan Yu and Tyler Longo, with 5.0/6. An honorary share of first place also goes to Daniel Zotkin, who is tied for the lead after 5 rounds, but leaves after round 5, believing it to be the last round!

Chess-Results Standings. Year End Rapid

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd 6.Rd Points
1 Yu Jonathan 2163 CAN 23w1 6b1 4w0 8b1 15w1 9b1 5
2 Longo Tyler 2011 CAN 29w1 22b0 17w1 28b1 4w1 7b1 5
3 Wiebe Daniel 2061 CAN 17w1 13b1 8w0 22b½ 20w1 4b+ 4.5
4 Zotkin Daniel 2013 CAN 18b1 15w1 1b1 9w1 2b0 3w- 4
5 Evans Bill 2064 CAN 21b1 8w0 20w1 12b1 7w0 15b1 4
6 Ibrahim Ismail 2000 CAN 25b1 1w0 15b0 30w1 17b1 11w1 4
7 Siddeley Hugh 2105 CAN 15b0 10w1 23b1 24w1 5b1 2w0 4
8 Malmsten Erik 1934 CAN 27w1 5b1 3b1 1w0 9b0 14w1 4
9 Mendoza Armand Jess 2043 CAN 30w1 12b1 22w1 4b0 8w1 1w0 4
10 Bzikot Robert 2083 CAN 19w½ 7b0 29w1 20b0 21w1 22b1 3.5
11 Stefanovic Miroslav 1986 CAN 26w1 20b½ 14w0 19b1 22w1 6b0 3.5
12 Mahoney Ian 1808 CAN 31b1 9w0 30b1 5w0 28w1 13b½ 3.5
13 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1940 CAN 16b1 3w0 28b0 25w1 26b1 12w½ 3.5
14 Nash Barry 2059 CAN 22b0 25w1 11b1 15w0 24b1 8b0 3
15 England Max 1625 CAN 7w1 4b0 6w1 14b1 1b0 5w0 3
16 Cvetkovic Milan 1261 CAN 13w0 23b0 18b1 17w0 30b1 24w1 3
17 Diemer Ulli 1603 CAN 3b0 31w1 2b0 16b1 6w0 26w1 3
18 David Jean-Marc 1397 CAN 4w0 27b0 16w0 29b1 31w1 28b1 3
19 Armstrong Robert J. 1618 CAN 10b½ 24w0 21b1 11w0 23b1 20b½ 3
20 Humphreys Michael 2329 CAN 24b1 11w½ 5b0 10w1 3b0 19w½ 3
21 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1604 CAN 5w0 29b½ 19w0 27b1 10b0 30w1 2.5
22 Zhou Qi 1535 CAN 14w1 2w1 9b0 3w½ 11b0 10w0 2.5
23 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1642 CAN 1b0 16w1 7w0 26b0 19w0 31b1 2
24 Sobrepere Josep 1786 CAN 20w0 19b1 27w1 7b0 14w0 16b0 2
25 Morrison Richard 1356 CAN 6w0 14b0 31w1 13b0 27w0 29b1 2
26 Stevelic Marko 1288 CAN 11b0 28w0 32b1 23w1 13w0 17b0 2
27 Halim Howard 1066 CAN 8b0 18w1 24b0 21w0 25b1 0 2
28 Pirri Daniele 1546 CAN 0 26b1 13w1 2w0 12b0 18w0 2
29 Radpey Abdolreza 1392 CAN 2b0 21w½ 10b0 18w0 32b1 25w0 1.5
30 Abbarin Shabnam 1445 CAN 9b0 32w1 12w0 6b0 16w0 21b0 1
31 Souchko Larissa 1065 CAN 12w0 17b0 25b0 32w1 18b0 23w0 1
32 Pitt-Bradley Martin 887 CAN 0 30b0 26w0 31b0 29w0 0 0

Tie Break1: points (game-points)
Tie Break2: Direct Encounter (The results of the players in the same point group)
Tie Break3: The greater number of victories

There are several different ways to view the results at chess-results.com

Toronto Players in Reykjavik

TYLER LONGO | Reykjavik, ISL | 2014/03/05 (2014/03/11)

Tyler Longo

Hello! I decided to write about my experiences travelling to the N1 Reykjavik Open in Iceland. I’m travelling in a group of five Canadian players, including Geordie Derraugh, Daniel Abrahams, Alex Ferreira, Jonathan Farine, and myself. There are 12 Canadians total playing in the event, including GM Hansen and IMs Panjwani and Porper.

Full disclosure: I’m awful at writing… but there will be guest writers over the coming days.


Arrival – Tuesday March 4

Geordie and I took a red-eye Monday evening and arrived at Keflavik airport at 6:30 AM, the morning of Round One. The airport is about an hour out of town, so after loading up on some snacks and adult beverages at the duty-free, as we had heard food/drinks are extremely expensive in town, we hopped on a shuttle to the city. I wish I could say it was scenic, but the weather was a bit dreary.

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Our group rented a spacious apartment with a full kitchen and two bedrooms. Dan, Alex and Jonathan had arrived the morning before and were already settled in. On their free day, they had already explored the city and thankfully did some grocery shopping.

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After a quick nap we were off to the tournament for Round One. The tournament is being played in a beautiful new music hall called Harpa, right on the harbour. The whole building is based on an open modern concept, with hallways connecting the various large rooms. The playing hall is large and spacious, and overlooks the Reykjavik harbour, with the two adjoining rooms used for live commentary and skittles. The organizers are doing a great job, and the whole tournament feels extremely professional.

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Round 1 – Tuesday evening

In Round One I played black against Gudmundur Kjartansson, a friendly 26-year-old IM from Iceland. I decided that I was going to use some of these lopsided matchups to work on my dismal opening repertoire, so I tried to go for a Hedgehog type position I was unfamiliar with. Unfortunately my lack of comfort showed and I was slowly and completely outplayed.

The real story of Round 1 was Dan drawing 2700-rated Li Chao on board 2, an amazing result! He was even winning at one point. Alex had jokingly promised to buy Dan two beers if he had won, so we all agreed one drink was fair.



Round 2 – Wednesday March 5

Wednesday would be the only day with two rounds played. In the morning I played white against a 1500-rated Icelandic player. I achieved a great position in the Semi-Slav, with a big centre and a bishop pair. Slowly he ran out of space and around move 27 his position crumbled.

Round 3 – Wednesday evening

In the evening round I was black against Johan-Sebastian Christiansen, a 15-year-old master from Norway. I got a decent Reti position which I prepared out of the opening. Unfortunately I used most of my time for the first 20 moves, and found myself with only about 30 minutes to make the time control. The position was more or less equal until he allowed 25… c4!, after which Black is clearly better. Despite my lack of good technique (which was witnessed in all its glory by Henrik Carlsen, Magnus’ father… apparently some faces of disgust were made) I eventually won. I only had time to quickly annotate it.

Unfortunately in Round 3, Alex and Geordie were paired against each other, a pretty miserable situation after travelling this far for a tournament.

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My score is now 2/3, a great start! In Round 4 I’ll be white against Alexandr Ponomarenko, a 21-year-old IM from Ukraine. Tomorrow morning we are going with a group from the tournament on a tour of the Golden Circle, which includes some of Iceland’s geological wonders, as well a quick stop to Bobby Fischer’s grave. I’ll share some more impressions of Reykjavik and Iceland over the coming days.


Golden Circle Tour – Thursday March 6

On Thursday, our group woke up early to take part in a tour of Iceland’s Golden Circle. There was so much interest from players in the event that the organizer sold enough tickets to fill two buses! The route took us to some of the geological wonders in central Iceland. Our first stop took us to Þingvellir, where the North American and European tectonic plates are drifting apart and form a spectacular rift valley. Our tour guide mentioned that this was an extremely popular spot for divers, as the visibility in the lake at the rift is unparalleled in the world. Unfortunately the visibility wasn’t ideal, but we still got some nice shots.



It’s amazing how the conditions change in a second here: One moment it will be snowing and you can barely see in front of you, and a few minutes later the sun will come out and you can see for kilometers. Our guide pointed out that this winter has been particularly rough, and most residents had to use winter tires this year (which I found hilarious coming from Toronto).

Our next stop took us to Gullfoss, a picturesque waterfall located in the canyon of Hvítá river. As someone who sees Niagara falls on a regular basis, I suppose I’ve been desensitized to waterfalls over the years, but this one is a sight to see. From a distance, it looks like a small waterfall:


Alex, the pioneer that he is, decided to walk over the chain into a restricted area to get a closer look. After seeing this, almost all 70 chess players in the group followed him. When you get closer, you can see some amazing views of the water plunging into a crevasse below



Our next stop took us to Haukadalur valley, an area with multiple geysers, including the frequently erupting Strokkur geyser. I’ve now learned first hand there are multiple stages to witnessing a geyser erupt: The first time, you’re in the area but completely don’t expect it. You ask your friends which one of the multiple geysers is going to erupt seconds before it happens, and then it scares the living daylights out of you. The second time, everyone is standing really close with their camera trying to get footage of it erupting, but the moment you let your guard down, it erupts and scares you all over again:

Our final stop was a newly founded Bobby Fischer Centre in Selfoss, with multiple pictures and paraphernalia from the 1972 World Championship match, and from his final days in Reykjavik. The former president of the Icelandic Chess Federation gave a great speech about that match and his experiences with Bobby. The trip also included a short stop to Fischer’s final resting place, in a small cemetery at a church near the Centre.


Round 4 – Thursday evening

The trip took us back to Harpa just minutes before the round, so I didn’t really have time to prepare for my game against IM Alexandr Ponomarenko. I played something I’m comfortable with, and had an acceptable position out of the opening. The interesting moment arose when he responded to e4 with e5. I responded with Raf1, after calculating a long variation which we played in the game. Unfortunately after the intended Rxf4 Qxf4 Bxb7, I assumed he could not play Qxd4 as I would just take on d8. Too bad my rook is pinned. One day I’ll learn the rules. I played on for a few moves in a losing ending, before calling it a day. I don’t have as much time to annotate my games in detail as I would have liked, but I present it here regardless:

Both Eric Hansen and Raja Panjwani were on the top boards in Round 4, and so far it looks like all the Canadians are playing well. You can see their results here.

In Round 5 I’m playing Marcel Marentini, a 2155-rated player from Switzerland. Friday is the first day where we can sleep in, so I look forward to being well rested for the round.


Round 5 – Friday March 7

Today was the first day that there were no activities planned, and no morning round. As a result, most of us slept in for the first time in days. We spent the afternoon preparing for our games and walking around the city, which included a brief visit to the Icelandic Phallological Museum (I’ll leave it at that).

Speaking of preparation, some players in our group prepare for their games in unusual ways (Jon, when he finds out he’s playing someone one of us has already played earlier in the event: “How was his handshake?… It’s so relevant!”)..

In Round 5 I was black against Marcel Marentini, a 2155 player from Switzerland. So far in this event, all of my white opponents have played 1. c4 against me, a move which you rarely see at my level in Canada. Marcel was no exception. We ended up transposing into a Queen’s Gambit exchange variation, and at some point I decided to ambitiously grab a pawn but allow him to attack my weak king. Then I grabbed a second pawn, and he got some more counterplay. Then I grabbed an exchange, because at this point I may as well. Eventually I gave the exchange back, and despite a couple missteps, had a winning Q+R ending. It was an extremely complicated game where I basically never had the initiative. Thankfully, I had all the material. My score is now 3/5, which I’m extremely happy with, given I’ve played up four times now. My goal coming into the event was to have a performance rating over 2200, and I’m hovering around that right now.

After the round, our group went to one of the local pubs for a couple of drinks around 10:00 PM. It was interesting to find out that apparently last call is 5:00 AM (in Canada it’s 2:00), and they don’t usually get busy until far later at night. Our game tomorrow is earlier in the afternoon, so we planned to have a later night and experience the nightlife another evening.

Saturday I’m paired against FM Awonder Liang, a 10-year-old(!) from the US rated 2237 whom Alex played earlier in the event.

Round 6 – Saturday March 8

The weekend rounds both start at 1:00 in the afternoon, so after a quick breakfast at our flat it was down to business. I was white against Awonder Liang, an extremely young FM from the US who has broken enough age-related records to have his own Wikipedia page. I got a playable position out of the opening, but I started making some small inaccuracies that made it extremely difficult to develop my kingside. I lost in 49 moves. I was pretty disappointed in myself as until this game I felt like I was playing pretty well, but for some reason for this game I couldn’t really put up a fight.

We spent some time preparing for the game the night before, and Alex and Jon both decided to play a similar variation of the French. They were also on side-by-side boards. Early in the round, I wandered over to to see the same position on both boards after the 7th move. I can only imagine what their opponents must have been thinking when they noticed their Canadian opponents were playing the same moves against them (they both immediately deviated when I walked by).

Saturday night was the Even Steven tournament, a blitz event where lower-rated players get time odds depending on their Elo difference. Of all the blitz events I’ve played in at open tournaments, this one was by far the most enjoyable. It was extremely casual, even with multiple titled players. Almost everyone had a beer by their side. I didn’t play particularly well but that’s OK… I even lost to Geordie which is pretty surprising given our past blitz results.

After the blitz tournament on Saturday, our group decided we should try to experience the nightlife. I can honestly say it was one of the more enjoyable nights I’ve had in a long time. We went to a pub at around midnight, and the first thing we noticed was a large wheel hanging over the bar with multiple slots with different drink amounts ranging from 1 beer to 8 beers (I’ll get a picture of it soon!). You pay 2000 kr (about $20) to spin it; after quickly calculating the expected value of the proposition, and realizing it was a slight ripoff, Jon and I split a spin anyways and immediately won 8 pints (an 18-1 shot). Our group ended up spinning it three more times that night, and somehow won 8 pints again twice more.

In general, Icelanders are extremely friendly. The pub was completely packed, but many people made a point to approach us and strike up a conversation. Our group ended up getting split up as we were all busy talking to our new friends, including a handful of Icelanders, a delightful couple from England and a mother and daughter from the US. In the end I had a lot of free drinks that night, a favour I’ll have to repay one day! At the end of the night, Alex was extremely popular as everyone wanted to buy his shirt, but they were disappointed to find out they would have to travel all the way to Canada to find their own. We stayed until last call around 5 AM.


Round 7 – Sunday March 9

Obviously some of us were a little exhausted for the early afternoon round on Sunday. The first thing I noticed when I walked into the hall, were the multiple cameras trying to get an interview with Garry Kasparov, who’s visiting the tournament as part of his campaign for FIDE presidency. He’ll also be on site tomorrow.

I was paired against Tobias Hellwig, a 2180-rated player from Germany. I really didn’t have time to prepare, but my opponent did as he immediately side-stepped all the Queen’s Gambit Accepted variations that I’m comfortable with by playing 2. g3. Regardless, I got a great position with a free attack on his king, and was completely winning at multiple points during the game. Unfortunately, I again used too much time in the opening and found myself with about 10 minutes to make 20 moves. I missed the best continuation a couple of times, and eventually lost my advantage. I then compounded my error by stubbornly continuing to play for a win, and of course I then lost. It was extremely frustrating to say the least, but I’m still having a good tournament with 3/7, and a performance rating hovering around 2100. At least our group is performing far beyond their level, as Jon won again against a master and now has 4.5/7.

Tomorrow I’m paired against Dagur Kjartansson, a 1600-rated player from Iceland. We’re also hoping to do a Northern Lights tour, weather permitting. I also promise there will be more pictures in the next entry (I haven’t taken anywhere near as many as I would like).


Round 8 – Monday March 10

On Monday the round didn’t start until the evening so we had a free morning and afternoon. Most of us decided to take it easy and prepare for our games but Edward Porper and Dan Kazmaier, two Canadians from the west coast, decided to rent a car for the day to do some exploring of a nearby volcano, and invited some of our group along. Daniel Abrahams ended up being the only one of us to accept their offer, and set off to the Harpa to meet them at 9:30 am. Unfortunately, the rented smart car was a little light for Icelandic weather and they found themselves struggling through thick clouds, heavy winds, and unplowed roads. For several stretches the car couldn’t top 30 kilometers per hour, and at one point was felled by snow getting stuck in the chassis. The trip was abandoned before the desired end when it was decided that the car could not both make it all the way to the volcano and back to Reykjavik in time for the tournament, and also that the car might end up stranded too far from civilization. Turning around had to be assisted by a couple of human pushes since the road was too small, even for the smart car. At least it sounded like a great adventure (and secretly I’m a bit jealous as the morning was a complete wash)

Before the round I snapped a couple of pictures of Harpa and the playing hall:




The weather is still pretty dreary:


Garry Kasparov was in Reykjavik as part of his campaign for the FIDE presidency, and stopped by the tournament hall for a book signing and a very awkward speech before the round. It was extremely busy so getting a good picture was hard, but Jon managed to snap a shot of him signing a copy of My Great Predecessors for my friend Daniel Wiebe:


In Round 8 I was white against Dagur Kjartansson, a 1662 from Iceland (with a great handshake!). I went for another Colle-Zukertort, a position with which I’m extremely comfortable, but at some point I overestimated my chances and started making some mistakes. I completely missed the defensive resource 19… Bc6, and overreacted so I decided to sacrifice an exchange for a protected pass pawn and some attacking chances. From that point on I kept making some inaccuracies, but thankfully Dagur never really capitalized on them and I eventually won on move 34. Neither of the last two rounds I’ve played has been ideal, and I suspect the length of the tournament is taking its toll (I haven’t played a long open tournament in a couple of years now).

Hopefully I can recover tomorrow with the black pieces against Sverrir Orn Bjornsson, rated 2126 from Iceland. Tomorrow features another Hart House match-up, this time between Jon and Geordie. It’s unfortunate that we travel halfway across the Atlantic to face who we normally do on a Friday night. Alex jokingly vowed never to travel to a chess tournament again unless everyone has identical ratings, to avoid these unfortunate in-house pairings.


Round 9 – Tuesday March 11

Tuesday was the first day where the weather was more cooperative. Most of the snow had melted, and the sun actually came out for the first time. As a group we had discussed taking a visit to the Blue Lagoon, a natural outdoor spa about an hour outside of Reykjavik. The trip was extremely expensive though (almost $100), so only Alex and Jon decided to go. Geordie, Dan and I decided to take a trip to the Pearl, a glass structure on top of a large hill in downtown Reykjavik used for geothermal water storage. The visibility was great today, and you could get some outstanding views of the city and the surrounding mountains. When we went on the Golden Circle tour, our tour guide pointed out a new “skyscraper” in downtown Reykjavik, which was causing a fuss with some of the locals (I guess they feel it’s an eyesore). By Toronto standards, it’s tiny, but it’s unique enough in the skyline that you can distinctly see it from the Pearl.




For the ninth round, I was black against Sverrir Orn Bjornsson, a 2126-rated player from Iceland. I played the Queen’s Gambit Accepted, my main response against 1. d4, and it was immediately clear that he was uncomfortable. I won a pawn quickly in a queen-less middlegame, giving him some counterplay, but nothing serious. Throughout the game I had a good position, but over the next 30 moves I was having trouble finding the best way to untangle my pieces. Eventually I got in time trouble (again), and just blundered the game away. I didn’t have time to annotate this game, and it’s extremely complicated, but the losing mistake was 32… Rf8 which just gives up an exchange by force. I was extremely annoyed with myself. Throughout the tournament I’ve been having trouble converting great positions, and have even stubbornly turned some of my winning positions into losses, when they should at the very least be easily drawn. After we ate dinner, some of the guys pointed out that getting good positions against stronger players is the first step towards improving; I just need to work on converting them into wins. I’ll probably spend more time working on my endings over the next few months.

Alex, Geordie, and I withdrew after this round, as the flights back to Toronto were significantly cheaper tomorrow than on Thursday. My final result then is 4/9, with a performance rating of 2045, and gaining 13.5 Elo. My goal was to perform over 2200, so I didn’t quite meet my goal, but I feel like I played at that level for at least the first six rounds. The last three rounds were a different story, and I’m sure fatigue and the dreary weather were both factors. Jon is having a great tournament worth mentioning, and is gaining some 50 Elo (his K is still 30 as he’s newly established, but this is still a great result).

I’ll write one more entry tomorrow, as we have a few hours to kill before our evening flight and plan on doing some more exploring.

More coverage of the 2014 Reykjavik Open

The tournament runs March 4 to 12. Most rounds start at 16:30 Reykjavik time (11:30 EST/12:30 EDT), but weekend rounds are at 13:00 (8:00 EST/9:00 EDT) and the final round is at 12:00 (8:00 EDT).

  • Visit the official site;
  • check the results page;
  • watch the live stream with FM Ingvar Johannesson and WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni;
  • ingvar and fiona

  • … and check back here for updates from Tyler about our Toronto players in Reykjavik!


ACC Summer Festival Swiss – Results

toronto street festival banner
From big summer festivals like Pride and Caribana to smaller events like Salsa on St. Clair or the Annex Festival on Bloor, it’s a rare summer weekend in Toronto that doesn’t have an outdoor or street festival happening somewhere in the city. We’re naming our July-August summer club tournament in honour of all these great events.

This five-round club tournament (with Tyler Longo as arbiter) runs July 15 to August 19. Players are divided by CFC rating into three sections: Crown, Under-1900, and Under-1500. Rounds start at 7:30 pm on Monday nights. (Note that the club will be closed Monday, August 5 for the civic holiday, Simcoe Day.)

Round One – July 15

With some players away at the Canadian Open in Ottawa, some away on vacation in Europe and elsewhere, and one new member joining – welcome to the club, David Fletcher! – it’s nice to see that our starting numbers (at 34 players, total) are only slightly down compared with recent events. New players are welcome to join the tournament in Round Two, next week – it’s never too late to enter! (Just make sure you let us know before 7 pm.)

This event marks Tyler Longo’s first time as chief arbiter at the ACC, and he does a great job getting the tournament off and running with hardly a hitch. Nice work, Tyler!

At the end of the night, while the favourites are victorious on most boards, there are a few noteworthy points scored by underdogs. In the Crown section, Chris Udrea gets a draw against Pavel Peev, but otherwise it’s a sweep for the favourites. (Arkadiy Ugodnikov gives Bill Evans a tough time – and their game is the last to finish – but Bill still gets the full point in the end.) In the U1900 section, Abdolreza Radpey upsets youngster Nicholas Vettesse, just back from the CYCC in Ottawa, and Ian Prittie fights Marcus Wilker to a draw. Finally, in the U1500 section, Raymond Lin takes down Richard Morrison, and Dennis Li scores a draw against John Rogers.

Round 1 Games of the Week

Round Two – July 22

The tournament is up over 40 players, as some return and some new players join: welcome, Daniel Smith and Michael Watson, to the club; and congratulations, Howard Halim, on graduating from the ACC kids’ club to play in the main event!

In the Crown section, Dave Southam is in sole possession of the lead, with 2.0/2 after a win against Dan Wiebe. In the Under-1900 section, Jack Maguire has the lead with 2.0/2, after a win against Ulli Diemer (apparently the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit is not only Ulli’s namesake opening but also his nemesis – this is his fifth* straight loss to Jack in the aggressive line). Finally, in the Under-1500 section, there’s a three-way tie for first: Bradley Yee, Vlad Nitu, and Raymond Lin all have 2.0/2.

* the precise number of losses is disputed – see comments, below

Round 2 Games of the Week

Round Three – July 29

The third round sets up some interesting races, going into the final two rounds.

In the Crown section, newcomer Dan Smith emerges tied for the lead with Dave Southam; the two leaders (each with 2.5/3) should face off in Round Four. Four players are following half a point behind. In the Under-1900 section, Jack Maguire holds his lead with 2.5/3 after a draw against Nicholas Vettesse, but there are three players biting at his heels half a point behind! And finally, in the Under-1500 section, Vlad Nitu takes sole possession of first place, after defeating Raymond Lin (Bradley Yee took a bye and is half a point behind). Vlad is the only player in the tournament with a perfect 3.0/3 record after 3 rounds.

Please note that next Monday August 5 is a provincial civic holiday (Simcoe Day). ACC will be back in action August 12, with Round Four starting at 7:30 pm. Also, don’t miss Rhys Goldstein‘s lecture “Pawn takes, pawn gives,” starting at 6:50 pm!

Round Four – August 12

Before the round starts, players are treated to a chess lecture by Rhys Goldstein: “Pawn Takes, Pawn Gives.” (For those who missed it, he’s passed along the lecture notes.)

Pawn Takes Pawn Gives

Then the games begin …

In the Crown section, Dan Smith takes sole possession of the lead with 3.5/4 after a win over Rhys Goldstein. Co-leader Dave Southam isn’t able to make it (he slept in!) and gets a zero-point bye dropping to 2.5/4, while Geordie Derraugh is chasing half a point behind at 3.0/4.

In the U-1900, Ian Prittie takes over first with a win over Jack Maguire; four players are half a point behind. And in the U-1400, Vlad Nitu remains perfect with 4.0/4.

Round 4 Game of the Week

Here’s Rhys Goldstein, not only giving a chess lecture, but annotating his game against the tournament leader, Dan Smith:

Round Five – August 19


In the Crown section, Geordie Derraugh, self-proclaimed “future grandmaster” finally takes down the undefeated newcomer, Dan Smith, to take the crown. Dave Southam and Dan Smith tie for second. What an exciting finish! Congratulations, Geordie!

In the U-1900, Ulli Diemer takes down leader Ian Prittie and finishes tied for first with Josep Sobreperee, with Ulli taking first on tie-break. Congratulations, Ulli!

In the U-1500, Vlad Nitu finishes in first with a perfect 5.0/5 after a forfeit win (!?) over Manuel de Jesus. Dennis Li comes in second, half a point behind. Congratulation, Vlad!

Our next tournament, the ACC “Peaches and Cream” Swiss, starts next week, August 26. Then, don’t miss the Toronto Labour Day Open!

Here are the final results:

Final Standings after Round Five

SwissSys Standings. ACC Summer Festival: Crown

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Geordie Derraugh 132393 2236 H— W7 D2 W11 W3 4.0
2 David Southam 102535 2188 W16 W9 D1 U— W5 3.5
3 Daniel S Smith 155529 unr. H— W6 W8 W18 L1 3.5
4 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2168 H— H— U— W9 W11 3.0
5 Bill Evans 103309 2081 W13 H— D11 W12 L2 3.0
6 Michael Watson 109425 1929 H— L3 D7 W17 W12 3.0
7 Chris Udrea 155000 1898 D15 L1 D6 W14 D9 2.5
8 Tyler Longo 135360 2009 H— W16 L3 H— U— 2.0
9 Daniel Wiebe 132137 1964 W14 L2 H— L4 D7 2.0
10 Hugh Siddeley 120619 1928 H— H— U— U— W19 2.0
11 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1844 H— W15 D5 L1 L4 2.0
12 Pepin Manalo 112277 1841 H— H— W19 L5 L6 2.0
13 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1755 L5 W14 H— H— U— 2.0
14 Harmony Zhu 151635 1675 L9 L13 W16 L7 W20 2.0
15 Pavel Peev 122223 2201 D7 L11 H— H— U— 1.5
16 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1808 L2 L8 L14 W19 D17 1.5
17 Daniel Sirkovich 145096 1768 H— H— U— L6 D16 1.5
18 Rhys Goldstein 110906 2045 H— H— U— L3 U— 1.0
19 Kuhan Jeyapragasan 147906 1726 H— H— L12 L16 L10 1.0
20 George Supol 152286 1433 H— H— U— U— L14 1.0

SwissSys Standings. ACC Summer Festival: U1900

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Ulli Diemer 153538 1678 W11 L4 W9 H— W3 3.5
2 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1627 H— L5 W11 W9 W4 3.5
3 Ian Prittie 153588 1448 D5 W9 H— W4 L1 3.0
4 Jack Maguire 144604 1620 W8 W1 D7 L3 L2 2.5
5 Marcus Wilker 102713 1565 D3 W2 H— H— U— 2.5
6 David Fletcher 105301 1471 L10 L7 D8 B— W11 2.5
7 Nicholas Vettese 154199 1524 L9 W6 D4 H— U— 2.0
8 George Supol 152286 1450 L4 L11 D6 H— B— 2.0
9 Abdolreza Radpey 149018 1403 W7 L3 L1 L2 B— 2.0
10 Kuhan Jeyapragasan 147906 1768 W6 H— U— U— U— 1.5
11 Bill Thornton 131181 1473 L1 W8 L2 H— L6 1.5

SwissSys Standings. ACC Summer Festival: U1500

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Vlad Nitu 154215 1402 W20 W10 W2 W17 X4 5.0
2 Raymond Lin 150193 1059 W3 W8 L1 W14 W7 4.0
3 Richard Morrison 135889 1357 L2 W15 L4 W11 W10 3.0
4 Manuel De Jesus 154790 1259 B— F6 W3 W10 F1 3.0
5 Larissa Souchko 145490 1039 H— W19 L10 D8 W15 3.0
6 Muralie Vignarajah 153006 1368 W14 F4 W11 H— U— 2.5
7 Bradley Yee 125441 1337 W9 W11 H— U— L2 2.5
8 John A Rogers 101732 1332 D15 L2 W19 D5 D9 2.5
9 Ben Chan 130822 1029 L7 H— H— W19 D8 2.5
10 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1325 W16 L1 W5 L4 L3 2.0
11 Eli Teram 107314 1213 W18 L7 L6 L3 W14 2.0
12 John Heisey unr. H— H— U— U— W19 2.0
13 Enrique Rodriguez 154428 1189 H— W16 U— U— U— 1.5
14 Christopher Field 108098 1129 L6 W18 D15 L2 L11 1.5
15 Dennis Li 153129 967 D8 L3 D14 H— L5 1.5
16 Alex Geddie 155388 740 L10 L13 W18 H— U— 1.5
17 Nicholas Vettese 154199 1362 H— H— U— L1 U— 1.0
18 Brian Groat 153518 636 L11 L14 L16 H— U— 0.5
19 Howard Halim 153419 unr. H— L5 L8 L9 L12 0.5
20 Jeremy Stefan Wichrowski 154587 1156 L1 U— U— U— U— 0.0