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ACC New Year’s Blitz

New Year’s Blitz Tournament – January 6

Annex Chess Club kicked off 2014 with a blitz tournament – five double rounds (two games, one as black and one as white, against the same opponent) at a time control of 4+2 (all moves in a total of 4 minutes each, with 2 seconds added before each move).

At the end of the night, Wajdy Shebetah won clear first, young Nicholas Vettese won clear second, and veteran Erik Malmsten tied with our arbiter, Tyler Longo, for third. Congratulations to the winners and good luck to all – in chess as in life – in 2014!

Complete results are posted below.

Wajdy Shebetah
Wajdy Shebetah

SwissSys Standings. New Year’s Blitz 2014

# Name CFC ID Ratng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2215 $17 $10 $6 $5 %2 9.0
2 Nicholas Vettese 154199 1956 $20 $13 D5 $7 %1 7.5
3 Erik Malmsten 100196 1941 $24 %7 %8 $14 %5 7.0
4 Tyler Longo 135360 2039 B— %17 $13 W10 $11 7.0
5 Joseph Bellissimo 147544 2027 $25 $12 #2 L1 %3 6.5
6 Alexandre Michelashvili 149568 2020 $18 $19 L1 D11 $17 6.5
7 Rolando Renteria 152626 2209 $21 %3 $11 L2 W8 6.0
8 Miroslav Stefanovic 154500 2003 $27 %15 %3 W9 W7 6.0
9 Bill Evans 103309 2046 $23 L11 $15 W8 W10 6.0
10 Jonathan Farine 148113 1952 $14 L1 $18 W4 W9 6.0
11 Daniel Wiebe 132137 1844 $16 $9 L7 #6 L4 5.5
12 Manuela Renteria 152627 1749 $22 L5 %20 #16 W15 5.5
13 Ulli Diemer 153538 1659 $28 L2 L4 #22 $20 5.5
14 Daniele Pirri 132983 1268 L10 #23 $21 L3 $25 5.5
15 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1664 $29 %8 L9 %20 W12 5.0
16 Julian Pulgarin 140527 1052 L11 $25 #19 D12 W18 5.0
17 Adrian Chin 155527 1614 L1 %4 $26 $24 L6 5.0
18 Bill Thornton 131181 1442 L6 $22 L10 $19 W16 5.0
19 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1735 $26 L6 D16 L18 $24 4.5
20 Richard Morrison 135889 1292 L2 $28 %12 %15 L13 4.0
21 Jack Maguire 144604 1609 L7 %24 L14 W23 $26 4.0
22 Dennis Li 153129 919 L12 L18 $28 D13 %23 3.5
23 Timothy Vince unr. L9 D14 %25 W21 %22 3.5
24 Raymond Lin 150193 1187 L3 %21 $27 L17 L19 3.0
25 David Fletcher 105301 1559 L5 L16 %23 $27 L14 3.0
26 Howard Halim 153419 797 L19 W27 L17 %28 L21 2.0
27 Larissa Souchko 145490 1313 L8 W26 L24 L25 %28 2.0
28 Tyler Tannahill unr. L13 L20 L22 %26 %27 2.0
29 Arno Lowi 155277 682 L15 U— U— U— U— 0.0

Legend
L=0
D=0.5
W=%=1
#=1.5
$=2

The 2014 Club Championship starts next Monday and runs for six Mondays, not including Family Day. Round One starts at 7:30 pm on January 13. (Arrive by 7:00 pm to register.)

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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
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Michael Humphreys is 2012 Club Champion!


Michael Humphreys,
2012 ACC Champion

2012 ACC Club Championship

On January 30, we started our second annual club championship (Wajdy Shebetah was the defending 2011 Club Champion).

Round 6 (March 19)

In the last round, Michael Humphreys defeated Hugh Siddeley to take the Championship section with a final score 5.5/6. Congratulations, Michael!

In the reserve section, Omid Nemati and Ulli Diemer each won the last round. So they ended up tied for first place with 5.0/6. Omid Nemati, with the better “Modifided Median-Buchholz” score (17.5 to 17), is the official 2012 winner of the Reserve section.

Check complete final results on the cross-table, below.

Complete final results:

Championship (>1800)

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total
1 Michael Humphreys 131628 2317 W18 W4 W2 W5 D7 W3 5.5
2 David Southam 102535 2211 D13 W3 L1 W9 W12 W6 4.5
3 Hugh Siddeley 120619 1953 W6 L2 W11 W4 W5 L1 4.0
4 Adrian David Valencia 153521 2023 W10 L1 W20 L3 W15 W12 4.0
5 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2062 D21 W15 W9 L1 L3 W10 3.5
6 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2055 L3 H— W21 W17 W13 L2 3.5
7 Rolando Renteria 152626 2263 W11 H— H— W10 D1 U— 3.5
8 Daniel Wiebe 132137 1844 H— H— L10 W19 D9 B— 3.5
9 Pavel Peev 122223 2109 H— W21 L5 L2 D8 W19 3.0
10 Zehn Nasir 148198 1870 L4 W18 W8 L7 H— L5 2.5
11 Carlos Romero Alfonso 153128 1948 L7 W19 L3 L12 H— W18 2.5
12 Pepin Manalo 112277 1879 H— H— H— W11 L2 L4 2.5
13 Juliaan Posaratnanathan 146059 1917 D2 H— W16 H— L6 U— 2.5
14 Andrew Pastor 127521 1922 H— H— H— U— W20 U— 2.5
15 Erik Malmsten 100196 1866 H— L5 H— W18 L4 U— 2.0
16 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1809 H— D20 L13 H— D17 U— 2.0
17 Bruce McKendry 111714 1898 H— H— H— L6 D16 U— 2.0
18 Nicholas O'Bumsawin 151261 1799 L1 L10 W19 L15 H— L11 1.5
19 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1747 H— L11 L18 L8 W21 L9 1.5
20 Joseph Bellissimo 147544 1903 H— D16 L4 H— L14 U— 1.5
21 Sahir Abbas 1896 D5 L9 L6 H— L19 U— 1.0

Reserve (U1800)

# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total
1 Omid Nemati 130676 1761 H— W19 W6 W3 D9 W4 5.0
2 Ulli Diemer unr. L4 W23 W15 W21 W8 W3 5.0
3 Yakos Spiliotopoulos 151471 1698 W13 W8 W5 L1 W29 L2 4.0
4 Bill Thornton 131181 1417 W2 L6 W24 W11 W26 L1 4.0
5 Adie Todd 125156 1692 W20 W11 L3 D9 W12 D7 4.0
6 Hayk Oganesyan 152587 1585 W14 W4 L1 U— W19 W9 4.0
7 Mohammad Zaki Uddin 152024 1723 H— L22 W16 W10 W13 D5 4.0
8 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1495 W29 L3 W20 W26 L2 W15 4.0
9 Michael Sutton 151225 1688 D10 W16 W23 D5 D1 L6 3.5
10 Hooshang Abbarin 152910 1515 D9 W27 L11 L7 W22 W17 3.5
11 Jack Maguire 144604 1531 W23 L5 W10 L4 H— W21 3.5
12 Manuela Renteria 152627 1672 H— H— H— W18 L5 W13 3.5
13 George Supol 152286 1307 L3 W28 W14 W20 L7 L12 3.0
14 Jean-Marc David 151900 1124 L6 W26 L13 L15 W27 W19 3.0
15 Christopher Field 108098 1275 H— H— L2 W14 W21 L8 3.0
16 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1255 H— L9 L7 W23 H— D26 2.5
17 Marcus Wilker 102713 1666 H— H— H— W25 U— L10 2.5
18 Anton Zverev 150115 1335 H— H— H— L12 U— W24 2.5
19 Shabnam Abbarin 151181 1335 H— L1 D27 W24 L6 L14 2.0
20 Stefan Catona 129405 1190 L5 W29 L8 L13 B— U— 2.0
21 Alejandro Renteria 152628 1422 W26 H— H— L2 L15 L11 2.0
22 Bazil Whitehead 153156 1260 H— W7 H— U— L10 U— 2.0
23 Larissa Souchko 145490 1126 L11 L2 L9 L16 H— W29 1.5
24 Dave Rutt 153519 1015 H— H— L4 L19 H— L18 1.5
25 John Warner 152782 1087 H— H— H— L17 U— U— 1.5
26 Dennis Li 153129 919 L21 L14 D29 L8 L4 D16 1.0
27 Ian Prittie unr. H— L10 D19 U— L14 U— 1.0
28 Jennifer Ugodnikov 151196 1149 H— L13 H— U— U— U— 1.0
29 Raymond Lin 150193 935 L8 L20 D26 U— L3 L23 0.5

Round 5 (March 12)

Through five rounds, Michael Humphreys is still leading the Championship section with 4.5/5. This round saw Rolando Renteria hold him to a draw.

In the Reserve section, Yakos Spiliotopoulos is back in the lead after defeating Raymond Lin. But he’s now sharing his lead with Omid Nemati, Ulli Diemer, and Bill Thornton.

Games from Round 5

Round 4 (March 5)

After four rounds, Michael Humphreys is leading the Championship section with a perfect 4.0/4. This round saw him defend his lead agains last year’s winner, Wajdy Shebetah.

In the Reserve section, the third-round leader, Yakos Spiliotopoulos, played the opening in his unorthodox style, and even went on a trademark Yak-attack, but was defeated by top-rated Omid Nemati, who now leads the section with 3.5/4.

Round 4 also saw Alex Ferreira take over TD duties from outgoing TD, Hugh Siddeley. Thank you, Hugh, for all your work over the past year and a half! Alex had a few wrinkles to iron out, taking over the tournament part-way through, but the round ran smoothly under his direction. Welcome, Alex!

Games from Round 4

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Wajdy Shebetah wins Halloween Ritz

Halloween Ritz – Results

October 31 was a quiet night at ACC, with our kids away trick-or-treating. After a quick AGM, we celebrated Halloween with another exciting ritz (10-minute speed) tournament. “Ritz” is our portmanteau neologism for rapid/blitz.

Our newest ACC Ritz Champion, with a record of 6.0/7, winning on tie-break over Alex Ferreira, is … Wajdy Shebetah!

Next week, we start our second annual ACC Fall Swiss. Email info@annexchessclub.com to register in advance.

Here are the complete ritz results:

# Name ID# Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Total
1 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2086 W15 W13 W12 W7 W6 W3 L2 6.0
2 Alex T Ferreira 127516 2025 H— H— W13 W5 W7 W6 W1 6.0
3 Andrew Pastor 127521 1909 W17 L12 W9 W8 W14 L1 W5 5.0
4 Rhys Goldstein 110906 2022 L9 W14 L5 W17 W13 W12 W8 5.0
5 Mohammad Zaki Uddin 152024 1760 W18 L6 W4 L2 W11 W7 L3 4.0
6 Carlos Romero Alfonso 153128 2360 W8 W5 L7 W10 L1 L2 W14 4.0
7 Hugh Siddeley 120619 1982 W11 W9 W6 L1 L2 L5 D10 3.5
8 Hayk Oganesyan 152587 1582 L6 W18 W11 L3 W10 D14 L4 3.5
9 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1475 W4 L7 L3 L13 W17 W19 D11 3.5
10 Nicholas O’Bumsawin 151261 1781 L12 W17 W19 L6 L8 W13 D7 3.5
11 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1834 L7 W15 L8 W19 L5 W18 D9 3.5
12 Dan Geambasu 134119 1395 W10 W3 L1 L14 W15 L4 L16 3.0
13 Marcus Wilker 102713 1679 W19 L1 L2 W9 L4 L10 W18 3.0
14 Yakos Spiliotopoulos 151471 1689 H— L4 W15 W12 L3 D8 L6 3.0
15 Jack Maguire 144604 1528 L1 L11 L14 W18 L12 W17 W19 3.0
16 Adie Todd 125156 1667 U— U— U— H— H— H— W12 2.5
17 Alexandre Johnson 109239 1449 L3 L10 W18 L4 L9 L15 U— 1.0
18 Adam Palmer 153127 1060 L5 L8 L17 L15 W19 L11 L13 1.0
19 Neil Jain 152915 482 L13 B— L10 L11 L18 L9 L15 1.0

The Afterparty

As per usual ACC Monday-night tradition, the club did not close at 11:00 pm, but relocated to the Pump. Here, on Halloween night, a green-haired Uhura (ACC costume winner, Teresa Lee) joins the ACC afterparty:

L-R: Mohammad Zaki Uddin, Teresa Lee, Yakos Spiliotopoulos

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Kids’ Chess-for-Points Totals

A new session of our children’s chess courses has started. We have new chess teachers and a new curriculum. Daniel Wiebe is the Monday night course director and the beginner class teacher. Wajdy Shebetah is teaching the intermediate/advanced class. Young Canadian IM Arthur Calugar is on hand to provide individual help.

Each class involves group lessons, individual problem solving, and chess-for-points play – where players earn points for solving checkmate riddles, for their game results, for achieving specific objectives in their games, etc.

Come on out to our children’s chess training sessions Monday nights from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, and join this elite crew of talented young players. Email info@annexchessclub.com if you have any questions about the programme.

Here is the cumulative points leaderboard to Monday September 12.

Intermediate/Advanced

# Player Sept. 12 total
1 Olivia Gale-Wagner 5 5
2 Francis He 5 5
3 Yu-jin Lee 5 5
4 Kaizen Liu 5 5
5 Dennis Li 5 5
6 Liam Hinzman 5 5
7 Mary Bellissimo 5 5
8 Kasey Ann Guntang 5 5
9 Teresa Bellissimo 2 2
10 Ethan Andrada 2 2
11 Bradley Ho 0 0
12 Gabriel Vargas 0 0
13 Kate Rodrigues 0 0
14 Jordan Jamali 0 0
15 Noah Hurl-Kohn 0 0
16 Heiko Dorre-Grasso 0 0
17 Stone Hu 0 0
18 Elaine Andrana 0 0
19 Jeffery Zhu Bye 0
# Name class 1 total

Beginners

# Player Sept. 12 total
1 Zack 10 10
2 Timothy 10 10
3 Ana 5 5
4 Anya 0 0
5 Kazuo Nambara 0 0
# Name class 1 total
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