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Monday night Kids’ Classes – tournament results

We have an exciting lineup of kids’ classes on Monday nights at Annex Chess Club. We’re now in our summer session. Check our current and upcoming schedule.

Classes run in-house tournaments, with points for games won, analysis performed, riddles and puzzles solved, etc. Here are the latest results:

Yakos’ Monday night Advanced Class

Name July 9 July 16 July 23 July 30 Aug 13 Total
Jeffrey Zhu 5 3 14 8 30
Alex Ngan 2 2 10 2 5 21
Toshi 5 8 5 18
Jonathan Alter 2 2 8 5 17
Hamish Aviv 2 5 6 13
Yonah Aviv 5 6 11
Ben Rothschild 5 5
Daniel Veldhuizen 5 5
Adin Aviv 5 5
Harmony Zhu 5 5
Kazuo Nambara 2 2 4
Vicknan 2 2 4
Max 3 3
Kan 2 2
Reuben 2 2
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Award-winning Toronto Chess Club!

Annex Chess Club recognized at GTCL AGM

At Saturday’s annual general meeting of the Greater Toronto Chess League (GTCL), report after report recognized the emergence this year of the Annex Chess Club (ACC) as a remarkable positive development in the Toronto chess scene.

Accordingly, this year’s GTCL awards were presented to my friend Yakos Spiliotopoulos (ACC club manager) and to me Marcus Wilker (ACC communications director) for our work in getting this fantastic downtown chess club up and running so successfully.

In turn, Yakos and I would like to thank all our club members and all those who have supported Toronto chess through our club. Your help is much appreciated. Quite obviously, we couldn’t have done this without all of you!

Yakos Spiliotopoulos and Marcus Wilker
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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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ACC Membership Survey

We want to hear from you!

On October 31, we squeezed a mini-AGM into our normal chess lecture slot. ACC Executive members Ted Winick, Hugh Siddeley, Marcus Wilker, and Adie Todd (Yakos Spiliotopoulos was busy teaching) briefly reported on our respective areas of responsibility (finances, tournaments, communications, and membership) and introduced the issues we are addressing as we move into year two. We are inviting member feedback on our initiatives and on the state of our club generally. In order to make the AGM as short and sweet as it was, and to accommodate as many members as possible, we are hoping to hear back from you through our survey.

Survey forms were available at the club, and could be returned until the end of November.


Final Survey results

16 surveys completed by November 28

1. Support for strict 7:30 tournament start time: 9/13 = 69% (+ 3 indifferent)

2. Interest in playing at ACC two days per week: 8/15 = 53%

2b. Suggestions for second day, if interested:

  • Tuesday: 2/6 = 33%
  • Wednesday: 3/6 = 50%
  • Thursday: 3/6 = 50%
  • Saturday: 1/6 = 17%

3. Support for outsourcing and publishing all ACC games: 5/13 = 38% (+ 2 indifferent)

4. Support for rigid minimum ratings in sections: 7/13 = 54% (+ 1 indifferent)

5. Satisfaction with current time controls: 12/15 = 80%

5b. Other suggestions for time controls:

  • 40/2 SD/1: 1/4 = 25%
  • increment for all: 2/4 = 50%
  • faster – e.g., SD/1 +30s: 1/4 = 25%

6. Importance of lectures, out of 10: 91/15 = 6.1/10

6b. Interest in giving lectures: 8/15 = 53%

7. Frequency of checking the website:

  • daily: 4/15 = 27%
  • few times a week: 3/15 = 20%
  • weekly: 6/15 = 40%
  • rarely: 2/15 = 13%

8a. Favourite content on the website:

  • results: 4/11 = 36%
  • news: 3/11 = 27%
  • all aspects generally: 3/11 = 27%
  • events: 3/11 = 27%
  • visuals: 1/11 = 9%
  • lecture notes: 1/11 = 9%
  • selected games: 1/11 = 9%
  • frequent updates: 1/11 = 9%

8b. Least favourite content on the website:

  • club: 1/2 = 50%
  • none: 1/2 = 50%

9. Interest in submitting articles for the website: 9/14 = 64%

10. Interest in volunteering with the club: 6/14 = 43% (+ 1 possible)

11a. Other compliments:

  • atmosphere, community feeling, friendly people: 6/9 = 75%
  • well-organized, good organizers: 3/9 = 33%
  • club in general: 2/9 = 22%
  • website: 2/9 = 22%
  • convenient scheduling: 1/9 = 11%
  • beautiful hall: 1/9 = 11%

11b. Other criticisms:

  • too cold: 1/4 = 25%
  • shush loud voices: 1/4 = 25%
  • middle section should be 1500-1799: 1/4 = 25%
  • weekend ACC tournaments too expensive: 1/4 = 25%

11c. Other suggestions:

  • more blitz tournaments: 1/4 = 25%
  • attract stronger players: 1/4 = 25%
  • facilitate post-mortem analysis: 1/4 = 25%
  • advanced course by a GM: 1/4 = 25%
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