ACC Beach Blanket Swiss

From Sunnyside to the Island to Kew Beach, Torontonians are celebrating the summer sun. In honour of Toronto’s beaches, Annex Chess Club is launching our first annual ACC Beach Blanket Swiss.

Annex Chess Club – Beach Blanket Swiss Tournament

The tournament wrapped up on Monday August 13. Check complete results on the cross-table, below. Round-by-round reports follow.

Final Results – through all four rounds

Annex Beach Blanket Swiss: Top section

# Name ID# Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Total
1 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2104 W17 D3 W8 D4 3.0
2 Erik Malmsten 100196 1864 W6 H— H— W3 3.0
3 David Southam 102535 2220 W18 D1 W12 L2 2.5
4 Pavel Peev 122223 2118 W11 H— D5 D1 2.5
5 Alex T. Ferreira 127516 2021 W13 W7 D4 U— 2.5
6 Hayk Oganesyan 152587 1829 L2 W11 L7 W17 2.0
7 Brett Campbell 101324 2251 H— L5 W6 D8 2.0
8 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1771 H— X18 L1 D7 2.0
9 Daniel Wiebe 132137 1989 L10 H— H— W12 2.0
10 Geordie Derraugh 132393 2158 W9 H— H— U— 2.0
11 Zehn Nasir 148198 1925 L4 L6 D17 W14 1.5
12 Pepin Manalo 112277 1837 H— W15 L3 L9 1.5
13 Carlos Romero Alfonso 153128 1864 L5 W17 H— U— 1.5
14 Andrew Pastor 127521 1944 H— H— U— L11 1.0
15 Hugh Siddeley 120619 1949 H— L12 H— U— 1.0
16 Juliaan Posaratnanathan 146059 1930 H— H— U— U— 1.0
17 David Cohen 100234 1904 L1 L13 D11 L6 0.5
18 Adrian David Valencia 153521 2007 L3 F8 U— U— 0.0

Annex Beach Blanket Swiss: U1900 section

# Name ID# Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Total
1 Greg Beal 101490 1733 H— W16 W15 W3 3.5
2 Edmond Jodhi 150171 1675 L3 W13 W17 W11 3.0
3 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1479 W2 W9 D4 L1 2.5
4 Adie Todd 125156 1713 W6 W11 D3 U— 2.5
5 Nicholas O'Bumsawin 151261 1724 W7 W12 H— U— 2.5
6 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1643 L4 W8 W14 U— 2.0
7 Bill Thornton 131181 1643 L5 L15 W11 W14 2.0
8 Marcus Wilker 102713 1667 L11 L6 W13 W16 2.0
9 Chris Wehrfritz 151679 1660 W13 L3 W12 U— 2.0
10 Manuela Renteria 152627 1654 H— H— U— W12 2.0
11 Abdolreza Radpey 149018 1415 W8 L4 L7 L2 1.0
12 Jack Maguire 144604 1517 W15 L5 L9 L10 1.0
13 Shabnam Abbarin 151181 1344 L9 L2 L8 B— 1.0
14 Mohammad Zaki Uddin 152024 1678 D16 D17 L6 L7 1.0
15 Peter McNelly 106141 1703 L12 W7 L1 U— 1.0
16 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1494 D14 L1 H— L8 1.0
17 Ulli Diemer 153538 1589 H— D14 L2 U— 1.0

Annex Beach Blanket Swiss: U1500 section

# Name ID# Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Total
1 Christopher Field 108098 1192 H— W5 W4 W2 3.5
2 George Supol 152286 1400 W13 W16 W12 L1 3.0
3 Nick Harding 154309 621 H— W10 H— W8 3.0
4 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1441 W10 D12 L1 W13 2.5
5 Harmony Zhu 151635 913 H— L1 W11 W14 2.5
6 Lawrence Garcia 106367 1433 H— H— W7 D15 2.5
7 Ian Prittie 153588 1021 L14 W21 L6 W17 2.0
8 Jean-Marc David 151900 1218 W21 H— H— L3 2.0
9 Marc Antonio Nunes unr. H— H— U— W21 2.0
10 Larissa Souchko 145490 1062 L4 L3 W19 D11 1.5
11 Raymond Lin 150193 976 L12 W19 L5 D10 1.5
12 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1290 W11 D4 L2 U— 1.5
13 Dennis Li 153129 984 L2 H— W21 L4 1.5
14 Alejandro Renteria 152628 1404 W7 H— U— L5 1.5
15 Enrique Rodriguez unr. H— H— U— D6 1.5
16 Muralie Vignarajah unr. H— L2 H— U— 1.0
17 Jeffrey Zhu 150847 1204 H— H— U— L7 1.0
18 Francis He 153130 959 H— H— U— U— 1.0
19 Stone Hu 153507 720 H— L11 L10 U— 0.5
20 Shabnam Abbarin 151181 1344 H— U— U— U— 0.5
21 Brian Groat 153518 632 L8 L7 L13 L9 0.0

Round 1 (July 9)

It was a busy night as forty players joined the new Swiss. And we even got started more or less on time!

First round of a new Swiss is always the most mismatched by rating. While the favourites beat the underdogs from top to bottom in the top and the bottom sections, the topsy-turvy middle section featured a string of underdogs upsets: Jack Maguire(1517) beat Peter McNelly(1703), Hooshang Abbarin(1479) beat Edmond Jodhi(1675), Abdolreza Radpey(1415) beat Marcus Wilker(1667), and Josep Sobrepere(1494) drew Zaki Uddin(1678).

A Game from Round 1

Here’s the game from board 4 of the top section. David’s still kicking himself for missing a nice tactic – he exchanged queens on move 35 after Wajdy used a back-rank mate threat to boldly nab a pawn, but can you find a better reply for White to this bully move? (Click on 34…Qxf5 to see the position.)

Thanks to all who posted comments, below.

Round 2 (July 23)

This was a somewhat quiet Monday night at the club, as many ACC members had been playing hard all week in the Toronto International, and several took the night off. On the other hand, we were pleased to have a couple new players join us for the first time: Muralie Vignarajah and Harmony Zhu, welcome to the club!

With this short tournament (only 4 rounds!) half-way done, there is a clear leader in the top and bottom sections. In the top section, Alex Ferreira has handed chief arbiter responsibilities to Geordie Derraugh and is busy taking care of the tournament by winning it :) or at least leading the section so far: he is alone on top with 2.0/2. And in the bottom section, George Supol is alone in first with 2.0/2. In the middle section, however, there’s a three-way tie for the lead, with Hooshang Abbarin(1479) pulling off another upset win – this time over Chris Wehrfritz(1660) to join Adie Todd and Nick O’Bumsawin at 2.0/2.

A Game from Round 2

Here’s Jack Maguire’s game vs. Nick O’Bumsawin from the U1900 section. Jack missed a win in the endgame, so he figures Nick was “a tad lucky” to take the point. Can you find the winning move for Black on move 40? (Click on 40.Kc5 to see the position.)

Leave your comment, below, or check others’ comments.

Round 3 (July 30)

In the top section, Pavel Peev, armed with his new master rating of 2214, held leader Alex Ferreira to a draw, allowing Wajdy Shebetah (victorious over young Danny Zotkin) and Dave Southam (defeating Pepin Manalo) to catch Alex at 2.5/3.

In the U1900 section, Nick O’Bumsawin took a bye, so Hooshang Abbarin got to play Adie Todd. He boldly played the Slav against her (apparently having learned a thing or two since she beat his Slav last time they played) and held her to a draw. Meanwhile, Greg Beal beat Peter McNelly to join the three leaders at 2.5/3.

In the bottom section, George Supol held onto his lead by defeating Milan Cvetkovic, who blundered in a king and pawn vs. king ending. So George remains alone in first place, and he is the only player in the tournament still perfect at 3.0/3.

Round 4 (August 13)

In the top section, Alex Ferreira withdrew and David Southam lost, allowing Wajdy Shebetah to finish in first place, undefeated at 3.0/4 (+2 =2 -0) after his final-round draw with Pavel Peev. Erik Malmsten also finished with 3.0/4, after beating David Southam in the last round; however, with two byes earlier in the tournament, Erik had the worse tie-break. Congratulations, Wajdy, on this your fourth ACC tournament victory!

In the middle section, Nick O’Bumsawin and Adie Todd took the night off, allowing Greg Beal to take clear first with a win over Hooshang Abbarin. Greg had three straight wins after a first-round bye to finish with 3.5/4. Congratulations Greg!

In the bottom section, Chris Field defeated the hitherto-perfect George Supol to take the U1500 prize with 3.5/4. Chris, too, had three wins after a first-round bye. Congratulations, Chris!

A Game from Round 4

Here’s Wajdy Shebetah’s game vs. Pavel Peev from the Premier section.

Toronto’s Beaches

Our city’s beaches are popular summer destinations when the weather gets hot. Contrary to popular belief, the water is even safe to swim in. Most beaches have earned the Blue Flag award for water quality and other eco criteria. Bacterial levels are checked daily and posted on the City of Toronto Beaches Water Quality page.

Every beach has its own cultural flavour – from scenic to athletic, adventurous to serene. Check Toronto’s Top Five Beaches for a nice summary. And go have fun in the sun!

Swimmers at Kew Beach, south of Queen Street East

8 thoughts on “ACC Beach Blanket Swiss”

    1. 35. Qd1 Qd7 36. Rxf7 Qxf7 37. Qf1 Rf8…looks like Q vs R&B…looks a little drawish, not sure either side can push for a win….but Black can also just play 35. Qd1 Bf2!?

      1. After 35.Qd1, if 35…Bf2, White has 36.g4! (with tempo) followed by 37.Kg2, picking up the pinned B/f2.

  1. Lol, Nick was a tad ‘lucky’ in his win against me last night. He needed me to make a 2,000 Pawn blunder on my 40th move and I unwittingly accommodated him to the hilt. Had I played 40. …h4, I was up Houdint’s 1,000 Pawns since the same ‘h’ Pawn can not be stopped from promotion 5 moves later (after the wont sack of the ‘g’ and ‘f’ Pawns) with a trivial mate to follow against Nick’s lone King (dancing back and forth between b5 & c5) and 3 nugatory Paens. Conversely, my patzer 40. …g4 left me down a 1,000 Pawns since now it’s Nick who garners the Queen promotion and concomitant mate.
    Sadly, I can’t even claim zeitnot was a factor since I had 45+ minutes remaining on my clock when I played the 2,000 Pawn clunker.

    1. I am planning on studying the h4 move. Jack defintely has a good command of the English language. zeitnot and concomitant? in a Chess blog. Time to go to

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