ACC Peaches and Cream Swiss

ontario peaches and cream

Our August-to-September tournament is named in honour of fresh Ontario corn and peaches!

Divided in three by CFC rating, players are competing in “Crown,” “Under-1900,” and “Under-1400” sections. The top section is FIDE-rated.

Round 1 starts at 7:30 pm on Monday August 26. There’s a week off over Labour Day weekend – don’t miss the Toronto Labour Day Open! – and then the final four rounds are Mondays September 9, 16, 23, and 30.

Good luck to all competitors!

Round One – August 26

Our first round sees some new players (Welcome, Mark Gelowitz and Hugh McNeil, and welcome back, Rodrigo Oliveira, Michael Vermont, and Jeffrey Zhu!), but gets off to a slow start as pairings are adjusted to accommodate a number of last-minute entries and cancellations. Round Two should be a smoother start, promptly at 7:30 pm. While it’s too early for there to be leaders or even a leading pack in the section, the cream is starting to rise up!

Off Day – September 2

We’re closed on Labour Day, but many of our players are playing in the Toronto Labour Day Open – Check final standings

Toronto Labour Day Open 2013

Round Two – September 9

It doesn’t take long for the cream to rise to the top in the U1900 and U1500 sections! In the U1900 Section, Kuhan Jeyapragasan is alone in first with 2.0/2 after a win over Adrian Chin. And in the U1500 Section, it’s Jean-Marc David who’s alone in first with 2.0/2 after a win over Mark Gelowitz. But there are three more rounds to go, and anything can happen! In the top section, however, things are still pretty “homogenized”: five players – two masters and three experts – are sharing the lead with 1.5/2. Time will tell …

We’re also happy to welcome even more new players to the tournament: Arno Lowi, Mark Patton, and Miriam Marling have joined this week, and Dora (Jiaxin) Liu and Michael Sutton are back with us – putting us over 50 players total. With our busy casual section, and the Toronto Junior and Toronto Women’s Championships coming up in October, we’re going to have a full house!

Round Three – September 16

The top section is starting to settle down with a two-way tie for the lead going into the penultimate round, as David Southam defeats Bill Evans and Wajdy Shebetah defeats Chris Udrea – while Zehn Nasir holds Michael Humphreys to a draw. David and Wajdy now have 2.5/3.

In the middle section, leader Kuhan Jeyapragasan goes down to fellow youngster Daniel Sirkovich, and Michael Sutton (“Mr. 960”) shares the lead after defeating one of our newest members, Hugh McNeil. Daniel and Michael now have 2.5/3.

Finally, in the U1500 section, Jean-Marc David is staying strong, defending his position atop the standings with a win against George Supol. George is the top-rated player playing this round, and with the win Jean-Marc is still perfect at 3.0/3.

Round Four – September 23

In the top section, Wajdy Shebetah has the sole lead, with 3.5/4, after a win against Zehn Nasir. But Michael Humphreys is only half a point behind at 3.0/4 after a win against David Southam. Michael will have to beat Wajdy next round to take clear first. (And it’s nice to see the top section getting even stronger with Jonathan Yu, a master from Hart House, joining.)

In the U1900 section, Daniel Sirkovich holds onto a share of the lead after a draw against Arkadiy Ugodnikov, with Harmony Zhu joining him at 3.0/4 after a win against Adrian Chin. Daniel and Harmony should face off in the final round. (In another noteworthy game – in terms of historical club rivalries – Jack Maguire scores his 5th straight win over the higher-rated Ulli Diemer in the Blackmar-Diemer gambit – Jack has not once had to face Ulli with the black pieces.)

And in the U1500 section, Jean-Marc David still has sole possession of first place with a win over Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy for a perfect score of 4.0/4 through four rounds. A full point ahead of his closest rivals going into the last round, Jean-Marc is guaranteed a share of first. (Meanwhile, in today’s game of the week, Mariam Marling builds a fortress to hold Milan Cvetkovic to a draw, down a queen for a rook. Mariam is in a three-way tie for second, with 3.0/4.)

Next week is the final round of this tournament!

Round 4 Game of the Week

Round 4 Photos

John watches as Teresa plays a friendly game with Sid after winning her tournament game.
John watches on as Teresa plays a friendly game with Sid after winning her tournament game.
Milan racks his brains trying to find the win against Mariam in a (probably already drawn) position where he's up a queen for a rook.
Milan racks his brains trying to find the win against Mariam in a (possibly already drawn) position where he’s up a queen for a rook. (Vinorth faces Jean-Marc in the background.)

Round Five – September 30

On the top board of the Crown section, Wajdy Shebetah, in the lead with 3.5/4 faces Michael Humphreys. Humphreys, half a point behind, needs a win to take first. In a complicated queen-versus-two-rooks position, Wajdy is victorious and takes first place in the tournament! Congratulations, Wajdy!

In the middle section, the top board sees little powerhouse, Harmony Zhu, who is all of seven years old, facing another youngster, Daniel Sirkovich, who is in grade nine. The game ends in a draw, and the two share first place in their section. Arkadiy Ugodnikov, with a win against Jim Mourgelas, and Kuhan Jeyapragasan, with a forfeit win, join them in a four-way tie for first with 3.5/5. Congratulations, Harmony, Daniel, Kuhan, and Arkadiy!

Finally, in the bottom section, Mariam Marling challenges Jean-Marc David on the top board. A full point behind, Mariam needs a win to share first. Their bishop-versus-knight ending is the last game to finish, and when it ends in a draw, Jean-Marc wins the bottom section with 4.5/5. Congratulations, Jean-Marc!

Wajdy Shebetah
Tournament winner,
Wajdy Shebetah

Round 5 Game of the Week

What’s next?

Our next club tournament, the “Ghosts and Gobbling” Swiss starts next Monday October 7, with Round One starting at 7:30 pm. Please email us before 7:00 pm to register or to request a bye if you cannot attend.

Here are the final results:

Results after Round Five

SwissSys Standings. Peaches and Cream Swiss: Crown

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2168 W8 D4 W12 W5 W2 4.5
2 Michael Humphreys 131628 2288 D6 W11 D5 W4 L1 3.0
3 Jonathan Yu 126131 2214 H— H— U— W9 W6 3.0
4 David Southam 102535 2207 W7 D1 W6 L2 D5 3.0
5 Zehn Nasir 148198 2170 H— W9 D2 L1 D4 2.5
6 Bill Evans 103309 2075 D2 W10 L4 W8 L3 2.5
7 Miroslav Stefanovic 154500 2004 L4 H— L9 B— X13 2.5
8 Hugh Siddeley 120619 1928 L1 B— D13 L6 W12 2.5
9 Rodrigo Oliveira 152923 1908 D12 L5 W7 L3 W11 2.5
10 Daniel S Smith 155529 2271 H— L6 D11 H— U— 1.5
11 Daniel Zotkin 146857 1992 H— L2 D10 D12 L9 1.5
12 Chris Udrea 155000 1917 D9 H— L1 D11 L8 1.5
13 Gustavo Lora 155274 1841 H— H— D8 U— F7 1.5

SwissSys Standings. Peaches and Cream Swiss: U1900

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Daniel Sirkovich 145096 1761 W19 H— W3 D2 D4 3.5
2 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 146626 1761 D12 D10 W5 D1 W14 3.5
3 Kuhan Jeyapragasan 147906 1750 W20 W18 L1 H— X12 3.5
4 Harmony Zhu 151635 1722 H— H— W20 W18 D1 3.5
5 Nicholas Vettese 154199 1457 H— D16 L2 W20 W15 3.0
6 Hugh McNeil 108257 1814 W9 D14 L8 W11 U— 2.5
7 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1787 L11 X13 W16 H— U— 2.5
8 Michael Sutton 151225 1783 H— W11 W6 U— U— 2.5
9 Jack Maguire 144604 1599 L6 L20 B— W16 D10 2.5
10 Jiaxin Liu 149747 1590 H— D2 D18 D15 D9 2.5
11 Marcus Wilker 102713 1577 W7 L8 H— L6 X18 2.5
12 Vlad Nitu 154215 1502 D2 W15 D14 H— F3 2.5
13 David Fletcher 105301 1435 D16 F7 L17 W21 W19 2.5
14 James Mourgelas 108540 1432 B— D6 D12 H— L2 2.5
15 Mark A. Patton 104721 1705 H— L12 W19 D10 L5 2.0
16 Ulli Diemer 153538 1679 D13 D5 L7 L9 W20 2.0
17 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1620 L18 H— W13 H— U— 2.0
18 Adrian Chin 155527 1871 W17 L3 D10 L4 F11 1.5
19 Ian Prittie 153588 1522 L1 H— L15 H— L13 1.0
20 Bill Thornton 131181 1452 L3 W9 L4 L5 L16 1.0
21 Jeff Pancer 107543 1197 U— U— U— L13 U— 0.0

SwissSys Standings. Peaches and Cream Swiss: U1500

# Name CFC ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Jean-Marc David 151900 1299 B— W15 W3 W4 D5 4.5
2 Eli Teram 107314 1198 W10 D3 H— W14 W7 4.0
3 George Supol 152286 1418 W20 D2 L1 W18 W11 3.5
4 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 153938 1287 H— W24 W11 L1 W10 3.5
5 Miriam Marling 156351 1247 H— W20 X19 D10 D1 3.5
6 Dennis Li 153129 971 W8 L7 D18 W12 W26 3.5
7 Bradley Yee 125441 1326 H— W6 W12 H— L2 3.0
8 Raymond Lin 150193 1295 L6 L14 W24 W15 W18 3.0
9 Ben Chan 130822 1047 H— L18 W26 H— W16 3.0
10 Milan Cvetkovic 150817 1397 L2 W26 W15 D5 L4 2.5
11 Abdolreza Radpey 149018 1393 W14 H— L4 X17 L3 2.5
12 Larissa Souchko 145490 1028 H— W16 L7 L6 W20 2.5
13 Jeff Pancer 107543 1197 H— H— L14 B— U— 2.0
14 John Heisey 156203 1182 L11 W8 W13 L2 U— 2.0
15 Mark A. Gelowitz 126627 1154 W18 L1 L10 L8 W23 2.0
16 Teresa Lee 154501 889 H— L12 H— W24 L9 2.0
17 Brian Groat 153518 636 H— H— W22 F11 U— 2.0
18 Richard Morrison 135889 1369 L15 W9 D6 L3 L8 1.5
19 Manuel De Jesus 154790 1300 W27 H— F5 U— U— 1.5
20 Howard Halim 153419 687 L3 L5 H— W26 L12 1.5
21 James Mourgelas 108540 1432 W25 U— U— U— U— 1.0
22 Arbel Groshaus 151836 959 H— H— L17 U— U— 1.0
23 Sean Korzeniewski unr. H— H— U— U— L15 1.0
24 Stone Hu 153507 931 H— L4 L8 L16 U— 0.5
25 Jeffrey Wang Zhu 154492 864 L21 U— H— U— U— 0.5
26 Arno Lowi 155277 724 H— L10 L9 L20 L6 0.5
27 Michael Vermont 151783 1149 L19 U— U— U— U— 0.0

9 thoughts on “ACC Peaches and Cream Swiss”

  1. Assuming the written commentary is yours, Marcus, I’m not sure your “cream” metaphor is particularly apposite given the highest rated player (Kuhan is but 7th seed and Jean-Marc 8th) is NOT leading his respective U1900 and U1500 section (:

    1. Mea culpa. I cannot blame anyone else. It was my own hasty assumption that, by winning, the leaders were ipso facto cream, with pudding as their proof. (Actually, I think the process of a Swiss pairing system and the image of a settling heterogeneous mixture make a good pair, even if pre-tournament ratings are not always reified in the layered result.) Yet I find your point salient and with three rounds left in the tournament, there’s plenty of time for more pudding and for the real cream (perhaps heretofore hidden in the emulsion) to stand up.

      1. Your reply is worthy of a quod erat demonstrandum, Marcus (:

        Moreover, even Wikipedia (see below) agrees that cream is “less dense” (:

        Cream is a dairy product that is composed of the higher-butterfat layer skimmed from the top of milk before homogenization. In un-homogenized milk, the fat, which is less dense, will eventually rise to the top.

        Of course, given I’m the only one with a big fat zero after 2 rounds (throwing away yet another totally won game Monday night), I guess I’m currently the most dense chess player in the U1900 section – and that’s not a good thing (:

        1. My reply is only trying to be worthy of your own customary eloquence, sir. But perhaps if I might insert a modest distinctio: I believe density is not a property of a chess player per se but in many cases per accidens. Chess rating, it must be said, may nevertheless reflect one’s “average density.”

  2. Ulli is clearly getting closer to breaking his ‘eponymous’ curse. We had, by far, our longest game Monday night, 49 moves. Ulli again switched defences (we joked before the game that we can both write down my first five moves but his 5th move is seemingly always subject to change) and may have stumbled upon Black’s best defence, the Ziegler Defence (5. …c6).

    Although the 4 main lines all have bigger chess names attached to them, 5. …e6 (the Euwe Defence, after the World Champion Max Euwe), 5. …Bg4 (Teichmann Defence), 5. …Bf5 (Gunderam Defence), 5. …g6 (Bogoljubow Defence – tangentially, also the author of one of my favourite chess quots, “When I’m White I win because I have first move, When I’m Black I win because I’m Bogoljubow.”), the “inconspicuous” Ziegler Defence has a good number of current day proponents.

    Indeed, 3 different IMs have promoted the Ziegler Defence as a veritable refutation to the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. IM Andrew Martin published his ‘Shopping for a Tombstone’ (that of the BDG), IM Kenny David published his ‘Death To The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit’, and IM Jovanka Houska his ‘Play The Caro-Kann’ (equating the Ziegler Defence to a Caro-Kann but up a Pawn).

    Nonetheless, IM Christolph Scheerer, author of ‘The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit’ (subtitled “a modern guide to a fascinating chess opening”) would certainly beg to differ. All BDG lines start with what Scheerer refers to as “dynamic equality” (e.g. Rybka has Black 1/100th of a Pawn better after Black’s 5. …c6). While it may be argued why would White want to give Black instant equality, I think the answer is that White obtains a long term initiative and it’s far more difficult to play defence than it is to attack, especially at Club Level in the U1900 section (:

    Our game Monday night continued 6.Bd3 Bg4 7.h3 Bxf3 8.Qxf3 e6. Andrew Martin suggests 8. …Qxd4 for Black but stops his analysis here, abruptly and prematurely, with “Black is clearly better”. Scheerer again doesn’t necessarily think so and counters that while White may now be down 2 Pawns, “But in reality the fun is just starting”. Personally, I think our game would have ender quicker had Ulli gone for the ‘greedy’ 2nd Pawn grab, but I may just be waxing a tad Bogojubow here (:

  3. Harmony is still 7 years old, until November 17th if memory serves me correct. I know she had her 7th birthday during the WYCC in November, 2012, held in Slovenia, when she was a 6-year-old junior for much of the tournament in the U8 girls division.

    Harmony finished 8th in the world last year but she was the top junior. She’ll be a senior in the same U8 girls section later this year in December, with last year’s top 7 finishers all playing in the U10 girls age division this year.

  4. I watched vinorth play that day. hes an excellent and strong minded player. Hes game is very unique and captures opponets off gaurd frequently. His silent ways and skill full traps should continue to be the core of the game.
    hes got chess swag

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