Blitz chess is about playing well while under time pressure. Blitz chess helps to sharpen the senses and is great fun to play and watch.
ACC is proud to host, for the 7th time, the 2022 Toronto Blitz Championship on Monday, August 22nd at 918 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario. Previously, the summer venue used 6 times was The Harbourfront Centre. The tournament will consist of 7 double rounds with a time control of 3 mins. /2 secs. and will start at 6 p.m.
This year, the Toronto Blitz is being sponsored by Spirit of Math (Central Toronto campus) and OXO innovation. See the Sponsors section below for additional details.
Pre-registration opened for ACC members on Monday, June 27 at the club’s front desk. Online registration opened on June 28. Current plans are that registrations will be limited to 80 players. With the resurgence of over-the-board chess in the GTA, we expect this event to be sold out, so don’t delay registering!
Earlybird pricing of $50 is available prior to August 1, at which date the price increases to $75. Discounts are also available for ACC members ($20) plus an additional discount for a junior/senior/woman player ($10).
The following titled players have already booked their seats for the 2022 event: GM Bator Sambuev, WGM Anna Burtasova, IM Nikolay Noritsyn, IM Ameet Ghasi (UK), IM Artiom Samsonkin, IM Sai Krishna (India), IM Mark Plotkin, IM Shawn Rodrigue-Lemieux, IM Michael Barron, FM Victor Plotkin, FM Michael Humphreys, FM Eddie Teodoro, and CM Koosha Jaferian.
Previous winners of the Toronto Blitz’s Annex Cup were as follows:
- 2014: Bator Sambuev, Bindi Cheng, Roman Sapozhnikov (tie – 11/14) – 50 players
- 2015: Nikolay Noritsyn (12/14) – 33 players
- 2016: Artiom Samsonkin, Nikolay Noritsyn (tie – 12/14) – 44 players
- 2017: Artion Samsonkin, Mark Plotkin (tie – 11.5/14) – 46 players
- 2018: Artiom Samsonkin (12/14) – 61 players
- 2019: Nikolay Noritsyn (12/14) – last time the event was held – 53 players
Distinguished Senior Blitz Players
IM Michael Barron and FM Victor Plotkin, both playing in this year’s Toronto Blitz, were recently 1st (6.5/7 pts.) and 2nd Place (6.0/7 pts.) individual winners, respectively, of the Senior 50+ Blitz tournament at the 2022 World Senior Team Chess Championship in Acqui Terme, Italy. Blitz games were played there with a time control of 5 minutes. Here is a link to the final results of that 7-round/20-player blitz tournament.
Michael and Victor are both members of the 4-player Canadian Senior Team. The team event (23 teams/100 total players) of classical chess (9-round team swiss @ 90 mins. + 30 secs. time control) concluded on June 30, 2022.
Spirit of Math and OXO Innovation have signed on as co-sponsors of the Toronto Blitz. They were also sponsors of the 2022 Ontario Open. Here is more information about these chess-supportive companies.
Spirit of Math is an innovative leader in after-school mathematics education through its 40-campus global teaching community, and Spirit of Math Central Toronto Campus successfully addresses the needs of high-performing downtown Toronto students and their families. Scientific studies show that there is a significant positive link between learning math and learning chess. This SOM Campus is owned and operated by the Winick Family, long-time supporters of chess in the GTA. In addition, we honour the memory of both Ted and Heidi Winick for their past support. To learn more about Spirit of Math, click here.
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