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2023 Toronto Closed Chess Championship

March 10, 2023 12:10 AM | Deleted user

The Toronto Closed Chess Championship starts on Monday, April 17, 2023 and runs for 10 Monday evenings at Annex Chess Club. This is a 9-round, Round Robin tournament with a 90 minute + 30 second increment time control for each game. One extra night (the ninth) is used for a makeup game.

Last year (2022), there were 4 sections of 10 players each. They were as follows—Championship (#1-10), Reserve (#11-20), Development (#21-30) and Annex (#31-40). This year, the number of sections in use, will depend on how many players sign up. Spots are assigned to players in their relative order of CFC regular rating.

The tournament has a storied past as many of the GTA's top players have competed in this championship. Below is a pic from the 1967 Toronto Championship, a precursor event.

Winners of the Toronto Closed, Championship Section, since 2000 are listed below. Asterisks indicate those events that were held at ACC.

  • 2022 Roman Gavrilin *
  • 2019 David Cummings
  • 2018 Michael Barron *
  • 2017 Mike Ivanov *
  • 2016 Mike Ivanov *
  • 2015 Geordie Derraugh *
  • 2014 Victor Plotkin *
  • 2013 Michael Song *
  • 2012 Michael Kleinman, Victor Plotkin *
  • 2011 Victor Plotkin
  • 2010 Victor Plotkin
  • 2009 Michael Barron
  • 2008 Nikolay Noritsyn
  • 2007 Michael Barron
  • 2006 Leonid Gerzhoy
  • 2005 Sami Ademi
  • 2004 Tomas Krnan, Yaaqov Vaingorten
  • 2003 Goran Prpic
  • 2002 Isai Berengolts
  • 2001 Brett Campbell
  • 2000 Eduardo Teodoro IV

Before Annex, GTCL President Michael Barron organized the closed at the Willowdale Chess Club. In the current era, the two most regular players, Victor Plotkin has won four and Michael Barron has won three. Plotkin won strong tournaments with average ratings of 2316, 2318 and 2329 (in 2014). Mike Ivanov has also won twice.

Additional details about prior years’ Toronto Closed events, both Championship and Reserve Sections, may be found on the CFC website here.

Pre-registration for the 2023 Toronto Closed starts on Thursday, March 16 and ends on Friday, April 7 at 6:00 PM. Players who have secured a spot through pre-registration will then have until Wednesday, April 13 at 6:00 PM to  complete their final registrations and pay their fees to ACC. Players will be able to follow pre-registrations and final registrations here.


  • April 13, 2023 11:34 AM | Fred Gandolfi
    Thank you for organizing this! Will we be able to see pairings posted ahead of attending the first round?

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