Steve Fairbairn wins the Fall Swiss!

ACC Fall Swiss – Round 5

With another draw, this time against Joseph Bellissimo, Steve Fairbairn finished the Fall Swiss in a three-way tie for first place. On the tie break, Steve took first, Alex Ferreira took second, and Hugh Siddeley took third. Congratulations, Steve Fairbairn!

Lawrence Garcia, with a last-round win over Joey Comeau, was the top under-1700 player.

See the cross-table for full results.

Here are the games of the week – also available as a text file.

White: Daniel Wiebe (1869)
Black: Hugh Siddeley (2044)

B32 Sicillian: Kalashnikov

White: Lawrence Garcia (1478)
Black: Joey Comeau (UNR)

D05 Colle-Zukertort

ACC Fall Swiss – Round 4

Five new players joined the tournament this week:  welcome to Zhanna Sametova, Qiyu Zhou, Arkadiy Ugodnikov, Joey Comeau, and Jan-Lukas Wolf!

The children’s class moved downstairs, and the hall was much quieter.  Thanks to all the players for your cooperation.

With a draw against Expert Alex Ferreira, Steve Fairbairn is holding onto clear first going into the last round.  Steve has already faced the two highest-rated players in the tournament, and he’ll have white last round.  If Steve fails to win (probably against Joseph Bellissimo), it’ll come down to a tie-break to decide the winner!

Here is the game of the week:

White: Joey Comeau (UNR)
Black: Hugh Siddeley (2044)

A34 English: Asymmetrical

ACC Fall Swiss – Round 3

Welcome to Joseph Bellissimo and Michael Vermont, who joined the ACC Fall Swiss this week! Steve Fairbairn, after miniaturing Expert Hugh Siddeley with the Pirc, has now taken clear first – 2.5/3.

With new casual players joining, and a growing group of children being coached by Liza Orlova and Ian Mahoney, it was a lively Monday night of chess. (Next week, the rated games will be played in a separate room to ensure a silent playing hall for the tournament.)

Here are the games from round three – also available as a text file.

White: Hugh Siddeley (2044)
Black: Steve Fairbairn (1995)

B09 Pirc: Austrian Attack

White: Erik Malmsten (1865)
Black: Michael Vermont (UNR)

A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack

White: Shabnam Abbarin (1581)
Black: Marcus Wilker (1875)

B01 Scandinavian Defence

ACC Fall Swiss – Round 2

The ACC is pleased to welcome three new players to the Fall Swiss: Daniel Zotkin, Erik Malmsten, and Steve Fairbairn. Steve Fairbairn has now joined the four-way tie for the lead with 1.5/2. Upset of the week goes to Yakos Spiliotopoulos for his win over Marcus Wilker with the Benko Gambit.

Here are the games from round two – also available as a text file.

White: Marcus Wilker (1875)
Black: Yakos Spiliotopoulos (1429)

A26 Benko Gambit

White: Daniel Zotkin (1708)
Black: Erik Malmsten (1865)

B06 Modern

White: Alex Ferreira (2066)
Black: Shabnam Abbarin (1581)

C68 Ruy Lopez

ACC Fall Swiss – Round 1

The 2010 ACC Fall Swiss saw two big upsets in round-one play.  Ian Mahoney defeated Expert, Alex Ferreira; and Lawrence Garcia knocked off A-class player, Marcus Wilker.

Here are the games from round one – also available as a text file.

White: Ian Mahoney (1710)
Black: Alex Ferreira (2066)

C65 Ruy Lopez

White: Hugh Siddeley (2044)
Black: Shabnam Abbarin (1581)

C70 Ruy Lopez

White: Lawrence Garcia (1478)
Black: Marcus Wilker (1875)

A47 Queen’s Indian

White: Yakos Spiliotopoulos (1429)
Black: Daniel Wiebe (1869)

B90 Sicillian Najdorf

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PA Day Children’s Tournament

One-day children’s tournament at the ACC – Friday November 19

PA Day chess in Toronto

Children from local schools spent their PA Day on Friday playing in a chess tournament at 918 Bathurst. Ted Winick ran another successful event, featuring medals and ribbons, snacks, pizza lunch, and a variety of alternate activities, including improv theatre with Lauren Stein

The overall winner in grades 4-6 was Qiyu Zhou, and top place in grades 1-3 went to Joshua Feld. Congratulations to all participants!

See the cross-table for complete results

PA Day Children’s Tournament – Final Results

Final Results (Grades 4-6):

# Name Rating New Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Qiyu Zhou unr. 0 W17 W3 W2 W4 W5 5.0
2 Rayleigh Becker 812 835 W14 W11 L1 W12 W4 4.0
3 Georgiea Drummond 636 678 W13 L1 W17 W6 W11 4.0
4 Wyeth Robertson 669 687 W15 W5 W6 L1 L2 3.0
5 Karl Westerholm 785 785 W12 L4 W9 W10 L1 3.0
6 Hongjian Zhao 363 445 W8 W10 L4 L3 W13 3.0
7 Christian Matta 385 409 L10 W8 L14 W15 W12 3.0
8 Grant Westerholm 431 431 L6 L7 B— W17 W10 3.0
9 Anton Pirisi unr. 0 H— W14 L5 L11 W16 2.5
10 Rory Moldovsky 538 538 W7 L6 W11 L5 L8 2.0
11 Eli Harris 655 655 W16 L2 L10 W9 L3 2.0
12 Rafael Faria-Lopes 541 541 L5 W15 W13 L2 L7 2.0
13 Jacob Mayo 500 500 L3 W16 L12 W14 L6 2.0
14 Max Steer unr. 0 L2 L9 W7 L13 W17 2.0
15 Carl Greenbaum unr. 0 L4 L12 D16 L7 B— 1.5
16 Zev Turner unr. 0 L11 L13 D15 B— L9 1.5
17 Mateo Harris unr. 0 L1 B— L3 L8 L14 1.0

Final Results (Grades 1-3):

# Name Rating New Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Joshua Feld 740 778 W4 W2 W6 W11 D3 4.5
2 Sergiu Moruzanu 503 579 W16 L1 W5 W7 W6 4.0
3 Jacob Stocking 592 646 W17 W7 D11 W8 D1 4.0
4 David Hua unr. 0 L1 W16 D9 W15 W11 3.5
5 Gil Moldovsky 330 359 B— D8 L2 W18 W13 3.5
6 Elan Stecklov 585 585 W10 W14 L1 W13 L2 3.0
7 William Culligan unr. 409 W12 L3 W10 L2 W14 3.0
8 Colin Monahgan unr. 0 W18 D5 W15 L3 D9 3.0
9 Hana Mitsui Hotz unr. 0 W21 L11 D4 W12 D8 3.0
10 Arbel Groshaus unr. 0 L6 W22 L7 W17 W16 3.0
11 Ben Rothschild 568 574 W20 W9 D3 L1 L4 2.5
12 Julian Matta unr. 0 L7 D17 W19 L9 W18 2.5
13 Mateo Faria-Lopes 318 318 D19 D18 W14 L6 L5 2.0
14 Jackson Tsang unr. 0 W22 L6 L13 W20 L7 2.0
15 Adrian Pirisi unr. 0 H— W19 L8 L4 D17 2.0
16 Laurel Wells 358 358 L2 L4 W22 D19 L10 1.5
17 Kate Jakaitis unr. 0 L3 D12 D20 L10 D15 1.5
18 Erik Ellefson unr. 0 L8 D13 W21 L5 L12 1.5
19 Elmurat Akhmetzhanov 334 334 D13 L15 L12 D16 D21 1.5
20 Diya Ajwani unr. 0 L11 D21 D17 L14 D22 1.5
21 Alisa Miniovich unr. 0 L9 D20 L18 D22 D19 1.5
22 Vedin Schimmach unr. 445 L14 L10 L16 D21 D20 1.0

Canadians on the World Stage

Mark Bluvshtein update

Canadian GM Mark Bluvshtein finished the Corsica Masters event in Bastia with 5/7. This qualified him for the knock-out, where he lost to GM Gawain Jones’s Benko Gambit. He is now in Israel, training with GM Huzman. When he comes back to Toronto, he’ll be preparing for the tournament in Groningen, the Netherlands, at the end of December.

Mark helped open the Annex Chess Club this October, and his many fans at the club are following his professional chess career closely.

For photos, analysis, and updates, check out his blog.

Here is his Round 6 victory over Russian GM Mikhail M. Ivanov in Corsica:

White: Mark Bluvshtein (2583)
Black: Mikhail M. Ivanov (2438)

A00 King’s Indian

Jason Cao wins World Under-10

Jason Cao
Canadian, Jason Cao, wins World Under-10 in Greece

Nine-year-old Jason Cao won a gold medal for Canada in the World Youth Chess Championship in Greece. A grade 5 student from Victoria, Jason is now a FIDE master. He is the first Canadian World Under-10 Champion since 1986.

For more details, see the CFC press release, “Canadian Jason Cao – New U 10 World Chess Champion.”

Annex Chess Club in Toronto Star

Lawrence Day’s weekly column features our club’s opening night

In the weekly chess column in the Puzzles and Comics section of the Saturday Star, Canadian IM Lawrence Day discusses the “tranquil space” at our clubhouse at 918 Bathurst, and the “dramatic details” from the Olympiad related by GM Mark Bluvshtein. Day was in attendance at our opening night celebration, featuring Bluvshtein’s talk. If you can’t get a copy of the Star from October 30, we will be posting the article at the club soon.

Chess for everyone