Arlington Chess Club

ACC Events

    OCTOBER

  • Friday Ladder:
    Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
  • GM Lesson (!!): Oct. 4
  • Blitz: Oct. 13
  • DC Chess League: Oct. 20
  • Sat. Action-Plus: Oct. 21
  • Friday Action: Oct. 27
  • NOVEMBER

  • Friday Ladder:
    Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24
  • DC Chess League: Nov. 3
  • Sat. Action-Plus: Nov. 4
  • Friday Action: Nov. 10
  • GM BlindFold Simul (!!): Nov. 11
  • Blitz: none

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Tournament Reports

September 31

September Wrap-Up by ACC President

ACC events continue to be a great value with lots of quality competition at every rating level. All of our events are $1-$9 per game. Come check us out!

In big news, the club was visited twice this month by the BlindFold Simul King, GM Timur Gareyev. First, as a Reminder: On Saturday November 11th, Timur will play a BlindFold Simul at the Arlington Chess Club - claim your spot early! Timur is a Super-GM topping out at 2780 and currently in the high 2600s. He has made a name for himself by holding BlindFold Simuls and last December of 2016, he set the world record for playing 48 opponents on the way to winning 35 of the games and drawing half of the rest. This month, his first event with the club was a Small-Group Lesson in which 11 players received tournament prep guidance. Then Timur dropped by the club meeting a few nights later and gave an Impromptu Lecture on one of his games from the recent Atlantic Open.

In the ACC Ladder (30/90, SD/60, d5), 64 players competed for the Ladder Prize with Ian Turner grabbing first place (4.5/5) a half point ahead of Jason Robinson (4/5). Of the 18 players in the ACC Blitz tournament (5 double-rounds [10 games] at a G/3 +2 time control), young Sam Schenk played lights out (8.5/10) through tough competition to secure first place and ending a half point ahead of Larry Gilden (7.5). In the ACC Action tournament (3 rounds, G/30, d5), 3 players out of 15 entrants tied for 1st place (2.5/3) including Eduard Hagara, Larry Gilden and Leonid Patsuk. And finally, in the ACC Action-Plus tournament (5 rounds, G/45, d5) 44 players slogged it out with newcomer Yibo Chen winning clear first (4.5/5) in the Premier section followed by Geoff Davis in second (4/5) and Larry Gilden and Bijan Tahmasebbi tied for 3rd (3.5/5). In the U1700 section, Donovan Chong swept through the opposition to win first place (4.5/5) followed by Frank Huber in sole second (4/5) and Elliott Lee in third (3.5/5). The U1400 Class Prize was won by Kevin Su and the U1200 Class Prize was split 3 ways. All in all, a busy month in which fun was had by all!

September 24, 2017

World Solving Championship solutions; John Nunn; ChessBase

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This Problem Solving event took place in Dresden, Germany, in early August. We reported extensively on it and gave you eight problems from the Championship to solve. Not an easy task, as most of them required some experience in this entertaining and challenging field. The solutions are wonderfully annotated by top problem solver Dr John Nunn. Learn and enjoy!

September 13, 2017

Chess.com Announces Computer Chess Championship; Editor; Chess.com

The world's strongest computer engines will compete in a first-of-its-kind speed chess tournament on Chess.com this November, the site announced today. As computer engines have claimed the undisputed title as the best chess-playing entities on earth, interest in the machines has risen among chess fans. The first annual Chess.com Computer Chess Championship (CCCC) will decide which engine is the best at the format of chess most played online: speed chess. The Computer Chess Championship is scheduled for Nov. 13-16, with all four days featuring full live coverage on Chess.com/TV with master commentary and high production values to promote computer chess as a fun viewing experience for the modern gaming audience.

September 13, 2017

The road to the Candidates 2018; Macauley Peterson; ChessBase

Checking in on World Championship candidates qualification, the twists and turns that have already occurred and are still to come as the drama mounts and the pool of players shrinks. For many potential candidates the World Cup is the only possible route to qualification, but some have multiple paths to follow. Will Mamedyarov and Caruana stay on track despite being eliminated from the World Cup? Who else can join Sergey Karjakin to attempt to overthrow Magnus Carlsen next year?

August 31

August Wrap-Up

ACC events continue to be a great value with lots of quality competition at every rating level. All of our events are $1-$9 per game. Come check us out!

The club had a great turnout in our events this month. In the ACC Blitz tournament (5 double-rounds [10 games] at a G/3 +2 time control), Aditya Ponukumati (7.5/10) again battled through tough competition to secure first place ending a half point ahead of Nikolas Theiss and Bora Yagiz who tied for second (7.0). In the ACC Ladder (30/90, SD/60, d5), nearly 50 players competed for the Ladder Prize. This month, we had a 5-way tie for first (3/4) between X. Jian, D. Franco, C. Shoemaker, T. Vanderplas and E. Guo. In the ACC Action tournament (3 rounds, G/30, d5), Isaac Chiu (3/3) held off a field of 16 players including Andy Rea in second place (2.5/3.0) and 6 players tied for third (2/3) to win the tournament. And finally, the ACC Action-Plus tournament (5 rounds, G/45, d5) was not held this month.

August 26

The World Cup starts in 1 week! Predictions?; Colin McGourty; Chess24

World Champion Magnus Carlsen tops the 128-player field for the most enjoyable and democratic event in the chess calendar when the World Cup starts next Sunday in Tbilisi, Georgia. The huge knockout will see almost a month of non-stop action, with the complete world elite fighting for a $120,000 top prize and two places in the 2018 Candidates Tournament. We preview the action, look at who may win and give you a chance to predict the outcome yourself.

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August 15

All Sinquefield Cup interviews; Macauley Peterson; ChessBase

Ever wanted to see what the players said on the live commentary, but didn't have the time to go searching for their post-game interview (or whether they even had one)? Well, we've put together a quick reference for you! Here you'll find all player interviews from the Sinquefield Cup 2017. Every...single...one, linked for ease of use.

August 14

U.S. Open: It's Lenderman!; Staff; ChessBase

Lenderman wins the U.S. Open in Norfolk, Virginia, with 8.0/9. From considering quitting professional chess a few months ago, to qualifying for the 2018 U.S. Championship, it's been a stark turnaround for the 27-year-old grandmaster from Brooklyn. “Apparently the game of chess doesn’t want me to leave yet.”

August 2, 2017

7 questions before the 2017 Sinquefield Cup ; By Colin McGourty; Chess24

Magnus Carlsen will have the black pieces against Fabiano Caruana as the 2017 Sinquefield Cup starts in St. Louis today, with live commentary in English and Spanish available here on chess24. The big question is, can the World Champion win his first classical chess tournament in over a year? We ask that and more as we preview an event that sees ten of the world’s top players compete for $300,000 in the third stage of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour.

August 1, 2017

July Wrap-Up; By ACC President

ACC events continue to be a great value with lots of quality competition at every rating level. All of our events are $1-$9 per game. Come check us out!

The club had a great turnout in our events this month. In the ACC Ladder (30/90, SD/60, d5), nearly 70 players competed for the Ladder Prize. This month, Dr. E. Von York, Sr. (3.5/4) edged out M. Hiban (3/4) for the win. The ACC Action-Plus tournament (5 rounds, G/45, d5) had nearly 55 players show with venerable L. Gilden (4/5) tying for 1st with A. Samuelson and Tan Nguyen. An U2000 prize was split by N. Jay, G. Davis and C. YU (3/5). In the U1700 section, F. Huber, S. Scala and M. Vivek tied for 1st (4/5) with S. Sapre and S. Sachion tying for the U1400 prize and K. Su and M. Harikumar tying for the U1200 prize. The ACC Blitz tounament (5 double-swiss rounds, G/3 +2) had 16 members compete with L. Gilden (7.5/10) edging out N. Theiss (7/10) for the 1st place win. And finally, the ACC Action tournament was not held due to the plethora of competing events this month.

August 1, 2017

Alex Yermolinsky wins US Senior Open; By Alex Yermolinsky; ChessBase

After years of eligibility to participate in the US Senior Open, GM Alex Yermolinsky finally caved in' and added his name to the roster when it coincided in date and location with a summer chess camp he was teaching at. This event came down very much to him and coleague GM Dmitry Gurevich, as they dueled for the title, but they were not alone. Still, it was not just a chance to compete, but also to catch up with old friends.

July 31, 2017

World juniors crush the USA in St. Louis; By Colin McGourty; Chess24

Extra segment: Segment #2

World Junior Champion Jeffery Xiong said “they managed to blow us out of the building” as his US team was crushed 30.5:17.5 in the Match of the Millennials by a world team featuring the likes of Praggnanandhaa and Abdusattorov. What had looked and begun as a balanced contest was all but decided on the third of four days, when the world racked up a 10.5:1.5 score. Vishy Anand and Wesley So were on hand to award the trophies as they returned to St. Louis for the Sinquefield Cup, which starts on Wednesday.

July 27, 2017

Kasparov opens USA vs. World match in St. Louis; By Colin McGourty; Chess24

“Now we have the future,” said Garry Kasparov as he opened the Match of the Millennials in St. Louis. The event sees US and Rest of the World teams compete in U14 and U17 age categories, with some of the world’s top juniors such as 11-year-old Praggnanandhaa and 12-year-old Nodirbek Abdusattorov getting their first feel for the intense scrutiny of elite events. The match is also notable in terms of chess politics, with Kasparov and St. Louis working together with FIDE under acting President Georgios Makropoulos.

July 26, 2017

Morozevich entertains at 50th Biel Chess Festival; By Colin McGourty; Chess24

The 50th Biel Chess Festival has brought some chess legends back into the limelight, with former champions Anatoly Karpov and Vlastimil Hort playing in the opening rapid knockout, while 65-year-old Rafael Vaganian is playing in the main 10-player round-robin. Perhaps the highlight so far, however, has been 3-time Champion Alexander Morozevich. He’s played three spectacular games, even if his sacrifice in Round 1 backfired against Hou Yifan, who currently leads with Ruslan Ponomariov and Etienne Bacrot.

July 22, 2017

Awonder Liang, Akshita Gorti are U.S. Junior champs; By Alejandro Ramirez; ChessBase

The 2017 U.S. Junior Championship and Girls Junior Championship were held in Saint Louis, in the same hall as the prestigious Sinquefield Cup and U.S. Championship. After ten days of gruelling chess, we had two very different tournaments. Akshita Gorti dominated the Girls section from beginning to end, while the Juniors had an absolutely last-minute result, in which GM-elect Awonder Liang prevailed. | Photos: Austin Fuller, Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.

July 7, 2017

The World Computer Championships: A History; By David Levy; Chess.com

The history of chess programs competing in tournaments is exactly 50 years old. … The World Computer Chess Championship (WCCC) normally takes place every year, with no restriction on the computer hardware on which the programs may run. This event aims to find the world’s best chess software/hardware combination.

July 4, 2017

Controversial Finish To Canadian Championship; By Mike Klein; Chess.com

The 2017 Canadian Chess Championship was turned upside down this weekend, literally. Black advanced several passed pawns in the game's waning moments and was the first to promote. Note that he was not first to "queen" despite that being his intention. With six seconds remaining, Black played ...d1, scrambled to find a Black queen, and with none in sight, grabbed a captured rook. He announced "queen" and turned it upside down on d1 before pressing his clock with four seconds remaining. That's when the on-looking Chief Arbiter intervened by waving his hands and stopping the clock.

July 1, 2017

June Wrap-Up; By ACC President

ACC events continue to be a great value with lots of quality competition at every rating level. All of our events are $1-$9 per game. Come check us out!

The club had a great turnout in our events this month. In the ACC Ladder (30/90, SD/60, d5), over 60 players competed for the Ladder Prize. This month, Roberto Aguirre (4.5/5) was a full point ahead of Jason Northcutt (3.5) for the win. In the ACC Action tournament (3 rounds, G/30, d5), Sam Mikhelson (3/3) held off a field of 16 players, including a 5-way tie for second, to secure the prize. The ACC Action-Plus tournament (5 rounds, G/45, d5) had over 40 players show with venerable Larry Gilden (4/5) holding off the young Nguyen brothers, Trung and Tan (3.5) in the premier section. In the U1700 section, Pranav Chinthakuntla (4.5/5) also swept through the opposition for the first place prize followed by a 3-way tie for second by Max Yan, Jonah Treitler and Charles Willis (all 3.5). Andrew Welbaum earned the U1400 Class Prize and young newcomer Amber Tien won the U1200 prize. And finally, in the ACC Blitz tournament (5 double-rounds [10 games] at a G/3 +2 time control), Aditya Ponukumati (7.5/10) battled through tough competition to secure first place ahead of a 4-way tie for second (6.5).

June 1, 2017

May Wrap-Up; By ACC President

ACC events continue to be a great value with lots of quality competition at every rating level. All of our events are $1-$9 per game. Come check us out!

The club had another good turnout this month for the ACC Ladder (30/90, SD/60, d5), as nearly 50 players competed for the Ladder Prize. This month, young newcomer Sungjoon Kim (3/4) beat out 7 other club members (2/4) for the win. In the ACC Action tournament (3 rounds, G/30, d5), Bora Yagiz ran the tables to win 1st place (2.5/3) in a field of 10 players. The ACC Action-Plus tournament (5 rounds, G/45, d5) had good player turnout and in the Premier Section Ronnie Coleman and Aditya Ponnukumati tied for first place (4/5) followed a half point behind by Cosmo Zheng in 3rd place (3.5/5). In the U1700 section, Zahir Muhammed tied for 1st with Daniel Ricciotti (4/5) followed closely by Satvik Lolla in sole 3rd (3.5/5). Young Dominic Earle won the U1400 Class Prize for the second month in a row and newcomer Shaka Green won the U1200 prize. And finally, in a busy month, there was no room to run the ACC Blitz tournament (5 double-rounds [10 games] at a G/3 +2 time control) - it will return on June 16!

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