2017 Pan-Am Intercollegiate Qualifier

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The 2017 Pan-Am Qualifier is marked one of our Club’s greatest successes in recent years as 22 players seized the opportunity to experience an enjoyable and friendly chess competition! After five rounds of tough battles on the board, the top 8 finishers who will get to represent U of T are:

1-2. Mike Ivanov, Zhen Nasir (4 points)
3-4. Nikita Gusev, Jim Zhao (3.5 points)
5-7. Aidan Sowa, Panayoti Tsialas, Leslie Tang (3 points)
8. Andy Liao (2.5 points)

We would like to congratulate the top-8 finishers on their performance and we wish them good luck in the 2017 Pan-Am Intercollegiate Championship in Columbus, Ohio.

We would also like to extend our thanks to each and every chess enthusiast who participated in the tournament, either as a player or as a spectator! This event would not have been so magical without your amazing support and active involvement! Special thanks are owed to Mr. Alex Ferreira, the Chief Arbiter of the tourament, who volunteered so much of his time and energy to make sure that this tournament would be a success. He conducted the entire event superbly!

Most importantly, however, we would like to thank all the less experienced chess players who were courageous and enthusiastic enough to compete against some of HH Chess Club’s finest! You all did a great job and we were so lucky to have you play in the tournament! Keep practicing, keep playing, keep enjoying the Royal Game whenever and wherever you get the chance!

Qualifier

Here are all the pairings and results per Round:

Round 1

1. Jack Moore – Nikita Gusev 0-1

2. Mike Ivanov – Vikram Venkataramanan 1-0

3. BenJohn Libardo – Jim Zhao 0-1

4. Aidan Sowa – Aflah Zul 1-0

5. Leon Yao – Juliaan Posaratnanathan 0-1

6. Leslie Tang – Morris Chen 1-0

7. Andy Liao – Seiji Nakagawa 1/2

8. Kevin Chen – Su Sanne Tan 1-0

9. Alexandra Yao – Ruonan Cao 0-1

Round 2

1. Nikita Gusev – Aidan Sowa 1-0

2. Ruonan Cao – Mike Ivanov 0-1

3. Jim Zhao – Leslie Tang 1-0

4. Seiji Nakagawa – Kevin Chen 1-0

5. Zehn Nasir – Andy Liao 1-0

6. Morris Chen -Jack Moore 0-1

7. Aflah Zul – John Chen 0-1

8. Vikram Venkataramanan – Raeid Saqur 0-1

9. Su Sanne Tan – BenJohn Libardo 1-0

Bye: Alexandra Yao (1/2)

Round 3

1. Mike Ivanov – Nikita Gusev 1-0

2. Seiji Nakagawa – Jim Zhao 0-1

3. John Chen – Zhen Nasir 0-1

4. Aidan Sowa – Jack Moore 1-0

5. Leslie Tang – Su Sanne Tan 1-0

6. Raeid Saqur – Ruonan Cao 0-1

7. Andy Liao – Alexandra Yao 1-0

8. Panayoti Tsialas – Aflah Zul 1-0

9. BenJohn Libardo – Vikram Venkataramanan 0-1

Bye: Morris Chen (1/2)

Round 4

1. Jim Zhao – Mike Ivanov 0-1

2. Nikita Gusev – Leslie Tang 1-0

3. Zehn Nasir – Aidan Sowa 1-0

4. Ruonan Cao – Seiji Nakagawa 0-1

5. Andy Liao – Panayoti Tsialas 0-1

6. Jack Moore – John Chen 1-0

7. Alexandra Yao – BenJohn Libardo 0-1

Round 5

1. Jim Zhao – Nikita Gusev 1/2

2. Seiji Nakagawa – Zehn Nasir 0-1

3. Aidan Sowa – Ruonan Cao 1-0

4. Panayoti Tsialas – Jack Moore 1-0

5. Leslie Tang – BenJohn Libardo 1-0

6. John Chen – Andy Liao 0-1

Final Crosstable

Crosstable (Final)

The qualifying tournament was held on Oct. 7-8th at the Hart House Committees Room and, once again, we would like to thank everyone who contributed to an unforgettable 2017 Pan-Am Qualifier!