2023 Ivy League Blitz

On March 24, 2023, the 2023 Ivy League Blitz Tournament was held at Hart House during the 5th Ivy League Challenge. Open to all, this 7-round unrated Swiss event featured $400 in prizes.

Top-seed was GM Andrew Tang, followed by WIM Yunshan Li, CM Koosha Jaferian, and IM Nicholas Vettese. The tournament went smoothly, with 41 players signing up for the 7 round event. GM Andrew Tang took a commanding lead and didn’t drop a point, to finish 6/6 before his final round bye. The final result was a 3-way tie for first between GM Tang, CM Jaferian, and FM Zomorrodian at 6 points.

The top-woman prize was won by WIM Yunshan Li and WFM Cindy Qiao, who had 4.5/7. IM Nicholas Vettese finished 4th with 5/7.

Jeremy Peters finished with top-U1900 with 4/7. Joshua Bakradze finished top-U1400 with 4/7 as well. Finally, the top-unrated prize was split between Yukuan Zou, Daniel Rokharget, and Ivan Ovchinnikov.

Thank you to everyone for coming out and having such a fun time! Thank you to the event organization conducted by Victor Zheng and Bowen Zhang.

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Official Flyer

Format and event details

  • WHEN: Friday, March 24th, 8:00 pm (or as soon as Round 2 of Ivy League Challenge finishes) – 10:00 pm.
  • WHEREHart House (7 Hart House Cir, Toronto) – East Common Room and/or Reading Room.
  • WHAT: 7-round single-round Blitz Event (Swiss), using a 3 minute + 2 second time control.
  • RATED: Unrated
  • ENTRY FEE: $5 for members, $10 for non-members, free for FMs at least 1 week before. Free for Ivy League Challenge participants. Pay online via registration page by midnight Mar. 23rd or onsite with cash before 7:45pm (if space permits).
  • PRIZE FUND: Minimum $400 as follows: 1st place – $115; 2nd place – $75; 3rd place – $50; Top Woman – $40; Top U1900 – $40; Top U1400 – $40.
  • SPECIAL PRIZES: All participants will be entered into a door prize for a HHCC hoodie, t-shirt, and toque.
  • PIZZA: FREE PIZZA for everyone served at ~7:15 PM. RSVP online here.
  • MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 50 players.
  • NOTE: chess sets and boards provided
  • ORGANIZER: Hart House Chess Club.

Standings and Pairings


Any questions can be sent to: hhchess@studentorg.utoronto.ca

IM Advait Patel, winner of HHCC’s 2022 Fall Blitz and 2023 Blitz Championship

See the Fall Blitz Tournament and 2023 HHCC Blitz Championship for examples of how the tournament will run.