HHCC 2023 PanAm Qualifier Recap

From September 24th-25th 2022, the HHCC organized its annual PanAm Qualifier to select four players to represent the University of Toronto at the Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Championships to be held next year, January 5-8 in Seattle, WA. Travel and accommodation will be covered partially by HHCC.

A record number, 37 players, competed at this year’s iteration. Congratulations to Nicholas Vettese, Tanraj Sohal, Derek Ma, and Yunshan Li for finishing in the top 4. Depending on funding, the Club may also send a second, “B”, team.

Results and Pairings

The final pairings and results can be found at the following links:

Round 1 Pairings and Results

Round 2 Pairings and Results

Round 3 Pairings and Results

Round 4 Pairings and Results

Round 5 Pairings and Results

Final Standings


After 5 rounds, a 6-person tiebreaker was played to determine the remaining player for the first team. The tiebreaker results can be found here.


HHCC Fall 2022 Announcements & Schedule

Hello everyone!

Welcome to September and the start of a new semester! Here’s a quick run through of what we’re planning this academic year.

Casual Play Fridays

Every Friday this semester, we will be open every Friday from 4pm-11pm except for holidays. Everyone, regardless of UofT student status can drop by to play chess for FREE at the Hart House Reading Room.   


This year, the Hart House Chess Club membership is FREE for all undergraduates and graduates of UofT. Students must register with the Hart House Hub (front-desk) to become a member. A separate non-student HHCC membership can be purchased for alumni and all other members of the community (special prices for those under 29 or over 65) at the Hart House Hub. For all info on memberships, visit our memberships page here: https://harthousechess.com/membership-benefits/

Events this semester:

All events currently on our FALL 2022 calendar can be found here: https://harthousechess.com/upcoming-events/

Our upcoming events this September are:

  1. Clubs Day 2022 – (Wednesday, September 7th)
  2. Welcome Back Party – (Friday, September 16th)
  3. GrandMaster Simul by Evgeny Bareev (Sept 23rd)
  4. PanAm Qualifiers – (Sept 24-25 2022)
  5. HHCC Fall 2022 Special Election – (Sept 30)

Links to the above events can be found on our upcoming events page.


Lessons are scheduled to begin Friday, September 30th at the HH Reading Room. Beginner lessons will be from 5-6 pm and intermediate/advanced is planned for 6 pm – 7 pm. Participants must be members of the club to join.  

HHCC 2023 Pan-Am Qualifier

Event recap can be found here. Congrats to the winners and good luck in Seattle!

The Club will be holding a qualifying tournament from September 24th-25th to select four players to represent the University of Toronto at the Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Championships to be held next year, January 5-8 in Seattle, WA. Travel and accommodation will be covered partially by HHCC.

Official flyer for the event is located here.

Pan-Am-Qualifiers Schedule:

Time Control:  60 minutes + 30 seconds increment
Round 1:  9:30am September 24
Round 2:  12:45pm September 24
Round 3:  4pm September 24
Round 4:  9:30am September 25
Round 5:  12:45pm September 25
Tiebreaks (if needed)  4pm September 25

Please note that this schedule is scheduled to change. Full confirmation will be sent to all registered players.

0-point-byes are in effect.  Players are expected to play all rounds.
Forced byes will be awarded 1/2 point.

Ratings will be used for seeding/pairing purposes but the tournament itself will not be rated with the Chess Federation of Canada.


Participants are kindly asked to register online by Friday, September 23rd, 9:00 pm. To do that send us an e-mail at hhchess@studentorg.utoronto.ca with the following information:

  • Your first and last name
  • Your current Elo rating (CFC, FIDE, or other international rating)

No entry fee is required but all players must show up by 9:15 am Saturday morning, as registered members of the Hart House Chess Club, at the playing hall (signs will be posted in the Hart House).

Eligibility Requirements:

To participate in Pan-Am-Qualifier one must be a member of the Hart House Chess Club. The membership for 2022-2023 is FREE for all UofT students.

To participate in the Pan-Ams tournament itself you must be available to travel to Seattle, January 5th-8th, and you must meet the following requirements :

Additional Requirements:

– A $250 fee must be paid to Hart House within a week after the qualifying tournament.
– Participants will be required to attend a tutorial on Safety Abroad as per UofT policy
– Participants will be responsible for, and required to have valid passport, travel visa if applicable, and travel health insurance

For further information please consult the Collegiate Eligibility Rules.

Hart House Chess Club Welcome Back Pizza Party

To officially welcome back everyone to the HHCC, we’ll be hosting our annual Welcome Back Pizza Party! We hope you will join us on Friday, September 16th, 6-8pm in the Hart House Reading Room as we celebrate the start of another chess-filled year.

This is a wonderful opportunity to see your old chess friends and to meet new ones. We’ll also be sharing lots of exciting news and would love to answer any questions you might have about HHCC, so please do come by! Free pizza for all!

Clubs Day 2022

September is almost upon us which means the U of T campus is already bustling with both new and returning students! UTSU’s Week of Welcome is just around the corner!

The Hart House Chess Club is excited to announce that on Sept. 7th, we will return to the UTSU Clubs Carnival in order to promote our chess events and activities for the upcoming year!

Find us at our assigned table at the front of the Hart House, say hi to the friendly faces at our booth, pick up one of our flyers and play a game or two with your friends or the people of the Club! You are welcome to stop by anytime between 1 pm and 4 pm!

A raffle draw along with small chess.com merch will be available to be won!

We hope to see you there!

Treasurer Sean Lei and Joseph Bellissimo introducing visitors to Hart House Chess Club! (2019)

Xplore Hart House 2022

On Thursday, September 22nd, Hart House is throwing open its doors and inviting you to explore what its beautiful building has for you at their annual Xplore Hart House 2022 event!

To kick off the new year, Hart House invites you to explore four floors of wellness, arts and dialogue experiences. Meet new people and begin planning your social calendar for the rest of the school year!

Our Chess Club will be proudly participating in the event from 11 am to 3 pm! As soon as you enter the building, take a left at the Hart House Hub and find our tables inside the Reading Room! Come say hi, ask any questions you might have, pick up one of our beautiful leaflets, become members and play a game or two with your friends or other chess club members!

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Reading Room!

Hart House Chess Club Fall 2022 Special Election

Fall 2022 Club Election

Please carefully read the short election information below if you wish to exercise your right to run or vote during the Hart House Chess Club fall 2022 special election.

Interested in being a part of the executive team of the coolest Hart House Student Club? The HHCC is running an election for the vacant Fundraiser Representative position this month! A vote, (if necessary) will be held on Friday, September 30th, at 6:30PM at the Hart House Reading Room.

Position Information

The Fundraising Representative acts closely with the Treasurer to determine the extent and nature of the Club’s financial needs, and organizes corresponding fundraising initiatives with the assistance of other Executive members.

Electoral Process

If you are interested in serving the Hart House Chess Club as a member of the 2022/23 Club Executive in the position of Fundraising Representative, please indicate your interest in doing so before 12 noon on September 23rd, 2022 by sending an email to Ben Hahn, HHCC Alumni Chair, at bfohahn@gmail.com. Please note that interested candidates may be required to submit a brief statement of interest for circulation to the Club’s membership prior to the election. Interested candidates may also be required to give a short speech to the Club’s membership on the day of the election. The Fall election will be held in-person at 6:30 p.m. on Friday September 30th, 2022 in the Hart House Reading Room. Thank you.


All club members, both students and non-students, have the right to vote and to be candidates for an executive position, provided that they have been Hart House Chess Club members for at least one month by September 30th.


If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Hahn at bfohahn@gmail.com, indicating [HHCC Elections] as the subject of your e-mail.

Hart House Chess Club is an open and inclusive environment. As a positive space we welcome and encourage members of all sexes, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, languages, abilities, religions and creeds to participate in the student government of the club, either as members of the executive or as volunteers!

Casual Play Fridays at the Hart House Chess Club

Chess players of all abilities attended a drop-in night organized by the Hart House Chess Club.

Play casual chess with your friends or other students in a friendly and open environment. Join other beginners, intermediate or advanced players and have fun playing the Royal Game. Stop by anytime between 4 pm and 11 pm with yourself or your friends! Chess sets and equipment provided. Non-members are welcome and encouraged to come!

The Hart House Chess Club is open every Friday from 4 pm – 11 pm in the Hart House Reading Room. We are the only chess club in Toronto offering free casual drop-in play for all levels. Every Casual Play Friday is overseen by an Executive of the Hart House Chess Club, who will be happy to assist you in any way. Please stop by and pay us a visit!

August Programming at the Hart House Chess Club

Hello Hart House Chess Club members!

Important updates from our club this month! All events listed here are FREE!

  1. You can find us at the Hart House Reading Room Fridays from 4 pm to 11 pm. We also have online lessons weekly on Saturdays at 12 noon on Discord
  2. On our HHCC chess.com team page, we are running weekly Saturday events at 8 pm. Registration opens at 7 pm each Saturday. Each weekly winner gets a 1-month chess.com Diamond Membership.
  3. Chess.com representatives will also be coming by in September if enough NEW members join our HHCC chess.com team page. Tell your friends to join!
  4. Chess.com is running a Bullet and Bughouse Collegiate Chess League Championship. The Bullet Championship will be from August 6 to 13. Bughouse will be from August 20 to 28. You must be a student of UofT to register for this event. Registration for the Bullet closes August 5 at 10 pm PT.
  5. Collegiate Chess League Fall Registration is now open. The league is run on chess.com and UofT had some success last year. You must be a student of UofT to register for this event. 

If you would like to keep in touch with the latest events and activities of the club, you are encouraged to join our mailing list or our Discord server


HHCC Co-Communications Director 2022-2023

Chess players of all abilities attended a drop-in night organized by the Hart House Chess Club.

HHCC Summer Blitz

The Hart House Chess Club returned for its first casual blitz tournament of the summer on June 17th, 2022. It was the first opportunity to meet the new Executive and catch up with old and new friends.

The HHCC Summer Blitz was the first in-person tournament at the HHCC since the 202- Reading Week Open in February 2020! The Club finally opened back its doors earlier in the month to its weekly Casual Play Friday events.

June 17, 2022 at 7PM

Registration: opens 4pm, ends 6:45 pm. (late registrants will get half point byes)

Time Control: 5/3, 6 rounds

Prizes for top 3, unrated, U2000, and top woman


Starting RankNameRatingRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Round 5Round 6ScorePrize
1Christopher Knox235011110.515.51st – 2nd
2Joseph Bellissimo227611110.515.51st – 2nd
3Kit Ng22001110003
4Jim Zhao22001110104
5Wenzhi Dai21561100103
6Aria Payduri16501101014Top U2000
7Eliot Tseng14341001103
8Adrian Shkumbov138211002
9Isabelle Zhu130210100.513.5Top Woman
10Bowen Zhang12501001114
11Sean Sresnberg120000.510102.5
12Maksym Woychyshynunr.0001102
13Chol Elijah Akolunr.1011014Top Unrated
14Illya Lywarevunr.10100.513.5
15Raeid Saqurunr.101002
16Evan Baltmanunr.0112
17Aaron Huunr.0111003
18Vimal Simhaunr.0111104Top Unrated
19Bradlev Northwcateunr.010001 (BYE)2
20Andrey Jimierunr.01(BYE)001
21Sunghyoun Kimunr.0010113
22Nick Jamkhouunr.FF
23Kirill Logoveevunr.00.501001.5
24Tony Lauunr.0101002
25Nabeel Jafriunr.10001
26Daniel Stveiemannunr.100.51.5
27Daniel Wangunr.000.51012.5
28Norman Fuunr.0001012
29Jack Byembadorjunr.0.5000000.5
30Nathaniel Yong12811110115Third
31Daniel Zhaounr.10F10.5002.5
32Artashesunr.00001 (BYE)1
33Ben Hahn1800BYE (.5)101114.5
34Jonathan Yu2100BYE (.5)111104.5
35Victor Zheng0.50.5
36Edward Changb11

Congrats to all the winners! See you at our next tournament!