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IVY LEAGUE CHALENGE
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Round 1 Games

FM Kapil Chandran (2393) – IM Atulya Shetty (2395)
IM Safal Bora (2392) – FM Ethan Li (2248)
NM Aaron Balleisen (2195) – FM Mark Heimann (2368)
Kyle Webster (1902) – NM Isaac Martinez (2127)
GM Darwin Yang (2488) – NM Joseph Bellissimo (2121)
NM James Fu (2061) – IM Richard Wang (2332)
FM Varun Krishnan (2253) – NM Sean Lei (1876)
Gary Huang (1748 CFC) – NM Bryan Hu (2240)
FM Nikita Gusev (2253) – IM Matthew Larson (2408)
Alex Fabbri (2067) – FM Qiyu Zhou (2207)
NM Haizhou Xu (2116) – Ram Vishwanathan (1893)
Harish Vemuri (1887 USFC) – NM Zehn Nasir (2081)

Round 2 Games

FM Kapil Chandran (2393) – GM Darwin Yang (2488)
IM Richard Wang (2332) – FM Ethan Li (2248)
NM Aaron Balleisen (2195) – FM Varun Krishnan (2253)
NM Bryan Hu (2240) – NM Isaac Martinez (2127)
IM Atulya Shetty (2395) – IM Matthew Larson (2408)
Alex Fabbri (2067) – IM Safal Bora (2392)
FM Mark Heimann (2356) – Ram Vishwanathan (1893)
Harish Vemuri (1887 USFC) – Kyle Webster (1902)
NM Joseph Bellissimo (2121) – FM Nikita Gusev (2253)
FM Qiyu Zhou – NM James Fu (2061)
NM Sean Lei (1876) – NM Zehn Nasir (2081)
NM Jonathan Yu (2057) – Gary Huang (1748 CFC)

Round 3 Games

FM Nikita Gusev (2253) – FM Kapil Chandran (2393)
FM Ethan Li (2248) – FM Qiyu Zhou (2207)
NM Haizhou Xu (2116) – NM Aaron Balleisen (2195)
NM Isaac Martinez (2127) – NM Zehn Nasir (2081)
GM Darwin Yang (2488) – IM Atulya Shetty (2395)
IM Safal Bora (2392) – IM Richard Wang (2332)
FM Varun Krishnan (2253) – FM Mark Heimann (2356)
Kyle Webster (1902) – NM Bryan Hu (2240)
IM Matthew Larson (2408) – NM Joseph Bellissimo (2121)
NM James Fu (2061) – Alex Fabbri (2067)
Ram Vishwanathan (1893) – NM Sean Lei (1876)
Gary Huang (1748 CFC) – Harish Vemuri (1887 USFC)

Round 4 Games

FM Kapil Chandran (2393) – IM Matthew Larson (2408)
Alex Fabbri (2067) – FM Ethan Li (2248)
NM Aaron Balleisen (2195) – Ram Vishwanathan (1893)
Harish Vemuri (1887 USFC) – NM Isaac Martinez (2127)
IM Atulya Shetty (2395) – NM Joseph Bellissimo (2121)
NM James Fu (2061) – IM Safal Bora (2392)
FM Mark Heimann (2356) – NM Sean Lei (1876)
Gary Huang (1748 CFC) – Kyle Webster (1902)
GM Darwin Yang (2488) – FM Nikita Gusev (2253)
FM Qiyu Zhou (2207) – IM Richard Wang (2332)
FM Varun Krishnan (2253) – NM Zehn Nasir (2081)
NM Jonathan Yu (2057) – NM Bryan Hu (2240)

Round 5 Games

NM Joseph Bellissimo (2121) – FM Kapil Chandran (2393)
FM Ethan Li (2248) – NM James Fu (2061)
NM Sean Lei (1876) – NM Aaron Balleisen (2195)
NM Isaac Martinez (2127) – Gary Huang (1748 CFC)
FM Nikita Gusev (2253) – IM Atulya Shetty (2395)
IM Safal Bora (2392) – FM Qiyu Zhou (2207)
NM Haizhou Xu (2116) – FM Mark Heimann (2368)
Kyle Webster (1902) – NM Zehn Nasir (2081)
IM Matthew Larson (2408) – GM Darwin Yang (2488)
IM Richard Wang (2332) – Alex Fabbri (2067)
Ram Vishwanathan (1893) – FM Varun Krishnan (2253)
NM Bryan Hu (2240) – Harish Vemuri (1887 USFC)

*The prize for Best Game of the Tournament was awarded to FM Kapil Chandra and IM Atulya Shetty for their game on Round 1.

Support Hart House Chess Club

For over 120 years Hart House Chess Club has been the University of Toronto’s leader in the game of chess. Students, alumni and community members alike all benefit from the rich ambiance, the chess lessons and the plentiful tournaments happening at the centre of UofT. Your support will ensure that Hart House Chess Club can continue to offer vital opportunities for students to learn the Royal Game and put their chess skills into practice, developing their capacities and sharing new student-life experiences.

Call for Support:

During its history, Hart House Chess Club has benefited crucially from the number of its members who have chosen to maintain their association and support of the Club beyond their time as students. This has helped the Club to maintain continuity not only of its existence but also of its character. Anyone who has played at the Club will attest to the liveliness of its atmosphere and enthusiasm of its members. The stream of students who have come through its doors over the years consist of the whole range of players from complete beginners to ones with international titles.

As the Club moves into its 123rd year of existence as UofT’s official Chess Club, its initiatives keep increasing, hitting record numbers of club members as well as internal and external events. More an more students get to enjoy the invaluable benefits of the game in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. However, these rich activities have also resulted in increased costs; costs that we need your support to sustain.

Thanks to donors like you, many generations of UofT students have come to understand the value of having a space outside of academia where they can explore and engage in a diverse number of co-curricular chess-related activities, which ultimately provide extraordinary lessons of their own. Any donation, no matter how small, can help us continue to make progress, accommodating an ever increasing number of students.

Make a Donation:

This year we are focusing our fundraising efforts on upgrading the chess equipment of the club (boards and clocks) as well as sustaining the costs for the preparation and participation of our Varsity Chess Team in the PanAm intercollegiate Chess Championship in San Fransisco, California. Your financial support towards achieving these goals would be greatly appreciated.

If you wish to make a donation to the Chess Club:

– You may do so online on http://www.Donate.utoronto.ca/harthouse. Please choose “Area of Greatest Need” and then add “Chess Club” in the notes field.

– You may also write Hart House Chess Club a cheque, made payable to Hart House, in which case you will get a tax receipt.

Public recognition will be offered to all those people who decide to support but donors may also choose to retain their anonymity.

Finally, for sponsorship proposals or alternative donating arrangements please contact our Fundraiser Representative, Mr. Panagiotis Tsialas, at tsialaspan@gmail.com.

We hope that, with your precious support, the work done at Hart House Chess Club will gain momentum and help build an even better future for generations of students to come.

List or Participants

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BLITZ BATTLES – LIST OF PARTICIPANTS
(all ratings stated in FIDE unless indicated otherwise)

1. GM Darwin Yang (2488)
2. IM Kaiqi Yang (2448)
3. IM Shiyam Thavandiran (2410)
4. IM Matthew Larson (2408)
5. IM Atulya Shetty (2395)
6. FM Kapil Chandran (2393)
7. IM Safal Bora (2392)
8. FM Mark Heimann (2356)
9. IM Richard Wang (2332)
10. FM Nikita Gusev (2253)
11. FM Varun Krishnan (2253)
12. FM Ethan Li (2248)
13. NM Bryan Hu (2240)
14. FM Qiyu Zhou (2207)
15. NM Aaron Balleisen (2195)
16. NM Geordie Derraugh (2169)
17. NM Isaac Martinez (2127)
18. NM Joseph Bellissimo (2121)
19. NM Haizhou Xu (2116)
20. NM Zehn Nasir (2081)
21. Alex Fabbri (2067)
22. NM James Fu (2061)
23. NM Jonathan Yu (2057)
24. NM Kit-Sun Ng (2046)
25. Ruoying Xu (1963)
26. Kyle Webster (1902)
27. Ram Vishwanathan (1893)
28. Harish Vemuri (1887 USFC)
29. NM Sean Lei (1874)
30. Leslie Tang (1756)
31. Gary Huang (1748 CFC)
32. Kevin Li (1699 CFC)
33. Sumon Reza (1622 CFC)
34. Robert Bentley (1597 CFC)
35. Jurgen Aliaj (1534 CFC)
36. Jimmy Bartha (1533 CFC)
37. Sahan Karunaratne (1471 CFC)
38. Ethan Moon (1026 CFC)
39. Dylan Yakobovits (1005 CFC)
41. Val Lomonossov (unr.)
42. Vikram Nijhawan (unr.)

Tournament Rules

1. One illegal move loses 2. King chopping is allowed 3. Touch clock to complete move (not touch move) 4. Promoting a pawn without replacing it with a piece and pressing the clock is an illegal move 5. Using one hand to move and pressing the clock with another is allowed 6. It is fine to castle by moving the rook firstBLITZ BATTLES – TOURNAMENT RULES

Time Control: 3 minutes + 2 sec/move
Style: 9 rounds, Swiss-system

When: Sunday, November 11th, 2018, 2:30 – 4:30 PM
WhereHart House Debates Room

Rules: 0-point-byes are in effect. Forced byes will be awarded 1 point. Ratings will be used for seeding/pairing purposes but the tournament itself will not be rated.

1. One illegal move loses
2. King chopping is allowed
3. Touch clock to complete move (not touch move)
4. Promoting a pawn without replacing it with a piece and pressing the clock is an illegal move
5. Using one hand to move and pressing the clock with another is an illegal move
6. It is fine to castle by moving the rook first

Prizes: Trophy to the top player in the final standings. Medals to the second and third top players.

Arbiter:  Mr. Weiwen Leung
Deputy Arbiter: Mr. Panayoti Tsialas

Registration:

To reserve a spot in the tournament, please register by sending an e-mail with your full name and FIDE/CFC rating (if you have one) at hhchess@utoronto.ca by no later than November 10th at 9:00 PM. The limited seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline to register will be strictly observed. Walk-ins and on-site registrations will NOT be accepted.

Entry Fee:

The entry fee for Hart House Chess Club members will be $5. Members of the guest Teams in the Ivy League Challenge may enter for free. Everyone else will be asked to pay $20. No CFC membership is required.

All money raised will go towards supporting UofT’s Varsity Chess Team in its road to the 2018 Pan-Am Intercollegiate Chess Championship in San Fransisco, California.

Blitz Battles: Challenge the Masters!

Join Hart House Chess Club as it welcomes some of America’s and Canada’s strongest student chess players for a fantastic Blitz Tournament on the 11th of November! The “Blitz Battles” is a fundraising chess competition taking place right after the closing ceremony of the much awaited Ivy League Challenge!

The tournament is open to the chess community at large so everyone is welcome to play but seating is limited and registration is required to secure your spot.  To reserve a spot in the tournament, please register by sending an e-mail with your full name and FIDE/CFC rating (if you have one) at hhchess@utoronto.ca as early as possible.

The deadline to register is Saturday, November 10th, at 9:00 PM and it will be strictly observed. Many players need to get to Pearson Airport in time, so we need to make sure that the announced timetable will be followed. For this reason, walk-ins and on-site registrations will NOT be accepted.

We expect a pretty high demand so, if interested in playing, it is advisable to make your move fast. As a courtesy to your fellow students and chess enthusiasts, we would kindly ask that if you register for the tournament and you are no longer able to attend, please cancel your registration to allow for someone to take your spot.

The registration fee for Hart House Chess Club members will be $5. Members of the guest Teams in the Ivy League Challenge may enter for free. Everyone else will be asked to pay $20. All money raised will go towards supporting UofT’s Varsity Chess Team in its road to the 2018 Pan-Am Intercollegiate Chess Championship in San Fransisco, California.

This is sure to be a wonderful event and we hope that you will join us.

Read the Tournament Rules

View the updated List of Participants

Round 5

IVY LEAGUE CHALLENGE
ROUND 5 – LIVE RESULTS
Nov. 11th – 9:30 AM

I. Toronto A vs Princeton (1 – 3)

1. NM Joseph Bellissimo (2121) – FM Kapil Chandran (2393) 0 – 1
2. NM James Fu (2061) – FM Ethan Li (2248) 1/2 – 1/2
3. NM Sean Lei (1876) – NM Aaron Balleisen (2195) 1/2 – 1/2
4. Gary Huang (1748 CFC) – NM Isaac Martinez (2127) 0 – 1

II. Toronto B vs Michigan (1 – 3)

1. FM Nikita Gusev (2253) – IM Atulya Shetty (2395) 0 – 1
2. FM Qiyu Zhou (2207) – IM Safal Bora (2392) 1/2 – 1/2
3. NM Haizhou Xu (2116) – FM Mark Heimann (2368) 0 – 1
4. NM Zehn Nasir (2081) – Kyle Webster (1902) 1/2 – 1/2

III. Yale vs Harvard (1.5 – 2.5)

1. IM Matthew Larson (2408) – GM Darwin Yang (2488) 1/2 – 1/2
2. Alex Fabbri (2067) – IM Richard Wang (2332) 0 – 1
3. Ram Vishwanathan (1893) – FM Varun Krishnan (2253) 1/2 – 1/2
4. Harish Vemuri (1887 USFC) – NM Bryan Hu (2240) 1/2 – 1/2

Round 4

IVY LEAGUE CHALLENGE
ROUND 4 – LIVE RESULTS
Nov. 10th – 4:30 PM

I. Princeton vs Yale (3.5 – 0.5)

FM Kapil Chandran (2393) – IM Matthew Larson (2408) 1 – 0
FM Ethan Li (2248) – Alex Fabbri (2067) 1 – 0
NM Aaron Balleisen (2195) – Ram Vishwanathan (1893) 1/2 – 1/2
NM Isaac Martinez (2127) – Harish Vemuri (1887 USFC) 1 – 0

II. Michigan vs Toronto A (3.5 – 0.5)

IM Atulya Shetty (2395) – NM Joseph Bellissimo (2121) 1 – 0
IM Safal Bora (2392) – NM James Fu (2061) 1/2 – 1/2
FM Mark Heimann (2356) – Sean Lei (1876) 1 – 0
Kyle Webster (1902) – Gary Huang (1748 CFC) 1 – 0

III. Harvard vs Toronto B (3 – 1)

GM Darwin Yang (2488) – FM Nikita Gusev (2253) 1/2 – 1/2
IM Richard Wang (2332) – FM Qiyu Zhou (2207) 1/2 – 1/2
FM Varun Krishnan (2253) – NM Zehn Nasir (2081) 1 – 0
NM Bryan Hu (2240) – NM Jonathan Yu (2057) 1 – 0