2022 Hart House Holidays Open Attracts Record Breaking Crowd of 212 players

The 2022 Hart House Holidays Open took place in Toronto, Ontario, from December 9th – 11th, 2022, marking the celebration of both the upcoming holiday season, and the return of the Club’s annual chess events. It was the first Holidays Open since 2019, and the Club’s first major tournament since the 2020 Reading Week Open.

This year’s event included some major changes compared to previous iterations, which allowed round 1 to start promptly on time at 6:30pm, and all other rounds being paired and on-time as well. Registrations began approximately 6-weeks before the event, and options for registration included in-person, telephone, online, and cheque, thanks to the system implemented by Hart House. Including withdrawals and forfeits, the tournament would’ve been close to 230 players, making it one of the most the Club has seen since the heydays of the 1970s.

Situated at the heart of the University of Toronto’s campus, the Gothic Revival-style building of Hart House opened its doors to a diverse group of 212 participants representing all ages and skill levels, who came out to play in the tournament and take a shot at the $9,250 prize funds.

The Rd 3 game between NM Max Chen and IM Nikolay Noritsyn saw Max defeat Nikolay and eventually take home first. (John Upper)

As tradition, the tournament was divided into six different sections based on ratings, and the games began! The winner in each section would be determined after 5 swiss style classical chess games (90 minutes + 30 secs. increment), with all sections being CFC rating, and the top 3 being FIDE rated.

Interestingly, the increased turnout wasn’t reflected in the Crown Section (20 players), which usually would be filled with strong titled players. This year, this top section consisted of only 1 IM Nikolay Noritsyn and 2 FMs Allan Munro and Michael Dougherty. Max Chen, who has played in every Holidays Open since his first in 2014, finished first with 4.5/5, taking home the top prize of $1400. Max was buoyed with a victory over Noritsyn in round 3, who finished strong with 4/5 for clear second. Third-place was split between Max Rusonik and Ian Loadman, with Ian going undefeated with 3 draws and 2 wins.

Max Rusonik finished tied 3rd in the Crown Section (John Upper)

In the Under 2200 Section (23 players), a three-way-tie for first was seen, with Jeffery Zhao, Vitaliy Reshetniak, and Noah Yuen, coming out tied with 4 points apiece. Vitaliy, playing in his first CFC-rated tournament, but with a high FIDE rating, lost to Jeffrey. Jeffrey took a first-round bye, and drew Noah. Noah’s path to tie-first involved a draw with Ilia Bluvshtein and the aforementioned draw with Jeffrey.

In the Under 1900 Section (43 players), Larry Yang and Siddharth Narasimhan tied for first, with 4.5/5 apiece. With such a large section, they ended up not playing each other. Ali Shafkat started strong with 4/4, however lost to Siddharth in the fifth and final round to finish clear third. Fourth was a 7-way tie between Denys Melnychuk, Sean Liu, April Zhong, Irene Xie, Triston Li, Laksshana Deepak, and Nolan Wu.

Ali Shafkat finished clear 3rd in U1900 with 4/5 (Panagiotis Tsialis)

In the Under 1600 Section (55 players), Issac Duanmu, Daniel Botello, and Henry Vu finished with 4.5/5 and tie-first. Brendan Chan and Anthony Pham finished tied-4th. Interestingly, within these top-5, only 2 games were contested between themselves, with Issac drawing Brendan, and and Henry beating Anthony.

In the Under 1300 Section (39 players), Onur Naiboglu finished unbeaten with 4.5/5. Second place, 4/5 was shared between Slava Lukinykj, Mannan Attlee, Matthew Jung, and Daniel Stuekmann, the latter three who were playing in their first rated tournaments.

Finally, in the Under 1000 Section (32 players), Ethan Li finished with the only perfect score of the tournament with 5/5. Quentin Ma and Jacob Fischer finished tied for 2nd-3rd with 4/5. This section also saw the most unrated players, with a record 11 of the 32 players in the section playing in their first ever CFC-rated tournament!

Overall, the tournament saw over 30 new, unrated players playing in their first CFC rated tournament and over 20 students who took time out of their busy exam seasons to play. Seeing so many new players and students aligns with the Club’s mission of promoting chess to newcomers and students.

Hart House Chess Club would like to express its thanks to certain individuals for their work in making this event possible. For over a decade, Tournament Director and Chief Arbiter Alex Ferreira has led this tournament during both the good times and low times. His hard work and diligence in making the event possible do not go unnoticed.

TD and Arbiter Alex Ferreira (John Upper)

Next, we would like to thank the contributions of Victor Zheng, who helped keep track of the tournament pre-registrations, maintained the tournament webpage, answered emails, prepared/distributed signage and posters, maintained inventory, and set-up/took down the tournament playing hall. Crystal Cao, the Club’s Treasurer, did an amazing job working with both the onsite cash and the online registrations. She maintained an eloquent spreadsheet of the tournament’s financial accounts and helped navigate the prize payouts. Bowen Zhang, the Club’s Fundraiser, helped with all areas of the organizing, in-particular, working with Crystal to ensure CFC memberships were paid, and also ensuring games were recorded. Tanner McNamara, the Club’s secretary, swamped with his studies giving alcohol to rats, managed to make it to the tournament hall to provide important assistance and decision making. Ahmed Khalf, who had an astronomy final exam during the tournament dedicated important help in setting-up, recording scores, and answering questions for the tournament. Panagiotis Tsialis, a former HHCC Executive, played the always important role of photographer, capturing almost every player with individual chess portraits. Elliot Tseng, who had helped the Club with the Lending Library, also deserves a special shoutout for helping with the set-up and take-down of the tournament. Sean Lei, another past HHCC Exec helped with the Friday set-up, answering questions, and ensuring the smooth, on-time start of round 1.

HHCC Executives Tanner McNamara (Secretary) and Crystal Cao (Treasurer) were on hand to help run the tournament!

In addition to these volunteers, we would like to thank the University of Toronto as well as Hart House for their steady and continued support of our chess initiatives. The Hart House Information Hub with Jamie, Mauro, and Andrew provided invaluable assistance for registration and online-event setup. The Meetings and Events office with Madeline and Meghan, as well as the Staging Personnel, Department of Communications and the Financial Accounting Office coordinated their efforts to make the event possible. We wish to acknowledge their great assistance.

We would also like to acknowledge the generosity of the Annex Chess Club, who helped us supply enough chess boards and clocks to run the tournament without requiring many participants to bring their own.

Finally, the most important “thank you” goes out to the 212 participants who came out to play in the tournament, and to the friends, family, and supporters who came out to the tournament as spectators. It is with your support at these events that the Club maintains its liveliness and is able to continuously attract interest and maintain its 127-years of history. We are very thankful for your participation and are looking forward to seeing you again in our upcoming Hart House Reading Week Open, during Family Day Weekend next February.

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Hart House with the CN tower in the skyline. (John Upper)

2022 Hart House Holidays Open

We are delighted to share with the Hart House community that the annual Hart House Holidays Open Chess Tournament is back! We hope you will join us from December 9th – 11th at Hart House for the return of our annual flagship event. With five rounds in 6-sections for all skill levels, this is the perfect opportunity to play a competitive chess tournament. Official flyer.

Tournament News

New as of Nov. 29: Tournament standings, pairings, detailed pre-registered lists, policies, venue information, food options, and more can be found on the Tournament Website.

Dec. 8: See the latest announcement on the event

Dec 12: Congrats to all winners and thank you for participating at our event! We’ll be contacting winners this week on prize distribution and ratings should be updated by Wednesday. The event report will go up this week. Photos taken during the event by former HHCC Exec Panagiotis Tsialas can be found here. Photos taken by the CFC can be found here.

Dec 13: The event report can be found here. Thank you for coming out!

Standings and Pairings

Cross-tables and previous rounds’ pairings can be viewable below.

Hart House Holidays Open – Crown

Hart House Holidays Open – U2200

Hart House Holidays Open – U1900

Hart House Holidays Open – U1600

Hart House Holidays Open – U1300

Hart House Holidays Open – U1000

information

  • WHERE: Great Hall, Hart House, University of Toronto.
  • WHEN: December 9th, 10th, 11th.
  • SCHEDULE: Friday 9th at 6:30pm, Saturday 10th at 10:00am & 4:00pm, Sunday 11th at 10:00am & 4:00pm
  • TIME CONTROL: 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move 1, for all sections.
  • STYLE: 5 Round Swiss split in 6 rating sections – Crown (2200+), Under 2200, Under 1900, Under 1600, Under 1300 & Under 1000 Sections
  • PRIZE FUND: $8000 based on 200 entries
  • RATING: All sections will be CFC rated. Crown, Under 2200 & Under 1900 sections will also be FIDE rated. Crown Section will be paired using FIDE ratings.
  • FORFEIT TIME: Players who do not arrive within 30 minutes of the round start time will be forfeited.
  • BYES: Maximum 2 half-point byes in rounds 1-4 if requested in advance before the start of Round 1.
  • ORGANIZER: Hart House Chess Club with Alex Ferreira as arbiter.
  • EMAIL: hhtournaments@gmail.com
  • CAPACITY: 200 players in Great Hall, plus possible side rooms

Registration

  • Online registration is available until December 7th at 11:59 PM. In-person and telephone registration is available through the Hart House Information Desk during Hart House Hours.
  • Cash registration is only available onsite before 5:30pm on December 9th
  • Cheque registration (arrival by December 7th, 2022) can be made payable to The Governing Council of the University of Toronto, state Hart House Chess Club in description, at 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto ON, M5S 3H3. No post-dated cheques.

Entry Fees

$70 by November 16th at 11:59pm, $80 by December 7th at 11:59pm and $100 cash only on-site.

Playing up

Extra $20 to play up a section (pay onsite before 5:30pm). Playing up is allowed only for players within 100 rating points of the section’s minimum rating. For example, a player in the Under 1600 section wanting to play up in the Under 1900 section must have a rating no lower than 1500. Unless the fee is paid, players will automatically be placed in their appropriate section prior to the start of the tournament.

Discounts

$35 discount for University of Toronto students and unrated players (max one discount per player). Unrated players are not eligible for prizes. Free entry for IMs/WIMs/GMs/WGMs if registered by November 25th. Please email us for all discount information.

OTHER info

  • Please bring chess sets and clocks if possible. HHCC will provide DGT boards for the Crown section.
  • Registrants must be current CFC members or bring payment prior to playing – https://chess.ca/membership-fees.
  • Withdrawals: see our Policies.
  • Unrated players should review our New To Tournament Guide
  • Parking is available at a daily rate of $10.
  • Free Wi-Fi will be made available.

Pre-Registered

Players will be placed in sections according to eligibility, based on Dec 7 ratings’ update.  Not necessarily how people registered themselves.

Pre-registered as of December 8th. CFC expiries are based on December 11th, 2022.

NumberFirst NameLast NameCFC IDCFC RatingCFC MembershipFIDE IDSectionByes
1NikolayNoritsyn1325342570Valid2604922Crown
2MaxChen1552382328Valid2622440Crown
3JuraOchkoos1026692316Valid2601214Crown
4YouheHuang1594282300Valid2629445Crown
5MaxRusonik1556712299Valid2619253Crown
6WilliamLi1546772283Expired2619750Crown
7FengxiMao1660332234Valid2632586Crown
8DorianKang1553392228Expired2619156Crown
9LeonPerelman1462582223Valid2609495Crown
10DanielAbrahams1343332209Valid2606879Crown
11VishruthSharma1567762208Valid2621215Crown
12EricNing1582332204Valid2625407CrownRd 1
13MichaelDougherty1002942198Valid2601559CrownRd 2, 4
14Aaron ReeveMendes1670842196Valid25954938Crown
15AquinoInigo1369952190Expired2607131U2200Rd 1
16HenryLiu1577202159Valid2628597Crown
17FredGandolfi1089992147Valid0Crown
18IanLoadman1016862135Valid2613743Crown
19AllanMunro1408412130Valid7700245Crown
20InigoAssaripallam1351892119Expired2060329U2200Rd 1
21IliaBluvshtein1259342112Valid2605317Crown
22VaibhavBhat1757832096Valid5060931Crown
23RaymondGao1564802092Valid2629429Crown
24EddieXu1662742053Valid2632160U2200Rd 1
25AdamLi1603912039Valid2632144U2200
26Jeffrey R.Zhao1570072029Valid2627450U2200Rd 1
27Tony BohanBao1493512006Expired2613042U2200
28AndreiMoffat1082722004Expired2602954U2200
29RichardDouglas1311912000Valid0U2200
30TonyLu1667421991Valid2640643U2200
31MerlinNazareno1650791974Valid2632470U2200
32EricQian1679751969Valid2637774U2200
33Noah NathanielYuen1584701969Valid2627353U2200
34LeviLim1680791923Valid2634325U2200Rd 1
35CarinaD’Souza1676001913Valid2635550U2200Rd 1
36MohammedHadid1672551885Expired2638592U2200
37CharlieGrisar1661011883Valid2639440U2200
38JonathJoseph1719811879Valid329105368U2200
39AndyWang1682471844Valid2637804U2200
40DavidGauthier1649461843Valid2634066U1900
41FerdinandSupsup1423661831Valid2614030U1900
42OlyaKaye1205641822Valid2616475U2200
43Ryan ZhuoyuanXu1747221816Valid329105250U1900
44LarryYang1648231802Valid2637618U1900
45AndeLi1720841786Valid8620997U2200
46BhavatharshanJeyakumar1553091781Valid2619148U1900
47Ryan YunhuiZhong1667371773Valid2635860U1900
48AshleyQian1680501752Valid2636280U1900
49DanielSirkovich1450961746Valid2618125U2200
50LucChamberland1073461742Valid2646757U1900
51KamilaKolpashnikova1605721728Valid488100U1900
52Harrison (Hangchen)Liu1621331726Valid2628570U1900
53RajVerma1128401720Valid2643138U2200
54HeyeGao1660661711Valid2638223U1900Rd 1
55TrifelinoMiaco1217811696Valid121781U1900Rd 1
56SeanLiu1749721686Valid2643170U1600
57ArkadiyUgodnikov1466261685Valid2615940U1900
58VincentChen1631831685Valid2637553U1900Rd 1
59Wah Sing (Joseph)Leung1676061682Valid2636654U1900Rd 1
60April YunweiZhong1672711671Valid2635658U1900
61Modith AarohMutyalapati1712101662Valid25147870U1600
62CharisZhu1681321657Valid2638320U1900
63MarioMoran-Venegas1433151656Valid2605279U1900
64EthanLin1619971632Valid2635755U1900
65SiddarthNarasimhan1617461624Expired2639645U1900
66EvanAndersen1759251620Expired2642948U1900
67GauriSreekumar1652991611Valid2631458U1900
68SaarthakMalakar1732041608Valid30974291U1900
69IreneXie1756441600Valid2643537U1900
70DanielZhang1633121598Valid2637820U1900Rd 1
71TristonLi1669441586Valid2638282U1900
72Nathan ZianWang1617351586Valid2638681U1900
73Toy ChackKwan1627061579Valid2635097U1900
74GlibDunikov1727051572Valid150267727U1900
75AdrienCheng1582311568Valid2633167U1600Rd 1
76LaksshanaDeepak1757141550Valid25980548U1600
77SudhirPokhrel1501041550Valid0U1600Rd 1
78DaniaSurya1614031531Valid2627280U1900Rd 1
79NolanWu1607091523Valid2644681U1900
80AdieTodd1251561517Valid2609908U1900Rd 4
81FrankHelwig1057881517Valid2642344U1600
82Robert J.Armstrong1000341513Valid2605791U1900
83RichardWing1032651506Required0U1900
84ShafkatAli1491421503Valid2613441U1900
85UmidAllahverdi1755571502Valid13432834U1600
86GeorgeSupol1522861497Valid0U1600
87Benjaminde Costa1564651494Expired0U1600
88UndriadiBenggawan1073011493Valid2627973U1600
89DeParseCottrell1559421492Expired0U1600
90KenKurkowski1045371487Valid2613719U1600
91KaileyLiu1680911461Valid2640392U1600
92Ting En RyanWu1728501459Valid0U1600
93DonParakin1064881447Valid2634759U1600
94WilliamMcCarthy1043191445Valid0U1600
95BrendanChan1650221444Valid2646846U1600
96AnthonyPham1765061442Valid2645599U1600
97MinhBui1729551439Valid0U1600
98JaipreetSingh Dhaliwal1721631438Valid0U1600
99IsabelleZhu1495531437Valid0U1600
100MichaelDennahower1756961427Valid0U1600
101MengxuanWang1714041426Valid2640775U1600
102JustinLi1544171424Valid2620871U1600
103EliSchyngera1649761414Expired2635763U1600
104DavidDunikov1727061403Valid329218432U1600Rd 5
105IsaacDuanmu1635841397Valid2640589U1600
106NoahVelasquez1681451379Valid2637057U1600
107HenryVu1595011376Valid0U1600
108MarkRozin1578441373Valid0U1600
109ArnavMane1609271362Valid2632705U1600Rd 1
110OswaldBarmasch1327841360Expired0U1600
111NikolaiLomov1768201359Valid0U1600
112AnnaGavrileva1566341352Valid2641305U1900Rd 1
113MaxQian1753301334Valid2647486U1900
114JustinHuang1660681325Valid2638240U1600
115NathanHilker1711861316Valid0U1600
116FelixZhou1677581312Valid2638851U1600Rd 4
117AndrewEffat1550071300Expired0U1300Rd 3
118ZacharyShepherd1708311295Valid0U1300
119SithuAravindanathan1329501284Expired0U1300
120AustinLu1697381281Valid2644614U1300
121BalakrishnanSreekumar Maliekal1704781279Valid2642689U1600
122IvanHuang1646141271Valid2637715U1600
123EvgenyKalmanson1619661262Valid0U1300
124JamesMourgelas1085401255Valid2613816U1600Rd 3
125WilliamBi1693821233Valid2640600U1600
126NeilGoel1770221231Valid0U1600Rd 2
127Lucas haoxuanSun1716601220Valid2644630U1300
128OnurNaiboglu1707781213Valid0U1300
129EricHuang1746121211Valid2644550U1600
130LucyYang1645951206Valid2639084U1300
131SlavaLukinykh1745781193Valid2648130U1600
132RichardChen1339261192Expired0U1300Rd 1
133AustinLin1738951188Valid2640783U1300Rd 3
134AllenLi1755341184Valid0U1300
135JerryGerber1601031176Valid2638894U1300
136RichardKang1756181138Valid0U1300
137Jayden ZihanZhan1720991131Valid2640732U1300
138William kaiyuanWang1673361126Valid2638312U1300Rd 3
139RoseTuong1580241117Valid0U1300Rd 3
140LilyLiu1680241113Expired0U1300
141PacoLi1643681076Expired0U1300
142RickyChen1663531061Valid2638380U1300Rd 1
143ZeyuLiu1745401047Valid2647443U1600Rd 4
144DonaldMcCarthy1754941039Valid0U1300
145CameronKwan1732151033Valid0U1000
146SreekarVoleti1759781021Expired0U1300
147KushKheni160823996Valid0U1300
148IsabelleGuan166081996Valid2637642U1300
149QuentinMa177463989Valid0U1000
150EdSmyk146332984Valid2646986U1300
151ShiDuanmu171680966Valid0U1300
152GayathriSreekumar172806964Valid2640929U1300
153MarieGuan164627953Valid2635909U1300
154PeterGrucza173478950Valid0U1000
155JosephMcGowan175626933Expired0U1300
156StephanieXiao167303932Valid0U1300
157HeidiGay175381911Valid0U1300
158JoshuaBakradze177444883Valid0U1000
159Tsing Yee (Tina)Hui176179874Valid0U1000Rd 5
160OscarCheung171229871Valid0U1000
161ChristianKapsales161062871Valid0U1000
162JasperJia176373867Valid0U1000
163PeterLomov176819866Valid0U1000
164GabrielSaimovici175468863Valid0U1000Rd 3
165SibiSelvanathan175353860Expired175353U1000
166JoshuaKnott176630855Valid0U1000
167JacobFischer174508848Valid0U1000
168LynetteGuo175283847Valid0U1300
169IanGao177611820Valid0U1000Rd 4
170AlexaRoque172868809Valid2640490U1000
171SiddharthSurendran174502799Valid0U1000
172GlenNewbury177785762Valid0U1000
173YiguoGao169414658Valid0U1300
174EvanGao177612639Valid0U1000Rd 4
175Hao En ColinWu175981625Valid0U1000
176KristopherJiang168235566Expired0U1000
177NarekHovhannisyan1775850Valid13318233U1600
178MichaelWodzinski1780020Valid0U1600
179GeorgeEilender1743170Valid0U1900
180DanielWang1781910Valid0U1600Rd 2
181RiyaanLakhani1779890Valid0U2200
182DenysMelnychuk1781330Valid14182807U1900
183NicholasOssine1730900Valid0U1900
184AlexRoozmonNA0Required0U1600
185Ivan Hin IpLiuNA0Required0U1600
186DanielStueckmann1781990Required0U1300
187JaimeXiangNA0Required0U1300
188EricBlayNA0Required0U1300Rd 2
189HeLiu1781940Valid0U1000
190ArthamBhoutika1781920Valid0U1000
191DavidHuang1777180Valid0U1000
192BradleyNorthcoteNA0Required0U1600
193AdamWong1782310Valid0U1000
194MichaelAckworth1782920Valid0U1600
195StefanoPiconeNA0Required0U1300
196MohankumarJanakiraman1754190Valid0U1000
197LeoZhang1785490Valid0U1000
198AlexanderTeegarden1786570Valid0U1300
199EthanJia1781480Valid0U1000
200GeoffreyMcCollam1777100Valid177710U1600
201CalebMannNA0Required0U1000
202TurhanYalinNA0Required0U1600
203InderjitSingh1786760Valid0Crown
204LiorKorochovNA0Required0U1000
205OlehSych1780660Valid148108948U1300
206LeonKossoras1786990Valid0U1000
207YantaoYang1781140Valid0U1000
208Ethan YichenLi1643720Expired0U1000
209ReshetniakVitaliy1786530Valid14125250U2200
210MannanAttlee1787410Required0U1300Rd 3, Rd 4
211JoshuaGuiNA0Required0U1300Rd 1
212MatthewJung1776440Valid0U1300
213DanielBotello1764570Valid0Crown

Past Holidays Opens

2018 Hart House Holidays Open