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    Hart House Holidays Open

    Where: Great Hall, Hart House, University of Toronto
    When: December 16th, 17th, 18th
    Round Times: 6:30pm Friday, 10am & 3:30pm Saturday, 10am & 3:30pm Sunday
    Style: 5 Round Swiss in 4 Sections: Crown, U2200, U1900 & U1600
    Time Control: 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move 1, for all sections

    Entry Fee: $60 in advance for all players. $80 only on site.
    Discounts: $20 less for University of Toronto students. Free for IMs & WIMs if registered by December 9th.

    Organizer: Alex Ferreira & Hart House Chess Club. Contact hhtournaments(at)gmail(dot)com

    Other Info: Please bring sets & clocks
    Website: www.harthousechess.com


    Registration:

    • Email registrations must be completed by December 14th, or else considered late.
    • After pre-registering by email, please bring cash payment to the playing site before 6:00pm on December 16th, or mail a cheque which arrives by December 14th. If online registrants paying in cash arrive after 6:00pm on December 16th, they cannot be guaranteed a pairing in Round 1. No cheques on site.
    • To register in advance by mailing a cheque (arrival by December 14th, 2016), make cheque payable to Hart House Chess Club, at 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto ON, M5S 3H3. No postdated cheques.
    • Registrants after December 14th, 2016 are not guaranteed to be paired in Round 1, and must pay onsite entry fee ($80).
    • Players taking a bye in Round 1 can pay the entry fee twenty minutes before the start of Round 2.

    Entry Fee: $60 in advance, $80 cash only on site. Extra $20 to play up a section. 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 who wants to play up in the Under 1900 section must have a rating no lower than 1500.
    Discounts: $20 less for University of Toronto students. Free entry for IMs and WIMs if registered by December 9th.
    Special Discount: Free entry for players who have never played in any CFC or FIDE rated tournament. Chess Federation of Canada (CFC) membership purchase still required for $48, and entrants will not be eligible for prize money.

    Other Info: Please bring chess sets and clocks. Registrants must be current CFC members or bring payment prior to playing - http://chess.ca/membership-rates.


    Early Entries

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    Crown
    (FIDE Ratings)

    2479 - Noritsyn, Nikolay - IM
    2405 - Yang, Kaiqi - IM
    2404 - Song, Michael - IM
    2310 - Morrison, Robert
    2299 - Ivanov, Mike - ut
    2289 - Zhang, Yuanchen
    2248 - Findlay, Ian
    2245 - Plotkin, Victor
    2192 - Song, Guannan Terry
    2188 - Peng, David (Yu)
    2180 - Dougherty, Michael
    2180 - Bellissimo, Joseph
    2152 - Vettese, Nicholas
    2140 - Hua, Eugene
    2123 - Chen, Richard
    2088 - Cai, Jason
    2080 - Xu, Haizhou
    2076 - Bluvshtein, Ilia
    2071 - Agbabishvili, Lali
    2051 - Moffat, Andrei
    2040 - Calvelo, Jelvis
    2008 - Zhang, Henry
    1961 - Yu, Wenlu
    1947 - Zotkin, Daniel

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    U2200

    2176 - Southam, David
    2173 - Li, William
    2158 - Noritsyn, Sergey
    2148 - Perelman, Leon
    2141 - Aniunoh, Chike (Jude)
    2139 - Zeromskis, Egidijus
    2116 - Maulucci, Anthony
    2110 - Lei, Sean
    2079 - Liang, Hairan
    2076 - Ryadnov, Denis
    2071 - Zhao, Harry
    2057 - Chernik, Dmitry
    2056 - England, Max
    2054 - Malakhovets, Sergey
    2051 - Cheryachukin, Yury
    2050 - Wiebe, Daniel
    2039 - Wang, Constance
    2038 - Liu, Daniel
    2035 - Ye, Stephen - ut
    2024 - Back, Jeff
    2014 - Lacau-Rodean, Iulia
    1979 - Liu, Zhanhe (Lambert)
    1978 - Lin, Benjamin
    1939 - Washimkar, Arhant
    1933 - Surya, Benito
    1926 - Chen, Max
    1923 - Li, Michael
    1905 - Mendoza, Armand Jess
    1902 - Qian, Lanting
    1882 - Qiao, Cindy
    1844 - Kang, Dorian
    1840 - Rusonik, Max
    1832 - Uthayakumar, Ronan

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    U1900

    1875 - Colvin, Andrew
    1827 - O'Neill, Brendon
    1811 - Cale, Ferdinand
    1794 - Ghazarian, Tigran
    1758 - Supsup, Ferdinand
    1752 - Benggawan, Undriadi
    1716 - Ning, Eric
    1716 - Ab-barin, Hooshang
    1702 - Singh, Malhar
    1693 - Feng, Richard
    1691 - Sun, Andy
    1683 - Sharpe, Michael D
    1676 - Liao, Joseph
    1674 - Li, Eric M
    1666 - Belcadi, Salim
    1646 - Armstrong, Robert J.
    1638 - Ranola, Alberto
    1617 - Ali, Shafkat
    1613 - Kathirkamar, Janani
    1567 - Zhao, Jeffrey R.
    1566 - Jiang, Brian
    1543 - Gryn, Maksym
    1542 - Xie, Patrick
    1538 - Kurkowski, Ken

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    U1600

    1552 - Giffen, Glenn
    1542 - Louie, Kim
    1533 - Zhao, Jonathan
    1504 - Gillis, Doug
    1498 - Cottrell, Deparse - ut
    1480 - Liu, Harrison (Hangchen)
    1479 - Chen, Cheney
    1463 - Brown, John R.
    1454 - Bercovici, Mark
    1453 - Zhang, Henry XianRui
    1428 - Wang, Yanning
    1419 - Wu, Edward Yang
    1414 - Lu, Lucas Yunkun
    1414 - White, Lorne
    1395 - Liu, Harry
    1385 - Xie, Austin
    1375 - Li, Yun Hong (Kevin)
    1373 - Zhao, Jeffrey Renfei
    1371 - Yang, Elena
    1371 - Du, Robert Jinyu
    1366 - Liu, Henry
    1352 - Dinatolo, Zack
    1330 - Hua, Michelle
    1314 - Xiao, Edward
    1307 - Archibald, Colin B.
    1287 - Lu, Leo
    1286 - Yuan, Daniel
    1273 - Ma, Yue Ran
    1269 - Sztuka, Jeremy - ut
    1258 - Bhanji, Areez
    1239 - Wang, Eric
    1239 - Shen, Isamel
    1221 - Khakimov, Karim
    1219 - Li, Wing
    1218 - Dorn, Hendrik
    1190 - Lin, Angela
    1190 - Field, Christopher
    1165 - Finkelstein, Michael
    1143 - Vera, Jesus
    1116 - Gao, William (Zhimao)
    1069 - Salem, Hazem
    1068 - Chen, Derek
    1044 - Gangolli, Rahul
    1034 - Pishdad, M. Hassan
    969 - Zhuang, Jin Rong (Winnie)
    954 - Plotkin, Julia
    952 - Hay, John
    945 - Gao, Raymond
    938 - Hughes, Henry
    918 - Chen, Andrew
    899 - Huang, Youhe
    891 - Tuong, Rose
    854 - Ai, Amy
    854 - Zhuang, Leo
    831 - Gao, Lucy
    708 - Surya, Dania
    685 - Mane, Arnav
    UNR - Hakimi, Navid - ut
    UNR - Mane, Kishor
    UNR - Mohan, Manu

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    Early Entries: 141


    Alex Ferreira
    Last edited by Alex Ferreira; Friday, 16th December, 2016, 02:08 AM.

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    Changes from previous tournaments

    Hi,


    Please note the following changes from previous editions:

    Time Control: 90 minutes + 30 seconds for all sections. Several players requested it, taking into account two rounds on Saturday & Sunday.
    Players on-site are welcome to voice their preferences and concerns with me, and if a large enough group of people share the same opinion on time control or any other issue, modifications to future editions of Hart House tournaments are possible.

    Round Times: Taking into account the new time control, some changes were made. Round 1 will now start at 6:30pm, with players arriving before 6pm. This will give participants an additional half hour (compared to previous years) to make it to round 1 on Friday evening after their earlier Friday routines. Rounds 3 & 5 will start at 3:30pm, again half hour earlier than previous editions. The slightly faster time control will allow for a more comfortable lunch for those whose games go the full length, and overall shorten the total tournament-day by over one hour.

    Discounts: Flat Fee early entry is now $60. The vast majority of discounts were removed. The situation had become such that, 80%+ of the players were eligible for a discount and we were targeting a very small group with "normal" fees. This will also allow us to make more accurate prize fund projections based on number of entries. While I appreciate this change may be unpopular among several players, I hope that the community can appreciate that we continue to provide an entry fee that is very competitive with most other tournaments in the region.


    Alex Ferreira
    Last edited by Alex Ferreira; Saturday, 29th October, 2016, 09:11 PM. Reason: underlining

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    • #3
      Re: Hart House Holidays Open

      Please correct the date for >WIMs discount (Feb 12)

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      • #4
        Re: Hart House Holidays Open

        Hi Egis,
        Thanks for catching that, I had used an old template. Fixed now.
        Alex F.

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        • #5
          Re: Hart House Holidays Open

          *bump*
          List of early entries up.
          Alex F.
          Last edited by Alex Ferreira; Monday, 28th November, 2016, 03:10 PM.

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          • #6
            Re: Hart House Holidays Open

            Alex, do you have a flyer we can print for the interested players here?
            Marcus Wilker
            Annex Chess Club
            Toronto, Ontario

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            • #7
              Re: Hart House Holidays Open

              Originally posted by Marcus Wilker View Post
              Alex, do you have a flyer we can print for the interested players here?
              Hi Alex:

              Same for Scarborough CC - send me an electronic version, and I'll print some up for our display table.

              Bob A

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              • #8
                Re: Hart House Holidays Open

                Originally posted by Bob Armstrong View Post
                Hi Alex:

                Same for Scarborough CC - send me an electronic version, and I'll print some up for our display table.

                Bob A
                Are there Team Competition? How about prize fund and distribution based on certain number of players?

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                • #9
                  Re: Hart House Holidays Open

                  Hi Mark,

                  The prizes are based on entries... 70% of entries revert into prizes. If the number of players is above 125 I will probably make a team prize as well. We have done this in the past, but if turn-out is lower than normal, the team prize has been the first thing to be cut.

                  Alex F.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Hart House Holidays Open

                    Originally posted by Alex Ferreira View Post
                    Hi Mark,

                    The prizes are based on entries... 70% of entries revert into prizes. If the number of players is above 125 I will probably make a team prize as well. We have done this in the past, but if turn-out is lower than normal, the team prize has been the first thing to be cut.

                    Alex F.
                    Most tournament organizers and directors make prize distributions during tournaments whatever they want to be. What exactly are the actual prizes based on a certain number of players, let just say @ 120 players? Or out of those 70% of entries, how many % goes to the four sections just to get an estimate of player's expectation?

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                    • #11
                      Re: Hart House Holidays Open

                      several questions:
                      Byes - are they 1/2 point?
                      Default time - 1 hour?

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                      • #12
                        Re: Hart House Holidays Open

                        Originally posted by Alex Ferreira View Post
                        *bump*
                        List of early entries up.
                        Alex F.
                        To access the Hart House Chess Club website: https://harthousechess.com/%20tournaments/ (Prior URL no longer works).

                        Alex - there still is no link to a pre-registrations page, as far as I can tell.......did I miss it?

                        Bob A

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                        • #13
                          Re: Hart House Holidays Open

                          Originally posted by Egidijus Zeromskis View Post
                          several questions:
                          Byes - are they 1/2 point?
                          Default time - 1 hour?
                          Byes: I think it's on the flyer but I can put it here as well. Maximum 2 (two) 1/2 (half-point) byes in Rounds 1-4 if requested before the start of Round 1. Otherwise will be zero point byes.

                          Default time remains 1 hour, as per overall Canadian Standards / Practice.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Hart House Holidays Open

                            Originally posted by Bob Armstrong View Post
                            To access the Hart House Chess Club website: https://harthousechess.com/%20tournaments/ (Prior URL no longer works).

                            Alex - there still is no link to a pre-registrations page, as far as I can tell.......did I miss it?

                            Bob A

                            Hi Bob,

                            No you have not. The website doesn't list the pre-registered list and I am not sure that will either. I don't have free access to that site and now that entries are coming in fast, it doesn't make much sense in pestering someone else to update it twice a day.
                            With that said... I myself update the pre-registered list here on Chesstalk. It's been listed on the first / main post of this thread for over a week, and I keep editing it.

                            Alex F.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Hart House Holidays Open

                              Originally posted by Mark Biong View Post
                              Most tournament organizers and directors make prize distributions during tournaments whatever they want to be. What exactly are the actual prizes based on a certain number of players, let just say @ 120 players? Or out of those 70% of entries, how many % goes to the four sections just to get an estimate of player's expectation?
                              Hi Mark,

                              I used to have a chart on the flyer with a complete projected prize fund based on entries. I stopped doing it for two reasons: people know what we do and what to expect, and it gave me little lee-way when I needed it. As you mentioned, it's the organizer's discretion and organizers are different in how they do this bit.
                              With that said, I don't intend to drastically deviate in any way what we've done in the past. One of the reasons why I changed the entry fee to a nearly-flat $60 all the way across by scrapping the majority of the discounts was precisely to more adequately predict the prize fund based on entries.


                              It would be foolish of me to try to seriously fiddle with what seems to have worked in the past, so players can expect a similar distribution to previous editions of Hart House tournaments.

                              What players can expect based on what we have done in the past, based on about 120 players (ie approx $5,000):
                              40-50% of prize fund in Crown Section with $1,000 first prize
                              No prize ladder or distinction between the other categories, with each having ~15% of the prize fund, with a first prize between $300-400.
                              Possible team prize: If one is put in place, it will be a flat $400 so each team member can take home $100.
                              3 prizes in each of the 4 sections.

                              Why do I also not want to place a rigid chart with a prize fund distribution? Section sizes can vary substantially. It is not uncommon for me to adjust the prize fund slightly based on the size of the section. Some examples that come to mind are... adding a 4th place prize or particularly in the U1600 section, create a sub-rating (ie U1300 prize within U1600 section) that only the lower group is eligible too.

                              The prize fund is generally posted on the second day of the tournament, on-site. This allows the organizer to breathe and make some calculations based on the pool of players that have turned up to play.


                              Alex Ferreira

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