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ACC Events


  • Friday Ladder:
    Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26
  • DC Chess League: Jan. 5, 26
  • Friday Action: Jan. 12
  • Blitz: Jan 19
  • Sat. Action-Plus: Jan. 27

  • Friday Ladder:
    Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
  • Blitz: Feb. 2
  • DC Chess League: Feb. 9
  • Sat. Action-Plus: Feb 17
  • Friday Action: Feb. 23

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Tournament Reports

February 11, 2018

The Candidates: Wesley So; By Carlos Colodro; Chess24

The 2018 Candidates Tournament will be played in Berlin on 10-28 March. The winner will get a chance to fight for the World Championship title against Magnus Carlsen this November in London. We take a look at each candidate, analyzing his previous participations in similar events and his performance during 2017 and 2018 - next up is Wesley So.

February 9, 2018

The Candidates: Sergey Karjakin; By Carlos Colodro; Chess24

The 2018 Candidates Tournament will be played in Berlin on 10-28 March. The winner will get a chance to fight for the World Championship title against Magnus Carlsen this November in London. We take a look at each candidate, analyzing his previous participations in similar events and his performance during 2017 and 2018, starting with Sergey Karjakin.

February 5, 2018

Impressions from Tata Steel 2018; By Frederic Friedel; ChessBase

The Tata Steel Tournament, often called the "Wimbledon of Chess", is held in a wind-swept Dutch coastal resort, Wijk aan Zee, in the middle of winter. It is very prestigious and attracts top players from around the world, as well as hundreds of amateurs, who play in subsidiary tournaments or simply come to watch the action in the top groups. We bring you impressions of this year's 80th anniversary event, and a wonderful chess study to solve.

January 31, 2017

January Wrap-Up; By ACC President

ACC events continue to be a great value with lots of quality competition at every rating level. All of our events are $1-$9 per game.

The club had a great turnout in our events this month. In the ACC Blitz tournament (5 double-rounds [10 games] at a G/3 +2 time control), 20 players crossed swords over their chess boards with Daniel Clancy and Isaac Chiu tying for 1st (8/10) followed by Robert Cousins in 3rd (7/10). In the ACC Ladder (30/90, SD/60, d5), over 55 players competed for the Ladder Prize. This month, William Sarrano outlasted the competition (3.5/4.0) followed by Jason J. Robinson in 2nd (3/5) - with both picking up over 60 ratings points! In the ACC Action tournament (3 rounds, G/30, d5), 3 players out of 16 tied for 1st (2.5/3.0) including Francisco Morales, Ken Chieu, and Rodney Flores. And finally, 52 players showed up for the ACC Action-Plus tournament (5 rounds, G/45, d5), with Andrew Samuelson taking sole first (4.5/5.0) in the Premier section followed by Daniel Clancy in 2nd (4/5) and a 4-way tie for 3rd. In the U1700 section, Timothy Balton edged out 3 other players for 1st place (4.5/5.0). Owen Underwood won the U1400 prize (4/5) while a whopping 5 players split the U1200 prize (2/5).

January 17, 2018

1/17/1951: Bobby Fischer's first simul; By Johannes Fischer; ChessBase

Ten years ago, on January 17, 2008, Bobby Fischer died at the age of 64 in Reykjavik, Iceland. It is a strange coincidence that Fischer died on the same date that he played the first public game of his life. This was January 17, 1951, at a simul against American Master Max Pavey.

January 12, 2018

7 questions before the 80th Tata Steel Masters; By Colin McGourty; Chess24

Magnus Carlsen takes on Fabiano Caruana in Saturday’s first round of the Tata Steel Masters as he aims for a record 6th title, but it’s not going to be easy! Fellow 5-time Champion Vishy Anand plays for the first time since 2013, former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik plays for the first time since 2011, and in fact six of the world’s Top 10 play in the strongest Wijk aan Zee in many years after the organisers pulled out all the stops for the 80th edition! We take a look at seven questions before the tournament begins.

December 31, 2017

December Wrap-Up; By ACC President

ACC events continue to be a great value with lots of quality competition at every rating level. All of our events are $1-$9 per game. The club held its Holiday Party on Dec 23 and over 60 members participated - a good time was had by all! As part of the party, the ACC held the ACC Action tournament (3 rounds, G/30, d5) in which a field of 19 players competed. Oliver Kayende won clear first followed closely by a 3-way tie for 2nd (2.5/3). Even though this was a long month (5 club meetings) and over 50 players participated, the ACC Ladder (30/90, SD/60, d5), ended in a four-way between J. Custodio, O. Underwood, I. Turner and T. Moore (3/5). In the ACC Blitz tournament (5 double-swiss rounds, G/3 +2), 22 players fought over the board with Larry Gilden taking clear first (8/10) followed closely by Justin Paul (7.5/10). Due to church construction issues, the ACC Action Plus tournament was not held this month.

December 15, 2017

Svidler wins incredible 8th Russian Championship; By Colin McGourty; Chess24


23 years after winning his 1st Russian Championship as an 18-year-old Peter Svidler is now an 8-time Champion after defeating Nikita Vitiugov in a playoff finish. He picked up the 1 million rouble top prize, will get a Renault Captur car in January and also returned to the World Top 10 at the age of 41. 19-year-old Aleksandra Goryachkina is just starting out, but at this rate may match Peter someday. She already has her 2nd Russian title after beating Natalia Pogonina in a thrilling finish to the women’s event.

December 13, 2017

Alpha Zero: Comparing "Orangutans and Apples"; By André Schulz; ChessBase

In time for the start of the London Chess Classic DeepMind, a subsidiary of Google, published a remarkable report about the success of their "Machine Learning" project Alpha Zero. Alpha Zero is a chess program and won a 100 game match against Stockfish by a large margin. But some questions remain. Reactions from chess professionals and fans.

December 13, 2017

Houdini wins TCEC Superfinal; By Stephan Oliver Platz; ChessBase

More: Chessdom

Interview: Houdini Author: Chessdom

In recent years the TCEC tournament has turned into the unofficial Computer Chess World Championship. This year Houdini and Komomo made it to the final, a 100 game match. But even before all 100 games were played Houdini decided the match in its favour. In an interview during the match the programmers of Komodo and Houdini revealed their views on current developments in computer chess.

December 11, 2017

All London Chess Classic interviews; By Macauley Peterson; ChessBase

The official Grand Chess Tour webcast is a treasure trove of information, and the best, most convenient way to hear directly from the players after nearly every game. But at five hours or more, it can be tiresome to scan through each days full show to find the interesting guests spots. No more! We've pinpointed every major interview for one-click access.

December 10, 2017

New format for Grand Chess Tour 2018; By Pein, Khodarkovsky, and Rich; ChessBase

The organizers of the Grand Chess Tour announced changes to the format for 2018, including a new format for next year's London Chess Classic. The traditional classical tournament will be replaced by a semi-final and final held in mid-December that will combine classical, rapid and blitz chess over six days. The change is being made to make the tour final more dynamic, accentuate the purpose of the GCT's "Universal Rating" system (combining all three disciplines) and avoid conflict with the World Championship which will be also held in London from November 9th to 28th.

December 8, 2017

AlphaZero: Reactions From Top GMs, Stockfish Author; By Peter Doggers;

AlphaZero's Great Predecessors:

How Does It Play Chess?:

The news about AlphaZero beating Stockfish 64-36 without a single loss after just four hours of self-training has shocked the chess world. has early reactions from the London Chess Classic participants and from one of the original authors of Stockfish.

December 7, 2017

The Tsar, Matilda and the Russian Chess Championship; By Macauley Peterson; ChessBase

If you are bored with the turn of events in London classic (with only two decisive games in five rounds), look into Russian "superfinal", where the clash between hungry young talents, seeking to make a name for themselves, and experienced players such as seven-time Russian Champion Peter Svidler. So far the tournament has created a lot of decisive and creative games, and dramatics moments to delight spectators and chess fans alike.

December 6, 2017

Google's AlphaZero Destroys Stockfish In 100-Game Match; By Mike Klein;

Chess changed forever today. And maybe the rest of the world did, too. A little more than a year after AlphaGo sensationally won against the top Go player, the artificial-intelligence program AlphaZero has obliterated the highest-rated chess engine. Stockfish, which for most top players is their go-to preparation tool, and which won the 2016 TCEC Championship and the 2017 Computer Chess Championship, didn't stand a chance. AlphaZero won the closed-door, 100-game match with 28 wins, 72 draws, and zero losses. Oh, and it took AlphaZero only four hours to "learn" chess. Sorry humans, you had a good run.

December 6, 2017

The future is here – AlphaZero learns chess; By Albert Silver; ChessBase

Imagine this: you tell a computer system how the pieces move — nothing more. Then you tell it to learn to play the game. And a day later — yes, just 24 hours — it has figured it out to the level that beats the strongest programs in the world convincingly! DeepMind, the company that recently created the strongest Go program in the world, turned its attention to chess, and came up with this spectacular result.

December 6, 2017

DeepMind’s AlphaZero crushes chess; By Colin McGourty; Chess24

20 years after DeepBlue defeated Garry Kasparov in a match, chess players have awoken to a new revolution. The AlphaZero algorithm developed by Google and DeepMind took just four hours of playing against itself to synthesise the chess knowledge of one and a half millennium and reach a level where it not only surpassed humans but crushed the reigning World Computer Champion Stockfish 28 wins to 0 in a 100-game match. All the brilliant stratagems and refinements that human programmers used to build chess engines have been outdone, and like Go players we can only marvel at a wholly new approach to the game.

November 31, 2017

November Wrap-Up; By ACC President

ACC events continue to be a great value with lots of quality competition at every rating level. All of our events are $1-$9 per game.

Most notably this month, the club held a Blindfold Simulultaneous Matchon November 11, 2017, with the widely recognized Blindfold King, GM Timur Gareyev. GM Gareyev was very generous to ACC with his time as he also gave a Small Group lesson to 11 players on October 4th and dropped by the Friday club meeting on October 6th for another impromptu lecture.

The GM is originally from Uzbekistan and has held the rank of the 3rd highest rated chess player in the US with a peak USCF rating of 2780. He is best known for his exceptional Blindfold Chess playing ability. Blindfold chess is where the player has no sight of the chess board or position of the pieces on the board. He broke the world record in number of opponents (48) for a blindfold simul in Las Vegas in December of last year.

He is also a very active and successful GM having won the recent Atlantic Open with final round wins over local players LM Andrew Samuelson, WIM Jennifer Yu and GM Sergey Erenberg. See more on this performance at this webpage on the US Chess Federation website. For the ACC event, GM Timur Gareyev discussed blindfold simuls and took general Q&A for about an hour before taking on all challengers in the Blindfold Simul match. Unlike most simuls where players move when the GM comes to their board, GM Gareyev remained blindfolded and exercising on a stationary bike while a "Mover" took care of making the physical moves for the GM on each board. In an unusual move, the GM played Black on all boards and, unlike normal simuls, all players were put on a clock instead of getting 3 "passes."

The GM's record in the 16 games played at ACC was 15 wins and 1 draw, which he gave to young Ronen Wilson. Ronen said, "It was an honor to play the Blindfold King. I felt really good that I was able to get a draw." Ronen's dad noted, "It was a rare and thrilling experience playing Timur - he is a great guy and a wonderful ambassador for Chess." The GM offered one other draw, to yours truly, but the offer was declined to see how the game unfolded (I lost on time). For my part, I was amazed how quickly the GM moved from move-to-move and board-to-board, as he averaged about 1-2 minutes on each move throughout the match. Game scores from the Simul can be found in the latest edition of the VA Chess Federation newsletter.

Separately, in a short month, due to the Turkey Day holiday, the ACC Ladder (30/90, SD/60, d5), only had about 45 players compete for the Ladder Prize with young newcomer Donovan Chong grabbing first place (3/3). In a field of 14 players in the ACC Action tournament (3 rounds, G/30, d5), Andrew Samuelson and Zachary Martin split first place (2.5/3) followed closely by 5 players a half point behind them (2/3). In the ACC Action-Plus tournament (5 rounds, G/45, d5) Andrew Samuelson tied with Larry Gilden (4/5) amongst low turnout with Yobo Chen and Sam Schenk tying for 3rd (3.5/5). In the U1700 section, Brian Tay tied for first with Barzin Badiee (4/5) followed by a 3-way tie for third place. Finally, with the truncated number of playing dates, the ACC Blitz tournament was not held in November.

November 29, 2017

World Championship 2018 to be in London; By Macauley Peterson; ChessBase

Magnus Carlsen will defend his World Championship title in a 12-game match to be held in London from November 9th to 28th, 2018, World Chess confirmed today. He will play the winner of the Candidates tournament to be held in Berlin in March.

November 27, 2017

Mamedyarov & Grischuk take final Candidates spots; By Colin McGourty; Chess24

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Alexander Grischuk have qualified for the 2018 Candidates Tournament after their rivals failed in their missions at the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix. Both Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Teimour Radjabov could ultimately have qualified with last-round wins, but Maxime went down in flames to Dmitry Jakovenko while Teimour inexplicably offered a draw in a playable position against Richard Rapport. Mamedyarov and Grischuk therefore join Aronian, Caruana, So, Kramnik, Ding Liren and Karjakin as contenders to be Magnus Carlsen’s next challenger.

November 26, 2017

Tari & Abdumalik 2017 World Junior Champions; By Colin McGourty; Chess24

18-year-old Aryan Tari has won the 2017 World Junior Championship in Tarvisio, Italy so that we now have two Norwegian World Champions. He held his nerve in a tense last-round clash with top seed Jorden van Foreest, while 12-year-old Praggnanandhaa couldn’t get anything with Black against Rasmus Svane and had to settle for fourth place despite a brilliant tournament. Manuel Petrosyan and Aravindh sneaked into the medal places after slow starts. 17-year-old Zhansaya Abdumalik took the girls title by a full point,

November 23, 2017

TCEC: Superfinal Houdini vs Komodo; By Stephan Oliver Platz; ChessBase

Over the years the "Thoresen Chess Engines Competition" (TCEC) has become the unofficial Computer World Championship and the very best programs start in this tournament. After two qualifiers, season 10 now finishes with the superfinal in which Komodo faces Houdini. They play 100 games against each other, and the games are shared live on PlayChess. As a bonus, we bring you a brief modern history of computer chess.

November 18, 2017

Stockfish Wins Computer Championship; By "Pete;"

The powerful, open-source chess engine Stockfish narrowly beat out two strong commercial engines to win the first Computer Chess Championship this week. Stockfish placed clear first in the 10-engine round robin to reach the superfinal, and then edged the second-place Houdini in the rapid, blitz, and bullet finals to win the championship, which was shown on's live server Nov. 13 through 16.

November 8, 2017

Carlsen & Ding Liren in Champions Showdown; By Colin McGourty; Chess24

World Champion Magnus Carlsen will play 30 rapid and blitz games against Chinese no. 1 Ding Liren in a 4-day match in St. Louis as part of the Champions Showdown. The prize fund is $100,000 with $60,000 for the winner, but that’s just one of four matches, as Hikaru Nakamura takes on Veselin Topalov, Fabiano Caruana plays Alexander Grischuk and Wesley So faces Leinier Dominguez.

November 2, 2017

The land of Gandhi invites you for World Youth (U-16) Olympiad 2017; By Sagar Shah; ChessBase

The World Youth Olympiad (under-16) will be held in India in the city of Ahmedabad from the 10th to 19th of December 2017. Already 17 teams have registered for the event. India is fielding their strongest team which includes GM Aryan Chopra and two of the biggest talents R. Praggnanandhaa and Nihal Sarin. Will there be any team to stop the hosts? In this article you get all the information about the event and also get to know why from a tourist point of view, Gujarat is one of the most scenic destinations in the country.

October 31, 2017

October Wrap-Up; By ACC President

ACC events continue to be a great value with lots of quality competition at every rating level. All of our events are $1-$9 per game.

In big news, on Saturday November 11th, Timur will play a BlindFold Simul at the Arlington Chess Club - Claim Your Spot and Register Early! Come check this event out!

Timur is a Super-GM topping out at 2780 and currently in the high 2600s. He has made a name for himself by holding BlindFold Simuls and last December (2016), he set the world record for playing 48 opponents on the way to winning 35 of the games and drawing over half of the rest.

In the ACC Ladder (30/90, SD/60, d5), nearly 50 players competed for the Ladder Prize with young Tony Lin grabbing first place (3.5/5) a full point ahead of X. Jian and M. Hiban (2.5/5). Of the 12 players in the ACC Blitz tournament (5 double-rounds [10 games] at a G/3 +2 time control), Larry Gilden held off the opposition to win first place (7.5/10) a half point ahead of young Geoffrey Davis (7/10) and a full point ahead of 3-way tie for 3rd place. In the ACC Action tournament (3 rounds, G/30, d5), Ken Chieu has returned to ACC events after a long hiatus to start collecting wins including running the boards against 11 other players to secure 1st place (3/3) ahead of a 3-way tie for 2nd place (2/3) by A. Indusekar, V. Guzman and Richard A. Allen (also returning after a long hiatus). And finally, in the ACC Action-Plus tournament (5 rounds, G/45, d5) we had a super low turnout as only 28 players slogged it out with Andrew Samuelson sweeping the opposition (5/5) in the Premier section to finish a full point and a half ahead of Zack Martin and Jason Liang who tied for 2nd place. In the U1700 section, Andy Chang won clear first (4/5) a half point ahead of Steven Scala and Isaac Stevens who tied for 2nd place(3.5/5). All in all, a busy month in which fun was had by all!

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