Annex kids are national chess champions!


The Canadian Chess Challenge is the national scholastic chess tournament for grades 1 to 12. The national finals were held May 18 to 19 in Winnipeg. Three local players we know well at Annex represented their grade in Ontario – and came home victorious!

Tigran Ghazarian (the grade 1 winner) and Nicholas Vettese (the grade 4 winner) are regular players at the Annex Chess Club. And Mark Plotkin (the grade 10 winner) recently played in the Toronto Closed and GTCL Cup at Annex. From all of us at Annex Chess Club, congratulations, Tigran, Nicholas, and Mark!

Mark Plotkin
Mark Plotkin
Nicholas Vettese
Nicholas Vettese
Tigran Ghazarian
Tigran Ghazarian

Ontario was also the winning team at the event. Here is the whole provincial team list:

Grade 1 – Tigran Ghazarian (Toronto)
Grade 2 – Nameer Issani (Toronto)
Grade 3 – David (Zhao Xiang) Gan (Toronto)
Grade 4 – Nicholas Vettese (Toronto)
Grade 5 – Benito Surya (Mississauga)
Grade 6 – Yue Tong Zhao (Stouffville)
Grade 7 – Jeffrey Xu (Markham)
Grade 8 – Qiyu Zhou (Toronto)
Grade 9 – Razvan Preotu (Burlington)
Grade 10 – Mark Plotkin (Thornhill)
Grade 11 – Christopher Knox (North York)
Grade 12 – Joey (Zi Yi) Qin (Nepean)

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