Two chess grandmasters will give a joint lecture series at Annex Chess Club
22-year old GM Eric Hansen, Canada’s number two player, and 20-year-old GM Robin van Kampen, one of the top players from Holland, are giving a series of lectures at Annex Chess Club, 918 Bathurst Street, Toronto, on Mondays April 13, April 20, and May 11.
These lectures will include chess analysis and stories of the “trials and tribulations” of playing chess professionally. Lectures are from 6:30 to 7:30 pm each Monday night
- April 13 – “Counterattack!” – Robin/Eric
- April 20 – “Trials and Tribulations from my Two Years as a Grandmaster” – Eric/Robin
- May 11 – “Calculate like a Grandmaster” – Eric/Robin
Tickets are $20 for each lecture (or $40 for all three)
Toronto Closed Championship players pay $10 (or $20 for the series)
ACC members pay $5 (or $10 for the series)
April 13 – “Counterattack!” by GM Robin van Kampen
April 20 – “Trials and Tribulations” by GM Eric Hansen
Who is GM Eric Hansen?
A homegrown Canadian talent, Hansen is from Calgary, Alberta. He is currently the second-highest rated player in the country at 2580 FIDE.
As a 16-year-old, he tied for second at the 2008 World Youth Chess Championship in Vietnam. By July 2009, he was rated over 2400 FIDE, and he was awarded his IM title in 2010.
He went to UT Dallas for one year on a chess scholarship in 2011-2012. But he became a really strong player only after dropping out of school, climbing 100 points to 2568 by January 2013. He earned his GM title in 2012, while playing for Canada at the Olympiad in Istanbul.
As a professional chess player, he has had a number of recent international accomplishments:
- tied for first at Cappelle-la-Grande 2013
- tied for second with van Kampen at Reykjavik 2014
- won clean first at Guernsey 2014
Who is GM Robin van Kampen?
Something of a prodigy, van Kampen won the Dutch Under-20 Championship at age 14, and earned his GM title in 2011 when he was just 16. Rated 2617 FIDE, he is currently the seventh highest rated player in the Netherlands.
His recent international accomplishments include:
- took second prize in the 2014 Canadian Open in Montreal
- tied for second with Hansen at Reykjavik 2014
- tied for ninth in the 2014 World Junior Championship in Pune, India