Lecture, Blitz Tournament, and Pub Night!

December 21 is a special event night at Annex Chess Club

Pawn Sacrifice – DVD Release

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In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, Pawn Sacrifice chronicles Fischer’s terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.

Many of us saw the film in theatres. (See trailer.) Now it’s set for release on DVD/VOD December 22 – a great Christmas gift for a chess player!

Chess Lecture

Omar Shah: “Gain Elo by Kilo” 6:30 to 7:20 pm


Asking the audience to identify the most important chess skill for the club player (1500-1800) to develop, Omar proposed calculation.

Visualization is an important component, since players must be able to calculate lines over the board without changing the position. (“Don’t move the #@%$& pieces!” was a memorable line from a group of players Omar used to analyze with every week.)

But this time, Omar stressed training with studies (realistic situations requiring analysis, not tactics problems with an obvious tactical theme); training with friends (not computers, since only friends can make fun of you if you can’t find the move); and working on your own games (never decline an offer for post mortem analysis, and wait at least a week before putting your game into the computer).

He also discussed nutrition, hydration (always have a water bottle with you, and don’t drink coffee), and the fascinating topic of how players actually think at the chess board.

For illustration, Omar showed one of his own games and a study. At the important moment in his game, Omar gave the audience 3 minutes to find a concrete short-term plan.

The study was:
White Kf2,Rh7,Bh8 & g6
Black Kg8,Rf8,f7
White to move and win.

Can you solve it? We’ll post the solution in a week.

ACC Pawn Sacrifice Blitz Tournament

  • Time control: 4m + 2s
  • 5 double rounds
  • 1 open section
  • Games start at 7:30
  • FIDE and CFC rated.

Celebrating the release of Pawn Sacrifice on DVD/VOD December 22, overall and class winners will receive a Pawn Sacrifice DVD prize compliments of Elevation Pictures!

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Prize Winners

Thanks to all who came out, and apologies to a group of 3 or 4 players who showed up for the tournament but found CFC membership too big an added cost.

At the end of the night, the winner of the tournament was Joseph Bellissimo. Class winners were Miroslav Stefanovic and Marko Stevelic. Congratulations, Joseph, Miroslav, and Marko. Enjoy your DVDs!

Pub Night

After the tournament (around 10:30 pm) a group of chess players headed over to Pauper’s Pub for a night of food and drink and conversation!


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The girl in the featured picture is of course the young Canadian chess celebrity Ashley Tapp – playing some charity blitz with Santa.

Is Santa a strong player? Check out one of his games from 1908.

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