Covid-19 Update

We’re going online!

In keeping with the current strategies to slow the transmission of the novel coronavirus in Toronto, and in order to protect some of our members who may be particularly at risk, Annex Chess Club has suspended meetings until further notice.

We are continuing our chess community as much as possible during the closure, arranging Monday night Zoom classes and online tournaments and play.

>> You can start by joining our virtual Annex Chess Club on chess.com

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TONIGHT – January 11

Born January 11, 1971, American singer-songwriter and actress Mary J Blige turns 50 today – Happy birthday, Mary J! Tonight’s 3|2 ACC Mary J Blige Arena starts at 7:30. https://www.chess.com/play/arena/848113 – Register from 6:30.

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January 4

ACC is celebrating the New Year, 2021 with a 3|2 ACC Happy New Year Arena starting at 7:30. https://www.chess.com/live#r=835132 – Register from 6:30.

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Off-week – December 28

ACC is closed for the holidays – we’ll have our online chess back up and running next week with a New Year’s edition!

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December 21

Our friends at Chess Institute have just released a cute one-minute chess video called “Alex’s Gambit” – Check it out here – https://youtu.be/GjdbmxNp7R8 (CIC Chair and ACC club member Michael Sutton plays a Russian GM)
In honour of the video release, our online tournament tonight is a 3|2 “Alex’s Gambit” Arena starting at 7:30 – https://www.chess.com/play/arena/819995. Register from 6:30.

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December 14

It’s Hanukkah! Each night, starting Dec 10, Jewish families light one more candle in the menorah. With the sun setting at 4:30 and in a year like 2020, we all want to light up the night! Our online tournament tonight is a 3|2 Light up the Night Arena starting at 7:30 – https://www.chess.com/live#r=786937. Register from 6:30.

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December 7

This past weekend, the annual international London Chess Conference was held over Zoom. This year’s event was dubbed “ChessTech 2020.” Several ACC organizers attended, and we picked up some new ideas on how to help ACC survive the pandemic, and stay a bit more connected than we have been. Even without having to physically travel to the UK, the sessions were in GMT, so I think I’ve still got a bit of virtual jet lag. Our online tournament tonight is a 3|2 ACC post-LCC Arena starting at 7:30 – https://www.chess.com/play/arena/723946. Register from 6:30.

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November 30

November is often a bleak month, but we’ve reached the end! Our online tournament tonight is a 3|2 ACC End of November Blitz Arena starting at 7:30 – https://www.chess.com/play/arena/710672. Register from 6:30.

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November 23

There was significant snowfall in and around Toronto Sunday. Our online tournament tonight is a 3|2 ACC November Snowfall Blitz Arena starting at 7:30 – https://www.chess.com/play/arena/667797. Register from 6:30.

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November 16

Toronto and surrounding Southern Ontario got hit with some heavy winds yesterday. Our online tournament tonight is a 3|2 Windy November Blitz Arena starting at 7:30 – https://www.chess.com/play/arena/614774. Register from 6:30.

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November 9

Toronto is enjoying some unseasonably warm weather this week – remember last year, when we had an actual snowstorm in November? Our online tournament tonight is a 3|2 Summer in November Blitz Arena starting at 7:30 – https://www.chess.com/play/arena/601742. Register from 6:30.

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November 2

Hope everyone had a scary weekend, and found something good to do on Saturday night! Our online tournament tonight is a 3|2 Post-Hallowe’en Blitz Arena starting at 7:30 – NEW LINK https://www.chess.com/live#r=588668. Register from 6:30.

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ACC Reopening as an In-Person Club???

We’re looking for feedback on a potential reopening plan – if you haven’t done so already, please take a minute to fill out the quick survey here.

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October 26

There’s a lot of buzz about a new Netflix mini-series called Queen’s Gambit. In honour of a great show, where the chess is done right, our online tournament tonight is a 3|2 ACC “Queen’s Gambit” Arena starting at 7:30 – https://www.chess.com/live#r=555599. (You don’t have to play the Queen’s Gambit.) Register from 6:30.

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October 19

With Toronto back to “modified stage 2” restrictions for the past week or so, with gyms and indoor dining closed, online chess is a great way to social distance! Our tournament tonight is a 3|2 ACC Social Distance Arena, starting at 7:30: https://www.chess.com/live#r=542496. Register from 6:30.

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Off-week – October 12

ACC is closed for Thanksgiving – we’ll have our online chess back up and running next week!
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October 5

As a live in-person chess tournament launches today in Norway, our online tournament tonight is a 3|2 ACC Norway Arena starting at 7:30 – https://www.chess.com/live#r=516929. Register from 6:30.

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September 28

It’s a beautiful time of year to see nature. Our online tournament tonight is a 3|2 ACC Fall Colours Arena starting at 7:30 – https://www.chess.com/live#r=504080. Register from 6:30.

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September 21

It’s official – our online tournament tonight is a 3|2 ACC Fall Equinox Arena starting at 7:30 – https://www.chess.com/live#r=491302. Register from 6:30.

And it’s not too late to sign up for fall classes, prorated if you missed the first week – See schedules and registration.

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September 14

As the weather is changing and kids are going back to school, our online tournament tonight is a 3|2 ACC “Fall is Here” Arena starting at 7:30 – https://www.chess.com/live#r=478614. Register from 6:30.

Speaking of Fall, our fall classes are up and running, starting tonight – See schedules and registration.

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Off-week – September 7

We’re closed for Labour Day. See you next week!

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August 31

On the last day of August, our online tournament tonight is a 3|2 ACC Augustus Blitz Arena starting at 7:30 – https://www.chess.com/live#r=453276. Register from 6:30.

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August 24

In celebration of that droning buzz that is one of the familiar sounds of summer in Toronto, our online tournament tonight is a 3|2 Cicada Song Blitz Arena starting at 7:45 – https://www.chess.com/live#r=440587. Register from 6:30.

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August 17

The topic for this week’s Thursday night advanced adult is “Introduction to Hypermodern Strategy” Sign up here for all our ACC Zoom classes.

Our online tournament tonight is a 3|2 Thunderdome Blitz Arena starting at 7:30 – https://www.chess.com/live#r=427712. Register from 6:30.

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August 10

Reminder that there’s still a FREE adult beginner course running. There’s also a kids’ advanced class on Monday nights. Sign up here for all our ACC Zoom classes.

Our online tournament tonight is a 3|2 Heat Warning Blitz Arena starting at 7:30 – https://www.chess.com/live#r=414807. Register from 6:30.

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August 3

We’re taking a break tonight for the Simcoe Day holiday. See you all next week!

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July 27

If you know anyone who wants to get into the game, there’s still a FREE adult beginner course running tonight. Sign up here for all our class options.

Our tournament tonight is another 3|2 Thunderstorm Blitz Arena starting at 7:30 – https://www.chess.com/live#r=298662. Register from 6:30.

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July 20

Happy World Chess Day!

There’s a new installation of the advanced adult class starting this Thursday, July 23. Sign up here.

Our tournament tonight is a 3|2 Blitz Arena named in honour of the Thunderstorm last weekend and starting at 7:30 – https://www.chess.com/live#r=275506. Register from 6:30.

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July 13

Michael’s advanced kids class launches tonight, Sign up here! Plus if you know anyone who wants to get into the game, there’s a FREE adult beginner course launching as well.

Our tournament tonight is a 10|0 Blitz Arena format starting at 7:30 – https://www.chess.com/live#r=262391. Register from 6:30.

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July 6

Monday kids classes are currently in between sessions, so they have the week off, but there’ll be a new summer term for Michael’s advanced class, launching next week on July 13. Sign up today! The adult intermediate class is still running and we’re still accepting prorated late registrations here. Plus if you know anyone who wants to get into the game, there’s a FREE adult beginner course launching next week.

Our tournament tonight is the ACC Enjoys the Sun in 5|0 Blitz Arena format starting at 7:30 – https://www.chess.com/live#r=259112. Hope you’re enjoying it! Register from 6:30.

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June 29

Monday kids classes are wrapping up with the last class of the May-June term tonight, but there’ll be a new summer term launching in two weeks, on July 13. The adult intermediate class started last week, but we’re still accepting prorated late registrations – Sign up today!

Our tournament tonight is the ACC Summer is Here Blitz Arena in 3|2 Arena format starting at 7:30 – https://www.chess.com/live#r=245869. Register from 6:30.

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June 22

As Monday classes continue the May-June term, there’s a new adult intermediate course launching tonight. This 6-week course covers everything from openings to endgames to get you ready for tournament-level play. Sign up today!

And our ACC Loves the Heat Blitz Arena tournament at 7:30 is in 5|0 Arena format – https://www.chess.com/live#r=232446. Register from 6:30.

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June 15

Monday classes are continuing the May-June term, and there’s a new adult intermediate course launching next week on June 22. Sign up here.

And our ACC Weekly Blitz Arena tournament at 7:30 is in 3|2 Arena format tonight – https://www.chess.com/live#r=219207. Register from 6:30.

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June 8

Monday classes are continuing the May-June term, and our ACC Online Arena tournament at 7:30 is the ACC Stays Safe 5|0 Arena – https://www.chess.com/live#r=215468. Register from 6:30.

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June 1

Monday classes are into a new May-June term. Sign up today!

And our ACC Online Arena tournament at 7:30 is the ACC Loves Summer 3|2 Arena – https://www.chess.com/live#r=211645. Register from 6:30.

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May 25

Monday classes are starting a new May-June term. Sign up today!

And our ACC Online Arena tournament at 7:30 is the ACC Heat Wave Arena – https://www.chess.com/live#r=207741. Register from 6:30.

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May 18

Hope you’re finding good ways to celebrate the holiday weekend!

Why not finish it off with another ACC Online Arena tournament at 7:30. This one’s a bit slower 5|5. ACC Light Lockdown Arena – https://www.chess.com/live#r=203639. Register from 6:30.

Note that Monday classes are off this week for the holiday, but a new May-June term is starting next week on May 25.

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May 11

We have another online arena tournament lined up for 7:30. This one’s classic blitz 5|0.
https://www.chess.com/live#r=199589. Register from 6:30.

All our regular kids and adult Zoom classes are running as well.

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May 4

We’ll have another online tournament at 7:30.
ACC May the 4th be with you. 3+2 Arena. https://www.chess.com/live#r=195493. Register from 6:30. FM Michael Humphreys, IM Sai Krishna and NM Geordie Derraugh are planning to play tonight.

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April 27 – Beat the Masters!

All our regular kids and adult Zoom classes are running.

And there’ll be a special Arena Tournament at 7:30 pm, ACC Beat the Masters Blitz, Arena format, 3+2. Registration opens at 6:30.
IM Arthur Calugar, FM Mark Plotkin, FM Michael Humphreys, NM Geordie Derraugh, and IM Michael Song have committed to join the Arena, so there’ll be a chance to play some titled opponents!

Thanks to everyone who participated. Congratulations to Mark Plotkin, Arena Champion! He was also live on Twitch during the event. Check the video here – https://www.twitch.tv/videos/604672877

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April 20

There’ll be another tournament at 7:30 pm, ACC Flatten the Curve Blitz, Arena format, 5 flat. Registration opens at 6:30.

All our regular kids and adult Zoom classes are running as well.

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April 13 – Easter Monday

Our Zoom classes are NOT RUNNING tonight, but will be continuing at 6:15 and 7:30 next Monday. NOTE: the new advanced class for adults is switching to Thursdays so it doesn’t conflict with the Monday tournaments. This week, April 16, FM Michael Humphreys is teaching “Principles of Attacking in Chess” – Don’t miss it!

UPDATE: We are still doing an online tournament at 7:30, if you’re interested. The ACC Easter Online Arena, playing at 5+5. Registration opens at 6:30.

Hope you’re having a good holiday. See you tonight, or next week!

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April 6

There’ll be another tournament at 7:30, the ACC Stay Safe Blitz, Arena format, 3+2. Registration opens at 6:30.

All our regular Zoom classes are continuing at 6:15 and 7:30, and there’s a new special advanced class for adults – FM Michael Humphreys is delivering a series of five classes, starting tonight at 7:30.
Members can join the first class for free. Email for details.
Week 1: Introduction to Chess Strategy
Week 2: Principles of Attacking in Chess
Week 3: The Technique of Calculating Variations
Week 4: Practical Endgame Play
Week 5: Advanced Opening Principles

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March 30

We’ve got another Blitz Arena tournament ready to go for tonight. This one has 5-minute games – the ACC Lockdown Arena starts at 7:30. Registration open at 6:30. See you there!

ACC Chess Classes settle into a Live Online format as their semi-permanent home.
Spots are still available for tonight for Kids’ Classes at 6:15 and Adult Classes at 7:30. Sign up now!

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March 23

We switched to Arena format for the “ACC Quarantine Blitz.” We had 29 players participating, and the winner in very clear first with 76 points was RubinsteinsMonster. Thanks to everyone who participated, and congratulations to a certain 2300 with a clever name!

NEW – ACC Chess Classes go online – Pilot week.

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March 16

Our first “ACC Quarantine Rapid” Swiss was a great success with 17 participating. Everyone was left wondering, “Who was that masked man?” “Who’s RattyGoalie?”

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6 thoughts on “Covid-19 Update”

  1. Thanks as well to Salim! But is there any chance of doing a tournament on lichess instead? It’s just a far superior site for playing chess on…

    1. Sounds good. What would you be most interested in? A match against another club? A tournament in stages with top finishers in each group advancing? Something else?

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