Adult Chess Classes

Programme Description

The Annex Chess Club’s adult chess classes are designed for a wide range of players, from teenagers to seniors, and from absolute beginner level through to an intermediate level ready for tournament play.

Graduates of our programme will be fluent in chess notation; will be introduced to the full range of tactical skills and to opening, middlegame, and endgame theory; will be capable of in-depth analysis of their own and others’ games; and will be knowledgeable of the range of resources that are available to continue to improve their games after the class finishes.

[Note: We also offer classes for children – see our children’s chess programme.]

Adult Chess Classes

Beginner: This seven-week class starts at the very beginning of the game, covering such topics as how the pieces move, how to check and checkmate, the relative value of the pieces, an introduction to strategy and tactics, and basic endgames.
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Intermediate: This seven-week class is designed for those who have either graduated from the Beginner course or who already have a basic knowledge of the game. The Intermediate class will cover such topics as tactical themes (skewers, double checks, discovered attacks, zugzwang), opening, middlegame, and endgame strategy, pawn structures, and famous games. We will also play in-class games and analyze them together.
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Artiom Samsonkin

IM Artiom Samsonkin
International Master Artiom Samsonkin was the 2008 Canadian Junior champion and is currently among the top 20 chess players in Canada. A patient teacher, he relates well to his students and uses humorous examples to bring his clear, well-structured lessons to life. Any beginner player would be lucky to have their first steps in chess guided by the thoughtful insights of such a master. Don’t miss your chance to take a class with him!

Jacob Stein

Jacob Stein
Jacob Stein learned to play chess when he was five years old and quickly developed into a strong player, competing at the provincial and national levels. Now a chess teacher for over ten years, he draws on his film studies background and his work in the entertainment industry to focus on the creative side of chess. Inspired by master innovators in chess like Nimzowitsch and Suttles as well as current top players like Ivanchuk and Rapport, Jacob will help you apply your creativity to the game and develop your own chess style!


  • Our Adult Chess Classes cost $140 for a 7-week course
  • Single classes are $25 each


Jan-Feb 2017: Adult Classes – 7 weeks – Jan 9 to Feb 27 – $140
Note: no classes on Feb 20 (Family Day)

Day Time Course Instructor
Monday evenings 7:15 to 8:15 pm Intermediate Artiom Samsonkin
7:15 to 8:15 pm Beginner Keith Denning
8:15 to 9:15 pm Introduction to the Openings Artiom Samsonkin

Mar-Apr 2017: Adult Classes – 7 weeks – Mar 6 to May 1 – $140
Note: no classes on Apr 17 (Easter Monday)

Day Time Course Instructor
Monday evenings 7:15 to 8:15 pm Intermediate* Artiom Samsonkin
7:20 to 8:20 pm Women’s Chess Club Liza Orlova
8:15 to 9:15 pm Beginner Class* Artiom Samsonkin

* Liza’s Women’s class is running Mar 13 but Artiom’s classes are cancelled

Registration / More Information

  • Register for all classes (payment by cash or cheque – and credit card payment is now available too) at the front desk in the Great Hall at 918 Bathurst between 6:00 and 7:30 pm any Monday night.
  • Email for more information

Annex Chess Club provides all learning materials, boards, clocks, and pieces
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15 thoughts on “Adult Chess Classes”

    1. Hi, Siobhán. We have a new session November 7. Even if it’s billed as an intermediate class, you should definitely come check it out!

  1. I left a fb comment under the fb description of upcoming classes, but right now don’t see where to register Timothy Bahry for the intermediate adult classes starting this Monday. Thanks!

        1. We don’t offer private lessons at the club but many of our instructors also teach privately. Please feel free to make your own arrangements and you are welcome to email us if you’d like contact information.

  2. Hey,

    Are there going to be any beginner classes starting soon? I know almost nothing about chess, but I would really like to learn.


    1. We’d love to run a beginner class in January! We just need three or four interested beginners to run the program. Thanks for your interest, Andrew. We’ll let you know.

    1. Hi Riman,

      One thing we do have is a few of our chess lectures posted on our website.

      (You can see from the full list that they’re not as frequent as they used to be, but we’re working on bringing them back in 2017!)



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