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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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 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)
|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)
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information