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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Instructors

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!

Costs

  • Our Adult Chess Classes cost $168 for a 7-week course
  • Single classes are $35 each

Schedule

Sep-Oct 2017: Adult Classes – 7 weeks – Sep 11 to Oct 30 – $168
Note: no classes on Oct 9 (Thanksgiving)

Day Time Course Instructor
Monday evenings 7:15 to 8:15 pm Beginner Keith Denning / Artiom Samsonkin
7:15 to 8:15 pm Intermediate Artiom Samsonkin
8:15 to 9:15 pm Specialized Chess Analysis course Artiom Samsonkin

Nov-Dec 2017: Adult Classes – 7 weeks – Nov 6 to Dec 11 + Jan 8 – $168

Day Time Course Instructor
Monday evenings 7:15 to 8:15 pm Beginner Keith Denning / Artiom Samsonkin
7:15 to 8:15 pm Intermediate Artiom Samsonkin
8:15 to 9:15 pm 4-week Openings Course Nov 20 to Dec 11 – just $96 Artiom Samsonkin

Registration / More Information

  • Register at the front desk in the Great Hall at 918 Bathurst between 6:00 and 7:00 pm any Monday night.
  • Email info@annexchessclub.com for more information

Annex Chess Club provides all learning materials, boards, clocks, and pieces
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23 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.

    Thanks
    Andrew

    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!)

      Enjoy!

      Best,
      Marcus

    1. Our classes take a break for the summer. You’re welcome to come out on Mondays from now to June 12. You could join the Women’s Class at 7:20 (starting this week), or the Beginner Class at 8:15 (which will start this week if there is sufficient interest). Or you could join us in the Fall.

    1. Hi Debbie,

      Yes, we have adult beginner and intermediate classes running at 7:15 on Mondays. Feel free to join in next week!

      Best,
      Marcus

  3. Hi King,
    I have a teen who is interested in Intermediate classes. Is it too late to join? If yes, are there drop in opportunities?
    Lisa

    1. Hi Lisa,

      Teens are welcome to join the adult classes, either for a full 7-week course or on a drop-in basis.
      And no, it’s not too late to join!

      Best,
      Marcus

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