New term starts May 25 – schedules are posted below!
Classes are now happening ONLINE
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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.
ACC Classes are led by Chess Institute of Canada chess instructors.
[Note: We also offer classes for children – see our children’s chess programme.]
Adult Chess Classes
Beginner: This four-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. Keith will get you ready to start playing, and up to speed to join the Intermediate group.
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Intermediate: This six-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. Keith adapts his instruction to the group’s needs and provides additional resources so you have everything you need for self-study and tournament preparation.
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Advanced: This seven-week class is for adults who already have some competitive tournament experience and are looking for practical advice to improve their game. Each class explores a particular area of chess play and FM Michael Humphreys offers practical advice from his years as a master-level chess player and coach.
- May 21: A Classical Guide through the Open Games (Part 1)
- May 28: Top 5 Misconceptions about the endgame
- June 4: A Classical Guide through the Open Games (Part 2)
- June 11: The logic behind a pawn storm
- June 18: Bishops- the good, the bad, and the ugly
- June 25: Fighting for the open file
- July 2: A Classical Guide through the Open Games (Part 3)
- Our Adult Chess Classes cost $168 for a 7-week course
- Single classes are $35 each
Spring LIVE ONLINE Session: Adult Classes – May and June start dates
NEW: Register online at Chess Institute’s Amilia store
|Monday evenings||May 25||7:30 to 8:30 pm||FREE 4-week Beginner class||Keith Denning|
|Monday evenings||June 22||7:30 to 8:30 pm||$144 6-week Intermediate class||Keith Denning|
|Thursday evenings||May 21||7:30 to 8:30 pm||$168 7-week Advanced class||FM Michael Humphreys|
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