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2021 Spring/Summer Chess Classes

Summer is coming! – Why not stretch your mental muscles with some chess lessons!

Sign up for a Spring or Summer chess class

Annex Chess Club in downtown Toronto has evening Live Online chess classes for adults and children – for absolute beginners or for those who want to take their game to the next level.


Register online for a new session of May-June classes. Monday night Kids Classes are available at beginner, intermediate, or advanced levels. And the intermediate level is also offered on Wednesdays.

Adult beginners can try a 2-week adult beginner class with Keith Denning, on Monday nights starting May 31 or again starting June 21. This will give you some techniques and principles for making good moves in the opening, middlegame and endgame.

Or if chess is completely new to you, Keith can bring you up to speed with an intro to chess on June 15 This takes you, in one lesson, right from the start with how the pieces move and how to set up the board, through all the rules of the game, how to check and checkmate, and even a few ideas for getting your game off to a good start.

If you’re familiar with basic opening, middlegame, and endgame principles, but you’re looking to go a bit deeper, try a 5-week intermediate class with FM Terry Song. There’s one starting May 10, and for those who took the class earlier this year, this one will cover all new topics.

Or for tournament players looking to improve, FM Michael Humphreys is teaching a high-level Thursday night adult advanced course, starting June 3. Who would Spiderman be without Lex Luthor? Sherlock Holmes without Professor Moriarty? This time around, Michael’s course will showcase some of the greatest chess players of all time as seen through a series of historical rivalries:
Week 1: La Bourdonnais vs. McDonnell
Week 2: Rubinstein vs. Salwe
Week 3: Botvinnik vs. Smyslov
Week 4: Spassky vs. Korchnoi
Week 5: Karpov vs. Kasparov
Week 6: Kramnik vs. Topalov vs. Anand

There is a class for everyone!

Details and registration here

Feature photo by Michal Vrba on Unsplash

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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 – October 18

It was a Monday October 18 many years ago when ACC officially opened!
Join our 3|2 ACC Anniversary Arena, starting tonight at 7:30! https://www.chess.com/play/arena/1448548 – Register from 6:30

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CLOSED – October 11

We’re closed tonight for Thanksgiving. Join us next week for our weekly online Arena, starting at 7:30

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October 4

It’s October already! Fortunately, the forecast is calling for a relatively mild October this year. Join our 3|2 ACC October Arena, starting tonight at 7:30! https://www.chess.com/play/arena/1424015 – Register from 6:30

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September 27

The eyes of Canadian chess fans today are on Sitges, Spain, where young Canadian WGM Maili-Jade Ouellet drew her game against Poland’s GM Anna Ushenina to avoid the FIDE Americas team getting blanked by Ukraine in Rd 2 of the Women’s World Team Championship. Join our own 3|2 ACC Sitges Arena, starting at 7:30! https://www.chess.com/play/arena/1411676 – Register from 6:30

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September 20

It’s federal election night in Canada! Polls in Toronto close at 9:30 pm EDT, so make sure you vote early and get back home in time for our 3|2 ACC Election Night Arena, starting at 7:30! https://www.chess.com/play/arena/1399361 – Register from 6:30

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September 13

As many students are heading back into their first full week of school, are you hitting the books to clean the summer rust from your chess game? Join us for our 3|2 ACC Back to School Arena, starting at 7:30! https://www.chess.com/play/arena/1387151 – Register from 6:30

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CLOSED – September 6

We’re closed tonight for Labour Day. Join us next week for our weekly online Arena, starting at 7:30!

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August 30

Heading into what would normally have been the last week of the CNE ahead of the grand finale on Labour Day weekend, it’s a reminder once again that this is not a normal year. But without the CNE, how will we know when summer’s over? Join us for our 3|2 ACC CNE Nostalgia Arena, starting at 7:30! https://www.chess.com/play/arena/1342413 – Register from 6:30

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August 23

It’s a blue moon – not the second full moon in a calendar month, but a seaonal blue moon, the third of four full moons this summer – measured by the solstice and the equinox. If you’re a regular, you’ll be here anyway. Or if you only come out once in a blue moon, maybe tonight’s your night! Join us for our 3|2 ACC Blue Moon Blitz Arena, starting at 7:30! https://www.chess.com/live#r=1329964 – Register from 6:30

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August 16

Summer is winding down, but there’s still time for a humid heat wave or two before we’re done. Join us tonight for our 3|2 ACC Mid-August Blitz Arena, starting at 7:30! https://www.chess.com/live#r=1327535 – Register from 6:30

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August 9

It’s meteor shower time! As Earth heads into the dust of the comet Swift-Tuttle, you can expect some of the finest meteor activity of the year. Peak activity is Wednesday night, so if we get a clear night, head to a dark spot in the city, especially after the moon sets, and enjoy the view! Whether skies are cloudy or clear, join us tonight for our 3|2 ACC Perseid Shower Arena, starting at 7:30! https://www.chess.com/live#r=1314800 – Register from 6:30

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CLOSED – August 2

We’re closed tonight for Simcoe Day. Join us next week for our weekly online Arena, starting at 7:30!

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July 26

It’s the last Monday in July! Join us tonight for our 3|2 ACC End of July Arena, starting at 7:30! https://www.chess.com/live#r=1289695 – Register from 6:30

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July 19

Tomorrow is International Chess Day. In celebration, FIDE is asking us to take some time this week to each teach one more person this beautiful game. You can also celebrate the eve of our special day by participating in tonight’s 3|2 ACC International Chess Day Arena, starting at 7:30! https://www.chess.com/live#r=1277114 – Register from 6:30

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July 12

The World Cup started today in Sochi, Russia. It’s one of the first big over-the-board chess events since the COVID shut down. Hope the Canadian players do well! Come celebrate this hopeful sign at tonight’s 3|2 ACC World Cup Arena, starting at 7:30! https://www.chess.com/live#r=1264572 – Register from 6:30

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July 5

Born on July 6 1818, Adolf Anderssen was widely regarded as the best chess player in the world during the 1850s, although the World Championship did not yet exist. Famed for his attacks and sacrifices, his famous “Immortal Game” (1851) is also the title of a 2007 book about the history of chess. Come celebrate his birthday at tonight’s 3|2 ACC Happy Birthday Anderssen Arena, starting at 7:30! https://www.chess.com/play/arena/1251815 – Register from 6:30

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June 28

ACC Beat the Masters III – It’s back again! Join us for the chance to play one of several titled Canadian masters – Check event details on Facebook.
Our 3|2 ACC Beat the Masters III Arena starts at 7:30pm! https://www.chess.com/play/arena/1226342 – Register from 6:30pm

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June 21

It’s the Summer Solstice and National Indigenous Peoples Day! Come join us at tonight’s 3|2 ACC Summer Solstice Arena, starting at 7:30! https://www.chess.com/play/arena/1226342 – Register from 6:30

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June 14

Patios and stores have been busy since Friday, as Ontario is entering a post-lockdown reopening plan. Come join us at tonight’s 3|2 ACC Ontario Reopens Arena, starting at 7:30! https://www.chess.com/play/arena/1213328 – Register from 6:30

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June 7

With vaccinations up and cases down, Ontario is entering Stage One of the reopening plan this Friday. Come join us in this last week of lockdown at tonight’s 3|2 ACC End of Lockdown Arena, starting at 7:30! https://www.chess.com/play/arena/1200343 – Register from 6:30

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May 31

It’s the End of May! For Michael Bublé fans, it’s a touching song about a heart still broken. For everyone else, it’s just longer days and another month of the pandemic in the books. Either way, come join us at tonight’s 3|2 ACC End of May Arena, starting at 7:30! https://www.chess.com/live#r=1187131 – Register from 6:30

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Off-week – May 24

We’re closed tonight for the Victoria Day long weekend. Hope you’re enjoying it, and we’ll see you back next week!

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May 17

Born on May 17 (more recent scholarship says May 14) 1836, Wilhelm Steinitz was the first Chess World Champion. When he changed his own playing style mid-career, he led the chess world away from the previous Romantic style of play and inaugurated a more principled positional style. Come celebrate his birthday at tonight’s 3|2 ACC Happy Birthday Steinitz Arena, starting at 7:30! https://www.chess.com/play/arena/1160853 – Register from 6:30

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May 10

As the trees and gardens are blooming outside, the Ontario government is looking to extend the current stay-at-home order into June. Hope you enjoy your trips outside and see you at tonight’s 3|2 ACC Spring Flowers Arena, starting at 7:30! https://www.chess.com/play/arena/1157609 – Register from 6:30

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May 3

Just like that, it’s the first Monday in May! Hope to see you at tonight’s 3|2 ACC May Day Arena, starting at 7:30! https://www.chess.com/play/arena/1134412 – Register from 6:30

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April 26

It’s trillium season! Ontario’s official flower blooms in forested areas in late April to early May, before the tree canopy overhead fills in. Hope you get a chance to get out and see them this year, and hope to see you at tonight’s 3|2 ACC Trillium Season Arena!

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April 19

Hope you’re enjoying the spring sunshine this morning, because they’re calling for wet snow by Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. See you soon at tonight’s 3|2 ACC Wet Snow Blitz Arena starting at 7:30! https://www.chess.com/play/arena/1107553 – Register from 6:30

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April 12

It’s been a rainy Sunday followed by a rainy Monday, so why not come join tonight’s 3|2 ACC April Showers Blitz Arena starting at 7:30? https://www.chess.com/play/arena/1094121 – Register from 6:30

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Off-week – April 5

We’re closed tonight for the Easter long weekend. Hope you’re enjoying it, and we’ll see you back next week!

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March 29

With March coming to a close and local temperatures forecast to hit a high of 17°C tomorrow afternoon, come join tonight’s 3|2 ACC Out like a Lamb Blitz Arena starting at 7:30. https://www.chess.com/play/arena/1067508 – Register from 6:30

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March 22

Spring is officially here! As of Saturday, our days are officially longer than our nights. Celebrate by joining tonight’s 3|2 ACC Spring Equinox Blitz Arena starting at 7:30. https://www.chess.com/play/arena/1053956 – Register from 6:30

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March 15

Welcome back to Daylight Savings Time! We may have lost an hour of sleep, but we get to watch the sunset at 7:24 just before tonight’s 3|2 ACC Daylight Savings Blitz Arena starts at 7:30. https://www.chess.com/play/arena/1020204 – Register from 6:30

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March 8

Happy International Women’s Day! This year’s theme from the UN is Women in Leadership. Let’s celebrate the many female leaders we already have in our sport, and think about how we can all encourage the next generation of girls and women take a prominent place in the world of chess! Tonight’s 3|2 ACC International Women’s Day Blitz Arena starts at 7:30. https://www.chess.com/play/arena/996286 – Register from 6:30

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March 1

With above-zero highs this past week and through the weekend, a lot of our winter snow accumulation has now melted. Hope you’re enjoying the milder weather! Tonight’s 3|2 ACC Melting Snow Blitz Arena starts at 7:30. NEW Link https://www.chess.com/play/arena/972727 – Register from 6:30

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February 22

With shorter days and too much time inside, many of us may be experiencing some “winter blues.” But winter will not last forever! As we head into the last week of February, why not join your ACC friends for some online chess? Tonight’s 3|2 “Beat the Winter Blues” Blitz Arena starts at 7:30. https://www.chess.com/play/arena/958938 – Register from 6:30

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February 15

Happy Family Day! Tonight’s 3|2 ACC Family Day Blitz Arena starts at 7:30. https://www.chess.com/play/arena/945395 – Register from 6:30

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February 8

We’ve got a special ACC Beat the Masters II Arena set up for you!
>> Help us spread the word on Facebook.

So far, GM Razvan Preotu, IM Michael Song, FM Michael Humphreys, FM Mike Ivanov, and NM Geordie Derraugh have confirmed. It’s your chance to play some games against these legendary Canadian masters!
As usual, games start at 7:30 pm.

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February 1

In honour of Groundhog Day tomorrow, here’s hoping Wiarton Willie can tell us how many more weeks of lockdown are in the cards this year! Tonight’s 3|2 ACC Groundhog Day Arena starts at 7:30. https://www.chess.com/play/arena/898247 – Register from 6:30.

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January 25

For those who went for a walk today and wondered “Ye banks and braes o’ bonie Doon, how can ye bloom sae fresh and fair?” – if you’re interested in playing chess online in the midst of whatever other Scottish celebrating you may be doing this evening, tonight’s 3|2 ACC Robbie Burns Day Arena starts at 7:30. https://www.chess.com/play/arena/894782 – Register from 6:30.

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January 18

As the whole province has been under stay-at-home orders since Thursday, online chess is still a safe activity for everyone! Tonight’s 3|2 ACC Stay-at-home Arena starts at 7:30. https://www.chess.com/live#r=861363 – Register from 6:30.

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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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2021 Winter Chess Classes

It’s a new year – Why not stretch your mental muscles with some chess lessons!

Sign up for a February chess class

Annex Chess Club in downtown Toronto has evening Live Online chess classes for adults and children – for absolute beginners or for those who want to take their game to the next level.


Chess for Seniors

This time around, we’ve got a special 10-week chess class for seniors on Wednesday afternoons, starting February 10. It’s aimed at an intermediate level, and we’re offering seniors 60 years old or better a 20% off discount.

>> Register here


Register online for a new session of winter classes. Monday night Kids Classes are available at beginner, intermediate, or advanced levels, starting March 1.

Adult beginners can try a 2-week adult beginner class with Keith, on Monday nights starting February 22 or again starting March 8. This will give you some techniques and principles for making good moves in the opening, middlegame and endgame.

Or if chess is completely new to you, Keith can bring you up to speed with an intro to chess on February 9 or March 2 This takes you, in one lesson, right from the start with how the pieces move and how to set up the board, through all the rules of the game, how to check and checkmate, and even a few ideas for getting your game off to a good start.

If you’re familiar with basic opening, middlegame, and endgame principles, but you’re looking to go a bit deeper, try a 5-week intermediate class with Peter. There’s one starting February 8, and for those who took the class in January, this one will cover all new topics.

Or for tournament players looking to improve, FM Michael Humphreys is teaching a high-level Thursday night adult advanced course, starting February 25. This time around, the course will cover a variety of topics centred around a sharp opening system that is played at all levels of the game – the Sicilian Defence.
Week 1: Intro to the Sicilian Defence
Week 2: Typical Sacrifices in the Sicilian
Week 3: The Power of the Bishop Pair
Week 4: The Sicilian Endgame
Week 5: Attacking with Opposite-Side-Castling
Week 6: Attacking Fianchettoed Positions

There is a class for everyone!

Details and registration here

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New Fall Chess Classes are starting up!

Looking for something new to do? Why not stretch your mental muscles with some chess lessons!

Sign up for a chess class

Annex Chess Club in downtown Toronto has evening Live Online chess classes for adults and children – for absolute beginners or for those who want to take their game to the next level.

Register online for fall classes. Monday night Kids classes are available at beginner, intermediate, or advanced levels, starting November 9.

Adult beginners can try a 2-week adult beginner class with Keith, starting December 14. This will give you some techniques and principles for making good moves in the opening, middlegame and endgame.

Or if chess is completely new to you, Keith can bring you up to speed with an intro to chess on December 7. This takes you, in one lesson, right from the start with how the pieces move and how to set up the board, through all the rules of the game, how to check and checkmate, and even a few ideas for getting your game off to a good start.

If you’re familiar with basic opening, middlegame, and endgame principles, but you’re looking to go a bit deeper, try a 5-week intermediate class with Peter. There’s one starting November 23, and there’ll be a continuation with new topics starting in January.

Or for tournament players looking to improve, FM Michael Humphreys is teaching a high-level Thursday night adult advanced course, starting November 12. This time around, the focus is on understanding pawn structures:

  • Nov 12 – Isolated Queen Pawn Positions Part 1
  • Nov 19 – Isolated Queen Pawn Positions Part 2
  • Nov 26 – The Carlsbad Structure
  • Dec 3 – King’s Indian and Ruy Lopez Structures Part 1
  • Dec 10 – King’s Indian and Ruy Lopez Structures Part 2
  • Dec 17 – The Boleslavsky Structure

There is a class for everyone!

Details and registration here

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Spring Chess Classes starting!

The snow is melting and people in Toronto are coming out of hibernation. Want to stretch your mental muscles with some chess lessons?

Sign up for a Spring chess class!

Annex Chess Club in downtown Toronto has chess classes for adults and children – for absolute beginners or for those who want to take their game to the next level.

Register online for a 7-week class today! The new spring session starts March 9.

Come out to the club this Monday

We also have CFC-rated tournament games and casual chess on Monday nights. Come check us out!

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