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Chess Classes are starting this week!

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 intermediate and advanced classes. Or, if you’re new to this game, try a FREE 4-week adult beginner class, starting Monday May 25. And a new adult intermediate course starts June 22 to get you ready for tournament play!

Feature photo is American GM Maurice Ashley playing some park chess in Washington Square – see the YouTube video.

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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 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.

See you there!

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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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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!

Feature photo by Michal Vrba on Unsplash

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ACC Club Championship 2020

It’s that time of year again!

Club Championship starts February 24

It’s time for another edition of our annual Club Championship! (Check out the club championship tag for past editions!)

The format for the Club Championship is a little different than our regular Swisses: six rounds and just two sections, Championship and Reserve.

Club Championship trophies

The Championship section sees the top players at our club vie for the title of 2020 Club Champion! Josh Guo is the defending champion. The minimum rating to enter the section is 1700.

The Reserve section sees players rated under 1800 compete for the title of 2020 Reserve Champion. Last year it was Matthew Furrow.

All are welcome!

All are welcome to join us for the event, but only full-year members are eligible to win the Club Champion and Reserve Champion titles. Winners’ names will be engraved on permanent trophies at the club.

Rounds are at 7:30 pm on six Monday evenings, starting February 24 and running to March 30. Registered players may request a bye by email before 6:00 pm. New players are asked to please register on site by 7:00 to make sure that you’re paired for the night’s round.

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Round One – February 24

The tournament gets under way with 14 players in the Championship section and 18 in the Reserves.

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Round Two – March 2

After two rounds of play, there’s a three-way tie for the lead in the Championship section. Dave Southam, Syed Ibrahim Ahmed, and Farhad Panahov all have 2.0/2.

In the Reserves, with 23 players competing, only two are still perfect. Ian Greig and Ulli Diemer have 2.0/2.

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Round Three – March 9

Through three rounds, two players are still perfect in the Championship section – Dave Southam and Farhad Panahov have 3.0/3. In the Reserves, Ulli Diemer is now alone in first with 3.0/3. Three more rounds to go!

See results below.

Check full details at chess-results.

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Round Four – suspended

We are currently suspending chess club meetings as a Covid-19 precaution. ACC is currently scheduled to re-open April 6.


Ranking Cross-tables after Round 1

ACC Club Championship – Championship section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd Pts.
1 Panahov Farhad 1950 CAN 10b1 7w1 9w1 3
2 Southam David 2108 CAN 14w1 15b1 4w+ 3
3 Shabanaj Saimir 2216 CAN 8w1 4b0 13w1 2
4 Ahmed Syed Ibrahim 2086 CAN 11b1 3w1 2b- 2
5 Campbell Brett 2194 CAN 6w½ 11b1 2
6 Vinuya Ruth Joy 2052 CAN 15w½ 5b½ 14w1 2
7 Siddeley Hugh 2181 CAN 16w1 1b0 1.5
8 Gao Lucy 1848 CAN 3b0 15w1 1.5
9 Vinuya Reign Joshua 1818 CAN 12w1 1b0 1.5
10 McSherry Peter 1767 CAN 1w0 14b½ -1 1.5
11 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1802 CAN 4w0 16b1 5w0 1
12 Munro Allan 2212 CAN 9b0 1
13 Fines John 1783 CAN 3b0 1
14 Furrow Matthew 1810 CAN 2b0 10w½ 6b0 0.5
15 Chen Sihao 1784 CAN 6b½ 2w0 8b0 0.5
16 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1757 CAN 7b0 11w0 0.5

Check full Championship results at chess-results.

ACC Club Championship – Reserve section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd Pts.
1 Diemer Ulli 1535 CAN 26w1 15b1 4w1 3
2 Belanger Colton 1688 CAN 17w1 13b½ 14w1 2.5
3 Costales Dan 1670 CAN 15w½ 25b1 13w1 2.5
4 Greig Ian 1628 CAN 7b1 20w1 1b0 2
5 D’Souza Carina 1571 CAN 14w½ 24b1 2
6 Phillips Arthur 1545 CAN 22b1 2
7 Dixon Javier 1412 CAN 4w0 26b+ 20b1 2
8 Randle Bill 1295 CAN 16b1 12w½ 2
9 Ali Shafkat 1627 CAN 17w1 2
10 Supol George 1518 CAN 18w1 2
11 Teram Eli 1015 CAN 21w1 2
12 Helwig Frank 1672 CAN 23b+ 8b½ 2
13 Hillier Paul 1594 CAN 19b1 2w½ 3b0 1.5
14 Guo Richard 1236 CAN 5b½ 23w1 2b0 1.5
15 Tuchow Ryan 1422 CAN 3b½ 1w0 24w1 1.5
16 Kraus Tony 0 CAN 8w0 -1 1.5
17 Jevtic Dragan 1504 CAN 2b0 19w1 9b0 1
18 Barrie Ethan 1400 CAN 20b0 22w1 10b0 1
19 Stefanovich-Thomson Alexis 1242 CAN 13w0 17b0 26b1 1
20 Armstrong Robert J. 1604 CAN 18w1 4b0 7w0 1
21 Lambert Peter 1483 CAN 11b0 1
22 Donegan Lawrence 1114 CAN 6w0 18b0 23b½ 0.5
23 Moiseev Alex 1440 CAN 12w- 14b0 22w½ 0.5
24 Westcott Todd 997 CAN 5w0 15b0 0.5
25 Lillico Margarita 1027 CAN 3w0 0 0.5
26 Souchko Larissa 862 CAN 1b0 7w- 19w0 0

Check full Reserve section results at chess-results.

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ACC February Blitz

Got the February blues? Why not come out for the ACC February Blitz!

The ACC February Blitz is a nine-round ACC club tournament running on February 10. It’s a CFC quick-rated tournament, played in one big section. Time control is 3 min/side with a 2-s increment.

Players can register on site up to 7 pm. Email registration before 6 pm. Club members are free. Others can pay a one-night $15 fee ($10 for juniors).

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Nine Rounds on February 10 starting at 7:30 pm

32 players take part including some guests stopping in. In the end, Saimir Shabanaj takes first with 7.5/9, Ruth Joy Vinuya and Michael Humphreys take second and third. Congratulations to the winners!

Top U1800 was Arthur Schneider Terra, top U1600 was Michael Mair, and U1200 was split between Joshua Lau, Margarita Lillico, and Todd Westcott.

We’re off next week for Family Day, we’ll see many of you over the weekend at Hart House, and we’ll see you back at the club for the 2020 Club Championship on February 24!

Final Ranking after Round 9

ACC February Blitz

Rk. SNo Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 3 Shabanaj Saimir CAN 2133 7.5
2 5 Vinuya Ruth Joy PHI 1986 7
3 1 Humphreys Michael CAN 2325 7
4 14 Schneider Terra Arthur CAN 1698 6
5 2 Campbell Brett CAN 2194 6
  4 Sobrevilla Ruben USA 2045 6
  6 Malmsten Erik CAN 1957 6
8 22 Mair Mike CAN 1480 5.5
9 16 Chen Sihao CAN 1658 5.5
10 7 Stein Jacob CAN 1910 5
  9 McSherry Peter CAN 1776 5
  11 Ugodnikov Arkadiy CAN 1766 5
  15 Belanger Colton CAN 1673 5
  18 Belcadi Salim CAN 1592 5
15 12 Ab-Barin Hooshang CAN 1757 5
16 8 Furrow Matthew CAN 1782 4.5
  17 Ali Shafkat CAN 1647 4.5
18 10 Vinuya Reign Joshua PHI 1770 4.5
19 13 Helwig Frank CAN 1715 4
20 20 Liahut Valles Ingrid Yusseip MEX 1505 4
  23 Lambert Peter CAN 1471 4
  24 Moiseev Alex CAN 1256 4
  25 Guo Richard CAN 1249 4
24 19 Costales Dan CAN 1571 3.5
  21 D’Souza Carina CAN 1502 3.5
  27 Lau Joshua CAN 1081 3.5
27 28 Lillico Margarita CAN 1036 3.5
  29 Westcott Todd CAN 997 3.5
29 26 Donegan Lawrence CAN 1110 2.5
30 32 Maynard Andrew CAN 0 2
31 30 Souchko Larissa CAN 826 1
32 31 Harvey Paul CAN 749 1

See full results on the Chess-results server.

Feature photo is detail from Marcos Paulo Prado on Unsplash

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