One-day children’s tournament at the ACC – Friday November 19
Children from local schools spent their PA Day on Friday playing in a chess tournament at 918 Bathurst. Ted Winick ran another successful event, featuring medals and ribbons, snacks, pizza lunch, and a variety of alternate activities, including improv theatre with Lauren Stein
The overall winner in grades 4-6 was Qiyu Zhou, and top place in grades 1-3 went to Joshua Feld. Congratulations to all participants!
Canadian GM Mark Bluvshtein finished the Corsica Masters event in Bastia with 5/7. This qualified him for the knock-out, where he lost to GM Gawain Jones’s Benko Gambit. He is now in Israel, training with GM Huzman. When he comes back to Toronto, he’ll be preparing for the tournament in Groningen, the Netherlands, at the end of December.
Mark helped open the Annex Chess Club this October, and his many fans at the club are following his professional chess career closely.
For photos, analysis, and updates, check out his blog.
Here is his Round 6 victory over Russian GM Mikhail M. Ivanov in Corsica:
White: Mark Bluvshtein (2583)
Black: Mikhail M. Ivanov (2438)
A00 King’s Indian
Jason Cao wins World Under-10
Nine-year-old Jason Cao won a gold medal for Canada in the World Youth Chess Championship in Greece. A grade 5 student from Victoria, Jason is now a FIDE master. He is the first Canadian World Under-10 Champion since 1986.
Lawrence Day’s weekly column features our club’s opening night
In the weekly chess column in the Puzzles and Comics section of the Saturday Star, Canadian IM Lawrence Day discusses the “tranquil space” at our clubhouse at 918 Bathurst, and the “dramatic details” from the Olympiad related by GM Mark Bluvshtein. Day was in attendance at our opening night celebration, featuring Bluvshtein’s talk. If you can’t get a copy of the Star from October 30, we will be posting the article at the club soon.
Grandmaster lecture opens Toronto’s newest chess club
Canadian GM Mark Bluvshtein gave a chess lecture on Monday October 18 to open the Annex Chess Club. Having recently returned from the Olympiad in Russia, where he played board one for Canada, Mark shared his two biggest games from the tournament.
His thought-provoking lecture included insights into everything from at-home preparation to over-the-board thinking, and from the emotional aspects to the political aspects of chess in the upper echelons. Mark has earned himself many new supporters in Toronto, and we at the Annex Chess Club wish him well in his “year off” devoted to playing chess professionally!
After the lecture, we were honoured to have two of Mark’s fellow Canadian olympic players, IM Nikolay Noritsyn and Liza Orlova join him in cutting the cermonial cake to open the Annex Chess Club. We ended the night with some casual and speed games.
A big thank-you to one and all in attendance at the event — especially our new club members!
Our next event, the ACC Fall Swiss, starts next Monday, October 25.