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New 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

Feature photo is by Jeremy Thomas 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 – 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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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 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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Get into Chess in 2020?

FIDE wishes you Happy 2020! Are you interested in getting into chess this year?

Sign up for a 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! A new winter session starts January 13.

Come out to the club this Monday

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


Happy New Year from FIDE, the World Chess Federation!

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