The knight with its funny L-shaped move is one of the hardest pieces to master, and even experienced players sometimes lose a game by missing a knight fork tactic.
“Inexperienced players have a fear of this piece, which seems to them enigmatic, mysterious, and astonishing in
its power. We must admit that it has remarkable characteristics which compel respect and occasionally surprise
the most wary players.”
~ Eugène Znosko-Borovsky, 1936
In a recent chess lecture at ACC, veteran Toronto chess player and teacher, Erik Malmsten, explains a circle visualization method and a square-colour alert to help train your brain to watch out for potential threats by these tricky pieces!
It’s an Introductory Survey of the Chess Openings. Beloved chess teacher, Artiom Samsonkin, will walk you through a complete opening repertoire for both sides in this 7-week course. The focus is on applying four fundamental principles: piece activity, king safety, pawn structure, and material.
Here is Artiom’s own video introduction.
Do some of your games get off to a good start while in others you are soon in hot water?
Are you looking for a way to make a smooth transition from the opening into a playable middlegame position where you can test your skills?
The first half of the course will work on building a repertoire for White, focusing on the Open Spanish, and preparing to meet the solid French and the dangerous Sicilian, as well as meeting sidelines such as the Pirc. The second half builds a repertoire for Black, preparing to meet both 1.e4 (with an Open Game) and 1.d4 (with the Nimzo Indian) as well as sidelines.
Students will finish the course able to play one or two openings for both sides with confidence. More importantly, your games will be more stable and consistent, as you regularly get your pieces developed harmoniously and your king to safety, ready to test your skills in a good middlegame position.
This course is aimed at an intermediate level. Players should already know how the pieces move, and should have some idea how to assess piece activity, material, king safety, and pawn structure. Tournament players rated 1000-1600 may also be interested in the course.
If you’re not sure whether this is going to be right for you, come try it out and see if it works.
Monday nights, 8:15 to 9:15 pm
January 9 to February 27
$140 for 7 weeks
All equipment and materials provided.
Casual club membership included for the duration of the course.
If you’ve played chess at Annex or at many other events around Toronto, you’ve no doubt seen Tyler Longo behind the desk keeping the tournament running smoothly. We want to thank Tyler for his years of dedication as Tournament Arbiter (since 2013) and also as President (since 2015) of Annex Chess Club.
The 2016 Summer Swiss will be Tyler’s last gig as Arbiter at ACC. We are currently putting together a roster of people to take his place directing our club tournaments, since no one person can do what he’s been doing.
Thank you, Tyler!
Tyler will continue as a member of the club and a director on the Board, and hopefully he’ll soon be back playing in our club tournaments.