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Beware the Cavalry!

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!

Check out the full lesson here (in .pdf format).

And here are the games (as a zipped .pgn) from the lesson – with a few bonus ones thrown in!

four square shadow

The featured image is from a photograph by Maarten van den Heuvel.

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Openings Course starts Monday

Along with our regular beginner and intermediate adult chess classes, we have a new offering starting on January 9.

Overview:
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?

Course layout:
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.

Learning goal:
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.

Chess level:
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.

Everyone welcome!
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.

Register on site January 9. Save the date!
Questions? Please contact info@annexchessclub.com

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Step up your game!

New sessions of adult and kids’ classes are starting next Monday!

November-December classes run each Monday night, November 7 to December 19. We have adult intermediate classes and kids’ beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes.

Our popular instructors will show you how to take your game to the next level!

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Thank you, Tyler!

Tyler Longo
Tyler Longo

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.

Tyler Longo and Alex Ferreira
Tyler Longo and Alex Ferreira
George Supol and Tyler Longo at Harbourfront Centre
George Supol and Tyler Longo at Harbourfront Centre
Good luck, Tyler!
Good luck, Tyler!
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End of year celebration for chess classes!

All kids and adults who have attended chess classes with us this year September 2015 to June 2016 are invited to an end-of-year celebration on Monday June 20.

  • Just-for-fun unrated tournament
  • Pizza
  • Starts at 6:00 pm

Help spread the word!

Celebrate a great year of chess at Annex Chess Club!

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