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.
One of the performance art pieces in the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Reunion 2010, featured a synthesis of chess and electronic music. The chess board was wired to electronic music feeds so that the moves on the board opened and closed the channels of electronic music being generated by musicians on stage.
After the match between WGM Jennifer Shahade and GM Pascal Charbonneau, several members of the Annex Chess Club were on hand to facilitate the audience-participation portion of the performance, a joint effort of the Chess Institute of Canada and the Greater Toronto Chess League.
Featuring a celebration of the Canadian chess olympic teams, highlighted by a guest lecture from GM Mark Bluvshtein, Canada’s youngest-ever International Grandmaster and our top board at the recent Chess Olympiad in Russia!!