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PA Day Children’s Tournament

One-day children’s tournament at the ACC – Friday November 19

PA Day chess in Toronto

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!

See the cross-table for complete results

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Canadians on the World Stage

Mark Bluvshtein update

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

Jason Cao
Canadian, Jason Cao, wins World Under-10 in Greece

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.

For more details, see the CFC press release, “Canadian Jason Cao – New U 10 World Chess Champion.”

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Annex Chess Club in Toronto Star

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.

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Annex Chess Club Opens With a Blast

Grandmaster lecture opens Toronto’s newest chess club

Mark Bluvshtein's Lecture
GM Mark Bluvshtein at the ACC
©2010 by the photographer, David Cohen

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.

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Reunion – Chess as Performance Art

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.

Audience Participation at Reunion 2010
Audience participation at the performance
©2010 by the photographer, Erik Malmsten
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