Children’s Chess Classes

Programme Description

The Annex Chess Club children’s chess programme is a fun and exciting way for your child to learn the game of chess and meet children from across the GTA who share the same passion. Our programme is designed to take children of all ages from beginners at the most basic level right through to CFC-rated club players.

Our programme incorporates class lessons, group work, individual problem-solving, and various forms of tournament play to reinforce and evaluate chess abilities at each skill level. It is most important that children be placed in the correct level to ensure maximum benefit of the programme – see below.

Graduates of the programme learn the full range of tactical skills (pins, forks, skewers, etc); are introduced to opening, middle, and endgame theory; are capable of in-depth analysis of their own and others’ games; are familiar with chess notation; and finally, are knowledgeable of the range of resources that are available to continue to improve their games after the classes finish.

All ages and skill levels are welcome!

see Class Descriptions, Schedule, Costs, and Registration

[Note: We also offer classes for teens and adults – see our Adult Instructional Programme.]

Children's chess instruction at ACC

Find the right level for your child

  • The children’s classes below are not age specific – i.e., any child at any age can be in any of the classes. Levels are based entirely on the children’s knowledge of the game.
  • We reserve the right to move children from one class level to another.
  • In our experience, many children either overstate their knowledge of the game, or don’t like to be designated as anything less than advanced. But children are best served when instruction is given at the appropriate level. We urge parents, even those with a limited knowledge of the game, to communicate with their children to find out where they would fit best. This helps ensure that the classes run smoothly for everyone from an early stage, but most of all, it ensures that children are having a great experience, playing, laughing, and growing together with peers learning at the same level.

Repeating a class

  • Each of the following classes are designed to build a particular range of chess skills. However, because children learn at different rates, repeating the same class (beginner, intermediate, advanced) for another session, or several sessions, is often a good idea. This allows children to consolidate their knowledge of a particular range of skills before moving on to the next level. Everyone learns differently and it never helps to skip over fundamental skills. Working on the same core curriculum, our instructors change the approach and emphasis each term so no two sessions are alike.
Children's chess instruction at ACC

Chess Classes

Kids’ Beginner Chess:
This class covers a full introduction to the pieces: their movements, their values, capturing, good trades vs. bad trades. Check, checkmate and castling are introduced, but the overwhelming focus is on ensuring that the pieces and their movements are learned and internalized.

Please ensure this is the correct level for your child: This class is for children who range from having no background in chess to those who have learned how the pieces move but who still don’t have a strong, automatic command of all piece movements. The children who take this class may not know how to checkmate or castle.

see Schedule, Costs, and Registration

Kids’ Intermediate Chess:
This class reviews the pieces and their movements, but goes into further detail on their values (depending on a given position, situation, etc.). It covers check and checkmate, introduces en passant, explains the rules of stalemates and draws, introduces tactics, and includes a small amount of theory surrounding openings, middle, and endgames.

Please ensure this is the correct level for your child: This class is for children who have a strong command of the pieces and their movements, but not necessarily castling and en passant. Children at this level may know how to checkmate, but in any case they do not have a dominant command of doing so. If all of your child’s games end in checkmates or draws, they should be in advanced class; if not, place them here, because checkmating is one of the tough aspects of chess to master, and it takes time and practice to gain a vision for it.

see Schedule, Costs, and Registration

Kids’ Advanced Chess:
This class works on final preparations for children to begin CFC-rated club-level play, and teaches all the rules of the game at a tournament level. The en passant rule is covered and becomes part of regular games. Chess notation is introduced and covered, with the aim of having children write down all the moves of their games properly. Opening, middle, and endgame theory is covered, including advanced tactics and further insights into sound overall principles of chess strategy.

Please ensure this is the correct level for your child: This class is for children who have a strong, automatic command of checkmate and castling, and whose games all end in either checkmates or draws. Children in this class may not have an automatic command of the en passant rule, or be fluent in chess notation and the game analysis that goes with it, but they should be strong young players. The children in this class are sometimes selected to play on the chess teams at their respective schools. We do not recommend your child participate in this class if he or she is relatively new to the game.

see Schedule, Costs, and Registration

Kids’ Advanced Chess – Club Level:
This class features weekly “slow” chess games using chess clocks, and analysis of these games. Students will delve into complex opening, middle, and endgame concepts, during the analysis of their own games. Students will become increasingly comfortable with elements of “slow” tournament games, including managing their clocks and scoresheets.

Please ensure this is the correct level for your child: This class is for children who have a strong, automatic command of checkmate, castling, and en passant, and who are fluent in chess notation. The children in this class are essentially ready to play at club level, but may still want to add to what is already a full repertoire by playing and analyzing with other children their age. We do not recommend your child participate in this class if he or she is relatively new to the game. Indeed, we recommend children take the advanced class first, before moving on to this level.

see Schedule, Costs, and Registration

Annex Chess Club provides all learning materials, boards, clocks, and pieces

Children's chess instruction at ACC

Schedule

Jan/Feb 2017: Kids’ Classes – 7 weeks – Jan 9 to Feb 27 – $105
Note: no classes on Feb 20 (Family Day)

Day Time Course Instructor
Monday 5:15 to 6:15 pm Advanced Artiom Samsonkin
Monday 6:15 to 7:15 pm Intermediate Artiom Samsonkin
6:15 to 7:15 pm Advanced Michael Humphreys

Mar/Apr 2017: Kids’ Classes – 7 weeks – Mar 6 to May 1 – $105
Note: no classes on Mar 13 (March Break) or Apr 17 (Easter Monday)

Day Time Course Instructor
Monday 5:15 to 6:15 pm Advanced Artiom Samsonkin
Monday 6:15 to 7:15 pm Intermediate Artiom Samsonkin
6:15 to 7:15 pm Advanced Michael Humphreys

May/Jun 2017: Kids’ Classes – just 5 weeks – May 8 to Jun 12 – $75
Note: no classes on May 22 (Victoria Day)

Day Time Course Instructor
Monday 5:15 to 6:15 pm Beginner Artiom Samsonkin
Monday 6:15 to 7:15 pm Intermediate Artiom Samsonkin
6:15 to 7:15 pm Advanced Michael Humphreys

*Summer break, June to August. Classes resume in September.

Costs and Registration

  • Sessions are $105 for a 7-week course. Register with payment (cash or cheque – and credit card payment is now available too) at the front desk in the Great Hall at 918 Bathurst between 6:00 and 7:30 pm on Monday night.
  • Single classes are $20 each.
  • Late registrations are accepted, and prorated fees are available for late entrants.

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13 thoughts on “Children’s Chess Classes”

  1. Hi,

    I’m considering registering my 6 year old son for your upcoming chess classes. Do you have anything coming up soon for the new school year?

    He attended the chess club at his previous school in JK and SK, and participated in multiple chess tournaments organized by CIC on PA days.

    Thanks.

    Carrie

          1. Just saw it. Thank you!

            I’m not sure whether I should register him for club or lessons. What’s the best way to figure out? Should I call someone first or would it be better if we just show up a bit earlier on the 12th and sort it out there? Whichever may works better. Please let us know. Thanks again!

  2. Most kids in the club prefer the classes. Club tournament membership works better once young players have become quite strong, and usually a little older.

  3. Hi Markus,

    I missed this September session could you tell me how long I need to wait for the next session ? I would like to enroll for my 7 year old daughter .

    Thanks in advance,
    krishna.

    1. Hi, Krishna. It’s no problem to start mid-session, so you can have your daughter join the class next week. She will have missed only one class. You can come register on site the same night.

      Best,
      Marcus

  4. Hi Markus,

    I can’t make it untill October 2nd due to personal commitments.
    P lease let me know if it is possible after 2nd October.

    Thanks,
    krishna.

  5. I would like to enroll my 12 year old daughter in the class. She is a beginner. She knows the rules and we played few games together. Would she still be considered a beginner? Also is there a class where kids similar age would play in?

  6. Hello there,

    I would like to register my 6yr old in chess classes. Can you please advice me when the next class begins?

    Thanks,
    Deepa

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