Membership Fees

The Annex Chess Club has a membership option for everyone.

Adult Junior Casual
One night pay-as-you-go $15 $10 $5
One tournament (5-week) membership $60 $40 n/a
Full-year membership* $215 ($190) $155 ($130) $105 ($80)

* Full-year memberships may be renewed at a $25 discount if renewed on time at expiration.

Adult tournament membership

Full membership includes chess lectures, casual chess, and participation in regular club tournaments – 44 Monday nights a year!

Also available on a nightly, pay-as-you-go basis, or in a five-week package.

Junior membership

Junior membership is the same as adult tournament membership – but for players under 18 years old.

Children with junior membership may also join our new Annex Kids’ Chess Club – supervised casual play, CFC-rated rapid tournaments, and chess analysis.

Again, it is also available on a nightly, pay-as-you-go basis, or in a five-week package.

Casual membership

Casual membership is for adult players who wish to come to the club for casual play. It does not include club tournaments, but includes chess lectures and casual games – 44 Monday nights a year!

It is also available on a nightly, pay-as-you-go basis.

One of our junior members

Family discount

Additional family members can receive full-year tournament membership at 20% off after one full-year tournament membership of equal or greater value is purchased.

Student discount

Students in full-time post-secondary studies are eligible for a 30% discount on our full-year adult tournament membership.

Senior discount

Seniors 65 years of age and older are eligible for a 20% discount on our full-year adult tournament membership.

Chess courses

Chess courses are priced separately, and students in ACC chess courses do not have to be members of the club. See the club page for information about the courses we offer.

Membership Benefits

Annex Chess Club membership includes:

  • Regular CFC-rated club tournaments*
  • Speed chess tournaments*
  • A $10 discount on weekend tournaments at the 918*
  • Casual chess
  • 44 Mondays nights of chess!

* Casual membership does not include tournament play

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29 thoughts on “Membership”

  1. Would you recommend memberships to Chess beginners? I’ve only been playing for a couple of months and would love to improve my playing skills.

    Are beginners grouped with other beginners? Just curious.

    Your reply is greatly appreciated.


    1. Hi, Anthony. Thanks for your question!

      A lot of beginners choose to take the beginner class, where they play and learn together with other beginners.

      Another choice is the casual section. Casual players find their own opponents, but tend to gravitate towards opponents of similar strength.

      When you’re ready for tournament play, again we have tournaments divided into sections so that players face opponents who range in ability, but still of a relatively similar calibre.

      If you want to start with a class, you don’t also need to purchase membership, and casual play is still included in course costs.

  2. I’m in a group sponsoring an Iraqi man who level of English is very low, but level of chess is quite high. I’m looking for ways of helping him connect to Toronto. Would your chess club be a place for him? Do you have discounts for refugees?

    1. Angela: Maybe somebody else can answer about a discount, but if he wants to try an evening of casual chess (most Mondays, from 6:30 to 11pm), it just costs 5 dollars for the evening. (Ask others about discounts for longer numbers of weeks or months of play or memberships)

  3. Annex Chess Club:
    When is the beginning of a new tournament appropriate for someone in the 1000 or so rating range. If I understand correctly, someone would pay the tournament fee plus something to allow for the rating – that being good for a year? Does the year start at the time of a payment or does it start in a new school year or in a new calendar year? A reminder of this info would be great. Thanks.

    1. Hi Susan,
      All players in our tournaments must be CFC members. Annual CFC membership is $48 per year ($32 for juniors). It’s good for a full 12 months from whenever it’s purchased, usually dated to the first of the month. When it’s renewed, the renewal is usually dated from the previous expiration date.
      CFC membership can be purchased from us at the club or from CFC at

      1. Thanks for the info! Also, when is the next tournament for U1400 (or lower) – would it be in the summer or the fall?

        1. Our current tournament has an U1400 section, and players may enter on Monday, in Round 3, with byes in the first two rounds.
          These 5-round club tournaments run more or less consecutively, even through the summer. After this one ends on May 15, there’ll be a new one starting May 29. (May 22 is a holiday.)

          1. Does the one starting on May 29th also have an U1400 section? (for player probably .around 1000 level)
            I assume cheque written to Annex chess club for 108 would cover five weeks of tournament and the fee for CFC? (re adult son Timothy Bahry)

  4. Hello, I’m thinking of joining. I’m a mature (65+) person, probably intermediate level. Would the fee to join be $172 for me? Or is the 20% discount only applied to tournaments?

    Also what is the latest time to start a game on Monday evenings? What happens if it isn’t finished by 10pm? Do you just count the points from pieces won?

  5. I learned how to play chess from a colleague early this year and was playing occasionally online. Would like to be more serious about Chess and think joining a local chess club would help. I have played about 1000+ games on and my current rating is about 1500 (10 mins Blitz). Not yet a CFC member and have never played a tournament game before. Do you know what is CFC equivalent score to score? What class should I take and should I participate as club member or casual member?

    1. Hi Derrick,

      We have a few options. You could start with casual, take a class, or dive straight into our current club tournament. Let us know what you might be interested in.

      I think probably ratings are inflated relative to CFC ratings. And blitz is a separate skill in some ways, so I’m not sure, but I would guess your regular CFC rating might be 100 or 200 points lower.


    1. Hi Leah,
      That’s great!
      It’s 6:30 till 11:00 pm on Monday nights, except holidays (e.g., we’re closed this coming Thanksgiving Monday).

  6. H3y,
    Are you guys hosting a club tournament for the upcoming KWCC teams quick challenge?
    I have 1707 bullet fide online rating and a 1605 Blitz rating. I would really like to join the annex chess club team.

    1. It’s June 23, right? We have sent a team in the past. Maybe post the flyer on the Annex Chess Club Facebook group and see who might want to go.

  7. I wan to know if i can play in weekends sunday and saturday, because is the only days I could play.

  8. I’m interested in joining a chess club in Toronto but I’m concerned about the scheduling. I’m already a member of a fencing club that meets on Monday nights and I don’t want to have to choose between the two. Are there any other nights that members who cannot make the Monday nights can meet up and play? Surely there must be others in the same boat as me. Even if it’s just a few people a secondary/remedial night would be immensely valueable. If not currently are there any plans of this becoming a possibility in the future? Thanks.

    1. Hi Dan,
      Most chess clubs in the city meet just once a week, so we’re on Mondays. Some of our members do already meet on other nights at other clubs. E.g., at Willowdale on Tuesday, Pub Chess Wednesday, Scarborough Thursday, or Hart House Friday. Each club does its thing a little differently, but I hope you find something that works for you.

      1. Hi king,
        I’m just wondering if how can I find chess enthusiasts ages 10-12 group I’m kind of setting a life of my son who love chess more than computer and as a mom who don’t know anything about this I think it is best to seek expert ideas. We r residing nearby bloor-Yonge area. Thanks

        1. Hi Rosalyn,

          Our CFC-rated tournaments run late on Monday nights, but we do have several serious young chess devotees among our players. You’re welcome to come try our classes, casual or tournament games to see if it works for your son.


  9. Hi King,

    Would I be able to join the Adult classes if I buy a full membership or would the classes be extra $ in addition to the membership?


  10. Hi King,

    I was wondering if getting a full-year membership would include the weekly classes that are starting today or would the classes be extra $ to the membership.


    1. Classes aren’t included in membership, so it’s probably better in most cases not to pay membership until the end of your classes.

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