“The Unglamorous Majority: insights into rank-and-file chess.”
Yakos Spiliotopoulos is delivering a chess lecture at the Annex Chess Club on Monday February 7, at 7:00 pm. We’re not all grandmasters, and Yakos promises an exciting talk on the real-life chess games of the club player, full of confused thinking, negative emotions, and bad moves.
Entry: $5 for non-members, includes casual chess after the talk.
The lecture schedule is posted on our events page.
The 2011 Tata Steel Chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee, the “Wimbledon of chess,” finished this weekend, with GM Hikaru Nakamura on top in Section A, ahead of Anand, Aronian, Carlsen, and Kramnik.
Nakamura played in the Toronto Open in 2009. With this victory, he is now the seventh highest-rated player in the world (and Anand also nudged ahead of Carlsen for the top world rating.)
In section C, top Canadian GM Mark Bluvshtein finished in a three-way tie for fourth. With a record of +6-4=3, this was fighting chess at grandmaster level! He has a week off before the start of the Aeroflot Open in Moscow. Check his blog over the next few days for updates about his experiences at Tata Steel.
This invitational round-robin tournament, organized by David Cohen, pitted three juniors against three adults. It ran alongside our Holiday Swiss, and was to have been both CFC- and FIDE-rated. Unfortunately, FIDE disallowed it, as three players did not have FIDE ratings at the beginning of the tournament.
Ted Winick is a chess organizing wizard in this town. Through the Chess Institute of Canada and the Annex Chess Club, from small children’s tournaments all the way up to the 2011 Canadian Open, it’s hard to keep up with all the chess Ted runs in Toronto. Hot on the heels of a successful PA day tournament last Friday, here are three more chess events for young people. If you’re a young player or a chess mom or dad, be sure to add these to your calendar!
ACC Children’s Winter Swiss
A new children’s tournament starts this Monday! The tournament runs for five weeks, with one round each Monday night, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Check the events page for details
U of T HSA Family Day Chess Tournament at the ACC
This coming Family Day, February 21, there is a full-day children’s chess event at the Annex Chess Club. See the flyer for full details.
ACC Qualifier for the Canadian Youth Chess Championship
Sunday April 3, 2011. The top three finishers in each age and gender category will qualify for the national championship this summer. See the flyer for full details.