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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Annex Chess Club Grand Opening!

Grand Opening – Monday October 18

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!!

Check out our flyer for details.

GM Mark Bluvshtein’s lecture will feature:

  • Extended discussion of his recent Olympiad experience in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia
  • Analysis of the game in which he defeated former World Champion GM Veselin Topalov, knocking him from 2nd to 3rd in world rankings
  • Extended analysis of his exciting last-round game against GM Nikola Djukic, where Mark sacrificed his Queen, then an exchange, then a knight to ultimately reach a won endgame
  • Discussion of what lies ahead in Mark’s career, including his participation in the “Wimbledon” of chess: the Corus tournament in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands in January 2011

$20 entry for non-members; free entry for members. Join the club!!!

GM Mark Bluvshtein
GM Mark Bluvshtein
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