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New Adult Beginners’ Chess Course

Starting November 3, we have a 7-week adult beginner chess course

Lewis chess queen

Previously, we had a combined adult beginner and intermediate class, but starting in November we’re offering a separate class for beginners. This is a great opportunity for any adult who wants to get into chess!

The instructor, Artiom Samsonkin, is a well-loved chess teacher who has been the backbone of our instructional programme for some time.

If you’re not sure this is for you, come to the first class on a trial basis. Pay after – only if you decide to continue with the classes.


Artiom Samsonkin

IM Artiom Samsonkin
International Master Artiom Samsonkin was the 2008 Canadian Junior champion and is currently among the top 10 chess players in Canada. A patient teacher, he relates well to his students and uses humorous examples to bring his clear, well-structured lessons to life. We are lucky to have such an excellent teacher working with us. Don’t miss your chance to take a class with him!


Nov/Dec 2014: Adult Classes – 7 weeks – Nov 3 to Dec 15 – $140

Day Time Course Instructor
Monday evenings 7:15 to 8:15 pm Beginner Artiom Samsonkin
Monday evenings 8:15 to 9:15 pm Intermediate Artiom Samsonkin

Note that these classes are for adults. We also offer classes for kids at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. The children’s classes are taught by Artiom Samsonkin and Michael Humphreys on Mondays at 5:15 and 6:15.

Registration / More Information

  • Register for all classes (payment by cash or cheque) at the front desk in the Great Hall at 918 Bathurst between 6:00 and 7:30 pm any Monday night.
  • Email info@annexchessclub.com for more information

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

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Beginners’ Chess Class for Adults

Adie Todd’s chess course is back by popular demand!

We’re launching a new Spring Session of our Adult Introductory Chess Course, taught by Adie Todd. The course is now offered in two levels:

The Beginner course starts at the very beginning of the game, covering such topics as how the pieces move, how to check and checkmate, the relative value of the pieces, an introduction to strategy and tactics, and basic endgames.

The Intermediate course is designed for those who have either graduated from the Beginner course or who already have a basic knowledge of the game. The Intermediate class will cover such topics as tactical themes (skewers, double checks, discovered attacks, zugzwang), opening, middlegame, and endgame strategy, pawn structures, and famous games. We will also play in-class games and analyze them together.

The course runs on Thursday nights for seven weeks, at a cost of $85. The first class is scheduled for next Thursday, April 19.

  • Beginner – Thursday 6:15 to 7:15 pm
  • Intermediate – Thursday 7:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Register online!
Adie Todd, playing in the Canadian Open
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