Teachers (see this 2012 study) find that kids who participate in chess show improved confidence and self-assurance. For parents, it’s a real pleasure to see your child so engaged in the game – and it’s truly amazing how quickly they pick up new skills.
At Annex Chess Club, we’ve got kids’ chess classes every Monday night!
Our final 7-week session before summer break started April 28 – but it’s not too late to join! Check current schedules.
You’re never too old to learn chess or improve your game! Artiom Samsonkin teaches a Beginner/Intermediate adult group from 8:00 to 9:00 pm.
Artiom Samsonkin has great rapport with his 6:15 Beginner/Intermediate class as he teaches captures, threats, and checks:
And he reminds his students to use these new skills in their games:
We’ve got chess classes for older kids too. Michael Humphreys, who is our ACC Club Champion and a City Championship winner as a coach, teaches the 6:15 pm Advanced group.
CBC’s Our Toronto features our own eight-year-old phenom, Harmony Zhu!
The segment aired on CBC TV Sunday February 9 at 5:00 pm, but is now posted online.
Harmony gave a chess interview, filmed on location at Annex Chess Club – just before her game against Jonathan Yu – and a piano performance, filmed at the Royal Conservatory of Music. (Jonathan Yu and Ted Winick also appear in the video.)
“We’re going to introduce you to a young girl from Richmond Hill … who has the world at her fingertips. Her name is Harmony Zhu. Debbie Lightle-Quan discovered – she’s full of potential and surprise.”