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.”
On December 2 the Annex Kids’ Chess Club took a break from its long double round robin tournament to do something a little different.
We held a five round blitz tournament, with time controls at five minutes. We saw some really sharp play and the usual array of blunders and missed opportunities that happen under time pressure. Play was fast paced and fun, and a good time was had by all.
The tournament ended up with a three-way tie for first between Jeffrey Zhu, Tigran Ghazarian and Stefan Markarov, each with four points out of a possible five.
Special mention goes to Tigran, the club’s youngest member and one of our strongest players.
The regular 30-minute tournament resumes next week and will be complete by the end of the month.
ACC Kids’ Club Rebooting in the New Year!
In January the Kids’ Club will be expanding, running from 6:00 until a bit before 9:00, with:
weekly game analysis
chess variants (e.g. bughouse, bulldozer, and other fun games)
weekly chess problem competition
weekly 30-minute tournament rounds starting at 7:30