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Chessfest is back June 25-26

The annual Harbourfront Centre Chessfest returns to Toronto’s waterfront on Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26.
beautiful weather on the north exhibition common at harbourfront

Come learn the game. Play on a giant chess board. Sit down with a friend at one of the open tables. Dress up. Meet the chess queen. Lots of free fun for the whole family all weekend!

Also featuring the 3rd annual Children’s Championship on Saturday and the 2016 Toronto Blitz Championship on Sunday.

See full details on the Chessfest page.

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Chessfest returns – Sunday August 10

It’s back …

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Chessfest returns to Toronto’s waterfront

Sunday August 10, the first annual Harbourfront Chessfest presented by Scotiabank returns to the North Exhibition Common.

  • Visit the Chessfest page for full details
  • Register your child entering grades 1 to 7 in the Harbourfront Kids’ Tournament through the Chess Institute of Canada for a $5 entry fee

beautiful weather on the north exhibition common at harbourfront

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Chessfest a success!

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Photo by Egidijus Zeromskis.

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Chess for everyone!

The first annual Harbourfront Centre Chessfest presented by Scotiabank took place on Sunday June 15, 2014.

Beautiful weather, a strong blitz tournament, a great team of volunteers, and all kinds of players, old and young, made for a great event. Thanks to all who attended.

Kids and families loved getting into the game at Chessfest, at the same time as our top national players clashed in one of the strongest blitz tournaments this city has ever seen. It was truly inspiring to see chess so enjoyed at all levels of the game.

Hal Bond, Canada’s FIDE representative, loved the way Chessfest celebrated “chess as a family activity.” He praised the event for “helping chess advance a little deeper into the consciousness of the general public.”

Hans Jung, the blindfold master, described the event as “a terrific time” and “the best combined birthday and Father’s Day present” he’s ever had.

Chessfest at Harbourfront Centre is returning this year on Saturday-Sunday June 20-21, 2015. See the Chessfest page for details.

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Pictures

Photos by Egidijus Zeromskis

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ted and liza

toronto blitz chess championship

giant chess with a little coaching

blindfold chess with hans jung

lots of casual chess players on the open tables

beautiful weather on the north exhibition common at harbourfront

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Chess sets for South Africa!

Chess in the Triangle of Hope

The Leacock Foundation’s Triangle of Hope connects an independent school in Toronto with a high-needs school in Toronto and with a high-needs school in Eastern Cape, South Africa.

When students at Branksome Hall were leaving for a visit to their partner school in Queenstown, South Africa, they became aware of a need for chess sets. So the Leacock Foundation reached out to Annex Chess Club.

Partnering with the Chess Institute of Canada, who already provides chess programming in schools in some of Toronto’s “priority” neighborhoods, we were pleased to be able to provide a number of standard tournament sets with vinyl boards.

Ted Winick, our founder and currently the Chair of our Board, who is also the President of CIC, took the lead on the initiative.

Here are the chess coaches at Get Ahead Project School, Queenstown, with their new sets in hand.

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Thanks to the Leacock Foundation for giving us the opportunity to help support chess in South Africa.

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UPDATE (May 26): It was wonderful to receive the following letter this week from the Leacock Foundation.

Thank you from Queenstown SA

Dear Mr. Winick and the Annex Chess Club,

Thank you so much for your generous donation of chess sets to the Get Ahead Project school in Queenstown, South Africa. Located on the Eastern Cape, South Africa’s poorest province, the Get Ahead Project spans three campuses and hosts over 1400 students from grade primary to matric. The Leacock Foundation provides funding and support for the Get Ahead Project schools, knowing that education provides youth a route out of poverty and a chance to be empowered in shaping a community.

This year at Get Ahead, two teachers, Mr. Simon and Mr. Zata established a Chess Club for students to participate in after school. Students from grades 8 to 12 have joined the club and meet regularly to learn and play chess. Although we weren’t there to see their reactions when they received the chess sets, we’ve been told by our South African colleagues both Chess Club instructors were absolutely thrilled and incredibly grateful. Both Mr. Simon and Mr. Zata are passionate about chess and recognize the importance of teaching it as a tool for problem solving, teamwork, and math literacy.

Moving forward, our Toronto Program Director Pat, will continue the conversation with Leacock’s Triangle of Hope partner schools here in Toronto about possibly initiating some after-school chess programming for next fall. She will keep you updated and let you know if a school becomes interested in getting involved.

Thanks again, Mr. Winick. Your thoughtful generosity is truly appreciated. We look forward to staying in touch and expanding the scope of chess education both here and in South Africa.

Sincerely,

Kristine Gaston
Executive Director

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Building the Annex Chess Library

The Annex Chess Library is a joint project of the Annex Chess Club and the Chess Institute of Canada. We’ve had a few lots of book donations to our library – most recently a collection of about 40 books from David V. Pearce, who played against IM Lawrence Day back in the day. Thank you to David and to all our previous donors!

We’re still working on getting the Annex Chess Library set up. When we do, the books that have been passed on to us by David Pearce and other retired chess players will be made available to a new generation of players, both ACC members and CIC students!

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