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Back to School at Annex Chess Club!

We’ve got a new line of chess classes for players of all ages and playing stengths – with children’s classes on Monday nights, and adult classes on Thursday nights. Check course descriptions, below!


Bindi Cheng – Develop Your Opening Repertoire

The opening is the first battle of every chess game.  In this advanced level class, IM Bindi Cheng teaches from the experience of developing and refining his own opening repetoire.

The course explores how building a repertoire is connected to multiple aspects of the game: developing a style of play, learning from bad experiences, managing psychological factors, and preparing for specific opponents.

Bindi’s analysis will move quickly, so players who enrol for this course are recommended to have a chess rating of at least 1400.

  • The class takes place on Thursday evenings (7:00 to 8:00 pm) starting September 13
  • This seven-week course costs $140, with classes from September 13 to October 25

Guestlist advanced registration is now closed. Interested players may join late, simply by attending one of the classes, with cash or cheque to Annex Chess Club.


Adult Beginners Course

The ACC 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.

Equipment is provided. No previous experience is necessary.

  • The class takes place on Thursday evenings (6:00 to 7:00 pm) starting September 13
  • This seven-week course costs $140 and runs from September 13 to October 25

Guestlist advanced registration is now closed. Interested players may join late, simply by attending one of the classes, with cash or cheque to Annex Chess Club.


Adult Intermediate Course

The ACC Intermediate Chess Course is designed for those who have either graduated from our 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.

Equipment is provided. Students are expected to have a basic knowledge of chess.

  • The class takes place on Thursday evenings (6:00 to 7:00 pm) starting September 13
  • This seven-week course costs $140 and runs from September 13 to October 25

Guestlist advanced registration is now closed. Interested players may join late, simply by attending one of the classes, with cash or cheque to Annex Chess Club.


The Children’s Programme – Fall Session

The Annex Chess Club children’s chess programme is a fun and exciting way for your child to learn the game of chess and meet children from across the GTA who share the same passion. Our programme is designed to take children of all ages from the most basic beginner levels right through to CFC-rated club players.

Our Fall session starts Monday September 10 – and includes 14 weeks of instruction before the winter break. Pre-registration is now open!

  • The class takes place on Monday evenings (6:15 to 7:15 pm) starting September 10
  • We are also opening a new, earlier time slot, Monday evenings (5:00 to 6:00 pm)
  • The fourteen-week course costs $190 and runs from September 10 to December 17

Guestlist advanced registration is now closed. Interested players may join late, simply by showing up early to one of the classes, with cash or cheque to Annex Chess Club.


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Kids’ Chess-for-Points Totals

A new session of our children’s chess courses has started. We have new chess teachers and a new curriculum. Daniel Wiebe is the Monday night course director and the beginner class teacher. Wajdy Shebetah is teaching the intermediate/advanced class. Young Canadian IM Arthur Calugar is on hand to provide individual help.

Each class involves group lessons, individual problem solving, and chess-for-points play – where players earn points for solving checkmate riddles, for their game results, for achieving specific objectives in their games, etc.

Come on out to our children’s chess training sessions Monday nights from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, and join this elite crew of talented young players. Email info@annexchessclub.com if you have any questions about the programme.

Here is the cumulative points leaderboard to Monday September 12.

Intermediate/Advanced

# Player Sept. 12 total
1 Olivia Gale-Wagner 5 5
2 Francis He 5 5
3 Yu-jin Lee 5 5
4 Kaizen Liu 5 5
5 Dennis Li 5 5
6 Liam Hinzman 5 5
7 Mary Bellissimo 5 5
8 Kasey Ann Guntang 5 5
9 Teresa Bellissimo 2 2
10 Ethan Andrada 2 2
11 Bradley Ho 0 0
12 Gabriel Vargas 0 0
13 Kate Rodrigues 0 0
14 Jordan Jamali 0 0
15 Noah Hurl-Kohn 0 0
16 Heiko Dorre-Grasso 0 0
17 Stone Hu 0 0
18 Elaine Andrana 0 0
19 Jeffery Zhu Bye 0
# Name class 1 total

Beginners

# Player Sept. 12 total
1 Zack 10 10
2 Timothy 10 10
3 Ana 5 5
4 Anya 0 0
5 Kazuo Nambara 0 0
# Name class 1 total
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Instructional Chess Programme at ACC

ACC General Instructional Programme Description

The Annex Chess Club’s instructional chess programme is designed for all ages (from teenagers right through to seniors) and all levels of chess ability – from general courses, starting at beginner level, right through to special advanced courses, for tournament players up to master level.

Full details of our Adult Chess Classed have now moved to a permanent page.

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Children’s Chess at ACC

ACC Kids’ Programme Description

The Annex Chess Club children’s chess programme is a fun and exciting way for your child to learn the game of chess and meet children from across the GTA who share the same passion. Our programme is designed to take children of all ages from beginners at the most basic level right through to CFC-rated club players.

Full details of our Children’s Chess Classes have now moved to a permanent page.

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