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Chess classes are great for kids!

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.

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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.

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Artiom Samsonkin has great rapport with his 6:15 Beginner/Intermediate class as he teaches captures, threats, and checks:

ACC Kids' Class Artiom 1

ACC Kids' Class Artiom 2

And he reminds his students to use these new skills in their games:

ACC Kids' Class Artiom 3

ACC Kids' Class Artiom 4

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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.

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Harmony’s Story on CBC

Harmony’s on TV this weekend!

CBC’s Our Toronto features our own eight-year-old phenom, Harmony Zhu!

Harmony Zhu CYCC 2013

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.”

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Kids’ Club December Blitz


KEITH DENNING | 2013/12/03
ACC Class Coordinator


On December 2 the Annex Kids’ Chess Club took a break from its long double round robin tournament to do something a little different.

a change of pace
“Pawn going turbo” – art by Mike Magnan on Susan Polgar’s blogspot

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
  • occasional lectures
  • weekly 30-minute tournament rounds starting at 7:30
  • and more!
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ACC Kids’ Fall Tournament Well Under Way


KEITH DENNING | 2013/10/02
ACC Class Coordinator


The ACC Kids’ Autumn Leaves tournament is well under way. After four rounds of this double round robin, Jeffrey Zhu and Stefan Makarov are tied in first place with three points each.

The ACC Kids’ tournament rounds start at 7:30 every Monday the club is running. Tournament rounds are rated and with rapid time controls (30 minutes each).

kids autumn leaves

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