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    • January 15, 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • March 11, 2024
    • 6:00 PM
    • 918 Bathurst Street, Toronto ON
    Register

    Update: This course will begin on January 15, 2024.

    Take a deeper dive into chess!

    Our eight-week intermediate/advanced course builds on the basics, and introduces young people to more advanced chess concepts, chess games by master players, and more, taught by National Master David Filipovich.

    Students will also learn how to use a chess clock, how to read and write chess notation, and the fundamentals of chess etiquette.

    On completion of this course, students will be ready to take part in chess tournaments, such as the ones ACC runs every week.

    These classes are tailored to the levels and needs the of the students, so the curriculum is flexible. Therefore, you can join this course any time!

    ACC students are also welcome to borrow books from the ACC library and play in our casual play area after class.

    Please note that there are no classes on February 19th as the club is closed for Family Day.

    Instructor: NM David Filipovich

    You are welcome to take a single class as a drop-in, but we do recommend that all students take the entire eight-week course.

    ACC members can take this course at a significant discount.

    • January 15, 2024
    • 6:15 PM
    • March 11, 2024
    • 7:15 PM
    • 918 Bathurst St. Toronto ON
    Register

    Update: This course is starting on Monday January 15.

    Take a deeper dive into chess!

    Our eight-week intermediate/advanced course builds on the basics, and introduces teens and adults to more advanced chess concepts, chess games by master players, and more, taught by National Master David Filipovich.

    Students will also learn how to use a chess clock, how to read and write chess notation, and the fundamentals of chess etiquette.

    On completion of this course, students will be ready to take part in chess tournaments, such as the ones ACC runs every week.

    These classes are tailored to the levels and needs the of the students, so the curriculum is flexible. Therefore, you can join this course any time!

    ACC students are also welcome to borrow books from the ACC library and play in our casual play area after class.

    Please note that there are no classes on February 19, as the club is closed for Family Day.

    Instructor: NM David Filipovich

    You are welcome to take a single class as a drop-in, but we do recommend that all students take the entire eight-week course.

    ACC members can take this course at a significant discount.

    • January 30, 2024
    • 7:30 PM
    • March 19, 2024
    • 9:00 PM
    • Online Zoom Class
    Register

    Advanced Zoom Classes - Tuesday evenings, online 


    Please note that this course has been delayed due to low enrolment.


    In this eight-week course, IM Mark Plotkin teaches:


    Master the Endgame. These ninety-minute classes start at 7:30 PM each Tuesday via Zoom. You can purchase the entire course or single classes.


    Instructor: IM Mark Plotkin

    This course is perfect for club players who are looking to improve their game. While this course is geared towards adults, strong junior players may join.

    Master the Endgame: Strategic Chess Course with IM Mark Plotkin!

    Explore tactical finesse and strategic brilliance in endgames, turning every move into a potential winning masterpiece!

    Course Highlights - 1 Topic per Week:

    • Week 1: Tactical Endings -Exploring tactical motifs prevalent in endgames, and studying tactical puzzles tailored to endgame scenarios.
    • Week 2: King Activity - Understanding the importance of king activity in the endgame, and learning techniques to activate and utilize the king.
    • Week 3: Technical Wins - Analyzing techniques for converting advantages into tangible wins in technical endgames, and learning how to convert small advantages into decisive victories.
    • Week 4: Unexpected Blows - Surprising tactical and strategics resources in seemingly drawn endgames.
    • Week 5: Finding the Draw - Learn to recognize drawing resources and defensive techniques in challenging endgames, and seemingly lost positions.
    • Week 6: Making the Right Choice - Decision-making in complex endgames: how to evaluate options and find the best moves..
    • Week 7: Strategic Endings - Understanding strategic concepts in endgames: pawn structures, piece placement, and maneuvering, and studying endgames where strategy triumphs over tactics.
    • Week 8: Picking the Best of Two Options - Exploring scenarios with multiple promising continuations, and choosing the most effective one!

    Each week will include a mix of lecture, practical exercises, homework and discussion focussed on that week's particular theme.

    IM Mark Plotkin is a distinguished chess master, one of the top-rated players in Canada with a passion for teaching and a track record of guiding students to strategic mastery.

    Classes held online via Zoom.


    Discounted pricing applies to ACC Members. A Zoom link will be emailed after registration.

    • February 01, 2024
    • 7:30 PM
    • March 21, 2024
    • 9:00 PM
    • Online Zoom Class
    Register

    Advanced Zoom Classes - Thursday evenings, online 


    Note: this course has been delayed due to low enrolment.


    In this eight-week course, FM Michael Humphreys teaches:


    Learning From The Classics. These advanced classes are 90 minutes and start at 7:30 PM each Thursday via Zoom. You can buy single classes, or the full course at a 20% discount.


    Instructor: FM Michael Humphreys

    This course is perfect for club players who are looking to improve their game.

    While this course is geared towards adults, strong junior players may join.

    Learning From The Classics with FM Michael Humphreys!

    Each week Michael will analyze one famous and instructive game, each a bit more difficult than the last

    • Week 1: Petrosian v. Balashov (1980)
    • Week 2: Karpov v. Kasparov (1984, world championship game 9)
    • Week 3: Janowski v. Capablanca (1916) 
    • Week 4: Menchik v. G.A. Thomas (1932) 
    • Week 5: Janowski v. Rubinstein (1907) 
    • Week 6: Botvinnik v. Capablanca (1938) 
    • Week 7: Chiburdanidze v. Dvoirys (1980) 
    • Week 8: Fischer v. Kholmov (1965) 

    FM Michael Humphreys is among the best players in Canada, with a long career in chess coaching and instruction.

    Classes held online via Zoom.


    ACC members enjoy a 50% discount!

    A Zoom link will be emailed after registration.

    • February 26, 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • March 18, 2024
    • 6:00 PM
    • 918 Bathurst Street, Lower Level, Toronto ON M5R 3G5
    Register

    Go from zero to sixty in just four classes!

    Our kids' beginner classes young people who have no prior knowledge of chess. (If you are familiar enough with the game that you know terms like fork, pin, stalemate and perpetual check, then you should consider our intermediate course.)

    Our instructor, Sue Foster, will teach students the basics of the game, from piece movements and board coordinates through simple tactics and strategic considerations.

    Classes are on Monday evenings from 5:00 until 6:00, and usually involve about 30 minutes of instruction followed by 30 minutes of supervised game play. Believe it or not, you'll be playing chess very soon!

    ACC students are also welcome to borrow books from the ACC library and play in our casual play area after class.

    Instructor: Sue Foster

    You are welcome to take a single class as a drop-in, but we do recommend that all students take the entire four-week course.

    In the first two sessions you will learn: the rules of chess including piece movement, castling and other special moves, piece values, elementary mates, and basic opening principles.

    The final two weeks focus on useful topics including: the middlegame, tactics, strategy and endgames.

    On completion of this course, you will be ready to take part in our intermediate classes.

    ACC members can take this course at a significant discount.

    • February 26, 2024
    • 6:15 PM
    • March 18, 2024
    • 7:15 PM
    • 918 Bathurst Street, Lower Level, Toronto ON M5R 3G5
    Register

    Go from zero to sixty in just four classes!

    Our adult beginner classes are for students fourteen and older who have no prior knowledge of chess. (If you are familiar enough with the game that you know terms like fork, pin, stalemate and perpetual check, then you should consider our intermediate course.)

    Our instructor, Sue Foster, will teach students the basics of the game, from piece movements and board coordinates to simple tactics and strategic considerations.

    Classes are on Monday evenings from 6:15 until 7:15, and usually involve about 30 minutes of instruction followed by 30 minutes of supervised game play. Believe it or not, you'll be playing chess very soon!

    ACC students are also welcome to borrow books from the ACC library and play in our casual play area after class.

    Instructor: Sue Foster

    You are welcome to take a single class as a drop-in, but we do recommend that all students take the entire four-week course.

    In the first two sessions you will learn: the rules of chess including piece movement, castling and other special moves, piece values, elementary mates, and basic opening principles.

    The final two weeks focus on useful topics including: the middlegame, tactics, strategy and endgames.

    On completion of this course, you will be ready to take part in our intermediate classes.

    ACC members can take this course at a significant discount.

    • March 18, 2024
    • 6:15 PM
    • May 13, 2024
    • 7:15 PM
    • 918 Bathurst St. Toronto ON
    Register

    This course's start date may be delayed, but is expected to begin on March 18.

    Take a deeper dive into chess!

    Our eight-week intermediate/advanced course builds on the basics, and introduces teens and adults to more advanced chess concepts, chess games by master players, and more, taught by National Master David Filipovich.

    Students will also learn how to use a chess clock, how to read and write chess notation, and chess etiquette for tournament play.

    On completion of this course, students will be ready to take part in chess tournaments, such as the ones ACC runs every week.

    These classes are tailored to the levels and needs the of the students, so the curriculum is flexible. Therefore, you can join this course any time!

    ACC students are also welcome to borrow books from the ACC library and play in our casual play area after class.

    Please note that there are no classes on April 1, as the club is closed for Easter Monday.

    Instructor: NM David Filipovich

    You are welcome to take a single class as a drop-in, but we do recommend that all students take the entire eight-week course.

    ACC members can take this course at a significant discount.


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