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Club Update, November 3 2023

November 03, 2023 9:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Hello everyone!

We have quite a bit of news to deliver this week.

First, thanks to everyone who joined us in our very successful ACC Hallowe'en Rapid! We're grateful for the sponsorship of Spirit of Math, Central Toronto Campus for this event.

Special thanks to everyone who gave their time and efforts to make this tournament work so well, especially Heidi, Daniel, and Gabriel.

You can view the final results of this tournament on 

This five-round rapid tournament had a field of 101 players from near and far. Thank you for visiting our club!

Congratulations to the tournament winners, IM Mark Plotkin and Brendan Cater, each with a perfect 5/5 score.

The prize for top score by women is shared by Olena Kucherenko, Haneul Park, and ACC members Adie Todd and Samantha Tajik, each with 3.0/5.

The prize for top juniors is shared by ACC members Noah and Amirmahdi, each with 3.5/5.

We had first thought to award only one prize for best costume, but we've doubled it, to give costume prizes for adults and kids!

Best costume (adult) is tied between A.J. Smit (a clever Alice in Wonderland mashup) and Adie Todd (with a costume evoking something belonging to the Hellboy universe, I think...)


Best costume (juniors) is tied between Terra (Death playing chess, from Ingmar Bergman's classic The Seventh Seal), and Tanishq (The Rooooooook!) 

Prizes will be sent by e-transfer. Congratulations everyone!


You'll be pleased to know that our online classes are starting this week! On Tuesday evenings, IM Mark Plotkin will guide you through the dense jungle that is the Middlegame.

On Thursday evenings, FM Michael Humphreys will teach you about Strategic Thinking In Chess.

Both courses still have spots available, and ACC members get an amazing 50% discount!


Our new regular tournament (Chill Out!) starts on Monday November 6. If you're planning to play in the tournament, please register here.


We've made the decision to delay (again) the start of the Toronto Women's Closed. We hope to start this in December.


Registration is open for the GTCL Team Cup, which is happening on November 27! You can register your team for $10 per player ($5 for ACC members.)


Finally, a reminder that Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend. Be sure to adjust your clocks and arrive at the right time for our new tournament, and classes, on Monday!

Annex Chess Club, 918 Bathurst Street, Unit L2, Toronto ON M5R 3G5

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