August 21 Update

Below, please find a weekly update report written by Coach and former Events Coordinator Sahan:

This week the chess club, having had some community input on Discord, is switching back to Arena tournaments. In addition, we will be hosting the tournaments on chess.com. The move to chess.com will not be permanent. We intend to foster a similar player base to our lichess page, so as to give our club access to variants that are only available on chess.com.


The main variant that came to define the late nights spent at the Hart House Chess Club was certainly bughouse. A variant only available on chess.com, so in our quest to capture some essence of the atmosphere in the reading room, we are aiming at broadening our online platform.


In addition, we have variants that are new to the club. Many members are no doubt unfamiliar with four player chess. No doubt it seems impossible to keep people invested in a game so seemingly opposed to chess, but I hope that you will keep an open mind and feel a sense of adventure as we try out new ideas at the club!

Finally, congratulations are in order for Henry Vu for winning the Hart House Blitz.

Recap of the Week

Below, please find a report written by Sahan on last week’s tournaments and on all of the exciting things happening at HHCC:

Last week the Hart House Chess Club expanded on their latest initiatives. Mark Plotkin provided yet another puzzle and video, and our discord became more active, and is hopefully on its way to become a kibitzer’s paradise.

Congratulations are in order for Chris Knox who had a perfect score in the blitz tournament securing a well earned first place. We hope as many people will join the bullet tournaments as did the blitz!


Yet on another front, we would like to thank everyone posting and responding to Mark’s puzzles on Facebook. It is great to see people coming together and taking the time to figure out the solution to each puzzle. You can find this week’s puzzle at the following [LINK] — be sure to give it a try before the solution comes out next week!

Push towards Discord

Below, please find a weekly update from Sahan, including some details about a new way to stay connected with old friends…

Last week was the beginning of a movement at the Hart House Chess Club towards greater communication between members. We may not fully recreate the warmth of the Reading Room will over a chat room in an online tournament, but we think we could come close! You can find our Discord server at this [LINK].

With our move towards a Swiss tournament for the Blitz, players have more time in between
games, and are able to kibitz more freely. Trying to stay true to our slogan, ‘The Kibitzer is King’,
we hope to have more communication between groups of players on discord, especially for the
blitz.

Sahan Karunaratne will be on Discord for the duration of the blitz tournament. Many of you
know him personally, and we hope that may encourage you to join us!

A discussion of the previous week would not be complete without mentioning Mark Plotkin and
his puzzles. Expect puzzles and solutions to be posted on Facebook, with the links available with the Friday email!

Congratulations are in order for ‘ChessMaster’ for winning the blitz, and ‘Itsjustahobby’ for
winning the bullet!