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Learn Chess – Improve your Game

For a second consecutive year the Hart House Chess Club is hosting a series of workshops for members who want to learn the rudiments of chess or wish to develop their strategic and tactical skills.

Weekly chess instruction takes place at the Hart House Reading Room and it is open to all club members regardless of experience. Activities include practice games, problem solving tactics, endgame and middlegame study, and master game analysis.

The classes are run by our experienced coaches, and students are assigned into small groups. The atmosphere is very friendly and the participants are not asked to make serious time commitments. Each time we will be examining an independent chess theme. As a result, skipping one or a few sessions due to midterms or other school-related commitments should not have an adverse affect on the student’s ability to follow the next sessions.

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Schedule for the Fall Semester (2019-20)

We invite new and returning members to improve their game with our talented coaches in a number of exciting workshops:

1) Learn to Play Workshop

Every Friday, 5-6 pm from September 20th to November 15thSahan Karunaratne, who was the External Events Coordinator in 2018-2019, will be hosting a 8-lesson workshop to introduce beginners totally new to the game or with very little training to the wonderful world of chess! Join Sahan and your fellow chess club members on Friday evenings, 5-6 pm in the Reading Room (please see below for details and a tentative syllabus) as you explore the rules, chess notation, game analysis, strategy and tactics!

2) Seminar on Middlegame Strategy

Lead by National Master and ex-Varsity player Jonathan Yu, this is a more rigorous seminar, targeted at intermediate-advanced chess players, ranging from 1300 to 1700 CFC rating. This semester’s lessons will focus on middlegame chess strategy with a special emphasis on how the pieces normally develop during a game. The Workshop will run every Friday from September 20, 6-7 PM, and the lessons will be taking place at the Hart House Reading Room.

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How to Enroll:

To enroll in the classes, send us an e-mail at hhchess@utoronto.ca, message us on Facebook to let us know that you are interested, or simply stop by the Hart House Reading Room any Friday evening between 4-11 pm. We encourage you to like and follow our Facebook page for the latest updates on the lessons.