Learn Chess – Improve your Game

This 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. Students are divided into two classes:

  • one for beginners (up to 1300 official or estimated Elo rating)
  • and one for intermediate skill-level players (1300 – 1800 official or estimated Elo rating)

Weekly chess instruction will take 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 instructor, Panayoti Tsialas (Fide Rating: 2060), and students are assigned into small groups. The atmosphere is very friendly and the participants are not asked to make any commitments. Each time we will be examining an independent chess theme. As a result, missing 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.

Schedule for Fall Semester (2017-18)

From September 22nd through December 15th:

I) The Class for Beginners will meet every Friday from 4:30 through 5:30 PM

II) The Class for Intermediate skill-level players will meet every Friday from 5:30 through 6:30 PM

Every Hart House Chess Club member is welcome to attend either class or even both!

If these hours do not fully convene you, Panayoti will be sticking around at the Hart House Reading Room every Friday from 4 through 4:30 PM. Feel free to stop by, seek advice and ask him any questions you may have.


Learn How to Play Chess Workshop

Staring on Friday November 17th and going until Dec. 15th, Hart House will be running a series of workshops for first-time chess players, introducing them to the movements of the pieces and the rules of the game. These lessons will be taught by our amazing colleague and former Varsity Chess Player, Jonathan Yu (CFC Rating: 2150), and you are all welcome to attend. The tentative Syllabus of this Seminar is posted below:

#1 Nov. 17th: The Pieces and their Movements

#2 Nov. 24th Check, Checkmate, Stalemate, Algebraic Notions

#3 Dec. 1st: Basic Pawnless Endgames

#4 Dec. 8th: Basic Tactics

#5 Dec. 15th: Basic Strategy

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Enroll in the classes

Step 1: Send us an e-mail at hhchess@utoronto.ca or message us on Facebook to let us know that you are interested in the classes

Step 2: Take one minute to answer the three questions of our on-line survey, which will help us determine which class is best for your needs

You may also want to “like” our Facebook page as this is the place where we will be posting the chess themes of each week.