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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, 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 the Fall Semester (2018-19)

HHCC is hosting THREE (3) chess workshops this Fall semester:

1) Weekly Chess Lessons for Upper-Beginner/Intermediate Players

From September 21 – November 30 our class for intermediate and upper-beginner players will meet every Friday, 5-6 p.m. at Hart House Reading Room. Every registered Hart House Chess Club member is entitled free entry to these chess lessons and is welcome to attend and learn from our amazing HHCC Secretary and ex-Varsity Chess Player, Leslie Tang (CFC: 1756).

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2) Weekly Chess Lessons for Advanced Players

This is a more rigorous workshop, targeted at advanced chess players, ranging from 1400 to 1800 CFC rating. Some prior experience and time commitment is required of the participants. This year’s lessons focus on Chess Endgames with special emphasis on Rook Endgames. The Workshop runs every Friday, from September 21st until November 30th, 6-7 PM, and the lessons take place at the Hart House Reading Room. National Master and ex-Varsity player Jonathan Yu (CFC 2225) is the instructor in this workshop.

3) Learn How to Play Chess Workshop

From October 12 – November 9, HHCC 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 take place every Friday, 5-6 p.m. at the Hart House Reading Room and will be taught by our ex-Varsity Player, Panayoti Tsialas (FIDE: 2020).

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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 in, 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 lesson topics.