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.

Schedule for the Winter Semester (2018-19)

HHCC is hosting two chess workshops this Winter semester:

1) Weekly Chess Workshop on Tactics 

From February 15th to April 5th our lessons on chess tactics, chiefly aimed at upper-beginner and intermediate players will meet every Friday, 5-6 p.m. at Hart House Reading Room. Every registered Hart House Chess Club member is granted free entry to these chess lessons and is welcome to attend and learn from ex-Varsity Chess Player, Panayoti Tsialas (FIDE: 2020).


2) Weekly Seminars on Middlegame Strategy

This is a more rigorous workshop, targeted at advanced chess players, ranging from 1300 to 1700 CFC rating. Some prior experience and time commitment is required of the participants. This year’s lessons focus on middlegame strategy with special emphasis on how to give strength to your pieces. The Workshop will run every Friday, from January 25th until March 29th, 6-7 PM, and the lessons will be taking place at the Hart House Reading Room. National Master and ex-Varsity player Jonathan Yu (CFC 2225) is the instructor in this workshop will will be organized and presented in the format of a seminar.

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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 the lessons.