Posted on March 27th, 2018 by Marcus Wilker

Mississauga Production of CHESS

Synopsis: In this musical, the ancient game becomes a metaphor for romantic rivalries, competitive gamesmanship, super-power politics, and international intrigues. The pawns in this drama form a love triangle: the loutish American chess star, the earnest Russian champion, and a Hungarian American female assistant who arrives at the international chess match in Bankok with the American, but falls for the Russian. From Merano to Bankok the players, lovers, politicians, press, and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of a monumental rock score.

Read more ›

Posted on June 9th, 2017 by talgranite

Chessfest 2017 Photos

Saturday June 3 was a beautiful day for Chessfest at Harbourfront Centre, featuring the 4th annual Chessfest Children’s Championship. Thanks to all who attended! (And thanks to some of our fantastic parents for the photos.) Meanwhile, outside the tournament tent, the Queen of Chessfest was holding court, joined by another young queen:

Read more ›

Posted on May 10th, 2017 by talgranite

Chessfest is back June 3-4

2017 Harbourfront Centre Chessfest – the best of Toronto chess and the best site in Toronto to showcase it! Along with all the free chess fun, Chessfest features the annual Chessfest Children’s Championship for kids in grade 1 to 6 ($10 entry fee). Register here under tournaments.

Read more ›

Posted on April 7th, 2017 by talgranite

All The World’s A Chess Board

Famed Chess Queen Phiona Mutesi Plays a Life-Size Game Toronto, ON, April 7, 2017: Phiona Mutesi, the Ugandan chess player behind the Disney film, Queen of Katwe, which premiered at TIFF in 2016, is back in Toronto this week. Her visit wraps up Saturday with a life-size game of chess at Branksome Hall. Like Lewis…

Read more ›

Posted on April 6th, 2017 by talgranite

Chess Institute at Beautiful World Gala

CIC Founder and President Ted Winick and CEO  Tal Granite attended the Beautiful World Fundraising Gala on April 4, 2017. The highlight of the night was a chesss game between “Queen of Katwe” Phiona Mutesi and Canadian Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire, with Tal Granite as a live commentator (photo tweeted by Gloria Kim) Ted Winick was…

Read more ›

Posted on March 22nd, 2017 by talgranite

Ask Phiona Contest

At the Charity Chess Tournament at Branksome Hall on April 8, there will be a Q&A with the Queen of Katwe, Phiona Mutesi, and her coach, Robert Katende. What would you ask her if you got the chance? Tweet or comment with your #askphiona questions, and you’ll have a chance to win one of 3…

Read more ›

Posted on February 15th, 2017 by talgranite

Play Chess with Phiona!

Chess Institute of Canada and Beautiful World are proud to present A Children’s Chess Tournament for grades 1 through 8 with Phiona Mutesi, who represented Uganda in the 2010 Chess Olympiad. Join the fun at Branksome Hall on Saturday April 8, 2017. Phiona’s story inspired the recent Disney movie, Queen of Katwe, which had its…

Read more ›

Posted on May 9th, 2016 by talgranite

Third Annual Chess Fest at Harbourfront Centre

The Chess Institute of Canada and the Annex Chess Club are proud co-hosts of the Third Annual Chess Fest at Harbourfront Centre on Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.  The Chess Festival features over 2,000 square feet of free and fundraising chess activities for all ages and chess levels….

Read more ›