Located on a 120-acre site on the shores of Lake Couchiching, National Chess Camp continues to set a standard of excellence in chess instruction and camping in North America. A partnership between National Music Camp and Chess Institute of Canada, NCC offers the highest level of chess instruction and play combined with an array of recreational activities, all nestled in the best facilities within a highly stimulating musical environment. NCC campers experience an incredible week, make a significant leap in their chess level and create lifelong memories and friendships.
“Robyn Cohen, manager of the centre, said the chess program has been “so well received, it has become part of the school’s curriculum. It helps build responsibility and executive functioning, helps students to plan ahead and set goals, and improves math and literacy. Students are also taught to adjust when a chess move doesn’t go right or they lose the game.”
We had a great time at Chess Fest at Harbourfront Centre on June 20-21, 2015. Check out this great video about the Blitz Tournament and congratulations to Nikolay Noritsyn, the 2015 Toronto Blitz Chess Champion!
The Chess Institute of Canada and the Annex Chess Club are proud co-hosts of the Second Annual Chess Fest at Harbourfront Centre, this Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21, 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.
Chess Fest features a large number of free activities throughout the day such as two life-sized chess boards for all to play on, face painting, dress-up, and crowns for all children. There will be open chess boards all over the Harbourfront Centre for games with old and new friends. Children and adults alike will have a chance to improve their chess skills with free tips all weekend from International Master and former member of Canada’s Olympiad team Artiom Samsonkin, and Hans Jung, one of the world’s best simultaneous chess players.
Chess Fest is a unique event in Toronto and is not to be missed!
The CIC has been running a Chess World curriculum program at the Jerome D. Diamond Adolescent Centre for the past two years. The CBC’s Jason Osler recently interviewed the Centre’s Robyn Cohen about the success of the program. Here’s what she had to say:
More on the program: Chess World’s Thinking Different® curriculum is an in-class enrichment program for schools. Children develop a wide range of life skills that will have a lasting effect on their personal growth and ability to interact socially, including goal setting, knowledge sharing, maturity, and responsibility. It was developed by Vice-President and Director of Curriculum, Tal Granite, as the basis for instruction in all of its children’s programs and events. The CIC is the only organization in Canada that is licensed to use the Chess World Curriculum.
Join us on August 10 at Harbourfront Centre North Exhibition Common for an incredible day of chess featuring a 6-round tournament just for kids, giant chess sets, face painting, open tables, and free activities for the whole family.
Thanks again to all those that joined us for our November tournament. Congratulations to everyone who attended. You all had wonderful games.
Awards were given out to the top winners in each section, as well as the top winners in each grade. For a full list of the tournament results by section please refer to the crosstable listings below, as seen on the CFC website:
On October 11th CIC kicked-off the school year with it’s first P.A. Day tournament. Congratulations to everyone who attended. Awards were given out to the top winners in each section, as well as the top winners in each grade.
For a full list of the tournament results by section please refer to the crosstable listings below, as seen on the CFC website:
Toronto – St. James Town community residents from ages 7 to 70 put their chess skills to the test during a chess tournament on July 6, 2013. The tournament was held at the St. James Town Community Corner (SJTCC), or “The Corner”, as it is known to locals. Located in the St. James Town community, The Corner houses various spaces dedicated to local initiatives and services that benefit the neighbourhood.
The tournament was organized by staff and volunteers of the SJTCC, including resident and high school student Kuhan Jeyapragasan. Jeyapragasan is a former CIC chess student, having participated in a chess club run by President and Founder, Ted Winick, at Rose Avenue Public School several years ago.
The CIC donated their clocks and chess sets to the event, and Winick volunteered his time as Tournament Director.