National Chess Camp – Canada’s Premier Overnight Chess Camp

Posted on March 21st, 2016 by talgranite

August 20-27, 2016

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.

Click here for more information and registration.

Chess Institute of Canada’s curriculum program featured in the Canadian Jewish News

Posted on March 1st, 2016 by talgranite

“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.”

Read the full article here

Chess Fest and Blitz Tournament Video!

Posted on June 26th, 2015 by talgranite

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!

Second Annual Chess Fest at Harbourfront Centre

Posted on June 12th, 2015 by talgranite

Chess_flyer_2015_V7The 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.

The Children’s Chess Championship will take place on Saturday, June 20 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will be open to children of all levels, from SK to Grade 6. The Chess Fest will also be the site of the 2015 Toronto Blitz Championship Tournament with a top prize of $1,000 on Sunday, June 21 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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!

Register here for the Children’s Championship on June 20th.

Register here for the Toronto Blitz Championship on June 21st.

Environment Day at Wychwood Barns

Posted on May 13th, 2015 by talgranite

It was a beautiful day on Sunday April 26 at Wychwood Barns for Councillor Joe Mihevc’s Environment Day. Many families enjoyed the Chess Institute’s chess display.

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Back row from left Mayor John Tory, Chess Institute president Ted Winick, Councillor Mihevc, Front from left Antonio and Natalia Montesano from Humewood Community School chess program.


Jack plays chess


Our friend Jack the chess-playing dog may not be a grandmaster but he certainly has a “Grand Master”. Follow his exploits on facebook.

How does Chess change kids’ lives? Listen to the CBC Here and Now feature on the Chess World Program.

Posted on July 21st, 2014 by talgranite

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.

Chess Fest is back on August 10! The 1st Annual Chess Fest at Harbourfront Centre, presented by Scotiabank

Posted on May 6th, 2014 by talgranite

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.

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See the full list of events on the Harbourfront Centre website.

See the Annex Chess Club’s detailed listing of Chess Fest events and more.

Get tickets and registration information for the Kids Chess Tournament.

Click here for instructions and directions on how to get to the Harbourfront Centre.

November 15 P.A. Day Tournament

Posted on December 9th, 2013 by talgranite

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:

Top winners by grade:

  • Xavier Houser – SK/Gr. 1
  • Mark Kosals – Gr. 2
  • Evan Hudder – Gr. 3
  • Uriyah Ravitz-Heller – Gr. 4
  • Adin Aviv – Gr. 5
  • Daniel Leventis – Gr. 6


October 11 P.A. Day Tournament

Posted on October 30th, 2013 by talgranite

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:

Top winners by grade:

  • Ben Pringle – SK
  • William Mei – Gr. 1
  • Mark Kosals – Gr. 2
  • Josephine Armstrong – Gr. 3
  • Caleb Na – Gr. 4
  • Iassen Pelev – Gr. 5
  • Colin Monahan – Gr. 6

CIC President volunteers at St. James Town tournament

Posted on July 23rd, 2013 by talgranite

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.

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Photo credits: St. James Town Community Corner