Posted on January 3rd, 2021 by Keith

Teimour Radjabov Wins the Airthings Masters Tournament

Today was the final round of the tumultuous and exciting Airthings Masters online chess tournament, and in so doing became the first player guaranteed a place in the four-player Chess Champion Tour that will take place in September 2021. Radjabov was born in Baku, Azerbaijan in 1987 and came to international prominence in the early…

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Posted on December 21st, 2020 by Marcus Wilker

Check out our new video!

We’re very happy with this new video Ken Remark has made for us – and with great acting by Keenan Ash Bouman and CIC Chair Michael Sutton! Please like, share, and subscribe to our new YouTube channel!

Posted on November 19th, 2020 by Marcus Wilker

Global News talks to our own Nick Grachev

Global News Consumer and Investigative Reporter Sean O’Shea recently spoke to Canadian GM Aman Hambleton and our own Nick Grachev, about the current surge of chess interest, and why chess is such a great game especially during a pandemic. Nick teaches a new Youth Club on Thursday nights, and will be hosting a Winter Break…

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Posted on October 28th, 2020 by Marcus Wilker

Special Hallowe’en Clubs and Workshops

Halloween 2020 may be a lot different, as trick-or-treating is not advised in Toronto and other hotspot areas. CIC is inviting all ghosts, zombies, mummies, and jack-o-lanterns to some special spooky online chess clubs this Saturday! Future Zombies 2 11:00 am ET with Nick for kids in grades 3-6 $15 Nick’s Future Masters 2 class…

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Posted on June 17th, 2020 by Keith

Happy Birthday Tigran Petrosian!

Tigran Petrosian was nicknamed the “Iron Tiger.” Born in Armenia in 1929, he grew up in significant poverty, and saved money he earned sweeping streets to buy chess books by Nimzowitsch and Spielmann to study the game. He went on to dominate the chess world with four Soviet chess championships. Petrosian became the world champion…

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Posted on June 11th, 2020 by Keith

Join Us For Online Chess Summer Camp!

Chess Institute of Canada has moved all of its activities online as a result of COVID-19. Using a combination of video conferencing and online chess resources, we offer engaging, fun chess instruction for kids of all ages and all levels, along with online chess play, regular chess tournaments, and more! We’re excited to offer our…

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Posted on April 1st, 2020 by Keith

Don’t be an April Fool!

Fool’s Mate is the quickest possible checkmate in chess, taking only two moves! It is so named because the losing side has to make some incredibly bad opening moves, so you’d think that this line has no practical value to chess players. But you’d be wrong! There are a number of ways in which the…

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Posted on March 9th, 2020 by Keith

Happy Birthday Bobby Fischer!

Robert James (Bobby) Fischer was born on this day in 1943, and is considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time. Fischer became the youngest grandmaster in the world at age 15, and in 1962 won the American Championship with a perfect 11/11 score. In 1972 he defeated Boris Spassky to…

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Posted on March 8th, 2020 by Keith

Celebrating International Women’s Day

At CIC we’re always happy when girls join our clubs! While the professional chess world is still dominated by men, women have made fantastic strides in the game over the last century. Most notably, Judit Polgár emerged in the 1990s as the strongest female chess player of all time. At the height of her competitive…

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