Just wanted to pass on my thanks and feedback. My daughter just finished a great lesson with Mo. Everything went smoothly and she enjoyed herself. I’m impressed with how well you’ve transitioned to the online format. Thanks very much.
~ ABIGAIL, Parent

I just wanted to send a note to say “thank you!” Having this class today was huge for our daughter and highly appreciated. The extra effort to figure out how to hold the classes digitally and Nick’s special way of helping support our 5 year old is amazing.
Thank you!
~ KATIE, Parent

Thanks again for the great classes. The kids love it and keep asking for me to sign them up for more classes.
~ DORI, Parent

Live Online Chess Classes

Chess is a great way to connect, and our live, interactive, small-group chess clubs make the connection real! Learn how to play or improve your chess rating with some of Canada’s best chess instructors. Play in real time against others in the club.

We bring chess to life, taking the game off the board, relating every chess tactic and strategy to a real-life lesson. Practice staying focused despite setbacks, learn to take calculated risks, learn to deal with losses productively, and many more life skills – all while having a lot of fun!

How this came about

When schools closed just before March Break, we started working hard to keep our instructors working and keep that chess magic happening for all our chess club participants.

Our first Live Online chess class launched on Friday March 20 at 3:30 pm. We were very impressed with the way our instructors were able to carry our values and approach to chess onto these new digital platforms.

We’re also very happy to have received so much positive feedback from parents and participants, right from the beginning!

As school clubs are wrapping up, we now offer a variety of single workshops and various popular weekly series for all ages and levels!

More Information

See the links below for more information on the Live Online classes as well as or for refund or credit options if you were in a school club and the online option doesn’t work for you.

Schedules and Registration >

COVID-19 Refund Policy >

Donate to CIC >

What Parents and Participants are Saying >

Sign up today! >

COVID-19 Refund Policy

Online conversion
As CIC school clubs switch over starting April 6 to online delivery for classes scheduled after March 15, students who are already registered for these school clubs will automatically have their registrations transferred to this new online club for the remaining classes in the session. No further registration fee is required. If you are skeptical about whether your school chess club will work effectively in an online option, we encourage you to try the first one before requesting a credit or refund. If you are not fully satisfied and you still wish to withdraw, this first online class can still be included in the credit or refund.

Refunds and credits
We are very excited with our new online options, and we’ve certainly had great feedback from those who have tried them out. However, we do understand that online classes may not be an option for everyone. Please see our official refund policy below.

Official Refund Policy

Registrants for CIC clubs/classes may:

1. Continue in their existing club or class for the remaining weeks of the session as it transfers to Live-Online format.

2. Withdraw and receive a prorated credit for the remaining weeks, which may be used at any time for other Live-Online options or for In-Person options once they resume.

3. Request a full or partial refund for the remaining weeks subject to a $14 administrative charge. In the case of a partial refund, any non-refunded balance will be maintained as an available credit (see #2 above).

During the current hold period in which schools and many businesses are shutdown, refunds will be issued, when requested, on a priority basis taking into account our reduced staffing and ability to process refunds.

Donating to CIC

Our team is working hard to adapt and survive in this new reality. We also believe that participating in our classes on a regular schedule helps normalize the situation for children. Further, the chess classes themselves help children develop coping skills in making choices, dealing with the unexpected, and reflecting on initial reactions and finding other ways forward, that are highly helpful in stressful situations like this. If you are able to make a special donation to CIC to help us adapt and continue in these times, it would be most appreciated.

Donate here! >

What Participants and Parents are saying:

I think virtual class is a good substitute for a real life one, I hardly noticed any difference, visual presentation was very effective

As a parent, I loved to see the kids gain comfort with Zoom so quickly. The kids really looked forward to their “chess club” time, and it was great for our younger son to have a chance to reconnect with his chess club experience from school..

Thank you for offering this experience and for pulling together an online club so quickly. We have been impressed with the level of instruction, the skill of the instructors in managing classes and encouraging thinking and participation. … The kids also are interested in joining with their friends from school so we will definitely recommend the online club to others. Please thank the teachers for providing such a great experience during this unsettling time. The online classes rekindled an interest in chess and we’ve been having a lot of in-person games at home as a result–which is a great way to keep the kids engaged, thinking, and off the more mindless play offered by electronic devices/video games.

I love my chess classes because they teach me things I need to know to be a champion and I play with my friends.

Please keep these classes coming!

I am telling all my parent friends to sign their kids up!

Kids would like to spam a response to the question of whether they would recommend to friends: “Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! etc…”

These classes have been a real sanity saver. The kids cannot get enough of chess now.