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Calgary Chess Club Annual Christmas Party
The third annual Calgary Chess Club Christmas Party will take place on Friday, December 6, 2019. Festivities begin at 15:00 with a simultaneous exhibition by FM Alex Yam, who is currently the city's second highest rated player. Alex will take on all challengers, and the exhibition is free to all club members.
At 19:00 the party starts in earnest, and will include an awards ceremony celebrating Player of the Year, Junior of the Year, Female Player of the Year, Game of the Year and other awards!
The event is open to, and completely free, to all Calgary Chess Club members and their guests. No alcohol is allowed on the premises, and we ask that each attendee bring with them a festive food item worth approximately $10, which will be shared with everyone else in a potluck format as in previous years. There will be a disc jockey and dance music; and Steve promises to show off what can be done on the dance floor with his lovely better half Marie!
The entire evening promises to be a fun and friendly affair. Seating is limited, so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for your RSVP!
The party was definitely my pleasure. Marie and Steve spent much time making it Christmassy and friendly. A lot of thankless work. All there will remember it as a great success.
Our third annual Calgary Chess Club Christmas Party and Awards Ceremony was attended by 27, who all enjoyed the festivities and first class buffet. Ian Zhao was named player of the year, Maxim Vasic was top junior, Branimir Brebrich top senior, while Helen Chen took the top female award. Our most improved junior was Jonathan Wu, and most improved overall went to Michael Blanchard. Rex Yumen won the top newcomer category.
Paolo Veneracion and Branimir Brebrich contested the best game of the year at the Battle of Alberta. Marie Klarichich easily earned the unsung hero award. The most prestigious award of the year went to Peter Zingeler, who was inducted into the Calgary Chess Club Hall of Fame.
Calgary Chess Club Annual General Meeting Results
The Calgary Chess Club has a brand new Executive Board. Only yours truly as the President and the hard working 1977 Alberta Open and 1976 Alberta Closed champion, Gordon Campbell is back. This time Gordon serves as the Treasurer.
Three time World Correspondence Championship finalist and our technology platform webmaster, Knut Neven re-joins the Board once more as Vice President. Sean Perron, who comes with extensive previous volunteer and board experience, joins the Board as the new Secretary. Josh Culp, Richard Canal and Vojislav Vasic join the Board as Directors. Congratulations and a warm welcome to everyone!
From Amateur to Master
The first From Amateur to Master class, sponsored for free by the Calgary Chess Club, took place on Sunday September 8, 2019 and attracted 13 students. The instructor Knut Neven is an experienced National Master who has been a three time Correspondence World Championship finalist, top 10 finisher at multiple national championships, and the author of numerous instructional DVDs and articles for ChessBase of Germany. He was also the editor of Canada's national chess magazine En Passant for five years between 1998 and 2003.
In the course, the instructor lectured about the epistemology of improving rating and becoming a Master. The class featured analysis of several positions and games on a demonstration board with an emphasis on learning methodology rather than the specifics, i.e. tactics, openings, etc...
Neven also offered advice about valuable resources, books and otherwise, as well as the types to avoid. A major focus of the session was on what material to study and how to work most effectively. The course provided an invaluable resource for anyone who wishes to rapidly improve their chess and learn how to teach themselves.
The class was primarily aimed at players in the 1400-1800 Elo range, and consisted of four hours worth of instruction with free pizza and snacks provided by the Calgary Chess Club between the morning and afternoon sessions.
The material focused on insights gained by the instructor's experiences climbing the rating ladder from amateur to Master level. Neven touched on topics including chess psychology, effective study habits, and methods of analyzing positions using his own games as examples.
Based on comments from those attending the first From Amateur to Master session, the material was both instructional and entertaining. At the end of the session, Neven surprised everyone by handing out free copies of several award winning instructional DVDs on opening theory to every student! Additional copies are available for rental from our library. The next class in the series will be offered on Sunday October 6, 2019 and will continue every first Sunday of the month unless there is a weekend tournament scheduled at the club. For details and to register visit Classes.
Calgary Chess Club Annual General Meeting
Please mark your calendar for the Calgary Chess Club Annual General Meeting, to be held at our club's home address on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 18:00-19:00. This is your chance to make your voice heard by either running for a Board position or nominating someone to run. The positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and three Directors will all be contested.
New members, defined as those who have never been members of the Calgary Chess Club before and thus have purchased their Calgary Chess Club memberships for the very first time this year, have voting privileges if their membership was purchased on or before July 24, 2019.
Please mark your calendar for the Calgary Chess Club Annual General Meeting, to be held at our club's home address on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 18:00-19:00.
We hope to see you all there!
National Arbiter Seminar
A free seminar for aspiring tournament directors, conducted by International Arbiter Vlad Rekhson, will be held at the Calgary Chess Club on Saturday, 2019-06-22 from 12:00-17:00.
Graduates will complete a short test after the seminar, making them eligible to direct FIDE events and apply for the National Arbiter title. The Alberta Chess Association pays for the title application if the graduate directs an ACA sanctioned FIDE rated tournament.
Registration and inquiries should go to email@example.com
Welcome Players, Enthusiasts and Chess Friends
On behalf of the Calgary Chess Club I am honoured and delighted to announce a pair of exciting events that we hope will be remembered as landmarks in our club's history.
It is our sincere hope that we are taking important and necessary steps towards making chess in our city more visible and popular than it has ever been.
Our new website for the first time provides the club with a professional online presence that fully integrates a centralized membership database with functionality capable of handling and displaying online Event registrations, up-to-the-minute Rating lists of top players, current news and reports, as well as instructional articles of all types. In time we will add even more features. It is our sincere hope that we are taking important and necessary steps towards making chess in our city more visible and popular than it has ever been.
To commemorate the launch of the new website, the club is hosting a very special invitational blitz tournament spread over two evenings on March 12 and March 14 between 19:00-22:00.
The participants include twelve of Calgary's top players from the past 35 years who have mostly been coaxed out of retirement for this double-round event called the Tournament Of Legends Blitz. Spectators are welcome!
The participants are twelve of Calgary's top players from the past 35 years who have mostly been coaxed out of retirement for this double-round event called the Tournament Of Legends Blitz.
The event start list, given here in order of highest historical rating, consists of Greg Huber (2385), Rob Hawkes (2362), Arthur Odachowski (2336), Dale Haessel (2332), Robert South (2328), Knut Neven (2327), Andrew Lapides (2326), Fred South (2300), Christopher Demers (2285), Ted Wilson (2245), Sean Perron (2210), and Gordon Campbell (2127). Between them, this group holds hundreds of titles at the city and provincial levels and beyond...
Finally, I would like to thank the entire Calgary Chess Club Executive Board including Dale Haessel, Colin McCaffrey, Gordon Campbell and Blaise Evans, along with special thanks to Knut Neven who have all worked tirelessly to implement the many positive changes clearly evident at the Calgary Chess Club in recent times.
The Calgary Chess Club Players
Dale Haessel, who they say your best chance at winning against, is trying to get him into time pressure.
I met Jake on a Saturday at the Shawnessy Chess In The Library program, which I learned about from Roy in a tournament at the Calgary Chess Club. Jake had recently moved to Calgary and was excited to see people playing chess when he and his girlfriend were at the library. I offered to take him to our club for the next Tuesday tournament.
We took a car to Jake's first tournament. Often though, he and I would ride the C-Train. If you're in the southwest of Calgary like I am, you will take the Redline train into downtown, then switch to the Blueline to head northeast. There, you can get off at Rundle station and walk past the Peter Lougheed Centre. Turn left on 32nd Avenue, continue to 27th Street, turn right, and the Calgary Chess Club will be in the second parking lot to your left, where you'll see the wooden stand-up sign.
Pat, I was told before a chess related party in Banff, is much better at playing guitar than he is at chess. He beats me anyway.
In the Calgary Chess Club you will meet the players. FM Dale Haessel, who they say your best chance at winning against, is trying to get him into time pressure. Steve Sklenka, who will accept a draw in a position he is winning if you tell him that it will certainly convince you return to the club. Pat, I was told before a chess related party in Banff, is much better at playing guitar than he is at chess. He beats me anyway. Don, who won't regret missing the opportunity to make a glorious sacrifice.
Meet us and other players at the Calgary Chess Club to play casual or rated chess!