Right now about 800 million people know the rules of our game, and many play almost every day or else follow their favourite players online as they compete in top events around the globe! Educators have long recognized the game's educational merits, which has led to many countries integrating chess into the curriculum for children as young as 5-6. Chess in kindergarten is popular! Children and adults alike very often see clear benefits from learning the game. Better focus and concentration, improved logical and strategic thinking, and even evidence of helping manage issues related to memory loss in older persons.
Those who play the game often will tell you that it is endlessly fascinating and challenging, creative and competitive, and never ever boring!
All of our classes are held at our main facility. Students are encouraged to arrive 20-30 minutes early, so that everyone has enough time for introduction and equipment setup.
Instructors will provide learning materials that can include print-outs as well as online resources. Students will get more out of our classes if they go over this material between sessions. Especially in our beginner classes this workload is minimal, but the more advanced classes do ask students for several hours of dedicated study between each session.
Sessions are generally fast-paced, but we always take time to answer questions. If you are not certain what class is appropriate for your experience level, talk to one of our instructors first!
Classes are tailored for novices of all ages. Maybe you are new to the game, or just want to improve your understanding of the basics. By the end of the session you will be ready to test your game against any opponent, handle a game timer with confidence, and able to accurately record your games on provided scoresheets. Those are the skills you need to master if more advanced classes seem interesting, or you would like to try your skill in one of our regular events where players of all experience levels are welcome.
Our instructors make sure everyone understands each concept before moving on to the next one. Class sizes are limited to between 8-12 students. Parents with children enrolled in class can participate for free. We would like you to come back, so all of our Beginner classes include a free club membership. Membership includes year-round access to our facility and free casual play, a comprehensive library of instructional material, and you will probably meet any number of experienced players happy to guide you along in your first steps with our favourite game!
#274 - 3359 27th Street NE
- 4 Classroom Hours
- 1 Weekend Session
- No Experience Needed
- Online Learning Materials
- Includes Free Club Membership
Many small puzzles and practice examples round out your learning fun!
Our instructors range in playing strength and experience from intermediate tournament level all the way up to International Grandmaster. Most have participated in provincial and national championships and beyond. Some have professional experience producing training materials, editing chess magazines, and coaching at the provincial and national level.
Instructors are assigned to classes based on availability and experience level. All instructors have contributed to the creation of course materials and continually work towards further improving how we deliver our teaching curriculum.
Eric Hansen is currently the #3 ranked Canadian with a peak FIDE of 2629. Eric became an FM in 2008, an IM in 2010, and a GM in 2013 after scoring three norms in a record three week period.
Eric has been a longstanding member of the Canadian Olympiad team, playing every event since 2012. Eric also has an impressive resume of national and international successes, including Alberta Champion in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013. He shared first place at the Canadian Closed Championship in 2011 and 2015, as well as winning the 2012 Canadian Open and sharing first place in 2013.
Abroad, Eric has recorded many impressive results including 2nd place at the 2014 Reykjavik Open, shared 1st place at the 2013 Cappelle La Grande tournament in France, and a 2900 performance rating after scoring 8.5/9 to win the Panama Open in 2013. Eric also qualified to participate in the prestigious 2011 and 2013 FIDE World Cup, and has played for a number of professional club teams in Europe.
Aman Hambleton earned his FM title in 2009, became an IM in 2013, and then officially achieved his GM title in 2018. Currently, he is the #7 ranked Canadian player with a FIDE rating of 2489.
Aman shared first place at the 2017 Canadian Open and was a member of the Canadian Olympiad team in 2014 and 2018. More recently, Aman scored his biggest win against GM Alexei Shirov with the Black pieces at the Reykjavik Open in 2017 en route to achieving a GM norm.
Aman was the coach of Team Canada at the World Youth Championships from 2013 to 2015, including coaching Qiyu Zhou to a gold medal in the G14 category in 2014. Aman was also the coach of the Canadian Women's Olympiad team in 2016 and has experience instructing chess camps and teaching privately for over a decade.
Neven is a National Master and Correspondence International Master. His best over-the-board result came in 1997 with a shared 7th place at the Canadian Open in Winnipeg, in a field of 200 players and ahead of two dozen GMs, IMs and other titled players. He has been a finalist in three Correspondence World Championships at IECG.
Neven has written several articles for ChessBase Magazine, and produced four comprehensive Training-DVDs on opening theory for ChessBase of Germany. Two of his DVDs reached 2nd and 4th place, respectively, on the ChessBase Worldwide Bestseller List for the third quarter of 2000.
Neven was National Technical Director for the Chess Federation of Canada from 1990-1993 and editor of their national magazine En Passant between 1998-2003. He was the Western Canadian Coordinator for the Canadian Youth Chess Challenge in 1988 and 1989.
Blaise is an enthusiast who has been playing at the Calgary Chess Club since the summer of 2018, including appearances at the Calgary Grand Tour and the Banff Open.
He has eagerly devoured books such as Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess and The Amateur's Mind. Blaise is said to have a great grandfather who came up with the Evans Gambit, although there is probably little truth to the tale.
Some of the things Blaise can teach you are the rules of the game, how to develop your pieces, and the basics of opening plans, tactics and mating patterns. It's never too early or late to learn the game of chess!