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Directions to Chess at Trent

If your child is enrolled in Kids Chess at Trent, or you are a member of the Peterborough Chess Club interested in playing chess at Trent on Saturdays from 2pm to 4pm, then you may find these directions useful.  I will assume you are travelling to Trent from downtown Peterborough:

  1. Head north on Water Street.
  2. Turn right on Nassau Mills Road (just after you pass the Tim Hortons and Ultramar)
  3. Take an immediate left onto West Bank Drive (leading into Trent’s Symons campus)
  4. After you pass the athletics field, turn left onto the road that leads to Lady Eaton College (this road is just after the little parking lot for the Trent Day Care Centre).
  5.  You can park FREE in the Lady Eaton College lot on Saturdays.
  6. There will be signs posted that will lead you from the parking lot to the chess rooms.

If you are taking a bus to Trent, you can take either the 1 George St North bus or the Trent Express West Bank bus.  Both of these will drop you off at Bata Library, which is directly across the street (i.e. West Bank Drive) from Lady Eaton College.  If you walk to the Lady Eaton parking lot, you will find signs to lead you to the chess rooms.

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Kids Chess at Trent: Where and When?

I am please to announce that Kids Chess at Trent will begin on Saturday, January 13th, at 2pm.  The first session will last 10 weeks.

When?

From 2pm to 4pm on the following dates:

January 13, 20, 27
February 3, 10, 17 (no chess on Saturday, February 24, because Trent is closed)
March 3, 10, 17, 24

Where?

All meetings will take place in Lady Eaton College in Rooms 207 and 208 (across from the dining hall, where drinks, snacks, and meals can be purchased).  See the map below and look for building number 8–that’s Lady Eaton College.  Parking is available free of charge right next to the building.

Trent Map

Brandon Hannah Takes 3rd Place in Aurora Tournament

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Peterborough Chess Club Champion Brandon Hannah (fifth adult from the left in above photo) competed in the Aurora Summer Open chess tournament in July, 2017, and won third place in the highly competitive Under-2000 rating section.  Hannah scored 3.5/5 and performed with a rating of 1904, which is considered “Class A” by the Chess Federation of Canada.

Congratulations, Brandon!

The Aurora tournaments attract such high caliber chess players that the World Chess Federation, FIDE (Fédération Internationale des Échecs), endorses the tournaments, officially making them international events.

Hannah played five games of chess over two days in the Swiss style tournament, with each game lasting between 3 and 5 hours in length.  He won three games, got a draw in another game, and lost one (to the player who won the tournament).  That’s roughly 20 hours of chess between 9am Saturday and 6pm Sunday–an intellectual marathon!

The Peterborough Chess Club is truly a collection of players of all skill levels, from complete beginners (like yours truly!) to players like Hannah who compete in high level international events and bring home prizes.  So whether you are just learning to move the pieces, or you are a Master-level player looking for a challenge, you will find a good match on Wednesday evenings from 6:45pm to 9:45pm at the Rotary Building at the Riverview Park and Zoo.

 

How to Get Started in Chess

We aim to use the blog of the Peterborough Chess Club to provide up-to-date information about the club, its members, and its events, but also to host discussions about all-things-chess.  What better topic for the first blog post than ways to get started in a serious way about playing chess.

You know how the pieces move; you know what checkmate is and you’ve even caused one or two to happen, wittingly or not; you even know the more recondite rules like capturing en passant.  Ok, so now what do you do?

Here are some ideas:

  1. Join an internet chess site like chess.com (or lichess.org) and work through the free lessons, the tactics puzzles, the visualization exercises, and the videos.  But most importantly: play lots and lots of chess!  Probably better to play longer games (10 minutes or more) than to play “blitz” or “bullet” games if you are a beginner.  Longer games allow you to practice thinking through positions, looking for threats, and putting your lessons to work in real games.
  2. Buy a book.  There are more books written about chess than there are books written about all other games combined.  That may seem daunting, but it means there are many, many good books geared to beginners.  Some excellent ones include Patrick Wolff’s The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Chess; James Eade’s Chess for Dummies; Irving Chernev’s Logical Chess; and Yasser Seirawan’s Play Winning Chess.  These are all highly accessible to complete beginners and will take your game to the next level.
  3. Come to the Peterborough Chess Club on Wednesday evenings, 6:45pm to 9:45pm

We hope that the Comments section of this blog will fill up with suggestions!  Tell us what helped you to take your chess game to the next level!  Was it a book, and if so, which one?  Was it something else?