Pub Chess Toronto has arrived!

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It was not so long ago that finding a decent place to play chess in Toronto was  a VERY difficult task.  Fortunately, chess has picked up in recent times in Canada’s leading city and today you have a pick of excellent venues.  Walter Dobrich’s CHESS CENTRAL  at the Scallywags deserves special mention.

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As well, there is the HART HOUSE CHESS CLUB  on the U of T campus and the ANNEX CHESS CLUB as popular destinations for chess players. 

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The latest addition to Toronto’s growing chess community is PUB CHESS TORONTO, which is located at 14 Madison Ave in the Annex (2 min from the Spadina subway stop).

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The brain child of Yeliz Orlova and Geordie Derraugh, this chess club/organization got started on the 4th of June and is quickly moving to number one spot in Toronto chess! If you are looking for blitz chess, feature chess lectures, good food and a friendly crowd to hang out with, then look no further!

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Canadian chess star (coach and Olympic Team member) Yeliza is no stranger to my readers. She and Geordie have combined talents and come up with a great concept! Pub Chess Toronto hosts blitz tournaments every Wednesday between 7pm and 10pm. On July 8 will be a lecture by Canadian IM Artiom Samsonkin (6:20 pm) General information for the weekly activities: $20 for tournament, $10 casual play (includes free drink ticket)Time control: 5 min 2 sec inc, 5 double rounds (Play opponent white & black) Sections: Players divided into 2-4 sections based on turnout Prizes: based on entries, overall prizes & class prizes awarded Sets and clocks will be provided.

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Find out more HERE!

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My good friend Bill Evans in action, beer in hand!  Orlova is sitting beside him.  The first blitz tournament of the new club!

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Time between games is best spent nursing a cold beer!

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Is that Dexter?!

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Chess requires LOTS of energy!

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Pub Chess Toronto:  no nerds here!

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