Calgary Chess Blog

Jan 11, 2021

Amateur to Master Lecture Series - by GMs 

Dear Calgary Chess Club members, friends and all chess players around the world

It is my honour and privilege to introduce 3 GM’s who will be part of our initial 4 week “Amateur to Master” program starting at 11:00 am Saturday January 23, 2021. This program is open to ANYONE around the world! 

GM Aleksander Mista Poland’s #15 will present a 2 hour lecture on Saturday January 23 from 11:000 am to 1:00 pm

Canada’s #1 and former world #4 GM Evgeny Bareev will present 2 lectures. Saturday January 30 and February 6 both starting at 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
The 4th lecture will be conducted by 2019 world junior champion and 2019 Ukrainian champion GM Evgeny Shtembuliak. His lecture will take place on Sunday (NOT Saturday) Feb 14 at 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
These lectures promise to be the most instructional and entertaining lectures the Calgary Chess Club has ever offered! Learn from some of the best GM’s in the world! If you want to improve your chess you will not want to miss these lectures! The tickets are only $39.95. That’s less than $5/hour!
Please e-transfer  your payments to  For password please use 2021master
Please include the NAME OF THE PLAYER who will be attending the Zoom sessions and YOUR EMAIL. Also please include a phone number if possible.Thank you. 
Best regards,
Stefan (Steve) Sklenka, B.Sc.Eng. 
Calgary Chess Club 




Calgary’s player of the year for 2020

Congratulations to Rex Yumen for becoming Calgary’s player of the year for 2020. Rex won the shortened 2020 Grand Prix. He was also the runner up in the Alberta Blitz Open. Rex also represented Calgary in the online Battle of Alberta tournament which Calgary won this year. Rex also helped BOTH days with the casino that took place in February of this year. Congratulations Rex!


Annual General Meeting 

I’m very proud and happy to announce the new CCC Board. Yours truly is continuing as President. Welcome Matthew Atwood, the new Vice President, Gordon Campbell continuing as the Treasurer and Michael Anderson as the new Secretary. Zeeshan Munir continuing as a Director and welcome new Directors Bob South and Donna Bird. I think the 2020 CCC Board brings in lots of experience and I’m truly looking forward to working together in further establishing the Calgary Chess Club as one of the premier chess clubs in Canada.


New Schedule

The Calgary Chess Club will open on Fridays starting October 23 from 7:00 pm till 9:00 pm. The sole purpose is for club members to sign out chess books from the library, but no playing chess please. Thank you.

Members can sign out a maximum of 4 books for 4 weeks. In order to comply with social distancing regulations associated with COVID-19, there will be a limit of 12 people at the club at any time. Masks must be worn as per City of Calgary bylaw. There will be a sanitizing station upon entry.

Tournament Reports

Reports on recently finished events at the club and elsewhere. We try to cover major tournaments with participants from the Calgary Chess Club.


Anything goes! We are looking for contributions with an instructional angle. Played a nice game lately? Travelled to an interesting event out of town? Read a good book on the Catalan? Let the rest of the members know about it. And you don't have to be a top player either to publish something worthwhile. Even better if you include an annotated ChessBase file with your article. Got an idea?