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Learn N'Play Tournament Series #2

On January 28th 2024, the Canadian Chess Society hosted their second Learn N'Play tournament series at the Grandview Oxford Learning Centre. The idea of the Learn N’Play chess tournament series is to introduce amateur chess players to competitive chess tournaments. The Canadian Chess Society wants to offer a smooth transition from an amateur chess player to a competitive chess player as over the years, they have noticed that there are a lot of people who know how to play chess but not a lot who actively play in tournaments. The overwhelming reason for these players to not compete in tournaments is because they feel apprehensive and they don’t know what to expect at a tournament. Therefore the Learn N'Play chess tournament series tries to encourage more chess enthusiasts to take the next step and join the competitive chess community.

Players waiting for the tournament to start 

After an exciting tiebreak match between Anurav Kansal and Jacky Yu, we would like to congratulate Anurav Kansal for winning this tournament, for the second time in a row! We would also like to congratulate Jacky Yu on his strong performance, winning four out of his five rounds but coming short in the end losing to Anurav in the tiebreak match.

Jack Yu (Left) and Anurav Kansal (Right)

In our second installment of the Learn N’ Play series, many players learned how to notate, follow the touch-move rule, and they improved in general tournament chess etiquette. As we continue to progress with the players, we will slowly transition into a more competitive playing style.

One of the team member, Joshua Imoo, said "I'm really proud of our team for keeping a tight ship. It was a great experience for all of us, and it was a joy to work with the kids and talk to the parents. We had a great time running the tournament, and we hope to see you at our next Learn N' Play event!"

All the winners and team members

Lastly, we want to congratulate everyone who has participated in this event and a big thank-you to Scott for generously letting us use the location for free!

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