Mini Trend: Treasuring Chess
You don’t need to join a club to play chess with your kids. Just dust off your own set and teach them the rules.
While some may think of it as an activity for old men in coffee shops or Bobby Fischer–level geniuses, chess is enjoying some love from the elementary-school crowd.
Bunch Family got hip to this when its creative director’s son asked for a chess set because Theo, the coolest kid in school, was teaching kids to play. But it seems that kids all over the GTA have picked up the game. The Annex Chess Club, at the corner of Bloor and Bathurst, offers kids’ classes on Monday and Wednesday nights. Chess for Children operates out of the Swansea Town Hall Community Centre and puts on Saturday tournaments as well as lessons for beginner- and intermediate-level players.
In Brampton, Little Chess Mates Club offers lessons and sets up tournaments for kids as young as four. And thanks to a Victoria Park Collegiate Institute student, kids, teens and seniors are all playing chess together at 13 Toronto Public Library branches across the city as part of the Chess in the Library initiative. But you don’t need to join a club to play with your kids. Just dust off your own set and teach them the rules—it won’t be long before they out-manoeuvre you. Oh, nerds, revenge must feel so sweet.
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