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One of our talented Seneca Hill players, WFM Cindy Qiao is now at Ahmedabad, India with her team mates. They are getting ready for the World Youth Chess Olympiad that starts tomorrow. Best wishes to Cindy and our Canadian team!wyco2017

Here is a message from Cindy to Seneca Hill Chess:

Chess, a game, sport, hobby, has been and is still is one of my greatest joys in life, granting me so many experiences I had never thought possible. I would like to genuinely dedicate my appreciation and gratitude to Seneca Hill Chess, and the owner, Corinna Wan, as they made all of what I achieved possible.

I got involved in the chess club at Seneca after school on Thursdays, and there, my interest truly sparked when Corinna introduced me to all of the friends in chess I have today, those friends who made me enjoy and discover the beauty of the game as I continue to do so today. Unforgettable memories were made at the Seneca Hill Chess Club which I will remember for the rest of my chess career, and I believe the same goes for any other club member.

Not only did Corinna help me get involved with the chess club in school, but she also organized many tournaments and opportunities for other chess players and me to expose ourselves to chess and the chess community such as qualifiers for the OCC (Ontario Chess Challenge), as well as the OGCC (Ontario Girls’ Chess Championship) which she has run all the way back from 2003 to 2012 which I myself have participated in. Recently, I even had the excellent chance to teach children at the Seneca Hill Chess Club now that I am older, and I only have Corinna to thank for this opportunity.

I will be competing in the World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad in India and Corinna has been generous enough to sponsor 200 dollars in supporting me. Corinna is a hardworking and respected individual who gives her all in helping kids learn to play and love chess, and once again I reach out with all my thanks.

As of December 15, 2017

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Monday and Tuesday chess lessons and training at Trinity Montessori

Saturday chess lessons and training at St. Timothy Catholic School

Every year, the top girls from Grade 1 to 6 are invited to represent Ontario Girls Team to play in the Ontario-Quebec Team Championship in Kingston. Entry fee, transportation and lunch are paid by Chess’n Math Association. It will be held on June 9, 2018.

Top girls 2018 will be selected from the OCC Seneca Hill Qualifier 2 on March 17, 2018.

Girls playing in their own grade section or open section are eligible.

The higher scored girl in each section from section Grade 1 to Grade 6 will be qualified to the play-off match.

The higher scored girl of each grade from Grade 1 to Grade 6 in the open section will be qualified to the play-off match.

Play-off match will be played after the tournament if time permitted, otherwise, at a mutual agreed Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

Registration and details of OCC Seneca Hill qualifier 2, please click here.

 

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2017 Ontario top girls

2018 Seneca Hill OCC Qualifiers 2

Who: Student K to G.12 and open. Sections may be combined if less than 12 players.

Option of sections: (A) the student’s school grade or (B) open.

Open section is for pre-qualified players (announced by CMA at the end of January) who want the challenge and who want to win OCC FREE ENTRY.

Grade 1 to Grade 6 girls: This is also a qualifier for the girls to the Ontario-Quebec Team Championship in Kingston on June 9, 2018. Details here.

When: Saturday, March 17, 2018

Where: St. Timothy Catholic School, 25 Rochelle Crescent, North York, ON M2J 1Y3 Map

Entry Fee: $30 (Seneca Hill Chess students $20 paid by February 24, see notice)

Schedule: 1st round 12:00, 2nd round 1:00, 3rd – 2:00, 4th – 3:00 and 5th – 4:00 or earlier.
Players MUST check in and pay $30 entry fee to complete the registration between 10:45 and 11:30.

Format: 5 round Swiss pairings. Time controls: 25 minutes per player.

Prizes: Trophy for 1st, medal for 2nd and 3rd in each or combined section.

Tie-breakers for trophies and medals.
(1) Head to head and (2) Performance of Opposition

All players qualified through Seneca Hill will be automatically entered into a draw for FREE OCC Entries ($65-$80 value each). There is at least one Free OCC Entry guaranteed in the open section. 1 out of 30 will win a Free OCC Entry in all other sections. The winners have to participate in OCC 2018 in order to claim the prize.

Qualifier: 1 out of 10 players per section will be qualified to OCC 2018 (Sunday, April 22).

Rating: Rated by Chess’N Math Association – http://www.chess-math.org

Registration:
Register using the online form below.
Deadline: 9:00p.m. on March 14. No onsite registration.

Registration for qualifier 2 will be opened after December 23.

Link to Seneca Hill OCC qualifier 1.

 

 

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IMG_20141025_170633Sarah Peng winning GP in 2014

(Sarah, we need a new photo of you!)

Congratulations to Sarah Peng, the winner of the 2017 Seneca Hill Grand Prix! With only a CMA and CFC rating of approximately 1500, this ninth grader was able to win against many players in this tournament higher rated than herself.
Sarah is a very talented chess player. She rarely plays in open tournaments and doesn’t even have a private chess teacher. However, she does attend the Seneca Hill Chess Club from a young age of 7.  When asked about the club, Sarah describes it as a “cool club” that helped develop her critical thinking and self-improvement. It also served as a stress reliever and a good opportunity to develop her social skills and make friends. The Seneca Hill Chess promotes chess as an intellectual pursuit and engaging, fun activity for students from kindergarten to Grade 12. The club’s goals align with Sarah’s expectations of chess, which is to learn and, most importantly, have fun. On her free time, Sarah listens to EDM and classical music, and plays instruments such as the trombone and the piano.

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I have read this application thoroughly and all information provided is true and valid. I accept any accidents that are not due to the willful negligence of Seneca Hill Chess. I hereby release and forever discharge Seneca Hill Chess and all employees and volunteers thereof from any and all liability of whatever kind of nature, arising from and by reason of any and all known and unknown, foreseen and unforeseen.
I agree to permit my child’s photo/video be taken for announcement and promotional uses.
I understand all fee paid are non‐refundable.

Find your CMA number here.

 

You will receive an instruction or confirmation in 24 hours. If not, please submit again.

I have read this application thoroughly and all information provided is true and valid. I accept any accidents that are not due to the willful negligence of Seneca Hill Chess. I hereby release and forever discharge Seneca Hill Chess and all employees and volunteers thereof from any and all liability of whatever kind of nature, arising from and by reason of any and all known and unknown, foreseen and unforeseen.
I agree to permit my child’s photo/video be taken for announcement and promotional uses.
I understand all fee paid are non‐refundable.

Find your CFC number here.

 

You will receive an instruction or confirmation in 24 hours. If not, please submit again.

Location: St. Timothy Catholic School, 25 Rochelle Crescent, North York, ON M2J 1Y3 Map

Dates:
#1   Saturday, January 6, 2018
#2   Saturday, February 17, 2018
#3   Saturday, March 31, 2018
#4  Saturday, May 19, 2018

Players can participate in any 1 or multiple tournaments.

Sections:
Under 8, U10, U12, U14, U16, U18 Open and Girls
Sections with fewer than 12 players may be combined at the TD’s discretion.
Play up is allowed. Girls can choose to play in open or girl section if any.
Age: as of January 1, 2018.

Format:
5 round Swiss pairings. Time controls: 25 minutes per player.
Games are CFC Active rated.

Schedule:
All players must check in between 11:00 and 11:30.
Rounds 1-5:  12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 or earlier.
Awards 5:00-5:15

 *Prizes:

1st Trophy After tie-breaks
2nd Trophy After tie-breaks
3rd Trophy/Medals After tie-breaks
Players score 2.5 or 3 $5 bursaries for next tournament 1st, 2nd  and 3rd tournaments only
Players score 3.5 or more $10 bursaries for next tournament 1st, 2nd  and 3rd tournaments only

*All prizes and bursaries are given per combined section/sections 

Tie-breakers:
(1) Head to head and (2) Performance of Opposition

Grand Prix – scholarship
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There are 4 tournaments in the Seneca Hill Grand Prix series, and a player can play in any number of them.

Prize fund
$5 of each entry will contribute to the Grand Prix. (It was $2725 in 2017)
Distribution of GP cash
1st – 40%
2nd – 30%
3rd – 10%
Participated all 4 or scored 8 and more – 20%
A player can win only one cash prize.
Based on the number of participants in that section/combined section.
Players tied with the same score will share the prize money.
Grand Prix cash will be calculated after the 4th tournament and to be picked up at Seneca Hill Sunday tournaments by December 17, 2017.

 Entry fee and registration:

Fill out the online form here.
A registration is completed when the payment is made.

(1) make an e-transfer payment. (2) pay by credit card (3) Mail a cheque,  (4) in person.

$30 – register and pay by 9:00p.m. on the Sunday before the tournament. (i.e. December 31, 2017 for GP1)
$40 register and pay online by 9:00p.m. on the Thursday day before the tournament. (i.e. January 4 for GP1)

Registration for GP1 will be closed on January 4, 2018 at 9:00.m.

No onsite registration.

Payment in person – locations and hours
Mondays only 3:30 to 8:30 at Trinity Montessori,
Saturdays 1:30 to 5:30 and Sundays 3:00 to 5:30 at St. Timothy.
Note: we close on some occasions. Please check schedule by clicking on each day of the week.

Registration form <<< Click here.

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