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As parents, it’s always satisfying to enroll our children in healthy competitive programs and Seneca Hill Chess has exceeded our expectations.  It has been a blessing not only for our three children, Micah, Nathan, and Janelle to learn logical and creative thinking and help them excel at their primary school clubs but also for us as parents to see them adopt a hobby that they can play together.  This program is so well run and the top-notch teachers know how to harmonize play with learning.  For all three of them to coincidentally win in their age-specific Swiss Round tournament was a real bonus and will go down as one of our special memories. ~Jason

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Martin Liu – Winner of the top Blue group – February 2018

When I first started chess I was in  kindergarten on March  2014. At that time, I was learning the names of  all those pieces. Then I learned how to play chess. Read the rest of this entry »

by sponsoring a Canadian team member!

GM Aman Hambleton came to Seneca Hill in 2012. Since then, he returned every time he was awarded a new FIDE title. We are so glad that he has become a grandmaster!

Details and photos here.

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GM Aman Hambleton is representing Canada at Chess Olympiad again!

The first thing I pulled out the old flyer, I had to change a letter proudly:
FM >> IM >> GM!

Back in 2012, the then FM (Fide Master) Aman Hambleton was representing Canada at the World Junior Chess Championship in Athens, Greece. We hosted the first fundraising simul for him at Oriole, one of the Seneca Hill location at that time. (Simul is a player playing multiple boards at the same time.) Read the rest of this entry »

Seneca Hill Chess is sponsoring our two talented chess girls Sarah and Isamel to the Ontario Girl U19 Championship. Together with the Seneca Hill PS team, Isamel won the CMA and TDSB Team Championship every year. Sarah is our icon, always there!

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Our rising star Milana has joined these two senior girls to participate in the Ontario Girls U19 Championship.

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Updates:

Congratulations to Sarah and Isamel. They both scored 4 out of 5 and came tied second and third!

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Second and third!

Bravo! Seneca Hill Girls!

At the Award Presentation of the Ontario Girls U19 Championship.

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On December 23, 2017, during our OCC qualifier 1, we gave out two awards to our National Chess Masters: Sean Lei and Harry Zhao!

Both players have been part of our Seneca Hill chess for years.

Sean achieved his National Master status back in February 2016! However, it took almost two years for CFC to have Sean’s name listed because they kept forgetting to do so. 🙂 Harry recently attained his title.

We would like to thank Sean and Harry for supporting our tournaments. In order to recognize their achievements, we are happy to present them with a scholarship of $100 each.

We hope that our students look to these role models and keep working hard! Next time, it may be your turn to become a chess master!

2018-2019 program registration is now open.

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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.