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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.

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2012 TDSB Team Champions


Registration for 2017 spring Chess Lessons and Training is now open.

Please click links below for details and registration.

Monday at Trinity Montessori

Saturday at Our Lady of Guadalupe

Thursday at Seneca Hill PS for Seneca Hill PS students only

Registration for Winter 2017 Chess Lessons and Training is now open.

Please click links below for details and registration.

Monday at Trinity Montessori Starts from January 16

Saturday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Starts from December 10, 2016

Thursday at Seneca Hill PS for Seneca Hill PS students only Starts from January 12

Thursday Chess Lessons and Training at Seneca Hill Public School for Seneca Hill P. S. students ONLY. << Click for information

Please fill out the form below.

For returning students, type “Returning” under Brief Chess Experience.

We will run a Championship tournament on Saturday, June 25, 2016 for current Seneca Hill chess program students.

Location: Our Lady of Guadalupe CS


Kindergarten to G.3 –  1:00 to 3:30

G.4 and up – 3:30 to 6:00

Fee: Free for current students.

Prizes: 3 prizes for each category. Open, Grade 6, Grade 5, Grade 4, Grade 3, Grade 2, Grade 1 and Kindergarten.

Registration: Deadline – June 11



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Harry WYCC

From October 24 to November 6, I competed for Team Canada at the World Youth Chess Championships in Halkidiki, Greece. It was a very nice experience; I got to play some tough games of chess against representatives of countries all around the world! All the competitors were very strong and well prepared, but I still somehow managed to score 6 points out of 11 in the U14 Open section.

The WYCC is a very costly trip, adding up to around $3000 per person. However, the two weeks of intense chess and a nice, sunny resort is well worth it. Every day, your assigned coach will prepare you for your game against your opponent by reviewing their openings and playstyle. After the game, they will analyze it and show key mistakes for both players. The World Youth Chess Championships is not only a rigorous tournament to compete in, but also a great learning experience to help improve your chess. If it can be afforded, I strongly recommend playing at the WYCC at least once in your life, in order to experience first hand how the world’s chess elites play the game.

Lastly, I would like to thank Corinna Wan and the Seneca Hill Chess Club for sponsoring my trip to Greece! The financial aid was a great help in covering the travel expenses. I hope that one day, more players of the Seneca Hill Chess Club will become strong enough to play at the World Youth Chess Championships too!


We raised a total of $673 for Harry, Benjamin, Jonathan and Angela to attend the World Youth Chess Championship in Greece and they have returned with greater knowledge of the chess world and Greece.

These four members of the WYCC Canadian Team came to our Sunday Chess Tournament to talk about their chess and WYCC experience. They also helped out with the tournament, played in the tournament and gave the awards out.

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Team Canada in World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad 2015

Team Canada in World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad 2015

Rachel and I participated in the World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad back in August of this year.  It was an amazing experience representing Canada and being able to play against players from all over the world. The competition was undoubtedly fierce, and the team had many ups and downs during the tournament, but we managed to finish a solid 8th place at the end. We definitely had lots of fun both playing and exploring the wonderful country of Mongolia – we even had a trip to view the 130-feet-tall statue of Chingis Khan!
Lastly, I would like to thank Seneca Hill Chess Club for sponsoring us each with 100$. I hope more and more club players will grow into extraordinary ones and enjoy chess.


WCM Rachel Tao

WCM Rachel Tao

NM Joey Zhong

NM Joey Zhong

Angela, Jonathan, Benjamin, Harry and Joey

Angela, Jonathan, Benjamin, Harry and Joey

We had 25 plus all the above 5 WYCC  players showed up to our Fundraising tournament today. Some also played a double chess game against our WYCC Canada team members, Harry, Benjamin, Jonathan and Angela. Joey played a 8 board simul. We raised $325 today. The total is now $673!
Please come have fun, as well as support our talented Canadian juniors on September 27.

To register, please use the tournament registration here.