The club is planning an active tournament (25/5 per game) in late July as well an online challenge versus the Regina chess club. Check here and our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2342759894/) for information updates.
Last year, the Saskatoon Chess Club participated in its first ever Extra Life event in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan's Games Club. Proceeds of this event directly went to the Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. This year, the SCC will be once again join the U of S Games Club and participate in this worthy cause and will be putting on several chess related activities for chess enthusiasts with the purpose of not only raising funds but raising the profile of the SCC and chess in Saskatoon and more broadly in Saskatchewan. While there is no fee for participating in these activities, we highly encourage attendees to donate to this cause. The first event will be a speed chess tournament where interested players will go face to face in a round robin style tournament, each player getting 5 minutes to play, with no increment. A Saskatchewan speed chess champion will be crowned. Following this, we will provide an introduction to chess by one of our knowledgeable members. They will also be on hand to answer any questions about the SCC, chess in Saskatchewan, and how families, youth, and educators can get involved with chess. The general public will also have the opportunity to sign up for an opportunity to play some of the best chess players in Saskatchewan in a head-to-head 15 minute per player challenge. A score will be kept to see how well these players fare against several challenges. Lastly, we will encourage free play among all Extra Life participants and offer an SCC members vs. the public challenge - a score of SCC members vs. the public will be kept, how will the SCC do?! If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to register at goo.gl/forms/sP0RrdDRDpeVM4pm2
After some ideas being discussed, particularly among members Sahej Singh, Mark Linnick and John Ng, the SCC Chess League was formally launched on Sept 16, 2016. The League was intended to provide a competitive atmosphere among club members outside of regular tournaments with the intention of encouraging members to challenge each other, but also an opportunity to review their games and for self-improvement. Games were designed to be played with longer (25 mins) time controls and based on a ladder type system where lower ranked members could challenge higher ranked players, but encouraged all members to continually improve. Further details are listed on our Facebook page. All members are able to join the league and weekly challenges occur.
As part of our commitment to bringing chess to the Saskatoon community, we reached out Tooncon, a local gaming convention (on Sept 23, 2016). A few members of the public were interested and we look forward to partnering with the organizers again next year. A sincere appreciation is extended on behalf of the SCC executive to our member Mark Linnick who took time out of his schedule to attend & support the growth of the club.