Chess In The Library

Chess In The Library

Saturday, 31 January 2015

East Region Tournament 2015

Calling all chess players, Chess in the Library is about to host our annual East Region Tournament! The tournament will take place on February 28th 2015, from 11AM-4PM at Fairview Library. It will be a very exciting day filled with tons of rounds of chess against many other competitors of your age group. Top 3 competitors from each section will receive medals, as well everyone will be receiving a certificate for simply participating! Feeling hungry? No problem! Chess in the Library will be selling pizza and drinks to all competitors for lunch. We will also be doing a raffle sale, the winner will be receiving a chess set for their family! What are you waiting for? Sign up for this fun filled day right now by simply clicking on to register! See you all there.

Monday, 1 December 2014

West Region Tournament!

Have all of you chess players been deprived of a competition for too long? Well don’t worry, because our annual West Region Tournament is coming up very soon! On Saturday December 20th, from 11AM to 4PM, Chess in the Library will be holding the tournament at Eatonville public library. It will be a fun filled day, including several rounds of chess, tricky puzzles, and life size chess pieces for all competitors to play. If you get hungry, we will also be selling pizza slices and pop. All you need to do to be a part of this awesome event is to sign up for free at Don’t miss out!

Friday, 5 September 2014

New Executive Team 2014-2015

Over the past year, Chess in the Library’s Executive Team has done an amazing job of maintaining and expanding the program. However, with the new year, many of them will be leaving their roles and moving on to the next chapter of their lives. As such, the baton must be passed on to a new generation of Executives. It is with great pride that we announce the Chess in the Library Executive Team for 2014-2015:

President: Mohit Verma
Vice-President: Jeffrey Li
Treasurer: Rosie Chen
Volunteer Coordinator: Ming Chan Zhang
Webmaster: Zelin Liu

Elected by Chess in the Library volunteers, these individuals will take on all of the roles involved with running this organization, and we have no doubt that they will take good care of the legacy left by their predecessors.

A new Executive team also means a new Junior Executive team! This year, we received a very diverse and capable cast of applicants. Without further ado, here are your Junior Executives for the year 2014-2015:

Junior President: Kristen Li, Vian Chan
Junior Vice-President: Yi Ling Wu
Junior Treasurer: Rebecca Zhang
Junior Volunteer Coordinator: Ashray Jani
Junior Art/Web Designer: Pooja Maniar

All of the new executives are committed to continue Chess in the Library’s mission to spread chess and offer opportunities to bond and have fun to our host communities. We look forward to an exciting year!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Junior Executive Applications

Are you going to grade 9, 10 or 11? Do you want to experience the leadership internship of a lifetime? Apply to be a Junior Executive today! There are 5 open position:

Junior Executive President
Junior Executive Vice-President
Junior Executive Treasurer
Junior Executive Volunteer Coordinator
Junior Executive Arts/Web Designer

For each position, you will be working an internship with the respective executive member for the coming year. There is a lot of work involved but also although of room to learn, grow bonds and gain leadership skills. It is an experience you do not want to miss out on!

If you are interested in applying, e-mail us at or contact one of our executive members to get a copy of the application form. Completed forms are to be mailed to All forms are due Friday, August 8th at 11:59pm! After going through the forms, you will be called for an interview that will take place before the end of August.

If you ever have any questions, want more information or any problems arise, please e-mail us at so we can help you out. Best of luck to everyone!

Please note, the selection procedure and/or the number of positions available may change depending on the quality and quantity of applicants at the discretion of the Chess in the Library Executive council.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

2014 Annual Festival

Another year, another Annual Festival. On June 28,2014, we continued our tradition of celebrating fun and chess with our 5th Annual Festival at the North York Central Library. There were a ton of things to do! We had chess puzzles for chess players of all skill levels, simul with National Master Geordie Derraugh, a GIANT chessboard, and an exciting and competitive tournament. 

This year we also introduced "How Many Queens Are There?", where you (surprise) guess how many queens there are in a box. By a guess of only 2 queens off, Cindy Qiao won the prize for that activity, a chess book! With such a diverse mix of activities, there was something for everyone. 

This year's Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Ming Chan Zhang! Ming Chan has shown marvelous dedication to the program, always making it for every session on time, and ready to help out the kids. Ming Chan always ensure the all participants are both quiet but always having fun and it always eager to teach new participants how to play chess.
Of course, all of our other volunteers were amazing too, and without them we would not have had yet another successful Annual Festival
At the end of the 4 rounds of playing, the closing ceremony for the 5th annual festival began. Before any awards were handed out, one of Chess in the Library's most supporting sponsors, Graeme Knight from Cool Chess Canada gave a few wise words about the importance of volunteering. The highlight of the speech is Graeme's quote from a 9 year old girl, "If everyone takes and no one gives, the world doesn't work." Chess in the Library is very thankful to not only have such supporting sponsors, but wise ones too! 
After Graeme's speech, it was time to give out the awards. Here is a full list of all of the winners a long with many pictures. Medals were given to the top 3 players for the top 3 libraries in each respective section. Trophies were given to the top 3 players in each respective section. 
Libraries (Medals):

Grade 3 and Under             
1. North York Central Library
 1. David Yang
 2. Joey Qiao
 3. Ben Cheng
2. Bridlewood
 1. Sivan Xu
 2. Austin Xie
3. Downsview
 1. Jorge Jorda
 2. Kevin Maher
 3. Matthew Morales
Grade 6 and Under
1. Humberwood
 1. Tawsif Kamal
 2. Julia Rodrigues
 3. Diana Lin 
2. Downsview
 1. Julianne Jorda
 2. Joyce Jorda
 3. Julian Grande
3. North York Central Library
 1. Daniel Yang
 2. Kevin Li
3. Ruotai Yuan
1. North York Central Library
 1. Arhant Washimkar
 2. Cindy Qiao
 3. Philip Tsang
2. Humberwood
 1. Raymond Quan
 2. Mantr Dixit
 3. Darryl Mohabeer
3. Brookbanks
 1. Benjamin Lin
Players (Trophies):
Grade 3 And Under

1. Charles Ran
2. David Yang
3. Sivan Xu

Grade 6 and Under

1. Tawsif Kamal
2. Julianne Jorda
3. Diana Lin


1. Arhant Washimkar
2. Benjamin Lin
3. Cindy Qiao

There was one last award to give at the end of the day, the Annual festival champion. The giant trophy is awarded to a library who keeps the trophy to display for a year. This year, the library that won the trophy had never previously won it, so congratulations to... Downsview library. Here's a picture of the happy winners!

It was clearly a fun day for everyone. If you like to see more pictures of all of the excitement, check out the album on our Facebook page ( At the same time, don't be afraid to give us a like! Also, if you have any questions about anything, feel free to e-mail us at
Lastly, although the tournament was completely free, we always appreciate if you could donate in order to allow our organization to continue to promote chess across Canada. We accept both monetary and physical donations, if you're interested in donating, please contact us at Every little bit counts and we strongly appreciate any donation. Thank you for continuing to support Chess in the Library! We are looking forward to another great year.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Executive Applications 2014-2015

It's that time of year again! The executive elections for Chess In The Library for the 2014-2015 term have officially begun. Please read the following post carefully for the full campaign rules, as well as executive roles and responsibilities.

Campaign Rules
The campaign of all candidates is limited to two forms: a written platform submitted to the official CITL blog and a 2 minute speech presented to CITL volunteers on June 28th prior to the Annual Festival. All other campaigns are strictly prohibited in order to maintain equity and equality.


President: The President acts as the leader and primary spokesperson of the CITL Executive Board. He or she sets a typed agenda in consultation with other executive members for all formal CITL Executive Board meetings. One of the President’s main responsibilities is to contact potential locations and expand the program nationwide. In addition, the President evaluates annually the performance of the organization in achieving its mandate.

Vice-President: The Vice-President acts as the secondary spokesperson of the CITL Executive Board and fills in for the President when the President is not available. When not filling in for the President, the Vice President shall act as the Chief of Internal Affairs. He or she sets dates for all formal CITL Executive Board meetings on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, including those concerned with the annual festival. During the meetings, the Vice President is responsible for taking detailed minutes. In addition, the Vice-President is responsible for crafting press-releases and for constructing any written documents, including pots on the official CITL blog and Facebook page.

Treasurer: The Treasurer is responsible for contacting potential sponsors and donors as well as managing all CITL finances This individual drafts a budget (to be completed before the end of August) in consultation with the President and constructs an official budget report (to be completed at the end of the following July),outlining all expenses and revenues, as well as recommendations for the succeeding executives. Moreover, the Treasurer directs any fundraising events and is in charge of the cashbox or donation box during those events.

Volunteer Coordinator: The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for handling volunteer applications, directing successful applicants to the most appropriate library branches, arranging for necessary training, responding to volunteer’s queries and signing volunteer-hours when the relevant branch is unable to do so. Furthermore, he or she is also responsible for the recruitment and maintenance of a steady flow of volunteers.


Any candidate who wishes to run for the 2014-2015 CITL Executive Council must submit a written platform between 300-500 words to by June 27th. Late applications will be rejected at the discrimination of the current CITL Executive Council. All candidates will be notified if there are any changes to the rules and procedure.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at We will be conducting junior executives interviews in July so look out for that! 

Monday, 16 June 2014

CITL Annual Festival 2014

Are you ready for a fun filled day of chess? Chess in the Library will be hosting its 5th Annual Festival on Saturday June 28th, 2014 from 11 am to 4 pm in North York Central Library's auditorium. Aside from a tournament, where you can win prizes, you can also try to solve chess puzzles and challenge your friends to a titanic game on a giant chess set. What will all of this cost you? Absolutely nothing! This amazing opportunity will be free to participate in, although pizza will be sold at lunch.Don't miss out!

Register for free at or at your local CITL branch.

See you there!