North Shore Junior Chess Club

Chess Junior Club at the West Vanc. Rec. Centre on Tuesday

Info (Luc Poitras National Chess Monster, I mean Master) 778.846.0496
Spring schedule 2017
Chess on Tuesday in  W.V. 
Starting Tuesday March 28th at the West Vanc. Rec centre on Marine and 22nd, Chess for Kids (G2 and up) 6:20pm to 7:30pm for 9 Tuesdays.  Fee $65 -  or $10 drop-in.
We meet on the main floor in the Youth Lounge. (Last meeting: May 23rd)

What to expect from the chess club ? The chess club gives an opportunity to kids to play chess against other kids under the supervition from one or two instructors. Group lessons are given through an electronic screen. Beginner and more advanced players get lessons according to their level of understanding. Puzzles are weekly given to each student tailor on their skill.



Congratulation to Alex, a member of the WV Chess Club finishing 2nd at the Vancouver Regional on Sunday Jan. 15 2017

Hello, myself (Luc) and my chess associates are ready for an other exciting chess season (2016-17). Hopefully you will join my chess club. Fun guaranteed but I can`t guaranteed the checkmates.


        2017 SUMMER CHESS CAMPS FOR KIDS                (In West Vancouver)

                Chess Is The Game Of Kings And The King Of Games !                   

Come join National Chess Master Luc Poitras for an unique friendly                    
group chess experience. Luc originally from Montreal has been involved                    
with chess for over 15 years. Luc has developed a teaching technic                    
blending old traditional teaching style with new technology to help the                    
young students to stay alert, interested and motivated.                   

The program is offer to any kids from age 7 and up.  

The Cost is $135 per Camp.
For each camp, 2 to 4 certified chess instructors on site.
Camps are :

July 17-21    (1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.) 
 August 14-18 (9am to noon) 

at the West Vancouver United Church on 2062 Esquimalt ave West Vancouver. 

To register or for some info please  email me: or don`t hesitate to call me, I will be happy to answer any questions. (Luc) 778.846.0496 

Information needed when sending the registration by email:
Name of the child (male or female/email/phone number
Birthday and age
Phone number for emergency
Indicate the camp you wish to register the child:

Each camp provide between 2 to 4 certified chess instructors on site.

Please mention with the email any extra informations such allergies,medical or others

Payment can be done by sending a cheque payable to "West Coast Junior Chess" at
ECOLE RIDGEVIEW  (Chess Camp-Luc Poitras)
1250 Mathers Ave.
West Vancouver, BC V7T 2G3

West Vancouver Summer Chess Camp
Luc Poitras

Full reimbursement for any cancellation after the payment done if cancel 8 days prior of the starting day otherwise a charge of 40% fee will apply.


Math summer camp also available

Andrew Lee
Campus Director, West Vancouver & South Surrey/White Rock BC
Spirit of Math Schools Inc.

To promote cooperation, inspire confidence, and release the genius in every child.
Work Schedule: Mon to Thurs 12pm - 8pm, Fri 9:30am - 5:30pm (or by appointment)
Outside of these days, please feel free to contact our office at (604) 304 - 4032
Mobile Phone: (604) 367 - 6421
Toll-Free: 1-866-767-MATH (6284)
Twitter @spiritofmath

North Shore Chess Championship 2017

Here the results of this exciting chess tournament on Friday March 31 at Ridgeview school for elementary kids.

Section A (Grade5/6/7) 16 players

1st Edward Jeong (Canyon Height)
2nd Justin Jin (Ridgeview)
3rd Oliver Kiff (Dorothy Lynas)
Tied 4th Seena Nemati (Ridgeview), Nikita Kurtynin (Gleneagles), Kaz Jordan (PJ), Aidan Guo (Chartwell)

Section B (Grade 4)  14 players

1st Tom Dai (Chartwell)
2nd Jerry Song (West Bay)
3rd Ewan Mick (Capilano)
4thJason Song (West Bay)
Tied 5th Miles Hu (Ridgeview), Jaydan Guan (Chartwell)

Section C (Primary)  22 players

1st Alexandre Jin (Ridgeview )
2nd James Zheng (Westcot)
3rd Benjamin Navarette (West Bay)
Tied 4th Anthony Whitting (Westcot), Alan Chen (Cove)
Tied 5th Julian Dillon, Cole Dirassar, Hudson Butterworth (Cypress), Steven Su (Highland), Arman Nabi (Collingwood)

Best schools

1st Ridgeview (Champion for a 3rd year)
2nd West Bay
3rd Chartwell
4th Cypress and Westcot

All-Girls Chess Tournament 8th Edition at York House 2017

Here the winners of the All-Girls York House Junior Chess Tournament 2017

Section Grade 5/6 1st Emma 2nd Joyce 3rd Leanne
Section Grade 3/4: 1st Veronica, 2nd Gillian 3rd Krista
Section grade 2: 1st Sophie 2nd Alina 3rd Michelle
Section Grade 1: 1st Sunny 2nd Kyla

Donald Trump is about to CHECKMATE all chess players


DONALD TRUMP is PLANNING to BAN CHESS IN the UNITED STATES and soon all over North America !

On Tweeter, Donald tweets as Chess is originally from the Middle East, it should not had ever be imported in North America. Chess is a representation of war which encourage terrorists all over the world. If the world is so corrupted, you can put blame on this EVIL game.

First offence to be caught playing chess: One week in jail with recording of speech by Donald Trump all day.

10th Annual St.George's Junior Chess 2016 (results)

Standings. 10th Annual: Grade6-7
# Name                                                                Tot
1 Aiden Zhou                 W8 W2 W6 W4 W5       5.0
2 Nathan Boesmra W16 L1 W13 W7 W4 4.0
3 Matt He           L4 W14 W12 W9 W8               4.0
4 Thidas Loku W3 W7 W5 L1 L2                       3.0
5 Jordan Liu W10 W11 L4 W6 L1                        3.0
6 Austin Lee W9 W12 L1 L5 W14                       3.0
7 Joyce Chan W14 L4 W8 L2 W13                       3.0
8 Gilbert Gu L1 W10 L7 W12 L3                          2.0
9 Keyon Kaboly L6 L13 W14 L3 W12                 2.0
10 Jasper He L5 L8 B--- B--- U---                        2.0
11 Lucas Stolba W15 L5 H--- U--- U---              1.5
12 William Pryer W13 L6 L3 L8 L9                   1.0
13 Coco Kesselman L12 W9 L2 L14 L7 1.0
14 Matthew Lee L7 L3 L9 W13 L6                   1.0

Standings. 10th Annual: Grade5
# Name Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Borna Amjadi W6 W9 W8 W3 W4 5.0
2 Will Wu L9 W7 W10 W8 W5 4.0
3 Daniel Tong W7 D4 W9 L1 W8 3.5
4 Edward Jeong W11 D3 D5 W6 L1 3.0
5 Oliver Kiff H--- W12 D4 W11 L2 3.0
6 Kiran Sun L1 W11 W13 L4 W9 3.0
7 Seena Nemati L3 L2 W12 W13 W15 3.0
8 Justin Jin W13 W10 L1 L2 L3 2.0
9 Calvin Boersma W2 L1 L3 W10 L6 2.0
10 Jamie Gotts W15 L8 L2 L9 W13 2.0
11 John Leung L4 L6 W15 L5 W12 2.0
12 George Sun H--- L5 L7 W15 L11 1.5
13 Kaden Li L8 W15 L6 L7 L10 1.0
15 Kelvin Chan L10 L13 L11 L12 L7 0.0

Standings. 10th Annual: Grade4
# Name Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Stanley Wu W8 W12 W2 W4 W5 5.0
2 Veronica Guo W3 W11 L1 W10 W4 4.0
3 Tom Dai L2 D16 W14 W15 W7 3.5
4 Ian Qiu W13 W5 W6 L1 L2 3.0
5 Jerry Song W15 L4 W8 W6 L1 3.0
6 Kevin Lee W7 W10 L4 L5 W16 3.0
7 Jayden Guan L6 W14 W16 W11 L3 3.0
8 Noah Law L1 W9 L5 W13 W10 3.0
9 Jason Song L11 L8 W15 W12 W13 3.0
10 Zainab Ansari W14 L6 W12 L2 L8 2.0
11 Ewan Mick W9 L2 W13 L7 L15 2.0
12 Caleb Quon W16 L1 L10 L9 W14 2.0
13 Jacob Dhrolias L4 W15 L11 L8 L9 1.0
14 Henry Elgie L10 L7 L3 W16 L12 1.0
15 Austin Liu L5 L13 L9 L3 W11 1.0
16 Miles Hu L12 D3 L7 L14 L6 0.5

Standings. 10th Annual: Grade3
# Name Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Vincent Guo W14 W3 W2 W4 W5 5.0
2 Eric Jiang W13 W10 L1 W6 W4 4.0
3 Andrew Chen W6 L1 W7 D5 W11 3.5
4 Jason Chen W11 W7 W5 L1 L2 3.0
5 Simon Wang W8 W11 L4 D3 L1 2.5
6 James Zheng L3 W14 W10 L2 D7 2.5
7 Edison Harm W9 L4 L3 W12 D6 2.5
8 Eric Liu L5 D9 W12 L11 W10 2.5
9 Gianna Lee L7 D8 L11 W14 W13 2.5
10 Donovan Wong W12 L2 L6 W13 L8 2.0
11 Henry Mao L4 L5 W9 W8 L3 2.0
12 Henry Sarabun L10 W13 L8 L7 W14 2.0
13 Jakob Peng L2 L12 W14 L10 L9 1.0
14 Sean Petit L1 L6 L13 L9 L12 0.0

Standings. 10th Annual: Grade2
# Name Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Drake Chen W9 W15 W10 W2 W3 5.0
2 Alexandre Jin W7 W4 W5 L1 W12 4.0
3 Brian Shao W11 D10 W8 W7 L1 3.5
4 Jacky Tang W13 L2 W9 W6 D5 3.5
5 Ethan Lam W16 W6 L2 D10 D4 3.0
6 Jason Pak W18 L5 W15 L4 W16 3.0
7 Osborn Song L2 W13 W11 L3 W10 3.0
8 Asher Rentz D15 W18 L3 D11 D9 2.5
9 Alina Yuan L1 W12 L4 W16 D8 2.5
10 Bradley Li W12 D3 L1 D5 L7 2.0
11 Willem Urban L3 W16 L7 D8 D13 2.0
12 Joshua Ong L10 L9 W13 W15 L2 2.0
13 Michael Zhao L4 L7 L12 W18 D11 1.5
15 Zayd Abrahams D8 L1 L6 L12 D18 1.0
16 Markus Kusumoto L5 L11 W18 L9 L6 1.0
18 Taran Dhaliwal L6 L8 L16 L13 D15 0.5

Provincial Elementary School Team Chess Ch. 2016 (Results)

                 Section A

1. Malborough (Burnaby) 16 points
2. St.George`s (Vancouver) 15 points
3. Herbert Spencer (New Westminster) 13.5 points
4. Vanc. Christian (Vancouver) 12 points
5. York House (Vancouver) 11 points
6. Taylor Park (Burnaby) 10.5 points

                         The new winning team champion: Marlborough from Burnaby.

7-8 Erma Stephenson and Southridge (Surrey) 9.5 points
9. Walton (Coquitlam) 9 points
10. Chartwell (West Van) 8.5 points
11. NVHS (North Van) 6.5 points
12. Westcot (West Van) 5 points
13. Crofton House (Vancouver) 4 points

                                   Section B
1.  St.George`s C 17.5 points
2. St.George`s B 13.5 points
3 Ridgeview (West Van) B 11 points
4-5. Walton and Van Christian 9.5 points
6. Brooksbank (North Van) 7 points
7. Brentwood (Burnaby) 5.5 points
8. Southridge 5 points

North Shore Elementary Team Chess Ch. 2016

Final Standing
Tied First - Ridgeview, Chartwell and Westcot (12 points)
Fourth - Brooksbank  (11 points)
Tied Fifth - Collingwood, Cedardale and Pauline Johnson (10)

Best players of the tournament (38 participants)
1. Victor Qian Grade 7(Collingwood) 5 points 
2-6 Dominic Haston Grade 7(Chartwell), James Duvall Grade 1 (Brooksbank), Julianna Shin Grade 6 (Cedardale), Ryan Marzbani Grade 4 (Westcot), Lucas Stolba Grade 6 (Westcot) with 4 points
7. Lucas Love Grade 5 (Pauline Johnson) 3.5 points 
8-16 Daniel Chen Grade 2 (Collingwood), Brendan Yu Grade 6, Marko Slavkovic Grade 4, Alexander Jin Grade 1, Justin Jin Grade 4, Matthew Yuen Grade 6 (all Ridgeview), Derin Aladogan Grade 7 (Pauline Johnson), Tobin Priatel Grade 7, Steven Feng Grade 3 (both Chartwell),  3 points

9th Annual St.Georges Junior Chess Tournament 2015 (Results)

Standings. StGeorges 2016: Section Open
# Name                Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Alec Chung W12 W3 W2 W6 W4 5.0
2 Aiden Zhou W4 W9 L1 W8 W7 4.0
3 Christopher Chow W5 L1 W11 L4 W6 3.0
4 Aaron Tieu        L2 W10 W5 W3 L1 3.0
5 Maani Bayat L3 W12 L4 W10 W8 3.0
6 Victor Qian W13 D8 W9 L1 L3 2.5
7 Joyce Tang H--- W11 L8 W9 L2 2.5
8 Austin Lee        B--- D6 W7 L2 L5 2.5
9 Max Munday W10 L2 L6 L7 W12 2.0
10 Dominic Haston L9 L4 W12 L5 W11 2.0
11 Imman Vatanpoor H--- L7 L3 W12 L10 1.5
12 Jordan Liu        L1 L5 L10 L11 L9 0.0

Standings. StGeorges 2016: Grade4 # Name Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot 1 Daniel Tong W7 W6 W8 W3 W4 5.0 2 Will Wu W8 L4 W7 W9 W3 4.0 3 Kiran Sun W12 W5 W4 L1 L2 3.0 4 Calvin Boersma W11 W2 L3 W5 L1 3.0 5 Seena Nemati W10 L3 W6 L4 W7 3.0 6 Jamie Gotts W9 L1 L5 W12 W10 3.0 7 Josh Yahav L1 W9 L2 W8 L5 2.0 8 Edward Jeong L2 W11 L1 L7 W12 2.0 9 Justin Jin L6 L7 W10 L2 W11 2.0 10 Jaghr Diman L5 D12 L9 W11 L6 1.5 11 Eddy Qin L4 L8 W12 L10 L9 1.0 12 Kelvin Chan L3 D10 L11 L6 L8 0.5


Standings. StGeorges 2016: Grade3 
# Name                Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Kevin Lee       W7 W2 W4 W3 W8 5.0
2 Steven Feng       W9 L1 W10 W8 W4 4.0
3 Joshua Trusc       B--- D8 W7 L1 W10 3.5
4 Ewan Mick       W11 W6 L1 W5 L2 3.0
5 Chris Liu         H--- H--- W9 L4 W7 3.0
6 Krista Tollefsen W12 L4 D8 L7 B--- 2.5
7 Gustave Deseau L1 W11 L3 W6 L5 2.0
8 Jayden Guan       W10 D3 D6 L2 L1 2.0
9 Nicholas Luca        L2 L10 L5 B--- W11 2.0
10 Miles Hu         L8 W9 L2 W11 L3 2.0
11 William Loutit        L4 L7 B--- L10 L9 1.0

Standings. StGeorges 2016: Grade2
# Name            Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Vincent Guo        W10 W9 W4 W7 L2 4.0
2 Eric Jiang        W5 W3 L7 W8 W1 4.0
3 Jason Chen        W6 L2 W5 W4 W7 4.0
4 Ray Zhang         B--- W8 L1 L3 W11 3.0
5 Simon Wang        L2 W12 L3 W11 W9 3.0
6 Eric Liu         L3 L7 W9 W10 W8 3.0
7 Jacky Tang H--- W6 W2 L1 L3 2.5
8 Daniel Chen        W12 L4 W10 L2 L6 2.0
9 Daniel Lim        W11 L1 L6 W12 L5 2.0
10 Jerry Li         L1 W11 L8 L6 D12 1.5
11 Kamran Gwadry L9 L10 W12 L5 L4 1.0
12 James Wong        L8 L5 L11 L9 D10 0.5

A big thank you to Yutong and Eric for helping me out the whole day.


Chess Champions Feb 2014.jpg

Studies in cognitive neuroscience indicate that the game of chess has a number of cognitive benefits in children.  An exercise of infinite possibilities for the mind, chess develops mental abilities used throughout life.  Some cognitive benefits of the game of chess include:
Chess boosts brain power in kids
Chess has shown to enhance the analytical, critical thinking, and visualization skills of students in elementary through high school….and did you know that the skills of students in the third grade were particularly impacted?  This is attributed to the rapid development of children in these age groups.
Chess improves IQ
One study revealed that children who took chess classes for 4 ½ months increased their IQ points.  Researchers attributed this to the concentration and logical thinking called for in the game.

Chess enhances arithmetic skills
Chess play has also been linked to the improvement of a child’s mathematical skills. These results have been attributed to the influence of chess on perceptual ability, which is a child’s capacity to deal and provide meaning to sensory stimulus.  As well, other studies reveal that objective reasoning, or the ability to think a few steps ahead, as the major reason why chess players demonstrate proficiency in math.
Chess hones verbal skills
So how does chess enhance verbal skills, despite the absence of words or verbal communication in the game?  One researcher believed that chess improves verbal skills since it utilizes all the abilities of an individual, or faculties of the mind (mathematical and administrative-directional tasks) whenever the game is played. Interesting result!
Chess sharpens critical thinking skills
It is not surprising that studies indicated enhancement of a child’s  critical thinking and good judgment skills with the playing of chess.
Chess boosts emotional intelligence and psycho-social skills
Intelligence is not merely measured by IQ points; emotional intelligence plays a big role as well.  Emotional Intelligence, or EI, is defined as the person’s ability to perceive, control, and evaluate emotions. Regardless of race and socioeconomic status, chess has been shown to improve EI as well as psycho-social skills.
Chess works because it is self-motivating.  The game has fascinated humans for almost 2000 years, and through the goals of attach and defense culminating in checkmate, the game calls for mental acuity and perceptiveness among many other skills. 
Congratulations to our Ridgeview Chess Team for their recent second place finish at the North Shore Regional Tournament. Ridgeview teammates include:  grade 6 students Jeremy, Noel, May, Philip, and Naomi and grade 4 student Brendan.  Congratulations to all!