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The first week of Chess Camps at Roving ChessNuts

was held in early July and featured

a lot of action on boards in rated and practice games,

multiple lessons, games analysis, and coaching

And there was fun running some races and playing soccer!

If you are interested in the August camps, best to sign up

as early as possible as many spots have already been taken

Both the week of August 14 and week of August 21 camps have a mixture of less experienced and more experienced players so either week is good.  The only exclusion for these camps are beginning players who are just learning moves and basics; players must have a rating already, preferably above 700 and some tournament experience.

Summer Scholastic Chess Tournament plus

Chess Family Potluck Picnic at Greenfield Hall

Sunday Afternoon, July 30

Click here for details and to register for this summer event!

We may limit entries to those who are going to participate in the family picnic;

one of the purposes of this event is to have players and their families

meet each other and share social event of fun and friendship!

Players list for July 30 Chess Picnic Tournament:

Michelle Enkhtaivan, Andrew Xiao, William Gao

Registered players should sign in before 1:00 p.m.  No entries accepted on July 30.

Championships for Grades 1 - 3, Grades 4 - 6 and Junior High

See results and some photos in May 4 newsletter

    Mother's Day Tournament

Complete results and photos are in the May 17 Chess Teasers Newsletter.

Father's Day Tournament

Results below in Archives

FREE valuations for children age 4+ to determine if they are ready to learn and play chess or enter into a chess competition!

Between July 13 and 23 and July 31 to August 11, Free Evaluations will be offered most Wednesdays through Sundays at The Roving ChessNuts, 12019 76 Street.  But you must call at least a few days ahead of time to make an appointment.  780-474-2318.  Also private one on one lessons to various levels of players are also available. 

Click here further information and to see how you can make appointment.

Register now for your

Summer Chess Camp experience!

See complete information


Read  latest June 30 Chess Teasers news4 pages

Details:Chess Tournament & Chess Family Picnic

on Sunday, July 30, at Greenfield Community Hall

Click here for online registration link

With heavy hearts, The Roving ChessNuts mourn

the passing of long-time chess instructor Richard Roberts

Please see attached tribute to a unique individual

Do Chess Teachers make a difference?    Please read this

Don't forget to solve the three new daily Chess Puzzles below News

Our Mission
To aid and improve the development of logical and strategic thinking skills in Alberta's youth.

Why Chess?
Chess is a game of perfect information, nothing happens due to luck or random chance. The player is presented with all the information they need to make a decision. Every move the player must process the information they are given in a logical manner and come up with the most strategic solution to the problem. Often times this requires planning many moves in advance.

A single game of chess is comparable to solving dozens or even hundreds of logical problems. Repeated training of the brain in solving logical problems aids students in their real life problem-solving and planning skills. Not only does chess have these educational benefits, it is also a fun and competitive game which keeps students engaged and eager to learn.

Chess Teasers Newsletter published during 2017

Read January 2017 Newsletter          Read February 2, 2017 Newsletter

Read Febuary 12, 2017 Newsletter    Read February 23, 2017 Newsletter

Read March 15, 2017 Newsletter       Read March 20, 2017 Newsletter

Read April 3, 2017 Newsletter            Read April 19, 2017 Newsletter

Read May 4, 2017 Newsletter            Read May 10, 2017 Newsletter

Read May 17, 2017 Newsletter          Read May 31, 2917 Newsletter

Read June 12, 2017 Newsletter

Giant Chess Set for Rent

Great for outdoor parties,

Chess themed settings, 

or Stage Productions

Have a Chess Themed Birthday Party

at the Roving ChessNuts

or a Tournament at Your Place!







Puzzles are a great way to improve chess skills, plus they make you think and challenge you!

Watch for a new puzzle every day!

And watch for occasional puzzle competitions!



The Roving ChessNuts, founded

in 2001, teaches chess in schools,

community halls, and its own training facilities in Edmonton and other Alberta communities.

The ChessNuts also organize chess tournaments and events .

The Roving ChessNuts are

involved with the national

Chess'n Math Association ratings

Click on Logo 

to find your national Rating!

Learn Chess... Play Chess!

Chess Lessons for Children in Edmonton

​​The Roving ChessNuts

Chess Instructors

Chess Supervisors

required for 2017/18 school year

Roving ChessNuts has a growing number of opportunities to teach chess or supervise children with chess games.  Supervisors must be good chess players and able to supervise younger children as they learn legal moves and how to checkmate. Perfect well-paid parttime work for retired teachers and university students having noon hours and after school availability or weekday evenings.

Apply with resume or e-mail for further information: rovingchessnuts@shaw.ca

Must be police-checked

News Archives

CHESS at VINTAGE DAY Sunday, June 25, 2017
at Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

Congratulations to Andrews  Xiao for winning gold
and Luke Siewert for taking the silver in the tournament

2017 Father's Day Tournament Results
Played Sunday afternoon, June 18 at Greenfield Hall
Officiated by Derek Thomas, Bruce Thomas, Prayus Shrestha
Section A:  1.  Paul Le, 4.5+; 2. James Windram, 3.5;
Tied 3-4-5: Steven Walter, Nathan Thunder, Alex Han, 1.0 each.
Section B:  1. Sam Hoekman, 4.0; 2, Ethan Chin, 3.5; 3. Garrick Johnson, 2.5;

Tied 4-5 Nick Pkhovelishvili, Andrew Xiao, 2.0 each; 6. Pranav Sabapathy, 1.0.
Section C:  1. Hastings Radbourne, 5.0;  2. Tobi Li, 3.5; 3. Dehai Yu, 2.5;
Tied 4-5 Eric Zin, Gabriel Toyhacao, 1.5 each; 6. Carter Brinkman, 1.0.          
Section D:  1. Anu Purevjamts, 4.0; 2. Terry Li, 4.0+; 3. Michelle Enkhtaivan, 3.0; 4. Pranav Karthikeyan, 3.0+; 5. Pranavan Mahendran, 2.0; 6. Simon Cui, 1.0.
Section E:  1. Blake Howells, 4.0; 2. Matei Lupu, 3.0+; 3. Brianna Dayman, 2.0; 4. Nicholas Do, 2.0+; 5. Viktor Merritt, 1.0; 6. Caleb Menard, 0.0. 
Section F:  1. Harrison Doyle, 4.0; 2. Ethan Do, 4.5+; 3. Eric Johnson, 3.5;
Tied 4-5 Seth Howells, Emerson Brinkman, 1.5 each; 6. Thomas Schwabe, 1.0. 
Section G:  1. Shreyas Prasana, 4.0; 2. Tied 4 ways after tiebreaks: 4.0 each+ Evan Spyracopoulos, Seth Brown, Armaan Patel; 5. Alexa Stewart, 1.5; 6. Marina Lalic, 0.5.
Section H:  1. Alex Qu, 3.5; 2. William Gao, 4.0+; 3. Peter Stretch, 3; 4. Liam Cerbas, 2.0; Tied 5-6: Dana Lee, Frank Xia, 1.5 each; 7. Wangxin Yu, 1.0; 8. Tobias Oliver-Poulsen. 0.5.
+ means player won a tiebreak game

Alberta finishes 4th at Canadian Chess Challenge in Toronto. May 21 & 22
     The nine rounds of games between the scholastic grade level champs of 10 provinces has ended and Ontario has again won the national Chess'n Math  competition. Final placement by outcome of each match against other provinces and scores from a possible total of 108 games (12 grades times 9 rounds) are:
1. Ontario, 9 match points - 97;  2. Quebec, 8 match points - 84.5;
3. British Columbia, 7 match points, 78; 4. Alberta, 6 match points, 64;
5. Manitoba, 4 match points, 45.5; 6. Prince Edward Island, 4 match points, 43;
7. Saskatchewan, 3 match points, 39; 8. Nova Scotia, 2 match points, 25;
9. New Brunswick, 1 match point, 34; 10. Newfoundland-Labrador, 1 match point, 30.

Girls Only Tournament Results - held Saturday, April 22 at Roving ChessNuts
Section A & Overall Winner:  Prisha Shrestha, 2. Michelle Enkhtaivan, 3. Ada Broughton  Section B:  1.Kylie Neth, 2. Ellas Sharples, 3. Alexa Stewart
Draw Prize Winners of books and free tournament entry were respectively: Alexa and Kylie.   Directed by Derek Thomas and Bruce Thomas.

Results ofWelcome Spring Tournament, March 19 at Greenfield Hall 
Each Section was battling for a first-place trophy and runners-up gold, silver and bronze medals.   See March 20 Chess Teasers for photos
Section A:  1. Ron Offengenden, James Windram and Nathan Thunder tied for first             place with with 2.0 points each; 4. Christopher Bai, 0.0.
Section B:  1. Alex Wang won on tiebreak with a total of 3.5 points; 2. Alex Han with
     tiebreak draws 3.0; 3. Huatong Zhang with tiebreak scored 2.5;  4. Paris Dorn, 0.0. 
Section C:  1. Garrick Johnson with perfect 3.0; 2 - 4 tied: Hastings Radbourne,
      Ethan Chin and Nick Pkhovelishvili with 1.0 each.
Section D:  1. Andrew Xiao on tiebreak with 3.0; 2. Max Pankewitz lost tiebreak, 2.0;
     3 -4. Sam Hoekman and Nathan Rao-Mailet , 1.0 each.

Section E:  1. Pranavan Mahendran on tiebreak with 3.0; 2. Daniel Wang lost tiebreak,
      2.0;  3. Max Serikov on tiebreak, 2.0; 4. Haywood Huang lost tiebreak, 1.0.
Section F:  1. Rogan Eskow, 3.0; 2. Eric Jin, 2.0; 3. Nolan Putz, 1.0;

      4. Anu Purevjamts, 0.0. 
Section G:  1. Michelle Enkhtaivan on tiebreak, 3.0;  2. Cheng Hua lost tiebreak, 2.0;
     3. Tobi Li on tiebreak, 2.0;  4. Mark Jorgenson, lost tiebreak, 1.0.
Section H:  1. Terri Li, perfect score 3.0; 2. Leo Li 2.0; 3. Vasily Melnikov, 1.0; 4. Melody Wang, 0.0.  
Section I:   1. Carter Brinkman, 3.0; 2. Caleb Menard; 3. Jotis Kung, 1.0; 4. Viktor Merritt

Section J:  1. Zidong Liu, 3.0; 2. Mehlysa Cetinkaya, 1.5;  3, Owen Pankewitz, 1.0; 4. Matei Lupu, 0.5.      
Section K:  1. Brianna Dayman, 2.5; 2. Anya Haas-Hollenback, 2,0;
     3. Liam Chalifoux, 1.0; 4. Andrew Guo, 0.5.
Section L:  1. Ella Sharples with perfect score 4.0; 2-3. Alexander Melnikov and Martin
     Lee,  2.0 each; 4. Johthymius Kung, 1.5; 5. Nathan York, 0.5.
Section M:  1. Arthur Jiang, 2.5; 2. Isabelle Der, 2.0, 3. Marina Lalic,  1.0; 4. Leo Wang, 0.5. 
Section N:  1. Owen Lee, 3.0;  2. Shreyas Prasanna, 2.0; 3. Ryan Atkinson,1.0;
      4. Aysu Centinkaya, 0.0.
Section O:  1. William Gao, 2.5; 2. Armaan Patel, 1.5 3-4 Jack Putz and Liam Cerbas with 1.0 each.
This event was organized by The Roving ChessNuts and directed by Bruce Thomas, Derek Thomas and Prayus Sherestha.  Watch for photos and more details in Chess Teasers.

Thunder wins training tournament:  A small tournament at The Roving ChessNuts on March 5 was won by Nathan Thunder on tiebreaks while Garrick Johnson and Nick Pkhovelishvili tied for second/third and Noah Mok finished fourth.

Section A:  1. James Windram, 2, Paul Le, 3. Alex Wang, 4. Aaron Zhu
Section B:  1.Christopher Bai, 2. Alex Han, 3. Huatong Zhang,  4. Sam Hoekman
Section C:  1. Nick Pkhovelishvili, 2. Eric Qiu, 3. Zachary Prongar, 4. Max Pankewitz
Section D:  1. Ethan Chin, 2. Nathan Rao-Maillett, 3. Nolan Putz,
     4. Aike Siraki, 5. Ryan Chen, 6. Jason Shen
Section E:  1. Haywood Huang, 2. Pranavan Mahendran,
     4-way tie for 3. Cheng Hua, Michelle Enkhtaivan, Terry Li, Simon Cui
Section F:  1. Anu Purevjamts, 2. Vasily Melnikov, 3. Caleb Menard,
     4. Matei Lupu, 5. Ella Sharples, 6. Isaac Hsung
Section G: 1. Leo Li, 2. Arwen Thang, 3. Owen Pankewitz,
     4. Liam Chalifoux, Tied 5-6 Armaan Josan, Jack Putz
Section H: 1. Gabriel Toyhacao, 2. Alexa Stewart, 3. Isabelle Der,
     4. Aikam Josan, 5. Alex Qu
Section I:  1. Leo Wang, 2. Dana Lee, 3. Ryan Atkinson, 4. Ariel Thang,
     5. William Gao, 6. Anureet Josan, 7. Gerry Liu

Tournament was organized and directed by Roving ChessNuts.  Officiating were

Derek Thomas, Prayus Shrestha and Bruce Thomas

Special congratulations for achieving top results and highest chess rating ever as a result of Super Sweet performances on February 12:  James Windram earned 68 rating points and went over 1200 for first time; he has played a total of 172 games rated by Chess'n Math Association. Paul Le also went over 1200.  Christopher Bai climbed to 1090 his highest rating.  Ethan Chin is rising quickly, having played only 43 games, he gained 120 points and is now over 900.  Nathan Rao-Maillet is now at his highest rating after 112 competitive games. Haywood Huang and Pranavan Mahendran both passed the 700 mark; Huang gained 86 points.  Anu Purevjamts was the top female in regards to both winning a sectional trophy and gaining the most rating points (98) among the 9 girls in the event.  Vasily Melnikov conquered the 600 rating mark by gaining 48 points.  Leo Li not only got a perfect score but also a gain of 138 rating points at his first tournament!

​​School Team Tournament and Individual Round Robins
Sunday Afternoon, January 29    Competing teams and their finishing place:
Section A:
1st:  Meyonohk A Team:  Brendan Tan, Alexander Tan, Haywood Huang
2nd: Earl Buxton A:  Dustin Zhang, Alex Han, Andrew Xiao, Veselin Panayotov, Georgy Panayotov
3rd: Windsor Park A:  Aaron Zhu, Max Pankewitz, Ryan Chen, Daniel Wang
4th: G.P. Nicholson A: Jason Shen, Pranavan Mahendran, Michelle Enkhtaivan, Freya Abrams
5th: Stratford A: Andi Superceanu, Lisa Kogan, Albert Zhu, Arthur Jiang
Section B:
1st: Meyonohk B Team: Brianna Dayman, Martin Lee, Jotis Kung, Owen Lee, Jothymus Kung
2nd: Windsor Park B: Melody Wang, Vasily Melinkov, Owen Pankewitz
3rd: G.P. Nicholson B: Evan Spyracopoulos, Anu Purevjamts, John Abrams,     
 Jie Xu, Ian Webb, Kyle Floden
4th: Frere Antoine B:  Brody Wallebeck, Keithlan O'Brien, Ryan Atkinson
Elementary Round Robins:
Section A: 1. Noah Mok, 2. Sam Hoekman, 3. Nick Pkhovelishvili, 4. Nathan Rao-Maillet
Section B: 1. Simon Cui, 2. Aike Siraki, 3, Jacob Langill, 4. Thorfinn Campbell
Section C: 1. Jack Langill, 2. Leo Wang, 3. Leif Campbell
Junior High Section: 1. Daniel Zhang, 2. Siddhartha Chitrakar, 3. Alex Wang,
     4. Nathan Thunder, 5. Jeff Yu

End of 2016 Scholastic Tournaments December 31 at Roving ChessNuts
Results of the Morning Tournament
Section A: Nathan Thunder, 5.5; Alex Wang, 3.0;  Nick Pkhovelishvili, 2.0; 
     Sam Hoekman, 1.5.
Section B: Hastings Radbourne, 4.5; Paris Dorn, 4.0; Noah Mok, 2.5,
     Jaden Kennedy, 1.0 .
Section C: Jason Shen, 6.0; Terry Li, 3.5; Thorfinn Campbell, 2.0;
     Jayden Connell, 0.5
Section D: Vasily Melnikov, 2.0;  Jie Xu, 1.0; Alexander Melnikov, 0.0

Results of the Afternoon Tournament after pizza was devoured
Section A: James Windram, 3.0 on tiebreak; Paul Le, 2.0 after tiebreak;
     Aaron Zhu, 2.0 on tiebreak; Nathan Thunder, 1.0 after tiebreak.
Section B: Alex Wang 2.0; Nick Pkhovelishvili, 1.0; Paris Dorn, 0.0.
Section C: Sam Hoekman, 5.5; Maxim Serikov, 2.5 but won tiebreaks;
     Tied: Jason Shen and Terry Li, 2.5 but lost tiebreaks.
Section D: Andrew Xiao, 6.0; Pranavan Mahendran, 4.0;
     Jacob O'Brien, 1.0; Taylor Henning, 0.0

Congratulations to the following December 11 Holiday Tournament players who gained rating points - some won awards for their scores, others placed out of the awards but managed to raise their national scholastic rating:
Mark Ivanescu, Paul Le, Dustin Zhang, James Windram, Huatong Zhang, Aaron Zhu,
Alex Han, Nick Pkhovelishvili, Noah Mok, Alex Wang, Luke Siewert, Ethan Chin,
Nathan Rao-Maillet,  Max Pankewitz, Veselin Panayotov, Daniel Wang, Joyce Lin
Toby Li, Matthew Ivanescu, Rogan Eskow, Jason Wang, Pranavan Mahendran,
Nolan Putz, Melody Wang, Dehai Yu, Lue Chen, Terry Li, Georgy Panayotov,
Connor Dong, Jotis Kung, Brian Han, Carter Stokes, Martin Lee, Mark Jorgensen,
Owen Pankewitz, William Gao, Eric Xu, Alexander Schlander and Benjamin Tombley.
Of the 70 players in the event, 39 managed to raise their ratings by a few or a lot of points!

Congratulations to the sectional winners of the Remembrance Day Afternoon Scholastic Chess Tournament at Edmonton's Greenfield Hall.  Over 60 players, Grades K to 10 participated, including students from Grande Prairie and Sherwood Park.   Sectional winners (A through I) were :  Andi Superceanu, Huatong Zhang, Alex Han, Nick Pkhovelishvili, Maxim Serikov, Andrew Xiao, Joyce Lin, Cheng Hua, Carter Brinkman and Brody Walleback.               FULL RESULTS AND PHOTOS

Roving ChessNuts Tournament Results
Saturday afternoon, October 22
Section A: 1st overall - Steven Walter, 5.0; 2d. Nathan Thunder, 4.0;

Huatong Zhang, 2.0;
1st overall lower section of A - Noah Mok, 2.0; 2nd. Nick Pkhovelishvila, 2.0;
6th. Samuel Hoekman, 0.0.
Section B:
1st. - Eric Qiu, 4.0; 2nd on Tiebreak, Jacky Kuang, 3.5; 3rd. Joyce Lin, 2.5;

4th. Brody Wallebeck, 0.0
Chess Medals and Subway gift cards were awarded as prizes.
Two Draw Prizes of Subway gift cards were won by Noah and Joyce
Tournament was directed by Bruce Thomas and Derek Thomas
Snacks provided by Roving ChessNuts

Greenfield Hall Evening Tournament on October 12, 2016
Although there were shorter time controls and back-to-back games for many participants, the good news was that even the less experienced players took their time and played better chess as they focused on the experimental school-night scholastic tournament at Greenfield Hall.  The bad news was that time did run out and some sections will see further games for tiebreak purposes.
Known results after the tournament ended about 7:45 p.m.: 
Section A:  Roving ChessNuts Junior Instructor Prayus Shrestha was by far the highest rated player and was undefeated, but graciously declined to be counted among the prize winners. Therefore, Paul Le took first place cash prize while Sam Hoekman and Nick Pkhovelishvili  will meet across the board in the near future to determine if they will split the second prize.
Section B:  Alex Han won his third consecutive tournament with three wins while Jaden Kennedy was second with 2 points.  Eric Qiu and Veselin Panayotov, finished third and fourth with respective scores of 1 and 0.
Section C:  Nathan Rao-Milliet beat Maxim Serikov in a blitz tiebreak game to claim the trophy; each had scored 3 points in the regular games. Toby Li,
Timothy Nguyen, Michelle Enkhtaivan and Miguel Johnson tied for third place with one victory each.
Section D:  Time ran out for this section to be completed, results of later finishing results will be in the news section.

Section A played for cash prizes in a round robin:
1. Mark Ivanescu, 3.0;
Tied and splitting 2nd cash prize: Olga Cadenilla, Aaron Zhu, Garrick Johnson, 1.0 each.
Section B played a round-robin and there was a 3-player tiebreak for trophy & medal:
1. Sam Hoekman,  4.0; 2. Nick Pkhovelishvili, 3.0; 3. Jaden Kennedy,  2.0;
4. Zachary Pongar , 0.0.
Section C played a double round-robin for trophy and runner-up medal:

1. Alex Han,  6.0;  2. Matthew Ivanescu, 4.0; 3. Zia Kuruvilla, 2.0; 4. Paulo Viloria, 0.0.
Draw prizes of books and tournament/classes vouchers were Jaden, Olga & Nick.
Tournament was directed by Bruce and Derek Thomas and held at The Roving ChessNuts.

RESULTS: Back to School Mini-Tournament on Sunday, September 11
at the Roving ChessNuts Training Facility, 12019 76 Street, Edmonton
Section A: 1. Ron Offengenden, Tied for Silver: Nathan Thunder and Aaron Zhu               
Section B: 1. Alex Wang, 2. Nick Pkhovelishvili, 3. Maxim Serikov, 4.  Andrew Xiao
Section C: 1. Alex Han, 2. Jacky Kuang, Tied 3-4: Daniel Chernihovsky and Zia Kuruvilla
Draw Prize winners of class/tournament vouchers, chocolates and book:
Nathan, Zia, Ron, Maxim and Andrew.

Tournament directed by Derek Thomas