Welcome to WindsorChess.org the homepage for Windsor Chess. 

This website is maintained by Vladimir Drkulec AKA Vlad Drkulec AKA Vlado Drkulec.  In addition to being the proprietor of this website, I am president of the Chess Federation of Canada and have been for over 11 years as of this writing (June 20, 2024).  I am a pretty good chess coach which I do on a part-time basis.  I am a FIDE instructor.  I am a FIDE National Arbiter.  I am a national master in Canada and the U.S. since the 1990s.  I have an MBA with concentrations in finance and marketing, a psychology degree and an honours degree in business. I spent four and a half years as a finance instructor at the university undergraduate level in the early 1990s. I spent most of my business career doing computer consulting, or some form of IT including a period of about four and a half years as a software specialist for a leading local supplier of factory automation hardware and software.  I still help people with computer or network problems occasionally but more recently I concentrate on teaching children and adults how to play chess and improve their play.  Much of my energy goes to my unpaid volunteer position as the President of the Chess Federation of Canada which does keep me busy putting out fires.  By the way, the last two years we experienced growth of 60% and 30% in our membership numbers.

If you are looking for individual lessons you can go here:


If you want to learn about group classes you can go here:


Chess Classes have moved online on Skype

 The chess lecture will continue to take place on Skype for one hour, starting at 6 pm, the same as it did when we were able to meet face to face.  You will need a Skype account.  You can sign up for free.  If you have an outlook or hotmail account (which are free) you get skype for free as well as part of the Microsoft Office package.  If you are using an Apple product, you will need to install the skype app that is free in the Apple Store.

You will need to connect with me by email at vdrkulec@hotmail.com and tell me your skype ID.  The correct account for me is the one with the picture from Windsor, CA.  There is another account which is probably mine as well that was automatically generated by hotmail.

I keep my Skype account the same as my hotmail account.  You can search for me on Skype using the eight letters of my hotmail vdrkulec.

Games will take place on chess.com or lichess.org.


If there are power outages or internet outages we may experience technical difficulties.  Do not despair.  We will be back online in  a few minutes if possible.   We will be back next week again.


In the summer of 2016 we hosted three of the premier events of Canadian chess which were the Canadian Youth Chess Championship, the Canadian Open Chess Championship and the North American Youth Chess Championship.  Caesar's Windsor provided a spectacular venue for these world class events.

Caesars Windsor summer of chess including the Canadian Youth Chess Championships, the Canadian Open and the North American Youth Chess Championships the details of which you can find in the tournaments page and sub-pages.  

Contact us: 

Email  vdrkulec@hotmail.com

Updated August 16, 2023

The phrase "fall down seven times, stand up eight" is a Japanese proverb that speaks to the importance of perseverance and resilience in the face of challenges. This is an attitude that can be extremely valuable for a chess player, as the journey of improving at chess often requires the player to face and deal with setbacks and obstacles.

In chess, it's common to lose games, make mistakes, and encounter positions that are difficult to understand. However, a successful chess player is one who can bounce back from these setbacks and keep pushing forward. This means analyzing losses to learn from mistakes, studying the game to improve understanding, and continuing to play and practice even when progress is slow because of the Plateau Effect.

Just like in life, there will be moments when it feels like progress has stalled or even gone backwards. But the important thing is to keep going, to keep getting up after each fall, and to maintain a positive attitude and a commitment to improvement. With this mindset, a chess player can overcome challenges and continue to grow and succeed in the game.

The game of chess is a microcosm of life's challenges, requiring resilience, perseverance, and a growth mindset. Here's how this mindset can be applied to a chess player's journey:

1. Embracing Mistakes: Chess players often learn more from their losses than from their wins. Each defeat is an opportunity to identify and understand mistakes, allowing players to grow and evolve. By standing up again after a loss, players can turn setbacks into stepping stones.

2. Continuous Improvement: Just like in the proverb, the focus is not just on standing up after a fall but on standing up again and again. Chess improvement is a gradual process that requires ongoing effort. Players must continuously seek ways to enhance their skills, whether it's through studying, practicing, or seeking guidance from coaches.

3. Analytical Approach: The mindset of "fall down seven times, stand up eight" encourages a thorough analysis of losses. This involves examining critical moments in games, identifying weaknesses, and understanding alternative strategies. By embracing losses as learning opportunities, players can refine their decision-making and strategic thinking.

4. Patience and Persistence: Chess players often encounter plateaus where progress seems slow. This is where the mindset of standing up again comes into play. Despite facing stagnation or challenging positions, players who persistently analyze, study, and practice eventually break through these plateaus and continue to grow.

5. Resilience in Face of Adversity: Chess can be a mentally demanding game, and players will encounter moments of frustration, self-doubt, and even anxiety. The ability to stand up after challenging games or periods of self-doubt demonstrates mental resilience and the determination to overcome obstacles.

6. Adaptation and Flexibility: The chessboard is a dynamic battlefield where adaptation is key. Players must respond to opponent moves, adjust strategies, and think on their feet. The mindset of standing up implies flexibility and the willingness to change tactics when needed.

7. Celebrating Small Victories: In chess, success isn't solely measured by winning games. Players should also celebrate the incremental progress they make, whether it's understanding a new opening, recognizing a tactical pattern, or executing a well-calculated combination. Recognizing and appreciating these small victories keeps motivation high.

Ultimately, the journey of a chess player mirrors the journey of life, with its ups and downs, challenges, and rewards. Embracing the "fall down seven times, stand up eight" mindset not only helps players improve their chess skills but also nurtures qualities that are valuable in various aspects of life – resilience, determination, adaptability, and the willingness to keep learning and growing.