ABOUT THE CLASSES:
Intro to Chess I (50 mins): 4:00 –4:50 PM EST. This fun class focuses on the basics of chess including piece movement, board vision, capturing pieces, check and checkmate. The goal is for students to learn piece movement and the ability to begin a game of chess properly by the end of the course. This class is geared towards younger students.
Intro to Chess II (50 mins): 5:00 – 5:50 PM EST. This class is for those students who already know piece movement and basic strategy. This class moves into more advanced checkmate patterns and an introduction to tactics. The goal is for students to be able to play a legal game of chess by the end of the course
This is a class that will take place on Tuesday afternoons from 5:15-6:25 EST. This class is for players who have a good foundation of chess and would like to improve their play and play guided games against others.
Structure of the class:
5-10 minutes: Greetings and review of material from the previous class
10-15 minutes: Topic of the day and lesson
5-10 minutes: Puzzles relating to topic
20-30 minutes: Guided free play time on www.lichess.org with commentary and analysis from Alanna
Wednesday Tournament Chess: Future Masters 1000-1500 USCF. 5:30-7:00 PM EST
This is a class exclusively for chess players rated 1000 – 1500 and will be taught by the top instructors on our staff. There will be lectures from International Master Raven Sturt, National Master Abby Marshall and National Master Benjamin Katz. Students will work on using new tactical and strategical tools. Students will also learn the importance of prophylaxis in chess and signature squares on the chessboard. Students will examine fascinating endgame studies in addition to the importance of the middlegame. Games will be reviewed by coaches and supplemental materials will be given following each class.
Thursday Tournament Chess 5:30 – 7:00 PM EST: Rising Stars – USCF 500-1000
This is a class for tournament players that will cover principles such as openings, tactics, endgames and middlegame concepts. This is a class tailored for the tournament player who wants to stay sharp.
Classes will typically follow this schedule:
10-15 mins: Review of previous week’s topics
20-30 mins: New topic introduction + lesson
10-15 mins: Puzzles
30-45 mins: Guided match play on www.lichess.org with commentary from Alanna with guest appearances from National Master Abby Marshall