Online Classes

“My son has been a student of both Alanna and Ben for over five years. Not only have they turned him from an absolute beginner into one of the best 11 year old players in the country; but most importantly they have instilled in him a love for the game and an understanding of what it takes to succeed at chess – qualities that will serve him for the rest of his life.”

-Kris Wood, New York City

We are accepting registrations for our 2nd session of virtual chess classes beginning on July 20th. Classes will be 5 sessions in length. Our experienced and engaging instructors tailor-made a curriculum for your child, from intro classes all the way to tournament chess classes. We are also now offering a special West Coast Tournament Chess Class on Fridays!

Class Date

Monday Intro to Chess I

3:15 – 4:00 EST

Monday Intro to Chess II

4:30 – 5:15 PM EST

Tuesday Intermediate Chess

4:30 – 5:45 PM EST


Wednesday Chess Pitfalls: Learning from mistakes

4:30 – 5:45 PM EST

Tactics Thursday!

3:30 – 4:30 PM EST

Friday Tournament Chess: Rising Stars

3:00 – 4:15 PM EST

Friday Tournament Chess: Future Masters

4:30 – 6:00 PM EST

**New Class**

West Coast Tournament Chess Class!

3:30 – 5:00 PM PACIFIC TIME


Intro to Chess I (45 mins): 3:15 –4:00 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 (45 mins): 4:30 – 5:15 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

Intermediate Chess

This is a class that will take place on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30-5:45 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 with commentary and analysis from Alanna

Wednesday Chess Pitfalls: Learning from Mistakes 4:30 – 5:45 PM EST.  This class focuses on common mistakes that occur in chess and how one can learn from those common chess pitfalls and improve their game. We will examine famous games where a player made a logical looking move which cost them the chess game. We will also study common middlegame and endgame errors and how to learn from them. After the lesson, students will have an opportunity to play in an online chess arena on lichess, where the coach will oversee the games, commentate on them and help the students learn from their own games. This class is designed for players rated up to 1000 but higher rated players are encouraged to register. If there is enough interest, we will create a separate section and group the students by rating.

Tactics: 3:30 – 4:45 pm EST on Thursdays.  This is a class solely focused on learning tactics. Tactics are an integral part of chess and occur throughout all phases of the game. This dynamic class focuses on common tactics such as pins, forks, skewers, double attacks, deflections, discovered checks and mating attacks. Instructors will build on material each week and assign exercises for students to work on in between classes.

Friday Tournament Chess 3:00 – 4:20 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 with commentary from Alanna with guest appearances from National Master Abby Marshall


Friday Tournament Chess: Future Masters 1000-1500 USCF. 4:30-6:00 PM EST

This is a class exclusively for chess players rated 1000 – 1500 and will be taught by Interational Master Raven Sturt and founder, Alanna 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.

If you are interested in classes but Tuesdays or Fridays do not work for your child, we would like to create a class for you! Please feel free to contact us at and we will get back to you as soon as we can.


Session II Classes will run in blocks of 5 weeks, beginning the week of July 20th, 2020

For the intro to chess classes, the fee is $55 for 5 weeks

For the Intermediate class, Chess Pitfalls and Tactics, the fee is $70 for 5 classes

For the Tournament Rising Stars class,  the fee is $80 for 5 classes

For the Tournament Future Masters class, the fee is $90 for 5 classes

For the West Coast Tournament Class, the fee is $90 for 5 classes

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