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 Fall 2020 Online Chess Classes. Classes will be 13-14 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. 

Class Date

Monday Intro to Chess I

4:00 – 4:50 EST

Monday Intro to Chess II

5:00 – 5:50 PM EST

Tuesday Intermediate Chess

5:15 – 6:25 PM EST

Wednesday Tournament Chess: Future Masters

5:30 – 7:00 PM EST

Thursday Tournament Chess: Rising Stars

5:30 – 7:00 PM EST


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

Intermediate Chess

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 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 with commentary from Alanna with guest appearances from National Master Abby Marshall


If you are interested in classes but these times don’t work, please e-mail and we will get back to you as soon as we can and will help create a class for your child.


Fall 2020 Classes will run from September 14-December 18 (no class on Thanksgiving)

For the intro to chess classes, the fee is $189 for 14 classes

For the Intermediate class the fee is $210 for 14 classes

For the Tournament Rising Stars class,  the fee is $275 for 13 classes (no meeting on Thanksgiving)

For the Tournament Future Masters class, the fee is $300 for 15 classes