2021 Fall CHESS

Our program helps kids learn and excel at chess through a structured, international chess curriculum that is designed to use chess as a teaching tool for problem-solving, creative thinking and abstract reasoning. 

Chess different Levels Assessment test







Chess Level 0 2021 Fall Semester (Absolute Beginner)


 Level 0:

  1. Introduction to Chess: Rules, board, notation, names of the pieces and moving the bishop rook and queen

  2. Moving the pieces: King, Pawn and Knight

  3. Special moves, point system and Checks

  4. Checkmate Basics: How to do a checkmate

  5. Stalemate Basics: What is it, is it good or not do it

  6. Practice playing and Capturing Pieces

  7. 4 Principles and How to Start a Game

  8. Chess Tactics: Forks, Pins and Skewer

  9. Exploiting Position, Winning Material

  10. Playing against the Coach and Apply Course Knowledge

  11. How to Make a Draw: Different Types of Draw

  12. Fool’s Mate and Lighting Attack: How to do it and how to defend it

  13. Endgame Basics: Pawn, rook, knight, bishop and queen

  14. Play Against the Coach and Summarize Course Knowledge



Chess Level 1 2021 Fall Semester 


 Level 1 

  1. Chess Tactics Review

  2. Chess Opening: 4 Knights and Italian Opening

  3. Magical 2 Fold Attack 

  4. Defending Against a Pin 

  5. Piece Mobility: Importance and Trapping 

  6. Play Against the Coach and Apply Course Knowledge

  7. Complicating 2 Move Checkmates

  8. Chess Tactics: Sacrifice and Double Check 

  9. Elimination of Defense: Double Attack 

  10. Chess Opening: Scotch and Evan’s Gambit 

  11. Play Against the Coach and Apply Course Knowledge

  12. Chess Tactics: Introduction to Discovered Attacks and Discovered Checks 

  13. Punishing The Copycat: When To and Not To Copy

  14. Famous Checkmates: Anastasia’s and Arabian Mate

  15. Play Against the Coach and Summarize Course Knowledge

Ages 4 +
Bilgen Saczi

With a current rating of above 2150, National Master Bilgen Saczi has represented Turkey in countries such as Georgia, Greece and Bulgaria. He is a frequent competitor at U.S. Congress Championships and even earned the titles of U2000 National Champion in 2015 and U2200 National Champion in 2017.

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Gensay Saczi

Started learning chess at the age of 5 and entered his first regional tournament at 6. Living in Istanbul, Turkey, he gained regional recognition. In his high school years he became the chess champion in Istanbul International Schools Chess Championship for 3 consecutive years. In his time in Millburn High School, for the first time MHS won an award in chess, by becoming second as a team in the New Jersey Chess Varsity tournament. With Bilgen and other two players, they also won the Top High School team title in The U.S . Amateur Team East Chess Championship 46th Anniversary in 2016. 

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Chess Level 2 2021 Fall Semester 


Level 2: Coach Gensay

  1. Moving into 3-Move Checkmates

  2. Open Files

  3. Positional Evaluation

  4. Endgame Techniques: Positional pawn endgame

  5. Endgame Techniques: Positional rook endgame

  6. Chess Opening: Everything about Ruy Lopez Opening

  7. Chess Defense: Everything about Sicilian Opening

  8. Playing games (Using the openings that we learned)

  9. Chess Tactics: Discovered Attack, Advanced Forks and Pins

  10. Middle Game Strategies: Positional Planning

  11. Middle Game Strategies: Manipulating the Pawn Structure 

  12. Play Against the Coach and Apply Course Knowledge

  13. Chess Opening Traps: Blackburn, Legal etc.

  14. Play Against the Coach and Summarize Course Knowledge




Chess Level 3 2021 Fall Semester 


Level 3: 

  1. Moving into Complex 3-Move Checkmates

  2. Chess Tactics: See-saw Variations and the Petrosian Draw 

  3. Advanced Mate Techniques: Murphy’s Mate etc. 

  4. Chess Traps: Advanced Opening Traps 

  5. Playing games (Using the advanced opening traps)

  6. Advanced Endgame Techniques: Zugzwang and Shelter 

  7. Advanced Endgame Techniques: Double bishop mate, importance of bishop in the endgame

  8. Bishop vs Knight

  9. Famous Checkmate Techniques: Korchnoi’s Maneuver etc. 

  10. Chess Opening: Queen’s Gambit and Introduction to d4

  11. Playing Games using the Queen’s Gambit

  12. Chess Defense: French Defense and Petrov’s Defense 

  13. Playing Games using the French Defense and Petrov’s Defense




Chess Level 4 2021 Fall Semester 


Level 4: 

  1. The 7th and 8th ranks

  2. The Passed Pawn

  3. Exchanging Pieces: Positional Play

  4. The Elements of Endgame Strategy

  5. The Pin and How to take advantage of it

  6. Discovered Check and How to use it.

  7. The Pawn Chain: Opening, Middle Game and Endgame

  8. Positional Play: Unlocking the Secrets

  9. The Double Pawn and Restraint

  10. The Isolated Pawn and Its Friends

  11. The Power of Bishop Pair

  12. Overprotection: Is it Necessary?

  13. Maneuvering Against Weaknesses

  14. Illustrative Games: Applying the Course Knowledge 




Chess Level 5 2021 Fall Semester 


Level 5: Coach Bilgen

  1. Introduction to 5-Move Checkmates 

  2. Incarcerated King Combinations

  3. Game-Saving Combinations

  4. Positional Traps: Traps and Counter-Trap

  5. The English Opening: Fundamentals

  6. The Grunfeld Defense: Fundamentals

  7. English and Grunfeld Game Analysis 

  8. Playing Games using the English and Grunfeld 

  9. The Piece Trapping with the Rook and Bishop Harmony 

  10. Exploiting Positional Weakness with a Bishop Sacrifice 

  11. Finding Prophylaxis Moves

  12. Semi-Slav Defense Accepted: Botvinnik Variation

  13. Playing Games using the Semi-Slav Defense Accepted

  14. Analysis Tree: Finding the Right Moves, Calculating into the Future 

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