SUMMER ONLIN E

We are now offering
online summer programs to help bridge our Spring and Fall chess courses.
Summer Registration

Register now with 10% off discount until 5/8. 

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Chess Level 0

Our Level 0 program is for absolute beginners who have no background or experience with chess.

Learning how to Play Chess

Chess Level Pre-1

This course prepares players for Level 1, and is for beginners who have some knowledge and have been learning for a year. We go over the fundamentals of the game at each stage and learn about tactics.

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Chess Level Pre-2

This course prepares players for Level 2 and is for beginner-intermediates who have prior knowledge in openings and endgame and have been learning for more than a year. We build more into the strategies which involve 2-3 move thinking.

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Chess Level Pre-3

This course prepares players for Level 3 where we go in-depth into complex thinking and multistep planning. In this intermediate-level we dive into combinations and compensation mainly. This is suitable for students who have a solid foundation and can calculate 3-4 moves ahead

Chess Level Pre-4

This class prepares students for Level 4 and is for intermediate-advanced players who have been playing chess for more than 3 years. We dive into more advanced techniques and strategies in the opening, middle and endgames. 

Chess Game
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Chess Level Pre-5

Chess Level 5 is an advanced class for USCF 1000-1400 students. We will cover advanced strategies and host online tournaments.

Chess Tournament

Chess USCF 100-1400

Our USCF 1000 level is for students who have tournament experience and a rating over 1000 (official federation rating) and are serious about competing. We dive into advanced techniques and positional calculations. We also explore more theory in-depth.

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Overview

Our Level 0 program is for absolute beginners who have no background or experience with chess.

Objectives
  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. Playing against the Coach: Applying the Principles

  9. Chess Tactics: Forks, Pins and Skewer

  10. Playing against the Coach: Applying the Tactics

  11. Exploiting Position, Winning Material

  12. Review and Applying the Course Knowledge

Class Schedule
  • ONLINE: Tuesdays, 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm

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Overview

This course prepares players for Level 1, and is for beginners who have some knowledge and have been learning for a year. We go over the fundamentals of the game at each stage and learn about tactics.

Objectives
  1. Endgame Basics

  2. Endgame Checkmates: Knight Shadow and Ladder Mate

  3. Endgame Checkmates: Rook 

  4. Checkmate Visualization

  5. Playing against the Coach: Applying Tactics Analysis

  6. Preventing Traps

  7. Game Analysis: The Opening Review

  8. Playing against the Coach and Applying the Course Knowledge

Class Schedule
  • ONLINE: Wednesdays, 7:00 pm - 8:00pm

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Overview

This course prepares players for Level 2 and is for beginner-intermediates who have prior knowledge in openings and endgame and have been learning for more than a year. We build more into the strategies which involve 2-3 move thinking.

Objectives
  1. Game Analysis: The Evergreen

  2. Playing against the Coach: Applying The Evergreen

  3. Deadly Checkmate Tactics

  4. Game Analysis: Acing the Middle Game

  5. Playing against the Coach: Applying the Middle Game Plan

  6. Removing the Defender: Grand Slam

  7. Polgar’s Crushing Tactic: Attacking the Castled king 

  8. Playing against the Coach and Applying the Course Knowledge

Class Schedule
  • ONLINE: Tuesdays, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • ONLINE: Wednesdays, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Overview

This course prepares players for Level 3 where we go in-depth into complex thinking and multistep planning. In this intermediate-level, we dive into combinations and compensation mainly. This is suitable for students who have a solid foundation and can calculate 3-4 moves ahead

Objectives
  1. Fisher’s Famous Bishop

  2. Playing against the Coach: Applying the Deadly Bishops

  3. Game Analysis: Acing the Sicilian

  4. Running Away from Traps

  5. Playing against the Coach: Applying the Traps

  6. Game Analysis: The Pawn Dance

  7. Deadly Checkmates: Double Bishop Sacrifice and Queen Sacrifice, Mate By Blocking Squares

  8. Playing against the Coach and Applying the Course Knowledge

Class Schedule
  • ONLINE: Thursdays, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

  • ONLINE: Fridays, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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Overview

This class prepares students for Level 4 and is for intermediate-advanced players who have been playing chess for more than 3 years. We dive into more advanced techniques and strategies in the opening, middle and endgames. 

Objectives
  1. Steinitz’s Style Introduction

  2. Playing games against the coach: Steinitz

  3. World Champion game analysis 

  4. Kasparov’s Poisonous Pawn

  5. Playing games against the coach: Kasparov’s Plan

  6. Student Game Analysis: Going In-Dept into the Opponent

  7. Queen’s Gambit Analysis: More Than a TV Show 

  8. Applying what we learned into games 

Class Schedule
  • ONLINE: Fridays, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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Overview

Chess Level 5 is an advanced class for USCF 1000-1400 students. We will cover advanced strategies and host online tournaments.

Objectives
  1. Complex Zwischenzug Combinations

  2. Playing games against the coach: Intermediate Move Sequence

  3. Analyzing the Classics 

  4. Learning the 25 famous combinations

  5. Playing games against the coach: Finding the Combinations in Plain Sight 

  6. Student Game Analysis: Going In-Dept into the Opponent

  7. Learning Hypermodern Game Style: The World Champion

  8. Applying what we learned into games

Class Schedule
  • ONLINE: Saturdays, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Overview

Our USCF 1000 level is for students who have tournament experience and a rating over 1000 (official federation rating) and are serious about competing. We dive into advanced techniques and positional calculations. We also explore more theory in-depth.

Objectives
  1. The Fischer Trap: “Sicilian”

  2. Playing games against the Sicilian: The Trap, the Legend 

  3. Analyzing Games about the Sicilian

  4. Tal’s Immortal Game and his play style

  5. Playing games: Finding Tal In the Board

  6. Student game analysis: Going In-Dept into the Opponent 

  7. Learning Capablanca’s Style

  8. Applying what we learned into games

Class Schedule
  • ONLINE: Sundays, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm