Chess Classes for Kids
2019-2020 Studio Class Schedule:
Description: These classes meet once per week and are one hour in
length. They integrate topical lessons, short video tutorials, puzzles,
examples from grandmaster games and other activities in a proven learning
curriculum aligned with US Chess Federation recommendations.
Personalized instruction and an achievement chart make it easy for
students to sign up for a class at any time during the year. Progress
is tracked as proficiency is achieved on 30 topics within each level.
Each student charts his or her progress on a range of topics covered
in each level and can move at his or her own pace within the level.
Students can progress through Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced
levels of classes. These classes are able to go more in-depth than after-school
programs and other chess clubs. They have a guaranteed class enrollment
of ten students or less. If unsure about which class to register for,
please feel email info@PlayMoreChess.com
with any questions and set up a one-time 45 minute Assessment lesson
to evaluate the most appropriate class for your child's chess level.
The curriculum for studio classes draws on a variety of workbooks and
resources. Students in Pawn through Rook levels must purchase appropriate
workbook for that level at the first class meeting.
Location: Play More Chess Academy is located at 1227 Whitney
Ave. Hamden, CT 06517. Parents/guardians have the option to stay in
the adjacent waiting room area during class if desired.
Instruction: All classes are taught by a US Chess Federation
Certified Chess Coach.
Payment: Payment can be made by cash, check, Paypal or Venmo
at the first class meeting each month. New students can begin in the
middle of the month. Initial payment is for a minimum of four weeks
plus workbook. You are welcome to register for additional class sessions
in sets of four. Registration is month-to-month; however we offer an
autopay option for your convenience.
What if I Miss a Class?
Notice of an absence (by phone or email) must be given by the night
before the class in order to be eligible for a makeup. Makeup classes
can be taken whenever we offer another class at your child's level.
As with absences, makeups must be scheduled by the night before and
cannot exceed class capacity (10 students max). Makeups must be redeemed
in the same month or next month, assuming continuous enrollment. (Makeups
are not redeemable as store credit). Classes that fall on a federal
holiday or any day that the chess academy is closed are automatically
eligible for a makeup.
Sign up: A new student may join a class at any point during
the month and pay for four weeks. After the initial four week period,
students can choose to continue on a month-to-month basis. Each student's
achievement chart allows for easy tracking of the topics to which he
or she has been introduced, reviewed and completed. To see current available
classes and to sign up please go to the Sign
Additional Info: Students can work through each level at their
own pace. Each week one or more topics will be introduced/reviewed.
Completed topics are tracked on individual achievement charts. Payments
are made monthly and there is no obligation to continue more than one
month at a time.
Curriculum Topics for Pawn, Knight, Bishop and Rook Levels. Classes
draw from a variety of resources, including various chess puzzle
Pawn Level Topics Include: Chess Foundation, The King, Rook,
Bishop, Queen, Knight, Pawn, Pawn Promotion, Capture, Threat, Retreat,
Block, Safe Squares, Illegal Moves, Check, Checkmate, Major Mate,
Defend, Undefended Pieces, Castling, Pawn Shields, The Chess Board,
Development, Advance, Trade, Super Attack, Exchange, Overpower,
Scoring, Tournament Skills I
Knight Level Topics Include: Magic Square Mate, The Center, Active
Moves, Opening Principles, Scholar's Mate, Major Mate II, Defensive
Moves, Tactics Foundation, Pins, Skewer, Discovered Attacks, Forks,
Remove the Defender, Battery, Interference, Back-Rank Mate, X-Ray,
Checkmate II, Find the Best Move, Draws, King and Queen Mate, King
and Pawn Endgames, En Passant, Algebraic Notation, Using Rooks, Using
Pawns, Chess Variants, Convert the Advantage, Attack the King, Tournament
Bishop Level Topics Include: Planning, Attraction & Deflection,
Using Rooks II, Pins II, Discovery II, Fork II, Remove the Defender
II, Interference II, Back Rank Mate II, X-Ray II, Trap, Checkmate
III, Zwischenzug, Desperado, Draws II, Zugswang, King & Rook
Mate, King & Pawn Endgames II, Smothered Mate, Under-Promotion,
King & Pawn Endgames III, Outpost, Chess Variants II, King &
Two Bishop Mate, Know Your Board, Convert the Advantage II, Calculating
Variations, Defensive Resources, How to Study, Tournament Skills
Rook Level Topics Include: Pins III, Discovery III, Forks III,
Overload, Interference III, Back-Rank Mate III, X-Ray III, Checkmate
IV, King and Pawn Endgames IV, King and Pawn Endgames V, King and
Pawn Endgames VI, King and Pawn Endgames VII, Imbalance Foundation,
Material Imbalance, Space Imbalance, Pawn Structure Imbalance, Key
Squares Imbalance, Superior Minor Piece Imbalance, Development Imbalance,
Initiative Imbalance, King Safety Imbalance, Pawn Chains I, Attacking
the Castled King, Opposite Side Castling Attack I, Combinations, Rook
versus Pawns, Minor Piece Endgames, Chess Variants III, Tournament
Skills IV, Blindfold Chess I
Chess Clubs for Kids
Description: The after-school chess program provides a fun opportunity
to learn the game of chess and improve chess skills. We have a positive,
relaxed environment where students of all skill levels are welcome.
Playing chess encourages students to develop good sportsmanship, decision
making, patience, planning, and the ability to learn from mistakes.
Chess has also been shown to improve critical thinking skills, math
competency, concentration, and spatial reasoning. Each class includes:
a lesson on chess strategy and tactics, examples and puzzles illustrating
the topic, free play chess games with classmates, and reviewing the
material learned. (Topics for after school classes are mostly drawn
from the Pawn Level above). After-school clubs usually range in size
from 10 to 14 students.
Play More Chess Academy offers After-School Chess Programs at
Bear Path School, Spring Glen School and other schools in Hamden, New
Haven and North Haven, CT.
to inquire about upcoming after-school chess programs at these or other
Hamden Adult Education (Fall 2019)
Title: Chess Tactics
Description: Whether you are new to chess or wish to brush up
on your skills and meet other adult chess players in the area, this
class is for you! We will focus on chess tactics such as pins, skewers,
double attacks, discovered attacks, decoys and cross-pins, as well
as other tactical devices. You will improve your game and take your
chess-playing ability to the next level. Join us in planning your
Register Online by selecting course number below:
11/11 - 12/9 Mo 6:30-8:30pm
Class Location: Play More Chess Academy, 1227 Whitney Ave.,
Hamden, CT 06517
Chess Classes at Southern Connecticut Chinese School
For more information please go to the SCCS