Chess Classes for Kids
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. Both online and in-person class sizes
are limited to eight enrolled students.
unsure about which class to register for, please review workbook topics
listed below and feel email info@PlayMoreChess.com
with any questions. It is possible to set up a one-time 45 minute Assessment
lesson to evaluate the most appropriate class for your child's chess
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, on a monthly basis.
What if I Miss a Class?
Notice of an absence (by phone or email) must be given by the night
before the class will occur to be eligible for a makeup. An exception
can be made for an illness that begins the same day as the class.
to one class absence will be excused per month (with advanced notification).
It can be for any reason - schedule conflict, vacation, illness. Makeup
classes can be requested on a different day of the same week when we offer
another class at the student's level. Students enrolled in an online class
must choose a makeup class that is also offered online. As with absences,
makeups must be scheduled by the night before and cannot exceed class
An enrolled student must pay for a minimum
of three classes per month to maintain their enrollment spot in the class.
Makeups are not redeemable as store credit.
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
Curriculum Topics for Beginning and Intermediate Chess Classes.
Classes draw from a variety of resources, including various chess
puzzles and curriculum topics in the Chess-Steps Method, Chess4Life
and select books by IM Jeremy Silman.
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).
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
Adult Education (Fall 2021 Courses):
Title: Chess 101 - Beginning Chess
Description: This class is designed for true beginners to
the game of chess. You will learn/review all the basics, from the
names of the pieces,how they move, how they capture, how to keep pieces
safe, and of course, the ultimate object of the game - checkmate!
A complete description is listed in the HAE course catalog. (Wednesdays,
Oct 6, 13, 20; 6:30-8:30pm)
Title: Chess 102 - Chess Tactics
Title: Hamden Chess Club "Test Drive"
Description: This class is designed for students who are familiar
with chess basic rules and ready to take ther game to the next level
by focusing on tactics. A complete description is listed in the HAE
course catalog. (Wednesdays, Oct 27, Nov 3, 10; 6:30-8:30pm)
Description: For adults who wish to try out the club by playing
casual chess over the course of six weeks. Learning is "peer-to-peer"
rather than formal lectures. Information provided on chess openings
and checkmate patterns to learn and practice. A complete description
is listed in the HAE course catalog. (Mondays, Oct 4, 11, 25; Nov 8,
15, 29; 6:30-8:30pm)
Course Title: Chess Openings You Need to Know
Description: You will learn to anticipate moves your opponents
will do in reponse to your opening moves, making it more likely you
will enter the middlegame phase of your games with an advantage. A complete
description is listed in the HAE course catalog. (Wednesdays, Dec 1,
8, 15; 6:30-8:30pm)
Sign up for of the Adult
Chess Classes at www.hamdenadulted.org
Class Location: Play More Chess Academy, 1227 Whitney Avenue,
Hamden, CT 06517
Classes at Southern Connecticut Chinese School
Over 50 students take Play More Chess Academy Chess Classes through
the Southern Connecticut Chinese School. For more information please
go to the SCCS