Lessons cover a structured curriculum that takes a student from Beginning
to Intermediate and Advanced levels of play. Progress
is tracked as proficiency is achieved on 30 topics within each level.
(Please see the description
of topics covered in the curriculum on the Classes
page). Lessons are offered both in-person and online. Both lesson formats
utilize the same curriculum.
Availability: Lessons are available throughout the year, purchased
month-to-month. Please see the Sign
Up page or email info@PlayMoreChess.com
for available time slots.
Description: Students have one lesson
a week, 45 minutes in length.
Each week chess topics are reviewed and new topics are learned and assigned
for the week ahead. Students usually move forward with one or two new
topics each week, though the pace is customized for each student. An achievement
chart is also maintained to keep track of each student's progress.
More Chess Academy students follow established curriculum, chess topics
and tactics drawn from the following sources:
The Chess-Steps Method
- "The World's Leading Teaching Method in Chess; with a Steps curriculum
that can take students from a rating of 800 to 2100!"
Workbook(s) - Sample topics listed on the Classes
The Chess Tactics Workbook, 4th Edition, by Al Woolum;
(for beginner/advanced beginner/intermediate players)
Tactics Workbook, 4th Edition, by Al Woolum
"A best seller on the scholastic market, with over 25,000 copies
sold. It has been the "chess problem" book of choice for the CHESS IN
THE SCHOOLS Program of NY, and school districts nationwide. It features
870 problems in a structured format, 6 diagrams per page, answer keys
in the back. 160 pages."
This workbook is used for classes offered in conjunction with the Hamden
Adult Education program (Chess 101 - Beginner; Chess 102 -Tactics);
book options for adult lessons:
Complete Book of Chess Strategy by IM Jeremy Silman. This
is comprehensive in that it has descriptions of a lot of openings; guidance
on the phases of the game and a lot of information about strategy and
tactics. 360pgs. Adults students who are returning to chess after a
number of years away often like using this book for chess improvement.
How to Reassess Your Chess by IM Jeremy Silman. This is the
most advanced book that we use in adult instruction. It goes beyond
tactics to include more positional understandings and is organized primarily
around types of imbalances found in chess games 658pgs.
Lessons are purchased in advance, four lessons at a time, on a month-to-month
basis. A lesson time-slot is guaranteed as long as monthly payments are
if I Need to Miss a Lesson?
Please give notice of an absence (by phone or email) by the night before
the scheduled lesson. An exception is made for illness that occurs earlier
in the same day as the lesson.
"No shows" for individual lessons will be charged for their
lesson time. If notice of an absence (for illness or any reason) is communicated
in advance, your payment for the set of four weeks (four lessons) will
be extended to include a fifth week at your regular day and time. (We
will not try to find a different day/lesson time as that is usually too
difficult to arrange).