Chess: Intermediate

Course Description

Ready to continue your chess journey? Register today to learn more fundamentals of chess including rule nuances, piece development, and strategical tactics.

Course Objectives

This class has four main objectives:

1. Learn how to play chess

Setting up the board properly, adhering to the rules of the game (i.e. how different pieces move), understanding basic rule nuances such as castling, and the difference between checkmate and stalemate.

2. Understand most fundamental chess principles:

Proper piece development (i.e. minor pieces before major pieces), piece values, controlling the center, undefended pieces, trading when ahead and basic tactical ideas (i.e. pins, skewers, forks).

3. Understand the different phases of a chess game and how different principles apply to these phases

Basic opening theory, basic endgame principles (achieving king opposition in the endgame), endgame checkmates (rook, queen, two bishops), more advanced middle-game tactical concepts (i.e. windmill, common mating nets)

4. Understand the basics of forming a plan

When is it time to attack vs. defend? On which squares do your pieces belong? How can you create a tactical idea? When does piece initiative matter more than material?

This class is for students in late elementary, middle school, or high school that know the basics of how to play chess but want to take their game to the next level.

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