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Absolute beginners course

Monday, September 14, 2020 - 4:00pm to Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 6:00pm

Mechanics' Institute Chess Club

Absolute Beginner Course



September session: September 14, 16, and Sept 19  (7 hours)

Fee: $99 - 7 hours

Class time: Monday & Wednesday 4-6PM and Saturday 9AM-12PM

Class Level: Absolute beginners will learn the followings:

  • board and its orientation
  • pieces and their values, movements, and captures
  • goal of the game
  • algebraic notations
  • parts of the chess games and basic opening principles
  • basic checkmating patterns
  • interesting chess history experts

Platform: Zoom meeting - link will be sent via email.


Students will be moved up to the New at Chess class as soon as they mastered the very basics.


General Description
Our chess enrichment program focuses on two important areas with our fun chess classes:

1) Developing chess skills: Teaching chess to beginners and providing advanced instruction to experienced players, thus improving critical thinking, calculations and problem solving in a fun and supportive atmosphere. 

2) Developing social and emotional skills: promoting good sportsmanship and learning from mistakes, the values of ethical and fair play, and other valuable life skills that benefit kids beyond the chessboard.

Virtual chess class: all our instructors are trained in using the most current online platforms in providing quality online learning that is both fun and engaging. Students meet the coach via password protected zoom meeting and students learn from the coach via a shared screen of the coach's chess platform. Students are also engaged via online play against each other through a secure platform, chesskid.com, which is ideal for rising players to practice playing. In our team approach, each class’ lead coach is supported by an assistant who helps parents and kids to make sure everyone is logged in and has all the tools ready.

Our professional and experienced staff is trained to teach students of all levels, from beginner to advanced, and keep chess classes engaging and fun throughout the semester. They are fully background checked, TB tested, and we offer a full curriculum plan. 



Next level: Developing Players