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Buena Vista Horace Mann School Chess Club - 2020 Fall

Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 1:00pm to Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 2:00pm

Magic of Chess with Mechanics' Chess Club
Buena Vista Horace Mann School

2020 Fall

 

Class Details:

Sept 3 and ongoing

Classes: Thursdays 1:00-2:00pm

Optional online tournament: Thursdays 2:00-2:30pm

FREE for any BVHM School student.

 

 

General Description

Our virtual chess enrichment program offered to students 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.

Instructors: All our instructors are trained in using the most current online platforms in providing quality online learning that is both fun and engaging. In our team approach, each 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.

Assessment: We expect the class will have several different groups based on the students' level. Returning studnts will not need assessment. New students are assessed at the beginning of the session and assigned to groups based on their level. They meet with their assigned coaches in a password protected zoom meeting and move into different breakout rooms. Students may move between groups during the class if it fits their development.

Class stucture: Students learn from the coach via a shared screen displaying a chess board or chess platform. They are engaged via online play against each other through a secure platform, chesskid.com, which is ideal for rising players to practice playing. Students will be provided with an account to chesskid.com that they can use to play online with others during class and anytime they wish.


 

Class topics

Students who are absolute beginner to chess 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
     

Beginner chess players will learn:

  • board and its orientation

  • pieces and their values, movements, and captures

  • goal of the game and algebraic notations

  • phases of the chess games and basic opening principles

  • basic checkmating patterns

Intermediate & Advanced chess student will deepend their understanding in the following areas:

  • checkmating patters

  • tactics: pins, forks, skewers, double attacks

  • opening principles

  • middle game principles

  • endgame principles

  • chess games of famous chess players