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Developing Players - Wednesdays

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 4:00pm to Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 5:00pm

Mechanics' Institute Chess Club

Developing Players

10-week course for players


Fall session: September 9 through November 11 (10 classes)

Fee: $195 - 10 classes (prorated $20/class)

Class time: Wednesdays 4 - 5PM

Class schedule: 4:00-4:05 warm-up with fun & easy chess questions
                            4:10-4:20 review last week's material via fun questions & polls for solutions
                            4:20-4:40 mastering new materials
                            4:40-4:55 fun excercised to deepen the understanding of the new material
                            4:55-5:00 summarize, set weekly plan to practice chess

Class Level: ideal for players with ChessKid rating of 800+, or USCF online/over-the-board rating of 500+.

Topics: players will review the following:

  • checkmating patters
  • tactics: pins, forks, skewers, double attacks
  • opening principles
  • middle game planning attacks
  • endgame technique

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

Class is coached by Coach Andy.


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,, 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: Mastering your chess (Intermediate)