Beginners
Typically ages 5-8
For the player who wants to learn the basic fundamentals & principles about the game in a fun environment.
Content covered in these lessons:
  • Chess background & rules of play
  • The chessboard & piece overview
  • LEARNING ALL THE PIECE MOVES/CAPTURES (usually 2 pieces per lesson)
  • THE STRENGTH VALUE OF THE PIECES
  • THE KING IN DANGER ("CHECK") WITH ALL THE ASSOCIATED RULES
  • BASIC "CHECKMATE" PATTERNS
  • KING SAFETY ("CASTLING") WITH ALL THE ASSOCIATED RULES
  • HOW TO "DRAW" A GAME OF CHESS
  • PRACTICE GAMES AT EACH LESSON
Lessons can be customised depending on the student's knowledge.
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Intermediate
Typically ages 9-12
For the player that already has a basic understanding of the game and wants to take their game to the next stage.
Content covered in these lessons:
  • UPDATE/REVISION ON RULES OF PLAY
  • EN PASSANT PAWN CAPTURE, PAWN PROMOTION & STALEMATE
  • BASIC OPENING PRINCIPLES
  • BASIC OPENING REPERTOIRE/PREPARATION FOR WHITE & BLACK
  • BASIC MIDDLEGAME PRINCIPLES
  • BASIC - PAWN STRUCTURE THEMES
  • BASIC ENDGAME PRINCIPLES/STUDIES
  • BASIC TACTICAL THEMES (including double attacks, pins, skewers, decoys, deflections, discovered attacks/checks, zwischenzug etc)
  • BASIC STRATEGIC & POSITIONAL SKILLS/THEMES
  • CHESS CLOCK TRAINING
  • CHESS NOTATION
  • PUZZLE & EXERCISE TESTING
  • PRACTICE COMPETITIVE GAMES AT EACH LESSON
Lessons can be customised depending on the student's knowledge.
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Advanced
Typically ages 13+
For the player that takes the game seriously and wants to compete at a high level (inter-school/state/national level )
Content covered in these lessons:
  • ADVANCED OPENING THEORY/PRINCIPLES (INCLDING GAMBITS)
  • OPENING TRAPS
  • ADVANCED OPENING REPERTOIRE/PREPARATION FOR WHITE & BLACK
  • ADVANCED MIDDLEGAME THEMES/PRINCIPLES/STRATEGIES
  • ADVANCED ENDGAME THEMES/STUDIES
  • ATTACKING & DEFENSIVE SKILLS (INCLUDING THE ART OF SACRIFICE & PATTERNS)
  • POSITION EVALUATION, ANALYSING & PLANNING SKILLS
  • CALCULATION OF VARIATIONS & THINKING AHEAD
  • ADVANCED PAWN STRUCTURE STUDIES & THE CREATION/EXPLOITING OF WEAKNESSES
  • PROPHYLACTIC THINKING & EXERCISES
  • PRINCIPLE OF 2 WEAKNESSES & EXERCISES
  • PRIYOME STRATEGIES/THEMES & EXERCISES
  • ADVANCED TACTICAL/COMBINATION THEMES & EXERCISES
  • THE INITIATIVE & COUNTER ATTACKING SKILLS
  • COMPETITIVE GAMES AGAINST OTHER JUNIORS (WITH CLOCKS)
  • SYSTEMATIC CHECKING/REVISION OF JUNIORS KNOWLEDGE/UNDERSTANDING
  • PUZZLE & EXERCISE TESTING
Lessons can be customised depending on the student's knowledge.
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