Think•Move Chess Academy offers special classes to varying ages and skill levels. All classes last a total of six weeks , one hour each, where participants come in once a week. In all classes, time is divided for lecture, practice and supplemental activities.
Session I: January 27 - March 3, 2019
Session II: March 10 - April 14, 2019
Roly Poly Sandwich Shop
1616 Woodruff Rd, Ste D, Greenville, SC 29607
This is a perfect class for students starting from scratch. In this class students will learn the movements of all the chess pieces as well as the most important chess rules: check, checkmate, and stalemate. By the end of the class students should be able to confidently set up a chess board, move pieces legally, and fully understand the difference between, check, checkmate, and stalemate.
This class is great for students who know how to move all of the pieces, and has some idea of what check, checkmate, and stalemate is, but not much else. The students in this class will master several common, but critical, checkmating techniques, such as: the Helpers Mate, King and Queen v King Mate, Ladder Mate, and Bank Rank Mate. In addition, students will learn the very important special rules: promotion, en passant, and castling. By the end of this class, students should be able to confidently play a legal game of chess!
This class will pick up where the Beginner II class left off. Students will begin by reviewing the special rules and a few basic, but important, mating patterns. The students will then dive into some of the most critical chess strategies & tactics every beginner chess player should know: the value of pieces, looking out for hanging pieces, what the three opening principles are, and counting attackers v defenders to know when to trade pieces. In addition, we will break down the Scholar’s Mate, how to defend against it, and why it’s not recommended to play in competition. After this class, players will be ready for tournament/competition play!
In this class, students will move on past the basic concepts of tactics and strategy and begin more advanced topics in not only those areas, but openings and endgames. This class will help students prepare for the Master Class, as well as help them compete at a higher tournament level. In this class students will learn tactics such as: double attacks, forks, pins, skewers, discovered attacks and double checks. These are basic, yet critical tactics every chess player must be familiar with. Finally, students will learn the algebraic chess notation used to record games; a very important skill to become comfortable with for every aspiring tournament player.
This class is designed for students who want to increase their USCF rating, and compete at a higher tournament level. Taught by former National Master Wayne Williams, students in this class will learn how to apply all of the basic, but critical, concepts taught in the previous classes. The goal of this class is to achieve a USCF Rating of 600. It is a requirement to have completed our Intermediate II class, or fully understand the concepts taught in that class, prior to joining the Master classes.