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
Session III: April 28 - June 9, 2019
Session IV: June 23 - July 28, 2019
Roly Poly Sandwich Shop
1616 Woodruff Rd, Ste D, Greenville, SC 29607
This is a perfect class for students starting from scratch. By the end of the class students should be able to confidently set up a chess board, move pieces legally, and understand the difference between, check, checkmate, and stalemate.
-Board Orientation: Ranks, Files, Diagonals, and how to set-Up the board
-How to Move the Pieces: Legal Movements and Captures for each Piece
-Introduction to Check & the three ways to escape check: C.P.R.
-Introduction to the Goal of chess: Checkmate
-Introduction to Stalemate
This class is great for students who know how to move all of the pieces, and have some idea of what check, checkmate, and stalemate is, but not much else. Finally, the students will learn the algebraic chess notation. By the end of this class, students should be able to confidently play a legal game of chess and understand how to record their moves!
-King and Queen v King Mate
-the Ladder Mate
-Counting Attackers vs Defenders to know when to Trade Pieces.
-Special Rules: Pawn Promotion, En Passant, Castling
This class will pick up where the Beginner II class left off. Students will begin by reviewing the special rules and a couple basic, but important, mating patterns. Then, the students will learn important fundamental concepts to help them win a chess game. This class is the beginning of the introduction to Tactics and Strategies in chess.
-Tactic: Hanging Pieces
-Tactic: Trapping Pieces
-The Three Phases of a Chess Game
-Learning The Basics of Planning in Chess
-The “Quick” Mates, and Other common mating themes
-Recognizing Threats/Protecting F2/F7
An extension of the previous lesson, students will dive into the heart of learning the most critical Strategies and Tactics of a chess game. After this class, students will be well equipped to participate in a chess tournament.
-Famous Checkmates: Patterns that Should Be Memorized
-Opening Principles: The Three Golden Rules
-Advanced Opening Principles
-Tactic: Double Attack & Fork
-Tactic: Pins & Skewers
-Tactic: Discovered Attacks & Double Checks
Success in competitive chess is a process. The key ingredient to improving in chess, just like anything else in life, is to “Learn How to Lose”. Losing is emotional, and at a young age, difficult to face. However, if we are able to teach our students that they can actually improve much faster by learning from their mistakes, they will have taken the first step to reaching an important milestone: achieving a USCF 1000 Rating. The best way to do that is to be able to notate their games, and then review them with a chess coach. Students will get the opportunity to do so in this class, as well as learn how to apply all of the basic, but critical, fundamental concepts taught in the previous classes by reviewing famous games played by the best players in the world over the last 500 years. This class is taught by USCF Expert Greg Frady.
* It is a requirement to have completed our Intermediate II class, or fully understand the concepts taught in that class prior to joining the Expert 101 class. With our punch card system, you can drop in at your convenience until all lessons purchased have been used.