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 1: Registration Closed
- Session 2: June 10, 2018 - July 15, 2018
- Roly Poly Sandwich Shop
- 1616 Woodruff Rd, Ste D, Greenville, SC 29607
Beginner I (Rating: 100 - 200)
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 some basic chess concepts such as castling, check, checkmate, and stalemate. By the end of the class students should be able to confidently move pieces, castle and understand the basic difference between check, checkmate, and stalemate.
Beginner II (Rating: 150 - 300)
This class will pick up where Beginner 1 left off. Students will review the concepts of check, checkmate, and stalemate, then move on to more advanced concepts such as basic types of checkmates (i.e. Ladder Checkmate). Students will also learn basic tactics and opening principles. Perfect for students who know how the pieces move, but nothing else.
Intermediate I (Rating: 200 - 400)
This class will pick up where Beginner 2 left off. Students will review the concepts learned in Beginner 2 and begin to learn more types of tactics, such as the Double Check and Discovered Attack. Tactics are a very important part of chess and this classes will be very important to beginners looking to take their chess to the next level. Students will also learn more checkmate patterns, and a 'Mental Checklist' for how to find good moves. After this class students will have the basic knowledge to play in tournaments at a novice level.
Intermediate II (Rating: 300 - 500)
This class will pick up where Intermediate 2 left off. Students will review the concepts learned in Intermediate 1 and begin to move beyond definitions but rather see strategy in action. Students will learn important middlegame concepts involving pawn structure, and basic endgame techniques. Students who successfully complete this class will be given a certificate of tournament readiness and will be given endorsement to participate in rated play.
Master Class (Rating: 500 - 1000)
This class is designed for advanced students looking to take their game to a higher level. It will continue where Intermediate 2 left off, and introduce more middlegame concepts such as attack & defense, calculation, and advanced tactics. Students will also learn deeper opening and endgame strategies.