Step 2 classes starting from November 24th & 26th 2021

Wednesdays starting 24th November 6pm - 7:30pm
OR
Fridays starting 26th November 4:30pm - 6pm

Click below for Course Registration

Chess Courses for Juniors aged 5-16

Learning Chess: Levels 1 to 4

The design of each of the levels is playful. Each level is designed in such a way as to make it possible for children to become fond of Chess.  You can be a complete beginner or already know the moves and all the basics, each of the 3 levels will fit your individual needs with a course designed to improve your skills even more. 

 

 

 

LOCATION:

Classes are held weekly at the:

'Gardenia Court'

Apartment 3A

Sqaq Il-Hofra

Gharghur GHR 1310

Mobile: 79007001

 

 

 

DATES & TIMES:

Please send an email to markgfleri@gmail.com to find out when the next courses will

be taking place.

 

Courses will only take place if there are a minimum of 4 students per class.  

For Level 2 and 3 classes please contact the club directly on 79007001.  

COVID-19 MEASURES:

Due to the COVID-19 virus the following measures have been put into place.

  1. There shall be no more than 6 students per class.

  2. All students (including instructor) shall wear a face mask at all times during the lesson.

  3. Temperature readings shall be taken and recorded.  Any student with a temperature reading of 37.2 or above shall not be allowed to attend the lesson.

 

 

LESSON STRUCTURE (Please scroll further down the page for course content)

  1. Each of the steps are made up of 35 lessons with each lesson being 90 minutes in duration.   The first 30-40 minutes of the class will consist of interactive instruction followed by 20 minutes of tactic puzzles for students to solve with the remainder of the class being dedicated to hands-on chess practice with other students.  

  2. Students will be given homework worksheets at the end of certain lessons which they will be expected to complete by the following lesson.    

  3. An assessment will be given in the last lesson comprising of a number of tactical puzzles covering all subject areas. 

  4. A certificate of completion along with a medal will be awarded to each student provided they have an attendance rate of 80%.

 

COST:

Each Step course is comprised of 35 lessons and will be covered over a period of 8-9 months (lesson will stop and continuing according to Government/Private/Church school holidays. 

Option 1: €250 whole course fee Sibling price - €175 whole course fee (per child)

Option 2: €10 per lesson for 90 minutes.  Sibling price - €7 per 90 minutes (per child).

Course and lessons can be paid by cash, cheque or by revolut.

 

NOTE: It is advised that all students new to chess and beginners start from Level 1 as the levels follow on from each other.  If a student does not fully understand the concepts that are covered in Step 1 they may have difficulty following the remainder of the steps.  

On completion of Step Courses
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LEVEL 1 - BEGINNER COURSE

In the first level, the elementary knowledge is acquired which every successful chess player needs. If you are a complete beginner it is recommended that you start with Level 1 - Beginner Chess Course. The early stages of the course thus present easily comprehensible steps and exercises, which are immediately assimilated through play. In addition, the course is complemented by a lot of new activities for learning and practice.

Duration: 35 weeks

  1. The chessboard and pieces

  2. How the pieces move

  3. Special moves

  4. The life of a chess king

  5. Mate in one move

  6. Check and getting out of check

  7. Mate by a queen

  8. Mate by two bishops

  9. Basic mate configurations

  10. Introduction to chess openings

  11. Introduction to middlegames

  12. How a game can end

  13. Combination basics

  14. The sacrifice

  15. The deflection

  16. The decoy

  17. The pin and the skewer

  18. Typical combinations 1

  19. Typical combinations 2

  20. Development tales

  21. The safety of the king

  22. The center

  23. Activity 

  24. Pawn structures

  25. Introduction to chess endgames

  26. The basics of pawn endgames 1

  27. The basics of pawn endgames 2 

  28. The basics of rook endgames

  29. The basics of knight endgames

  30. The basics of bishop endgames

  31. The basics of queen endgames 

  32. Open positions

  33. Closed positions

  34. Semi-open positions

  35. Gambits

LEVEL 2 - INTERMEDIATE COURSE

The second level follows on from Level 1 and is about the basic rules of tactics and positional play. You will learn many attacking patterns and techniques to win material. Many built-in games and exercises will help you with this.

Duration: 35 weeks

  1. The weakness of the bank rank

  2. Principles of attacking 1

  3. Principles of attacking 2

  4. The king left in the center

  5. Castling to opposite sides

  6. Development advantage

  7. Elimination of the defense

  8. Space advantage

  9. Positioning the pieces

  10. Weak squares

  11. Pawn weaknesses 

  12. The bishops in the middlegame

  13. The knights in the middlegame

  14. A passed pawn in the middlegame

  15. The rooks in the middlegame

  16. The queen in the middlegame

  17. Exchanging pieces 

  18. Closed centers 

  19. Open centers

  20. Fixed centers

  21. Mobile centers

  22. Evaluating the position

  23. Planning

  24. Unexpected moves

  25. Giving perpetual check

  26. Overloaded pieces 

  27. The clearance

  28. Opening preparation 

  29. Passed pawns in the endgame

  30. Advanced pawn endgames 1

  31. Advanced pawn endgames 2

  32. Advanced rook endgames

  33. Advanced queen endgames

  34. Mate by a bishop and a knight

  35. Endgame tactics

LEVEL 3 - ADVANCED COURSE

In the third level you which follows on from Level 2 yo will learn about several kinds of attacks, sacrifices, planning, how to calculate and more detail on endgames.  

Duration: 35 weeks

  1. Zugzwang

  2. Blocking

  3. Using pins

  4. Using deflections

  5. Using decoys

  6. Delivering discovered attacks

  7. Delivering discovered checks

  8. The X-ray attack

  9. Incorrect combination

  10. A knight against a bishop in the middlegame

  11. Winning with activity

  12. Opposite coloured bishops in the middlegame

  13. Intuitive sacrifices

  14. Advanced  planning

  15. Hanging pawns

  16. Active defense, counterplay

  17. Variation calculation 1

  18. Variation calculation 2

  19. Taking a risk

  20. Fighting for the initiative

  21. Destructive sacrifices 

  22. Breaking through in the center

  23. The minority attack

  24. Exchange sacrifices 

  25. Pawn endgames - pawn break

  26. Pawn endgames - reverse tempo

  27. Pawn endgames - defense

  28. A knight against a bishop in the endgame

  29. Rook endgames - A rook against a pawn 1

  30. Rook endgames - A rook against a pawn 2

  31. Rook endgames - Frontal assault and activity

  32. Simplifying the position 

  33. Never give up to early

  34. Selected combinations

  35. Chess compositions, studies