Advanced Class

Once students are at the level where they can quickly solve basic checkmate and tactics puzzles, they are ready for the Advanced Class.

The following is a term by term guide to what's covered.

Term 1

Students will learn some key concepts about chess openings. The following topics will be covered:

  • The Damiano Defense.

  • The Four Knights Game and the Fork Trick.

  • The Pin Trick and the Rook Lift.

  • The French Defense and Pawn Chains.

  • Closed Centres and Temporary Outposts.

  • The Caro Kann Defense and Good, Bad, Active and Inactive Bishops.

  • Gambits and Compensation.

In addition to this, students will complete increasingly difficult weekly tactics quizzes and homework.

Lastly, a tournament is run over the entire term, with one serious game played per week under tournament conditions.

Term 2

Students will learn some key concepts about chess endgames. The following topics will be covered:

  • King and Queen versus King and Pawn.

  • King and Pawn versus King.

  • King and several Pawns versus King and several Pawns.

  • Even more complex King and Pawn endgames.

  • King and Rook versus King and Pawn.

  • The Lucena Position.

  • More complex Rook and Pawn endgames.

In addition to this, students will complete increasingly difficult weekly visualisation quizzes and Tactics homework.

Lastly, a tournament is run over the entire term, with one serious game played per week under tournament conditions.

Term 3

Students will learn the mechanics of combinational methods. The following topics will be covered:

  • Combinations involving a Pin.

  • Combinations involving X-ray Defense.

  • Using a Double Check to set up a combination.

  • Using a Check to set up a combination.

  • Removal of the Defender.

Weekly quizzes and homework will be based on the above topics.

Lastly, a tournament is run over the entire term, with one serious game played per week under tournament conditions.

Term 4

Students will learn the mechanics of complex combinational methods. The following topics will be covered:

  • Attraction.

  • Deflection

  • Line Clearance.

  • Square Clearance.

  • Line Opening Combinations.

Weekly quizzes and homework will be based on the above topics.

Lastly, a tournament is run over the entire term, with one serious game played per week under tournament conditions.

The maximum class size for the Advanced Class is 48 students.