Master Class

The Master Class meets from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.

Each term the class runs a 7 round Swiss tournament with 60 min on the clock. Students are expected to take these games very seriously, using their time wisely to plan and calculate as deeply as they can. Ideally students use most of their time, playing a game that goes for 1.5 - 2 hours in length.

The focus of the first hour (3:00pm - 4:00pm) is instruction, where students participate in lectures, training drills and quizzes.

The tournament games start at approximately 4:00pm. As students finish their games, they leave the playing hall and go to the lecture theatre for further instruction.

The following outlines the material that students will learn:

  • Visualisation: Students attempt difficult quizzes and training drills to develop the ability to clearly picture positions many moves ahead.

  • Calculation: Students are taught important calculation techniques to help them analyse more accurately and thoroughly.

  • Endgames: Students develop and deepen their understanding of various types of endgames, through training drills and direct instruction.

  • Strategy: Students directly learn from champions by seeing games played by great masters with move by move explanations.

  • Self-Learning: Students learn how to analyse their own games, including how to use computer software, how to identify their own mistakes and how to determine better ways they could have played.

You must have permission from head instructor, Jay Lakner, to participate in the Master Class. This is to ensure that the quality of the Master Class is very high and that the top players receive the highest quality experience.

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