Level 1 Curriculum

  • The story of Chess
  • Setting up the board and pieces
  • Reading and writing chess
  • How the pieces move
  • The goal of the game
  • Special rules (castling, en passant)
  • Draws
  • Exchanges
  • Reading the position (basic)
  • Opening tricks (Scholars mate, Fool's mate)
  • Opening and endgame principles
  • Tactics (basic)
  • Simple endgames (Queen + King, two Rooks)
  • Beginner friendly openings
  • Chess etiquette



  • Level 2 Curriculum

  • A review of all of Level 1
  • Game: the entire class against me
  • Analyzing said game
  • Advanced Tactics
  • Openings (in general: Sicilian defense, Fried Liver, Queen's gambit)
  • Advanced endgames (King + Rook, two Bishops, Bishop + Knight)
  • The full power of all of the pieces
  • Advanced exchanges
  • Reading the position (Advanced)
  • Board vision
  • Development
  • Pawn Power
  • Controlling squares
  • Game: the entire class against me
  • Analyzing said game
  • The outside chess world, sportsmanship, and anti-tilt