NESAcademics

Stengthen your body and mind.

Chess

BEGINNING CHESS
Chess is a great game for kids to develop their mental and competitive prowess, and kids who learn to play chess have been shown to perform better in school and develop more socially stable relationships. This course will cover the basic rules and skills of chess: how the pieces move, how to record games and positions, the relative values of the pieces, popular tactics (including forks, pins, skewers, discovered attacks) and fundamental strategy, and some frequently seen opening and endgame positions. Kids will get to play each other to test out what they have learned. There are additional opportunities for private tutoring. Instructor: Nicholas Sterling

INTERMEDIATE CHESS
This course, aimed at more adept players, will cover more advanced rules and skills of chess. Emphasis will be placed on learning the names of commonly analyzed openings and opening variations. The importance of forming plans for the middle game; recognizing tactics, strategy, and combinations; and understanding endgame principles, will also be discussed. Finally, we will play through master games and positions, and (if time and attendance permit) hold a tournament. There are additional opportunities for private tutoring. Instructor: Nicholas Sterling

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